Monday, April 14, 2014

Recent Races

Last weekend was the Color Run.  My friend Linda joined me.  They staggered the start more this year so the color stations were not as crowded as last year, but we waited an hour and a half to start.  So I guess the goal next year will be to arrive early.  We were in the last wave.

Yesterday we ran the Camp Barnabas half-marathon.  This was the first of my three in three months.  It was warmer than last year, but with the threat of rain.  It did hold off until we finished and had started towards the car.
Not much else going on.  Reaghan's adoption fell through so we are still taking applications.  I'm beginning my quest to collect raffle items for the agility trial.  I also have a $500 budget to spend on prizes.  Which is fun, but stressful because I want to try and get the most for the money and get some good stuff!  It's cold here again.  But hopefully will only last a few days.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Random veterinary musings

Your dog didn't not grow hair for 2 years because it was so stressed out by the groomer. It didn't grow hair for two years because you are not supposed to shave Pomeranians. 

Your dog does not have separation anxiety if she does better when you are not present. 

The importance of dental care for your pet's rotting teeth overrides the fact that it will not like staying in the clinic all day. 

Puppies are a preventable phenomenon. 

Aspirin is not a remedy for diarrhea. 

Charging a lot of money for puppies does not guarantee them a good home. 

Paying a lot of money for a puppy does not guarantee quality. 

Nor do papers. 

Because she is "cute" or "sweet" is not an acceptable reason for breeding your dog. Especially a mutt. 

If you paid money for a mixed breed dog from a "breeder" don't you think they should be able to tell you what it is? 

If your dog "never" goes outside how did it get here? And yes, a mosquito could bite your dog in the parking lot. 

I don't know why your dog is losing weight, that's why we need to do the bloodwork. 

The ailment, whatever it is, is not likely to be caused by worms. Especially if your dog is 12 years old. 

Just because your dog is unsocial, shy, aggressive, or poorly behaved does not mean it was abused.  Usually it just means your dog is unsocial, shy, aggressive or poorly behaved. Do something about it. 

Dogs are not born knowing how to politely have their nails trimmed. The reason you "can't do it at home" is because you didn't train them to accept this. Also, it's not because they were abused. 

Bonus musing...not veterinary related...
Why do you think it's ok for your dog to poop in my yard? Would you like it if I pooped in your yard? If not, I suggest you get a fence. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Just stuff

Not a lot of new stuff going on here.

Reaghan continues to be super cute, but also continues to be quite the mountain goat.  She can jump from the floor to the kitchen counter (among other things) like it's nothing.  We're working on it.  But she has an adoption pending so she may go to her new home with this issue.

Legend starts back to Nosework class next week.  We are looking forward to it.  Also looking forward to nicer weather and more daylight so we can start tracking again.

Sunday is the first of my three half-marathons in three months.  I have reached that inevitable point in time where I am wondering why this sounded like fun.

I'm working a lot.  Things look better towards the end of May when I go on vacation.  I kind of hope I don't get a lot of calls between now and then asking for summer dates.  Looking forward to working a little less! But the extra vacation money is nice.

We bought a new tractor this year.  It's red.  We also have some landscaping work to do and some deck improvements this spring and summer.  The neverending joy of home ownership.

So that's about it right now.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The old man

He hadn't driven his car in four months.  The journey from the parking lot to the lobby was a struggle.  But his dog had an appointment that day, and that was what mattered.  "Maggie" was a spunky 12 year old, overweight terrier mix.  It seems she had a few cumbersome growths he was concerned about.  Although likely benign, they posed the threat of interfering with her comfort and mobility.  The old man would like to have them removed, if it didn't cost too much, and if Maggie could handle the surgery.  Then, with tears in his eyes he relayed to us how his wife of 71 years had recently passed away and Maggie was all he had left.  

Fighting back tears of our own, we assembled an estimate generously on the low side.  He had a lot of questions, and it took him a few weeks to come up with the money but he arrived today for Maggie's surgery as planned.  This time he needed his walker to get to the building.  As usual, he chose the seat closest to the door and we attended to him at his seat.  He waited while we ran some blood tests, to make sure Maggie was healthy enough for surgery.  It took many assurances that we would take good care of her, and an equal amount of promises to call as soon as surgery was over and he made his way back to the car.  Where he sat and cried for several minutes before heading home.  

I'm happy to report thatMaggie's surgery went very well.  Both of her tumors were successfully removed and she was bright and alert in no time.  We made sure to fit all her medications and costs into the promised estimate even if it took some adjusting.  

When they called to let Maggie's owner know she was awake, he cried again.  But this time tears of relief and happiness.  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

More Reaghan

Reaghan is probably the sweetest dog ever.  Which is why she can get away with naughty things like sitting on the end table, chasing the cat over the buffet table and the back of the couch or carrying around one of my socks.  Overall, she's a good dog though, and we really like her.  She will make someone really happy.  She's also an A+ snuggler, but gives a lot of kisses.  She's starting to play a little with the other dogs, and has thought about playing with the toys, but so far no real interest.  She does seem pretty food motivated and can be quite athletic if she so desires.

