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  1. Thank you for the kind words. Lord willing and the creek don't rise, our new friend will be here tomorrow.
  2. It's been a long time since I've posted, though I still check in to read from time to time. Our Kip crossed over at the beginning of April, with all his people around him. Thank you to everyone here on these boards who helped me figure out these amazing dogs. Kip came to us from the dog warden in Lucas Co., Ohio/Toledo in February, 2008, where he'd been an unclaimed stray. He brought more than a dozen years of happiness to us. Our other old man, Sol (nonBC), is still puttering around happily. We hope he'll be pleased with the new BC recruit who is to join us next week. Best wishes to all, Christine
  3. Sue, I haven't stopped by in a long time, so am just now reading this, but I do remember Celt... I'm so sorry for your loss. Our Kip crossed over early April at age ~16ish (we think, as we did not have a firm age on him when we got him from the dog warden all those years ago). All my sympathy to your house.
  4. In case the Facebook post does not show for others: "Sweet dog came to visit me tonight. Well groomed with collar but no identification. PM me if you know to whom he belongs. Will take him to a vet tomorrow to see if he has a chip. He is safe for tonight. One distinguishing thing about this beauty. The owner will know."
  5. Posting here in case this sweetheart is known to anyone here. A friend here in Cincinnati gave this doggo a safe place for the night. She's planning to visit a vet tomorrow morning to check for a chip. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213850475400299&set=a.10203935893381945.1073741826.1360340200&type=3&theater
  6. Thanks all. It is a blessing to have dog folks with good minds to bounce questions like this one off of! Today, the toe looks good---the exposed quick already seems to be hardening, though he's still looking a little ginger with it. Nothing looks infected. I'll keep a close watch on it.
  7. Thanks! Last night, I isolated the toe from the others with a gauze, put the dangly bit back in roughly anatomical position and dressed the foot pretty firmly. I did not want to leave the pressure dressing on all night (it was hard to tell with all the canine drama if I really had it wrapped too tight or if he was just otherwise in discomfort), so I crated him at bedtime, then took the pressure dressing off. The bleeding had stopped, and the, er, dangly bit came off in the dressing when it was unwrapped. Not to be too graphic, but it looks like the cone-shaped dangly bit actually has a bit of the fleshy quick down in the tip of the cone, if that makes sense. Poor Sol's foot has a dark bloody "stump" of quick protruding past what is left of the hard part of the nail. Any thoughts on: Should I dress this remaining bit for a while? Leave it open to air? Is this injury worth a bit of antibiotic treatment?
  8. Heavens, what a Monday, Part II today has been. This my non-BC big goofball... Large dog, long toenails, excitement, ripped nail injury that has essentially de-gloved the quick and is hanging. Bleeding, bleeding, bleeding. (Yes, gonna try to be better about pedicures. Yes, dry sterile dressing with compression for the moment.) Other ideas/previous experiences welcome. Assuming he ever settles enough to let me trim the hanging part, I will...but, do I need to keep it dressed for a while? The quick is thoroughly exposed. He wears his other nails down okay, but some of his front toes get long... He's my mutt dog with terrible hips, so he has a bunny hop gait and a few toes don't wear down properly and he caught it in the deck planking hopping around this evening. Most grateful for any wisdom on this...I can't recall ever having a dog injure a nail quite like this.
  9. PEM----that is the thiamine deficiency that ruminants can get, yes? The vet had proposed that, so the ewe was treated with thimine injections over several days early on in the course of things; John is now giving her some manner of, IDK, general sheep multivitamin preparation by mouth. John reports today that the ewe will no longer stay in the sling that was concocted---she has regained enough strength in her legs to propel herself out of it and land reasonably upright, though not standing. Previously, her head was all she seemed to have control over. Thank you everyone for the help! I'll post back and let you know how things turn out.
  10. Ah. Thank you. Perhaps treating the ewe for deer-worm is a reasonable course, and if she does not improve with that treatment, perhaps she is not meant to improve. I passed this along to John, who expresses his thanks.
