Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Woo Hoo! I cannot tell you how happy I was to receive this phone call today. My 9 year old bernese is o.k. I honestly expected bad news.
Long live Paliwags!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Sparkle continues to be a wonderful and attentive mother. She is starting to feed them sitting up now. The boys are gaining weight steadily and I am quite pleased with their size. They are robust, strapping boys.
4 lbs - 8 oz
4 lbs - 7 oz
4 lbs - 6 oz
I am so happy to have my sweet girl back home.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I get a call today from the bank fraud centre asking me to call them. I guess my spending patterns for the last day were suspicious so when I tried to put down the money for the vet bill they froze my credit card (gives you an idea of what kind of money we talking about). I was able to get my account reactivated - I still have some big bills to pay today.
I couple of years ago I had my purse stolen and of course all the contents (credit cards) too. Since that time all my cards are flagged and I guess this activity last night triggered that feature. Good to know that it works. I now have it so that if this "flagging" is activated again, they will call me on my cell phone to verify it's me.
Pal has always been a gassy girl and one of her favourite things is to burp or fart - this time however she was unable to relieve the pressure and was in obvious distress. My regular clinic was closed and emergencies services were available at the University of Saskatchewan - Small Animal Clinic.
Unfortunately, a freak snow storm had just passed and the highway was pure ice. I saw several vehicles in the ditch. I decided that travel on the highway was not prudent so resorted to getting into Saskatoon via the gravel grid roads. I managed to avoid hitting skunks and deer and made it to the clinic by 9:45 pm.
Xrays of Pal's abdomen revealed that her stomach was very odd in shape however not typical of what is usually seen in bloat/torsion cases, despite her exhibiting all the classic symptoms. They were able to deflate her stomach by piercing it with a small gauge needle, however, tubing was unsuccessful. The surgical team was brought in and she was prepped and put on the operating table at midnight.
I spent several agonizing hours in the waiting room alone with nothing but TV and my own thoughts to keep me occupied. Finally, at 2:30 am and doctor comes out to tell me that Pal is doing fine and they were closing her and the surgeon would be out shortly to speak to me. At 3:00 am the surgeon comes out to tell me that when she opened up Pal she found that her stomach had not torsioned (which is a good thing) but it was distended. She tacked the stomach - to prevent it from ever torsioning, removed her spleen as it has some spots on it that looked suspicious (it will be sent to pathology). She said Pal was doing well at this time.
I got into my van to make my trip back home. I am super stressed, tired and having a difficult time just keeping the van from weaving on the road. I am sure if a cop were to see me driving now I'd be pulled over for suspicion of being impaired. It took me a good 15 minutes to get my wits about me and drive.
It was really dark last night - no moon to light the way. I knew at some point I would have to get off the highway and onto the grids again due to the snow. There are sections of the road that are marked with hazard signs warning of deer and sure enough I see 3 deer on the road. I hit the brakes and manage to get by them without incident, drove another several hundred feet and from the corner of my eye could see another herd of deer off on the shoulder. I reduced my speed down to 80 k. When I started to see dustings of snow on the shoulders of the highway I knew it was time to turn onto the grids so that I would have better traction. I turned onto what I thought was Blutcher Road but it wasn't and as the road narrowed in front of me and the fog started to settle in I couldn't help but think I was suddenly plunged into Stephen King's "The Myst". I did manage to find the grid road that runs south of our house and crept along at 40 k. The fog was getting thicker and thicker but I finally found the road that runs by our house - turned onto it - it was so weird. I could hardly see and when I crested the hill south of our house I could not see any lights at all. Made me wonder if I was on the correct road.
Finally, after what seemed eternity, I was home.
The surgeon just called me with an update on Pal and she is doing very well. Her vitals are strong and she has been outside for potty duty. However, she will not eat for them - but this is typical of Pal - she has never taken food from strangers and simply doesn't eat if I am not around. I will go in later this afternoon and if I can get her to eat for me, I can take her home. So - I will have to find something super yummy in the cupboards.
