Thursday, January 20, 2011

Emma, the family matriarch.

Above, from the left, Nala, then our matriarch, Emma. 

Emma is our cousin, the family matriarch, and senior dog in the family.    She went on a hunger strike, two plus days without eating was enough, she was rushed to the vet.   Since her family was out of town, we were in charge of the emergency run to the official rescue vet.    She was badly dehydrated so she was put on an iv to rebuild her strength while her blood tests were done.   It was discovered that the problem was in her kidneys, she had a well developed infection that needed attention.   Medications and fluids restored her appetite and in a day she was up and around again.   We knew she was feeling better when we saw her rolling in the fresh snow, legs in the air and her whole body wiggling as she made snow angels.   All is well that ends well, but we wanted to report, it is just one of those things that keeps us busy.

We are setting up a second meeting with the family that was interested in giving Stella a Forever Home.  They are moved into their new house, but they don't have the dog doors installed yet.   Stella may try the house out and then decide if she wants to accept their offer, and if she needs to wait for the dog doors.   Keep your paws crossed.

Stella had her first Ice Ceam carton today, at first she thought she had to chew it, then she discovered that licking the inside was the best way to deal with it.    When the ones who are paw challenged are done with ice cream cartons, they leave a little in the bottom and they save them in the freezer until they have enough cartons for everyone.   Then they give us each a carton to lick out.   Sometimes we get them stuck on our heads, but eventually we clean them up ready for the trash can.    Then we lobby for some real ice cream from the new carton in the freezer.  

Mogley G. Retriever


  1. Sorry Emma had to experience THAT but glad to see she's on the trail to rekhovery!

    Paws khrossed fur Stella!

    Thanks fur sharing the ice khream kharton fun - it reminded me to tell Mom I KNOW there is a peanut butter jar with my name on it!


  2. Glad Emma is feeling better, thanks to your quick response.
    Hoping things will work out for Stella, we know that if she leaves you will miss her very much.
    Hamish & Sophie

  3. We sure hope Emma gets all better soon


  4. Glad to hear that Emma is doing better - no 'rush visit' to the vet is ever fun! Mmm. Ice cream?!? We may have to come visit. Or at least have Mom let us check out our freezer... ;-)

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  5. Oh poor Emma! I'm glad she's feeling better now. Fingers crossed that this family meets Stella's demands!

  6. I am happy to hear Emma is OK! Lots of wags for Stella - I hope she finds her forever home.

    Wags N Kisses,

  7. I'm so glad that Emma got better and that the doctor figured out what was wrong!!

  8. Glad to hear that Emma is feeling better. Hmmm, separate ice cream cartons for each doggie - what size freezer do you have? And can Neeli come over to help?

    Good luck Stella in your search.

    Happy weekend to all,
    Nadine & Neeli
    Angel doggie Apples (1994-2010)

  9. We are glad cousin Emma is alright again. Those kidney infections are painful. And good for Stella to check out the possible forever home first before she is committing herself.

    Since our brother went over the rainbow bridge we are not the wild horde anymore, just a horde, a very quiet horde. We miss him very much.

    Lady(senior), Sandy Paws and Oliver.

  10. Woo - The Herd thinks this ice cream carton thing should be practiced at Chez Herd.

  11. Awww, what a great family photo! They are all just gorgeous!

  12. We are glad that Emma's health scare had a good ending! We love the picture!


  13. Emma has such a sweet face. So glad she is doing better thanks to your diligence.
    I do believe the story of the ice cream cartons is one of the dearest I have read in a while. What is even more lovely is that you keep those cartons in the freezer as a normal thing, not even realizing what a kind gesture it is for all of your goldens. You just do it because you know it will make them happy. That is the best kind of loving heart to have. So sweet.
    Sophie's Mom