We spent 5 hours at the hospital on Wednesday as I have been suffering with back and stomach pains. I've had this problem for years. It comes and goes. I was diagnosed with IBS 7 years ago and since then have had a couple of bowel infections which have cleared up with antibiotics. However, the past week or so has been particularly uncomfortable so I thought it was time to check things out again.
I had an ultrasound, blood and urine tests, and there were no signs of infection, so I am booked in for a colonoscopy next Friday...the 14th...Valentines Day. Not the best day to have a long rod pushed up my backside...not very romantic!
Our 6 dogs are all well. Daily doses of Glucosamine given to Sammy and Megan seem to be working on their arthritic legs. I'm sure the warmer weather also helps. The two newest boys, Monty and Tommy, have settled in very well. In fact tiny Tommy seems to have taken over as leader of the pack. I wonder why these small dogs are so brave and bossy?
We are continuing to feed village and industrial estate dogs, and you can see my daily updates on the page link at the top of the blog. (See also photos at the end of this post). The mum with the huge litter of 12 pups is doing very well, although only 7 pups have survived. We have made them as comfortable as possible in the old abandoned car on the estate, with blankets, and we are supplementing the dry food with yogurt, cheese and milk for the mum. We have also given her daily doses of immune booster.
Some dogs have disappeared and others have arrived. The 3 black and white pups and the small brown pup have now all gone. 2 pups were hit by a car, but we have no idea what has happened to the others. The 2 black pups are really thriving, and we think we may have found homes for them in the village. Mr A will confirm this over the next few days.
Some of the estate workers have taken an interest in what we are doing and are also feeding some of the dogs and putting out clean water for them. As I suspected, this is spasmodic, and I think we will have to continue to go every day for the foreseeable future.
We are feeding in excess of 20 dogs most days, and thanks to regular monthly donations from 5 people we are able to keep buying sacks of food. It isn't quite enough though, and if anyone is able to set up a Paypal arrangement to pay a couple of pounds a month, this would be so helpful. I'm really not good at asking for money, as you know, but we have committed ourselves to caring for these dogs, and we will continue to do so whether we receive donations or not, for as long as we can.
We have plans to have the mum spayed as soon as the pups are weaned, and other females as and when we can. We will also try to find homes for the pups eventually, although this will probably be very difficult. We want to continue to give worm and flea treatments to as many dogs as possible. All this costs money, so anything you can spare, no matter how small, will really help. Thankyou again to all those of you who have donated so far.
These are just a few of the industrial estate dogs who didn't run off at the sight of a camera!
|The abandoned wreck...home to mum and pups...|
|7 out of the litter of 12 have survived|
|The 2 black pups which are hopefully to be homed soon|
|Male black pup|
|Female black pup|
|2 black pups with an older puppy|
|The sick dog we saw 2 days ago. He has seen vet, been on serum, and had injections and is now eating well.|
|One of the 6 or 7 village dogs currently being fed|
Have a good weekend xx