BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog radio show covering the events of Monday, August 10, 2015. Bill and Juana here and we are going to do the Monday report now. Go ahead, Juana. We don’t need to talk about the weather, as you said yesterday, because it is always the same now. It’s near 100 degrees, sunny with not much wind and no rain. There was a little rain today and we were very excited. There was some rain Monday. It was a very short rain.
JUANA: Yes, the weather was the same on Monday. We had enough people on Monday, thank goodness, so Ronnie could help us and weed-eat the edges. The grass isn’t growing like crazy. It’s been so dry and it’s dying. After Bill mowed with the big mower almost a week ago, we haven’t been able to get to the edges with the weed- eater. But Ronnie was able to weed-eat the edges.
We had a good day of feeding our dogs, changing the water buckets and swimming pools, picking up poopers, raking the kennels and all of the good stuff we do every day. Caregiving and going to the park cannot be missed, because it’s what our dogs look forward to, after their meals, of course.
We want to talk about Jessie and his kennelmate Teddy Bear. Jessie has his good days and bad days. He was walking along on Monday and he looked tired. He has been eating a little better than he was last week. His cough is getting worse, so we realize that it must have been cancer all along. The lab report said that it’s a bacterial thing, but it’s not clearing up with antibiotics. Dr. James said that it must be cancer.
BILL: How long does he have?
JUANA: It’s really up to him. When he can’t get up out of his bed to go out or when he doesn’t want to eat anymore, especially his cookies, then we’ll know. That day will be the day. Right now, he is enjoying his routine. I just don’t want to give up on him and take him too soon. He is still enjoying life. Teddy loves him and kisses him. I think that’s what keeps Jessie going. Teddy is a little spark. He is always happy and wagging his tail and running and loving on Jessie. Jessie loves him.
Maci was the walker of the day. She was taking Fatso, Miss B and blind and deaf Colt to the park. We can’t say enough about Colt and how amazing he is.
I don’t know if I talked about Noble. He gave us a big scare last week. It was 4:30 in the morning, when our overnight crewmember Brandy called me. Noble must have gotten into something and he was bloated. The bottom line is that I took him to the vet that morning and then he came home. As soon as he got home, he was back to being Noble and he ate all of his food and he was running around. He wouldn’t eat his food at the clinic. The doctor wanted to check him again in a week, because he put Noble on SamE supplement for his liver. This Monday was a week later, so we took him to the clinic again. His liver enzymes were a little elevated over last week, but we haven’t given him enough time on these supplements. He’s eating and doing well. He’s not bloated. He looks happy. Whatever he got into went through him and it didn’t hurt him. The doctor wants to check his liver again in two months or sooner, if we see anything wrong with hm. He’s getting older, but he’s like a child. You have to watch him, because he gets into everything.
BILL: Looking for food?
JUANA: Everything. You can’t leave anything on the counter or he will get it. You can’t leave him unattended. He knocks over the dog food in the barrel and gets into it. You can’t even leave him unattended in the park or he will search for the poopers in the park. It is our job to keep him safe and watch him very closely. I know that accidents can happen, but it was a big scare. We would hate to lose our Nobbies!
We had to take Zack to the clinic. We had taken him about a month before, but I’ve never seen his foreleg this swollen and he’s not using it all. We’ve put him on another medication that the doctor gave him in addition to all of the other medication he is on. The doctor took an x-ray and his bone looks different from the x-ray that he took a month ago. The doctor doesn’t think it is osteosarcoma, but there is an infection. We are treating it very aggressively with antibiotics. When he completes this round of antibiotics, we’ll take more x-rays. I don’t know what we are going to do for him. He is in pain. He is such a strong dog. He takes all of his medicine. He never turns anything down. He eats, but he’s in pain.
BILL: Will we have to amputate his foreleg?
JUANA: We might, but I don’t know how he will survive, because he has hip dysplasia. If he didn’t have the hip dysplasia, I wouldn’t have had a problem with amputating his foreleg, when he first broke it. We have been fighting to save that leg, because he is going to have trouble with his back.
BILL: If we have to, we have to.
JUANA: We are trying and the doctor is fighting to save Zack’s foreleg. If we have to amputate, we will. But we will cross that bridge, when we come to it.
Marie’s face isn’t any better. We’ve had this girl on antibiotics, prednisone and animax for over a month. The last time that I took her to the vet, she saw Dr. Shirey and he put her on more medication. I will have to take her back soon, because she hasn’t gotten any better. I don’t know why.
There’s James, playing with The Three Amigos, Fletecher, Jazzie2 and Fritz2, during caregiving time.
We had a very nice visit from Mr. Diego. He came all of the way from Fort Worth, which is about two hours from here. He brought a nice donation and a lot of swimming pools. The Wal-Mart near him put the swimming pools on sale for half price or $5 and he purchased every single one. He brought them to us. We really want to thank him. He made a special trip to bring these pools to us, so our doggies could try and stay cool in this miserably hot weather.
I wasn’t at Straydog on Monday. I just came here to see Mr. Diego. After he left, I stayed to help George with the hospital dogs. They all wanted me to stay and walk them. They are all spoiled kids!
We had an appointment for Nikki to have her torn ACL surgically repaired on Tuesday morning. It had been a week since she tore her ACL. I tried to schedule the TPLO surgery as fast as I could, because she couldn’t even walk. She couldn’t walk to the park. I took Nikki down the ramp with Rex and she was going so slowly. She wasn’t putting any pressure on her leg. She was so happy to be going to the park. She got to the park and she collapsed. Her leg gave out. She couldn’t put any more pressure on her leg. George came to carry her back in for me. He asked that, when I take her to the park, I let him carry her back.
Everyone told me that I shouldn’t have moved Nikki and Rex to H1. The distance to the park is longer than it is from H2. The only bad thing about H2 is the big ramp and that’s where she fell. She likes to run down the ramp, like a horse. On Monday afternoon, we moved them back to H2. We will have to walk her down the front side after her surgery and not take her down the ramp. We moved them after George carried her back from the park. She will get her TPLO surgery in the morning. We don’t have very good news, but we will report that on Wednesday.
BILL: We’ll be back again shortly with another report from Straydog.
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