I can’t believe it’s already the 4th day of January 2012. Today is a very special day as it is my mom’s birthday. I wish I was celebrating her big day with her :-).
I would like to start my post by wishing all my followers, blogging mates, pet lovers and of course furry, feathery & scaly friends around the world a belated:
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY 2012.
I was on emergency call Christmas weekend and was moderately busy. Hence, I have indulged in a much deserved long new year’s weekend full of sleep ins and a 5 hour all round trip to the beach with my dogs.
I thought it was about time to fulfill one of Punchkin’s biggest santa wishes; sunbathing like a professional on the beach and not in our living room.
I thought it would be great to go down memory lane and give you updates on all my patients that I mentioned in my previous blogs as a recap on 2011.
I shall start with the sad news. Unfortunately, I did loose four beautiful patients unexpectedly.
‘Twice Lucky’, the chook that survived two fox attacks and made a 90% recovery. She was not thrice lucky when the fox struck yet again :-(.
‘Katie‘s biopsy of her guts came back confirming she had cancer. She was wasting away right before our eyes and actually had a turn to the worst after her big surgery. Her owner battled to let her go but managed to in the end :-(.
‘Blossom‘ presented to us two weeks after her bandage was applied and was already in a comatose non responsive state. We did everything to revive her and help her gain consciousness but weren’t successful. We still don’t know what happened. It was an absolute tragedy for all involved: her family and our vet team. Here’s video footage of ‘Blossom’ kneading me and me utterly enjoying her company two weeks before we lost her :-(.
‘Jake’, the little champ that we diagnosed early with a splenic tumour and had removed it successfully as the liver appeared normal on gross examination. He made an excellent recovery but then suddenly went down hill 3 months post surgery and we discovered that the tumour had already spread to his liver and was quite aggressive. At that stage, our options were very limited and we had to send him to doggie heaven. His poor owners were beyond devastation and it was truly a tragic outcome :-(.
I would like to share Jake’s picture one month post surgery when he was doing so well. Those are the memories I cherich as they give me comfort and are part of my coping strategy!
Now for the good news and in no particular order, here are some updates:
Basil is going really well now & also wanted to send you his warmest belated Xmas wishes too. He obviously enjoyed being dressed up for the occasion 🙂
Latte is now running around skip free and has developed a naughty habit of pulling clothes off the line. He even managed to wink at me when posing for his Xmas photo.
Goosey’s tongue never dropped out again and the traumatic experience did not impede her from starting her own family. Here is a picture of her sitting on her eggs a few months after her surgery.
Shadow went through foster care through Pet Haven for about 1-2 months and just recently found a new home. She now lives a life of luxury, being pampered and posing next to the flash outdoors pool.
Possum and her lamb are still going strong and love prancing around their paddock with their sheep mates. Rayya (Possum’s lamb) grew to be the strongest & biggest lamb amongst that flock.
Brandy‘s in love with her new home and is sadly still overweight. Her mom is trying really hard to feed her less & exercise her more. I plan to sign her up for a ‘BIGGEST LOSER’ weight loss program at my place in a month or so.
Jaffa still has a folding-chair phobia but is enjoying the extension of her human family to include 2 toddlers. This is a very recent photo of Jaffa that her owner posted on my facebook page. Don’t judge, she was having a bad fur-day!
Gaby, the cheeky goat, made a full recovery. For her last bandage change, there was no bandage. She had helped herself and taken it off and her wound had completely healed. Oddly enough, I felt very torn: happy that Gaby didn’t require any more vet treatment and sad that I won’t get to entertain her & her partner Xena in my consult room anymore.
All those pets not mentioned in the bad news or the good news simply indicate I haven’t had any recent major news to share about them ; i.e. no news usually means good news in my world.
But wait, there’s more.
In 2011, I met all these adorable patients and many many many more.
I wonder what 2012 has in store for me 🙂