Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Rainy weather, and a vet visit

Alas, no hike today. It rained really hard yesterday afternoon and then again last night, so while it was only partly cloudy this morning, Mom said the trail would be really muddy. I didn’t see a problem with that, but apparently Mom said something about how she would have to remove the mud from my feet with a hose, and that didn’t sound too appealing.

Rain, rain, go AWAY!

Also, she and Dad had a business meeting, and by the time that was done, big dark clouds had started to move in. And besides, Mom had to take TaiChi to the eye doctor to do a check up.

So, on to TaiChi for a minute. She’s doing Really Well. She won’t ever see out of her right eye again, but since her cataracts (waterfalls? I didn’t know you could have waterfalls in your eyes, but apparently when you get old you get these waterfalls. Maybe your brain starts to leak? I didn’t think to ask) were so bad that she probably couldn’t see much more than shadows anyway. But her snooter works really well! She can smell a steak from a mile away! Heehee!


Okay, back to the doctor’s report. Her good eye is very good. She has more of these waterfall thingys in that eye, but it’s not horrible, and all of the other measurements they do on her eyes are Really Good in that eye. They also took her blood pressure because she had really high blood pressure when she first went to see the eye doctor, so they put her on blood pressure medicine. I guess TaiChi’s life is just super stressful! You know; sleeping, eating, sleeping some more – that can all be VERY stressful! Heehee. Note from Fi’s Mom: her high blood pressure is/was just a combination of old age and her chronic kidney issues; if you’ve got an OLD dog, it’s worth having your vet check his/her blood pressure, if they don’t already do it. It doesn’t take very long to do it, and can help prevent some pretty serious issues. In short, her blood pressure went from Super High a month ago to being almost normal; she was 190 a month ago and was 120 today. 100 is normal for dogs, and since she always gets stressed out at the vet’s office, her blood pressure is probably at least 10 points lower at home. She will stay on blood pressure medicine for the rest of her life, but since it gets delivered in a big dollop of peanut butter, she doesn’t mind! And since I get to lick Mom’s fingers after TaiChi gets her pill, I don’t mind, either!

So, TaiChi is doing Really Well and Mom and Dad are Very Happy about that. So is TaiChi. She clearly feels much better. Which is good, because I love my little big sister and she’s much more fun when she feels better!

Heh. We are such buddies. And she's just squinting because of the flashy thing - it's not a permanent thing.

Even if she steals my toys....

Because we had Fall-like weather today (rainy, and cold), Mom broke out TaiChi’s jacket. TaiChi gets cold fairly easily, and so she has a couple of jackets. Granny and Grandpa made her a really cool fleece jacket (that Mom can’t find a picture of at the moment…), and then she also has a heavier jacket with a hood.

I think she's quite sharp looking in her coat!

And because it was kind of dark out when Mom was taking the pictures, I got to display my Super Dog powers!

I can haz laser eyes!

And now, I must get back to catching up on bloggies. Because Mom has been slacking.

*kissey face*


The Thundering Herd said...

Glad TaiChi is doing ok. Good of you to protect your little big sister.

But back to this no hike, it is wet rule. Wait. We love hiking in the rain.

Honey the Great Dane said...

So glad to hear that TaiChi is doing well, despite her "disabilities" - she looks really smart in her coat!!

Hone the Great Dane

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Woo are good to her AND woo will be good to the newbie too (when she khomes your way)!

I feel your rainy pain...or should I paw I WILL feel it!

Mom treated me to three walks on Tuesday bekhause it should be rainy most of Wednesday...


Lorenza said...

Hi, Fiona!
Glad to know TaiChi is doing well.
I hope tomorrow you will have a sunny day perfect for your hiking!
Kisses and hugs

Sally said...

We are happy to hear that TaiChi is doing well - age can be cruel (or so D says...) Hope the rain goes away long enough for a good walk - love the clothing - very spiffy

Lots of licks
Sally and Paddy

Mango said...

That hoodie is quite stylish. I am glad your sissy is doing better. As long as her snooter works, she should be able to get around OK, right?

Tell your mom that you need to get all wet so that TaiChi can smell you easier and use you to navigate.


Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

We're glad TaiChi is feeing better - she looks extremely stylish in her coat - do you have a coat?

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

The Lovely Lady Pug said...

good to hear about TaiChi!

you sound like such a busy doggie! :)

if we go hiking, mama calls it "carrying the pug" because i don't really hike...he he he.

BRUTUS said...

That TaiChi is a good ol' girl - great to hear she is feeling better. Is she 17 years old (I think I'm remembering right)?? Those little dogs - they just keep going , and going.....

Brutus the Frenchie

Dory and the Mama said...

We are so very happy that Tai Chi is doing better!!! You are such a good little big sister and taking very good care of her!!

Sorry about the icky rain...


Martha Basset said...

We are pleased to read your good news about Tai Chi.
We reckon there is nothing to beat a nice muddy walk ourselves.
These humans dont seem to like mud - they especially dont like it in the house!!
Martha & Bailey xxx

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

Glad that TaChi is doing well.
We don't like going out in the rain. We will go out there, do what we have to and quickly come back inside. But we love getting towel dry!

Kissy face,
Sam & June