Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails.
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil, worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
I trust in Thee.
--Ann Kimmel

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lollia Visits the Vet

Peppy and Lollia, hanging out on my unmade bed.

The last several days have been packed full of extra coming and going and frenetic activity though, in retrospect, I'd be hard put to tell you exactly what's kept me so busy, apart from the latest pomeranian adventure which I am not likely to forget any time soon.

It was Lollia's turn for a bit of an episode, a first for her. As a female, she's generally more sensible and cautious than her [adopted] brothers, but last Monday, she finally had her own rush trip to the veterinarian for urgent care.

On the previous Friday morning she'd wakened me early and insistently wanting out. I opened the door and she dashed over to a clump of grass and began chowing down. That's not that unusual, but she didn't want to come back after the usual couple of minutes so I went back to bed. By breakfast time, she'd sated herself on grass and came in to wolf down her kibble, but throughout the day she had bouts of sneezing.

That night, my husband and I were awakened by the sounds of Lolly sneezing and noisily throat-clearing. This went on for some time, and though I turned on the light to check on her, she didn't seem to be in any real distress. If you have pomeranians, you know they are prone to "collapsing trachea" and though she'd never exhibited any tendencies to this condition, Wickham regularly has to "clear his tubes" in the mornings and other odd times, and it sounded much like these minor disturbances. Eventually the sneezing subsided and we all went back to sleep. On Saturday she was snooting and sneezing every now and then, more than usual but not alarmingly so.

By Sunday the sneezing seemed to have cleared up, but along about bedtime Lollia started in again.(Why do these things invariably occur over the weekend?) Now as it happens, I keep a number of little dog cushions about the house so the "kids" can follow me around and relax while I'm busy with one thing or another. As Lollia was huffing and puffing near my feet, I happened to notice her pillow had pale pink watery stains on it--dried blood from earlier in the day! That really startled me. But she quickly regained her breath and curled up for sleep.

On Monday she woke us again with the severe sneezing. I took her outside, and within a few minutes I was horrified to see she had blood on her paws and chest and was bleeding out of one nostril. I hauled the poor little girl down to the veterinarian promptly. They carried her to the back where the vet shined a light up her nostril and saw there was something stuck inside her nose. Fortunately Lollia didn't have to be sedated to have it removed. The vet had some tweezer-y gadget or other that she was able to insert up the nostril, clamp onto the offending "fob" (foreign object), and extract it.Turns out my poor girl had a big, honking piece of crab grass stuck up her nose! How miserable that must have been! Poor funny kid.

Since then, a friend of mine related that one of her dogs had the same trouble more than once, sneezing so hard the poor dog would literally be banging its head on the ground. I guess they bite off and swallow the grass so quickly that a quick intake of breath can snort it right up from their throats into their nasal passages. Good grief! I just hope this was a "one off" for Lollia and won't be repeated. No doubt she hopes so, too.

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Quick announcement/off topic:
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