*Bloat is quite common in large, deep-chested breeds. The stomach fills up with gas and bloats up like a balloon. Sometimes the stomach twists and this is called torsion. Bloat with torsion is an emergency situation and if the dog does not get medical treatment to untwist the stomach it will die. For more information on bloat and torsion just google.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I took this short video this morning. When the puppies are nursing they furiously pump on the breast area to stimulate milk flow. Once the milk flows, they cease this pumping action and just suck it back. They make this little grunting noise and that's how you know that the milk is flowing.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Belly rubs to Reni! I think she will have at least 8 pups.
I say, " Send it to me".
He throws the magazine at me.
I would enjoy people sending me their suggestions for "Q" names. These are the rules. The name must start with my kennel name "Kimberlite" and then begin with the letter "Q" and it cannot be longer than 30 characters including spaces. For example, if I keep a boy I am thinking of naming him "Kimberlite's Quenten Tarantino". Here is an nice little link for names http://words-that-start-with-q.wordover.com/p/q*/
Friday, April 17, 2009
- Purple - 1 kg (2 lbs - 3 oz)
- Gold - 840 g (1 lb - 14 oz)
- Red - 900 g (2 lbs)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Having a wee bit of trouble trying to keep Sparkle's temperature down. I hope it is nothing serious and only due to the surgery. I put wet cool towels on her and that helps. Apart from her having a temperature she is attentive and is very upset when I either remove the babies to change sheets or ask her to go outside for potty.
I think I also forgot to mention that all the pups are boys.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Stay tuned for updates.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
She weighs 110 pounds (50.2 kg). She's gained approximately 15 pounds and is 36 inches around the belly. So, with an increase of 12-15 pounds and 6 inches I am estimating that she is carrying at least 6 puppies.
Ophie is not pregnant.
So - now we sit and wait for her go into labour.
Peter tells me that while I was in the xray room with Ophie one of the vets looked at Sparkle and said she would not deliver until Wednesday.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I cannot stress enough to potential puppy buyers - be very careful where you purchase your puppy from. Do not facilitate backyard breeders and/or puppy millers. If you are interested in a registered, purebred puppy - do your research and buy from a good, reputable breeder.
OR (if registration is not important) ...by all means go to to the SPCA or your favourite breed rescue organization , - but DO NOT purchase a puppy from some fly-by-night breeder or from a pet store.
Don't be part of the problem.
So, I took her temperature a few hours later and it is back up to 100.3 F. I don't expect pups in the next 24 hours, however, I anticipated her due date for April 14th - but, I think maybe it might be sooner.
None-the-less, the whelping box will be installed today and all the whelping equipment will be at hand and ready.
It has been my experience that dogs instinctively know when it is a holiday - because they just love having their owner take them to the vet under emergency circumstances after hours, on weekends and most especially if it involves a statutory holiday...they hate seeing their owners with any money in their bank account.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Update: Sigh...she is in heat. She is scheduled for a spay on April 13 - meanwhile, my neutered tom cat "Mr. Slinky" fancies himself a stud.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
This morning I was up around 6:30 am and put Lola, Dylan and Callie outside. Lola quickly ran to her "poop" spot and was in the process of pooping and I was about to turn around and go back into the living room when I saw her stop mid-poop and bolt for the door. I then see Dylan and Callie go run off towards the fence-line behind the shop - barking all the way. Obviously, something is out there. I step out- in bare feet, and I can hear the maniacal howling and hooting of coyotes. They are very close. I quickly call the dogs inside and then get a pair of boots and go out to investigate. There are two coyotes just across the road and they are making quite the racket.
I let the dogs back outside and supervise them. All the while the coyotes are barking and carrying on and the dogs are barking back. Lola just doesn't know what to do - she does this nervous little woof and then runs behind me. Finally, she has enough nerve to finish her business.
You know the expression - "scared s$%tless!"...that was Lola, literally.