Posts tagged ‘Freddie’

Snow and more snow

The last two weeks have proved that winter is definitely here and with a bit of an attitude. Last week we had a mini blizzard with about zero visibility for one entire day leaving high snow drifts. Yesterday it snowed all day and blew the snow everywhere again into snow drifts.

Now this sucks for small dogs like Freddie who are very close to the ground to start with and it makes it no fun for the owner (me) that has to go out and shovel a path to the yard so the poor dog can do his business. Wasn’t much fun yesterday in 5 degrees with a –12 degree wind chill.

I wonder if I can teach Freddie to use stilts?

Freddie and the Vet

Freddie (our dachshund) has needed to go to the vet for surgery for awhile since he had two mole-like growths and a cyst that had been drained before but had returned. We took him in and had everything removed and they sent off the tissue for evaluation. Good thing we did.

The two mole-like growths were benign, but what everyone thought was a cyst, wasn’t a cyst at all. Turned out to be a type –two tumor and they didn’t get all of it so a week after Freddie’s first surgery, he had another one so they could remove more tissue. Vet is sure he got all of it this time.

Freddie has a vertical incision right behind his front leg that is about six inches long so of course they don’t want him jumping on/off things. Yeah, right. I’ve got a bouncy little dog who still is bouncy after two major surgeries. We try and catch him before he jumps off the couch and the bed and have succeeded pretty well so far, but Freddie is gonna do what Freddie wants to do.

We go back in on the 31st to see how he is doing and to hopefully get his stiches taken out. I’ll just be glad to have my buddy back to normal. 

Yucky-poo And Freddie’s Better Too

Still under the weather but doing better

 

Just a quick update on Freddie, he is better since the ear has scabbed over but it hasn’t fully healed yet and we try to get him to not scratch as much on his rugs since that is what started this whole mess. At least he hasn’t had to make a trip to the vet yet and we hope to keep it at that.

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This Wonderful Winter Weather

This weekend was proof positive that winter is not done with us yet though I am hoping and praying that this weekend was the last go around. We had quite the winter storm on Friday night/Saturday morning and then blowing cold and snow for the rest of the day Saturday. Today it is sunny and clear but darn cold. I am seriously hoping to see no more snow and just increasingly sunny and warm weather from here on out.

 

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Pic shot through the blowing wind and snow

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So how is the winter weather doing in your neck of the woods? Oh, and Noemi, I don’t want to hear about how tough the weather has been in the Philippines. You know I’m gonna show up on your porch one of these winters, simply to beat the cold.

 

Have a great time with what is left of the weekend and have a great week as well!

There Was That Much Blood???

I have a quirky little dog that is a strange puppy but thoroughly adorable. His name is Freddie  (for those of you that don’t know) and he is full of silly things he does on a regular basis that we have just become accustomed to.

He has severe allergies and is itchy all the time. He loves a couple of throw rugs we have and he uses them to scratch all his itchy parts. He will get to going on one of these rugs and all you will hear is little piggy grunts of contentment as well as all the scratching noises.

On top of this he does the dreaded ear flap. Most dachshunds can do this, or at least all of the dachshunds we have had have done it. It can be pretty deadly if you are in too close of a proximity to the ears during the ear flap. This is a very rapid back and forth movement of his head in which the ears flap back and forth at a very high rate of speed. Stings like hell if you are too close.

This past Sunday, Freddie was particularly aggressive in his rug/ear flap combo and had been all evening. This is nothing to be concerned about usually but I did find myself hollering at Freddie to “knock it off.”

Freddie jumps up on the couch and I don’t think anything of it until I glance at him and notice blood on his neck. I grab him and holler “OMG!” Then I notice blood on his face – OMG! Then I notice that there is blood all over his back and side – OMG-OMG-OMG!!!!!

I now have a death grip on Freddie and Hubby has run over to see what all the fuss is about. We are now checking out all the bloody areas and can’t find anything. Then we notice his ear.

Freddie has one ear that has a notch in it and he has had this since we rescued him and we have never thought anything about it. Well, this notch is what has opened up during his rug/ear flap session.

I cannot believe the amount of blood that came out of this little dog from just the tip of his ear. I also can’t believe how freaking difficult this was to stop. Of course he is still ear flapping and blood is flying everywhere. Can’t talk to a dog and tell him that ear flapping with an open wound is not a good idea. Well, you can but I guarantee he wasn’t listening.

Hubby tried a couple of different ways to wrap up his ear but that is a strange place to bandage and rug rubbing tends to work the bandage off. After the second or third attempt we got it stopped.

This lasted for about 2 days.

He got the bandage off and we were good for about 12 more hours and then he opened it up all over again. Now my house has blood absolutely everywhere. I am still finding blood drops I missed. This is a 20lb dog that is about 18 inches tall and he managed to get blood slung up to the top of my glass sliding door.

Let me tell you, those CSI guys on TV would have loved the spray/drip  patterns  that were everywhere in my living room.

We have had a couple of days with no carnage but I just looked at his ear and it is trying to open up again. We may have a trip to the vet in store if it opens up again.

Anyone know a good haz-mat team?

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