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Yesterday Kylie went to a local veterinary clinic for her spay and today I picked her up at 8AM. The difference between this vet and the vet who took such excellent care of her after her injury – well, lets just say we will drive the extra distance for all future vet needs.
pain management was such a huge part of her care after her injury while we tried to save her leg and afterwards that I just assumed there would be some pain management following this routine surgery – but that was not the case. Evidently it is “standard” practice to let the pain/discomfort manage/regulate the activity level. After we got home it was quite evident that Kylie was more than a little uncomfortable – when her eyes are dull, refuses to eat and doesn’t even look at a treat – something is not right. Thankfully we had a supply of pain meds from her leg injury. Half a dose was enough to take the edge off and she was able to take an hour nap comfortably (stretched out rather than curled into a tight ball). Afterwards a quick trip outside and then a bite to eat and slurp of water – her eyes were brighter and it was evident she was feeling better but still tired because she was ready for another nap
Another half dose of pain med before bed so that she gets a good night’s rest. We won’t be heading to the pond or going out on our 1mile loop for the next ten days but we can spend some quality time enjoying the front lawn.
Awww.. you take such good care of your girl. I am glad the surgery was uneventful. A little R & R sounds like just the trick for a speedy recovery. It is always so good to hear from you!
Jackie and Huck
Great observation! I’m glad you noticed the difference between a vet who follows modern pain management protocols, versus old-school ones who think like this.
Evidently it is “standard” practice to let the pain/discomfort manage/regulate the activity level.
A medical doctor would never get away with treating a human patient like that in a hospital setting. Veterinary pain management has come such a long way and it saddens me that there are still vets out there who think like that, and their patients suffer because of it. Grrr.
You are an awesome advocate for your girl, keep it up.
22 February 2013
Awww…sweet Kylie Jean is so lucky to have you as her human. You voth have had to deal with a lot.
It’s just wonderful though to know how happy she is being such a spitfire of a tripawd!😎
Give tjat precious pup an extra smooch for is, okay.
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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!
I have a question I was hoping you may be able to answer. I got a text today, somebody has a 5 month old Heeler/Australian Shepherd ( Texas Heeler?) puppy that she does not have time for. She is beautiful, but I understand they are a super high energy dog that needs at least 1-2 hours of walking a day. We would love to consider taking her, but we’re just not that active! I spend more time weeding the yard, working on the garden, and working on the pool than I do anything else. You are so familiar with the breed I really wanted to get your opinion. You can answer here or private message me if you’d like, I don’t want to blow up your forum here lol. Thank you for any insight you can provide.
26 August 2017
Working 11P-7A has its challenges so please accept my apology at not getting back with you sooner. Yes, the Texas Heeler is a cross between the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Shepherd – both are working dogs and have a strong work ethic. Personally I prefer the Australian Stumped Tail Cattle Dog – which is different from either the ACD or AS. The Stumped Tail is a little more “dingo” than the ACD and require a strong “pack leader” to keep them out of trouble. It did not take a long to learn that we could not leave Mattie (our first who is now 14) alone as a pup – she destroyed one crate and had a field day with baskets, shoes and furniture legs in her one and only 4 hour unsupervised time alone (and she was less than three months old). Front that day forward, she went everywhere with us – including work. In her prime as a two year old she was running 25miles in 4 hours with me as I conditioned my mare for endurance. Fast forward to Kylie and I am sure we would have had the same scenarios with her if she had not had her accident but because of the intensive care required and her physical limits she is not quite as demanding BUT she is with us constantly.
We have a 24 acre farm with 8 or 9 llamas, half dozen chickens and three horses – and of course barn kitties. Kylie’s day begins with walk around the property, including a trip the pond and barn. She will take a nap with me while I catch a few zzz’s after work and then we’ve got barn chores. Once or twice a week I take her out on our 1.25mile loop and I’m hoping that she will be able to work up to 5miles by the time she’s 2 but that’s a loft goal. We have completed the puppy obedience and intro to agility and will enter beginning agility when the class opens up later this summer. I highly recommend these avenues of education as its a thinking game as well as a physical challenge. In her day, Mattie loved playing fly ball and hide and go seek. Kylie enjoys chasing balls and chewing on her deer bone (yes, it is a real deer bone – Mattie had one too at that age). Mattie enjoyed swimming but Kylie still hasn’t ventured out further than chest deep. I’ve been toying with the idea of introducing Kylie to ORT (odor recognition training) which would be less demanding that long distance but certainly add a bit of spice to life.
