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I started working at a vet clinic in college and recently got a job as a technician at another vet clinic when I moved in with my boyfriend. It is a really nice clinic and includes a boarding kennel, a grooming salon, and houses many of my boss’s breeding dogs. She has several poodles, golden retrievers, and cocker spaniels and typically breeds cockapoos and goldendoodles.
Today when I went to work we were really busy and my boss, along with two of her children, had come in to see some of her regular clients. We have several doctors on staff and she is not usually there when I am working, so it was a little unusual especially since we don’t usually have children in the back when we are working. One of her clients is also a breeder of several types of dogs including cockapoos and had brought in two of her dogs. One was a female with a prolapsed vagina and the other was a 4 week old, male puppy.
My boss asked her why she had brought in the puppy and the breeder responded that she wanted to put him to sleep. Apparently she was starting to wean his litter and she had not noticed until then that both of his forelegs were weird and he couldn’t use them to walk. His back legs were fine so he could scoot around by using his back legs to push his body forward but he was covered in urine and feces. She had several litters and didn’t have the time for this little guy. My boss said she would take care of it and the woman left.
My boss said she had never seen anything like this and proceeded to get a needle and syringe. Her daughters had come over to watch and she explained that he was deformed and what they were doing. In the meantime, I left to attend other patients, but mainly because I hate watching them put puppies to sleep when they are sick or deformed. I finished rounds and came back over to see the puppy lying on the table unresponsive. I left to go get a bag so we could move him into the freezer ( I know that is very morbid and seems insensitive but that is what happens with most animals once they have been euthanized and the owners don’t take them home or they are going to be disposed of by the clinic) when my boss looked me and said “do you want him?”. At first I was caught off guard and a little dumbfounded. My first thought was “Hell no, I don’t want a dead puppy”, then I realized that he was sedated! Turns out she had sedated him and taken radiographs because she wanted to see what his limbs looked like. She ended up not really seeing much of anything wrong except that his elbows don’t fit into the sockets correctly.
She looked at me and said, he may still have to be euthanized but I think there is a good chance that he might be able to learn how to walk. I would give him about a week and if he is doing okay then we can give him his first set of shots. If at the end of the month he is getting better,you could go forward and if not, I would suggest euthanizing him. Don’t get too attached though.
My thought process is like “ummmmmm, What just happend… I really don’t need or want a puppy. I already have five rescued animals and November hit my bank account hard when three of them got sick…but what the hell. It keeps me from having to put him into the freezer, which sucks and it would be awesome if we could rehabilitate him and get him a great home”. I had not agreed to anything at this point but I had pretty much decided that it would be worth a shot.
It’s our hospitals policy that you can’t bring your pets to work, so I asked “If I take this puppy, can I bring him to work with my for the month because I can’t leave him alone while my bf is at school” and she said, sure and I will help you out as much as I can. I asked questions about what he ate and other things. She said he was weaned and we went over some therapy techniques to help get his limbs moving. They have very limited range of motion and so far their is no diagnosis. I agreed to try it out for the week and then recheck him at the end of the week and go from there.
I shaved and cleaned up his bottom, which was all sore and red from the feces and put him in a cage on a heating pad, so he could wake up. Wolfgang, my boyfriend, came and picked me up for lunch and I told him what happened and we talked about what we should do.
The great thing about Wolf, is that he doesn’t get (too) mad at me when things like this happen. All of our pets and rescues that we rehomed came from crappy situations, and he just kind of roles with it. We get them better and if we find them homes, Awesome! If not, well they live with us until they die.
We decided to set him up in our bathroom and set up a feeding schedule, then figure out the rest when I got off of work. I told him to think of a name, since I named our last rescue, he could name this one. When I got off work, I grabbed the puppy, a bag of dog food, and my two fat cats who had come in for a recheck and headed out the door. When I got home, Wolf had cleaned up the bathroom and set it up with a bed, blanket, and food. Not two minutes into being set down, the screaming started. Full on puppy screams. I thought he might be hungry so i gave him the puppy food, only to have him spit them all back at me. More screaming. Well, forget staying in the bathroom. We moved the bed into Wolf’s room so he could see us. The screaming has finally quieted down but we will see how tonight goes.
