In the interest of getting up off our asses and actually moving around a bit, we’re trying to take the doggies for walks as a family, as often as possible. This morning, it was lovely out, and not too hot. While we stopped for a bit of a rest, Peeper stole my phone and took a few photos.
Peeper and I started our day with a trip to the farmer’s market, which was unseasonably chilly for the middle of June.
From there, we went over to “the farm in the city” where we picked up some more fruits and veggies and visiting with the critters.
Home for a quick lunch and to pick up Mommy, and then we went back downtown to see the ballet, a performance of Snow White by the local ballet theater company. After the show, we went back home and grilled up some chicken for dinner.
Then we took the doggies for a walk.
We have a little guest sleeping with us tonight, because one of the doggies has a bit of an upset stomach.
Again. This was a big one.
The snow started last night, so Shrike spent the night with her sister, near work, and Peeper and I were on our own today.
Actually, Peeper and I did go see the movie Frozen last night, as a little something special to make up for Shrike getting called in to work at the very last minute. She loved it, and thanks to a friend who unexpectedly hooked us up with a copy, she’s watched it another time or two today.
But we’re also pretty frozen today. It’s around (below?) 20 degrees out there, with snow falling all day and several inches of accumulation. Peeper was already scheduled to be off school, for a teacher inservice, but all the other schools in the area, including the college where I work, were off too.
Peeper does love her snow. I think she went out in it about four or five times; I made her go by herself at 8 am, when the ground was barely covered, because I knew I had another trip or two ahead of me later in the day. As it turned out, I think I went with her twice and Shrike twice.
She wanted so badly to build a snowman. Light, fluffy, dry, 20’F snow is great when you have to shovel and clear off the car, but not so much for snowmen.
After we came in, I heard her in the bedroom where Shrike was sleeping. She said something to her about drying off PerfectPup, and went and got a towel from the linen closet. Then another. And another.
I went in to see what was going on, and found Shrike still asleep, and poor PerfectPup like this.
That pink thing beside her is Peeper toy blow dryer. Running.
This is what she left behind when she finally got fed up and walked off. I guess Peeper was right that she needed to be cleaned up.
Galoot on the other hand, was just keeping Mommy nice and warm.
A few more trips out in the snow, including helping Mommy shovel, and an attempt to fix up her snowman, and then we had a perfect snowy weather dinner – hot soup and hot-ish chocolate.
Peeper declared this “the bestest soup ever!” (Campbell’s chicken noodle.)
Looks like she could use it.
We were all out in the backyard this afternoon when I looked at Shrike, who was on the far side, near the fence, and spotted a skunk about three feet behind her, just bopping along, pretty as you please. I said, “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!” trying to get her attention without saying what it was, I suppose so I didn’t clue the dogs in on it or something. Then I realized that was stupid and just yelled. “SKUUUNK!”
Maybe my dog thing wasn’t so stupid, because as soon as I said it, Galoot came running over, grabbed it up and started shaking. I didn’t want Peeper to get sprayed or to watch him kill it, so I swooped her up and ran inside, and Shrike was right behind us.
The dogs and skunk all ended up in some bushes where we couldn’t see what was happening, but we heard two separate yelp/whines, and knew exactly what that meant.
The skunk was actually pretty small, probably an adolescent I suppose, so I think maybe he didn’t have all his stink yet, because it turned out to be not nearly as bad as we’d feared. Shrike found the bottle of skunk destink spray that she bought the first time this happened and that took care of it.
When she looked at it yesterday, she saw that it had already regrown quite a bit, and according to the x-ray, it was beginning to invade his jawbone, so she removed the big molar that it was near plus the teeth on either side of that one, and a segment of his mandible underneath those teeth.
This is the best I could do trying to get a photo of his face. The surgery was on the right side, but you really can’t seen anything here. Not that there’s much to see. You can, however, see the lesions on his nose.
It seems that BigGaloot is having some health concerns.
A couple of weeks ago Shrike was being “overly protective and paranoid” (I thought) and took him to the vet to see why his nose looks chapped all the time.
The tentative diagnosis was discoid lupus or “collie nose” which is, as you would assume, an autoimmude disease, but it only affects the skin. He had it biopsied last week, and the vet called today with the path report.
It is discoid lupus, which should be controlled with topic anti-inflammatory and sunscreen. He might need antibiotics and steriods from time to time if it flares up, but other than that, it shouldn’t be a big deal.
A bigger deal, though is that during the surgery for the nose, she found a “mass” in his mouth, near his upper gum, way in the back, I believe. She biopsied it but told us that she expected it to be something with big words that’s benign.
Turns out it’s, same big words somethingelse-blastoma, which is not so benign.
But although it is invasive – it spreads locally – it is not metastatic – it doesn’t spread to other parts of the body, which is much better news than it night have been.
Given our options, we’re thinking the smart thing is to get xrays (under anesthesia) and see if it’s spread into the bone, in which case a bit of the maxilla (upper jawbone) will need to be removed.
I don’t know if we can knock him out, xray, then while he’s still under, go ahead and cut out what needs to come out or if it will necessarily be separate procedures.The path report says she didn’t get it all with the biopsy, so seems to me something needs to come out, even if it’s just soft tissue, or we will just be waiting for it to go into the bone and then remove it, which seems dumb. We’re hoping we can just do it all at once, for his sake and the sake of our bank account.
If we did nothing, it would erode the maxilla, he’d lose teeth, be susceptible to infections, I would assume it would be painful eventually. She didn’t have a timeline on that, because she’s always done the surgery, and she says that they do very well afterwards; you can’t tell by looking at them, she’s got one who’s now chomping on milkbones, etc.
He goes back next week to have the stitches removed from his nose, and we’ll discuss it all with her in more detail then.
I’ll update when we know more.