Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One each

I uploaded one video each for the girls.  We missed some of  Lyric's other Qs and Legend was running nice but not exceptional so I didn't spend the time to make fancy videos.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Trial stuff

We went to our last agility trial for a few months and it went pretty well. Also, it was fortunately air conditioned as it is 100 degrees here. 

Friday I went up a little early so I could meet with a friend who was in town for a conference. We had dinner and some much needed catch up time. 

Saturday Lyric was steady and picked up 2/3 Qs-one jumpers and one regular. Legend was a naughty 1/6 only nabbing one regular Q. 

Sunday was much better. Lyric was her usual self grabbing 2/4 Qs-one really nice jumpers and a nice tunnelers. She was close on one regular but missed a weave pole and took an off course tunnel in the other-I should have done my cross at another spot but oh well. Legend totally redeemed herself and went 5/5 today! She even placed 3rd of all 8 qualifiers in elite tunnelers. That's quite a feat for her. She picked up an ugly chances Q as well, so now just nine away from NATCH 2!  

I'll try to get some video up later his week. Too tired now. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

More than meets the eye

So here is your classic "I have no idea what happened doc, just noticed it today" case.  Poor little dog came in with this horrific wound on its back.  I would say a day or two old.  Mind you, this is a 6 lb dog that lives outside covered in fleas.  The owner would "like to keep her around awhile, but only if it cost less than $400." Story of my life.  Anyway, I'm just sharing because it's kind of an interesting case with pictures.  Hopefully I will have follow up photos.

Here is the wound as presented.

After clipping

After debriding the edges and some of the dead, dirty tissue

The problem with this wound though, is that there is a ton of damaged tissue still remaining.  Also much of the remaining skin is not attached to the underlying subcutaneous tissue and muscles (think skinned alive but with the skin still on).  This can compromise the blood supply to the skin meaning that even though we closed the wound additional skin could still die and she may need additional surgery-hence the more than meets they eye!  Although what you can see in the pictures alone is pretty impressive.

After the suturing it looks pretty good.  Hopefully it stays that way.  She is being treated with antibiotics, pain meds and laser therapy.  We suspect she was bitten and shook by a larger dog.  There were some additional puncture wounds and it's just too much damage for getting cut on the fence, nail, etc.  In a way she was lucky, but she may still have a long way to go if that luck does not hold up.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Horsin around

These were from the other night when I should have been running.  But who wouldn't want to hang with these guys?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dogs, cats, runs, and other updates

Lyric passed the therapy dog test this weekend!  So pretty soon she can start taking some of the burden off of Zodiac.

There is a lot less peeing in the house since the girls have been crated during the day.

I got my 10k time down to within a minute of my PR.  Not quite where I wanted to be, but a lot better than it was a few months ago.  I'd like to get in more training, but seems like my days keep filling up with other things.  Or like tonight where I just piddled around in the yard and then decided to blog instead.

I had to get new flowers.  Most of the ones I got before died.  I'm not very good with plants.  Most of these were on clearance so I guess if they die it's not a big loss.  But hopefully they will last awhile.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Cats and stuff

The kittens are getting along better.  They don't seem as fond of each other as Twist and Mist were so there is not as much cute playing as there was before.  But they both like lap sitting enough to pile onto my lap at the same time, which is very cute.

They are also still having some loose poop issues so they have lost their overnight free reign privileges.  Well, Twix never had any, but Twist did.  By the end of next week they will have both been treated with every drug under the sun.  Hoping something makes a lasting difference.  Meanwhile I spend most of my time scooping and evaluating the consistency of kitten poop.  Not exactly how I envisioned spending my summer.
In other news, we did a 5K last saturday.  I ran a decent time given the hills and the slight decrease in my training quality over the last month.  It was good enough for 3rd overall female which was exciting.  Especially since they did not give out age group awards-seriously, who doesn't do that?

We are currently working on redoing our deck, which has cost more than originally anticipated and also taking longer.  The truck needed 4 new tires this week and the cruise we wanted to go on was filling up and the price about to jump as well so I went ahead and got it booked.  In other words, we have spend a huge amount of money in the last two weeks.  I guess that is what savings are for.  Also, I want the truck painted but hopefully that's the last major expense for awhile.

And here are several random, but adorable iphone photos.

First up, kitten cuteness.  And one token Pomeranian.

 Socks helping me with some fencing work.
 Socks, just being the insanely cute pony he is.

 I took Kennedy to the zoo a few weeks ago for our girls day out before she starts kindergarten (can you believe that?).  This baby goat was her favorite.  Apparently, we didn't need to actually go to the zoo.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fresh start

We're giving this one more shot.  Everyone, meet kitten three...Twix!  Isn't she cute?  She and Twist are currently bonding.  I hope.  I'm sure they'll be buds soon.  Which will mean some truly irresistibly cute blog posts.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I hope it's over now

We woke this morning to find Kahuna too weak to stand and struggling to breathe. He passed away a few minutes later. 

I hope this is the end of all the death in our house. I feel like our baseline emotion lately is sad. At least Legend got her NATCH. That's about the only good thing  that's happened this month. 

RIP big boy. Summer and I will miss you. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Scratch that

And now Kahuna is sick and running a fever. Really, how does a house rabbit get a fever? I gave him fluids and a tiny kitten dose of metacam. It's probably not enough metacam to do much but it's all I had. Hopefully he feels much better in the morning. Not like the other rabbits I've has that get sick. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Everyone has a problem. Almost.

Lyric.  Being a toy breed she tends to just pee on the bathmat if we are not home or asleep for long periods of time.  Nothing is wrong with her, it's just more bad behavior she gets away with for being cute.  But being tired of laundry she is staying in a crate while we work.

Legend.  She has been peeing in our bed and occasionally in the bathroom floor.  While it seems odd that she would pee in places where she sleeps she does not appear to be incontinent.  She's never wet, it never happens in her crate or in any other the other places she frequently sleeps.  Her urinalysis was normal but I'm doing a round of antibiotics just the kicks.  She is also now staying in a crate or going with me to work.  My co-workers everywhere love her so this works well.

Twist.  She had some soft stool from the time we got her.  Deworming and albon didn't help.  Forti-flora did for a while, now back to loose stool.  I picked up a case of intestinal diet (i/d) for her today.

Summer.  Has been pooping on the floor at night since we got back from Maine.  They now have extra litter box and I am squishing their cage down really small at night to encourage box use.  I am cautiously optimistic after less poop on  the floor the last two nights.

Shea.  Still has patchy hair loss on her hind legs.  A second skin scrape still showed nothing.  I'm doing a round of antibiotics on her as well and advantage multi every two weeks.  It has variable results treating demodex (which she may or may not have) but is safe and easy.

Zodiac, Kahuna, horses, and barn cats seem relatively normal.