Saturday, January 14, 2006

dooley update

I know, y'all couldn't sleep last night wondering how poor Dooley is doing! I'm happy to report that the little bugger is doing great! We removed the little tumor on his neck last night, and Caroline tells me she is sure it's benign. We'll do a biopsy to be sure, but things look very good.

It was a rather funny event for me. Caroline gave him a local, which, for him, was more like a heavy sedative. There he was standing on the surgical table wagging his tail and looking like the king of the world, and the next thing you know he stretched out his paws and slid into the "recline" position, and rolled over on his side. Down for the count! He also drooled during this, which wasn't particularly pleasant, but that was a temporary affliction. Caroline got the tumor excised (it was a protruding growth) and stitched Dooley up, and then we took him into the other room to have his nails clipped (this was a courtesy to one of the staff, who had already swept the floor in that surgical suite). Still groggy from the anesthesia, he looked like he was in a bit of a drunken stupor, complete with extended tongue. I've included a pic for your amusement.

It was a bit of a fun night at the clinic: a rabbit who has taken to peeing into her fur (you don't want to hear more, LOL), a cat with fatty liver disease who gets fed through a tube, a boarder whose owner insists that he wear a sweater to bed at night...

When Caroline was done we headed for a quick dinner before she had to pick up her step-daughter, who was returning from a ski trip. As I locked the car to head into the restaurant a woman getting into her car next to mine called to me.

"Are you leaving your dog in the car?" she asked, "he'll freeze!"

Ah, someone who at least pays attention to all those reports in the summer about pets left in the car and getting "cooked." How sweet, she feared for my dog!

"He'll be fine," I told her. "He has a blanket, and he'll be fine." Not to mention that dogs live outdoors in this kind of weather (30's) all the time. Not to mention that Dooley doesn't necessarily stay still. He likes to leap into the back and paw through things to make sure there aren't any buried treasures. Next he would check out the accommodations offered by the back seat. He would then head to the front once again where he could nest in his blanket or indulge in fantasies of being behind the wheel. No slouch, my dog.

The woman wouldn't give up. "He'll freeze!!" she insisted, and gave me a look as though to try to freeze me. I could see it all over her face, I was being a bad mother.

"I'm with my veterinarian (my trump card). He'll be fine." I appreciate that her intentions were good, but what was with her? She was near to obsessing about the welfare of my dog. Who, by the way, was just fine when we were reunitd less than an hour later, and wanted to know what treats I had brought for him!

It is all about him, after all...

6 comments:

samtzmom said...

What a cute drunken Dooley! Glad all went well and the growth was benign. Good thing that woman didn't call child protective services on you! LOL!

Kellee said...

Glad that Dooley came through well...it's nice that the woman was concerned, but really...dogs do have fur coats, don't they?? I'm sure you, of all people, would never endanger your baby for a second, maybe we should write you a letter of reference for the future? Strangers don't know you like we do!
Hopefully one day I'll have a photo of my sweet (I think!) Winston to share on his blog!

Pam in Moncton said...

Glad to see Dooley did fine with his surgery. I worry about some people. One of them told me I shouldn't leave my dog outside in the rain, despite the fact that he had a garage he could go into at any time and that he is a huge German Shepherd who loves nothing more than to sit in the snow. I really thought she was going to call the SPCA on me for allowing my dog outside! I finally convinced her he was just out there for a bit and could go inside when he wanted.
Pam

karen said...

So glad Dooley came through fine...
Hopefully good news on the bx front!!!
How funny are people...When Jan and I go out we Always take Zoe' with...she would rather be in the car protecting it..than at home wondering where the heck we are...no one had ever said anything to us...I guess it has to do with geographical location...the North east isn't as "friendly"...

Ruth said...

Glad to hear Dooley is recovering well, what a fright you must have had. Can you imagine what the RSPCA (RSPCUSA) would have said if that lady called!

Kip said...

I'm so happy that Dooley is okay Anne!!

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