Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Diagnosis for Jake -- Good Vibes Needed!

Thank-you all for your words of support in my last post, and welcoming Jake to Golden Pines!

Jake and I were up and on the road early to see our primary vet.  Jake was nervous and shaking during the whole drive.  I felt badly for him.  With his world having been totally turned upside down, I had to wonder what he may have been thinking.  Once at the vet, the fuss the staff made over him, quickly reassured him that he was going to be okay. X-Rays were taken and very soon we had a diagnosis for Jake.
Jake has "degenerative spinal stenosis."  It's a painful condition caused by excessive bone formation in the spine, which causes a narrowing of the spinal column and puts pressure on the spinal cord.  It's a progressive and debilitating disease, and there is no "cure."  My vet, said it was the worse case she'd ever seen.  So we are going to try to relieve the inflammation along the spinal cord with a steroid, heavily restrict his activity for a month, (because we don't want to chance having a ruptured disc), put him on pain medications, and ask for you to send some good vibes for him.  Our hope is that by reducing the inflammation, it will improve his ability to get around, and give him a good quality of life for whatever time he has left.  If this doesn't work, the reality is, is that a decision about letting Jake go may have to be made.  But I do not want to think about that right now.  Jake seems happy and is settling in nicely.  So, the rescue and I feel strongly that we have to give him the chance that his previous owner wasn't willing to give him.

Thanks for sending your good vibes for Jake! 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jake Arrives at Golden Pines!

Even though we are bursting at the seams with dogs at our house, I've always said that I would make room for a dog that needed a place to go, and that's what I did this week.  On Wednesday we welcomed Jake to Golden Pines.
~Jake's mug shot from the shelter~  
Jake is 12 years old, and was brought to a local shelter by his owner who wanted him euthanized because he's having problems walking.  Yes, you read that correctly.  However the Shelter felt  "Jake was a very happy, friendly, engaging dog and that he definitely had some quality time left."  So they convinced the owner to let Jake be turned over to a rescue.
Jake's is very weak in the rear end, and I had problems getting him outside first thing this morning.  Actually, I couldn't get him out at all this morning because he wouldn't stand up. Thankfully the vet that did acupuncture and cold laser therapy for our boy Gus last year, was coming to see Josh today -- The timing of Dr. E coming could not have been more perfect.  She helped me get Jake outside, and did a thorough assessment of his condition.  She's recommending he see a primary vet for spinal x-rays and blood work to decide the next steps to take.  Jake is now fitted for a "Help-em-up" harness, which is a big help in getting him onto his feet and outside.  He already seems like he's feeling more confident outside now, and was trying to play and acting silly when we had him out.  Good signs!  
The rescue of course approved the vet care, and Jake has an appointment with my vet on Saturday morning.  Paws crossed for our newest arrival!      

Saturday, January 30, 2016

We'll Take It!

~On our road - A view of the Short Hill Mountains~ 
Blue skies and warming sun as I was off to the vet early this morning with George and Bella. Nothing serious for either of them. Bella, just a follow up appointment for her thyroid.
George was due for a six month check up, and to meet our primary vet.  He's really slow getting up, and I know it's a combination of arthritis, and his weight.  When he was weighed this past summer, I was a little disappointed that he'd lost hardly any weight.  But we liked this scale today, he's lost 10 pounds since he was last weighed -- He's now 95 pounds!   About 10 more to go!
We'll take it, and celebrated with a cookie!  
A quick stop at the grocery store, where I had to grin at this display of boxed Weight Watcher cakes, and Valentine bakery cupcakes together.
Home by late morning and a quiet rest of the day. I've looked at so much snow this week, that now I'm actually starting to see see things in it.  Am I the only one that thinks this melting snow in our yard looks like a Scottie?
Todd would probably disagree.   

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Plowed Out -- Finally!

The snow may have been fun to watch fall, but on Sunday, the reality set in.  We had to dig ourselves out.
I had parked my van near the bottom of the driveway that is around 250 feet long. (about 76 meters), so we knew we weren't totally snowbound.  But Carl's car was in the garage, and was snowed in, kind of like this school bus below.  
In the past, we've shoveled what little snow we've had, or called someone to do it for us.  However, because of the amount of snow, the people who provide this service were coming at a premium.  One person promised to come on Monday. Then said he'd come on Tuesday.  After waiting all day, he finally said he couldn't come at all.  Frustration because of two wasted days.
~A skeptical Sunny watching the camera~
More calls on Wednesday and Carl found two people who would come, but each were charging a "trip fee" of $250 (!!) and the other, $150.  This fee did not include the $100-150 an hour just to plow the driveway.  Needless to say, we were feeling a lot of things -- overcharged and gouged to name two.  Added to that, they both wanted cash, and wouldn't take a check or credit card.  I'd returned to work on Wednesday and Carl who was home, didn't have enough cash on hand.  So, with that, warmer temps and the snow melting, he decided to do it on his own.  He had pretty much just started shoveling when someone with a tractor and plow stopped and offered to help.  He refused any money and only wanted something to drink -- In 20 about minutes our driveway was cleared!  Needless to say, we were both most grateful for the help of a good samaritan -- Who wasn't in it for money.

Today, I'm feeling relieved that our driveway is clear.
The snow has melted enough that Todd is back to guarding his yard -- Even somehow finding a mole to "make dead."  --How did he find one in all this snow?
And life seems to be getting back to normal.  
~Reggie and Bella~
Whatever normal may be.
Or not be.