Just before bed, Wolf picked a name….Winston. Hopefully this week will be the start of getting Winston on the road to a healthy start and eventually lead to a home. This blog is to record his little journey, hopefully his story will have a happy ending XD
Learned how to upload my checks on to my phone and deposit them without ever leaving my house! This is awesome because it is such a pain to get to the bank and i never have time!
I have never rang a door bell and run or in this case knocked and run before…until now. Got to start acting like a hooligan at some point :p Disclaimer: Nothing illegal was done, read before judging. Or after judging, I don’t have really care :p
So I am still working on the Penelope Project- Which can be followed on my other blog, “Chickens with Pants” http://livinglifeonathread.tumblr.com/ . I took on a big project for her seventh month but because I am working so much, I had fallen really behind. So, I worked for three days straight and finally finished all of her Alice in Wonderland Characters but the Hatter. I didn’t get to do everyone I had intended, I had to nix the flamingo, the hedgehog, and humpty dumpty. However, I did get Alice, the White Rabbit, Ace of Hearts, The Queen of Hearts, The Cheshire Cat, a Dormouse, and the March Hare done within a few months with my very limited sewing skills. I also got her Cupcake tier, Tea Pot, Creamer, and Sugar set done. I had to nix the teacups. They took to long and I wasn’t happy with them. I got her some fun cupcakes and brownie things for her cupcake tier. Wolf started her shoes but didn’t get to finish them, which i was not happy about but all in all this was a huge package and I was very happy with it. This month we also sent some fun thanksgiving outfits and the book “Alice in Wonderland” (appropriate to go with her dolls :P). I boxed it up and on Saturday Wolf and I drove back to West Virginia to mail it off. Only the post office was closed O.o
I was like what are we going to do O.o!! So we decided to to drive to Richmond on Sunday, hangout for the day and then drop it off that night.
Sunday we woke up early and drove all the way to Richmond. We spent the day going window shopping. I found some great old books and we ate dinner at our favorite diner, the Galaxy- It really is out of this world ;) That night we drove to their apartment and put the package on the stoop. Then I was like crap, how do we make sure they get it? So I had Wolf drive around the back of their apartment complex in between their building and another building. I put on a large jacket and some toms (I had been wearing heels) and then walked to their door. I gave their door a hard quick knock and then tore ass out of there and hid around the side of their building. 10 seconds later I heard the door open and I took off again….
This is where Wolf is the worst get away driver on this planet…..
If you don’t want to be suspicious don’t park directly in between the two buildings and leave ALL of the LIGHTS on and the car running. I wanted to smack him. We got away without anyone seeing us.
Twenty Minutes later this was posted on fb…..
Okay whoever Penelope’s pen pal is…is fast!
Amanda Hand delivered package with a quick knock. We were in the living room and took Michael less than 5 seconds to get to the door when they knocked…and they were gone. A neighbor in a car rolled down his window and said someone just dropped a box and ran behind the apartments leaving no trace behind.Okay so someone saw us but it’s okay, they could not identify. :PThis week we also celebrated Thanksgiving :) I had to work that day which was not fun but Wolf was nice enough to drive to Fredericksburg, so I could sleep. It was really busy and I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted. Mainly my Gma and PawPaw. We got some black friday shopping in and went to go see Wolf’s family. Then had to be back in time for Work at 2 am on sunday. We got back to blacksburg at 1:30 am. It was a very long weekend but fun <3
I got up early, beat the crowds and I voted for the first time! It was so exciting. I even got to use those cool electronic ballots :D Fun times and making history
The election is coming up and I have been following it pretty closely. I decided to register to vote this year even though I don’t really get into politics. It took me forever to figure out how to register to vote, mainly because it was confusing about where to send things. I finally printed off the forms and had them all filled out but couldn’t find stamps. I put it aside and figured I would get around to it. We went to the farmer’s market on Wednesday and guess what!! A lady asked if I wanted to register to vote?? Umm HECK YES. Filled out some paperwork and should be getting my registration in the mail. Really awesome how my procrastination paid off ;)
This Week I started it off by making a pot roast. I don’t eat pot roast but my gma gave me some of her old recipes for Christmas ( after I begged her and bought a cook book so she would do it :p) and I wanted to try some. I bought wolf a crock pot and after unearthing it and figuring out it’s special powers, i bought a roast and decided to try it. I made some blunders, like not removing that sponge thing from the meat and discovering it later on ( i removed it later) or making to much sauce. Oops. I am not a cook but Wolf seemed to really like it. I would love to make a Sunday dinner every week…HAHAHA who are we kidding. We shall see if this happens :0
That’s disgusting :p
I also started my new job at the vet clinic. Which was awesome! and totally scary/intimidating/can i please go cry in the corner! It actually was not that bad, just very different! However I got to try lots of new things XD. At my old clinic, when we needed to take radiographs, they were always manual. Meaning a dark room with developer fluid, films, and a big machine that took forever. We also were never allowed to do anything except what the doctors told us. Here, we get to do almost everything, including taking radiographs and blood draws. Get this DIGITAL radiographs!!! I geeked out HARDCORE! It takes five seconds, you can edit, darken, flip or do whatever. it is freaking awesome!! I also got to draw blood for a heartworm test. Lab work is my favorite and so this was also freaking awesome!!!!!!!
