It is the first time since moving here nearly five years ago that I have had to pull out the heavy winter parka and longjohns. I knew there was a reason to hang onto them.
But the very cold weather has a positive side - lovely sunny skies and great opportunities for being outside without getting wet! Eddie and I have been back to Swallowfield several times a week with various friends.
|Walking on the Swallowfield estuary with Gail and Sadie B.|
Eddie follows the Treat Lady!
|Ice on Chemainus River|
|Gail and Sadie B at Swallowfield|
|Eddie enjoys a winter's walk|
|Another Treat Lady!|
Our friend Else.
|Friends Bonnie and Else with|
Keegan, Dreyann, Hugo and Tanner
Mitzi would normally accompany us on some of these hikes, but she is recuperating from surgery to remove several growths which had become problematic - constantly breaking open and bleeding. We will have the pathology results in another week or so. Meanwhile, she has bounced back from her traumatic day at the vet's, and is more than making up for missing a meal or two with an insatiable taste for treats which she knows her Mama Jean will give her just because she is cute and feisty.
|I''z just fine thank you -|
but if you wanna take me back to the vet,
youz gonna hafta catch me first!
Shiloh also had a trip to the vet's this week, just for a checkup and to have a couple of large lumps on her chest aspirated. As an unspayed ancient female, she has a higher risk of mammary cancer. However, as I suspected, the lumps were just fatty lipomas and nothing to be concerned about. Because of her advanced age - she will be sixteen in May - the vet advising against spaying. I'm a little uneasy with this - not so much because of management issues when she comes into heat (though I'd much rather not have every unneutered dog in the neighbourhood beating a path to my door - and no, female dogs don't stop cycling like human females do, and then can get pregnant regardless of age!) but because there is also a high risk of pyometria among unspayed old dogs. When she came into rescue, having her spayed was out of the question because of the poor condition she was in. Certainly rescues do spay old dogs. I am still thinking on this.
The good news with Shiloh is how quickly and how well her condition has improved. She now looks to be a healthy weight for her small frame, her weak back end is strong again and she can easily walk a kilometer or more each day, she can even run and jump when excited (just ask the cat!). Her sparse fur has thickened up beautifully and although her skin is still somewhat flaky, it is much improved and she seldom scratches or nibbles herself any more. This week brought me a moment of intense happiness when I picked up her leash and she started jumping and twirling and barking as she raced for the gate - she sure does love her walks!
|Even though my fur is getting thicker,|
I still hasta wear my woolies in this weather!
The colder weather has meant more indoor time for the dogs (except for very thick-coated Eddie), so we have been combatting boredom with some fun and games. Stay tuned for pictures.
|You wouldn't believe what she's doin' with us!|
|Yeah, you wouldn't believe it!!!|
H E L P