Friday, January 6, 2017

The Day I Tried to Poison the Puppy

We have been looking after Tucker during the day while David is back at University and his girlfriend Melissa is at work.  Kind of a paying it forward situation.  I got my first dog when I was going to BCIT. My parents looked after her during the day.  At the end of my two year Survey degree I went north and worked on the Alaska Hwy for six months.  Megan stayed home with my parents.  There was some discussion as to the timing of David getting a dog.  He had a degree to finish, didn't know where he would be working afterwards etc, and I said the timing wasn't good.  But then I remembered the timing of my first dog, and I changed my mind.  So now we have a grand puppy!


He is 14 weeks old now and about 20 lbs.  He went to his first puppy class on Tuesday.  He has slept through the night since he arrived, and goes to the door when he needs to go out.  Good Tucker!
We take him on the bush walk in the morning.  He is on leash in the bush for his own safety and our peace of mind. (Think coyotes!)

He checks this bit of ice every morning.  There was a slight dusting on new snow on it today.

David had a short day today, so was able to take Tucker for a walk with us this afternoon.  We were coming back down the road, and I saw three pills on the edge of the road.  I picked them up and put them in my pocket, so that no dog would eat them, and then promptly forgot about them.  When we got back home we went out to the field so Tucker and Shy, Melissa's husky, could have a good play. Tucker came running to me, I gave him a treat, David called him and rewarded him when he got there. I called him back and rewarded him with another treat (I carry tiny treats in my pocket to reward him for doing something 'right').  As he got it and started chewing, it hit me that I hadn't fed him a treat, I had fed him one of the pills.  I frantically tried to scoop in out of his mouth, but I couldn't find it.  I checked my pocket, and could only find one pill, so I must have fed him two?  Panic!!! 

I handed David the pill and asked him to see if he could read the numbers, he could only make out a possible 5 and 0, and then dropped it in the snow.  We raced to the house and called the vet, but he was not in the office and the office staff couldn't help me.  Thank goodness we had Hydrogen Peroxide.  David googled the dosage and we shot it down Tuckers throat.  He certainly wasn't happy about that.  We gave him a bit of food to help with vomiting.  He ran to the door and went outside and vomited numerous times in the snow.  I was scooping it up off the snow with my bare hands into a dish and checking for pills.  Poor Tucker, he just kept vomiting, and I kept scooping and checking for white pills.  In the end we didn't find any, but I was hoping that some of the mucousy stuff that came up contained the dissolved pill.  We did find quite a bit of bird seed that he had mooched off the ground, and bit of hard plastic that he chewed off a container he snagged, as well as his lunch.  The big worry was that we didn't know what the pill was.  David found a site where you could try to figure it out by size, shape, colour, markings etc.  The conclusion was it was most likely Acetaminophen or Vitamin C.  Vitamin C wasn't a problem,  and we kept checking for any symptoms of Acetaminophen overdose.  Tucker obviously didn't feel well.  I wouldn't either, after having a disgusting liquid syringed down my throat, and then vomiting out everything except my stomach lining.

David kept watch and Larry and I walked back up the road in the dark, with a flashlight to try and  find white pills on the edge of the road or on the snowbank (where I found pill #3).  You can imagine how that went, the old 'needle in a haystack'.  No luck, but when we got back, Tucker was feeling somewhat better, and continued to improve.  When Melissa got home, she gave David heck for not phoning her (she works for horse vets who sometimes treat dogs, she said). She phoned one of the vets and he said the fact that we got the hydrogen peroxide into Tucker quickly, and that he had lots of food in his stomach, would have prevented his body from absorbing much if any of the pills.  

He was back to his perky puppy self pretty quickly, thank goodness.  
I think it took me a lot longer to recover.  The adrenaline was still pumping round this old system for a while.

I was given the wise advice to not pick up pills ever again, but instead to grind them into the ground.  Probably not the best for the environment, but at least that way I can't poison puppies.

Larry looked at Tucker tonight and said he could have been called 'Seven'.
I saw it right away, can you?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Most Spectacular New Year's Day

This post is a picture overload, but I was just overwhelmed on Sunday morning by the beauty of all that snow that came down on New Year's Eve.  We were teased by a bit of a colourful sunrise, and blue skies a bit later, but it never really did clear up. I was measuring snow on the deck just outside the back door, but as we slogged around doing the morning chores, it seemed more like 8-10 inches, and not just the 7 inches I measured on the deck.  
And funny, as I type this, the news is on the TV, and I just watched the weather forecast.  Abbotsford supposedly got 12cm of snow, which is about 5 inches.  Ha, certainly more than that in this section of town.

And this one is my favourite!!