I have a lot to learn but so far I like the people I work with, plus this is closer to home. fun XD
So I have lived with Wolf for about three months and today I finally committed and signed on to the lease!!!! He immediately demanded back rent >;O That jerk. So I promised I would make him dinner in the near future. Crisis diverted!! :)
It was a little rushed because I had an interview at one and we kind of pushed it. They are so much nicer than sunchase. I absolutely love it here. My only issue is I can’t have all of my pets and the rent is outrageous for the condition the apartment was given to us in. However, I am really excited to live with my hottie and no longer have to commute. They last year and a half was rough ut nothing like the six months before I moved here. I def. appreciate/ like him a lot more :p It also allows me to tolerate him when he is being a jerk :P <3
I am so excited about my interview and SO NERVOUS. It is at this nice vet clinic in Christiansburg and after stalking them online I love it! This is what I really want to so. According to the person interviewing me, I would be allowed to do just about everything and THEY WILL TRAIN ME!! XD They also do lots of work with the community and have spay and neuter clinics. They also adopt out kittens in their lobby. I absolutely love Ridge but this place is closer to home and has a lot of what I was looking for. Just by talking to some of the people there, my personality fits in better <3. They have a bunch of people to interview but lets cross our fingers.
**** I think the interview went well but we shall see. I wasn’t as professional as I normally am and was a little bit more of myself. So I really don’t know but I am hopeful. They seemed to like my experience but have other people to interview. We will find out next week!
I love tattoos although I don’t have any, mainly because I am to indecisive about what I want. However, this Week My friend Heaven took the plunge and got her first Tattoo :D A super nerdy one at that! After work, Whit and I went by the shop to see how it was going. It turned out great! Out of respect for her artwork, I decided to not post pictures of her tattoo but there are some pretty pictures of Heaven at the bottom. My favorite part was all of the different faces she mad :) It really got me thinking about what I would want if I finally went through with it and I have some better ideas. It started raining really bad so we met up with Kat and went to high bridge trail to play in the rain XD Pretty interesting but laid back weekend.
While I was Working at three oaks my computer busted and it set me back on all of my plans. Things like taking classes online, planning our Europe trip, researching, and just a bunch of stuff I like to do. I was hoping to get a computer for My birthday/ Graduation but I got a sewing machine instead.Unfortunately the keys on that don’t connect you to the world wide web. So I have been saving a bit and Wolf designed me a computer I really liked….only it cost 2 grand without things like Microsoft and other fun programs. I was quite sad. However there was this cool thing called Labor day this week and with that came a sale…on MY COMPUTER :) I paid half of what I would have on a regular day. I am so excited. I can’t wait to type my posts from it. I also found this website where I can use Wolf’s student discount and buy programs for my computer at 50-70% off XD Oh HAPPY DAY!
9/15/2012 IT CAME TODAY!!! I AM SO EXCITED XD Now Wolf and I will both be happy that we don’t have to share a computer.
Lots of fun new things this week!
