Yay for the pet forum!
We are parents to Hannah, a yellow Lab who will be 6 in November. She came from a breeder in Ohio. We have been through many ups and downs with her in a medical sense, most of which have ended with some miraculous recovery to full health on her part. It's getting to the point that the stories sound ridiculous and made-up, but they're honestly true. She's sure given me lots of experience, and most recently an education in bone marrow disease and anemia. In April her red blood cell count got as low as 17 (normal is 40-55, if it had gotten to 14 she would have needed a transfusion). She had a bone marrow biopsy and was diagnosed with primary myelodysplasia with refractory anemia. It's very rare and they couldn't tell us her odds or even settle on the best treatment. We first tried the "wait and see" approach and it seems to be working: at the end of July her hematocrit had rebounded to 48.
Then there's Henry, a black Lab who is in some ways the complete opposite of Hannah. He turned 4 at the end of June. I can probably count on one hand the number of times he's been to the vet for any reason. He is more of an English type Lab (Hannah is not a field type but she is certainly not as stocky as the English type frequently are). We got him from a breeder in NC.
Finally, there's the cat, Jefferson, who came from an SPCA in PA. He will turn 5 on Labor Day weekend (so we have three pets who were born in the span of 19 months :LOL). I'm not really a cat person, but DH is. I admit it's been hard for me to bond with Jefferson, but I am glad we gave him a home. He's had some medical problems of his own... urinary blockages... which are now being controlled by prescription diet (knock on wood).
Before DD, I guess you could say my hobby was dogs. We started agility with Hannah and I think she would have had a good career at it if we'd been able to keep it up. Our idea of a fun Friday night used to be taking Hannah down to the small, independently owned pet supply store to hang out with the employees and socialize her.
Since DD was born, it's been a little hard to learn how to manage everyone's needs, but we're committed to giving the pets what they deserve, and particularly not turning them into outside pets, which everyone has told us we'd do once we had kids.
really badly here, so I'll wrap up... gotta get ready for work anyway. It's awesome to have a place to talk about our furry kids.