Vet trip for my Australian Shepherd.

Sky, (full name Skyhawk -like TA4j Skyhawk airplane) had to have a Cyst that has been bothering her removed from her tail yesterday.  Yep, surgery.  I have a great vet, as in an honest vet who tells it like it is.  He doesn’t mess around.  Hard to explain, but he is not one of those vets who rushes to cut or prescribe drugs to make a killing.  As a matter of fact I brought Sky to his office last July before I had my own surgery (tendon replaced in my ankle) and he thought it best to wait till it seemed an issue for her.  Well it became an issue for her about 2 weeks ago when I noticed her constantly trying to chew at it so last Friday I went back to the vet and he agreed we should probably go ahead and remove it.

Waiting for Dr. Appt
Waiting for Dr. Appt

After weighing her Steve the vet had me hold her in my lap as he gave her the injection to give her her surgery nap.  That was at noon and he told me to come back around 3pm.  At 3 she was still in the recovery cage.  A little freaked out-still waking up and probably not happy about being in a cage that reminded her of her pre-rescue life.  I sat there with her waiting for her to feel comfortable and steadier on her feet.

At about 4pm she was ready to go home.  I was told to limit her food and drink for several more hours.  She really was thirsty too.  I would let her drink a little and then have to take it away from her.  Now the dilemma!  She has to leave her tail alone so it can heal but since I live on a boat a cone around her head would just be too dangerous when she is not sleeping.

Steve told me to not bandage it as it needs air to heal but i was also concerned about the amount of dust and other dogs out here so I wanted the surgery protected from sniffing noses including her Socked tail!own and from the dirt and dust.  I came up with an idea.  I had an old tube sock which I had cut the elastic out of in an attempt to protect my cast when i was wearing one. I cut the other end off and was able to easily pull Sky’s tail through and then use the medical tape that sticks to itself wrapped around the top and the bottom of the sock.  The incision still gets air to heal and now it is protected.  I still have to watch her because on occasion she wants the sock off her tail understandably so.

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San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade 2015

Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram
Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram

Tonight I am watching, in the background on the tele, the Chinese New Year Parade in Downtown San Francisco – technically it’s a re-broadcast.  It’s the year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat.

I read an interesting bit of news regarding childbirth in China associated with this Chinese Zodiac sign.  Apparently this sign is in a sense considered ‘the black sheep’ of Chinese Zodiac signs. Many see the sheep as timid & weak and destined to be a follower and not a powerful leader or wealthy etc.  The Chinese New Year’s date was February 19th this year concluding the year of the Horse, a very desired year of birth!

“Every 12 years, some Chinese couples are thrown into a frenzy, fearing their child may be born in the Year of the Sheep.” (per China Daily and quite a number of other resources).

I think the year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat would be a pretty good year to be associated with.  They are supposed to be calm by nature, with fewer health problems and generally to be in good spirits.  Possess an appreciation for the arts and are wise and compassionate.  They may not turn out to be conquerors or dictators but rather pretty consistently in what I read of the sign, sounds like the year of the Goat/Ram/Sheep is equivalent to the birth of someone who will prove to be a good and caring person -probably the child that could be most counted on to care for his or her parents in old age!!

 

Inspirational neighbours laying the groundwork…

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The Assignment today from Blogging 101
is to reflect on the inspirations you have gleaned from your neighbours here in the blogging world.  More specifically to use this post to respond to comments left on others blogs.  Although the assignment is specifically referring to comments I left yesterday, the 10th.  the fact is I have been commenting and reading a number of blogs and consider it only fitting that I make this posting in response to the inspiration I have gleaned from neighbours.

I have three blogs that come to mind, but for the moment I will just write about 1 of them and hopefully later on add to this post or create a new post regarding other inspirations gleaned!!

The one which I commented on yesterday that stands out is MeMees Musings her post was on diving into Social Networks.  I connected with her post on a number of levels.   First of all, I connected on a  visual level.  There was a picture of swimmers stretching in preparation of maybe diving or swimming.  I like swimming so I stayed to read.

I could relate to the some of the swimming analogy she presented, but the part that I really related to was her hours and hours of struggle over what seemed in theory a simple task at hand.  That’s the same thing I’ve been dealing with.  There have been no hard assignments and even the assignments she mentioned for herself (she’s in blogging 201) didn’t seem that hard until I considered trying to do those same assignments myself.  She mentioned one of the assignments he had had was  to ‘audit my brand’ and like her, I thought that wouldn’t be so hard.  Then I read the post she linked to as a good example and yes there it turns out there is far more to doing an audit than meets the eye and the ‘Juicer in chief‘ at the flavored lemons website definitely has a great example of truly auditing your work.

As much as I admire and appreciate the Juicer’s website, Memee’s website, is the one that started my wheels really spinning.  When I left my comment for her she replied in depth with some great tips for me to remember.  Key tip –‘always include myself as a part of the audience’.  I thought I was including myself in the audience…but then again, now that she’s mentioned it, maybe I’ve been too focused on engaging the visitor.  It is, as she mentioned, draining to put all the energy into writing for others.  When you truly write for yourself then, you are writing from your soul, and it is heartfelt and not as draining as trying to invest the energy into making others happy or pleasing others.  I don’t live my life trying to please others so there is no need to take an activity which I am enjoying, such as blogging, and turn it into the burden of pleasing others.

Engaging = Inspiration

Yesterday was spent reading & re-reading my neighbours blogs.  I found a number of new blogs to follow as well as some tags to keep an eye on.   In the spirit of the assignment I have come to realise as was stated in the assignment: ‘publishing is only half of blogging – engaging with the community is the other’.  The result of engaging = inspiration!

I thought I would summarise some of the blogs that have piqued my interest – in no particular order.

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