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Saturday, March 03, 2007

The Boss, The Little Man, The Vet

The Boss said he had a "day from hell" yesterday. Better him than me, as I've been having enough of my own lately!

We decided to get high-speed Internet through satellite, as we live in the netherlands and cable doesn't reach us, nor does BellSouth offer high speed at this number. They don't do installations on Saturday, so The Boss had to take the day off to be here. He thought they'd come in the morning like they said (ha ha) and that he'd be able to piddle and work on his cars the rest of the day.
I called him yesterday from work to see how it went. That's when I got the message from hell. The installation wasn't completed until 2 p.m., and he had to help. That's a story in itself. Then he says: "And Peanut started limping like hell so I had to take him to the vet."
I immediately went into worried-mother mode, because for The Boss to think something was serious enough to go to the vet THE SAME DAY, it must have been bad. It wasn't, other than the $90 vet bill I had to hear about. Makes me suspicious that he had a negligent hand in the matter! For some reason, Peanut was limping badly, not using his front right leg AT ALL. The vet found nothing wrong from manipulating the leg, etc. and sent Peanut home with some Rimydil, a shot and the NINETY DOLLAR VET BILL. :) He said if it wasn't better in a few days they'd do x-rays. Thankfully, he's walking normally on it, with just slight hesitation. I guess just like people, dogs can't sprain or pull a muscle.
This is why it's sometimes good to have a boss, because I wouldn't have wanted to be here to deal with the Internet installation. The Peanut situation I would have liked to take care of, but I was blissfully unaware at work until after the fact.

Now the only problem is going to be setting up new email accounts, bookmarks, notifications of new emails, etc. the whole shebang, plus still get my work done at home as far as computer-related matters.

It is NICE to have faster service, but I also have to cancel AOL (though now you can have free email like hotmail, so I can keep my old email addresses for use until the switchover). I have to cancel the extra phone line, and I'm sure I'll still be billed for months to come and have a whole new set of stresses. I always expect these things in life to get "settled" where one can get organized and in a normal routine, but that never really happens, does it?

Have a great weekend and share your unexpected-trip-to-the vet stories! I have tons of them!

posted by Sandy at 3/03/2007 08:38:00 AM


Blogger Pam said...

Poor Sandy and Poor little Peanut!I'm sorry you baby is having problems with his little leg. Make sure the vet does x-rays if he doesn't feel better soon. My sister-in-law just took her kitty to the vet because it was limping and growling. Her name is Stripe and she was acting like she was in a lot of pain. She wouldn't use her leg so they took her to check it out. The vet isn't sure what is wrong but said to watch it for awhile. She is better and using the leg now and stopped growling. We just got off the phone so just got this info about Strips being better. If it comes back they're going to do some tests. It always worries you when something like this happens. I sure wish they could talk and tell us what is wrong. I will say a prayer for peanut.
Guess you need some prayers too huh? You have a lot on your plate right now so try not to stress too much. You will love your faswt service as I'm sure you're used to it at work. I don't know how I'd stand it if we had dial up service, I'm even impatient with the fast stuff,ha. Well hang in there and it will get better.

Saturday, March 03, 2007 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

We had some ongoing conversation on the last blog entry that will disappear in the next day or so, so I decided to copy my post up here so we can keep our thread going.

To all my adoring and loving public, and even wifey pooh. Thank you for the hundreds of cards, letters, flowers, and well wishes. They all really made me feel better. It brought me back from the jaws of death. Wifey pooh would call it "just a cold" or something minor, but it was really close this time. I'm still not back to my former glory, but I'm able to get out of bed and function as a Dragon again. While I truly appreciate all the cards, letters, and flowers, but please, next time, just send cash.

The thought of me and Daisylouu and her hairy legs in the hot tub speeded up my recovery. Reminded me of my days in the old country and the Russian maidens that were my conquests. Uh-oh. I just remembered that wifey pooh doesn't know about the Russian maidens. This was pre-wifey pooh time. More explaining to do now....

