Friday, 21 November 2008
Here is Luning Ann, aka Inday Lou, (Inday is an Ilonggo endearment for a sister or daughter) eight years old, looking sad and miserable on the day of my flight back to Manila. Lou was born out of Deedee and Dexter's mating. Of all my dogs, she is the sweetest, she follows me everywhere, even inside the bathroom when I take a shower. Lou has never been mated, and right now I am torn whether or not to have her spayed before she gets pyometra. My other vet ( not the Animal Doctor) here in Manila quoted P14,000( between $311-320) for the operation and I might go for it in January next year- hopefully I can deal with the jitters. He will use gas anesthesia so the risk will be minimized. And I will request to be sedated too.
This is Destiny Joe Aringkingking ( dont ask me about his last name, it just popped in my head) around 2 to 3 years old. He was given as a gift to our neighbors who did not know a thing about dogs. They let him roam in the street outside and basically just forgot that he was a living thing needing quality food and water. My tummy was bursting with a human baby at that time so I managed to ignore Destiny's pathetic cries at night by covering my ears with a pillow. I vowed to save him after I gave birth. Several months later, I barged into our neighbor's house and "confiscated" Destiny. I invoked the law which penalizes the neglect of animals. It was a good thing that the owners did not charge me of theft or tresspassing--maybe they learned how much I spent just to keep their dog alive.
This is our honorary dog, he is a topiary in the shape of a dog. Sometimes he grows little flowers all over his body and I find those really cute.
This is Pepe, the gold fish I bought to teach my son Miggy about responsibility. Pepe died on Miggy's second birthday. Rest in Peace, Pepe.
We have two other dogs, six cats and two rabbits that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but I will never forget them.
We, who choose to surround ourselves with lives
even more temporary than our own,
Live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps,
We still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan."
Irving Townsend, from "The Once Again Prince
Thursday, 20 November 2008
I have not seen her smile or look happy or wag her tail in a while. Poor Scarlet.
We're doing the exercises Shelly's Pop taught me. When I pinch her hind leg, I can feel a bit of resistance, she's actually pulling her leg away, but very weakly.
She presented me with a bit of poop today( even without the laxative), perhaps I will add more fiber in her diet so I can totally wean her off the medication.
Addie gave me, Trudis, several awards. This is the first time I ever got an award and I am so happy. I will pass those wonderful awards later. Thank you Addie. I hope you have a nice celebration. All of us wish that you stay pretty and healthy and happy for many, many, many, many, many, many, many, manyyyyy months- more than we can ever dream of counting.
We love you!!!
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
My sister Benji has recovered from her illness, yay!
1. continous slow IV drip with potassium chloride infusion
3. omegal 3 fatty acid supplementation(new, based on research)
4. ferrous sulfate
5. ranitidine to protect the stomach from excessive acid produced during renal failure
6. prescription diet for renal failure( Benji was on this diet and nothing else during her confinement)
Current maintenance medication/diet:
3. Diet of boiled chicken, egg, or tuna, rice( Benji can not stay on prescription diet for long)
The Secretary got desperate. A months ago, she took Scarlet home because it was a better alternative than letting Scarlet go home to his real parents( they couldn't take care of a special needs dog). She was committed to take care of Scarlet but just wasn't financially prepared to deal with Scarlet's current condition. Finally, she managed to fork money for xray. When the result came out, the Animal Doctor saw that Scarlet's spinal cord had become deformed in the middle and there is a sort of mass ( or fluid filled cavity??) just underneath the arc. The Animal Doctor is not a specialist in this field and wants a bone expert to see Scarlet's xray plates. In the meanwhile, he gave Scarlet a medicine to make her poop and she did! The swelling on her hind legs disappeared almost around the time she got her poop out. And she began breathing normally too.
Shelly's( of the Fleasgang) pop was so kind to teach the Secretary how to exercise Scarlet's legs. This is the same exercise they did on Simon( of the Fleasgang) who was able to walk again after his hind legs became paralyzed. The Secretary is hoping to see some light out of the tunnel. Its been very difficult not even knowing what ails Scarlet.
Oh, I could cry with all the sadness and suffering I see around me :(
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
(The Secretary's Note: Moy's gotcha day was last November 9 and we celebrated it last night.)
Monday, 10 November 2008
for passing his examination making him a certified Therapy Dog in Chicago
who started going to puppy school already.
who blogs about homeless animals. His site, MeFindHome.Org, is included in Ratified.Org's top 50 blogs in the Philippines! Hurray!
If we forgot anyone, don't fret okay? We will be back.
and hopefully, so will our normal blogging routine.
Well, my face says it all.
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Mambo(penguin) and MingMing (elephant) posing with Miggy's cake.