The forecast for the next few days is for sunshine and temperatures around freezing during the day, and below freezing at night.  I don't think this snow is going anywhere fast.  More snow predicted for the end of the week.
The last winter that has been comparible to this one was eight years ago when we adopted Luna.
I suppose we are due.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!!

Wowzers, 2016 is going out with a bang tonight! We have had heavy snow since later in the afternoon and evening, and here at 9:30 pm we are at nearly 7".  Add that to what we still had on the ground, and in some spots we must be up to a foot of snow now.  Too bad, I was just starting to enjoy the green patches that were reappearing, and so were the chickens.  Ramona the sheep got herself out to the hay field today where there was a decent patch of exposed grass out in the middle, and had herself a good fresh meal.  We are just about at the end of our fourth week of wintery weather, I think we have had snow on the ground in spots that whole time.  Not a common thing for us.

 Our walk this afternoon

 Our house is straight ahead

 From the livingroom window, with reflection of the Christmas tree lights.

 At our neighbours about 6pm

 I wandered down to the road about 11pm

Our 'retro' icicle lights, every third icicle isn't working

 Will have to try and shake the hedge off in the morning

 But the Pampas Grass at the corner of the house is beyond help 

Happy New Year to you and yours from all of us at Wyndson Farm.  
May 2017 bring you health and happiness!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas has come and gone once again.  And you know, it's only another 360 days until the next Christmas!!  Bet you can't wait!

We had a nice time with our immediate family.  We had to do a bit of sharing, so all of us weren't together until after mid afternoon.  Just in time to squeeze our Christmas photo shoot in before we lost all the light.  We definitely had a white Christmas, but snow levels were quite variable in Abbotsford, so for many people it would have been a bit of a stretch to use the adjective 'white'.  I think things evened out on Boxing Day though.  We sat in our neighbour's living room, in front of the fireplace, and watched the most beautiful snow come down all afternoon.  Unfortunately it turned to rain later in the evening, and once again became a soggy mess.  Meredith got her car stuck in our driveway, but didn't want to drive home on the snowy roads anyway, so ended up spending the night.

So here's the Brandsons, the 2016 version.

We are down one doggy member this Christmas, but have gained a couple more.  Left to right.
Meredith, David and his girlfriend Melissa, Larry, and your's truly.
 Four-footed members are Shy on the left (Melissa's dog),  puppy Tucker (David's Christmas present from Melissa), Jake and Luna.

David has been in England the last six months, doing an internship with Rolls Royce in Chichester.  He has decided not to return to England after Christmas.  He left Rolls Royce on good terms, being told he was the best intern ever in his department. He will be back at university for his last semester in January. 


Jake found Christmas exhausting.  Some new toys and they all had SQUEAKERS!! 

Little Tucker found Christmas exhausting too!

On Christmas Eve he arrived in Santa's sleigh an airplane from the North Pole the cold Cariboo. Melissa got David to the airport, totally unsuspecting.  At the last minute she handed him a little package that contained a collar and a leash!  The rest is history as they say. Tucker is mostly Australian Shepherd, with a little Border Collie thrown in for variety. He is three months old.
(Just in case you are wondering, David has been wanting a dog for quite a while)

And Tucker is a little cutie!  Nothing phases him, or at least no more than a second or two.

B*itchy Luna gets after him sometimes, but he bounces right back and tells her what he thinks, yap yap yap!

He offered to help her out and uncover her soccer ball

Shy is the only one to play with him so far, and she is very good with him.

Tucker and gang are visiting Oliver for a few days. 
It's so peaceful here again ;-)

Larry and I got all the chicken coops cleaned out this afternoon.  Between the snow, wet slush and short days and long nights, the chicken coops get messy really quickly.  It's an ongoing job.  I'm really looking forward to some snow melting so that they can get out and about more.  Looking at the forecast, that doesn't seem like it's going to happen in a hurry.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve

On Friday we got an unexpected snowfall.  The temperatures were above freezing, and rain was in the forecast, but instead it snowed. This morning (Saturday) it was all very pretty.

The sun just coming up

It started out mostly cloudy

The sky was starting to break up to the south. Looking over our hay field to the neighbours.

To the east there was blue sky. This is our old riding ring and the horse shelter back there.  Luna abandoned her ball and she and Jake took off on a hot scent.


More blue sky to the east, and Luna.

There's a trail through there somewhere.

We'll let the Yeti go first.

Loving that blue sky!

It froze overnight, so the snow was not heavy and wet.

Looking across the back hayfield.  See the fog bank hanging back there.  Glen Valley and the Fraser River are to the north of us.  We get the fog rising up from there sometimes.

Makes me think of a Bev Doolittle painting.

And by the time we were done, the fog bank had rolled back over us.  No more sunshine for us today.

I'd like to wish every one of my readers a very Merry Christmas.  Thanks for hanging in there through the blogging dry times.  
All the very best to everyone in 2017.