  11. Thank you! Evidently, the vet suggested listeriosis too... this vet, as I said, does see some large animals, but John said she clearly prefers pets/dogs/cats, and the tech in the office even offered on the side to John that sheep were not her strong suit. But, the ewe was given the appropriate antibiotic course for Listeria early in her presentation. She is so....well....except for not being able to get up and stand. She is eating, not only well, but with gusto. Quite literally, as John carried her down to fresh clover closer to the house last night (part of the way, going down the hill, he had to carry her upside down, by her four legs, because she was kicking and headbutting when carried right side up), John had to be careful of her little head because, as she passed any tasty clump of vegetation, she'd whip her head around upsidedown and sideways to grab a mouthful. She looked relieved once she was in her sheep-sling, at least oriented in the right direction, with her legs under her and her head on top. After a couple hours, she seemed to tire of it, and was able to push hard enough with her front legs to launch herself out of the sling backwards, into a sitting position, then roll over on her side. But, then she was too weak to get herself up into a regular sheep-lying-down position, so we propped her up. Once propped, she went back to the happy business of looking around, occasionally bleating, and stuffing her face. Stupid question, perhaps: Has anyone seen a sheep get quite ill, then need some long period of time to successfully rehab? I mean, it seems to be an arrangment not compatable with a long life to be a grazing animal who can't stand up without help. John's quite willing to tend her until she recovers, but is wondering if there is really not any recovery waiting for her at the end of this exercise. I am a human nurse, so assume that keeping the patient safe, warm, clean, with good quality nutrition/extra calories/protein, extra fluids, an approximation of normal activity/position until muscles have regained strength are good ideas...but understand that sheep aren't humans so may have some different requirements in practical application. Is there any special trick useful for the nursing care of a recovering sheep? Oh--and the jimsonweed... They've been on this land maybe 4-5 years now. There are areas that have been having a great deal of terraforming/bulldozing, etc. as they improve things....so are weedy. John knows there is jimsonweed about, but does not graze the sheep in those places. However, another man had the right equipment to mow hay for them...so John was not the person who prepared the hay. In trying to figure out what could have brought three sheep down ill so quickly, at the same time, he wondered if some of the hay might have been contaminated in some way. From what he said, the big ram that fell ill first went down rather spectacularly, looking poisoned, rather than *sick*.
  12. Posting this for a friend, who lives in beautiful place on a beautiful farm, with nice sheep and lousy internet. This post will demonstrate how little I know about sheep. Please bear with me. Our good friends live on a farm in SE Indiana, about 40 acres. They farm their own food, raise chickens, and a small flock of sheep, maybe 20. The sheep are hair sheep, some sort of a brown hair sheep (have forgotten the name) and Dorper crosses. They raise them for meat. John is a meticulous guy. If I am reincarnated as either a chicken or a sheep, I hope I end up on his farm. His creatures receive excellent care. About 10 days ago, three of his flock grew ill. The first, a ram, began acting "drunk", walking in circles, went into respiratory distress and died. A second, a large ewe, presented the same way, then went down and could not get back up. John tended her where is was, till she kept tumbling out from under the electronet and rolling down the hill, then he put her in the barn, cos he could lean her against the wall, Later she took herself out of the barn, right as rain. The thrird one is a small ewe--this spring's lamb. Same presentation. Now, ten days out, she is alert, eating like a hog, drinking, but she has legs made of marshmallow! She can't get her legs under her for love or money. John's been carrying her about the yard close to the house lying her down in nice clover to munch. She eats a clear spot around her head; we move her. But she can't get up at all. Finally, we built a sling out of two saw horse s and a feed sack and put her in that like they do racehorses with leg fractures She looks around, eats everything in sight....but can't her legs under her right. She looked a little better after being vertical in the sling for a while, but then seemed tired so we lay he down in some clover close to the house for night. He eyes are bright, she is breathing normally, she does not feel to have fever, he belly sounds good, peeing and pooping like a champ. We suspect some Datura poisoning...it's around..John wonders if it might have contaminated some hay. IN any event, she looks great----exceptn for not being able to stand up, The vet * does* see large animals, but preferes cats/dogs...wasn't much help. John has given her B vitamins. Ideas?
  13. Kip (BC) and Sol (not BC) used to be crated while I was at work Sol countersurfs. For three, wait, four years now, I have telecommuted fulltime, so now dogs must stay behind the gate in the kitchen, basement, or be on the deck, otherwise they are pesky when I am on the phone with a patient. And that is the cat's job.
  14. The front door opens straight out onto a busy street, which, frankly, puts my nerves through too much because of Kip's issues with bicycles/mopeds/motorcycles/lawnmowers, etc. (We live on a very straight, very long street with no stop lights. It is a residential street, but in the heart of the city. The next street over is a business district...and the the closest business to my house as the crow flies...is a Honda motorcycle shop....so the prospective bike owners take them out for a test ride on our street and open them up full tilt. Not good.) Kip has slipped out the front door before...and I am always fearful that he'll end up as road pizza. So, we have a gate over the doorway between the dining room and kitchen. The dogs can roam from basement, where their crates are, up the steps to the kitchen, and out onto the deck thru the back door, but are prevented from going in the LR/to the front door. My office is upstairs, off the master bedroom, and the door to the bedroom defines Bruce's (cat) dog-free fiefdom...he is the office cat, lounges about on the desk and the bed, and has charge over observing the neighborhood from second floor windows on three sides of the house. When there are no twoleggers home at all (which is unusual), dogs are most often crated in the basement...especially in the summer, when thunderstorms lurk, as Kip is phobic. (This seems to get worse the older he gets, and his crate, which is under the basement steps, next to Sol's, is his safe place.)
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