Reggie came home this afternoon. He has improved and the mass has reduced by about 1cm and was actually 3.8 cm across not 2 cm as reported before and the vet told me on the phone 2 cm which I thought was not so big but today I saw the scan and the measurement was on the scan. The vet must of had a long day when she told me 2 cm.
Reggie was really pleased to see me and we had to have a couple minutes embracing each other bfore the vet could show me the x-ray and scan. He's not totally out of the woods yet and we just have to give him lots of tlc, finish he's antibiotics and hopefully he will be back to full Reggie power in a few days but if he starts to look like he is relapsing then its back to the vets and we might be looking a surgery.
So tonight is just for Reggie fans. When we come home I got a few photo's of Reggie and then tryed to take one of us together and you will see my arms ain't quite long enough, so our oldest son took some of Reggie and me reunited.
Can not understate what a lovely boy Reggie is and his temperament shows in the way he is a family dog and brilliant stud dog. The fact that he has such good social skills is what makes him such a hit with the children and the ladies and will now add vets to that list. The last couple days with him away the saying, you don't always realise what you have got until its not there comes to mind. Its been a long weekend with out him.
I have been milking all this weekend and on Saturday having to leave him in the vets I didn't sleep so well and on Sunday morning milking, in the second row of 8 cows I had a fresh calved cow who's milk I had to keep out and whilst waiting for the cow to finish the other side of the parlour, to swing the cluster over to milk her, I nipped out to fill a syringe with antibiotics for another cow I had to inject (they are at the start of their Autumn block calving at the moment), when I returned for some reason I thought I had milked her and this would mean I had contaminated milk already in the tank, thankfully I had only milked 8 cows and the milk pick up had been the evening before, so decided to dump the milk and flush the system and start again, so put about 160 litres of milk down the drain, which is better than paying for a milk test as the value of the milk was about £50. To test the milk would of cost around £15 and you would of had to milk the rest of the cows into the tank before they would get to test it and risk contaminating a couple thousand litres of milk, so took the excutive decision to dump the milk . Got the machine up and running again to proceed with milking, to return to the parlour to release the row of cows and then realised I had not milked her, as I could see she was running with milk and her udder was still tight, so I dumped perfectly good milk and when I saw the farmer I milk for later on I explained the demeanour and he just said, "don't worry these things happen" and a little later his wife also said , "not to worry I expect you are worried about your dog." Luckily I work for good people who appreciate we all make mistakes occasionally and I had on Saturday morning without warning had been roped into helping sort out 30 yearling steers and heffers going off to market before I started milking without a murmur. I'm pretty good in the parlour, rarely make a mistake and in 26 years of relief milking can count on one hand the amount of times I have contaminated milk in the tank but I guess I was away with the fairies or more likely with the Reggie.
Lastly the title of the blog tonight, Lean on me, is also a song by Bill Withers and if I had to compile a top 10 of songs this one would be in it. I got introduced to the music of Bill Withers at school when us girls used to for physical education do a thing called Pop mobility. Remember that ? A relic from the Victorian era. It was hilarious as we had to stand in rows doing exercise in time to music but one of the teachers used to play Lovely Day by Bill Withers and when this track came on, as the teacher passed me I would free dance and make sniggers start amongst the other girls and the teacher would sharply turn around but I would be back in line in time with everyone else, she never caught me. Its cruelty to make you dance in line to Lovely Day. Now I'm off to let Reggie lean on me.
“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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