As far as this Mr Donkey nonsense, you just need to know that Guinevere's elevator doesn't always go all the way to the top. What I do have is a pillow type device with a Dragon on it, and a cat in the Dragon's mouth. It is awfully snuggly when I am laying down. No, I would not snuggle up to a donkey! You must remember that I am already in bed with a jackass (wifey pooh).

Saturday, March 03, 2007 1:11:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Sandy, you don't HAVE to cancel AOL. My hubby likes the AOL program and I just use the IMs from AIM. We pay $4.95 per month and get unlimited broadband and hubby still opens AOL like normal. I use Mozilla Firefox and go to The small mothly fee also give us the free AOL help and all the stuff on AOL.

I have had AOL since 1986 when I got my first acoustic coupler for my 64K Radio Shack Color Computer. What an amazing age we live in...

Saturday, March 03, 2007 1:38:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Aww dragon, poor baby! I can't even imagine the horrors you endured being so sick, far more sick than women ever get I'm sure.

Perhaps we will all come over and rub your belly and scratch you behind your ears and bring you a nice big bowl of kibble. Remember, if you ARE a dog, you get treated like a dog! Woof Woof!

Now to my wonderful Sis.....if I feel that Peanut is being neglected in ANY way/shape/form, I will file a lawsuit with the powers-that-be and obtain full custody of my nephew. I demand video cameras be purchased and installed around the entire house to follow the daily activities of my favorite nephew. And you just tell "The Boss" that he is to give hourly rub-downs to Peanut's bum leg and extra kisses. And if he refuses, the whole hot tub thing is off.

Saturday, March 03, 2007 3:03:00 PM  
Blogger Birdie said...

Poor Peanut. I hope he feels better real soon. Today I had to bring Birdie to the Vet. She had some brownish drainage from her eye the past few days and it just didn't clear up. Today, I told my husband.. "Let's go" Poor Birdie was meowing all the way to the wet. I thought she had an eye infection, but the vet told us that she has a bad respiratory infection and a fever. :( :( He gave her a shot and medicine for her eye and oral drops. He said that we should treat Sockie , too... just incase it spreads over to him. Then when we got home Socks was happy to see her, however; I think he noticed that everyone was fussing over her. So, he started to run around like a wild clown. But now he is starting to lick himself, too. I hope I don't have to make another trip to the vet. :\

Saturday, March 03, 2007 3:32:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy Britt said...

Alice, I will keep my AOL account as now it's a free service like hotmail or yahoo, but can't keep it as my Internet provicer, as I can't get any kind of broadband where I live other than through the satellite. AOL dial-up just doesn't cut it. Believe me, I checked all kinds of high speed, but sometimes in the boonies you can't get any of it other that satellite. It is fast and I'm pleased, I just have to get my stuff all set up and start using Outlook, etc.

Saturday, March 03, 2007 4:54:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy Britt said...

Thanks all for the well wishes. I hope all your sick ones are doing well like Peanut. Oh, and Aunt Daisy, when are you going to send Peanut a present? He needs a new ball, just make sure it doens't have lambswool on it or Scooter will become a bossy boy and try to steal it!

Saturday, March 03, 2007 4:55:00 PM  
Blogger jdt said...

I am sorry to hear about Peanut. I know all about unexpected things happening that cause vet trips. Sometimes, I feel like we personally are paying the vet's mortgage, of course with 4 dogs and 2 cats what should I expect. We usually make the most trips because of Zander. He is such a wild guy! We have been in for everything with him. Once he drank gasoline, which the vet was shocked by because normally the smell turns them off to it, but no, not my Zander. That taught me to fill the lawn mower up only in the front of the house, not the fenced in backyard. Another time, he ate the lining off the box springs, but by a miracle, he was able to pass it himself. We were lucky! There was also the time, he somehow managed to tear one of his nails almost all the way out or the time he decided to jump off the back of a high back chairand hurt his leg. The list with him just goes on and on. Sometimes I worry people think I hurt him myself, but I swear I love that dog more than life itself, and he is just crazy wild and clumsy. I also think he may do these crazy things just to get a ride in the car and he seems to like visiting the vet...who knows what goes thru hi crazy brain....

