Now Where Did I Leave That Dog?

As they say, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. Today though it was the Queen of the Wiener Palace who decided to go astray.  We usually juggle our work hours so the dogs don’t have to be alone for too many hours. When you’ve got so many seniors and special needs pups, they need to be let out more often than younger dogs. Well today we both had to be at work early so hubby agreed to run home at lunch and let them out. I was working a little late at another campus when he called and left me a voice mail message to call home “Right now!” I called him and he asked me where I was and I asked him where he was. He said he was at home but he had lost our only non Dachshund, Tatianna.

He was sure that she came in at lunch and sure that she was in the house when he left. I was equally sure that one of those things was not true. He was absolutely convinced that he gave her a treat before leaving so she was in the house.  Since she’s 16 with a history of mammary cancer, I thought maybe she had passed away somewhere in the house. He’s looking all over-and trust me when I say the Wiener Palace is not palatial at all and all on one level. He was becoming frantic and still couldn’t find her. I left work but told him to call if he found her. I got home after about 40 minutes and he still hadn’t found her. He was still convinced that she was in the house when he left. I told him that I was pretty darn sure that no one broke into our house and  took only a 16 year old mixed breed dog. I was also sure that she did not let herself out of the house.

We took off through the neighborhood calling her name. She loves to chase bunnies so I thought she might have headed down to the pond where the bunnies hang out. We were walking around for about half an hour when he called and said some kids told him that they had seen her one block over. I headed down the next street calling her name. I found a person who also said they had seen her but she was heading South. He was already going that way so I kept heading West through the subdivision. There was a crew doing some lawnwork and I looked past them to see a little white dog trotting down the street. I was calling her name but I guess her hearing isn’t what it used to be. She was following a guy walking down the sidewalk although she was in the street. He said she had been following him for awhile. When I got close enough and she could hear me, she walked up to me and let me pick her up. She was very hot and tired but looked like she hadn’t been injured during  her walkabout. I called hubby to come pick us up and take us home. She’s been exhausted since we got home and even ate her dinner laying down.

My original post was going to be about microchips and how they help reunite pets with their owners. All our dogs are chipped  but they don’t wear collars in the house. We had a foster dog get his tags caught in a crate one night and almost choke to death so I don’t leave collars on them when they are inside. Microchips are great because they are permanent and can’t be removed. The main problem with them is that many people still don’t know about them and if they find a pet, they don’t take it to be checked. My sister has a tiny dog that is an escape artist and she got him microchipped after his first escape. When he got out the next time, my young nephew was excited because he was chipped so he thought it would be easier to find him this time.  He thought it would work like a GPS but not so much.  The family that found him had never taken him to be checked. Microchips are great but only when people know about them. I have our vet check the dogs every year during their annual exam to make sure that the chip is still working and hasn’t migrated. Local rescues and shelters will often have fundraisers where you can get your pet chipped for a low price or even free. It’s just another tool to help your pet get back to you if “someone” accidentally lets the dog out through the garage and then leaves for work.

Poor Tatianna had quite the adventure today. She was loose in the neighborhood for about seven hours. We’re very lucky that she didn’t get hit by a car or attacked by another animal. I just can’t believe that so many people saw her but no one thought that it was strange that a little dog with bows in her hair was out wandering the neighborhood. She’s been sleeping and dreaming of bunnies ever since she got back home. Long Live the Queen! DSCF0292

Don’t Bite My Booty

I swear we have the oddest things happen here at the Wiener Palace. We live up by a major city park that is very wooded and full of wildlife so we often have them run through our back yard. We’ve seen deer, raccoons, ducks, geese, all sorts of birds and even a coyote out there. It’s kind of scary because all the dogs here are under 14 pounds and could easily be seriously injured or even killed by some of these animals. I am always very careful to stay at the door and watch them while they are out back but sometimes even that isn’t enough. We have some resident black snakes that hang around our house. I’m glad they are here since they help keep the rodent population down but they’ve also bit our dogs twice. We were able to treat them at home and the dogs didn’t have any severe reactions. Now the spiders, that’s a whole ‘nother story. Apparently our little blind Princess Fiona McSnuggles got bit by a spider sometime late Tuesday night. We were at the retirement village that evening and everything seemed fine. It was really warm because they were having problems with their air conditioning but the girls and residents had a blast.

Everything seemed fine but the next morning Jerry told me that Fiona was “nervous” and shaking. I could tell she was in pain but I thought she had twisted her back the night before. I headed straight to the vet and figured they would do some laser or acupuncture and she would be fine. I was astonished when Dr. Cindy called and said she had an area on her booty that looked like a spider bite. They lasered it and put her on some pain pills, steroids and antibiotics. The next morning it took off and began swelling and getting redder. From the time I got up to the time we got back to the vet, it was so much nastier looking. This time it was full of pus and she was running a fever. They ended up putting in a drain and adding a pain patch and another antibiotic. The poor little thing was wiped out by the whole experience but she did end up with a cute camo bandage on her pain patch. DSCF0174Due to her blindness, she does not tolerate the “cone of shame”. She ends up getting so anxious and frothing at the mouth. So when we had to leave for a bit on Saturday, we left after her pain meds had kicked in. When we got back, I could see that she had been licking at that area and the next day, the drain was almost all the way out. I went ahead and removed it and the sutures and it was healing up great. She had her re-check on Tuesday and everything is healing wonderfully and just as quickly as it came up. She was growing some nasty things in that pus but her antibiotics worked on those. She’s still a little run down from the whole experience but she looks great. She hasn’t gone back to work just yet and she is sporting a big bald patch on her booty and the back of her neck. I bought her a pretty flower to cover her neck so once she feels up to it, we’ll head back to the nursing home for our weekly visits. Now I’m paranoid any time I see a spider and that’s pretty often around here. I’m so glad that I took her to the vet on Wednesday rather than just assuming it was her back and waiting. I think it resolved so quickly since we caught it early on. Sometimes I feel like I am a nervous dog mom and am overthinking their every movement but in this case I’m very glad we caught it so quickly. I would say to listen to your inner voice. They can’t tell us what’s going on or where they hurt. We are their advocate adn have to speak up for them since they are unable to. I would also warn you- Beware the spiders!