Maggie update: 3rd November

We were anxious that she hadn’t had a wee since we took her in for surgery (unless she’d had an accident and they didn’t say, though we don’t think so), so we wrapped her up nice and warm and walked round the Avenue around 7.30 last night.
She didn’t do anything, but had a light spring in her step, though we could tell she was tired. We decided to have an early night, and within minutes of curling up with her own baby alongside me, she was fast asleep.
Photo: July 2018, but you get the idea.

I’m a light sleeper anyway, and we’d put a backed picnic blanket on the bed just in case, but she hardly stirred until just after 2am.
She seemed to be coughing, so I put on the light and sat up.
She was bright-eyed though and rolled over, but I got up anyway just in case she wanted to go out. When I got back into bed, she was soon fast asleep again.

I was awoken by a gentle paw on my arm at 5.20, so got dressed and took her out into the back garden where she did the biggest wee ever.
Back in bed, she curled up again with Baby and slept until about 8 am.

She’s had her first antibiotic in her breakfast……. scrambled egg as normal plus a little bit of boiled chicken. That was soon wolfed down, but we won’t be overloading her tummy.
The right side of her face is completely normal in shape now and we noticed she was no longer favouring the left to eat. We are really pleased and she seems more content too.
This could be down to that loose tooth as well of course now that it’s fallen out.
We’ll have a quiet day today, taking her for short walks if she wants them. Her meals are sussed, though she won’t be having many biscuits in case any sharp edges aggravate her stitches, and nothing chewy to give the wound a chance to settle.
I find it amazing how quickly dogs heal.

Because of our concern for her last night, I forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer for our meal today. Who cares. I shall do McCheese for Hubby and I’ll have tomato pasta as Maggie tucks in to yet more boiled chicken (and a crushed antibiotic).
Photo: April 2018

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Maggie update: 3rd November

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    This is wonderful. So glad she’s doing well.

  2. stevetanham says:

    Poor love! Sending best wishes for her full recovery x

  3. Ritu says:

    So glad things are looking up 💜

  4. Happy dance here! Woohoo!

  5. It’s amazing how fast dogs recover. It’s as if they are so eager to please that they totally ignore their own discomfort. I’m not surprised that Maggie didn’t wee for so long. If Cody gets traumatized for any reason, she can go 24 hours or more. In fact, when we first brought her home from the SPCA as a puppy, I actually called the vet because it had been so long since she did her business (I think it was close to 48 hours). The vet said just let nature take its course, and she’d go whenever she felt comfortable in her new home. Which, of course, she did.

    • It’s 3 years since Maggie had her mammary strip. The scar is so slight, you wouldn’t know. When we picked her up she got in the car of her own accord, even if it did twinge her a little. We were house sitting at the time so made it a lot easier and I slept downstaris on the floor with her that first night. She was fine but the seond night, she went up the stairs to bed. In less than a week she was running around, and greeting people just as she used to. They really are amazing.

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