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The Guga Page (Updated October 1999)
B.G. and Rusty
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Guga in Action I (220K) | Guga in Action II (950K)
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Cat Scratch Fever
JULY 1998 -- Note to self: let Guga know
that you're going to pick him up off
your desk BEFORE laying a hand on him,
or else the consequences could be dire....
Intestinal Obstruction or Lack of Fiber?
NOV. 1997 -- It was a few weeks after Guga arrived on the scene; we noticed that Gordie was gagging
when he tried to eat (an event which in and of itself was becoming alarmingly rare). After
further surveillance, we also determined that Gordie had ceased to visit the litter
After a one-day delay when our vet called in sick, Gordie was subjected to
a lovely barium series of x-rays. The results seemed clear--a large mass in the lower
third of Gord's intestine was not allowing anything through. The vet deemed it
highly serious--he recommended an immediate surgical consultation, and told us to
anticipate surgery that night (to both remove the blockage and, most likely, that
portion of Gordie's intestine). The source of the blockage? Unknown, but fingers
were quickly pointed at the various strings and twist-ties that had been laying
around the house since Guga's arrival.
The vet called Jacqueline with a referral to their surgeon of choice--who had
indicated that the cost for this procedure would run between $1,600 and $2,000.
Hearing her immediately burst into uncontrollable sobs, he gently gave the "humane
euthanasia" speech. So that was the choice: bankruptcy or putting Gordie to sleep,
perhaps without even giving Bill (who was at work) a chance to say goodbye to his
But wait! The vet, after listening to a 31-year-old woman cry like a baby,
decided to do some calling around to other surgical offices, and found that
Friendship Animal Hospital quoted the same surgery at between $650 and
$800. Sold! And so, in the pouring rain, Jacqueline drove Gordie the 30 minutes
to Tenleytown and into the arms of Dr. Amy Fauth. After a quick check, she
said that they would monitor him for a few hours, but that the surgery would
happen either late that night or early the next morning.
At midnight, the phone call came. And it was a miracle! The doc reported
that Gordie had passed some, uh, barium-coated material. And, at 7:00 am,
another call, with the same report! The big guy was on the mend!
So, after only $600 in office visits and diagnostics, Cat #1 recovered
without ever going under the knife.
Guga! Guga! Guga! Guga!
With a joie de vivre seldom
seen even in kittens, young Guga has quickly made his imprint
on this household. The Guga Page
will always keep you up-to-date with the latest photos as
the Little Fella trots along the path to Cat-hood. And make
sure to follow the link to
http://www.gugakuerten.com.br to learn all about
Dupree Pet Retrospective
Those of you who have been around for a while should take
a moment to think back to those two great Dupree family
members B.G. and Rusty, who
couldn't be more different and yet were both mondo-cool
in their own way....