Saturday, March 03, 2007 6:51:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Well, Sandy, we lived in Woodlawn and moved into town a year ago. We had Direcway (now Hughes) satellite broadband and we used AOL both as a program and as a browser with no problems at all. The installer came out and installed it and we used it. Hubby clicked the AOL icon like he always does and I opened Mozilla Firefox and went to I have had this same email addy since 1986. But whatever floats your boat. I just don't want people to think they can't have the AOL program on satellite because they can and we did. We also had DirecTV in Woodlawn. I know what boonie living is all about!

Saturday, March 03, 2007 9:08:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Your ISP is the satellite service. They are the broadband internet service provider. AOL, Netscape, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox etc. are browsers. AOL has special content for broadband users. By paying the monthly fee to your satellite provider you have broadband internet service that is "always on." IE Outlook has many security holes. US Homeland Security Department uses Mozilla Firefox as it's browser becuase IE Outlook is easy prey for virus hackers. I have disabled Outlook and IE Messenger on our home network PCs because of the security risks they pose on the internet. Please let me know if I can answer anymore questions for you. Whomever told you that you can't use AOL anymore is not telling the truth.

Saturday, March 03, 2007 9:47:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy Britt said...

I understand Alice, and I am keeping my AOL account and emails, as I can access them from I know what you mean, though, about the $4.95 service tied to your high speed provider. I just never used much on AOL other than the email, which I can still use as it is now free like hotmail or yahoo. I just want to use the hughesnet email so I can use outlook and not have to go to a web-based system. I've loved AOLs email system and folders and stuff, much easier than many other's I've seen. I'm just cancelling the $24 a month fee for dial up.
Do I make sense?

Saturday, March 03, 2007 9:50:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Yes, but I am still concerned that you use Outlook. Good luck wity it!

Sunday, March 04, 2007 2:34:00 AM  
Blogger Guinevere said...

To continue on Dragon's comments above:

Well, since my elevator doesn't go all the way to the top, I can't be held responsible for any embarrasing Dragon stories I may let slip, can I???? Don't believe him, girls. It is indeed a donkey, and he's stuffed!! Technically, it is a pillow, but not all fire and vinegar like the Dragon wants you all to think. Oh no.... It's a little stuffed donkey, all cuddly and snuggly for big bad Dragon.

Sunday, March 04, 2007 3:25:00 AM  
Blogger Guinevere said...

And what was SO PRECIOUS is this. When I came home from work the other evening when he was first feeling under the weather, I got him some comfy clothes to put on and tucked him into the recliner with blankies and pillows. I asked him if he needed anything else, and he just made these motions with his hand, looking like he wanted a baby or something. That's when I realized he wanted his Mr Donkey for snugglin. Sure enough, that's what he wanted. Better than a teddy bear.....

Sunday, March 04, 2007 3:26:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Dragon, welcome back, glad you are better. Now for your raking over the coals for calling wifey poo a jackass! After she took such good care of you too! Tucking you in all cozy and bringing you your suggly wuggly cuddly donkey. Just shame shame on you! You better start behaving or there will never be a hot tub but maybe a hot seat from wher you get you a-- kicked. Ok, that is enough now you be a good boy! You can start breathing fire as normal now just be nice to wifey poo. See Quinevere, we'll take care of you in here. And Fly Boy has told me several times that "My lights are on but nobody's home". I just usually bend over and tell him to pick a spot and lay on a big ole kiss, usually not in those kind words though, you get my drift.

Hey guys, was it just us or hasn't anyone ever had problems with aol? We had so much trouble with them that we got rid of it years ago. I stick with juno and love it because it is sooo user friendly! I have a Yahoo acct. too but it isn't near as user friendly as my juno. We have charter and Fly Boy has three e-mail addresses all different, he has charter, msn, and something else, I forget what it is.

Birdie, sure hope you little Birdie is feeling better today and that Socks doesn't get whawtever it is. Maybe he just needs a little extra attention since Birdie was getting so much. I said a little prayer for both of the too.

