Friday, November 25, 2005

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi all. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have much to be thankful for this year. I know we do.

All is well here. Mostly. Snoopy went in for surgery today. He has OCD. No, not the mental kind. Osteochondritis Dissecans. He has a loose piece of cartilage in his left shoulder. Ouch. He's been limping on and off for about a month. The doctor sent us to the specialist and he confirmed it.

I dropped Snoopy off at 8:30am this morning. Poor thing was fine until the nurse tried to take him to the back. Then he freaked. He wanted mom. Kyle & I kissed him goodbye and left. A few tears were shed, I'm sure on both sides of that door.

Snoopy was operated on at 12:30pm today. The surgeon called at 1:45pm to say all went well and that they removed a large chunk of cartilage from the joint. He said he was just waking up from anesthesia and everything was fine.

Tomorrow morning he will come home and spend the next two weeks off his leg. Two weeks of crate confinement - except for meals & potty breaks. And the occasional lap time with mom. Then two weeks getting back to normal starting with short walks. It's going to be quite a time for all of us.

Poor Joe just looks lost without his Noo. When I got home from the vet's this morning, he looked at me like, "Did you forget someone?" And all day he's kind of been lost - looking for Noo all over the house. We took him to the park to play ball, and when he came back in the house, he looked all over. As though Noo was supposed to greet him. Poor little guy.

The interesting part will be how Snoopy reacts to being crated while Joe is free. Snoopy will be sedated for the next few days (at least) so that he doesn't disturb the surgeon's hard work. But how do you keep a 9 month old puppy stoic for a month? Good question. We're about to find out.

Otherwise, it was a very uneventful Thanksgiving. Nana & Pa were in California with Ron's sister Diane & family. We had a quiet dinner here, just the 3, I mean, 5 of us. I cooked for 4 hours and we ate in 10 minutes. Isn't that how it is? Watched some football and some dog show. Relaxed. Watched Snoopy & Joe run in the yard and swim and dig. It was a good day.

Hope that yours was wonderful as well. That you've kicked off the holiday season with a bang and didn't spend too much at the stores today.

Sunday, November 20, 2005