October 03, 2009

Ulcers, dogparks, and rough-housing...

Phew! Just got back from the vet who was, by the way, absolutely shocked that I flew from Pangnirtung to Ottawa to get his eye checked out. It's a good thing I did...it turns out that he has an ulcer which needs some pretty agressive treatment at this point, so it doesn't get out of control. When she stained the eye to check things out, you could see the film of something on his cornea. Have you actually seen a dog or cat with a 'stained eye'? It turns a bright neon green...very alien looking.

Anyway, bunches of creams and drops later I emerged feeling a whole lot better about the overly watery, red eye and the...well, you know how much a flight costs with First Air on short notice. Plus a dag carrier.

After leaving the vet I decided I couldn't very well leave the city without first visiting Scarlett and Gryphon's old stomping ground...a beautiful dog park on Bank St. just south of the Queensway. Also, I couldn't very well visit without taking a picture of the two of them with TREES! Gryphon definitely prefers to piddle on a trunk than a lichen covered boulder on the tundra. Go figure. City dog.

Oh ya, and like you can see from the second picture, Scarlett quite enjoyed the grass and trees as well.

So, all is well on the pup front. Thank you so much to everyone who sent out great email and facebook messages...it means a lot.

The irony? Gryphon's ulcer may have been caused by his and Scarlett's rough-housing. It's true, what they say: "You keep playing like that and someone's going to lose an eye!"


Kristie said...

Hi Tara,

So glad everything's alright. Christian mentioned Gryphon's eye, and it all sounds pretty terrible.

Hope you guys are doing well, and easing up on the rough-housing a little.

Look forward to your next post.

Tammy said...

Glad to see that there are people out there like us that would go to any lengths to make sure their pups are okay! My husband and I have a "Dog vet fund" in case one of us has to make the trek to Yellowknife...because like your pups, rough-housing is a norm in my household too.