Spike Sleeping Off His Operation
Well it may be very hard to believe but Spike is still not fit and well! Up until four weeks ago we were still battling to find out what was wrong with him, constant infections, on antibiotics for nearly four months, then our vet decided to send away a swab, to a specialist lab and voila we found out what was wrong! Spike has been suffering from E-coli, yes we were what you might call gob-smacked. He was taken into the vets for a second time and put under anesthesia (although they did try twice to do the procedure under sedative but he kept fighting it) the Ecoli had found its way into the anal glands but would not clear up and kept making him very poorly (his back legs kept going and he was crying with pain), Spike was not happy when we went to pick him up, in fact he wouldn't even look at me and took two days to forgive me!!! He'd had so much anesthetic with the two sedatives and anesthetic that it took him over twenty four hours to come round from it properly, Mark and I were up every hour giving him water via a syringe because he wouldn't drink or eat. He was very very sore for about a week, then Mark took him back to the vets a week later... Claire our vet was still not sure we had got it all so he has to go back again tomorrow (a month after the procedure), although he is showing signs of still having the infection.
We have already been warned that Spike may have to have the procedure again and if it doesn't work he may need his glands taking out, but there are huge risks with that, it could make him incontinent, which for a dog like spike would be horrific... (he doesn't even like his paws getting dirty, so we are more than a little worried about that) Anyway we have to wait again now to see what happens, luckily most of the cost has been picked up by the insurance company, which is lucky because it has cost £2500.00 already. Unfortunately my joints became quite painful three weeks ago, so i have been off work (unpaid) which couldn't come at a worst time...
Well I just thought I'd keep you all up to date, and thank you very much for your kind comments.... they really are so very much appreciated....I'm dying to be back crafting... I've got some stash to give away and I'm getting a new craft room soon three times the size of the one i have now.... Ashley is leaving home soon...boohoo.... which is tugging at my heart strings...an empty nest, but, a little positive a new workroom (Ash will have my old work room as a stop over room from now on, hopefully he'll want to use it once a week then i won't feel so bad) he is moving about fourty miles away to Leicestershire to live with his girlfriend, however we don't drive, but, his friends are here so i'm sure he'll be back often and you know boys, when they get together!!!
Well bye for now and i will let you all know how Spike gets on and hopefully i'll be back soon...fingers crossed....
I promise I'm not just being lazy.... We have a very poorly pudding (Spike for those who don't know our nick name for him) The vet thinks he was poisoned and sadly he has been having fits, but we don't know if the toxins have caused them. Just so that you know I've not fallen off the face of the earth, I'm just looking after a poorly boy.... He looks like a butcher has been at his fur, his leg was shaved then the vet shaved his neck twice so it looks like he has a shaving rash.... He's up one minuet then down and feeling sorry for himself the next.... awwww
poor baby...I'll hopefully be back this week he hasn't had a fit since Thursday, keep your fingers/paws crossed for him....
Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments, they really do mean so much...
Well I just do not seem to be able to get started these past two weeks, now the weather has got really damp
and is playing havoc with my joints... Anyone with RA will know what I’m talking about.... When it is damp and grey and the air feels damp it seems to have an effect on how painful my joints are and how long it takes me to get going....a bit rubbish really, hayho there is always somebody worse off than me, that is for sure.... Enough about my woes.... I have also been a very bad bad blogger of late, I feel rotten Gemma over at Gem’s Little Creations
gave me a lovely award two nearly two weeks ago and I have been so busy with life in general I Missed it, Gemma please do not think I don’t appreciate the award, I’m actually just rubbish at managing my time and body at the
moment...LOL Which brings me swiftly onto Netty
, I got a gorgeous card from her to say thank you and forgot to show you all so I’ll post that on my next post but for now... Netty you are a treasure and I’m really very happy you loved the candy I sent to you....Note to self ( must be a better blogger....and post things on time..!!!) onto a much nicer things... Friday Sketchers Challenge
.... Another brilliant sketch this one by the mega talented Beatrix
and they do have some really good ones... I got the stamps I used for this one from my hubby sometime at the end of last year; they are the amazing Hanglar Stanglar... I’ve just been lucky enough to have kit twenty six and twenty seven purchased for me...yippee I cannot wait to get my hands on them... kit twenty six has been out for a while but twenty seven is new and looks absolutely fantastic...any way onto the little Hanglar boy in my card... I used prisma pencils for a change, I’ve been watching how other crafters who are brilliant at using prisma’s (Ila
) show light and shade,to try and get a better grasp at showing it in my own creations... I think I have a way to go...LOL, still I do love how absolutely cute these stamps are... it is hard not to create a cute card with them... I used Oliver Basic Grey DP with the obligatory stitching... (I cannot remember the last time I created a card without any stitching at all...) The ribbon is binding tape, a must fashion accessory for all cards at the moment... I’ve taken delivery
of two hundred yards of an off white rayon binding tape recently, so I’ll be giving some away shortly...
