Apr. 1st, 2015 05:56 pm
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Today was Ro's followup with Dr. EyeVet. His cornea has cleared up considerably and his eye looks like an eye again, which indicates that the meds are working. Vet still saw some inflammation in the iris, so we're medicating for another two weeks on a slow taper-off from the original aggressive dose, then she'll see him again. He has a dilated pupil, which may be permanent, but vet said this isn't uncommon in dogs; with a blue eye, you can see it all the more easily. Though I don't think he had it before. I suspect it may resolve when the inflammation goes away.

Both she and the tech noted that his behavior was completely different: he had much more energy. He's learned to sit still for a treat, so that his eyedrops are now a happy occasion (which is a real boon when it's four times a day); the tech was having a great time trying out his roster of tricks. Then he tried to go out back where the vets live, though he was glad enough to come with me out the front and charm the socks off the people there.

The trip home was adventurous. He was Perfect in Petco, trotting nicely beside the cart, and patient at the feed store, where we waited for them to unload two semis full of hay, ten bales of which came home with us. Then he watched me unload it. Watching is important, you know. Shepherding and all that.

(Semis unload via forklift, 30 100lb bales at a time; takes five minutes to do a full load, so ten minutes all together.)

Now he's sound asleep. It was a long day for a Working Dog(tm).

At any rate it looks as if we won't need that indiegogo; he seems to have cleared up without surgery. The next two weeks should see him back to normal.

I'll fall over early tonight, I think. It has been A Week. Monday morning ushered itself in with Bread Knife 1, Judy's Hand 0.  Got it taped back together, but typing has been a challenge. Better now, still a bit interesting.

Then the cooler guy showed up with the wrong parts to fix the wrong system, despite my repeated instructions to the dispatcher. Ascertained that the blown-out cooler needed a new pump, and the one with the cracked line needed new bearings, but he couldn't switch out the pump because they're two different sizes. And he'd been told he was fixing an A/C that needed refrigerant. I have never had an A/C in this house. He had no cooler parts with him. So no cooling during record heat (mid-90sF). The next opening was during Ro's vet appointment, so no. Allegedly there will be fixed coolers tomorrow morning. We shall see, she said darkly.

There's been such a run on cooler parts this week that getting them is a significant challenge. I hope I have enough tubing; I couldn't get any. All gone. ($30 at the hardware store; $200 if they supply it, grr.)

At least Ephiny had a good lesson yesterday. She was a demo pony for a planned rebuttal to the FEI on the rules change: poll to be no longer the highest point (neep alert, and shame on you, Carl Hester). She literally cannot go forward if her poll drops. Since she's mostly built like a modern dressage horse, but has the Lipizzan mind and drive train, this makes her a useful example.

There's more, but my hand just said it's had enough. So there we are.

Date: 2015-04-02 01:54 am (UTC)
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So glad to hear Ropup is doing better. May it continue so!

I take it you had to unload that 1,000 lb of hay yourself when you got home? Eeep. (I'm thinking it's just about time to pull Mae off pasture for the summer. Poor girl! I've been double-dosing Remission, so at least her crest has softened up some. I could knit a new horse out of the fur I've been pulling off Dare.)

Take care of that hand!

Date: 2015-04-02 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you.

Yep, had to unload. Haven't been able to swing delivery, plus the delivery guy charges $1 more per bale. So $100 more per month. His hay hasn't been great, either, whereas the place with the lower price has amazing hay. The horses are fat for the first time in a couple of years. I've been struggling to keep them in condition, and a simple change of hay supplier has done the trick.

Though as soon as there's a little extra in the kitty, I'm going to see what new hay supplier would charge to deliver. Just for a break once in a while.

Date: 2015-04-02 04:35 pm (UTC)
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I've been SO lucky with my hay guy--he delivers, unloads, and stacks in my hay room twice a year for less than four bucks a bale (my bales are 40-50 lb), and he's driving a 200-mile round trip to do it. I've had only one bad load in seven years, and he took the remaining bales back for credit.

Unfortunately I don't have a backup supplier, which makes me very, very nervous.

Good hay guy, good farrier--pearls beyond price.

Date: 2015-04-02 03:38 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad it's good news!

Date: 2015-04-02 04:00 am (UTC)
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Hooray for pup! Eek for hand!

Date: 2015-04-02 06:28 am (UTC)
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I just saw that hay here is 19.50 to 20.00 per 100# bale. Thank goodness that this year has been an easy winter with little or no feeding since late November, because I can see that come late May or June I'll have to feed till the grass comes in again, some time between November and March....

FEI rule change sounds like it is really big and not entirely correct....

Date: 2015-04-02 08:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad Ro's doing better, and I hope your poor hand heals up! Also I'm glad, reading comments, that the new hay is good for the horses, that's great!

Date: 2015-04-02 10:49 am (UTC)
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So glad to hear that.

Date: 2015-04-02 11:21 am (UTC)
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That's good news on Ro.
And I hope the cooler gets fixed fast.

Date: 2015-04-02 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad to hear Ro is so much better!

Date: 2015-04-02 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So glad that Ro is better!

Date: 2015-04-02 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Can you get tubing via Amazon? A Prime account will deliver it in two days. (And if you don't have a Prime account, I'm sure you have a relative who can add you to theirs. I'm sure we're related, in fact. We did both go to the same college, after all.)

Date: 2015-04-02 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Great news!

Oka needed eye drops for most of his life. He had pannus, an autoimmune disorder that if untreated leads to blindness. GSDs are particularly susceptible. But with suitable treats, he accepted the drops as part of his morning fun routine.

Dogs are amazingly adaptable if we give them the right support.

Date: 2015-04-02 06:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clarentine
Hurrah for Ro-Pup!
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