These dogs are extremely loyal and, if you are like us, could never imagine our life without one. So if you have a spot in your heart and life for this 5month old, bring her into your family – take her to puppy classes – get her spayed – find a way to engage her mind and give her a “job”. She will give you her heart unconditionally.
Keep in touch!
Thank you so much for your detailed response Cheryl! We will be going out to the country next weekend to visit family. The woman that owns the pup will likely be there so maybe we will have an opportunity to meet her. I am still uncertain if this would be a good move as Mitchell has been having some ruff moments of late. I showed my husband your blog pics of Kylie and he fell in love with her
I really appreciate your input, David is retired now so he is home all the time. We do not go out often, but being mindful of the times that we do and would have to leave her at home are definitely something I will need to consider. I truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule for us.
Jackie and Huckleberry
I just stopped to realize it has been five months since Kylie’s surgery and six months since her original injury. The 10 yo girl that allowed Kylie to get in with the horses is visiting next door and my husband remarked that I should invite her over to go riding. I just can’t seem to change my decision that city kids have no place near my barn or animals. While I’ve come to grips that it was just an accident, I can’t come up with a good reason as to why I should put any of my 4-legged kids at risk of another accident.
Well first, hoppy ampuversary to Kylie, she is doing so well and going strong.
I can’t blame you for feeling the way you do about having kids over at your place. It would bring up a lot of difficult memories for me as well. If she is allowed over at some point then why not use it as a chance to teach a city kid about caring for animals (under strict supervision of course)? It could change the course of her life for the better. Speaking as a city kid who only learned how to be around livestock and horses as an adult, I would have loved the opportunity to be around someone like you who could get me to be comfortable with them as a child. Good luck!
I totally understand how you feel as well. I honestly don’t know if “city” or “country” have nearly as much to do with it as it just being a 10 year old kid that didn’t know any better. Unfortunately that won’t give Kylie back her leg either. I know some adults that probably would not know any better either.
That little girl probably feels terrible about what happened. I know as much as I love animals and always have that would have stayed with me forever. If it still bothers you to that degree then maybe you should just leave it alone. I honestly don’t know how I would react if it were me, it would probably be similar to how you feel. I am also very protective over my family.
On a brighter note, Kylie has come a long way in 5 months. She is an amazing dog, and you are a wonderful pawrent. Hoppy ampuversary Kylie!
20 December 2008
Kylie Jean! Welcome to the Tripawd Girldawgs with 2 Names ROCK Club little one! And just in case your mama thinks a tripawd can’t herd bigger critters than chickens…let me present to you the BEST DANG DAY OF MY LIFE!! I had never seen a sheep up close before but boy howdy I knew just what do
xoxo from one herding dog to another,
Codie Rae and the Oaktown Pack
p.s. from mom–that was CR’s first and only herding experience. The old fart that owned the sheep thought we were being cruel to let her do what she was born to do! I wish we had gotten her back there again. Definitely not something I would let her do every day, but OMD what a day that was! And sorry about the crappy video quality–it is 8 years old and obviously has not aged well
Woohoo! Tripawds Rule!
Regulator of the Oaktown Pack, Sheriff of the Oaktown Pawsse, Founding member and President of the Tripawd Girldogs With 2 Names ROCK Club, and ... Tripawd Girldog Extraordinaire!
OMD!!! Codie RAE!!! Wholly crap! That is just amazing! 😯😯😯 Was that on three because you were going too fast to tell 😅🤣😂
Step aside boys… She’s a can of whoop @ss in a beautiful package. Thank you for giving me the biggest smile of the day… And it’s still there!!!
Its hard to believe but KylieJean celebrated her first birthday October 19th and its been just about a year since her injury. Last month it was time to lay her mentor (15yo Mattie) to rest and now Kylie is settling in to keeping the llamas in check and giving the horses a wide berth. We were going to start agility class but between the weather and taking care of Mattie we decided to postpone agility til the first of next year. In the meantime, we are working on “walking the plank” which – in our case – is a short retaining wall but it is helping her to know where her feet are without the fear of falling. I had thought about bringing a new pup into the family but have had second thoughts – mostly because I don’t want to divide my attentions … besides Zoe is a good role model.
CodieRae – if you are ever up near LBJ Grasslands (Alvord, TX), drop on by and I’ll share some llama time with you!! They are really a lot of fun now that they know I’m not kidding when I tell them to move 🙂
Wow happy birthday KJ! Youa re truly one amazing doggie! We would love to see photos of all of your ranching adventures, be sure to share some when you can OK?
Our condolences about Mattie, that had to have been hard. Kylie Jean has some big paws to fill but it sure sounds like she’s doing an excellent job of it.
We sometimes end up traveling through the Panhandle, and just might look you up next time!