Body Slams Happen!

We’re at the Vet with Rumble. Her CCL got nuked: it’s not often you get a photo of the very second before the injury (lateral body slam), 8 days ago. We’re weighing the surgery options. Hip x-rays right now to see if her hips can support the knee fix (if we do one). At 11, weighing the risks of surgery vs the deterioration of the knee and pain, is hard.

UPDATE: Hips look good. She’s a good candidate for surgery. Surgery scheduled for 12/11/20.

We discussed many approaches.

He does not feel the splints are useful. To be effective in keeping the knee stable, they’d have to be very tight. We’d end up with muscle atrophy and possible skin wear.

We both agree that a TPLO is way too much for an old girl. I won’t consider that.

We both agree the lateral suture technique is best suited for this girl (for young and middle-age dogs, TPLO IS 100% my fix of choice) but I need to thin her down a bit (weight reduction commencing now!) for a lateral suture technique!

He favors a “wait and see in two months” approach to see if scar tissue develops sufficiently to stabilize the knee, and go from there, but agrees that two months in the life of an 11 1/2 year old is a lot (my argument).

My thinking:

  • Dan is recovering from neck surgery, and will be very limited until at least Feb. having two in recovery is better than one at a time.
  • Two months puts her even closer to 12. Age is a enemy to surgical healing.
  • waiting two months allows for two months of scar tissue to develop, and scar tissue just builds on itself. Might as well minimize that as much as possible to make the surgery easier.
  • I hate for her to be in pain. The sooner she is out of pain, the better.
  • she just had a geriatric panel a couple of months ago. It looked great. We’ll do another the day of surgery, but we have the knowledge that she is in good shape now.
  • She’s on a anti-inflammatory now, so her pain will be controlled, and inflammation reduced. I think there is no reason to wait.
one second before Lili delivered an epic body slam

We’re all dressed up for Halloween

BOO!! 

Every year we dress up the website for Halloween.  There are games on the Halloween page for kids.  It’s rather fun for us to browse those pages, as many of the dog photos are from dogs who left us long ago.  It’s like a little trip through time.  There are coloring pages, puzzles, and games there.   We hope you enjoy them.

This time of year finds us winterizing and getting the dogs ready for winter.  They’re Labs, so they’re happy with snow, but we always worry, and put up lots of wood for the wood burning stove in the kennel building (aka “the big dog house”)

Happy Fall!
Dan and Dian

Rose’s TPLO surgery a year later

One year ago in March, I let four older puppies out to play in the snow, on our first sunny day.   They blew out of the kennels as if shot from a cannon, and three of them simultaneously body slammed Rose hard!  She came up on three legs.  We knew immediately what they had done.  They tore her CCL.  We had a TPLO done on her.  The recovery is slow, and as with all Orthopedic surgery, *full* recovery takes a year.   Well, here we are, one year later!

Sadly, we are having trouble showing you a normal gait, because … well… she’s a very happy, very silly 2 year old.  THIS does show you that there is life after TPLO, and that life is very good.

Our Silly Luna

Luna Never fails to make us laugh! She comes in the house and one-by-one removes her favored toys from the toy box. As she removes each one, she will parade it around and show it off, then lie near it, admiring each in turn, before she goes on to the next.  She covets her toys.  If her toy of choice is below another in the box, she’ll move the top one aside, then choke herself to get the lowest one. Some we keep outside, and she has her stash there too. This takes most of the day, and by the end of the day, the den is filled with toys, and a contently sleeping dog!

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Luna Stacking Lessons Aborted

First, I had a foot surgery that stoped our daily lessons, then the weather changed, preventing me from continuing once I could ambulate. The Dr. gave strict orders about keeping the dressing dry. A canvas, pen toe boot is not conducive to keeping it dry in about six inches of sticking snow. After a week of snow on the ground, I decided her lessons would have to wait until spring! — sigh!

This was our training area view the past several days:

That’s hard to navigate in this shoe!

Luna Stacking Lesson 2

Some days you take three steps back. Today is one of those days. Luna had no interest in the bait, declined to hold still, would not position her feet, gave me squinty eyes and pinned back her ears (her favorite thing when someone is trying to make her do something other than play). So, we focused on standing still, and not crouching up on me. A few successes, and I called it a day, ending with her just standing still. Hopefully tomorrow is a better day!

“You can’t make me!”

“I can’t. I just CAN’T”

“I won’t pay attention! I won’t look at you! I think I am being tortured!”

Nope… I won’t open my eyes, and I won’t lift my ears!

“This is all you’re going to get!”

DONE! I’m *so* exhausted from that 15 minutes of torture!

Luna Stacking Lesson 1

Luna needs to learn to stack for showing! She’s a wild child, who runs up on me and thinks she needs to stack with her nose touching my knees. She’s not a baby anymore (even though she acts like one!). So… every day, we’re going to practice being a show dog. First lesson, is to simply stand still away from me. Style and finesse is not the object. We’ll work on just one thing…stand still away from me. A barrier on the ground (a hose) will be her target that says “do not cross!”. We’ll do no more than 15 minutes/day, end on a success, and have a play session after.

Here we go…..

Nope, don’t cross the boundry!

Better!

She’s letting me get further away:


Much better!

Now, without the pipe, and we’re done for the day!

Sacred Duty

We have been asked how we decide on homes for the dogs we place. The answer is simple. We believe the right home exists for every dog, and the right dog exists for every responsible person, but not all dogs and people are right for each other. It is our responsibility to select wisely, and that is where experience and God come in. I trust that we will be sent people we need to speak to, but that doesn’t mean I’m being sent people who need a dog! My husband tells me I spend more time talking people out of a dog than into a dog. I think he’s right!

We have been blessed with some of the best placements we could have prayed for, and the reason, is that we ask hard questions, make hard observations, and critically evaluate the dogs in question. I can not count the number of calls I have received from prior placements, telling me that the dog died of old age, that it was treasured, and provided a family with a life filled with love. At that point we know we are blessed. We have had families who, in 38 years in this, have as many as three dogs from us pass away well in their senior years. My heart is full when I hear their stories, even if through grief.

Our placement decisions are a sacred duty!

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Job 12:7

“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.”

Dogs can tell you a lot about people. We watch people and dogs together. Nothing is set in stone until an animal demonstrates to me that these are the people for them!

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Psalm50:10-11

“For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is Mine.”

We’re responsible for those things that are precious to their creator!

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We love these creatures we have been trusted with, and we are tasked to be sure the arms we place them in will care for and love them. That is our criteria.

 

 

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Mom always said…

DON’T RUN WITH STICKS IN YOUR MOUTH!!!

Luna demonstrated this month, how a dog can impale themselves on a stick. For now, that’s what we think happened. She showed up in the morning with facial swelling, and the Vet found a puncture wound in the back of her mouth where the muzzle meets the upper jaw, behind the last pre-molar. It’s still possible that this is really a tooth root abscess, but the wound he found was bloody (not pus filled), and pretty large. It seems that she punctured it with a stick (that we never found). Antibiotics have taken care of it… thankfully!  Picture three is two days after antibiotics. This shows you how fast it can happen, and, with treatment, how fast it can heal.

Sudden swelling on the left side of her face.
A few hours on antibiotics
Much better after 24 hours on antibiotics.
Feeling much better!
A few days on antibiotics, and she was feeling great!