Monday, July 25, 2005


The vet was more fun than a barrel of intoxicated co-ed bipeds.

Actually, it stunk. The vet was impressed with the extent of the damage inside Kiva's ear. In order to clean out the mess, it took her, an assistant, and me to hold Kiva down, while she was muzzled. And this is a little featherweight 42-pound dog. I can't imagine if it had been Steve the 80-pound mutt getting his shredded ear cleaned out.

At any rate, she said to keep it clean and gunk it up with Neosporin daily, and gave me a pack of antibiotics and said to keep Kiva out of the kiddie pool for a while until the ear heals. She said ears are vascular areas on dogs and tend to heal quickly. Basically, there are two gashes in the cartilage in there, and a tendon is severed. One round hunk of cartilage is severed right in half and sort of dangling in there--it's really disgusting, and I got a good close-up look at it while I held my poor squirming dog who was so scared she peed all over the joint. Poor thing. I think she shed twenty pounds of fur while we were in there too; she always starts losing hair right and left when she's scared or stressed. Oy, better the vet's office than in my house, I guess. Less fur to vacuum out of the carpet.

Kiva doesn't seem to be in much pain from it. She's eating and playing with the other two. Still a bit clingy this evening, but recovering. She shakes her head a bit every few minutes or so and the ear is definitely not perky, but I don't care what it looks like as long as it doesn't hurt her. M jokingly said about the situation, "Well, if her ear never perks again, that means we've got three ears up and three ears down amongst our three dogs." Which is true, and made me smile.

Dogs. God love 'em.

We went over to my parents' house this evening to meet their two new beagles and to swim in their pool. It's unbearably hot outside. I can only imagine what the energy bill will be this month.

I've read almost the entire camera manual now and am starting to learn my way around it. Here are a few pics I've managed to take that don't look like they were shot by a three-year-old on gummy worms and slurpies. Click on any of them for the bigger size. They're all on my Flickr page too. Don't expect dynamite; I had to reize them all and that always takes something away. The originals are slightly better. If for some unfathomable reason anyone wants an original, email me at j_star_katamari at yahoo.

Allrighty. That's all I got for tonight. I'm pooped after adventures at the vet, bathing pee off a stressed dog, proofing stuff about IBS and poop, and dealing with this supercilious heat that thinks it can just go around kicking people's asses willy-nilly. Weather's supposed to break Wednesday. I can't wait.


At July 25, 2005 10:39 PM, Blogger Michele said...

Stopping by to say hello....

Oh my goodness, you have a wonderful blog and I love your photos.

Simply wonderful!

Now, I must blogroll you.

At July 26, 2005 5:34 AM, Anonymous E said...

The pics are awesome, J...and they're just goig to get better as you get more and more used to the new cam. Nice job!

Give Kiva a hug from me!

At July 26, 2005 5:40 AM, Blogger Sorted Lives said...

AWWW, I hope she's better. I always hated when my cat was in pain. Mine has been gone for 2 months now and a day go by that I don't think about him!

At July 26, 2005 8:28 AM, Anonymous M said...

I like the upside-down bird. Glad the Dog is OK. I'm sure she'll be perky again (in the ear department) in no time.

At July 26, 2005 12:31 PM, Blogger Greg said...

I hope Kiva heals quickly and is the bigger dog by not trying to take revenge. Nice photos, too, especially the upside down bird. Love that one!

At July 26, 2005 3:18 PM, Blogger deputyswife said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really enjoyed yours too. I have to say, I agree emphatically with your comment about docking tails and ears. Why improve the dogs looks for our own personal gain? It irritates the crap out of me. I hope your little guy feels better soon.

My uncle retired a couple of years ago from law enforcement in a burb of Cinci. I have been there several times (my mom's family is from KY). And as you can surmise, my dh is a deputy sheriff. What branch of law enforcement is your partner in?

At July 26, 2005 3:34 PM, Blogger greg said...

hey j, glad you dropped by...i responded on our blog. glad to hear that your pooch is on the mend. i had a german shepherd when i was a kid. he was a great dog, and huge, 125 lbs. he had a truly mortal fear of going to the vet. his knees would shake so badly that he would actually fall down, i used to literally drag him into the vet's office. quite a sight to see this huge animal, whose could crush your thigh bone with his jaws, acting like a scared little puppy. on one trip to the vet we got horrible news...he had hip displasia. the vet told us that it was common in large dogs and that the progression of the disease resulted in pain that would ultimately result in having to "put him to sleep". he told us he would try the standard cortisone treatments but that it seldom worked. after a series of treatment,amazingly, he was one of those rare cases in which the treatment resulted in a total cure...but he still hated going to the vet!!!

At July 26, 2005 6:29 PM, Anonymous Heather said...

Aww, poor puppy! :( That must have been awful to discover. I don't do well when the horses get injured, kills me, it's so scary. Glad to hear that it doesn't seem to be bothering her much though.

Great pictures. I LOVE the one with the water... but maybe that's just because I'm burning alive right now and want to walk into it, haha.

At July 26, 2005 7:13 PM, Anonymous Suley said...

I *hate* administering meds to pets. It's not that I don't want them to get better, its just that when you try to force a dropper into their mouth they think you're torturing them.

Every time I took my cat to the vet, she knew it. Like clockwork, the car filled with the acrid odor of pee. In the exam room it was worse. She was about to kill somebody up in there. Reeoowr! It's that sort of low growl that's a throwback to their lion ancestors. Scary as hell.


At July 27, 2005 1:18 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Love your pictures! And thanks so much for visiting me:-)


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