Monday, October 31, 2011

Our Little Visitor

Having the new grandson no doubt had my mind wondering how the dogs would do with him. As with my own kids, I had made my mind up there would be plenty of sniffing and licks. So Saturday evening, my daughter asked if I would babysit for about an hour. An hour. Are you sure that's all you need? Never in a million years would I have thought I would be so excited about babysitting!
Sadie was not interested too much. Tom was a bit more interested. He was so cute with the baby, but I think he was plotting to steal his soft fleece blanket all along. You can see a bit of it hanging out from under him. He fell asleep with his head on the car seat.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Who Turned Off The Heat?

It is pretty chilly here in Southern Indiana this morning. Sadie is usually always warm, but today, she didn't object to the covers!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Never Ending Toe Saga

Well, I wish I had good news on the toe, but not really. Sunday morning around 11:00 a.m. I let Sadie out to potty. My husband kept saying, just let her out by herself, she will be fine. So, for once, I listened to him. She comes in and her bandage was wet. I thought since the vet said if it stayed on until Monday, to bring her back in and they would take it off. Knowing a wet bandage wasn't good, I removed it. Now, all the while in the back of my head, I am thinking I should re-bandage. But I didn't.
Sunday was the October birthday celebrations. We have 3 birthdays in October, both my girls and my sister. With baby Geoffrey on the way, we decided to celebrate early. I needed a birthday cake and the mom-to-be wanted real buttercream icing. So, off to Wal-mart I go. While we were gone, I left Sadie baby-gated in the living room.
Upon our arrival back home, we were greeted by a limping greyhound. Yep, Sadie had dislocated the toe again. Call the vet and he said, "see you in the morning". Again, Sadie didn't really show much pain. I think she was limping because the toe nail was bothering her more than anything.
Monday, we go back to the vet. They don't even have to sedate her this time. Put the toe back in place and re-bandage her. Just got back from the change this morning and the toe is fine, but we are leaving it bandaged for several more days.
Lesson learned here...listen to the voices in your head.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sadie's Toe...Again

Well, I can't believe it has happened again. For a little background on Sadie's toes, click here and here.
Thursday evening Sadie went out for a potty break. Evenings are getting chilly here, so she came in feeling froggy. Doing some zoomies downstairs,she then takes a run up the stairs. I heard a clanging noise and thought it sounded kind of different. She is walking just fine. A few minutes later, I notice her chewing on her toenail. I go to look at it and I can't find her toe.
Wait a minute, think about this. Be calm, there is no blood. But damn it, I can't see the toenail. I turn her foot over and see that her toe is completely bent over and is laying on top of the pad of her foot. Shit, shit, shit. Of course it is 7:30 at night. Call the answering service and leave a message for the vet to call me back.
Dr. Purdue calls me back and we talk. She isn't showing any signs of pain and no blood. Okay, Sadie has heart problems and a severe intolerance to anti-biotics, so I am afraid to take to the ER vet if it isn't necessary. He tells me, if it was his dog he would wait till morning. He is very afraid to sedate her when he would not have any support staff. So, we wait till morning.
The doors open at 8:00 a.m. and we are right there. Of course, everyone had to look at the toe and say, "not again". So, they sedate her and the toe pops right back into place. They put a cute polka dot bandage on her and we discuss her weekend plans. No activity, leash walking. If the bandage makes it through the weekend, bring her back in and they can take it off.
It was a beautiful day here, so I send her out to potty and the grass is wet. Who would have thought that at 11:00 the grass would still be covered with dew. I forgot to put the IV bag over the bandage. So, I take the bandage off. We don't want to leave a wet wrap on the foot.
It's the annual birthday dinner tonight, so I head out to Wal-mart to buy a cake. I leave the dogs gated upstairs, thinking they would be fine. Come home and Sadie is holding her foot up. Look at the foot and the damn toe is popped out again.

NOOOOO! Not again. I do the best I can to bandage it up, putting gauze in between the toe since it is folded over again. Call the vet. He says, just keep her calm and bring her back in the morning. I really can't believe this is happening again.
Not to mention, Tom was at the vet as well on Friday. I will have to do a separate post about that whole ordeal. I am exhausted.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Yesterday was our 7th annual Greytfest. This year we held our event in Owensboro, Kentucky. One of our board members works for a big company that let us use their facilites. Very nice place. Not such a good turnout though. It was a gorgeous day, but it was cold and windy. After a scorching summer, you think it would have been warm just one more week.
This year, I decided to be a vendor. With a low turnout, I didn't do as well as I would have liked. However, my pumpkin was a hit. It was decided it would be best suited for the live auction. If it wasn't for the hounds, I would almost be embarassed to tell you what someone spent for it. It went for $150.00! It is always amazes me what people pay for things in these auctions. But like my friend, the auctioneer says, "it's for the hounds".
Even though it was cold, it was still a wonderful day. Any day that you get to see greyhounds is a good day to me. It was very hard for me to say goodbye to Buddy though. I know he will have a good home, but darn, I will miss him.