SlimDoggy Sabbatical

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Those of you that follow us regularly may have noticed we haven’t been posting recently. We wanted to give you an update and fill you in on what’s been happening here at SlimDoggy.

We have been busy with our dogs, Jack & Coco.


Jack is recovering nicely from his toe amputation, but he also had a growth on his neck that had to be removed, so it was back to the vet for that. Happy to say it was benign and other than looking goofy with his toe and shaved neck, he is doing just fine.


Coco is another story – we have a long road ahead to get her back to health. We are working on her bladder infection which turned out to be a very resistant strain of Proteus. It only responds to a drug called Amikacin which is a shot administered daily for ten days. Since it’s highly toxic to the kidneys, it has to be preceded by 1000ml of fluid – so we’ve been giving her an IV treatment and this shot everyday – day 6 now. It also requires a daily urinalysis, so we’ve been spending a lot of time back and forth to the vets. Hopefully, this will do the trick and rid her of this infection once and for all.
Once her infection is cleared up, and she has a little rest, it’s off to the surgeon to get her remaining mammary tumors removed. Luckily, nothing has spread to her lymph nodes or lungs, so we’re hoping to get them out soon, maybe follow with a short regime of chemotherapy and we’ll be rid of her cancer.


She is doing just great though – the NSAIDs seem to be helping her arthritis and she’s actually romping a bit in the yard. She’s picked up on our daily ‘find the food’ game like a champ and is giving Jack a run for his money at finding the most treats. She loves her walks, has not quite finished exploring every corner of the yard, but she’s working at it and she follows me around just like Jack. It’s becoming a bit of a challenge with the two of them, but it’s okay. She is as sweet as can be and unlike Maggie who preferred to be off on her own, Coco likes to stay with us and sleeps happily in her bed in the living room with us in the evening. I don’t think she was abused in her former home, just neglected. She really wants to please us and behaves like an little angel.

She and Jack get along great. He was a little overly interested in her at first and they had one small tussle the first week, but now he is back to ignoring her like he did Maggie and Coco is following him around like a true little sister.


On top of all the dog health issues we’ve been dealing with, as you know, we were acquired by PetNet last year. We continued the blog for a time, but now our focus is on our food database and food delivery offerings at PetNet. We are building some innovative tools (software and “AI”)  to help pet parents feed smarter and choose better foods and treats for their pets.  Expect this work to make it to market in the Petnet products next year.  Meanwhile, PetNet has a blog that we contribute to where we discuss diet and nutrition.
This isn’t goodbye, it’s just a sabbatical. We will continue to post on occasion, especially about Jack and Coco, but also if there is significant dog food or exercise news to share.

We want to thank all of you for your support and loyalty to our blog, our “Fitdog” mission and our dogs Jack, Maggie & Coco over the last four years. We’ve enjoyed every minute of it particularly belonging to this great community of pet bloggers and pet owners. They are the best people around! Thank you.




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  1. We all need a sabbatical from time to time.

    Glad to hear that Coco is happy in her new home and new life in general! I have no doubt that with the love and care you provide all your dogs, Coco’s health issues will be resolved in good time. Having two dogs on your heels all day long can be a challenge – believe me, I know! – but it’s a challenge I enjoy far more often than not. They certainly let you know that you are loved and cherished!
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  2. PS. I had noticed you were “missing” from my inbox a lot lately, but I figured living had just gotten in the way of life. And yes, our “little” community of pet lovers IS wonderful! Some days it is my refuge from the daily grind.
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  3. You deserve a break……

  4. Sending pawsitive thoughts Coco’s way! Hope all goes well – sounds like a sabbatical is definitely in order. Glad to hear the pups are getting along. They sure look fantastic together!

  5. We’ve been missing you all, so it was good to hear from you! We’re glad to hear things are coming along with Coco’s health, and that everything was benign for Jack. It’s great that they’ve settled in and are getting along now. We look forward to seeing what all your hard work brings forth at PetNet.
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  6. I will miss you guys. Thanks for the update about Jack and Coco. Sounds like great progress, and I wish continued good health for your pups and selves. I completely understand about the sabbatical. Good luck!

    —Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

  7. You definitely have a full plate and are probably overdue for a blog break. So glad to read this update and catch up with everything going on. So glad Jack is okay and sounds like Coco is on the road to wellness, too. Take care of yourselves.

  8. Thanks for letting us know. So many times blogs I love have disappeared with no explanation and it leaves the reader wondering.

    I’m glad to hear that both dogs are doing so well and look forward to your updates as Jack and Coco continue their journeys to health.
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  9. We’ve wondered where you went to. Coco is so lucky to have found a wonderful home. We hope both dogs can get healthy and stay healthy. Hope to see you around at least now and then. In the meantime, we will continue to promote health and fitness for dogs.
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  10. Thinking of you all and glad you updated us. We send you many hugs!

  11. Thanks for the update. I’m glad that Jack is on the mend. And I’m so glad that Coco is with you. I certainly would be very grateful if you could keep us updated on them. One of our dogs went through something similar with a very bad bacterial bladder infection that was antibiotic resistant – I hope that Coco gets through this with flying colors!

    Thanks for your blogging. We will miss you, and we hope that you’ll update us on your wonderful pair of Labs!
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  12. Miss you! Thank you for you SlimDoggy blog – I have learned so much! And big hugs to Jack and Coco. 🙂

  13. Enjoy your sabbatical and don’t forget to visit us. ♥
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  14. Thank you for the update on the fur-kids and SlimDoggy in general. While selfishly I’ll be sorry to see you on sabbatical, I applaud you for doing so. Very best wishes as you treat Coco and Jack; we’ll be thinking of you and look forward to posts in the future.

  15. Thank you for the update, you’ve been missed. Fingers and paws crossed with prayers up for your entire family human and furry! Please keep us posted.

  16. Hopefully you will be posting on FB so I can keep in touch with the going on’s. Thank you for Slimdoggy that brought us together. I’m glad Jack is doing well after his surgeries and that coco is getting back to good health. Good luck with your new adventure!
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