We’ve still got the snow. Whilst it’s still cold (below zero at night) the snow is quite easy to walk on. We don’t need to have half baths on our return. Once the temperature rises, then the snow will turn to slush and underfoot it won’t be so pleasant.
We had a good walk around the Reservoir. Saw and heard lots of woofly wildlife. Got told off by Her ‘cos I stepped onto the Reservoirs icy coating and She panicked & screeched sooooo much, that I nearly fell over trying to return to “solid” ground. I was like those cartoon dogs, with legs running fast but getting nowhere!. No need I say, no need to panic me so much. I was in control. Until the scream.
Anyway, all safely back home. Toasty warm. Quite sleepy. But must clean my feet first.
Hope you guys have not been panicked today by your peeps.
Meet Finlay’s new friend. This is one of a group FIVE cygnets, followed closely by their parents. It’s been a fantastic sight on the Reservoir to see all SEVEN gracefully moving around the reservoir. Although now, the parents are trying to encourage their babies to find their own way, and one of the cygnets is now not allowed near the rest of them!
We regularly share bread with them, the ducks, coots and gulls, but are disappointed that She gives the Reservoir Residents all the bread and we don’t get any! Other than those crumbs that don’t make it into the water.
Well, it’s finally here, and we’ve only just remembered! Yes the Shortest Day. Summer time begins tomorrow with the days getting longer – yippee!
She took us for a walk. Gus chose his favourite walk, as he would. It’s NOT mine. I get attacked by all the twigs and ITS NOT FUN!
Gus also got told off (hoooray!) He found a nice stick and began to eat it. She caught him at it and he looked forlorn. He should be more careful next time and hide it more carefully in his straggly beard. Bob got his bottom very wet as he tried to get across the very sodden stepping stones. He’s so manic, if he slowed down he’d manage it properly, but no, not our, he tacks and yaws across the pathways at 100 miles per hour at the very minimum, and does just the same trying to get across the stepping stones.
Saw some wildlife: Greater Spotted Woodpecker, lots of tiny Long Tailed Tits (one of Her’s favourites), umpteen crows, several Magpies. The ground was very boggy ‘cos it was 11 degrees – can you believe it. This time last year we were under about 3 foot of snow and about minus 1 degree – brrrrrr! But today, The Shortest Day, it was like summer! Had to have our half-baths though ‘cos we were a little muddy – only a little though. I stole Gus’s towel before he was taken out of the bath and got a right telling off!
I’ve heard Her say we’re gonna get a Christmas Trim – well isn’t She a little late, what with Summer starting tomorrow, tee! hee! We’ll do something to distract Her ‘cos you know we guys are “Scotties Against Grooming” – we ain’t gonna let that little campaign go away. No doubt there’ll be a post before the end of the week with photos – yuk!
Got some photos for y’all, so have a yap, woof and arooodle at us on our walk today!
You might recall that Finlay had a scan and x-ray a couple of weeks ago. The x-ray showed a “shadowy mass” and was sent off to an expert. We had to wait 2 weeks for the results. In the meantime he was given Denamarine to support his Liver as there are doubts over its viability.
Well, we returned to the Vets on a couple of Tuesdays ago, to be told that the expert could not conclusively identify the “shadowy mass”. The thinking was perhaps it was a shadow of Finlay’s intestines. So we arranged to repeat the scan and xray today.
I’ve just been notified by the Vet that the “shadowy mass” is no longer there – and was just that: a “shadowy mass”. However, the liver is showing signs of being “diffused” and this is normally associated with chronic liver disease, which apparently, there is no treatment for.
We have decided not to open him up as there’s nothing to be done. He will have more blood tests this afternoon to obtain some base rate figures and then every 4-6 weeks to see what changes may be occuring.
He’ll probably need to continue with the Denamarine, and be supported by a liver diet.
Finlay actually shows no outward sign of having anything wrong; he’s eating, enjoying his walks, barking at passers-by and generally doing just what a scottie does, so I’m pleased with this side of things.
So kind of good news, really. However, if any of you out there recognise what we’ve just gone through and can shed more light on the matter, please get in touch with me