Happy Friday, reader friends. Before I start out on my assigned topic, I’d like to say hello to a faithful reader, Catherine, who informed me last night that I’d missed posting for a couple of days, and that totally messed up her night-time routine. That made my day!
I will do my best to post at least a little something every day, so she’ll have something to read before bed. But, there will be occasional days when I have so much work or am having so much fun that I don’t get to type! Let’s hope for no more days when I’m just so sad I don’t want to blather on about my mundane stuff, which happened earlier in the week.
Today was a big day over at the Hermits’ Rest. We try to be responsible pet owners, even though that can be a bit pricey when you have 5 dogs and 2 equines. The first thing that needed to be done was to get our little Penney spayed, so in case a roving Man Dog shows up, we don’t get more red mutts.
Lee took her over to the Dr. Amy A Team Mobile Vet Office (not its official name) in the morning yesterday. Penney obviously felt betrayed, he says, but she went in willingly, because everyone is so nice there. He came and picked her little woozy self up around 3, and all the other dogs were kind to her.
Then, once the official day of Cameron veterinary care was over, Dr. Amy and her crew drove the big trailer (which she fixed up HERSELF) over to our house for Fun with Vaccinations. Well, fun for people who aren’t dogs.
I missed most of it, because I was exceeding posted speed limits to try to get Vlassic there before they had to leave, but from what I am told, everyone was pretty darned good, though they could not get any of the larger dogs into the trailer to get weighed.
The best news was that Dr. Amy said Alfred looks way better and he seems to be coping well with his hips. He demonstrated that he can walk, run fast, and turn on a dime right in front of her, so the assessment was easy. So we will keep him on his pain and joint medications. Such good news.
Everybody else was in tip-top shape, but it came as no surprise to hear that Harvey still needs to lose a bit of weight. She did say she could tell he has lost weight. So, whew. She got some hilarious photos of him after getting his shots, which I hope she shares (she also got one of extremely woozy Penney)!
A Slight Oopsie
Once I got there, Vlassic trotted right on up to the trailer and went in to say hi to everyone. He got his rabies shot just fine, but when they gave him his rattlesnake vaccine he cried and cried like he was in horrible pain.
Dr. Amy said maybe that one hurts some dogs, but was pretty baffled. We petted him a lot, and after he licked the spot a lot, he settled down.
When I went to the Master Naturalist meeting last night, I was talking to a friend, and she suggested that maybe the injection had hit a nerve. That made a lot of sense, judging from his very strong reaction. And there’s always a small chance something like that could happen, especially in a little guy like Vlassic, who, by the way, weighs a healthy 17 pounds.
Penney weighs 30 pounds, which once again proves she’s the ideal dog, ha ha. We wonder if she’ll gain weight after being spayed. We tried really hard to get Carlton in the trailer to weigh him, but he was having nothing of it. After running around in 102 degree heat and getting bashed so hard by his head on my right index fingernail that it still hurts today, I gave up, and so did the vet tech. He won. I’d still like to know.
Most of the dogs seemed a bit grumpy, but they are all okay today. Penney started to whimper last night so we gave her pain meds a bit early and she settled down to sleep. She played a little this morning, but we are trying to keep her calm.
I am impressed by what tiny incisions they make these days when they spay dogs. Technology must have really improved since Rose, our last female dog. I hope Penney heals well and has a long and happy life with us.
PS: Sorry there are so few photos. I was too busy running around to get any.