Vet trip for my Australian Shepherd.

Sky, (full name Skyhawk -like TA4j Skyhawk airplane) had to have a Cyst that has been bothering her removed from her tail yesterday.  Yep, surgery.  I have a great vet, as in an honest vet who tells it like it is.  He doesn’t mess around.  Hard to explain, but he is not one of those vets who rushes to cut or prescribe drugs to make a killing.  As a matter of fact I brought Sky to his office last July before I had my own surgery (tendon replaced in my ankle) and he thought it best to wait till it seemed an issue for her.  Well it became an issue for her about 2 weeks ago when I noticed her constantly trying to chew at it so last Friday I went back to the vet and he agreed we should probably go ahead and remove it.

Waiting for Dr. Appt
Waiting for Dr. Appt

After weighing her Steve the vet had me hold her in my lap as he gave her the injection to give her her surgery nap.  That was at noon and he told me to come back around 3pm.  At 3 she was still in the recovery cage.  A little freaked out-still waking up and probably not happy about being in a cage that reminded her of her pre-rescue life.  I sat there with her waiting for her to feel comfortable and steadier on her feet.

At about 4pm she was ready to go home.  I was told to limit her food and drink for several more hours.  She really was thirsty too.  I would let her drink a little and then have to take it away from her.  Now the dilemma!  She has to leave her tail alone so it can heal but since I live on a boat a cone around her head would just be too dangerous when she is not sleeping.

Steve told me to not bandage it as it needs air to heal but i was also concerned about the amount of dust and other dogs out here so I wanted the surgery protected from sniffing noses including her Socked tail!own and from the dirt and dust.  I came up with an idea.  I had an old tube sock which I had cut the elastic out of in an attempt to protect my cast when i was wearing one. I cut the other end off and was able to easily pull Sky’s tail through and then use the medical tape that sticks to itself wrapped around the top and the bottom of the sock.  The incision still gets air to heal and now it is protected.  I still have to watch her because on occasion she wants the sock off her tail understandably so.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge – Sun Mar 8th

022714-odd-ballIn response to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge post how can I resist but sharing some of the millions of photos of my pups.  The white one is an Aussie about 5-6 years old the one chasing is a Catahoula about 3 years old.  Both rescues and both living the dream now!  Or at least I hope they feel that way.  They are certainly fulfilling mine.

 

The whole point of Cee’s challenge is to share photos that don’t fit in a regular category.  As far as I’m concerned, my dogs could fit in almost every category out there – but that’s just me.  So though neither of my dogs are ‘odd’, I still think it would be acceptable to add them to the Odd Ball Challenge!!

 

Cheers and thanks for checking the post out.

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Day Four: Bliss & Captions 5th Mar 2015

Publish an image that represents bliss to you!!

The blissful hug
The blissful hug
There is no one image but I think bliss for me is rejoicing in seeing my two pups enjoying themselves.  
They are both rescues and they have both come a long way since their previous life before adoption.  
They are not related but might as well be!!

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Community lost without swift response (Daily prompt use it or lose it)

Use It or Lose It

Communities are seeming like a lost art in the hustle and bustle of daily life in this ‘civilised world’.

How civilised are we if we don’t know our neighbours. Do you know yours?

We need one another all the time but sometimes it is only in an emergency when we truly feel and recognise the neighbourly love and care that could be felt every day.

harbor_ovrlkI’m grateful to live in a close nit community where we do know and care about one another on a daily basis. We have no security here, no emergency services within close reach. We do have one another and the care and compassion and challenges of this knowledge.

Use it or lose it is the subject of this daily prompt and I for one find that it relates to using or losing our sense of community. Love is meant to be shared and if we don’t use and express the love and caring for our neighbours and neighbourhood before you know it though we have people living next door we have lost our real neighbours and community.

It was a quiet night. Nothing out of the ordinary. I was at my computer working on some sort of mindless project or perhaps a mindful project… then I thought I heard the distinct sound of two cats at each others throats wailing their dominance. It was high pitched and brief but enough of a commotion in our quiet harbour community for me to go to my door and look out and listen … nothing. Nothing at all. My neighbour Ike in his boat berthed next to mine looked out at the same time and we commented that we had heard this commotion and then went back to our respective activities.

308266850_2404aab0e7_oWithin moments -we both heard it again. My view faced my neighbour, Ike so I was looking at one half of the harbour and his view looked the opposite way towards me and faced the other half of the harbour. This time the high pitched call remained long enough for us to hear it while we had our heads outside. Ike’s view suddenly brought perspective. He could see a few docks over and saw the flames erupting into the air as one of our neighbours floating homes was clearly on fire.

Ike yelled to me fire and we both immediately dropped what we were doing and raced out of our boats and over to the dock where the flames were engulfing the floating home. Seems at least 10 of us in the harbour had risen to the occasion and we were all scrambling to hook up hoses and get in position to battle the fire down. The emergency services had been called and were on their way but we are in a remote area and know that our first defense was in one another. I think we all felt the sense of emergency and the very real urgency. Wooden boats and docks are no match for an out of control fire so we could not let this fire get out of control.

I don’t think I ever really felt that we might never come back form this if not handled professionally and swiftly.  Somehow we are survivors out here so that frame of thought isn’t in the cards!

The fire had been started by a chimney fire and the residents of the house hadn’t even realised they were on fire till all the commotion began. They were still inside trying to round up their animals. My neighbour, Ike, had grabbed a few fire extinguishers from the dock and was inside the house dousing the flames at the source. Meanwhile our harbour master and owner Eric, had climbed up on the roof of the house and we had passed hoses to him so he could get the fire out from outside and keep it from spreading. With the team work on hand the fire was extinguished within probably 20 minutes though I think for all of us it felt more like a couple of hours.

firefighters2The fire department showed up in a timely manner considering our location and took over with the investigation and ensuring no further sparks etc. The fire department was there for a couple of hours probably but there were no more flames to extinguish and all was safe now.

The events related are true and took place about 12 years ago .. in 2002 or 2003

Blogging with pictures – puppy of course!

Today’s assignment to try a different posting style… so though I’ve used pictures in my posts before I thought I would show a story via pictures in this blog.  Of course the web can’t read pictures so I’ll just say this picture story will show the pup Zulu (catahoula breed) from 8 wks to now 3yrs from mangy, scrawny pup to handsome companion for his older (non-related by blood anyhow) sister (Sky -Australian Shepherd).

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Both Zulu and Sky are rescue dogs.  Zulu the Catahoula was adopted from the Jefferson County animal shelter in Mardas, Oregon.  Sky, the Aussie was a year old when she was adopted from the Milo Foundation in California.