JUANA: Good morning. Right now everything is going okay. We’ve gotten some nice weather and it’s not too hot yet.
I want to tell you what happened on Tuesday morning morning. I have pictures on my phone, but not on the camera. I went to visit Zack. After the doctor got the results of Zack’s biopsy on Monday, he amputated Zack’s leg. The test confirmed that Zack had osteosarcoma cancer. But we still had a very good chance of buying a little more time for him. As far as they could tell, the cancer hadn’t spread to his lymph nodes or his lungs. With all of the pain that Zack has had, he hasn’t stopped eating and he hasn’t given up. He enjoys going outside and he wants to keep on going. His surgery went well. Zack was in a lot of pain, even though they were giving him a lot of morphine. He wouldn’t eat and he wouldn’t get up. He was snippy with the vet techs. They couldn’t get close to his face to change his bandage or he would try to bite them. He seemed to be in a lot of pain. He let Lacie and me pet him and we raised his head. His bandage was clean. They took his IVs out. I hope that I can bring him home today. He might be more comfortable in his own bed and in own his kennel. He gets very nervous if he’s not home, but he might eat for us.
I also called Dr. Lay in Tyler and asked about big pup James. He’s doing very well. The doctor was going to perform another procedure. The doctor uses a scope and puts a catheter in his esophagus and stretches or enlarges it. The doctor hadn’t gotten the catheter he ordered. But more than likely, they will do the procedure this morning. Zack has put on some more weight and he’s doing better. Dr. Lay has connected with James. If you take care of a dog or person, day and night, it’s hard not to have feelings for them. This would be the fourth procedure that the doctor will perform on James. James isn’t where the doctor wants him to be, but he’s keeping his food down. The doctor is feeding James one can of a special dog food four times a day. He eats every six hours or so. He’s eating it by mouth. After this fourth procedure of stretching his esophagus, the doctor would consider sending James home to Straydog for the weekend. Or he might take him home to his house for the weekend and let him come home to Straydog on Monday. We will take care of him and try to feed him. Then we will have to wait about a week or two and take him back to the doctor. James will need another four or five procedures to stretch his esophagus. We’re not there yet, but we are getting closer.
We were very shorthanded at the shelter on Wednesday. I tell everyone, who starts work here, that it’s very hard work. They think it’s just feeding and walking dogs, but it’s hard work. You have to work outdoors and you are out there over three hours at a time. If you aren’t used to it, it gets to you. One of the new workers has already gone to the hospital and then today another one of the young ladies didn’t show up. She had to go to the hospital with a high fever and she was vomiting. She must have gotten overheated. I constantly tell them to take their breaks and drink a lot of water and drink some Gatorade. It takes time for your body to get used to working outdoors. It’s a very hard job. They are only 18 or 19 years old and they just graduated from high school. They’ve all been looking for jobs and couldn’t find them. Shelby recommended Morgan. Then Morgan said her sister needed a job. Her sister recommended Lacy and then Lacy recommended Courtney. They all know each other and they all want to work here, but it’s not easy.
BILL: He went to the golf tournament the last few years. He had his ACL repaired because one of the golfers pledged the money for that. Poor old Tuffy! Let’s just hope that he has some more good times in him.
BILL: Happy Birthday Sebastian!
JUANA: We had good and bad news today, but we’re still here.
BILL: We’ll be back again tomorrow with another report from Straydog.