That’s our new theme song around here. He and She sing it all the time to the tune of Benny and the Jets. It has been a real adjustment for all of us to have Gily as a part of the household, but He and She are very much crazy about him and have asked us all to try to be accepting.
When Gily went to Dr. M. for his checkup and surgery, it was not much of a shock to anyone that he tested positive for heartworms. Though this is now a treatable illness in most cases, He and She were still very disappointed this was the case. The thought that this sweet guy was suffering from this awful condition was a painful one. Here in the South in particular, a dog who is not on regular heartworm prevention is very likely to have contracted this debilitating disease and will definitely die from it if not treated. The treatment is hard for the dog and expensive too. Any dog who has not been taking heartworm prevention should be tested and started on prevention immediately, or get treatment to save its life.
During the treatment, the pup must be kept quiet and cool, this is to lessen the chance of a blood clot as the worms begin to break up and pass into the lungs. Because we really didn’t have a way to confine Gily, other than leaving him in a crate for 10+ hours a day, He and She chose to have him stay at the clinic until his treatment was done. That way, he would have more supervision and attention and be kept in comfort. They visited regularly, and even though they did not have much time to bond with him before taking him there, they knew each time they visited that he remembered them, and knew he would eventually be coming home. Though, to be honest, She was a little concerned that the ladies there were going to steal his heart away. They are the sweetest people and Gily was crazy about them all by the end of his stay.
His treatment went well, and he is now a healthy happy member of The House of 9 Lives. He has been back home for about two weeks now, and is pretty much settling into a routine.
(Bad red eye correction on the above picture). They were a little dismayed to find that he does like to roam. It seems that he puts his nose to the ground, picks up a scent and off he goes. Fortunately, there have been no accidents and they have discovered him before he got too far away from the house. Unfortunately for him, though, this has meant that he must be cabled whenever he is not being supervised. They don’t feel that makes for a very good life for a pupper, so they have been very busy working on a fence for our yard. They have approximately two acres to dedicate to a fenced area, so the project is taking some time. So far, they have finished about a third of it. We will keep you updated on that progress and hope to have some pictures to show before too long.
Gily has also discovered the cows. He loves to run to the fence and carry on with them. One of them actually enjoys his attention and will even try to play with him!
The biggest adjustment for the cats here in the household has been seeing Gily come in the house. He and She will only bring him in on a leash, because they realize how risky it could be if he decided to get rough. After all, he does weigh fifty-five pounds! He seems to be fairly tolerant of us and will usually just lay in front of the chair and mind his own business. Any quick moves on our part does peak his curiosity, though. So they keep a tight hold on that leash. I have probably been the kitty most personally affected by all this. After all, I was the only inside/outside kitty. Until now. Because they still don’t know how Gily would react, I’ve been kept inside. At first I didn’t mind too much. I don’t care a lot for the heat. But lately, I’m getting a little stir crazy and I’ve been somewhat grumpy with my housemates. I know that She really doesn’t want me to go outside anyway, and hopes that I will just adjust to being inside all the time. We are probably going to have to just see how this all goes.
In the meantime, the canine addition to the household has gone well. We hope everything is going well for you, too. From Gilly and the Cats (and He and She), have a wonderful July 4th weekend!
(She really hopes someday to make a faux boulder to cover that old well cap. You’ll be the first to know if that actually happens).
Mister Fussy (Fu)