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Gone to the dogs update

February 9th, 2009 (06:36 pm)

where i am: with Dyna & Tumble
how i am: contemplative
accompanied by: the TV's droning

Some news on Dyna, Cooper, and Dakota...

Just got back from yet another vet appointment with Dyna and it looks like we are finally *finally* making some real headway with her eye! \o/  \o/  \o/

I hadn't been updating the situation recently since, despite the eye improving, I haven't really been all that happy with the progress and, in fact, as of Dyna's January 31st appointment, our vet was pretty much in agreement. So, she ordered different meds and we picked them up on Wednesday and started administering them that night. Only 3 times daily, thankfully! It's an ointment rather than the drops she had prior and it seems to sting Dyna's eye less. Even better, within a few days, both hubby and I thought the eye looked better. Though its odd coloration resembles a funky marble (the kid's toy), it still looks way better than the blood red of a week ago and, when Dr. Em saw it tonight, she was thrilled. So, we're to keep up the meds until the 21st when Dyna goes in for her annual checkup, and hopefully at that time we'll be able to close the book on this chapter of Dyna's and our adventures in vet bills. Wish us luck!

Dyna, before one of her eyes was possessed by a mood ring.

Of course, just when we think we can start relaxing about Dyna, doesn't Cooper turn up lame on a hind foot on Saturday evening! No idea what he did to himself but he's managed to injure the area between 2 toes and, because he's hurt his foot (which is of course nearest to the sloppy, mucky ground we had this weekend courtesy of a winter thaw), the damn thing's already infected! Fortunately, we discovered this prior to Dyna's already scheduled appointment so we piggy-backed him onto her appointment (another $200 and another half day off of work ::sigh::) and he's now on some heavy duty meds plus we have to keep soaking his foot in hot water and epsom salts for the next week or so. Something we'd been doing anyway since discovering the wound Saturday night. We'll keep him on the meds until his appointment with Dyna on the 21st but hopefully it will be well healed by then. In the mean time, since he's been fussing with his toe, the forlorn dude gets to wear a satellite dish on his head...

Oh, the indignity! Yup, I'm a mean, mean mommy ;).

You haven't heard me bring up Kismet & Tucker's son Dakota in some time and may have even forgotten about the little interloper, but he's still been around, his original approximate 3 week stay having turned into 3 months less a week! But he did go back to his family and their new home a week ago today. For those who haven't read his saga, click here. I'm certainly of mixed feelings about his leaving. On the one hand, being back to our regular crew of 7 feels like a breeze compared to the shuffling we had to do while he was here. As I'd feared, we did have one significant kerfuffle when we let down our guard and let Dakota loose with his 14+ year old brother Dempsey.  Fortunately the fight that ensued was broken up before Dempsey got hurt. *I* on the other hand got nailed worse than I've ever been bitten before. It was little Dyna who grabbed me... the heat of the moment spurring on a feeding frenzy-like fight amongst the 5 terriers we had loose at the time. Hubby and I got the worst of it and nothing all that serious, certainly not worthy of seeing a doctor. Still, my hand was damn sore of a while.

Despite my concerns about Dakota's homelife, he proved to be a very well behaved, genuinely good dog, all signs of a pretty well-adjusted, well cared for pet. He is fearful of men (*loves* women to pieces) but staying with us, with my dominant "scary" hubby being around, certainly helped ease that situation. And, by the time my dad visited a few weeks ago, Dakota was all over him, on his lap and licking my dad's ear. I still wish there was more stability in his home-life but his owner kept in touch and convinced me that she wanted nothing more than to have Dakota back as soon as she had relocated. The morning after she and her daughters moved into their new home, Dakota's mom and I met in the parking garage where I work and Dakota did back-flips and practically sang his glee when he saw her. Which was a better reaction than I got when our Boomer had disappeared on us for almost 24 hours this time last year. It definitely helped ease my mind about giving him back. Still came awfully close to shedding tears though... 3 months is more than enough time for me to get incredibly attached, especially to a pup I helped bring into the world ::sniff::.

Let's cross our fingers that Dakota's home to stay permanently and that life settles down for the little guy.

Dakota, half asleep on my chest, the night before returning home.

So, now we can relax start thinking about getting ready for Jess' arrival... a friend's Drahthaar (same breed as Coop) who will be staying with us for about 5 weeks starting the end of March while her owner's in China. Forget the movie, just call my place Hotel for Dogs!

