the descent

by | Thursday, July 24, 2014 |

about 6-8 weeks ago wilson seemed to plunge into complete confusion and old age overnight. he was no longer able to get around the house on his own, when we called to him he clearly heard it but always moved in the opposite direction and he kept circling and running into walls. because of his total blindness running into things and not always knowing where he is can be commonplace but this was extreme and very sudden. wil spent many years on prednisone due to his immune mediated disease so my...

out of the darkness

by | Monday, March 11, 2013 |

my apologies for being mia of late.  the truth is that life with a pack of dogs can sometimes be messy and heartbreaking and these past 5 months have been jam packed with pain.  i should note that dave is much better at updating the earthdog facebook page so to keep up with timely news and his photos head on over and "like" us.  i don’t want to belabor the ugliness of the recent past but i do want to let you know that we lost dooley early in february after a prolonged,...

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...

when it rains it pours

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 ...

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