Sunday, January 25, 2009

Kendall's recovery

Everything seems to be going well. I don't know who thinks it's possible to keep a 6 mo. old puppy quiet for two weeks! We're definitely limiting her activities but her energy levels are back to normal. We went for two short-leash walks today, but it sure didn't seem to tire her out.

She managed to take off the onesie the other night, so we decided to put on the onesie covered by her attitude t-shirt. When we got up in the morning she had taken off both the t-shirt and the onesie as one intact garment. I don't know how she did it. We tried putting on the collar since we couldn't keep the onesie on, but that didn't fly! She's really not licking, so we're hoping for the best without a collar or clothing.

She also seems to have regressed in what she knows. She's pulling on the leash when we're out walking and behaving badly around the house. I don't know if they gave her a lobotomy too, or they gave us the wrong dog back (just kidding). We're having to reteach her a few things.

Bike Trailer

We needed a way to take Kendall cycling with us. Costco was having a sale on the Burley Rover bike trailers, so we got one. It's big enough for Kendall and the farmers' market finds. I took her around the block last week before her surgery and she seemed to like it. We'll probably use it mostly for around-town riding.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Kendall had a good night. I slept in the family room with her so that she'd have someone around when all the drugs wore off. She crawled into my bed around 1:30 and snuggled up. There was a little whining, which the vet said to expect as part of the wearing off of the drugs, but she slept pretty soundly.

This morning she's acting a lot more like herself. She managed to get the onesie off last night, so today she's wearing her attitude t-shirt. Her appetite's back, too.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kendall's Surgery

We just picked Kendall up from the vet's where she got spayed today and had hernia repair surgery. We thought her hernia had gone in and stayed in, but the vet found that it had come back out. The timing was good because they were able to take care of all of it at once.

She's really groggy and can't stand up right now. She doesn't know what hit her. She was on a lot of pain medication today and it will take awhile to wear off. She'll get pain pills over the next four days.

She came home with one of those Elizabethan collars that she needs to wear when we're not watching her. I have a onesie for her that the Cavalier message board people suggested dogs wear when they've been spayed. We'll see how it works.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Not much going on

We've definitely reached the lull in dog activities available. We continue to go to small dog play hour every Saturday at Pup-a-Razzi, and Kendall goes to day training every Tuesday. She comes home nice and tired out each Tuesday. It gives her a change in scenery and also give her a chance to work on her social skills.

The weather's been clear but cold - unusual for January in the Pacific Northwest. We're used to rainy and 40's. I'll take the cold and clear any day over rainy. It makes it much easier to get Kendall out for a walk. We explored two different parks in the area today. One was nice and wooded, but the path was fairly short. The other was an extension of the Powerline Park we often take her to, but this part extended south. We ran out of pavement long before we ran out of park.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Adventures of Kendall's mom

I'm in Florida visiting my mom where the weather is sunny and in the 70's. Kendall's at home, so there aren't any new pictures of her to share, but I do have balloon festival pictures. We went to the New Smyrna Beach balloon festival on Friday evening after having drinks with Louise Chapman. Here are a few pictures.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Cavalier Day 1.4.09

We took Kendall down to Cavalier Day at Urban Fauna today. There weren't as many dogs there as last time, but there were still enough that it's hard to keep track of your own dog. Kendall had a great time. She tried out the slide and the tunnel. She also met her match - a 14 mo. old Cavalier with more energy than she.

OK, my turn.

It's All About the Attitude

Kendall got this great t-shirt from Clyde's niece for Christmas. The funny thing is that it's so true. Kendall is quite the diva.

In case you can't read it, it says, "Honey, you can't buy attitude like mine."