But first... I have to wrastle a 70 pound satellite dish wearing dork and soak his foot in a bucket of epsom salts. This ought 'a be fun!


Posted by: shallowz (shallowz)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)

Hey, happy to read that there is more improvement with Dyna's eye!

On the other hand, poor Cooper. You know there's a rule right? When one of the critters comes up with something there has to be another that comes up with something else. That rule.

Dakota sounds very happy to be returning home. What a sweet picture.

Take care of yourself in all this!:)

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Dean Vulnerable & Waking

That rule. Yeah, I sure know it. It's got to be one of the Laws of Murphy, huh?

Thanks for the good wishes. I'm hoping things settle down at least a little bit before Jessie comes to stay ;).

Posted by: hucknclem (hucknclem)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Pete Yorn

OMG, May! I don't know whether to laugh or cry for you! :) You certainly have your hands full, but on the bright side, you must be racking up some awfully good karma. I'm so glad to hear Dakota was reunited with his owner, and that he was excited about it. Maybe this time will be the charm, right? Happy to hear Dyna's doing better, and that Cooper's going to be okay (after some mommy love). Hang in there; it's got to get easier! :)

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
Boys Sneaky

LOL, and to think these are all my younger dogs! They're not the ones that are supposed to be racking up the vet bills!

Oops, did I say that out loud? Shhhhh. I take it back.

Oh, what the hell, I've got the 4 oldest going to the chiropractor Saturday anyway. Life's never dull around here and money's never saved ;)

Thanks for the positive thoughts :)

Posted by: phetch (phetch)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)

Oh puppies, give your mom a break! Holy cow. I'm glad Dyna's eye seems to be turning the corner. Good luck wrestling Cooper- I think you're going to get wet ;)

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Jensen as wet Max

Something tells me they're not listening to you... and these aren't even the going deaf old ones!

Good luck wrestling Cooper- I think you're going to get wet ;)

Wet might just be considered an understatement ;)

Posted by: heather03nmg (heather03nmg)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
the pretty

Wow, you are one busy mom. Glad the family is on the mend. :)

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
GIF Dean Hi

Thank so much, girl! And I sooo owe you an email. Once I heard from my potential roommates, I spent this last weekend trying to figure out my VanCon plans and will give you an update shortly.

Posted by: Late Night Drops of Random (moondropz)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Alec smiling

I'm glad Dyna is doing better with the switch on the meds! I've been off most of the day/evening myself. Mostly due to Sadie being sick and just overall not wanting to go anywhere I wasn't-lol. Then the dryer and washer went down and dad sat in a chair and the spindles broke-he nearly fell out of the thing! I'm not even asking if this is the end of it. because as soon as I do more will come around. OY. So I was happy to come on(in between coding for a massive spam)and see your post! I wish Dakota well too-and you're getting ready for Jess now! Hee-that hotel is busy! ;)
*Hugs you*

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
Dean Vulnerable & Waking

Jess is going to be a challenge. Like Dakota with my old males, I won't be trusting her with my girls and I've got 4 of those. It's not her, it's them, but, because she weighs 50 pounds or more, I can't have them starting something (which they will) and pissing her off. Looks like Cooper and Jess will be spending lots of time together in the pen that Dakota & Tumble shared. Let's hope for an early spring so they can spend lots of time outside together and want to be there once she gets here ;).

Sounds like your day was full of un-fun too. Glad your dad didn't fall through the chair and I sure hope Sadie feels better soon. You too... remember to rest up :).

Posted by: ErinRua (erinrua)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)

Holy cow, lady! LOL, do you have a cape and a big red S on your chest? Well, as the "mother" of 5 dogs, I now how it goes. I actually kept the last satellite dish collar we used - only a $10 deposit fee to forfit - against the next time one of our dorks does something ... dorkish.

Right now I'm trying to clear up a particularly persistant and mysterious diahrrea (however that's spelt) problem in my old Rose dog. Meds and special good-for-iffy-tummies food seem to be working though.

Sheez. Who needs a family of 8 humans, when we can just fill our lives up with dogs? LOL!

I'll beam good thoughts towards Dakota and his return home, and more good vibes for Cooper. Silly dog. ;-)

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Jensen Prayer Hands

I've actually got at least 3 doggy satellite dishes in the house - 3 sizes. The big one for Coop and then a terrier sized one and then there's one for Boomer, whose head and neck are larger than any Jack Russell should ever have to carry ;)

Thanks for the good wishes. I'm so hoping all goes well for Dakota even though I still miss his cocky presence ;).

