Monday, February 11, 2013

Penny's Not-So-Happy Birthday

Poor Penny.  Friday evening when I got home, I noticed she was limping on a back leg.  I figured she had maybe sprained it jumping off  the sofa.  I watched her a while and she didn't seem to be in any pain.  So I made plans for our weekend and packed her little suitcase.

The next morning, wow, she was hurting.  I rushed her over to the vet.  She was running a fever and was really limping badly.  He wanted to keep her, do x-rays, start an IV.  I was torn about going out of town overnight, but I figured she'd be in good hands with the vet.

I talked to him later on Saturday.  He said her hip, knee and foot   x-rays were fine, but he did see a "suspicious area" on her spine.  He said she was responding well to the antibiotics and steroids, and I could pick her up today.

I saw the x-rays after work today, and while there was a narrowing at one disc space, everything else looked fine.  He gave me three meds to give her starting tomorrow.  We drove home.

When I got home, I put her down in the kitchen and she couldn't stand.  She was holding up her right front leg.  I looked more closely and it was swollen to twice the size as the other front leg.  I called the vet right away.  That's the leg they had the IV in, and he said some fluid had probably leaked out of the IV.  He told me to use warm compresses.  He thinks she'll be fine, but if not, I'm to go back over with her in the morning.

I blocked off the sofa so she can't try to jump up there and put her bed on the floor.  She's laying there licking the front leg.  She did relax a bit after the warm compress.


I don't know if it's visible in the picture how swollen her leg is.  You can see where the tape was wrapped around it.

My baby is four years old today.  What an awful birthday she's had.  I'll make it up to her big time tomorrow and for the whole week.

Sorry for going on and on about her, but I'm worried sick.  I know she'll be okay, but it just breaks my heart when something is wrong and she can't talk to me about it.  And I'm so disappointed that she couldn't go with me to the field trial and see all of the really big laborador retrievers.  She would have had so much fun.  We had made plans to take her picture up on the table with the trophy.  That would have been a cute picture.

Anyway .......

The winner of the $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop is an anonymous commenter.

AnonymousAnonymous said...
Happy Birthday to Penny! Love celebrating your Highness!
As far as what you're loving, I picked one out for you, "Judie's 25th Anniversary."
As for me, I'm still swooning over Secret Garden -- so hard to recover after working with it!
Congrats on your blogging adventure anniversary too.
xoxox
Sally


I think I know who this is because I think we've talked about our mutual love of Robyn Pandolph's Secret Garden line before.  But just to make double sure I have it right, Sally, please send me an email to confirm your email address and I'll get your gift certificate right off to you.  Congrats, and have fun shopping for your 25th Anniversary collection by Judie Rothermel!

Oh, and that present was from Penny for her birthday!

A whole bunch of you guessed right over the collection that's got me all ga-ga now.  Yes, it's the new Minick & Simpson collection, Indigo Crossing.  Gorgeous stuff!

Later this week, I'm going to choose two more names from those who left comments for this give-away.  Each of those folks will get a $25 gift certificate from me to celebrate the seventh year anniversary of LA Quilter.  I was going to do it tonight, but I need to go tend to my baby.

Thank you to everyone who left comments.  Anniversaries, birthdays and give-aways are fun, aren't they?  Well, for everyone except poor Penny..............

22 comments:

Sandy said...

Poor Penny! It is had to concentrate on much when your baby is sick!

Anonymous said...

OMG Are you serious!??
Happy Birthday Penny to ME!
This is so cool! Thank you so much, Vicky & Penny -- And I think "Judie's 25th Anniversary" will be perfect to celebrate with.
I just emailed you my addy. Thank you again!
I hope Penny's doing better tonite. Give her a gently hug and thank you pat for me.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Yes I can see her swollen leg! :-o If she lets you, try another warm compress. Poor girl. I know how worried you must be! I hope tonight goes well for you both. ((hugs))

tpott said...

So sorry your baby is not feeling well, give her a big hug, maybe tomorrow will be better I hope. I understand what you're going through. My 12 yr old Collie's arthritis is acting up and the pain MEDS have been increased but she's still uncomfortable. I wish they could tell us what's wrong, so we could make them feel better. Maybe Penny can have a belated birthday, when she's feeling OK. ;-> Toni Anne

Erica said...

Dear, sweet, Penny! I hope she is feeling better soon so you can BOTH get some rest. Hugs to both of you!

Carol said...

Sorry to hear about Penny's little leg. I worry to death about that stuff too with my dogs. I hope she gets better soon.

ytsmom said...

Poor baby! I just hate it when my babies have to go to the hospital, so I know how you are feeling. Hope she is back to normal soon.

Darling Jill Quilts said...

Poor Penny!! What an awful birthday! Total bummer on the narrowing between 2 discs! Max has that with 2 or 3 discs and has since he was about Penny's age. What rotten luck! And I can see how swollen her poor little stubby leg is! Give her puppy hugs from Max and Maisy! But not Lula because she is a brute!

Darlene said...

Oh no, Penny!!! I'm so sorry she's injured and not feeling well. Give her a little hug and smoochie from me!

Congratulations to Sally - woohoo!!!!

CitricSugar said...

Poor thing! And poor you for having to watch her in pain like that. Hopefully, she heals quickly!

Carol said...

Oh poor, poor Penny...hope she's feeling better really soon. When our fur babies hurt, we hurt. Sending her lots of hugs...and good good wishes from Howie!

dianne said...

if i come back as a dog, will you PLEASE be my mom?!?

Sherry said...

I'm so sorry that Penny had a terrible birthday. I can definitely see how swollen her leg is.

I would really like to be able to speak "dog-ese" so that I could figure out what is wrong with my dogs. . . .especially since we have been battling some kind of skin infection or allergy with one of our pups (she's not a pup but I think all dogs are pups).

Hopefully Penny will be back to her old (young) self soon.

Hugs,

Sherry V.

Dee said...

I's so hard when they don't feel well and they can't tell you what's wrong! I've said a prayer that she recovers quickly and nothing more serious is wrong with her. I hope her (and your) week improves! And congratulations Sally!

Anonymous said...

Sending up prayers for Penny, and {{{{{HUGS}}}}} to both of you. It's SO hard when our furry babies aren't "right". And, yep, that swelling is most likely from the IV, and will go down in a couple of days or so. (Skirts had that happen, too)

Congratulations to Sally! Enjoy!
Eve in GA

Colleen said...

Oh Penny! Poor little pup! Wishing Penny a speedy recovery.

Sharon said...

Oh I hope little Penny is on the mend, when our 4 leggeed kids hurt, we hurt too. Keep us posted. and congrats to the big winner!

Sharon said...

So sorry Penny is not feeling good. Hate when animals are sick and can't tell us about it. Hope she gets to feeling better soon.

mascanlon said...

Oh poor Penny and Penny's Mama! Spike has had several surgeries on his front paws and its just so awful, he is either hurting and can barely walk or so full of drugs he can't stay awake. Hope Penny recovers quickly!

Kate said...

Awww, poor Penny baby! I hope her leg heals quickly. It sucks to be sick on your birthday.

Laura said...

I sure hope Miss Penny heals quickly and is back to her usual ornery self! :-)

WoolenSails said...

Poor Penny, I hope she is feeling better now.
We lost our power on Friday night, and used a generator, then the internet box decided to die, so we finally have our power back and back online today, been a really long weekend. My guy has been sick too and gotten sicker, so we give him meds and special diets and lots of love, so hard when they can't tell us how they feel and we just want them to be happy.

Debbie