Last week Nicki located an old x-ray and sent me a photo of it. Who would think a two year old x-ray would bring me such happiness? This one was the first glimpse we all had of Samba's puppies. Up till then we had no sign of life, Dr B couldn't feel any puppies and there was no visible sign of movement. This was taken just a few days before they were born.
If you look carefully, you'll see nine little round heads with backbones attached. They were all crammed in there pretty tightly. I was really happy to get this picture to put in the front of their baby album.
Early today the New York Times ran an article stating that the Obamas are getting a Portuguese Water Dog in April after a family vacation. People Magazine tomorrow is running a cover story on Michelle Obama with the same information. Later today the LA Times ran the story, but shortly after that the Chicago Tribune claimed that a White House Spokesperson said a decision hasn't been made. MSNBC tonight also had a segment on the new First Dog, claiming it would be a PWD.
There have been a lot of rumors in the Portuguese Water Dog community for several months about this matter and most of us have mixed feelings. I'd like to see the breed I love and have lived with for so long recognized for it's great attributes. I'm also very worried about what the publicity might do to the breed. I've seen fame damage other breeds and I don't want to see it happen to my beloved Porties.
What the PWD community knows that the public doesn't is this. Several weeks ago Senator Ted Kennedy, who has two adult PWDs, Sunny and Splash, took possession of a new puppy called Cappy. We all wondered about the timing because the Senator is so ill, but the rumor is that he took the puppy with the intention of presenting it as a gift to the Obama girls when the time was right.
This is Amigo's Captain Courageous. He may some day be living in the White House.
This afternoon we made a visit to Dr B. Sky broke his tooth over the weekend and I was hoping it wasn't serious. It was. The tooth is snapped off and the pulp is exposed. Our options were an extraction which could weaken his jaw or a root canal which is more difficult, more expensive and doesn't prevent the tooth from being damaged again in the future. Great choices, right?
Here's Sky listening to the Doctor explain the options.
While Sky and I were talking with the doctor, Rob and Morgan were in the waiting room chatting with the techs and other clients.
Morgan enjoyed watching the other dogs getting out of cars and being dragged into the office.
I was leaning toward extraction, so we wouldn't have to deal with this again, but Rob felt strongly that we should do the root canal. He didn't like the idea of weakening the jaw.
Friday morning Sky will be having a root canal.