Jdt, I know Zander is a dog and my Brittany is a cat but do you suppose they could be relater with thier eatting all the wierd things? I have to watch Brittany like a hawk because of all she gets into. Thank goodness she is a inside kitty or she wouldn't be safe ever.

Sunday, March 04, 2007 9:50:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Oh Dragon, Dragon... I don’t have much time to write today as I am expecting mom and dad to arrive from Clarksville any minute now. But all I have to say to you Dragon is, your secret is out! Ah, I am so glad that Ms. Guinevere has decided to join us because now we will get the "Rest of the Story"!

We too had problems with AOL. They were allowing way too much Spam to get into our email files. We jumped to Bellsouth and are very happy now! For $50.00 a month, we get high speed internet and telephone services. Low Spam count but the Saint installs Spyware and other stuff as well. Bellsouth is great about updates unlike our AOL use to be...

I too hope Birdie is doing better and that Socks does not come down with this as well. Nothing like having sick babies in the house...

Zander eating and passing the lining, what a hoot. Just glad it did not make him sick. I was guessing that Zander’s name came from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When we were in Germany, we watched it. Was a pretty funny show in the beginning then it went downhill after about its third year to me... I cannot keep my girls off of a certain spiky fake plant. The thing was sitting in the same place for over a year with no notice from either cat. Since just before Christmas they will not leave it alone! I find bits and pieces in barf. Last night, I finally took care of the problem. I threw out the fake plant!

Have a good day y'all....

Sunday, March 04, 2007 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Sandy, I need some reasurance about Scooter. You said that Zoe is Daddy's girl and Peanut is your favorite and aunt daisylouus too so where does that leave llittle Scooter?

Monday, March 05, 2007 9:32:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Pam, you have to remember that opposites attract. Sandy has already admitted here that she and Scooter are very much alike, so that's why he could never be her favorite.

BUT, Scooter is the only one of Sandy's children that I have met personally, so I know this first hand. Scooter is NOT love deprived by any means. I could tell both times I've been out with them. He may be a pain in the butt, but his mama still loves him. Kinda like our husbands. They do things that drive us absolutely up the wall, but we still wouldn't trade them for anybody else. (Well, somedays we might like to think we would)

Anyway, my point is, Scooter is well loved even though he's not on the top of anyone's list. I have a pecking order in my house, but even the one on the bottom of the totem pole is more loved than some people's favorite pet. I get the feeling Sandy is that way too.

Monday, March 05, 2007 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Thanks Stacey, I gottcha. And I never thought for a minute that Scooter isn't love, it's obvious taht Sandy loves all her babies but you know sometimes some will get ignored a little more than others. We ahve that problem here with our big girl Courtney and Daddy. He loves her the same as the other but gets agrivated with ehr because she is so skittish. I keep trying to beat it into him that is just her personality and she can't help it. He does try to give her a little more attention at times. Penelope demands he give her scratches on the head and chin and Brittan likes to be in the recliner with him. Courtney rarely asks for his attention but rubs on his leg once in awhile.
I know what you mean about the husband thing too. You're right we wouldn't trade them for any other one! Fly Boy may have a bad temper( he can get to be a bad potty mouth!) but his good side far outweighs it! He really is a good guy and I think I'll keep him!
The only thing I disagree on is you usually really it when you find someone who is like yourself, it strokes the old ego!

Monday, March 05, 2007 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy Britt said...

I know what you mean Pam. Scooter isn't anyone's favorite. He's the most work,but he's also the smartest. He's the leader of the other two, the bossy boy, has to be first, has to get his way, etc. But when he's sleeping he looks so sweet I just melt. He was such a good student when I took him for training and the trainer really liked him too. He just needs something to do. He'd be great at agility or something like that. I also feel bad for him when he has a seizure; I hold him until it's over.