Wolf’s mom wanted to go to a family reunion and after an awful day we finally got all the animals to where they needed to be. All of the cats stayed with my Grandparents and Milo and Ebie came to stay with us in Blacksburg. I was so excited they were coming to stay. I hate not having all of my fatties under one roof :( They were originally going to stay a week but then we decided it was better to keep them two weeks and his mom would come and get them
Ebie is so shy but she LOVED Wolf’s bed. So much that she refused to stay in the bathroom, forced her way in his room, and jumped in the bed. She made it known that she was not leaving except to go to the bathroom. Wolfgang finally gave up and let her have his bed on day two. I was worried about Milo being a mischievous fellow and getting into trouble but he was on his best behavior! The only problems were when he tried to go after the big dogs in the dog park, causing a small dog to attack him and barking at night if people were to loud across the hall. He is such a sweet boy. He is also so lazy. We found a dog while on a walk and returned her to her family. However, during the returning process Milo decided he didn’t walk and made Wolf carry him.
It was so fun to take him out to play. Although because Wolf’s mom works so much, he sleeps most of the day. This made it harder to get him to play because he would run off and I would find him sleeping O.o.
This weekend Wolf’s sister came to stay with us. I picked her up after work on Saturday ans we had lunch with Whit. I took her to the emporium after and we found lots of stuff to craft with this weekend. I found this great necklace and I found lots of buttons, fabric, and ceramic ware. I had also decided that I would let her drive a little bit so she could have some experience. The hardest part about learning to drive for me, was that I had so many people teaching me and it was always sporadic. So I would drive a couple of days with one person and then about a month later I would drive with someone else. It took so long, I didn’t get my license until I was 17.
So I drove a little out of Farmville til we got to the Appomattox Walmart. I let her drive around the parking lot to let her get a feel for my car and driving. It was a little rocky at first but she did great. My car is kind of touchy so I know it was difficult. The we moved to Route 460. It’s really empty on Saturday’s and it’s a two lane road so people could pass us. It was really weird being driven, since I usually do the driving but she did great. After and hour I let her switch and I drove on 81 since it’s so crowded. Good thing too because it started to POUR and it was difficult even for me.
We had a fun weekend and on Monday night I let her drive us part of the way back. I hate driving at night. I have poor vision and my car has a short so the interior lights don’t work so you can’t see the speedometer. So you either have to feel out your speed or use the GPS which has a speedometer on it. I regretted that decision a little bit because it was terrifying. Her driving was great but not being able to see well and having someone else drive who is new was a little nerve wrecking, even for me. I think Wolf will have to do the night time driving and I will so the day time ;)
Overall fun week :D
So this weekend I got both Saturday AND Sunday off! A two day weekend, the first in about two years XD Also I didn’t have to do anything so Wolf and I looked for some cool events around Blacksburg and Christiansburg that we could get into. Wolf found this Heritage Festival in downtown Christiansburg that had all these neat events so we were like “Yes, Lets go!”. However when we got there, it was nothing like we expected. It was really small scale in comparison to other events we have gone to that were like it. It had the the old time cars and animals but it was nothing exciting like we had hoped. We did get to meet some local artists (One I work with at Target and she is AMAZING). We met a person who engraves leather and she made Wolf a free bookmark. However, we ended up leaving early and just going home…that was the plan at least.
I got lost and we ended up on some back road and found an antique shop going out of business so they were having a huge sale! It was awesome, they had some of the neatest things. I found a $49.00 tea set for five bucks. I found some costume jewlery and the best part BUTTONS. I love buttons. They are so fun for crafting but can be really expensive. This place had those huge pretzel jars filled with buttons. You could buy each button for ten cents or twelve buttons for a dollar. I am greedy and was like how much for the while thing??!! ….TEN dollars later and I had a bucket of buttons. It was so exciting. I spent the rest of my weekend crafting and it was a blast :)
So we had to put off looking at the house because of the crap going on last week. I called Melissa (My stepdad’s cousin) to ask for advice because when I made the appointment the guy asked me all these questions and I was like ummm what? She gave me a ton of helpful advice and it turned out he was an awful Realtor. Every question I asked was met with “I don’t know” and at the end he was like ” I realize you had a lot of questions I couldn’t answer but if they are really important e-mail them to me”. Excuse me? Why would I ask if I didn’t think it was important.
Anyway WE LOVED THE inside as much as the outside. It has a few issues but I Love Love Love it. So we are going to start the approval process :D
It was a lot bigger than we thought and the back yard is gorgeous :)