On 2 Dec at around 1PM I got a call at work that Hottie had done something to her leg and couldn’t walk. She’s always been a very sound horse with no problems so this was very unusual. I called the vet and they said they could be out there by 3PM and I left work thinking, OK it wouldn’t be too big of a deal but still nervous. When I got there I burst into tears when I saw the size the upper inner thigh had swollen too and that she couldn’t put any weight on it. Plus she was in serious pain. Ugh! It just broke my heart she kept turning her head to look at her leg as if to tell me, it hurts there. The vet ultra sounded it and thought it was cellulitis – which is an infection under the skin that spreads rapidly from the tiniest poke or scrape. So she got, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory high dose pain meds, and steroids and then a diuretic to get some of the fluid out. I went out every night to give meds, ice her leg, taking her temperature to make sure she didn’t show a fever and slowly walk her around once she could put weight on it.
When the swelling wasn’t improving after a week I called the vet again and they came out. It was then determine she had a hematoma probably from a blunt force trauma. Hottie was sedated and several needles were inserted into the swollen inner thigh/buttock and a large bloody pocket of fluid was drained out. Poor baby was such a good patient. It was determined that she somehow tore a muscle. It could be she was kicked by another horse. Another possibility the vet thought for where the injury is, is that she could have got her foot caught in the fence and went to pull it and somehow did the splits with her hind legs.
So now she is recovering slowly. The vet said it would be a few months and we would keep her comfortable as it's very painful. She has moved down to a lower pain med of bute (Horse Aspirin). She is walking better now and not dragging her leg. It will just take time
In between all this Hottie drama, I notice Finnegan was breathing harder, panting when playing lightly – which uh oh had red flags go up for me for heart problems. He woke me up several times breathing hard on the pillow above my head and then the other night sneezing so I thought OK – Maybe he’s just got a respiratory infection. We discovered he does have a heart murmur. Sadly, it is very common in Maine Coons to have heart disease. Right now were at the wait and see stage. He’s taking antibiotics like a big baby for a possible respiratory infection and slight temperature. If he still has breathing problems after his medication I probably will have to have his heart ultra-sounded and that will determine if he definitely has it. He is such a big sweetie too. He’s my shadow and I love him to pieces!
What a way to approach the end of the year? It can only get better, right?
On 25 September my husband Matt and I celebrated that 7 yrs ago we went on our first date and then 4 yrs. on the same date got married. We got away to to Myrtle Beach. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed
a sunset beach ride.
I've wanted to do this for so long...
He's pulling, and didn't want to turn. I thought it was a good pic though.
Our new addition Finnegan has been with us for one month.
My friend Connie sent me an email at work and said guess what they posted on our work bulletin board mane coon kittens (I’ve always wanted one) but I had said NO new animals unless someone passes.Coincidentally the night before my poor Taz woke me up sadly trying to play by himself.Which I have to explain.Last November we lost Kitty- my step son’s cat.He died from an infection that didn’t respond to antibiotics.
He and Taz were buddies.Then sadly we took in Jake (big dog) due to
the death of my mother-in law.It was
that or he went back to a shelter.No
one in the family would take him.All
the changes were overly traumatizing to Taz.He hates the dog.He spent at
least 16 hrs. a day in his bed.Never
coming out.He only came out when we all
were sleeping.Not a good life.
This is where Taz spent most of his days.
So my thinking was.Finnegan (I also got the name from Connie) was little and Taz- a timid
cat could boss him around and he sort of resembled Kitty and maybe if he could
be Taz’s new bud.
Finnegan is a sweetie, but a busy kitten.The progress is that now, Taz is out of his
bed.Although I’m not so sure he’s
overly thrilled about the high energy of kitten Finn.He also see’s that Finn could care less about
the Sheppard/lab big dog and that Jake doesn’t care about Finn.So unlike before, he will lay on the other
side of an open door of Jake.I have to
mention that Jake is such a good dog- a rescue that, minds like a champ, all
the animals including Murphy and buns can walk around him.His only down fall is shedding- Ugg!
There have beenmany
groans and growls from Taz as Fin jumps on him. Finn loves him and wants to
play and wrestle.I think when Finn
chills a little they will be buddies.
Finnegan is overly interested in Benny.At night my buns go in there houses for
dinner and sleep.I literally had to
take Finnegan out of Benny’s cage so he could eathis veggies and I could shut the door.
I’ve planned ahead and Taz and Finn will go to the vet on
the same day next month.Taz for bad
teeth and Finn to be neutered.I’m
thinking with both not feeling too great at the same time, they will be able to
rest and recover without wrestling matches.
This was our apple tree July 17.... you can see it was full of apples. It was the fullest it's ever been. Spring 2012 it warmed up to 80+ degrees way too early, for Michigan. Everything bloomed and then froze. So all the fruit trees didn't bear any fruit. This year the trees were over producing after, they had a year to rest. We pruned so many branches to help with the weight of the apples, but not enough.
Finally the tree gave and split right in two.
Thankfully just missing my greenhouse.
What a mess and a job to clean up a 30 yr. old apple tree!
It was so sad looking. That tree shaded half the yard. I was really upset about it coming down. It made the deck cool and shady. Notice the umbrella shielding
my shade flowers that no longer had shade until the wheel barrel of flowers could be move.
So we went tree shopping. We decided on maples since they grow fast
and I am hoping to see shade before I'm old and feeble.
All planted and my husband extended the bed wider for me than it was...
which means more planting space. (Smile)
Old plants and new plants shifted around. I also added a
shade cloth across the beams over the deck.
another view.... I'm not as sad, it will all grow. A few other garden pics.
Kitchen window box
view off right side of deck
My little moss pot experiment....something different
I like how this pic came out with my St. Francis statue in the background
A new cement bunny statue I got for $12
He stands about 20" and I washed him brown with
watered down brown acrylic paint. I didn't like the grey cement look
He watches over the vegetable garden.
Coming on next post.... a new critter was added to the household.... even though I said no more animals.... it's not a bunny!