We had good news yesterday when the biopsy of the growth removed from Storm’s gum came back benign. Hooray! The cause of this kind of growth is not known. There is a possibility that it could grow back, or she could get another one, so we will have to check her periodically. It is also possible that she will never have another. It was a relief to have her results back so quickly.
As for Nestle, she came home with about an inch and a half long incision. On a nine pound kitty, it seems large to me. She also came home with stitches and will have to go back in 10-14 days to have them taken out. The vet said that whatever “it” is, “it” was not invasive, but they will not know what “it” is until the biopsy. He said it very well could have been a cyst.
Storm came home all loopy after the anesthesia, and kitty came home bouncing off the walls. I gave her a lot of space last night because I wanted her to rest. I don’t think she slept all night.
I wanted to follow-up on my post about training in the city parks. As I said, we are lucky that we have a couple of parks close by where we can train. Most of the parks here are not suited for training off lead; however, a few years back we asked our city if there was any place where we could train our dogs off lead and we were pointed to the park that we use.
The park in these pictures has a small lake and grassy areas, but there is no playground equipment to draw kids and the few houses that back up to it all have fenced yards. We are very careful to always clean our dog’s waste and to not get in the way of others using the park. If there are any park officials or law enforcement there, we always ask if it is OK to train off lead. Usually we get a perplexed look like, “Why are you asking me?” and then they say “No problem” and usually stop to watch.
The other park we use is in an adjoining city and is huge. It has baseball and soccer fields. One part is just grass and a pond and that is the area we use. Again, we try not be a nuisance and always ask permission if there is any law enforcement or park personal there or if anyone is using the area first.
It is too bad that we cannot use some of the state parks more, but they are very strict about having dogs on lead so we don’t use them. There are some state parks with dog training areas and we have trained there a time or two. Unfortunately they do not cut the grass or maintain them so the grass can be too high to wade through.
I also mentioned in my post that generally we don’t let our dogs play with strange dogs. I probably should have explained that the main reason for this is that we have Chessies, and intact Chessies at that. As a breed, Chessies can be protective of their people and their stuff, like their bumpers and their ducks. It is just safer not to allow other dogs to mix with them, especially when they are fetching their bumpers or their ducks. Plus, Storm is not going to allow any random dog to try to hump her, (which is usually what males try to do since she is not spayed). Thunder is a big sweetie, but you never know when he might feel the need to assert himself. Since he weighs 90+ pounds and is quite powerful, we just do not want to risk a dog fight.
We had some interesting distractions when we were training this week. Freighter actually did not go over to the people sitting on the blanket. He wanted to, but came back when called. That was good! His retrieving is hit and miss. He goes great guns to the bumper, but still gets distracted on the return. That is OK little boy because next weekend it is off to train with the pro for you and the beginning of more formal training. I hope to have a post in the next week or so that explains a bit about what this will entail and why we do it.
We also had the guys cutting the lawn as another distraction. We had to wait a bit for them to finish, (although as you can see there wasn’t much to cut since it is so dry around here). Thunder was good about ignoring the guys mowing the grass, but the mowers made it difficult to hear out in the field. The dogs could not hear me getting their attention before I threw the marks and they could not hear their handler’s whistle either.
Finally the mowers finished up and left. It was much quieter so we even got some blind work in with the dogs.
I am not sure about training this weekend. It is supposed to be very hot, (again!) and we have some people things to do.
Have a nice weekend!