Monday, November 30, 2009

I goofed -- yuck, what a mess!!

I needed to go pick up my daughter from college today, and just didn't feel I could leave Taylor unattended in the crate for that long, only 3 days after her spay. So I put her back in her T-shirt, made her comfortable in the back of the car, and took off. After arriving home, I put her on the leash, got her out of the car, and turned around to get a few other things to take inside. While I was not paying attention, Taylor walked out to the full length of the leash -- still in her T-shirt -- and did her "business", fully dressed!! Ewwwwww, yuck........ See what happens when mommy isn't on her toes? Blech.......


Saturday, November 28, 2009

One sad looking doggie.....

Here are some pictures from yesterday and today, after Taylor's spay. If you saw my previous posting last night, you know that she had a more difficult than usual spay, as one of her ovaries was adhered to the kidney lining. She's got a rather large incision, which she doesn't really want to lay on. She kept me up a good portion of the night, because she kept walking around the enclosed area we made for her -- just wouldn't lay down!!

She's doing better today, with the help of painkillers. We've also allowed Cody to come into the room and lay nearby on his mat, and that seems to be calming her some. They were both frantic last night, being apart from each other all day, and then not "re-uniting" after return from the vet. But they're happy to see each other today, and occasionally Cody will go over to the enclosure and they'll lick each other through the fencing -- very cute!!

So without further ado, here are Taylor's sad-faced pictures:

Right after coming home last night --

To keep her from messing with the incision --

"Aw, come on, Mom & Dad -- I look STUPID!!!"

If you look closely, you can see some of her stitches --

Her "home" for the next few days --

Kenzie keeping Taylor company --

Hopefully, she'll recover quickly and easily!

Friday, November 27, 2009

If figures.....

So if any dog had to have complications during a spay, it would have to be Taylor, right? Apparently, she gave the vets a boatload of trouble today! I warned them beforehand that she would be more than a handful -- they didn't believe me....... The vet said that it started when they did her pre-op blood work; They told me she flopped around like a fish on a hook and it took several people to hold her down. Good thing she only weighs 62 lbs!

Then after she went into surgery, they had a hard time finding one of her ovaries. It was adhered to the peritoneum, and very loosely adhered to the kidney . Thankfully, "loosely" is the key word there, because they were able to "tease" it off the kidney with no damage to the kidney.

And then they had to give her a little bit extra medication after the surgery, because she was coming out of anesthesia too quickly and was starting to get hyper and active too soon!! (They can't say I didn't warn them!!)

So, she's got a WAY bigger incision than anticipated, and a longer recovery period than anticipated. Sigh...... how on earth I'll keep her down even longer is beyond me...... They sent her home with an antibiotic, Rimadyl, and something else that I've forgotten (another pain killer). I stopped at the store today and bought some Benadryl -- before I knew how much other stuff she'd be on. So at least I've got that around for after the pain killers run out, if I need something else...... We'll see.

She looks so sad and miserable, and happy to be home, all at the same time. And Cody is practically frantic that we're not letting him in the room with her right now. Taylor's being so calm and relaxed that I really want to keep them apart, for now at least. We'll see how things go tomorrow.

Wish me luck -- I think it's going to be a looooooong night.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Forget the "Free to GOOD Home"......

I have a dog AND an adult daughter who are free to ANY home...... they're BOTH in the dog house right now!!

Thursdays, I have to be gone pretty much the entire day every week. My daughter stays home working on college work and supposedly watching the dogs for me. Well, obviously she doesn't watch close enough...... look at what Taylor did to the foot pedals of my 110+-year-old baby grand piano.........

(with culprit lurking in the background......)

I'm going to kill them both.......


Friday, November 13, 2009

My baby is growing up so fast!

Some people don't like Friday the 13th, but our precious Mackenzie was born on a Friday the 13th, and I would most DEFINITELY say she certainly was not bad luck!! Happy 11th birthday to you, sweet little girl -- you're one of the best presents God ever gave me!!

2nd birthday --

3rd birthday --

4th birthday --

5th birthday --

6th birthday --

7th birthday --

9th birthday --

10th birthday --

11th birthday TODAY --

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The count is rising......

It's not the end of the year yet, but I decided to do some quick tallying anyway. Here's my baby count thus far --

January -- 2
February -- 3
March -- 3
April -- 2
May -- 4
June -- 5
July -- 1
August -- 2
September -- 3
October -- 7!!
November -- 2 (thus far!!)

So I'm up to 32 births attended for the year, and we've still got quite a few left for November and December. It's been a busy year!!


Monday, November 9, 2009

Update on Stellan

From MckMama's blog just a few minutes ago:

Monday, November 09, 2009
It's going, it's going...'s gone!!

It's outta the park!!

My family and friends have been trembling, weeping, rejoicing and manic phone calling each other for long enough. It's time for me to let you in on our unbelievable news.

IT'S A HOME RUN!!!!!!!

Just call me "me of little faith," I guess. I was floored, shocked, utterly speechless when Dr. A came in and put his hand on my shoulder and said that Stellan's ablation was indeed the home run we had all only dared dream about.

You heard me right.

This morning, Stellan flat lined on the table in front of me, lost his blood pressure nearly completely and needed to be shocked back to life.

And tonight, his heart beats in perfect sinus rhythm. His is totally and utterly SVT free and there's not a pacemaker in sight.

WHAT AN ANSWER TO PRAYER!! Absolutely amazing.....


Prayer need for baby Stellan again

Prayers for Stellan

This poor little guy -- he's back in the hospital AGAIN, and he's really not doing very well right now. He's in the children's hospital in Boston having a heart ablation -- which is happening right now as I type. Please be praying for him, his surgeons, his mom in the waiting room, his father (on a plane trying to get there from Minnesota), and his siblings back home styaing with various friends. Most of all, pray for healing for this little guy. He's been through so much in just one year of life.