Month: March 2016

Sedation Elation

Dresden went under sedation yesterday to be cast for a custom brace for his torn ACLs in both back legs.
As always Lakewood Animal Clinic was amazing and I still cannot say enough wonderful things about Pamela Soda Gray, DVM.
(She even took pictures while in the procedure room of the casting process so I could put them on here for everyone to see)

Right Leg Being Cast

Right Leg Being Cast

Left Leg Being Cast

Left Leg Being Cast

Dresden did great and I was truly elated to hear he did well.  The first thing he did while coming out of anesthesia was wag his tail.
She she said the whole room was filled with “awwwwwww’s”
He is such a lady magnet.

When we got him home he was pretty out of it and drugged up….
Drugged Up

….but he settled in to sleep with his Daddy downstairs.
Sleepy Time w/ Daddy

This AM I packed up the castings to be shipped back to ACE ORTHO to get Dresden’s Stifle Knee Brace made.







I’ve been told that it takes a few weeks for the brace to be made and shipped back to the vet.
So now, we’re back to waiting.

That’s all for now!

Meet and Greet at Lakewood Animal Hospital

A few days ago we got to meet Dr. Pamela Soda Gray, DVM at Lakewood Animal Hospital.  She was positively awesome!  I mean, just, WOW!  Dresden loved her (though I have never seen this dog dislike anyone), I loved her and she was the first doctor I have met who hasn’t treated me like I am an insane person for trying a custom brace over doing thousands of dollars worth of surgery.  Seriously, for anyone out there who has been given the devastating news of a torn ACL in your dog’s leg I am sure you know how those vets’ talk – as if this is your only option in the entire world and if you do not do it right this second you’re a terrible person.  It’s a pretty crappy feeling and no one should make you feel like you’re not doing enough for the pet that you love – SHAME ON YOU for not having $7,000 – $10,000 laying around….

Anyhow, Dresden goes under sedation next Wednesday (March 9th 2016) at 6:20 PM. Both back legs are being cast, but at this time we’re only paying for his left back leg.  If he does well, and takes to the brace, we’ll pay to have the second custom brace made.  It takes about two weeks for the brace to be made and then a few days or so for shipping. After that we’ll learn how to fit the brace and see if he adapts to it.  I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high as this tech is so new and Dresden is so young, audacious and chews everything!

Updates will follow regardless of outcome and progress.

The Hivemaster

Back in 1994 TSR released The Complete Druid’s Handbook supplement guide. The guide offered new character “kits” for players and introduced my favorite, albeit most underrated kit, The Hivemaster. Hivemasters appear somewhat enigmatic. Many attempt to instill insectoid virtues in their followers, such as patience, hard work, and close cooperation. Some higher-level Hivemasters even attempt to influence human societies to adopt a communal pattern modeled on that of hive insects. Others–often styling themselves Webmasters–take on the patient, deadly personas of predator arachnids or insects such as dragonflies or spiders, ruthlessly hunting down (or lying in wait to trap) the enemies of the druidic order. A Hivemaster’s grove usually centers on the dwelling place of the creature for which the druid has the greatest affinity–a forest covered with spider webs, a field with beehives, etc…

Uhhh – Okay, but where am I going with this? What does this have to do Dresden? Well, the answer is pretty simple. In a fantasy world being a Hivemaster is eccentric and cool. You can walk through spider webs and not get stuck! When you’re a dog allergic to either your glucosamine supplements or Rimadyl being a Hivemaster is totally not fun, cool, or eccentric. It’s miserable. For the last 3 days we have been playing the game – what makes Dresden break out into gigantic huge raised itchy bumps all over his body? The answer is – we have no damn clue. We started giving him 75mg of Benadryl which alleviated all symptoms, but did not address the problem. All it did was make a lethargic, constipated puppy that lost his appetite. Stage two has been the discontinuation of all drugs as we patiently wait for our Hivemaster to recover. Then we will start ONE treatment and see if it causes his visceral allergic reaction.   Nothing like experimenting on your dog to resolve problems…. while this is going on we have belayed the casting and sedation for his custom ACL braces. I mean, c’mon, one issue at a time.

Long story short, being a Hivemaster is only cool when dealing with fantasy roleplaying games – in real life it totally sucks!

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