Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thinking of Widget Today

She's having an eye operation that will have her eye removed (enucleation). Everyone at Rolling Dog Ranch is upset.
We have finally come to the conclusion that enucleation is a better alternative for the animal. The procedure is simpler, the recovery is faster, and the degree of post-operative pain is significantly less than with the intraocular prosthetic. Most important, the post-op pain ends much sooner. There is also less risk of post-op complications; indeed, we almost lost Widget's prosthetic implant back in 2006, though quick intervention by Brenda saved the day.
So why do the prosthetic implants at all rather than enucleation? Honestly, the only reason people opt for the implants is so their animals can keep their natural appearance -- those faces we know and love so much. And that is why we have dreaded this day, because we knew we wouldn't put Widget through the prosthetic implant procedure again -- that if her right eye became painful and required surgery, we would opt for enucleation. That meant she would never look the same ... her adorable, bug-eyed face would be changed forever.

xoxo (Thinking of Widget today, as well as Steve and Alayne)