Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The day.


The flags are up on the war memorial. Something to do with the Indo-China or Algerian wars. Village opinion is divided as to which. Monsieur Bay is of one opinion, Madame Bay the other. The mayor , who knows the answer, is nowhere to be seen.


The gardeners arrive and start preparing the ground for the new turf that's going to be put down in Sophie's recuperation zone. They finish at eleven and promise to return when they've found some turf. '' Our usual supplier is out of it ". 


Bob guards.


This morning at first light Sophie is carried out into the garden and allowed to play with an empty yogurt carton. Then she's loaded into the back of the car for the drive to the hospital in Toulouse. Sophie has never spent a night without her brother or one or other of her owners so this is quite a day for her.


We can only hope the night staff at the specialist hospital have ear plugs.  After her last ' operation' the night nurse at the local surgery called at midnight and asked us to come and pick her up. They'd never known such a 'vocal' patient.

Thank you for all your kind wishes. The diva will be back with us tomorrow morning. Bob is completely flummoxed by the disappearance of his sister.



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  1. Best of luck Sophie. Fingers and paws crossed here that all goes well at the hospital today.

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    1. Thank you. She's sleeping it off now.

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  2. Bonne chance, chère Sophie! Here's hoping you'll sleep through the night. You'll be home before you know it.

    I do wish the surgeon could do both knees at the same time, seeing as the poor girl is already completely disabled on both legs. Prayers for all of you that the recovery is speedier than expected.

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    1. Yes, and I wonder how she is going to strengthen the first leg while staying immobile for the second. Poor thing.
      As for historic events on Sept. 27, I see the birth of Louis XIII in 1601, the death of Edgar Degas 99 years ago, the death of Raymond VII, the comte of Toulouse in 1249, the fall of Warsaw in WWII...I don't find anything about Indochina or Algeria. I am curious to find out what the mayor says.

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    2. If the bone takes the surgeon may do the second leg in 4 or 5 weeks which would mean she'd be ambulatory by Christmas.

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  3. Our prayers are with you Sophie. We love you, dear.

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  4. Sending much love and good wishes to deepest, deepest France profonde.

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  5. All the very best wishes for the op and for the recovery to all involved.

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  6. Good wishes to Sophie for a successful op., from us too. Perhaps the hospital has extra special strong sleeping pills for the diva tonight? However on the upside, the motorway to Toulouse will be quiet, if you have to make a midnight "pick up"....

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    1. We'll be sitting by the phone in case their patience wears thin !

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  7. Will be thinking of you today, paws crossed for Sophie

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  8. Best of luck Sophie! We will be thinking of you.

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  9. Thinking of you all, wishing success for Sophie and comfort for Bob. As for you two two-legged people, fortitude! It's going to be a stressful time.

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    1. As someone said it's part of the 'dog deal'.

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  10. Here's to the best possible outcome. I am certain she is in kind and capable hands and will get the best care until she returns to her loving flock. Lots of love.
    x

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    1. French vets seem very professional. The lady who is doing the operation seems very 'together'. The sort of person you'd want doing bone surgery if it was you.

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  11. Praying for you Sophie and the Doctor.

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    1. Thank you for remembering the surgeon . Don't forget the night staff please !

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  12. I am sending all my very best and I'm thinking of you all, and hope that all goes as planned and Sophie is able to get her rest - I've a feeling that she'll be just fine overnight. Coming out of anesthetic and pain medications can (as you know) subdue the most vocal and active of dogs.

    To answer your questions about Max. He stays in a crate at night, and the ex-pen, like the one Sophie has been in during the day. It's strict confinement meaning absolutely no activity off lead at all - He's kept leashed to "take care of business," and it's back to the crate/ex-pen. He is holding his leg up, and uses it a little and to steady himself, but he's tentative on it. To lift Max up the steps we're using the top half of the "help em up harness" (like Josh and Jake use) and a padded sling from Foster and Smith. Hope this helps. If I can be a "sounding board" or if there are any questions, please feel free to e-mail me. We're in the same proverbial boat, so I'm happy to give any thoughts.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up about the Help em Up Harness. The model we'd originally ordered from another manufacturer only had a handle at the back end which was no use when Sophie decided to turn on her side and play !

