Off to the Vet

Yesterday afternoon I noticed a tumor on the side of my dog.  This thing just popped up!  We are almost constantly petting him and giving him belly rubs; he’s pretty spoiled really.  So, I immediately called one of my vets and arranged to bring him in the following morning.

He loves going for car rides, all we had to do today was open the door and say, “Let’s go!” and he jumped right in.  He’s really a giant baby.  People are very intimidated by him because of his size, 77 pounds/35 kilos.  He’s an American Staffordshire Terrier, so he looks a lot like a pit bull; they are very close cousins.  All this dog wants is to be loved on.  We adopted him almost two years ago and he was extremely emaciated and very sick and he had been beaten.  The person who had him wanted him to fight, but he just wanted to love.  So we got him and he gets lots of love here.  Everyone who gets to know him falls in love with him.

Well, we get to the vet and she examines his tumor.  She is a little worried at first as it is rather large and pretty solid, but it was still movable which was a good thing.  She gives him some anesthesia and he slowly started getting sleepy.  He didn’t even flinch when he got his shots, he was a perfect boy.  I told my vet that I have never had a problem with anyone giving him his vaccinations and that he is special, she told me that he is very special.  He put his head on my shoulder and started drifting off until he could no longer sit up and slowly laid down on the table.  When he was pretty out of it she gave him a local to numb the area so she could get to work.  She didn’t want to put him under completely so he could have a quicker recovery time.

Five minutes later we are transferring him to the other room where she has everything set up to get the tumor out.  She picks him up to carry him and he whimpers the entire way!  I have never heard him whimper before and I was almost in tears!  I just know that he was confused and didn’t know what was going on and scared.  She laid him on the table and I spoke softly to him while petting his big block head.  He drifted off even more, his eyes were closed and he was sleeping.

She got to work right away.  I stayed with him the entire time and my husband was in and out to check on him.  He was like a nervous dad! She got the tumor out and cut it open and looked through it and told me that it didn’t look like it would be cancerous.  She suggested that we wait to do a biopsy.  If he develops anymore we will have those removed and then biopsy it.  I really trust my vet, she greeted Bruno with a big smile today and lots of pets and he even kissed her on the nose!  Just as she got him all stitched up he was starting to wake up.  Great timing!  She sent her husband out to buy an ace bandage to put around him as she didn’t have anything long enough to fit around him.  We gave him several minutes to look around and know that he was OK and to make sure he wasn’t going to freak out.  The vet carried him out to the car for us and laid him gently in the back seat where Bruno slept the whole way home.  I picked him up a new brush and a new collar today also.  Total cost of everything, including antibiotic injections…under $70!

My vet is an amazing woman and speaks great English.  We giggle at each other when she can’t remember a work in English and I can’t remember one in Spanish.  We work it out.  I can really tell that she loves the animals and wants what’s best for them.

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Life’s been crazy

I know it has been a little while since I posted anything.  Let’s see where to begin.

My biological family.  I have several aunts and uncles that are looking forward to meeting me and many cousins as well.  My sister and I are talking a lot and really getting to know each other.  I am going up to the States next month to visit and meet as many as I can; it is a rather large family.  I have many aunts that wish I would just go away, and my brothers want nothing to do with me.  It’s OK because I am not going to let the negative outweigh the positive.  I was very happy about getting a family medical history and a family tree.  We have ancestors going all the way back to one of the kings of Ireland.  I also found out that we are related to the McCoy’s, as in the Hatfield and McCoy’s.  I had to laugh at that as my husband’s son-in-laws last name is Hatfield.  I found out a lot of really interesting information though, much of which I would have known earlier in life.  But it’s all good.

We had independence day here on the 15th and had a great time.  Saw some friends of ours that we hadn’t seen in a while.  Enjoyed the parade and all the drum bands from the schools.  It is so neat how they celebrate it down here.  The night before they have a lantern walk, where the kids make homemade lanterns and walk around town.  This represents when the people found out about them gaining their independence how they went into the streets to celebrate while holding their lanterns up high.  Each school has a competition to for the lanterns for each grade and the kids win prizes.  We went to one our first year here and had a great time.

About that same time we were coming home one day and seen a dog in the neighborhood that I had never seen before.  The poor girl was very emaciated.  I started taking her food.  I found out who she belonged to and after several attempts we finally got a hold of the lady.  I had a friend of mine go with me to interpret, I still stumble on some things.  We found out that the lady had been ill for the past three months and wasn’t able to work.  She had another dog also that was very thin.  We told her that we could take the dogs, take them to the vet, get them better, get them fixed, and find them homes.  She agreed.  I know this was very hard for her to do, give up the dogs, but she did admit that they needed better than what she was giving them.  We also asked her if she had any food in her house and the answer to that was no.  So, we took her to the supermarket and loaded her up for a while.  She about cried on us.  We had a lot of people come together to help out with all of this.

Today, we found the dogs new homes.  The girl went to a guy down the road from us.  He walks his dog past our house all the time and you can tell he takes great care of him.  The little boy went to a girl who is going to give him to her grandmother.  Her grandmother had been wanting a little dog to keep her company.  The dogs have not been fixed yet, but we told them that when they put on a little more weight we can go to the vet and get them fixed and we will pay for it.  We gave them the leash, collar, and harness for the one.  The little guy had  a leash and a chain.  We also gave them some dog food to get them started for today.  The dogs were both very happy to go with them.  I think it is a good match and they are close enough that we will be able to check on them.

So, a lot happened last month.  Hoping this month will be more relaxing for us.  It just seems so quiet now.  But we still have our two puppies and the cats.  Until mañana, Pura Vida!

Soft spot for animals

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So, I have this really soft spot for animals that need help.  This is Duke.  He literally showed up at my front door last month.  He was very emaciated.  We didn’t know what to think of each other at first, we both jumped when we saw each other.  I took a chance and put my hand out…he licked it and wagged his tail.  I called to my husband who came around to the front of the house and Duke went to him and just wanted some lovin’s.  I don’t have the dog from before, I found him a great home with a great kid.  I didn’t have any dog food so I gave him some cat food.  I think that is why he came to our door, he smelled the cat food.  He showed up on a Friday, the day before I was telling my husband, “I wouldn’t mind having a dog, if he was a little older, used to being outside and didn’t bark at everything.”  I got exactly what I asked for.  He rarely every barks, but when he does the whole neighborhood knows.  He has put on at least 15 pounds this month already!  He has been to the vet and is getting his vaccinations.  He is a big lover with us, but very protective.  He is mostly German Shepherd.  I will say though, that he hates weed eaters!  He almost ripped the leg off the guy that cuts our yard, luckily we got there in time to prevent any damage.  He listens very well to us and is very intelligent.  I feel a lot better having him here.  We hardly ever have to chain him up, he stays right around the house.  I even learned how to bake homemade dog biscuits for him and he loves them. I do believe that this dog had a guardian angle, guiding him to our house.  I had never seen him before in our area, we have a lot of stray dogs around.  He is a very good boy and I already love him.