I had an "animal emergency" starting right after our Fun Fly last night...my 5 year old Chocolate Lab "Kody" developed a life threatening gastric torsion and we rushed him to the animal emergency clinic where he was in surgery until about 2 am.
As of very early this morning it looks as if he is gonna pull though and be able to come home tomorrow (Monday) but obviously the window of opportunity for me to get video of our trip compiled into a movie is closed.
I didn't get a lot of decent video anyway and any screen shots I can pull from the clips has been well covered already.
We raised and showed Irish Wolfhounds for almost 20 years but I don't have the disposable income to keep them now. We adopted a chocolate lab from the local kill shelter days before they put him down and he has been my best friend....I never wanted a Labrador. He's a working dog and I'm a giant hound person.
But this Lab swims like a fish and retrieves, points, and plays with every child as if he is their personal friend and bodyguard.
He's been a beautiful creature and the most natural athelete I have ever seen. We adopted my Father in Laws miniature Australian Shepherd after he passed away last Spring and Kody adopted him as his little brother without question.
I have met few people in life as good as that dog - hopefully he'll be home this evening or tomorrow. We called a few minutes ago and while he is not "out of the woods" he seems to be recovering and the surgeon said she didn't see any serious necrotic tissue when she was in there.
So he has an 85% chance of making a full recovery so I guess I can get some sleep.
My thoughts are with you, we love our little buddies a lot, don't we?
Working, Sporting and Herding breeds were developed to work with humans, we just love our Shetland Sheepdog, Winston. He's our second, the first, Duncan which we had for ten years, passed away 3 years ago when his spleen ruptured from cancer and it still pains me now. You talk to them and they way they look at you, they understand! We have to spell some words around him, and truth be told, he's stating to know what we're spelling.
Thanks for the good thoughts....went to the animal Emergency clinic last evening about 8 PM with some of his regular food as they have been anable to get him to eat anything...which is not surprising. The pulled my appendix out of me after it ruptured and I wasn't really interested in food for about 3 or 4 days after that.
He was up and about last evening and more interested in going outside to relieve himself than in food or water. Still has an IV in his leg and looks like he has been on a 3 day drunk.
We have to get him out of the Emergency Clinic by 7:30 this morning and either take him to our regular vet for continued care or bring him home. I'm thinking he will probably do as well at home if we can get him to drink and eat a little.
And of course we are in emergency mode at work this morning so this should be interesting.
My Wife is working from home so if we can get him picked up and home I can get to work and get to dealing with "The Screamers" by about 8 am. If not they are gonna find out what happens when I call in sick/can't come in for the first time ever.