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Old 06-20-2007, 10:14 AM   #29
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Hi Steph,

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your cute Alki, stay strong!
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:29 AM   #30
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Steph, enjoy every minute with little Alki. We're thinking about you!
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:12 PM   #31
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Eric, thanks for telling us about Penny. It is good to know she had the surgery and has gotten two more years from it. Two years is a pretty good deal, I would be very happy if Alki gets that kind of results.

The vet called and said she did fine last night, and ate some breakfast this morning, so she is on track for coming home tonight. Yea! I could barely sleep last night without her snoring under my bed. I know I'll have to get used to that someday, but I'm not ready yet.

Thanks for all the kind thoughts, it really means a lot.
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Old 06-20-2007, 02:35 PM   #32
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Hi Steph,

So glad to hear she's eating some breakfast, that's always a good sign!
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:09 PM   #33
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Well, she's home! Under my desk right now to be exact. She has a couple incisions to look after, she's pretty mellow from the pain pills right now, and she can't jump, play, climb stairs, get on furniture, or go outside unattended for 2 weeks. Oh, and she needs to go tinkle about every hour. Hmm, I can see I'm going to be busy. But she's home, and we're thankful for that.

She's also got one of those lampshades she's supposed to wear all the time, but I'm letting her go without it while I'm watching her. If she starts messing with the stiches, she gets the cone!
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:33 PM   #34
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That's great, Steph!!..I remember when we had Cody neutered and brought him home..he had to wear one of those cones..kept bumping into everything!!..but it did keep him from trying to get at the 'sore' spot..
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Dogs HATE being cone-heads .

Glad she's home. When humans have that kind of treatment they get all kinds of pills, shots, attention, and when critters have it they are expected to heal much faster.

I'm sure she's just darned glad to be home with her "people".

We are off camping for the next 9 days so will look for a report of a healthy, happy, little dog when we return.

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Old 06-20-2007, 11:07 PM   #36
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This is a true story. Our Rottie, Zeke the Wonder Dog, had a lot of surgeries. He often needed to wear the elizabethan collar. He was very good natured about it, but still... So whenever I put it on him, I would put my hand with a treat into the large end and show it to him, then as he thrust his head forward to reach for the treat I would slide the collar on and give him the treat. He was very good natured and didn't mind the collar too much so this worked well.

One day, when he hadn't had any recent surgeries, and didn't need to wear the collar I happened to pick it up move it or put it away, or something. I look up and there's Zeke intently focused on the collar with saliva running out of his mouth. Of course I very quickly procured and provided a treat.
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we used a human cervical "soft" collar on the bassets, the bulk kept them from getting their short little necks to the wounds, and they did not have to deal with the cone
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Old 06-21-2007, 06:21 PM   #38
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Well, she did fine last night. She woke us up a couple times to go outside. The worst part was that she is confined to the kitchen, and she wanted to go sleep in her spot under the bed. But she hasn't got good bladder control, and the cone would never fit under there anyway. So she was stuck in the kitchen, and Dave slept on cushions right on the other side of the baby gate so she could see him, which made her happier. No spoiled dogs here. Of course, how can you help but spoil them when they look at you like this?
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It's good to hear she's doing well, bless her heart! Not spoiled, pampered as she deserves. Last time I had a K9 with a "lampshade" collar it was opaque. Glad they wised up and make them clear now.

We're pulling for a successful and complete recovery for Alki.
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I just wanted to give an update. Alki is recovering very well. We had a few sleepless nights working out sleeping arrangements to her liking, since she can't come in the bedroom (where she is used to sleeping) until she is cleared for jumping on furniture again. With that worked out we're all getting a whole nights sleep again.

It's been a week since the surgery, and her stitches look fine, her bruising is going away, and her tinkling is getting back to normal. She still needs to go potty in the midle of the night, but she has decided to go in the bathroom, right NEXT to the 'potty pads' we laid out for her. So much for that! Oh well, if she has to go in the house, it's about the best place she could choose. Amazing recovery, I don't think I would be as active as her if a week ago my bladder had been pulled out and cut apart! She just takes it all in stride, even the cone is not bothering her so much now.

Our main problem now is keeping her down and resting for another week. She wants to get back to her daily walks!
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We're glad to hear that encouaging report. Ron and Deb
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Glad to here she's doing well. It sounds as though she'll be fully recovered in no time!
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