She is also, very cute.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Our "little" surprise

Reaghan is our new foster dog and is 25 lbs of adorable and sweet.  We don't know what she's mixed with but she sure is cute!

This little girl came from a rural shelter after she had been picked up for running loose as a stray for several days and and went unclaimed.  Cheri picked her up for me on Sunday and we got her on our way home from Oklahoma Sunday evening.  

Naturally, she was in full blown heat when she arrived.  I'm not sure why anyone would want to have an intact dog but after only one day I know I wouldn't!  I took her in and spayed her Monday afternoon!  

So far we don't know a lot about her.  Since she was in heat, and subsequently recovering from surgery she has spent most of her time in a crate.  But she does seem crate trained.  She's been a little timid and unsure of herself but I think she will show more personality every day.  I'm sure  I will have more to post about her soon enough.

The name Reaghan is Celtic for nobility, in case you wondered. 

Monday, March 24, 2014


Well, no NATCH this weekend, but we at least had one very lovely "almost" NATCH run.  Overall, given their lack of training over the winter I thought they did very well.  Lyric was only entered in Regular, Jumpers, and Tunnelers.  She didn't weave or discriminate well but ran fast all weekend.  She also took a few off courses.  But she did end up with two really lovely jumpers Qs and one Regular Q.

Legend definitely started off a bit rusty.  She was entered in everything and ended up with two ugly regular Qs and two nice Jumpers Qs.  Chances the first day was a total bust but it was a pretty hard course.  It was also pretty tough the second day but she put together a very valiant effort with only one off course.  I was proud of how she did on it.  And there's always another trial for NATCH.  She also ran with nice enthusiasm all weekend and did all her contacts (well, no refusals but she did bail one a-frame down contact).

And we got to see lots of friends we have not see in  months.  Oh, and Lyric finished her Superior Elite Jumpers Certificate.

Here are a few videos...

Legend's better of her two jumpers Qs
One of Lyric's jumpers Qs.  I think her other one is faster but there is no video.

And finally Legend's "almost" NATCH run.  You can tell by my videographers reaction where she goes off course!

And tomorrow, a little surprise!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The lighter side, aka The Unusual: Part 8

1.  Client brings in a dead cat they found by the road and wanted to know if it had been hit by a car.  While I am not psychic, I advised that was the most likely scenario.

2.  Owner wanted to watch her dog be cremated.  She was advised cremations were not actually handled by us but that we were fairly certain they would not allow that.  She then requested the video of her dog being cremated as she had seen or read about this and knew there would be a video.  I don't believe our crematory has or provides video.  But feel free to call.

3.  Owner presented her pet for possible heart attack.  When I diagnosed back pain she asked what made the dog cry out in pain.  I suggested it was the back pain.  She responded with "so, not a heart attack?"  I was unaware that crying out in pain was the predominant sign of a heart attack, which does not really even occur in dogs anyway.

4.  Owner refused to let us pull retained baby teeth in her dog.  She somehow felt this would be fatal.  But she allowed us to anesthetize and neuter him.

5.  Owner scheduled an appointment at 4:10 because that's the only time she could come in.  She arrived at 1:45.

6.  Owner repeatedly referred to a blood transfusion as a surgery.  Made for a very confusing conversation.

7.  Owner thought their cat was either hit by a car or fell out of a tree.  I'm not sure how often cats fall out of trees but it's not usually in my top two differentials for trauma.

8.  A staff member at a vet clinic asked if you induce vomiting in dogs by sticking your finger down its throat.  This person is no longer employed at a vet clinic.

9.  Owner wanted to euthanize a horse themselves but didn't want to shoot it so asked if we could send something home with them to do it.  They failed to understand, after multiple explanations, that it was illegal for us to send home with them any quantity of a lethal injectable drug, much less enough to kill a horse!

10.  A young man asked me if his "dog's balls were developing ok" since they seemed small.  It was a 16 week old puppy.

11.  Client wanted meds for a cat we had never seen.  When we explained that was not an option she called back in attempt to talk to a different staff member and requested a "refill" on meds for a cat we had seen.  FYI, this does not make you clever or tricky, but it does get your file flagged.

12.  Owner dropped off pet for vomiting but claimed no diarrhea.  Upon pickup owner declined meds for vomiting because the pet is not actually vomiting after all but did have diarrhea.  I'm unclear as to why they made the appointment since at that time they did not think the pet had diarrhea (made a point to say so) but later also insisted the dog was not vomiting, which was the reason listed for the appointment.

13.  Upon arrival for her appointment owner repeatedly asked is she should let her 100 lb dog off the leash.  Why would we want you to let your huge dog (really any dog) loose in our lobby?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Sometimes it's hard to believe she's already five, but then again at almost 4 feet tall it can be hard to believe that she is only five!
She wanted a pony, this is as close as it gets!