Sunday, January 30, 2011
Tanner has laryngeal paralysis. This means that he has this hard edged panting along with throat clearing that sounds a lot like a goose honking or a loud "HRRRAAACH." When he inhales there is a harsh edge sound similar to the wheeze of an asthmatic. These sounds are more pronounced and prolonged when he's excited or stressed. On Wednesday as the storm was starting to roll in I got the dogs outside, and something caused Tanner to not be able to catch his breath. After several minutes of nothing more than a squeak from him as he tried to inhale, he started foaming from the mouth, his tongue and gums turned gray, and he collapsed. You know as well as I do that time is critical and I knew I had to get him to the animal emergency. He was totally limp and I somehow managed to get him in the van. Typically the drive would take about 20 minutes but with the storm, the road conditions were quickly deteriorating. I tried to not panic but I have to admit that I really thought he was going to die before I got there--Along the way the sounds stopped all together. I pulled over on the side of the road opened Tanner's mouth and pulled on his tongue and I heard and saw him take in a breath. In just a minute or two he had his head up and by the time I got to the animal emergency Tanner was fine...The vet, no bigger than a pencil and looked to be about 12 years old, did an exam and x-rays. She gave him an injection of a steroid in case he aspirated fluid or irritated his vocal cords. Within the hour we were on our way home with the instructions to keep him quiet. Other than his bark sounding a bit hoarse, he's been just fine.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
CarrieAnne and Sheba this morning. I hope you enjoy your day too!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
It started with the ceremonial snow-dance.One of the most popular ways that is said to get the snow to come is that you should wear your pajamas inside out. Since Hamlet is the only dog that wears clothing, we put his shirt on inside out...
Sheba excels at this, so we had her do it.
Sheba excels at this, so we had her do it.
Well, I improvised on that one, and I just put them on the ground...
The dogs promptly ate them...I hope it will still count...It is also traditional to put a spoon under your pillow...I put one under a dog bed but Tanner found it...
And finally Charlie dug a hole...Okay that wasn't one, but he had a good time and we all figured that it couldn't hurt...We'll see if it works!
But if you know of something else we should try, let us know, okay--We're game!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
|~My brother John and I--I was about 5 years old~|
3. You may not know...that I collect rocks...My Mom used to paint them.
4. You may not know...that I am six-feet tall.
5. You may not know...that I have never been to Disney World. My sister-in-law has worked for Disney for more than 30 years, and I could get in for free and have a place to stay, but I've never gone.
6. You may not know...that I love secrets. However since I was a kid, I've had a hard time keeping them, and still do...But I think this is why among my favorite books are the 'Post Secret' books where people create a post card and send in their secrets anonymously--I'll let you in on a secret, on an impulse, I did this, and mine was published in the last book.
7. You may not know...that I really enjoy being with friends, but my favorite place to be is at home--I'll bet you already knew that!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
One day this week we had snow and ice. Even with 'just' and inch of snow, we had a delayed start at work, which was a huge help. It allowed me time to feed the stray cat I told you about. I really appreciated every one's thoughts on what to do--I decided I would just 'let it be,' with the thought that maybe it did belong to the farm that is across the road from us and was okay. I thought that if it needed anything, I just hoped I'd be able to tell. When I arrived home on Monday night, I caught sight of the cat coming out of the brush and going up the driveway. Carl said he had seen it also. I decided with the cold, rain and snow, I would feed it the next morning. When I put out the food and got back to the house, I looked back and saw that the food had been promptly found and was being gobbled up by a hawk and a couple of crows.
and more of this...
I hope you've had a good week!
I am looking forward to the weekend and catching up on your blogs!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I don't remember a time in my life when I didn't feel sorry for a cat or a dog that didn't have a home. If you've felt that same way then you know how I'm feeling about a stray cat that we've had around our property the last several weeks. I am quite sure it's feral because it runs away anytime it sees or hears me. I feel lucky that I have been able to take a few pictures of it because it doesn't come too close to the house, but stays on the edge of the woods down by the road. I read on someones blog that you shouldn't feed a feral cat. But I have to admit that I couldn't not do that and I've put a bowl out for it a few times, but the meal mostly goes untouched. I am sure it's surviving on whatever it can hunt. Of course with the cold I worry about it and am wondering if I should try to trap it, (I have a small trap) or just let it be. From what I can see, it looks healthy and who knows, maybe it does have a home or is quite content with the life it has. What do you think?
Friday, January 14, 2011
Our day is off to a good start! The sun is out and I've had a nice chat on the phone with a co-worker (we don't get the chance to talk much at work) and Carl, who is also off work today, and I enjoyed my homemade biscuits for breakfast.
I thought today I would share a 10 second video that I took of Hamlet this morning. I've tried several times to capture on video Hamlet 'running' and today I did; even though it was a little tricky to balance the camera and hold 2 leashes at the same time. It has been six weeks since his two surgeries and each day I marvel and am so grateful that he is doing well--A tribute to his spirit and resilience! Hamlet is still taking the Chinese herbs, and today I pick up yet another refill of the antibiotic that he's been taking for the past 9 weeks. Only time will tell if everything is working to prevent the recurrence of the infection and the tumor.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
|~Hamlet hoping for a bite of a biscuit~|
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
We did get just a light dusting of snow on Saturday morning. The weathermen are promising us more by Tuesday. I've found that living in Virginia, everyone gets excited and a little panicked about even the smallest amounts of snow. So we'll just have to wait and see if they get it right this time. I'm optimistic. But even with just a little bit of snow, Charlie, looking a bit like a snowman, didn't want to come inside. When I called him, he just sat and looked at me and seemed to be reminding me that with his thick coat grown out, he's perfectly outfitted for the cold weather.
|~Charlie, the Good~|
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
With Monday off from work, it was back to real life and reality on Tuesday. The holidays are done and it's time for some kind of normalcy, whatever that may be. The talk with several patients was the 'Mega-Millions' lottery that had grown to over 300 million dollars. A few of the patients had bought a ticket and thoughts were on what they would do if they were the big winner. Now I do not consider myself a 'lucky person' which is why you can count on one hand how many times I've personally bought a lottery-ticket. But it was 'only' a dollar, and since my chances of winning were said to be 'one in 176-million' I fell into that dream of 'what if,' and I bought a single ticket. Imagine my surprise on Wednesday morning when I checked my numbers and saw that I won a whole $150--I won the lottery!! Okay, it wasn't the big jackpot, but I thought it was a pretty good return on my one-dollar investment the day before. And I still have dreams of what I'll do with my winnings...Will I buy a new purse, or gas for my van? I think it'll have to be gas--With prices going up and after taxes I'm sure it won't be enough for the purse.
|(Our boy Sam)|