We've had to get creative in our ways of keeping both Astrid and ourselves somewhat happy and sane. Even so, Astrid wanted to show you all the cookie she got that pretty much describes her life right now.
Astrid hopes you all can see the abuse in this photo. She's locked in a cage. Her doctor even ordered this abuse. The horror!
Honestly, Astrid is only in her cage in this photo because her beloved Pawpaw (this here human's dad) came over. That's actually his hand passing her the cookie. That said, Astrid loves her Pawpaw so much that we have to crate her when he first arrives at our house because otherwise she'll do all the no-no things, like jump four feet into the air and thereby probably bust her new knee. We'd like to skip that part, so cage it is when Pawpaw arrives.
But don't worry, Astrid didn't have to stay in her cage. She didn't even have to eat her cookie in her cage.
That there is actually one of the many makeshift ways we're keeping Astrid and ourselves happy and sane. Though Astrid is crate trained, she is not happy about having to be in there all the time. So, we've created a couple of small areas of the house where she essentially gets sequestered. That usually involves dragging over random things to block her from escaping, and from getting on nearby furniture. Because she's stubborn, Astrid is also usually tied to something heavy, such as a coffee table or something of the sort.
Oh, and you can see her nicely shaved leg in that last photo. Her incision is on the interior of her leg, so you can't see it, which is a good thing, because it's a big one. What you can see on her knee in this photo is a great big skin tag she has. This girl has grown all sorts of lumps and bumps in her older age, most of them being harmless fatty lipomas, but even so, her vet and we are doing our best to keep an eye on them all.
All of that rambling aside, since it's Halloween season, how about one more photo of Astrid? This one was taken before the pup's surgery. Actually, it was taken before she even tore her CCL. It was also taken in her favorite window, which she can't use the couch to access until December. Poor girl. But, at least that means maybe this ghost in the window won't be able to haunt her?
Happy Wednesday, friends!
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Tip of the Day
We're 19 days in, and our Halloween tips are still going. And, indeed, we have another Halloween-inspired tip for you today.
Yesterday, we mentioned the importance of keeping black cats, and of course all furbabies, indoors on Halloween to prevent them from becoming victims of tricks and pranks. Today's tip is similar, and it is to avoid going on a walk with your dog, or even your kitty, during trick-or-treat hours. This is for a number of reasons, including the obvious one that foot traffic, and even potentially car traffic, will be increased during trick-or-treat hours. This is something that could pose a risk especially for skittish dogs or cats, as they might become frightened of the Halloween hustle and bustle. What's more, not only will more people be out and about on Halloween night, making extra traffic and noise, but many of them will be dressed in strange and potentially frightening costumes. These factors could lead a nervous dog or cat to panic, and to potentially get loose and lost. Of course, increased traffic could also lead to accidents and injuries, such as if a nervous or excited dog or cat gets loose and makes their way into the street. All in all, it is important to always take into consideration your furbaby's safety, which might very well mean house arrest during those trick-or-treat hours on Halloween night.