An Ill Pup

Radio silence incurred because as if we needed another family member to get sick, Drake ended up spending the weekend in an emergency clinic.

After a few days of just not seeming right, one large puke, and a missing lens-bag cord was noticed, we decided to take him in to the vet. Cue much of Saturday spent in vet waiting rooms, wondering what it would take to get our fur baby right again.

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It turns out he had quite a lot of inflammation in his GI tract and in general his bloodwork showed that his body was somewhat angry at whatever was going on. X-rays didn’t show any obvious foreign objects, but as he was also quite dehydrated, the decision was made to transfer him to an after hours clinic where they would give him fluids, do a contrast study, and in general work to get him comfortable.

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After spending 2 nights there, he’s back home, and luckily eating and drinking in a more normal fashion. He seems thoroughly exhausted and a little dull in the eyes after his experience, and the husband and I are both hoping he cheers up soon.

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I’m working for home in order to keep an eye on him, and doing what we can to get him to perk up. Please send healing thoughts for my precious boy to feel better!

Self Destructing Animals

Christmas time is traditionally an expensive time of year. Besides buying presents for the family, the in-laws, friends, etc, and attempting to avoid all the amazing sales with things you just really really want need, money goes faster than it comes.

And you know what else is expensive? Vet bills.

I’m already busy treating Smitty’s ulcer (shout out to Hillary for the excellent tips for gastrogard savings!) which, you, know, generally cost around $30 a day (until I get my international alternative- more on that later), for a 30 days… Cha ching.

So of course the dog chooses this particular time to start getting nose bleeds. And I don’t mean a sprinkling of blood occasionally. I mean human-like, dripping nose bleeds on almost a daily basis. After realizing this wasn’t just him repeatedly bumping his dry nose on the glass (trying to, and successfully convincing anyone and everyone to stay away from his castle), but that it was something else entirely, we took him to the vet.

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The verdict? Likely Pemphigus Erythematosus (which sounds more like a dino than a disease to me). It’s an autoimmune disease common to GSD’s and causes lesions and ulcers on the face- and is probably responsible for Drake’s tender, dry, cracked nose that we’ve never been able to solve. We ran bloodwork just in case it was a clotting disorder (it’s not), promised them our first born child, and left with our little packet of antibiotics and steroids.

Luckily the steroids seem to be doing their job, since beside having to now pee every 4 hours, Drake’s nose is on the mend and we’re down to only 2 nosebleeds in 11 days. Thank goodness- because our freshly steamcleaned carpet is starting to look like a murder scene.

On its way to healing

On its way to healing

But let’s not forget the other creatures of the house- they too must add to the melee. Jackson, the cat, has decided nothing looks more appetizing than pine needles, and to hell with it if they’re plastic. So running after the gagging cat has been another holiday treat.

And then Smitty decided to spice things up by attempting to impale himself.

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That’s right- just what we wanted to deal with.

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Awesome sauce.

Lucky for me I am blessed with a stellar barn manager and a great friend who cleaned him up for me when I couldn’t get to the barn due to work commitments. They also were inventive enough to jimmy-rig his blanket so that it didn’t rub the wound and yet still kept him warm and covered. A text the next morning confirmed that the cut was already looking better and that it really was just a flesh wound.

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After finally seeing him Friday I could also see that it really wasn’t much to worry about, except for the vanity of an unsightly scratch at the moment.

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So thankfully (other than the barfing cat, which I guess will end once the trees are put up) the animals seem to be on the mend. But shit you guys, could we stop the self-destructing nonsense? Please and thank you.

Photography Friday: Drake

It’s been a while since I’ve posted Drake photos! I just love the colors of autumn, and here in North Carolina the leaves are beautiful this time of year. So when I spotted some lovely light outside my window this week as I was working from home, I just had to take my favorite model outside for a few photos!

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A victory lap for the model!

A victory lap for the model!

Oh, and then this happened Wednesday:

If there's one thing about my house that I love, it's the light

If there’s one thing about my house that I love, it’s the light

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Happy Friday!

Photography Friday

Part of the excitement on our trip last weekend was getting to meet my brother’s new furry companion- Magellan the border collie puppy. Nothing better than puppy breath! He was a tricky little bugger to photograph, but it was special to document the moment!

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And of course whenever my camera is out, I can’t help but snap one of Drake. Here he is, watching Magellan from a distance.

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