Monthly Archives: September, 2011

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. ~ Thomas Paine

The patient continues his recovery.


He’s off all of his medicines and now the challenge is to keep him calm until the stitches come out on Saturday. He’s very, very bouncy and really wants to play/run/jump. I’m doing a lot of sitting on my butt watching TV because when I do that he’s content to sleep or just sit quietly.


Sadie is also doing well. Her eye appears to be back to normal (she’s also going to the vet on Saturday for a check up) and the Benadryl has stopped her from chewing on her feet. She also loves the daily dose of pumpkin.


I’ve gone back to work and the dogs are behaving hemselves. Not surprisingly (since I’m sure my immune system is shot from all the recent stress and worrying) I’ve been attacked by a viscous cold. This works will with my “sit on my butt” plan, though. The downtime has allowed me to go through 400+ pictures on my camera.

These are my favorites. (They were all taken before Luka’s surgery.)

I don’t think I will ever get tired of Milo and how he relaxes.



No modesty Milo


Milo is also cute when he’s not sprawled immodestly all over the furniture.


One day Milo was sitting in the window cackling at the birds playing in the water dish out on the deck. Romeo heard the commotion and checked it out.

Romeo and Milo

The smug look on Romeo’s face is because he shoved Milo aside and took his spot.

Romeo and Milo

Romeo is a very shy kitty. I’m always happy when I can snap a picture of him.


Milo and Luka both love to lie in front of the open screen door. Look who’s got the prime spot right in front of the door. 🙂

MIlo and Luka

We’ve only missed one weekend, but I already miss our weekend adventures. It will be some time before we can resume them.

I love watching Sadie and Luka enjoy the water.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka



Sadie often plays so much that she has to sneak a quick nap while Luka is off playing.


Occasionally Luka becomes obsessed with playing fetch. This doesn’t happen often and so far it’s only happened at the reservoir. He won’t fetch into the water…only along the shore.

Sadie and Luka



I LOVE this picture of Luka.

My ball!

More than anything, Luka loves to run. (I cannot wait to watch him run again.)

Luka runs

Sadie and Luka

Our hikes always lead to the dogs sleeping on the way home.

On the ride home

On the ride home

A nice portrait of Sadie.


And of both of them.

Sadie and Luka

Finally, a once in a lifetime picture (so far). This is the only time I’ve ever seen Luka lying on his back. It didn’t last long, but at least I captured the moment.


Once his stitches come out I will try to get him to do this again to show off his scar.


Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles. ~ Charlie Chaplin

The good news: Luka’s recovery is going very well.


The bad news: Luka’s recovery is going very well and he’s getting quite bouncy. Yesterday he tried to jump up on the chair to watch the garbage men steal our stuff. This morning he reared up on his hind legs (something he does when he’s really excited) and later he chased Milo (who ran like hell from the cone-head coming after him).

He saw his regular vet on Thursday and his incision looks “really, really good”. His stitches come out next Saturday (October 1). Until then, he’s on a bland diet (chicken and rice…he loves this) and is restricted from all activity (he does not like this).

I took Sadie along to the vet to have some recent issues checked out. Now I know why she’s looked sad for the past few days: she has an ulcer on one of her eyes (ointment three times a day), allergies are what was making her chew her feet (Benadryl three times a day) and her anal glands were so full they were nearly abscessed (1/2 cup pumpkin once a day). She is much happier now.


Milo continues to hang out with his buddy.

Milo and Luka

Milo and Luka

The quality of this last picture isn’t great, but I think it’s really sweet. They were sitting there dozing together while I watched TV.


Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. ~ John Lennon

Mr. Lennon was a wise man.

Before I tell my tale I’ll let you know that at this moment Luka is sleeping at my feet. This will become important in a moment.

Last weekend started out just like I had planned: a long hike and some swimming for the dogs on Saturday morning. By Saturday evening my plans were chugging along (watching a movie and knitting). Then, as midnight approached my plans went off the rails.

At 10:30 Saturday night Luka and I were speeding to town. Our destination: the animal emergency clinic.

He was admitted around midnight and at 4am Sunday he was in emergency surgery for an obstruction in his stomach. It turns out that what I thought was a scattering of garbage can contents on Thursday had really been an all-you-can-eat buffet. The paper products in my bathroom garbage can got stuck in his stomach. The vet said it was the second most difficult surgery of this kind she’d ever done.

That’s my boy: an overachiever.

Luka came home last night and today I’m living a new reality (at least for the next several days).

I’m working from home. (Thank goodness my workplace was supportive when I explained what had happened.)

My furniture is barricaded against Luka jumping on it.


blocked couch

I’m spoon feeding my boy small amounts of fancy pants food several times a day.


I’m well on my way to starting my own pharmacy.


The schedule for these drugs is so detailed that I’m using my phone to alert me when it’s time for a dose.

Keeping track of Luka's meds

Finally, my new reality includes living with a cone-head.

Luka is sick of the cone

Luka is also wearing a T-shirt to prevent Sadie from messing with his stitches.


Luka has accepted the cone and has quickly become adept at moving throughout the house and sleeping in it.

Luka sleeps

Milo, however, is taking no chances. He was nearly scooped up in the cone earlier today and quickly retreated under the table.

Milo under the table

Milo did venture closer to hang out with his buddy.

Luka and Milo

Sadie has been comforting Luka, too.


Once this is crisis over I’m going to owe Sadie some special attention. My total focus right now is on Luka (I’m literally not letting him out of my sight) and I know she’s getting the shaft in terms of my time. She’s also sleeping in a crate instead of on my bed. Luka won’t fit in his crate with the cone on and I don’t trust Sadie to leave his stitches alone overnight. She is NOT happy sleeping in there but I’m taking no chances.

Life around here should be back to normal in a few weeks. I have a feeling they will be very long weeks.

I know that most of my readers have dogs. Are your garbage cans out where your dog can get to them? If they are: please, please, PLEASE secure them where the dog cannot get to them. Luka had never eaten garbage before and the first time he did it could have been fatal. Please learn from my mistake and put the cans away where your dog cannot get to them.

Finally, (to end on a humorous note), I have to ask: is Luka happy or is it the drugs?

Is he happy or is it just the drugs?