Jessica is doing really well and is adapting to having three legs, as if she has always had just three legs. The wound is looking very clean and she shows no signs of discomfort, although on pain relief, you might expect a little discomfort to be evident. One of the vets who attended her the night we took her in to the vets, was on farm at the one of the farms my husband works on today and said she was amazed how Jessica was taking it all, showing no stress.
Tried to get some video footage of her moving about today, but it was hard because losing her leg does not seem to of slowed her up much. Showing this, I hope that it helps any one else out there going through their dog losing a leg and can see how quick they can adjust.
All the other dogs have shown interest in Jessica's wound, all having a good sniff. Primrose is now around five weeks pregnant and a most definite filling can be seen in her abdominal area now. She is well in herself and all the dogs seem to be blossoming as Spring moves towards Summer.
Smudge other than her obvious milk bars, you would not think has given birth to six pups nearly eight weeks ago and is still giving them sustenance by the condition she is carrying, but she's a good grubber and laid back, which does help.
Her pups today are now seven weeks and three days old. The video was taken this afternoon of the six of them in their bed, altogether after having had the vet visit and do their first vaccinations, kennel cough (drops up the nose) and micro chip them. A bit of whimpering with all of them and if you see the size of the micro chip needle, you would excuse them for a few whimpers, soon forgotten after a good sleep though.
A family came to visit us today, who are having a pup from Primrose's litter to be born in a few weeks time, a fire on the M5 caused them to be later than expected, which meant an overlap with the vet arriving, so we had a bit of a full house of dogs children pups, vet and veterinary nurse. They also got to see and hear the pups being examined and injected.
The video is of them starting to wake after the trauma of injections. All pups where vet checked, with no concerns by our vet.
A view photo's of the pups. Yesterday Mollie's family came to visit again, as down in Devon on holiday and they really noticed how much Mollie has grown, since they first saw her at around four weeks old. Lovely when people can make a few visits before picking up, as you can see the development stages close up. Pups make so much growth physically and mentally in the first months and although a short period compared to the rest of their life, it is one of the most important development times of their life for their health physically and mentally.
I have been meaning to publish this reply to my email that I sent Geoffrey Cox MP about the legislation for micro chipping dogs, that I published on my blog on the 06/03/2014 and as you can see a little time has elapsed. I really ought to work in the legal professions with this sort of speed. Lol. Any way lets hope Mr Cox puts this forward with passion and remembers also to include the details of the breeder to also be recorded. The Kennel Club (KC) ain't going to like this because it will create another register that as a secondary function can produce a dogs ancestory, so hence all dogs even mutt's could potentially have a recorded pedigree. I can see them marching on Westminster now, banners aloft saying, " Stop Mutt's having pedigrees now ! " and chanting, "What do we want ?", "Just pure breeds !" Lol
No doubt the Kennel Club will be tendering for the contract to oversea microchip data bases, lavishly licking the proverbial arse of Westminster to get it. If the Government are switched on ,this microchip data base with recording of parents and the breeders, it could be a profit maker. You only have to see what the Kennel Club turnover out of registration to see that if done right,( reportedly they took eleven million in just registration fees alone in 2011, they won't break this down because they say, its to commercially sensitive. Lol) it could be an earner for the treasury or at least pay for its self.
Lets end on a lighter note. Came in round to the living room earlier to see Tilly eating her apple beside Jessica in her crate, (which we are using while she convalesces) and wondered what she had on her head. With closer inspection and quickly getting the camera, we can see it a dogs Elizabethan collar, in fact the collar Jessica came home from the vet with and when she's not wearing it (its to stop her chewing at her wound and we have only needed to put it on her at night, as she does not seem to be bothered by the wound when we are around), it seems to make a nice hat and reminds me of the medieval hats worn by ladies called a Hennin. So f you have one of these from a dog having an operation, don't throw it out, but if you have young children you should put it in their dressing up box. Lol
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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