Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Here is the patch on her left side that was our second biopsy spot. (I don't know why her eyes always look cloudy in pics with a flash. Anyone?)
Here is part of the one on her back. She's lying on the rest of it. This was just a fatty lipoma.
Her left side again and her front left paw just above the foot pad and to the side of the higher pad. (ok so what is that called?) This was just a skin tag. I don't know how many times people thought it was a tick, myself included.
This was the worst spot. It was the place we found the confirmed mast cell tumor and a new growth that looked similar starting above that one. So we took them both off and sent it off for a biopsy. It looks very askew in the photo but when she stands it is straight. You can see where placement made wiping a necessity for a few days.
She has been very good about the spots so far. Of course she can't really reach any of them due to her lack of flexibility (a frenchie thing) unless she does her patented dance on her backside in the grass or scoot the butt move. We are keeping a close watch on her and simply stop her when she starts either. In a few more days I can relax more about it because they won't be in danger of popping open with pressure. I'll have to be careful when Minos comes on Tuesday that she doesn't play to hard.
She is getting much attention and lots of treats. It's hard not to feel bad for her when all you can see is stitches everywhere.
My list of blog topics is getting longer as I keep putting off writing about anything serious until I feel better and have more time. I feel like I am behind and can't catch up. Does anyone else have that problem?
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
On another note I have somehow tweaked some ligaments in my upper back/lower neck last week. It didn't get better on its own so yesterday I saw my chiropractor and he had to do the full works on me. Unfortunately it will be a few days until I am right again. Having to work means I can't take any real pain meds if I want to be able to function so ibuprofen is currently my best friend right now. Being in pain for so long gives me a new appreciation for anyone dealing with chronic pain daily. It is not something I would wish on anyone. I can't wait until I can sleep comfortably again.
To add to my stress level, the house across the street from me seems to have rotating residents. In the winter there is a mom type living there. She has a very nice golden retriever who I watched almost get nailed by a pickup truck just a few weeks ago when it ran out towards the road after a pedestrian. Thankfully he seems to be trained and listened as she called him back at the last minute. He was so close to the truck that I saw the tailwind blow his coat back and make his eyes close against the dust kick up. It made my heart stop for a minute. I thought he was a goner.
In the spring her two young adult kids seem to take over and live there off and on with various friends stopping by. (at all hours) It is annoying due to some of their behavior. (example: screaming out the window at an old man as he rode his bicycle past their house) To add to that someone brought a (beautiful) male Siberian husky to the house and tied it outside where it postured and started screaming at my dogs while I was with them in the yard. We made a quick exit into the house. Now maybe he is friendly to other dogs when not tied up, but I'm not willing to take the chace based on what I was seeing. It makes me nervous. Not to mention if he gets loose we live on the other side of the street on a very busy road. The danger of him getting hit when trying to cross it is very real. Add to that my fence is only 4 feet high. I am really hoping it was just a visitor for the day. I hate having to worry about my dogs being in their own yard. It doesn't seem fair. I know Jack could defend himself if needed but the girls would be at a huge disadvantage. And make no mistake this isn't about the breed, whom is one of my favorites, but my assumptions of the potential lack of responsibility of the owner and the behavior of this particular dog in this case.
Now is the waiting game for the biopsy report. It should be back by either friday or monday. I will certainly post the results as soon as I get them. Wish us luck.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I hope to overhaul my blogroll soon with more new links and the removal of links from sites no longer kept current. Until then I hope you enjoy the newbie on the list.
When she wasn't trying to get closer to the screen she was sitting on my son's lap watching as well. I suspect all the animal sounds peaked her interest.
It was a very cute movie and we all enjoyed it alot. Of course we are also huge fans of Disney so not liking it is almost not an option in this house. VBG Does anyone else have dogs that watch TV?
I hope everyone had a wonderful Mothers Day.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I decided to take some video because I know there are people who just don't believe I am tracking a pug. I have posted photos but they don't really prove she can do it. I hope this helps. I am sure there will be some people who say I am doing everything wrong. The downside to posting video is that it opens yourself up to criticism from some viewers. I have one viewer in particular that loves to rip me down, hence one of the the reasons I have moderated comments.
I'll go on record saying that I am not a tracking expert. I have been doing it off and on for about 10 years now but never seriously. It is just something I enjoy doing with my dogs, and watching other dogs and handlers do. There is nothing like seeing a dog doing something that comes naturally to them, and that they also have fun doing. Jenny is much more driven than the other dogs I have tracked with so perhaps I will finally get serious about it.
No you do not need to train for tracking with food. It is just how I choose to train. And with Jenny food is the perfect motivator. So I hope you enjoy the video. It is about 2 minutes long and there is sound. I was trying to explain things as I went along. I should have just shut up and let her work and explained it after. Next time I will have someone else do the videoing so I can concentrate on the work. It is hard trying to do everything all at once!
I think she did a pretty good job all thing considered. I especially like the part where she gets off the track and circles back and finds it again quickly. I am still not sure about using food under the first article. I might skip that next time and only use it under the next articles. She works so much faster than other dogs I have handled so I am still working out the kinks of article indication.