Monday, April 19, 2010

ALPACA SHEARING, HEALTH STATUS AND STAND-UP BORU

 FLEECE SHARING 
Hey Hounders,
Well it's springtime in the Rockies and it's springtime in Bumpass, VA.  Spring is when the alpacas at Sorbie Farm get their annual shearing.   Mom was over with John and Sarah Hanna all day yesterday (Sunday) helping with the shearing of 30 of their 32 alpacas.  Two didn't get sheared because they will be going to a competitive showing later this spring.  They'll probably get sheared after that show.  The shearing started at 9 AM and wasn't over until almost 7 PM.  Dad and Sophie went over at around noon to take some photos.  Sophie was having a discussion with one of the boy alpacas that was in a pasture so they couldn't stay too long.  Anyway, Sophie brought back some photos that we thought you might like to see.  Just click on them one at a time to see the enlargement. We'll post some more tomorrow:
 
< Not Sheared

Sheared >

 
 


HOMER AND RADAR HEALTH ISSUES
Homer and Radar are feeling GReat.  Radar has had only one additional seizure and it was a very mild one of less than a minute duration.  It was just enough to wake dad up and had stopped by the time dad got to Radar's crate.  It was not even severe enough to cause the usual loss of bladder control urination and he had just subtle saliva emission, no foaming at all.  Still no need for further extensive tests or medication.  
Homer's ear infections also seem to be improving GReatly.  Dad cleans his ears every night with the new, stronger cleaning solution and then rubs otomax on the inside of Homer's ear flaps and puts a drop in each ear canal.  Dr. Collins set up a ten day medication plan to provide a twice daily antihistamine for 10 days and then as needed during allergy season.  Homer also has been taking 20mg of prednisone for 3 days and then 10mg for five days and then 10mg every other day for six days and then no more prednisone.  He is taking some other pill once a day for ten days. The inflammation in his right ear has subsided substantially and his ear is laying closer to his head now; almost normally.  He hasn't been rubbing his ears on the carpet or shaking his head.  Dad suspects that he rubs his ears on the ground outside because of the dust that he wipes out every night when he cleans Homer's ears.  Anyway, both Radar and Homer seem to be doing GReat at this time.

STAND-UP BORU
A woman brought her very limp pet duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet duck on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. He turned to the woman and said "Your duck, Cuddles, has passed away."
The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?"
"Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet..
"How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."
The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its' haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.
The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."
The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman....
The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!"
The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $150."

10 comments:

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

I bet those poor Alpakhas are a bit chilly tonight!

Thanks fur the health status pupdates -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

~Kim~ said...

It must've been the weekend for Alpakhas--We saw some yesterday that had been sheared and some that hadn't! Burrrr....I'll bet they were cold last night!!

We continue to send healing thoughts in your direction!!

Gus said...

Hey..the guys shearing those alpacas are the same ones who gave me a haircut one time in Virginia!

Good to hear that things are on the mend there. Next we will work on the catses and their sense of humor, right?

gussie

Sheila and Bob said...

It would be a lot easier for the Alpacas if they just had a zipper.
Glad Radar and Homer are feeling better.
And Boru, what can we say? BOL



Hamish 7 Sophie

MAX said...

Those Alpacas look hilarious! Geesh! We don't get to see them here in SA.
Im sorry to hear about Radar and Homer. Will be keeping them in my prayers.
Lotalicks and lotsaluv to you all!
MAXDOG AND MAXMOM IN SA

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Our Alpacas are going to need to be shorn soon :)

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, dear, we're so behind in everything, we didn't know Radar and Homer are having problems. Seizures are scary. Hope they are both okay.

We just went by to vote for AHGRR but there was no voting notice, so we assume the voting is over?

the booker man said...

heeheehee! i'm sorry, but those shaved alpacas are givin' me the giggles. they look so funny. :) what are you gonna do with all the fluff? you could make lotsa sweaters with it!
i'm super glad mr. homer and radar are feelin' better!
*woof*
the booker man

Mogley G. Retriever said...

It is good to hear what other's do in the same situation. Daisy, our current foster friend, has the same ear medication and prednisone tablets. Her ears were getting worse and it is probably part of her general scratching. So we will monitor this for a while, visit the vet for a re-check and see if she stops waking us up at night with her scratching.

We don't know about alpacas, but we got chased and spit on by a lama.

Mogley G. Retriever

LUCKY LUKE said...

I was finkin that those alpacas prolly are feelin real good outside of their coats! They sure made my the Mom smile...

So happy to hear that the Homer and Radar are feelin better!

And o my, Standup Boru! You Hounds are livin wif a STAR!

FOR CHANCE, GORDON, HOMER, RADAR, SPENCER, CHANDLER, MAXDOG, LUKE & BLUE, AND SO MANY OTHERS.

National Canine Cancer Foundation

STEP UP TO ADOPT A PET

If you can, please consider opening your home to a homeless animal, preferably a dog or cat or other domesticated animal; livestock does better on farms and wild animals do better in zoos and parks. Your local Humane Society or SPCA or Animal Shelter has a wide selection of could be, should be, pets looking for new homes. If you can't adopt, perhaps you can at least become a sponsor. We'll show you how to help out Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary (AHGRRS) on our blog page, but you can help out any organization of your choice, but please help; contribute or volunteer.
- The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties

PLEASE HELP SPONSOR A SENIOR OR SPECIAL NEEDS GOLDEN

CAN'T ADOPT; BECOME AN ANGEL.
So many Senior and Special Needs Goldens do not find "forever homes". Many of these dogs have above average medical needs and costs, are maintained on "special" diets, or have other extraordinary needs. Your donations can be targeted towards a particular Senior or Special needs Golden Retriever. As a sponsor, you will receive updates about your "special" Golden, and will be mentioned in our quarterly newsletter as the dog's sponsor. We also accept Paypal donations. Please keep in mind that we are a non-profit organization and that your donation is fully tax-deductible. Please just write the Golden's name in the memo line of your check or Paypal submission when sponsoring a Golden Retriever.

A MUST READ FOR THE IN-THE-KNOW CAT

A MUST READ FOR THE IN-THE-KNOW CAT
Recommended by Boru; what more need we say?

TAKE THE PLEDGE

Pledge to Fight Animal Cruelty

GORDON'S PHOTO ALBUM SLIDESHOW

Total Pageviews

BUMPASS HOUNDS PLAYLIST


Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones