This morning we had to have Oscar at the vet at 7:30. We were the first ones there so we got in and got out. It was so hard leaving him there and yes, there were a few tears. Vince . . so NOT compassionate about things like that . . looked at me and said “ARE YOU CRYING?” Yes! I cried last night watching a vet show on TV when a dog died. I cried the week before when a kitty was hurt. Yes, Vince. I cry about everything! Stop asking! Just say “It’s going to be ok!” and let it go.
From there we went to Walmart, which is right across the street because I wanted to make bread that needed 1 cup of whole flax seeds. I have ground flax seeds but not 1 cup of whole flax seeds so I wanted to get those. The bread also calls for 1-1/2 cups sunflower seeds and 1/4 cup sesame seeds. I had both that that would have left me with none so I figured I’d pick those up while I was there. We got those things and I think that’s all we got and on the way home we stopped at Atwoods because Vince needed something.
While there, Vince asked if they had cow manure and they did. Walmart had some but it had been wet and it smelled awful. It made me want to get sick just walking past it. I did not want to smell that in my back yard til it was completely decomposed and I’m sure no one else in my neighborhood wanted to smell it either.
We came home, Vince got the pickup and went back to Atwood and got a load of cow manure. Oh, the fun things we buy! 🙂
The vet had called and said we could pick Oscar up at 1 so Vince said “Want to go early and get a burger?” Will I ever say no to a burger? Well, I have to say no unless it’s been at least a week since I hate a burger and it has been so I said yes.
This place has the best burgers I have ever had .. ever! The meat is like a chopped up amazing steak. Double meat (I only ate half so that’s the same as just one meat patty!). This one is mushroom/Swiss. Oh, my goodness. Those burgers are so good. What’s not to love about Trackside Burger? They are moving! Right now, they’re 3 miles from our house. 3 miles from our driveway. No traffic. No red lights. No roundabouts. No 4 lanes. Just easy driving . . 3 miles. They’re moving way up into Joplin. I’m so sad but, it’s a good move for them. There are all kinds of businesses near there, including two large hospitals; there are residences nearby. The new location will be much, much larger. I think where they are now, there are only 6 or 7 tables and at lunch time, it gets crowded. They apparently have some problems with the current location so, for them, it’s a good move. For us, I’m sad but it’s not so far we won’t go.
After we got our burgers, we went and got Oscar. We like the vet here but I wish they would offer the blow up Cloud Collar instead of that plastic cone they sent him home with. The vet charged $14.40 for their cone and we went and bought the cloud collar for $25. I would gladly have paid $10 more and had that in the first place.
We got him home with the plastic cone, that was simply tied on with a piece of gauze, which seemed very crude, but because Oscar is so short, he couldn’t walk with it on because it would hit the floor and almost trip him. He had to hold his head way up high to be able to walk at all and that’s just not normal or comfortable for him so I called the pet stores around town and the third one I called had the blow up collar so we went back to town (trip #4 for Vince) and got one of those.
He has to wear the cone for two weeks. I don’t remember Rita or Speck having to wear it so long but maybe they did.
When the vet tech came out with him, she said “He’s a feisty little guy!” He had tried to bite her twice – once when she got him out of the kennel and then they took the cone off because there was some blood in it from the teeth they pulled and they wanted to clean it up. When she took the cone off, he tried to bite her again so she had us put it back on him.
When we got to the pet store, we took him in so we could make sure we were getting the right size. The two ladies working wanted to pet him. I said “No! Today is not the day to try that.” He isn’t friendly to start with and he was super grumpy today.
I think we’ll all go to bed early tonight and hopefully tomorrow will be an easier day for all of us – especially for Oscar.
I’m very happy it’s all done and over with and he seems to be doing good.
Nelle Coursey says
Good for Oscar! He does not want anyone touching him today!!
He looks so sad. I think he needs some extra loving. Maybe he will be willing to let you hold him on your lap.
That’s what I was hoping but he just wants to run, jump and play. While trying to hold him and pet him, I’m having to hang on for dear life because he’s constantly trying to jump down. I tried sitting on the floor but he gets even more wild running and launching off my legs, shoulders . . he’s so energetic. I’m going to keep him contained in his little area for at least two or three days then I’ll let him out and try to play gently with him . . though I’m not sure “gently” should be used in the same sentence with Oscar.
Cindy F says
He sure doesn’t look happy in the photo but I’ve never seen a happy dog with a “cone of shame”. Good to hear he’s back to his regular self but I feel for you trying to keep him “calm” as he heals!
When our yellow lab had to wear a cone. He couldn’t eat in it or drink in it. He couldn’t even walk down the hall….so I took one of my husbands old t-shirts and put it on him and tied a knot on the back so it didn’t drag. He never touched his sore and it worked like a charm….