First Tater Tot Friday of Summer 2008!! Hope you have as much fun this weekend as Tater did when I snapped this cell phone photo. As usual, I could only throw the ball once for her because she refuses to ever give it back. She must have missed the class at Puppy School where they teach you how to play Fetch.
Today's Tater Tot Friday Bonus Bulldog is .... a cow! I told you recently that my Betsy was ill. Well, this week Donna and Marty (Donna's other husband a/k/a The Good One) took her down to Corvalis, Oregon to check into the Oregon State University veterinary hospital. They have a terrific group of doctors and the last patient we took there, Godzilla, has been excellent since his return.
OSU has run a battery of tests and some of the early early news has been good. The x-rays show no tumors or foreign objects. We are still waiting for some of the results of the tracheal wash. With that, they tube water into her lungs, then suck it back out to grow a culture from whatever bad bacteria they find so they can pick the appropriate antibiotic to treat it.
My favorite Cow 101 trick is where they take good bacteria from a healthy animal (in Betsy's case they used an 18 year old cow named Bea) and tube it into the sick animal's stomachs to help her start ruminating properly. It all seems very complicated until you learn that it is not and is done all the time. So far it seems to be working so keep your hooves crossed for further progress.
Donna returned home yesterday but Betsy will enjoy a few more days at their excellent facility and we hope to bring the old girl home early next week.
Make it a great weekend!