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Archive for July, 2009

Recovery

Mum reports –

Smudge is doing just fine. We saw the vet again this evening and his paw is healing nicely. No foreign objects were found in his paw, the vet thinks it was washed out with all the blood. He’ll wear his collar for a few more days and carry on with the hibiscrub antiseptic and antibiotics.

He had a proper strop with me this morning, though. We got off the train at Waterloo and as soon as we hit the platform, Smudge sat down and refused to move. I took his coat off and he laid down on the ground straight away. Not! Moving! I took his halti off and bribed him with biscuits, but even THAT didn’t work. The last passenger got off the train and stood there laughing at Smudge. Smudge got up and went over to him, wagging his tail. As soon as I spoke to him however, he sat down and refused to move again. So I had to pick him up and carry him to the tube entrance. The little sod! He hates being carried so he did walk when I put him down. It brought back memories of his puppy days, when he tried every trick in the book to do what he wanted to do, not what I wanted to do (such as stay in the park). But he’s a loveable little sod, and it’s so good to see him getting better and becoming his old self again.

Between me and him, I don’t know who’s seen more doctors this week!

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Surgery

Mum reports –
Smudge’s paw started bleeding today, it looks pretty rough, all swollen and red in the middle. We thought the problem was on the side of his foot. Well, we were wrong! The vet had a look at his paw this evening but it was too sore to touch. He’s going in for a spot of surgery in the morning. Hopefully the vet can find out what’s caused the infection. Perhaps it’s a tiny grass seed. He’s been an absolute trouper, so brave.

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Love me do

Mum has posted this video to remind everyone how loveable I am. I’ve had a rotten week.

More love, please.

And a big hi to Debra and David 🙂

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Totally pawed off

I started licking my paw on Sunday and couldn’t stop. It was really sore. Today I couldn’t put any weight on my leg so mum left me at home to be all loved up by Kristel, who wasn’t very well herself. So we felt sorry for each other and gave each other lots of healing love and cuddles. Mum was in boring Canary Wharf all day. It’s so grey there, no nice parks or trees.

When mum got home, she and Chris took me to the doggy doctor, who said she couldn’t find anything wrong. She had the audacity to shave off my beautiful coat, thank goodness she only did a bit of my paw but she did the sore bit. I was struggling but Chris held me tight. Doc said my paw looks really red and swollen, the skin looks nasty, she thinks I have an infection and might have got a small grass seed in there somewhere. She gave mum lots of tablets for me and a huge noisy plastic thing.

When we got home, out came the chocolate drops. Chris held me and mum cleaned my paw with antiseptic from Doc, Kristel kept feeding me chocolate, then mum wrapped that huge piece of plastic around my neck! I can’t move anywhere! I keep bumping into things and I feel and look really stupid. Mum took me for a walk but I just stood there. I’m not going anywhere when I look as stupid as this! In the end, she took me into the garden, took the plastic off and made sure I walked around the garden and did my business. Then we went back inside and I got the plastic back on again. I don’t feel like a dog anymore and I’m pawed off with the whole wide world. But I’m getting another day off work tomorrow, which is good news!

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Crikey – not on my plane!

A man had just settled into his seat next to the window on the plane when another man sits down in the aisle seat and puts his black Labrador in the middle seat next to the man.

The first man looks very quizzically at the dog and asks why the dog is allowed on the plane ?

The second man explains that he is a Drug Enforcement Agency officer and the dog is a ‘Sniffer dog’. “His name is Smithy and he’s the best there is. I’ll show you once we get airborne, when I put him to work.”

The plane takes off, and once it has levelled out, the agent says, “Watch this”.

He tells Smithy to ‘search’. Smithy jumps down, walks along the aisle, and finally sits very purposefully next to a woman for several seconds. Smithy then returns to his seat and puts one paw on the agent’s arm. The agent says, “Good boy”, and he turns to the man and says: “That woman is in possession of marijuana, so I’m making a note of her seat number and the authorities will apprehend her when we land.” “Say, that’s pretty neat,” replies the first man.

Once again, the agent sends Smithy to search the aisles. The Lab sniffs about, sits down beside a man for a few seconds, returns to his seat and this time, he places TWO paws on the agent’s arm. The agent says, “That man is carrying cocaine, so again, I’m making note of his seat number for the police.” “I like it!” says his seat mate.

The agent then tells Smithy to ‘search’ again. Smithy walks up and down the aisles for a little while, sits down for a moment and then comes racing back to the agent, jumps into the middle seat and proceeds to shit all over the place. The first man is really amazed by this behaviour and can’t figure out how or why a well-trained dog would behave like this, so he asks the agent “What’s going on?”

The agent nervously replies,

“He just found a bomb !”

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A lady in Georgia USA has cats who act in a similar way to a hearing dog. Cats are smart, too!

Read about it here.

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Toddy has retired and is looking for a new home. At the moment he is the office dog for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in Saunderton, until he is fostered by someone. If a deaf person works full time and their dog gets too old to work, this means they have to decide to give up their hearing dog if there is no-one else at home to look after it during the day. The dog can go to someone else in the family, a friend, or onto Hearing Dog’s waiting list. Alternatively, the deaf person may be able to continue taking it into work alongside the new (working) dog, if there is one.

Are you interested in fostering Toddy or another hearing dog? Contact Hearing Dogs on 01844 428500. There is a waiting list you can join, if you want to adopt a retired hearing dog.

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