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Old 05-22-2012, 08:02 AM   #601
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Congratulations. I swore to never get upset about things that money can fix! I have a $4000 cat that I got for free 13 years ago...
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Dawg, I am so glad that your little buddy is OK and coming home! What a scare that must have been, and kcowan is right. This is one of the best uses I can imagine for one's money.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:36 PM   #604
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Dawg, that is good news and yes, I've had a few of those costly experiments myself!
There are now 3 of the super-duper veterinary specialist hospitals in my hometown offering emergency services as well as lots of surgical and diagnostic options unheard of just a few years ago. We are a long way from the vet hospitals (none in SC, nearest is in Athens, GA) so it is a good thing.
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That's quite a story. Very costly hike but thankfully he's ok. He is a really beautiful dog, I had one that looked just like him.
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I have an approximately $3000. cat at this point with more medical bills inevitable. Three rounds of radiation for thyroid issues; lots of bad teeth; non-malignant growths--you name it! But I do it. This is what credit cards are for.
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Got him home now and he's a little droopy, but OK. Sleeping it off at this very moment. And believe me........I know what it is like to sleep one off. The original estimate of the scope procedure was a little on the high side. I will have a $725 fishing hook listed on Ebay if anyone is interested. Good luck bidding.

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Glad to hear the pup is OK!

Yes, we have a cat we call our million dollar cat (my avatar). Been through a lot with her. She's 15 now, and doing great!
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Not saying anyone on this thread is any different, but I have no idea how much the 5 dogs (1-2 at a time) we've shared our lives with so far cost us, but we don't care. They've been our kids.

Currently living with an almost 16 year old Sheltie - she's deaf, can't see more than about 30 feet, can't go up or down steps (except when there's a Greenie in the mix), sleeps almost 23 hrs/day, barks at anyone other than DW & I and gets more finicky about what she'll eat every day. IOW, she's perfect to us.

Needless to say, I enjoy the pics and stories on this thread...
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Animals are great, but they can be expensive......

Took my dog on a hike yesterday at our favorite park. As I have always done, I let him off leash to run an play in the woods and do some swimming in the lake. Unfortunately he found a discarded fishing hook with line attached and swallowed it. I didn't see him actually swallow it, but saw the line dangling from his mouth. At his point, I knew we were in deep crap. And we had 2 miles of walking to get back to my SUV. Thankfully he wasn't in distress but by time we get to the vet, he swallowed the rest of the line.

The local clinic takes an xray and the picture shows the hook was stuck in his esophagus. In a small town like this no one has the equipment to do a scope so I was forwarded to Mississippi's one and only vet school some 90 miles away. Of course they have to put him under anesthesia to do it, but they were successful in plucking the hook free with line attached. Thankfully avoiding surgery. So they will call me later this morning after a night of observation and I will get to pick him up later in the day. An expensive $1,200+ hike.
If I was a dog, I'd want you as my people person. Hope he feels better soon.
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Dawg, so glad he is doing ok!!!
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Animals are great, but they can be expensive......

Took my dog on a hike yesterday at our favorite park. As I have always done, I let him off leash to run an play in the woods and do some swimming in the lake. Unfortunately he found a discarded fishing hook with line attached and swallowed it. I didn't see him actually swallow it, but saw the line dangling from his mouth. At his point, I knew we were in deep crap. And we had 2 miles of walking to get back to my SUV. Thankfully he wasn't in distress but by time we get to the vet, he swallowed the rest of the line.

The local clinic takes an xray and the picture shows the hook was stuck in his esophagus. In a small town like this no one has the equipment to do a scope so I was forwarded to Mississippi's one and only vet school some 90 miles away. Of course they have to put him under anesthesia to do it, but they were successful in plucking the hook free with line attached. Thankfully avoiding surgery. So they will call me later this morning after a night of observation and I will get to pick him up later in the day. An expensive $1,200+ hike.
DW and I experienced the same thing with our first Corgi about 10 yrs ago. She saw him just as he swallowed the hook-line-and sinker. Luckily she did see him swallow it because there was nothing visible remaining and he could have died from internal bleeding if it went undetected.

However, because DW saw it, we had the opportunity to spend $2k+ to have it removed, and for our little guy to have a scar on his belly. We considered ourselves fortunate to have had the opportunity, and would do it all over again 10 times.
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Our Mandy is what we call a "herding cat". She's not happy unless DH and I are in the same room. We are also terribly inept in her little cat way of seeing things. She walks each of us through our morning routine just so we don't forget anything or *shutter* do something out of order.
I couldn't begin to add up all the moola I have spent on pets through the years, but it's been worth every dollar.



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Our Mandy is what we call a "herding cat". She's not happy unless DH and I are in the same room. We are also terribly inept in her little cat way of seeing things. She walks each of us through our morning routine just so we don't forget anything or *shutter* do something out of order.
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Our Mandy is what we call a "herding cat". She's not happy unless DH and I are in the same room. We are also terribly inept in her little cat way of seeing things. She walks each of us through our morning routine just so we don't forget anything or *shutter* do something out of order.
I couldn't begin to add up all the moola I have spent on pets through the years, but it's been worth every dollar.
What an adorable cat! She sound so sweet and loving.
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Speaking of cats, we returned home from a road trip the other day and discovered that a feral cat had had a litter in our cellar. Ma took off as soon as she saw we were back, have not seen her again, but she left two kittens behind. These kittens are truly wild, I've been feeding them, but have not tried to catch them. There are plenty of hiding places in the cellar.
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I was painting my nails last night, and my parrot decided to investigate the bottle; before I could stop her, she'd marked herself on her beak:

It's dry now, so I'm just leaving it as opposed to putting solvents on her; it will rub off or that part of her beak will flake off. So glad she just bumped the bottle instead of eating anything.
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