I am Avalon's Mom and Avalon asked me to write on her blog this week. Avalon had surgery on Tuesday and has kind of been out of commission all week. Let me tell you the story-
Avalon and I were off to the Vet's Office on Tuesday morning. She had to be there by 8:15. We arrived a little late because I was working on the computer and watching the "Today Show" and spaced out the time. No big deal since we got there at 8:30.
I was able to take her back to her holding kennel and say "Good-Bye". I told her to behave and I would be back later in the afternoon to get her. This was old hat to me since this was my fifth time taking a service puppy in to get spayed.
Bringing up five puppies let me tell you a few stories about the other service puppies that have come into my life.
My first one was "Charlie" She was named after actors in Charlies Angels. A dark golden who was an A+ puppy. She could do no wrong and basically didn't. She did however like chewing and did take out a few chair legs and a corner of the kitchen. I learned after that to have lots and lots of chew toys around at the very beginning to encourage chewing on those.
On one such trip to Walmart it happened right in the exit area. I saw her back humping up and dropped everything to run for the door but we didn't make it. Everything ran down the grates on the floor and dug itself in. I took her out to the car and me along with several Walmart staff members had to remove the grates and mop up the floor. Cali actually went back a little early because of her stomach issues but it seems like after she left and quit swimming in the lake her problems went away.
Bailey our family golden passed away shortly after Paris went back to school for training. Bailey was only 6 1/2 years old. I had taken her in to get her shots and the doc said she had a fever and swollen glands so sent us home over the weekend with antibiotics. We went back on Monday and the Vet thought more testing was necessary and by the next day we were told she had stage 4 lymphoma. More testing was done and on Friday we started the first of six rounds of chemo.
She was not able to come home - complications from the chemo and passed away the following Monday. I remember the Vet telling us if we just managed her lymphoma she could be with us for awhile maybe but chemo was her chance to be with us for a long time. He said if she makes it you will be soooooooo happy and if she doesn't you will wish you never did it. I can say looking back I wish we would have managed it and would have had time with her no matter how long it might have been.
Back to Avalon for a few minutes before I post. She is feeling much better today and went outside with my husband and Ruthie to go down to the road to get the paper and scan the farmstead. Avalon though has developed a weird behavior after surgery. I don't know if it is the meds affecting her or what but she all of a sudden will not walk on the wood floors and since most of our upper level except for the living room is wood this did not leave her much room to move around.
My husband had a talk with her then offered her treats and she agreed to at least walk on the wood floors to get breakfast and dinner. Hope this goes away - Really don't want to have to start psycho-therapy with her before she goes back to KSDS.
Hope you enjoyed the blog this week - Avalon will be back next week with new and exciting adventures to share. I have planned several outings to expose her to new and different adventures to continue her social training. I hope her terrible two's pass soon and we get back on track.