Friday, March 05, 2010

Back to Winter Today

Notice we are both preoccupied today with Spike's appointment at 16.00 this afternoon with the Orthopaedic vet.

We are both hoping that the vet’s diagnosis of Spike after he has spent 4 weeks since the last appointment in the metal box will be good.

Hope he does not need an operation or anything but supervision so that he does not go mad jumping and doing somersaults.

This recent problem of Spike’s stems from an injury he got in 2006, when he jumped for a ball did a somersault and landed with a loud thump on his back.

At first there seemed no problem as he picked himself up and carried on playing with enthusiasm and renewed vigour without any problems.

Then when Richie tried to cover him with his blanket the next day, he bit him, this is when Richie realised Spike must be in tremendous pain.

He took him to our vet’s who sent him to the same Orthopaedic vet who prescribed 6 weeks rest in a metal cage.

6 very worrying weeks for us all, especially for Spike who hated being contained in the metal box.

What he specially hated was when he got his 5 minutes freedom every day that Marleen would go in to the cage.

She would search his blanket, until she found all of Spike’s carefully hidden treasures, which she would then steal and take one by one to her bed.

Spike hated it and has hated the past 4 weeks as every day Marleen has spent all the time he was out trying to open the door to the cage.

Sadly for her without success and sadly for Spike it ruins his freedom so much so he demands to be let back into his box before time.

No spring weather today, unlike yesterday it does not look pleasant at all, it looks like it could either rain all afternoon or if it is cold enough it could snow.

I prefer neither, really liked the delightful spring sunshine yesterday, oh well no sun outside means we have to be sunnier inside.

Difficult to do on my own, but no problem with the help of a P.G Wodehouse audio book which transports me into the world of Bertie Worcester and his butler Jeeves.

It is an incredible world, where invariably Jeeves is always right and saves Bertie from making the wrong choices.

And when the audio book finishes there is the Friday film review with Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo this afternoon on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Then there is the The News Quiz chaired by Sandy Toksvig with Susan Calman, Jeremy Hardy, Andy Hamilton and Victoria Mather followed by The Archers.

Before that my darlings will be home from the appointment.

Spike needs an operation to secure his knee caps, first one on 19 March then 6 weeks in the crate to recuperate.

Then a couple months later the other knee and 6 weeks recuperation.

We could have gone for a wait and see if it gets worse but Richie wanted the option that is best for Spike.


Stephany said...

Hi Herrad, HUGS to you both and the dogs, hope Spike can come out of the crate now!

Anonymous said...

Hi Herrad:

Sorry to read about Spike needing the operations, but think it will probably make him feel better in the long run.

It is so hard to watch your pet go through that. We love our Baby (miniature doberman) and fret with worry every time we go to the vet because they always find something amiss.

Hope the weekend weather looks better for you. We are expecting 50's finally....had enough of the snow (73 inches in February).

Take care,

Rain said...

Poor little Spike! This will be a challenging time for him! But imagine how much spunkier he'll be this summer! :) At least he can come out of the cage until the operation! Marleen's behaviour is hillarious...reminds me of the boys...

Herrad said...

Hi Stephany,
Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.
Spike can stay out of the crate until after the op.

Hi Anne,
Thanks for your visit and comment.
Glad that it is not more serious than that.

Hi Rain,
Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.
Spike is happy right now, after the op on the 19 he will be in pain.
You are right he will be fit for the summer.

Thanks you 3 dear friends for coming by and leaving your supportive comments.
Have a good evening.
Keep warm.

Charisa said...

I hope Spike can heal quickly! Have a nice weekend Herrad.

Stephany said...

Thanks for the update Herrad! poor Spike! I had a golden retriever once who had a major knee surgery and was better than ever after healing, I hope the same for Spike!


Herrad said...

Hi Charis,
Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.
We will all be happier when the ops have happened and Spike can run around and enjoy himself.

Hi Stephany,
Thanks for coming by again and sharing your story about your golden retriever.
Hearing about your dogs operation gave me a boost.

Thanks both of you for coming by and leaving comments.
Your visits are much appreciated.
Have a pleasant weekend.

Herrad said...

Hi Charisa,

Oops sorry I seem to have missed typing the a in your name, was quite shocked when I noticed the missing letter.

Anonymous said...

Good morning Herrad,
reading through the days I hope that everything is getting well for your dogs and that the sun will be able to provide warmth from the start of the new week for you all.