Mommy just spent the last hour or so creating this blog about my friend Jewels, so I copied it and I'm going to add my own little bits to it :) Good idea don't you think! :)
In Chinese astrology 2011 is the year of the Rabbit. I read the motto is: "Let there be peace -- and let it begin with me". Last year was the year of the Tiger. It was supposedly a year of "roller coaster ups and downs." I think, around here at least, the year of the Tiger decided to hang on for a bit so that we would appreciate the calmness to follow. Hopefully that will happen soon!
One major thing I have learned so far this year is cat's claws and dogs eyes are a bad combination. Oak says...(that's me!) I've learned to stay away from those scary little guys! They hiss and swat at me!
"I remember having to wear a cone it sucked!!"
On January 5 our little Jewels was accidently scratched in the eye by one of the cats she lives with. She was rushed off to the emergency clinic in the area. Unfortunately, our local emergency clinic is not set up to handle eye emergencies. They weren't much help at all, except to recommend that Jewels be taken to see Dr Michael Zigler in Oakville. He was able to sew her iris back on and send her home with lots of eye drops and meds to be taken in hopes of saving her eye. We went back the following week for a checkup and then again 2 weeks after that. She was able to cut back the 4x a day eye drops to 3x and some even only twice a day. He was cautiously optimistic that she would regain some of her sight and keep her eye. Yeah she was on the road to recovery!
"Mommy's been helping alot to look after Jewels, so my buddy Becca has been taking me for walks every day that Jewels is here! I'm sooo lucky :)"
Well, things didn't work out quite the way we had hoped :( On Sunday February 13 we went for a lovely walk, then a bit of a nap (for the dogs) and some treats. "It was a great walk, we haven't been on a walk together for along time!" Suddenly I heard a squeal from upstairs. Jewels came running downstairs very upset with liquid running down her face! "Mommy and Daddy grabbed me and Jewels and we ran to the van. It was scary, I didn't know what was wrong." Back to the emergency clinic (who were once again no help), then back to see Dr Zigler.. After a 2 days of tests he discovered a stitch had come out and her retina had detached. There was no way to save her eye. He did an enucleation of her eye on the Tuesday and we were able to pick her up on Wednesday. She had just been able to take her cone off once in a while, but now she was back in it for the next two weeks. "Feel better Jewels, I want to play again :)"
After lots of rest, relaxation, hugs, kisses and treats, she is healing wonderfully and looking fabulous. She does have cataracts in the remaining eye so can only see shadows. It does seem to cause her some stress especially at night and when a certain golden retriever starts bouncing around. "Hey, I think she's talking about me! When I start tossing my toys around Mommy keeps telling me I have to calm down and becareful. I try, to be calm, honest I do!" So she will be having cataract surgery on her remaining eye (they did lots of tests to determine it was a perfect candidate for surgery). She has her cataract surgery. scheduled for March 22 and then she'll be done. Then maybe the rabbit part of the year will finally begin and fill the rest of her year with PEACE and CALM. "Except for when we get to play, go for walks and go swimming, car rides are exciting too!"
"There were no pictures of me in this blog, so I had to add one :) I tried to find one of me lying down and being calm, but there weren't any :( Mommy hasn't been taking enough pictures of me obviously, because I know I've been calm sometime this year! Anyway, I figured I look pretty calm in this picture, so I'm using it :) What do you think? Next time I'll actually write my own blog"