Monday, December 31, 2012

Welcome 2013

May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye'll ivver see.
May the moose ne'er lea' yer girnal wi a tear-drap in it's ee.
May ye aye keep hail an hertie till ye'r auld eneuch tae dee.
May ye aye juist be sae happie as A wuss aye tae be.

May the best you have ever seen be the worst you will ever see.
May the mouse never leave your grain store with a tear drop in it's eye.
May you always stay hale and hearty until you're old enough to die.
May you still be as happy as I always wish you to be.

No matter the language, no matter where you are, our wish is that in the new year you will be safe, healthy and happy. We wish that we can all be tolerant and caring of each other and we wish that all the dogs and cats find forever homes. Happy New Year everyone, from the Legacy Pack.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Good Bye 2012

Good bye 2012.  You were a a rough year for us and we're glad to see you go.
In 2012 we had to say goodbye to some of our family.
In march Jake left  us. We hadn't known him very long and he was probably sick from the start, but it was sad to lose him.
In April big Tsar lost his battle with a brain tumor. He was so special and we miss him terribly.
In June Holly left us. She had never recovered from losing her friend Cloud a few months earlier.
Then in November the unthinkable happened. We had been fighting the infection for months, but finally Samba couldn't fight any longer.
Five days later her son Sky died of the same infection.
I still can't believe my pups are gone. I don't have the words to tell how much I miss them.

2012 is almost over and I say good riddance. It was an awful year for us and we won't miss it.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

POTP Needed ... Again

Last week Miss Morgan had a super checkup and labs. The doctor did find a bump on her back leg that worried him a little and she has several cysts that she's had for a while. The largest cyst is on her back and it fills up, then spurts sticky goo all over her fur. Then it's quiet for a little while, then it erupts again. The eruptions have been getting more frequent in the past year.
We decided that because of her advanced age and her current good health, this was the time to have the messy cyst and the mystery leg lump removed. She went in this morning and I told him to use his discretion on removing the other smaller cysts. When we went to get her, Dr B had removed all five cysts and the leg lump, using local anesthesia. He was pleased with how well it worked on her and said that if we need to do anything in the future, even at her age, this is a safe way to proceed.
Unfortunately, Morgan looks like a patchwork dog now, with large shaved areas all over. This is the one on her head.
She has four on her back.

And this is her leg incision. She needs to be kept quiet so she doesn't tear any stitches, but Morgan isn't very active any more. Mainly we need to keep her away from the stairs. One of us will stay near her to make sure she follows doctor's orders.
We don't anticipate any problems with recovery and soon she should be feeling better and lump free.

We do need some extra Power Of The Paw for Fudge and Noah, however. For almost two weeks we've been fighting an intestinal problem with diarrhea and weight loss. Yes, this sounds much too familiar and though we're hoping this is a colitis problem, we haven't completely ruled out another round of Cryptosperidium, the same bacteria that killed Samba and Sky. The symptoms are similar, but different enough that we have our hopes up that this is not the same illness. Again, we're working closely with our vet and the  vets at the university to try and stay on top of the illness. Please keep your paws crossed that this is not Crypto and that my two boys can recover.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Santa Was Here

Merry Christmas everyone. It's been a long day here and I'm hoping for an early bedtime. This morning when we got up everyone was watching for Santa because he hadn't been here yet.

After breakfast Rob took the dogs onto the porch to look for reindeer tracks.

When they came back in they discovered that the sneaky old guy had been here while they were outside.

The toy box was full.

There were lots of new toys all around and everyone found something to play with.

This was Sebastian's first Christmas with us and he seemed a little confused at first, but he loves toys and he found several to his liking.

Everyone had to show us what Santa brought them.

Fudge has a new lion.
Bailey has a new white puppy.

Everyone was excited.

Then it was our turn to open presents. The dogs were helpful as always.

Santa was good to us but I think the old gentleman needs a hearing aid. I asked for a pony and he brought me a cold. I know they're both four letter words but I really could have done without this particular gift. In the spirit of giving, I shared it with Rob.
All was not lost though. I'm a hockey fan and this year there has been no hockey because of disagreements between owners and players. So that I wouldn't be sad about missing my favorite sport, Santa brought me an air hockey game.

And look at this, I received Royal Mail. How nice of the Queen to remember me in this busy season.
When all the presents were opened, everyone settled down to play with the new toys.

 Sometimes it was hard to decide which toy to play with next.
 Everyone agreed that Christmas is a lot of fun.
 We hope Santa was very generous at your houses, too and that his little hearing problem didn't cause any disasters.