This will make you laugh... typical crafter... the little train going up the side of the card is an old Quickutz set, I got it new when it first came out, years ago and this I am ashamed to say is the first time it has been out of its packet... I wonder how many crafters there are like me that have been crafting for years and have stash that has remained in its packaging for years and years...
well at least I have used it now... only another few hundred packets of unopened
stash to go...☺ (only joking...) god I am rambling yet again.... one of these days I’ll get a post done without rambling at all...!NOT... Finally I finished the front of the card using a sentiment from an old Technique Tuesday stamp set I’ve had for yonks... (Yes I have used it before...hehehe) It’s not so much a sentiment as a decorative accent, I didn’t want to make this card for any one occasion... I’ve decorated the inside of my card and the front of the box using the same Oliver papers... I love the fact that these papers are both bold and muted in colour... so cool... see you again this week hopefully....My new Magnolia kit arrived today so I’m hopefully going to play with it tomorrow morning...yayyyy...It is just yummy.....
Before I do finally leave you in peace, thank you so much to all of the very special people who leave such amazing comments on my blog, you have no idea how much it means to have such mega talented crafters say that they like my creations..
Ingredients: Black CS (Stash) Basic Grey Oliver DP – Hanglar Stanglar & Technique Tuesday Stamps – Binding Tape (Wild Orchid) – Quickutz Train Dies
I just do not know what happened with me this last ten days, every time I tried to get into my work room something cropped up.... Life I am afraid took over and I have been AWOL for a few days... tut tut tut...
I have to try and make time for myself which is sometimes hard with the way things are here...
Anyway on to my card, I saw the Friday Sketchers Challenge
and thought I'd give it a go, Bev
has created a beautiful sketch... and here is the card that I created using the sketch.. The image is Teddy bo
I have had some brilliant advice from the mega talented Rach
, Thank you so much Rach, it really came in handy... and I do appreciate it..
Bea is coloured using Tim Holtz distressing inks...
I used some old Bo Bunny papers called A Gift Of Love... along with the obligatory stitching LOL. Now I got the pink slightly the wrong shade when colouring Bea so i used some Suze Weinberg glue and added some Glamour Dust, which is mega sparkly, I'm not sure it shows that well in the photographs but it does help slightly with the colour match or miss match should I say....As most people who read my blog know, I have a little thing for dying and creating stuff from scratch or nothing in some cases...Generally I like to make a mess and get dirty...LOL I ordered some Hug Snug Seam Binding a
while back and decided to use it on this card. First I had to dye the binding using Ranger alcohol inks. I love the crinkled effect and
I'm not sure if I am right in saying this, but, I have checked out other seam binding and none seems to crinkle like this one which could be because it is Rayon, If any body else has any thoughts on this I'd love to know......I kept this one really simple, the inside of the card is decorated as is the box, I'll be listing it in my etsy shop later so you can see more of it there.
Well I will have to dash or I won't get this added to the list in time.... ooooopppps....
Black CS - Bo Bunny DP - Nesties - Teddy Bo Image - Hug Snug Seam Binding - Sentiment Home Printed - Glamour Dust - Tim Holtz Distressing Inks - Pins From Stash..
Just a quickie from me tonight, this weekend flew by and I just did not seem to get anything done. Besides the fact that I am still nursing this damn (sorry for cursing) infection from the extraction I had over a week ago, it is time for me to go back to work today after twelve days off... Awwww poor me... LOL Enough of that or I will start rambling again... Anyway I have been back for a week or two now and thought it was about time I at least had a go at a challenge... here is my
first. Over at the Sugar Bowl
there is a sketch from Marie Therese you can see it to your left, how pretty is that sketch.. I love those wings... they remind me of angel wings so I thought I would use an old Angel Stamp from Sugar Nellie..I have basically just layered and stitched then on each side of the image there are tulle knots that have had stickles glitter glue applied to them... Handy Hint Star Dust Stickles is a really fine glitter and beautiful applied this way, just dabs here and there...I'm not sure if you can see it in the photograph but it is all
sparkly...I have also added some lovely small roses that are from Wild Orchid Crafts
along with some pearl strips again from there.. I have topped them off with a pearl pin. The image has just been lightly painted using Distressing Inks. I've added Glossy Accents to the hearts and the word LOVE. Well that is all from me today, I told you it was a quickie... I am going to go do some blog hopping after work this evening, I've not managed to do any all weekend...boohoo...Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments since my return to the world of crafty blogging, they really do mean soooo much... and I will be working my way around all of your beautiful blogs tonight.
CS Stampin Up - DP Papermania - Ranger/Tim Holtz Distressing Inks & Glossy Accents - Flowers & Pearls Wild Orchid Crafts - Stickles & Tulle From Stash.
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