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Monday, December 22, 2014

Monty Update, Part 2

Despite our best efforts, our Monty is still draining and still wrapped up.  Our vet is still concerned with how the lumps presented themselves and keeps reviewing his chart.  Our main concern, which was cancer,  has been ruled out but she has also double checked to make sure that there wasn't another underlying issue, such as Valley Fever.  I'll admit, after reviewing the symptoms of VF I'm starting to wonder - I'm also hoping I'm having a serious case of Puppy Momma Hypochondria.  Which I would prefer...

Monty had a recheck yesterday and a new bandage applied.  His incision is directly beneath him and is difficult to reach.  Poor Monty has to suffer a little indignity at the vet to be rechecked...
I save my specials poots for moments like dis...
The vet techs have been waging a bandage war with the vet on appropriate bandage colors for our pups.  They wanted pink for Harlow, and she had every color but...
I iz sad cuz dis blue clashes with my royal fuzz.
With Monty they have been trying to have Christmas colors applied, and somehow, a band of blue emerged. So they added a few decorations...
It takes a strong pup to wear an ugly sweater...
I almost think Monty was relieved when we put his t-shirt back on over the bandages.
If I bury my head in da grass, nobody can see me.
We go back again on Saturday for another recheck.  Please keep paws crossed that the drain can come out. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Swiss Army Pup

It occured to me as I was looking through photos this morning that Harlow actually performs a lot of various functions here.  She has sort of become a "Swiss Army Pup"...

What are those functions you ask?

Well, for starters she helps with the house cleaning...
Nobody appreciates de work I do here....
Helps remind us that facials are important...
Mud does wonderz for da toes too!
Taste tester...
Dese noms are good!
TV censor...
Close da eyes, Momma, it gets scary here!
Public Service Announcement - her mission is to warn us about the dangers of fruit...
Seriously - can you eat cantaloupe after seeing this?
Structural Support Engineer...
How that wall manages to stay upright without her support we will never know!
She imitates meerkats so that we can study them...
I iz good meerkat in da back yard Savanna...
Shredder...
I didn't like that book anyway.  I wish!  Wahhh!
Sentry...
Ducks.  11 of the clock, Momma.  Just saying...
Puppysitter...
Okay, we are working on this one.
...and most importantly she comes in a small easy to carry package!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Monty update

Those of you who follow us on Facebook know that on December 2 we had Monty at the vet for the removal of a couple of worrisome lumps.  Thankfully, those lumps came back as negative for cancer, but that doesn't mean we are worrying any less for our boy.  Monty has proven himself to be a troublesome patient - constantly making attempts to rid himself of his bandages and protective shirt.
Monty at the vet - waiting for surgery.  Photo courtesy of our favorite Vet Tech! 
Angel Sam's surgery shirt is becoming the tradition for our pups to wear after any surgery.
We had a sense of Deju Vu seeing Monty in Sam's shirt....
Monty has been wearing Sam's shirt proudly...
It's very slenderizing....
Despite our best attempts to keep him from worrying his bandages, Monty has been making every effort to get to them.  If we put a cone collar on him...
Where did my light go?
...he attacks the bandages with his back paws.  We somehow managed to keep his incision safe and he looked good at his recheck last weekend.
Dual vet appointment - this was the day Harlow got her cast off.

Last Tuesday he should have had his stitches out, but Dr. Kerne decided he needed to have a drain put in - and drain he did.  He became quite the soggy mess.
How Monty look without a t-shirt.


We've also been having issues keeping him quiet.  He and Harlow seemed determined to go at it.  We've set up an x-pen across the living room to separate him.  Monty thinks this is highly unfair and has been spending all his time making us feel guilty about his jail time.
I iz wearing prison orange.  I haz been wrongly accused!
We had another vet appointment this morning.  He still has his drain in and his shirts are getting washed as I type.  We have another appointment Tuesday evening for another check.  Keep fingers crossed Monty will leave his stitches and drain alone until then.  We are hoping it can all come out then and we can give him a good bath and grooming.  :)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Thank you's all around!

In the past couple of weeks we've gotten a few surprises for our pups that I need to say thank you for.  Between travelling for work, Harlow's paw and Monty surgery, putting this post together has proven to be almost impossible!

First off, I want to thank fellow blogger Elyse Hunt (hugs to Riley!) for thinking of our Sam and making a donation in his name to Therapy Dogs International - thank you so much Elyse!  You have no idea what it means to me to know folks are still thinking of my Sam.

Next, I need to thank Khyra's Mom for sending me a couple of care packages.  The first came via Auntie Di, and thanks to traveling and injuries, we were never able to meet up.  She finally sent it to me through the mail.  Horse magazines, treats for the pups and an adorable little Friesian statue was included!  :)
We had such lovely notes from folks worried about Harlow - thank you everyone!

Shortly after, Khyra's Mom sent a second package with a few more horse magazines (Yay!), a wonderful shirt, and more treats for the pups!
Love it!
The pups loved the treats!
We also got an e-mail that we had won a contest over at Peggy's Pet Place.  We guessed what Zeke ate, and in return, won a wonderful cook book for the pups!  Thank you, Peggy!
The pups can't wait!
Finally, and just perfect for Harlow's new Soon-to-be-Pink Princess Castle, came two medallions from a secret admirer...  Who could it be?  There was a pink crown medallion for Harlow and a purple crown medallion for Monty.
It was kind of plain before...
The medallions made it perfect!  (Yes, it is decorated for Christmas!)
Mystery and intrigue...
Thank you so much everyone!  We've enjoyed getting our little surprises in the mail and love how you think of our pups!  You are all so wonderful.  :)