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    2. I think the rear harness you pictured in another post is pretty similar to the Help em up harness, without the shoulder harness. You may be able to put a "regular" front harness on Sophie and it'll do about the same thing. I don't recall how much Sophie weighs (Max is about 50 pounds) but a "two-handled lift" really helps with getting them up any steps and moving them around. They just aren't able to bear any weight on the knee at first.

      (Kim)

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  13. Sending Sophie all of my most positive vibes. I hope it all goes well and you can manage the Diva's physical AND emotional needs. My friend's PON had similar problems and it was tough to keep her quiet. Hugs and ear scratches to all!

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    1. I guess 'quiet' will be a relative trem where Sophie is concerned.

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  14. I've raised 3 children through various mishaps and illnesses with relative calm. When my horse has an injury or feels "off", i go into worst case scenario mode..I mentioned this to her vet once . He said it's because our animals can't tell us where it hurts. Right now, my heart hurts for you. For having to go,through this, for Sophie and for Bob. But I do know she has a loving family and many people praying for you all. I just wish I could give all of you a hug.

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    1. 'The Font' says Angus hasn't been this on edge since Cost Centre #1 went into hospital to have his tonsils out.

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    2. There is an old saying "Not to worry, not to fret, all is well but not just yet" and it will be.

      Thinking of you all in France and sending lots of love to Sophie as you all get through this one PON pawstep at a time.

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    3. Beautiful old saying! Thanks for sharing, I'd not heard it before.

      Hoping all is well at the ROF.

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  15. Best wishes to Sophie for a quick and efficient surgery, a relatively quiet night, and the beginning of healing.

    One of the advantages when both our dogs underwent ACL surgery on their back left legs at the same time was the night nursing staff was able to put both of them in the same large kennel to provide comfort to them - and the staff. I am certain that the overnight nursing staff will do their thing to keep Sophie somewhat relaxed.

    Day one of healing starts tomorrow. Have a relaxing day!

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    1. Thank you. The hospital has just phoned to say she'll have had her post-op checks and be ready at nine tomorrow morning.

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  16. Sending loving best wishes to Sophie that all goes well with a speedy recovery to follow; thinking of all at ROF and hoping for some peaceful quiet times for one and all ......DBH

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  17. Sending love to all at the ROF. Prayers for the hospital staff and kisses for our darling Sophie.
    I would be more worried if Sophie did not voice her feelings...
    Pam in NH

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  18. Sending best wishes for everyone involved, and speedy recovery for Sophie. Poor girl. My own PON girl is also a diva and not a very good patient. I can easily imagine what you must be going through. Hopefully, things will improve quickly.

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  19. Before you know it, she will be full of her usual P & V!!! Fingers crossed for the diva!

    Keep good guard Bob!

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  20. Our paws are crossed for Sophie - and for you. We'll be thinking of her today.

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  21. Sophie has been on our hearts all morning. I know you are relieved to get this process underway and I pray she has a swift and uncomplicated recovery. Keep us posted! xxx

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  22. Sending prayers of healing to Sophie and your family.

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  23. I've been thinking about Sophie since yesterday, paws crossed. Reading along, it seems she did well in the op and that the kennel staff survived her visit. So, all is good, oui?
    The flags question has me puzzled. I asked Mr. Google about the Algerian and Indo China events, but none of the dates matched. Maybe the flags are for Sophie's quick return.

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  24. Prayers for a calm night for Sophie as post-op recuperation is now underway.

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  25. We are rooting for Sophie from Scotland. And for poor Bob who must be v confused. Horatio took to piddling in the house when Harris was v ill earlier this year. Hope he copes better.

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  26. I checked in again later to see if there was anything new. Good to know they called and your Beautiful Diva will be ready to release tomorrow.
    I hope everyone gets good rest tonight. (including Sophie) Sending good prayers for a speedy recovery from Ohio.

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  27. Sending a special shout out, kiss and hug to Big Bro Bob. A truer heart never was. Love to you all from Oregon.

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  28. Prayers and good wishes for the Diva...hope all goes well.

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