Peanut's my favorite becuase he's a weak little wussy and I feel he "needs" me. Scooter doesn't need me in the same way. You know how you always feel sorry for the underdog? Scooter will never be the underdog!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 5:18:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Sandy, it's funny how I just wrote on the purebred subject about the underdog then read this. We are on the same wave lenght here. I do know what you mean. I feel the same way about my Courtney. She is so skittish and a scardy cat and Daddy doesn't pay much attention to her. Not that he pays that much attention to any of them but her least of all. He has been making a little more effort. But like your Scooter, she is loved just as much as the others. I worry about her weight and am trying to help her lose but it isn't easy. I need to play with her more for exercise, she loves the fishing pole and we haven't done that in months.
I do remember getting agrivated at Scooter for taking Peanuts ball away from him! Glad you were able to get him another one. Hope he is feeling better and his leg is healing!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 8:17:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Sandy, A word of advice on seizures. My first dog TJ who was a Golden had seizures. We had to give him Phenobarbitol everyday. Our vet told us when he was having a seizure not to touch him, just watch him. Touching him would stimulate him during a seizure and make it worse. You should also turn the lights out, b/c light is a stimulant too. It was so hard for us not to hold him and try to comfort him and wait for it to pass. When we stopped, his seizures got shorter and less violent. Just something to think about if you didn't already know.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Thanks Adriene, I will try that. Scooter is now on Phenobarbitol every day, has been for several months. We started on a very low dose and then upped it gradually. When he first had them they were more severe, but he still only had the partial type. I'd hold him then because he'd jerk around stiffly and try to get up and if he was on the bed I'd be afraid he'd fall off. Afterwards, he'd go outside and throw up--just a bit of liquid. Now he still has them--not nearly as often and they are much, much milder. Still might have to up the dose a bit. Before he was on meds, they were getting more frequent and lasting longer (5 min). The vet said that was too long, as 5 min can affect the brain.

I don't worry as much if he has them when I'm not here as they are mild. The vet also told me not to use strong cleaning products, as those things could be a trigger and not to use Frontline for ticks because that high-chemical can bring them on too.

Thursday, March 08, 2007 8:06:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Sandy, you said the vet told you not to use Frontline for ticks because that can bring on the seizures. Is that just when they already have them or can it bring them on even if they don't and can it cause them in cats too? I ask becasue I put Frontline on the girls to prevent fleas even though they don't go out. Our grand dog Roxie comes to visit and she goes out a lot so when she has been here we treat the girls. They got fleas before from where she carried them in and the vet says we cane ven carry them in on our shoes as well.

Thursday, March 08, 2007 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

He said not to use that because Scooter already has seizures--it's not because the product can make a pet have them, but any dog with seizures should be kept away from harsh chemicals because they can trigger the conidtion.So, Frontline and Advantage are fine for healthy pets, but if they have health concerns like Scooter, you should avoid. My dogs get Sentinel for heartworm and that takes care of flea eggs. I also get a special for ticks only collar at the vet for Peanut and Zoe rather than the Frontline, since Scooter is near them. But the only time they truly get ticks is on walks if they venture into the grassline along the road. I HATE ticks worse than anything, because if I get one and pull it off it always itches FOREVER. I give my cats Revolution on the back once a month as it takes care of a bunch of stuff including ear mities, heart worm (though cats not as suseptible to that) fleas, etc. Cats don't get ticks often because if they do, they groom so much they can usually get them off!

Friday, March 09, 2007 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

He said not to use that because Scooter already has seizures--it's not because the product can make a pet have them, but any dog with seizures should be kept away from harsh chemicals because they can trigger the conidtion.So, Frontline and Advantage are fine for healthy pets, but if they have health concerns like Scooter, you should avoid. My dogs get Sentinel for heartworm and that takes care of flea eggs. I also get a special for ticks only collar at the vet for Peanut and Zoe rather than the Frontline, since Scooter is near them. But the only time they truly get ticks is on walks if they venture into the grassline along the road. I HATE ticks worse than anything, because if I get one and pull it off it always itches FOREVER. I give my cats Revolution on the back once a month as it takes care of a bunch of stuff including ear mities, heart worm (though cats not as suseptible to that) fleas, etc. Cats don't get ticks often because if they do, they groom so much they can usually get them off!

Friday, March 09, 2007 10:32:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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