Prayers for Baxter

It seems our favorite little monkey has gotten himself into some tummy trouble for the third time. On Sunday morning Baxter went to the emergency vet and was rushed into surgery to fix an intestinal blockage. As many of you know, this is an unfortunately familiar situation for Mr. Baxter.

When I first brought Baxter home to foster – actually just about one year ago today – I was warned that he was a foreign object eater. While unsupervised at the rescue farm, he had gotten access to a leash and consumed it. He went through surgery to remove it, but while recovering at the vet’s office he ate part of a towel that he pulled into his cage, and he had to go under a second time to have it removed. He healed up from both surgeries, but has severe scarring on his intestines.

At my house we were diligent about picking up anything he could eat or leaving him in his crate if we weren’t home. Even then he still managed to find a leash, pull it off our kitchen table, and eat half of it in the five minutes we weren’t watching him. Luckily he passed that one though. We’ve never been able to figure out what causes his urge to eat these things. Our best guess was anxiety, which made sense because for the last eight months he’s been completely fine in his new home since he is always with his siblings. Until now.

His family rushed him to the vet Sunday morning after he was lethargic and couldn’t go to the bathroom. X-rays were inconclusive, so they decided on exploratory surgery and their worst fears were confirmed: they found a towel wrapped around his intestines, beginning to cut into them. It seems they caught it in the nick of time. The vet made it clear that while Baxter made it out of surgery okay, he is not out of the woods yet. Because this was the third time his intestines have had to endure this, there is severe damage and we’re not sure how he’ll heal up. They gave him the prognosis of a 75% chance of full recovery.

For now, we’re all just waiting and sending lots and lots of good vibes to his parents, who are worried sick. He hasn’t been released from the hospital yet, so every day is a waiting game to hear reports from the vet. Please keep Baxter and his family in your thoughts and prayers! He has been through so much and I’m sure he will bounce back from this too, but he needs all the positive thoughts he can get right now.

23 thoughts on “Prayers for Baxter

  1. Andrea Joy

    Prayers for Baxter! He is such a resilient fella; I just know he’ll pull through.

    Our old neighbors used to have a pittie who was a foreign object eater so she wore a basket muzzle whenever they couldn’t have a 100% eye on her, as well as on walks. It always broke their hearts because people assumed she had a bite history when really she was a total love bug. But, safety has to be priority! Stay strong, Baxter and friends….

  2. Eric

    Dogs are such wonderful companions and members of our families, but it can be so frustrating that we can’t make them understand that there are certain things they must NOT do for their own good! I hope Baxter comes out of this one ok. Hugs to his family.

  3. Karen Wagner

    Aw…please tell Baxter’s parent’s that all of us are sending them prayer’s and positive thought’s for Baxter’s quick recovery! I’m going to say a prayer right now for this sweet boy. Baxter…we love you! Please keep us updated on his progress! xoxo

  4. Baxter, oh poor buddy boy. Those photos are so darling and really pull at the heart strings. I’ll be thinking about him a lot and praying he pulls through. After all he’s been through, he deserves such a long and happy life with his wonderful family.


    I am sending my best vibes & thoughts for this special guy! Also to his family….poor Baxter, it almost seems you are right on the anxiety and “somehow he is trying to fill some hole for his soul inside….did that make sense? He seems like such a sweetie. Best wishes Baxter!

    “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? If not now, when?” -Hillel

  6. KS84

    Aww, having gone through the same surgery with my little dude, I know how scary and frustrating it is…and all for a stupid piece of towel (or in my case, tennis ball!). Vinnie’s emergency vet gently suggested a muzzle for when he’s unsupervised, too (since he’s a crate escaper)…thankfully he’s been OK since then with a very limited selection of carefully-maintained toys while alone, but I don’t think it’s a bad or inhumane decision for an indiscriminate eater. Safety is priority #1!

  7. Poor little Baxter, thinking healing thought for that boy. I had a foreign object eater, even swallowed a nylon bone whole once that had to be surgically removed and the shingles off the neighbors roof when they were getting a new roof, almost lost him on that one and ended up with kidney problems we had to deal with the rest of his life :(. We had to end of using a muzzle like the one showed above in order to control what he ingested. It was very sad but had to be done. He didn’t seem to mind it as we made it fun to put it on. And as a ray of hope to his families in his upper senior years, past 10, he quit doing the bad eating.

  8. Schelli

    Oh noooo, my poor Baxter. I’ll be praying for him for sure, he has a special place in my heart even though I’ve never seen him in person.

  9. Poor Baxter and his family! I will have him in my thoughts and hopefully he will make a full recovery. He is such a resilient little guy, I hae to believe all will be okay. My heart goes out to his family.

  10. Lynnie

    Gosh, he’s been doing so well. He’s young and healthy and will most likely pull through. I agree with the use of a muzzle as he may not be able to pull through something like this again. Poor guy. He’ll be in my head and heart today.

  11. Niki & our beloved pibble Zeus

    Poor Baxter! I hope he heals up quickly & is able to go home soon. Sending lots of healing thoughts his way.

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