home is where the dooley is

by | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 |

we're so happy to have dooley home safe and sound with us.  he’s not completely out of the woods yet as his bloodwork was still not where it should be as of yesterday.  dr. au felt comfortable enough to let him go home so that’s a good sign to me.  he’s much less swollen today, is finally eating and seems generally to be feeling better so we’re cautiously optimistic.  he won’t be totally out of the woods until the 5 days past surgery mark and...

uncertainty and fear

by | Tuesday, September 11, 2012 |

2:30 pm   reilley has a seizure (stinks but we can bounce back just a little beaten)

7:30 pm   we rush dooley to the emergency vet with bloat

12:30 am we return home emotionally and physically exhausted, more beaten

3:00 am   zander has a seizure (we’ve been pushed over the edge…we’ve fallen and cannot get up)

and you think you had a bad day

by | Tuesday, January 17, 2012 |

i had a game when i was a kid* called medical monopoly (you can probably guess how cool i was just from that sentence alone).  basically you got a card with symptoms and had to correctly diagnose the condition to move ahead...i know, totally awesome, right?  so today i’m offering up a little twist – are you ready to play veterinary monopoly?  here’s your symptoms:  large amount of arterial blood from penis no visible marks several hours post-seizure  ...

the wrath of grapes

by | Thursday, December 22, 2011 |

tuesday was not a good day and it turned into an even worse 48 hours.  i did a moronic thing and left some just washed grapes in the sink to dry…and let the dogs in and forgot about the grapes.  cue doom music, enter carly.  i came into the kitchen a short time later to find carly standing over some little tell-tale water marks on the floor, saw a few chewed stems and at first thought “oh carly” and then “oooh carly” (which doesn’t look ...

feeling lucky?

by | Tuesday, March 29, 2011 |

the first person to correctly identify which two dogs i had the pleasure of transporting to the vet early this morning gets an earthdog collar (elvis was just along for the ride)...leave your answer in the comment field.  dave captured this picture as i was pulling out of the driveway...the fact that they both battled to get into the front seat before we left did not forebode a peaceful drive but they settled in once we got on the road.  their teeth cleaning today means two things for...

sleep is overrated, right?

by | Thursday, September 16, 2010 |

i think we need somebody out there to remind us why we sleep (or try to) with 16 dogs in our bedroom.  lately we’ve been lacking in the z department due to two culprits.  the first is violet who is not a fan of her cage and starts whining anywhere from 2:30 am to 6:00 am.  as puppies go she’s been fantastic, so good in fact we tend to forget she’s a puppy…she definitely seems to be an old soul.  she pretty much does what she wants and we feel like...

dieciséis again

by | Friday, August 13, 2010 |

we got a call the other day from an acquaintance who had “rescued” a dog from a bad situation and needed some help figuring out what to do.  unfortunately “the dog” had a broken leg and now the rescuers had had her in their care for a week without providing any care for the leg.  not knowing what else to do and realizing that this dog needed help we told them to take her to our vet the next day and we would pay to find out what exactly was wrong with the leg...

dear december, don't let the door hit you on the way out

by | Saturday, February 6, 2010 |

not to be crass but december 2009 can go suck it - i have never experienced such a shit sandwich of a month as december 2009 in my life.  sadly it wasn't even the type of crappy month that once you get past it you can look back and laugh - it was chock full of "only time will heal" moments.  after demeter's diagnosis and the loss of astrid i couldn't shake that insipid "bad things happen in threes" idea and i really wish i was able to.  the day after christmas we were enjoying...

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