We had just gone out to take some photos of the greyhounds. Sara has always been my most difficult dog to photograph. She’s just not a fan. I had knelt down and noticed something was not right with her belly. I called Karen over to check it out. She had lump, about the size of a fist and hard.
Suddenly taking photos did not seem so important. I’m so glad my vet is open on Sundays. I loaded her in the car and off we went.
The vet thinks she may have a mammary gland infection. Since I always go to the worst case scenario first, an infection seemed like nothing. We were sent home with antibiotics and told to come back in a week for a re-check.
Today was my fifth visit to the vet in seven days. I’m tired of playing in their sandbox.
Dear possums, squirrels, birds and any other critter that wanders onto the acre,
Do you see that adorable brindle greyhound resting so peacefully? Her name is Sara. She’s 11 years old and yes, she looks quite sweet on the settee.
Let me tell you a little secret. She may be a senior, she may look sweet but this girl is a born hunter. If she sees you or smells you in her yard according to her hard-wiring, you are fair game. She’s brutal and shows no mercy. She’s currently resting up so that she’s ready for her next hunting adventure.
Those double six foot fences we have around the acre are there for two reasons. Mainly to keep her in and safe and mostly to keep the critters out where they are safe.
We have sent you memo after memo and you chose not to believe me. Please do. She doesn’t mess around.
PS, Sorry little possum, I hope you escaped to safety.
Sara is almost 11 years old and yet she is the most efficient, active hunter in the gardens. Two weeks ago she brought down two birds. Convincing her to leave the second bird at the back door was perhaps the most challenging event of all.
Two nights ago, she cornered a possum. Fortunately, neither were hurt and the possum safely escaped to the other side of the fence.
Over the years we’ve had a ton of procedures done and many teeth pulled. Their recovery time varied from hours to days.
Sara on the other hand, did all of her healing in 10 minutes. Her recovery has been the fastest and the easiest of all.
When we picked her up the day of the surgery, she was really groggy, wouldn’t even lift her head… walking out of the clinic wasn’t an option so we used gurney to get her out to the car. All the way home she slept and when we drove in the driveway, she didn’t even lift her head.
Ever so carefully, Karen and I slipped a blanket under her and began carrying her into the house. We laid her down in the laundry room so that Karen could clear the way for us into the living room and that girl stayed fast asleep, never moving a muscle.
All of a sudden without warning she stood on her feet and walked up the ramp into the house. She never once gave us a lick of trouble.
Little Miss Sara came through her surgery just fine and is now resting comfortably at home.
The lump beneath her jaw was successfully removed although is was attached to muscle and on the other side of the muscle was her tongue, and they didn’t, really couldn’t cut into that muscle. We may not have gotten clean margins, but we really won’t know what we are even dealing with until the biopsy comes back on Wednesday.
We also did a dental at the same time and she had to have a couple of teeth pulled.
We are very glad to have her back home and doing so well tonight.