It Feels Like Home

A Boston girl goes Hollywood then chucks it away for a life in OZ… these are my adventures and general musings.

Happy Veteran’s Day November 11, 2010

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Thanks, Dad for your naval service.

Thank you to all who have served, past and present.


Three Cheers for Puppy! February 28, 2009

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We went back to the vet today and much to our excitement Puppy’s tail is healing very well. No amputation is necessary, woo hoo! I seriously think I started to cry when I heard those words and of course Puppy understands English and went crazy with joy when she heard the news, too.

Puppy had her stitches removed, tail cleaned up and was given a clean bill of health. There is no infection, the skin is healing, hair is regrowing and her Elizabeth collar is removed. The vet said she is the luckiest dog because most tail injuries result in amputation. He also said that Puppy is one of their favorites and they just love her… that was so nice to hear!

Ah, what a relief… she’s going to be okay! Hip, Hip, Hooray!


Poor Puppy Update January 31, 2009

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Puppy is home from the Vet hospital and thankfully her tail is intact… for now. She looks so pathetic and it just breaks my little heart. They’ve stitched up the tail all around and bandaged it tightly. Unfortunately, Puppy has to wear an Elizabeth collar to prevent her from gnawing at her tail. She can actually still reach her tail with the contraption around her head so every now and then we have to scold her which makes me feel like a terrible Mom, but really, it’s for her own good. Tail injuries in dogs are very difficult to heal and manage. The tail is a continuation of the spine so if the tail can’t heal, partial amputation will ultimately have to result in order to prevent infection and other damage. We’re desperately trying to avoid that for obvious reasons. It has been a challenge trying to keep Puppy from wagging her tail. She has one of those strong, long whipping tails that hits anything and everything in her way. The more she whacks her tail, the higher the chance for her hurting the tail and causing it to bleed. Puppy has been whimpering in pain off and on and especially at night, so, of course I try to comfort her and give her lots of belly rubs. We have to give Puppy antibiotics twice a day to help fight infection and she goes back to the Vet on Monday for a check-up. We’re hoping the vet has positive news for us. We do know that Puppy will have to keep the collar and wrapped tail for at least four to five weeks, at a minimum, so we’re in this for the long haul.

On top of Puppy hurting her tail, she already has two chronic ear infections and a torn ACL equivalent in her back leg. She’s not allowed any walks or trips to the puppy park. The poor girl looks miserable and bored but we have to be especially careful with her in order for the tail to heal. Laying low for a while should also help Puppy with trying to heal the ACL injury in order to avoid surgery for that as well. As you can see, Puppy is an unfortunate disaster but hopefully we’ll have her on the mend and back to her old self soon. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. Puppy thanks you, too!


Puppy June 15, 2008

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Vet consulation fee… $50

Medicine & treatment… $68

Ear flushing and sedation to fix infection… $208

Happy, healthy Puppy once again… priceless.