Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Girls

~We are enjoying tomatoes from our garden~
Onto another week we go. Almost all of my spare time these days is being taken up with the dogs.  This past week began with our girl Bailey at the vet for x-rays and bloodwork and were given a diagnosis of a respiratory infection, and 2 antibiotics. As a new week begins, she's much better, her appetite has returned, and the cough that she had has all but disappeared. 
Eva also had a turn at the vet this past week, and her latest blood work shows that her health, in particular, her kidneys continue to deteriorate.  The infection that we hoped was cleared up, has returned, so she's back on antibiotics.
I've asked Conventional Vet to contact the medical coordinator from the rescue about Eva's future health reports. I know hearing the test results are important.  But right now, hearing about how Eva's sodium, potassium, creatinine, albumin, calcium and protein levels continue to worsen is just too discouraging. I have accepted that Eva will never regain her health.  So, I'd rather focus on each day as it comes; making sure she's happy, in good spirits, finding something she'll want to eat, and making sure she's getting her IV fluids, supplements and medications and getting to her appointments with Holistic Vet.

And going down the list of the girls, I have to mention the little milestone that its been just over a week since the arrival of Momma. I've enjoyed getting to know, this easy going girl. Usually we take intros very slow, and over a week we allow the new arrivals to have more and more freedom in the house, and with the other dogs.  But Momma is one of those dogs where that has not been necessary. She quickly became part of our big crowd, and has settled right in. All the dogs like her.
~Momma & Todd~
Chipper, our other foster boy for Lab Rescue, cannot get enough of her, and wherever Momma is, Chipper is not far behind.  I think he likes that there is another Lab around. We like having her around too!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Momma Arrives at Golden Pines!

The top news story at our house is that the INTERNET IS RESTORED!!  Our trouble began late last week when an afternoon storm came through that didn't totally knock out our internet connection, but it slowed down to a pace that was slower than dial up. We hobbled (and I suffered) through it and it appears as the end of the week is in sight, the problems are finally resolved. And, I'll add that the loud humming we had on our land line is gone too. Thank-you Verizon. 
~Todd, cares nothing about the internet, but he does care about the deer on his turf~
The second news story is the arrival of a new addition from Lab Rescue, named Momma. Our taking another dog, because of the lovely Eva, was not for a single moment a part of the plan. But when I read the below e-mail from the foster home coordinator, how could I say no?
Hi, Kim. I'm sorry to be writing to you to ask you if you might consider taking a hospice dog. Mama is a 10 year old black female. The owner contacted us because he took her into the vet to be euthanized because she has a huge mammary tumor and didn't want to spend any more money on her. His vet told him it was operable and to reach out to us. She has been seen and this tumor is a monster that has wrapped itself around the back leg, the lymph nodes, and it is not operable. Her whole leg is swollen. I don't think she has much time left. Maybe a few days or weeks. They put her on anti-inflammatories and pain killers. They also treated a horrific ear infection. They packed her ears. And she has a hole in her gum, can't remember the name of it. Anyway, she is the sweetest girl, of course, and she is always wagging her tail. I don't want her to spend more time at the vet. She arrived on Saturday. I asked them if she should go to Heaven now, but the vet said she is still happy and should enjoy whatever time she has being spoiled in a home. What are your thoughts? I'm sorry to impose on you like this. Thank you for listening. 
Momma arrived yesterday. She is a sweet and endearing girl and she has not stopped wagging her tail, or smiling since we met.  I look forward to the chance to get to know Momma, spoiling her, and saying good bye when it's time for her to go.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sunflowers and the Place I Call Home

The sunflowers are a reason why I love July. The fields of them in nearby Maryland could never come close to the ones in the south of France, but they're all I've got to enjoy. So, along with Charlie, and a good friend, I made my annual pilgrimage to see them last week.
Again, as I said, they don't compare to the fields in France, but they do not disappoint.
After all, how can you not smile when you see something like this?
Or this?
Or even this....

They are such a beautiful and bountiful display of bright, cheery, yellow!

It was a nice morning and by 10 o'clock, we returned home.  Back in June another friend surprised me with a thoughtful birthday gift of aerial pictures taken in May, of the place we call home.  I thought I'd share them with you.  Amazing what can be done with a drone these days.  The picture below is the front of our property.
The next photo is of the back of our house with our fenced yards in view - You can see that Todd has plenty of room to run.
Todd also has plenty of places to lay in the shade too.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Emotions and Trust

It's the time of year that the sunflowers are in bloom. On Saturday I took my annual pilgrimage to see the fields in Maryland. I'll share a few more photos in my next post.  

Emotions are still running high as the struggle with Eva continues.  She's not eaten much since Tuesday, and it continues to be both crushing and heartbreaking and I am at a loss as to what to do.  We're getting great support from both the rescue, and the holistic vet. But in the end, it's up to me to try and find something she'll find palatable and want to eat. But I keep striking out, but of course we'll keep trying.

Turning the focus there's our temporary addition Chipper. He's been here since late June, and its been a bit of a challenge, but he's gaining confidence in himself, and isn't hiding as much as he was initially.  Because of this, when the foster home coordinator for the rescue returned from being out of town, we decided it was best if Chipper just stayed here ..... for now..... The only thing is, is that the rescue wants to make him available for adoption, and let another family work with him.  I don't think that he's ready for that step, because he's still so afraid of so many things.  But maybe Chipper's trust that he's building with us, is the same that we should have in someone else.