My little Walter

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 2017 Critter Update

I can not believe I have not made a post in 2017.  We had rain about two weeks ago along with cold temperatures and since I have yet to purchase a doghouse for Pedrito, I did not want him exposed to the elements.

It was on Friday afternoon after the school kids had already made their way home that I finally decided to release him.  The first thing he did was run out the back down fence to the street behind the house.  I could hear the dogs on that street go crazy but what could I do?

I do not like to have him tied up but I do not want to face any lawsuits either. Though he is more bark than bite.  I moved his cucha to the covered area by the kitchen door but he paid no attention to it.  He installed himself behind the old washing machine where Oscar up to know slept.

He tried to bully Oscar but I quickly straighten him out.  I think he realized that he preferred to be loose and decided to mind me. Things never go as expected...then Oscar started to bully him!

The cucha went unused for a couple of days.  Then one morning as I came out to feed them, to my surprise Oscar had taken over it and up until today that remains the case.

Oscar with a swollen right jaw

I am worried about Oscar, he sleeps a lot and his cheek continues to be swollen.  I have been giving him the medication for swelling but it does not seem to be working.  I am going to somehow have to fit in a trip to the vet in my already full agenda.

I am surprised that Tammie continues to show no ill effects of her encounter with the porcupine. Unlike Oscar, she has a good appetite and now eats his food much like he used to eat hers prior to the attack.

Tammie

Pedrito seems to have a problem with itching, he scratches himself raw.  I get a lot of e-mails from 1-800-Pedmeds and I am surprised at all there is out there for pets.  I saw a shampoo but that would involve a bath...I do not think either one of us is ready for that step...at least not in winter.

The shampoo and other things for itching are on the expensive side, can only wonder how much more they sell for at the Vet's.  I was at Dollar Tree the other day and saw a dog oatmeal shampoo and almost bought it as the cheapest one I found online was $8.99 plus S&H.

Thinking perhaps he might have some allergies I gave him baby Benadryl but that does not seem to have helped him either.  Since I can not possibly take two dogs at once...in particular these two that do not like each other...I will have to program a separate trip for each to the vet :-(

Friday, December 30, 2016

Critter Update

Both Tammie and Oscar have been doing well. The only thing I noticed is that Oscar lost his appetite for a while and would only eat half of what I would give him.  I figured that perhaps his jaw was still hurting when he chewed.

Tammie has had no appetite issues but last week her right cheek was swollen like she had a small ball inside her mouth.  For the past couple of days have been giving her the medications I got for Oscar from 1-800-Petmeds.

Today that I got up early to give her the medicine hidden inside of a hot dog, she and Oscar were nowhere to be found.  When they got back he ate but she ate very little. I do believe she still frequents places where they would feed her in the past.  My only issue is that I do not want the medication to go bad inside the wiener but I also do not want Oscar to eat it since he does not need it anymore.

Pedrito who is always feisty and active seems to be depressed.  Wednesday I was raking the leaves around the two trees where he is tied up and he turned his back like he was mad at me or something. He didn't even try to lunge himself at me.  I do not think its serious as he has not lost his appetite and probably never will :)

I made him a cucha this time using an old water container as his prior cuchas which I have made out of cardboard boxes do not seem to hold up. Lined it with an old blanket so the metal will not make contact with his body. With his pillow some old flannel pants, old towels and a blanket he manages to keep warm.

I would like to buy him a doghouse but I would have to purchase it online and then assemble it. When I was a teenager I was always in charge of assembling things my parents bought and quite frankly I do not want to do it anymore.

Went to Sutherlands (it's like Home Depot) where I have seen them for sale in the past. Though they are ugly and look homemade, they only had one small one.  The guy in charge told me that they are made by a local man but he is backed up on his orders. The good thing is that delivery is only $15.00 since there is no way I can possibly get one inside my car...better yet get it off my car!

Walter, Dulcinea and the new horse seem to be doing fine. Hope the vegetation dies off so I can go check up on him without fear of encountering a snake.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Oscar Update

I do not know why the dogs choose the worst times to get sick or in mischief.  We were going out of town early Wednesday morning when I went to feed them.  I noticed that Oscar's jaw was swollen. I looked at him closer to see if he had gotten in a dog fight but that did not seem to be the case.

As usual, we were running late, so I gave him a tablet of Acetaminophen in case he was experiencing pain.  Thursday the cold front came in and there was no way I was going anywhere, so I gave him a tablet hidden in a hot dog with each meal.  I did the same for Tammie as the poor thing has not had the benefit of seeing a vet to extract her quills, though most are gone or at least not visible.

Yesterday was another struggle to try to get Oscar in the car. It is like he is afraid or it reminds him of his last visit to the vet.  Since I gave Tammie the last three Acepromazine pills to no avail, I had none left for him.  Each pill costs $40.00 Mexican pesos which for Mexico it is a lot.  I have already spent $200.00 Mexican pesos ( 5 pills x 40 pesos) on Tammie and she has never even made it inside the vehicle.

40.00 Mexican pesos divided by $18.00 exchange rate = $2.22 per pill

$2.22 USD times 5 pills = $11.10 USD

The month of December is highly congested at the International bridges. Taking into account that yesterday it was Friday and a weekend, you are looking at crossing times of one to one and half hours on both sides of the border.  I love Oscar but I am not spending three hours in traffic without him being sedated.

It costs $3.75 USD to cross the border into Mexico and $26.00 Mexican pesos to cross from Mexico to the United States.  I am looking at $5.19 in tolls.  Went online to 1-800-Petmeds and found the Acepromazine 25 mg. pills selling for .90 US cents each, a lot cheaper than what they sell for in Ciudad Acuña.

Since I have a vet prescription for Azium 0.5 mg and Clindamycin 150 mg ordered them online as well.  I thought I would have a problem since he is a Mexican veterinary but that was not the case as his name was on the list of veterinarians for this area.

I recall a couple of years ago, I once got my eyeglass prescription in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. They honored the prescription at the Del Rio Walmart since we are on the border and people like myself who can not afford health insurance go to Mexico to seek medical treatment.

I called the veterinary clinic to let them know they would be getting a call from them.  I inquired if they spoke English and his wife said they did.  Forgot that many Mexican professionals send their children to private schools in Del Rio. He has grown children and a son-in-law that work for him, so there are no language barriers, thank goodness!

Monday, October 24, 2016

The horses are back

Two days after my last post, I went to take out the trash on a Tuesday night on September 27, 2016. What was my surprise when I heard a horse neighing from the corral and I instinctively knew that it was Walter.

It was dark so I could not see but I knew it was him.  It made my night...he took it upon himself to tell me he was back home...I had missed him so!

Almost a month has gone by and his owner devised an enclosure with a rope.  I knew it would not take much to have him breach it and I was not wrong.

Pedrito and the other strays started barking up a storm.  When I went out to check, I found that Walter, Dulcinea and the new horse were grazing along our fence line.

I considered letting his owners know (though they were at work) but their daughter was home...however, they were grazing on the tall grass and that in and of itself was a huge benefit for me.

Should of know better, other people drove up to their house and started honking to get their attention and eventually the daughter came and took them home :-(