Posted by: Invisible Friend (el1ie)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)

Thanks for the updates hon, have been wondering how that eye was getting on, long haul those type of things so hope your finally on the home stretch.

Poor Coop, one thing on top of another - always happens, I haven't even admitted to what my pair have been up to this month!

I'm sure Dakota will go home with a better attitude thanks to all your hard work - fights are horrible and I'm not surprised to hear you and hubby came off worse that's often the case - terriers eh? So bloody fast, at least with mine it's easy to grab one! Hope the new temporary addition is not going to cause more problems? **smacks self**...stupid question, new dogs... other people's dogs... always upset the balance don't they, so I'll just cross my fingers and wish you luck. *G*

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 11th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
GIF Dean Hi

Hey, girl and thanks as always for the commiseration :). I truly hope Dakota is home to stay... for his sake and my heart's ::sniff::

I'm feeling so much better about Dyna's eye now, even if it does still look kinda weird (and likely will always). After a few days on the meds and more foot soakings, Coop's foot is looking much better too.

Of course now I'm wondering if something's going on with Flurry. She just seems "off", you know? And at 12 years less 8 days, "off" always becomes a scary premise ::sigh:: She and 3 of the gang are going to chiro on Saturday so I'll see what Dr. Leslie thinks. The following weekend is when Dyna and Coop go in for their re-checks plus their annual checkups (Tumble too), so I'll likely add Flurry to that appointment and get them to do some bloodwork.

Oh, and Kismet's quite lame (inexplicably so) on a front leg, so she's one of the 4 included in this Saturday's chiro appointment (the other 3 going for regular maintenance). I swear, sometimes I should just have my pay distributed directly to both vets... at least that way I wouldn't see the bills I'm racking up these days!

Hope the new temporary addition is not going to cause more problems? **smacks self**...stupid question, new dogs... other people's dogs... always upset the balance don't they

LOL, no need to smack yourself but yeah, you're right, no matter what, Jess' stay with us is going to have a major impact. Fortunately she's exceptionally well trained so I'll have to make an effort to assert myself with her so she'll listen to the commands she knows. The plan is for her to hang with Cooper so we'll be back up to 3 dog rounds instead of our normal 2 but it's better than the 4 we were sometimes running while Dakota was here. And I've insisted that hubby heeds my concerns and under no circumstances lets Jess out with any of my girls (in the house or the yard). I don't expect her to start anything but I know none of mine will tolerate a younger in tact female interloper checking them out without them deciding to assert their dominance. It's then when I wouldn't trust Jess to not assert right back. And, since she's probably about 50+ pounds, that could get ugly. Just cross your fingers and toes that she doesn't come into heat while she's with us. Even though my guys and girls are all now "fixed", hormone fluctuations will send them all off kilter, potentially leading to fights amongst themselves, and that's something I definitely don't need! It's times like these when I want to bang my head and ask myself why I don't have Basset Hounds instead ;)

Thanks again! ♥

Posted by: leelust (leelust)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)

So many things happened! But i'm glad her eye improved, i was worrying about it.
But poor Cooper - leg's injury is always bad to treat cos dogs have no pation sometimes. But i hope it'll be better soon too.
Oh, Dakota! I hope everything'll be ok with him. Looks like he love his new 'mom' and she love him too. And she's willing to talk which is very good on my opinion. But just in case my fingers crossed.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Jensen and Jared Clutch

Thanks for all the support through this... it's helped, definitely {{hugs}}

Posted by: Dani (pinkphoenix1985)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)

*HUGS* I hope that all the dogs are feeling better

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Jensen Oz Smiles

Thank-you! It sure has been a trying time ::sigh::

Posted by: saberivojo (saberivojo)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
scooter side

It is good that Dyna is doing better. My boy above ran out in the mud hole that was my back yard on Sunday. Hit the back fence at a full speed and spent the next 5 mins running up and down splashing mud all over his very, very furry body. I had to give him a bath as soon as he came in. He was a wreck. At least Cooper has short hair.

Hope he feels better too.

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: February 10th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Terriers - Cho

At least Cooper has short hair

Yup, we're blessed in that regard, with him and most of the terriers. Those wire coats are weather and burr/matt resistant so usually clean-up isn't too much of an effort. Flurry's our big exception, her coat's quite poor and soaks up everything like a sponge. Still, at least she's small enough to manhandle at bath or brushing time ;)

Thanks for the good wishes :)