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A personal blog from my hometown of Ouray, Colorado. It's mostly an homage to my three dogs but there's some fire fighting, traveling and general mountain living stuff as well.

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The Marley Update II  
The Little is still pushing through her recovery. Still no seizures and we are now almost 48 hours past surgery, which is huge! 

By no means are we out of the woods - hell, we are barely in the woods - but this is a huge milestone for her to hit. 

She had to be give Valium again last night as she got very agitated and started moving way too much for where she is in her recovery. 

The good is that she was pissed off to be in a cage and prodded by ‘strangers’. The bad news is that it’s really bad for her brain to be anxious right now. 

Other than that, which isn’t the worst thing, she’s doing as well as we can hope. 

She finally ate food last night, which is another positive.

She’s a strong little girl and we are so ready to get her home. Knowing she’s anxious and scared, while totally understandable, is one of the most upsetting parts of all this. We are just so damn helpless that it breaks my heart. 

But, The Little is stronger than I am and I know we’ve taken her to one of the best animal hospitals in the nation and that she will continue to improve!
The Marley Update II  
The Little is still pushing through her recovery. Still no seizures and we are now almost 48 hours past surgery, which is huge! 

By no means are we out of the woods - hell, we are barely in the woods - but this is a huge milestone for her to hit. 

She had to be give Valium again last night as she got very agitated and started moving way too much for where she is in her recovery. 

The good is that she was pissed off to be in a cage and prodded by ‘strangers’. The bad news is that it’s really bad for her brain to be anxious right now. 

Other than that, which isn’t the worst thing, she’s doing as well as we can hope. 

She finally ate food last night, which is another positive.

She’s a strong little girl and we are so ready to get her home. Knowing she’s anxious and scared, while totally understandable, is one of the most upsetting parts of all this. We are just so damn helpless that it breaks my heart. 

But, The Little is stronger than I am and I know we’ve taken her to one of the best animal hospitals in the nation and that she will continue to improve!

The Marley Update II
The Little is still pushing through her recovery. Still no seizures and we are now almost 48 hours past surgery, which is huge!

By no means are we out of the woods - hell, we are barely in the woods - but this is a huge milestone for her to hit.

She had to be give Valium again last night as she got very agitated and started moving way too much for where she is in her recovery.

The good is that she was pissed off to be in a cage and prodded by ‘strangers’. The bad news is that it’s really bad for her brain to be anxious right now.

Other than that, which isn’t the worst thing, she’s doing as well as we can hope.

She finally ate food last night, which is another positive.

She’s a strong little girl and we are so ready to get her home. Knowing she’s anxious and scared, while totally understandable, is one of the most upsetting parts of all this. We are just so damn helpless that it breaks my heart.

But, The Little is stronger than I am and I know we’ve taken her to one of the best animal hospitals in the nation and that she will continue to improve!

Tagged: #ouray #dogs #Marley

The Marley Update

First and foremost, I apologize for doing this in a post. But I honestly do not have the energy to send a bunch of private messages today. At some point, I was going to have to write all this out and now turned out to be the time.

Background:
On Friday, Marley had 4 seizures (she’s 9 and has never had one before). After consultation with our local vets we rushed Marley to the VRCC in Denver.

After an excruciating weekend, during which she had two more seizures each on Saturday and Sunday, she had an MRI Monday that revealed a mass on her brain (in the meninges). We got VERY lucky. The mass happened to form in only part of the brain in which they would even try to operate.

Beyond the mass, she also had significant edema and, after 3-4 days of treatments and drugs to reduce the swelling and remove excess fluid from the brain, she had surgery this morning.

Current:
Marley has made it through surgery and into recovery. The doctor was able to remove all of the mass, which was a tumor, during surgery and was pleased with how her brain looked (i.e., it did not appear affected or bothered by the intrusive surgery).

Post-surgery, Marley is reported to be resting and doing well. Her Vet Tech, Lori, reports that she can move herself into more comfortable positions as she needs. Marley is also aware of the techs when they come in to check her vitals, etc. but then eases back to rest. This is very good and, as Lori noted, is ‘exactly where they want her’ at this time.

The biggest concern of the immediate future is no seizures. In particular, they would like her to stay seizure-free for the next 24-hours. They have a protocol in place should she have one, which is not altogether uncommon with these types of surgeries, but it would certainly be better for her to remain seizure-free tonight.

Moving Forward:
A sample of the tumor has been sent to Colorado State University for pathology and it will be close to a week before we hear back on the exact nature of this growth.

We have only been able to speak to her tech as Dr. Lane had to move quickly to his afternoon appointments but we should be able to speak to him at some point this afternoon. As I am sure you can imagine, we are anxious to speak with him to get a better sense of what lies ahead.

Thank you, all, for your thoughts, love, support and encouragement over the last week. It has helped more than you may know.

Make sure you hug and love on your littles today … life really is precious and we never know when one of those seminal days will come … the ones that change everything.

Tagged: #ouray #dogs #marley

After Years of Procrastination … A long overdue new piece: The Littles

The left paws belong to Marley and the right belong to Gertie.

As it heals, shading will appear on the pads - video was taken less than a minute after finishing.

I’m not sure how this has happened but number 5 was 16 freaking years after number 4. Damn. That’s kind of sad.

Dobie’s will be sooner than 16 years for sure.

Thanks to Little Joe at Lifetime Tattoo in Denver.

Absolutely fantastic guy. He was completely behind what the piece was about and really helped flesh out the design. And he was great to shoot the shit with, too.

After the exhaustion and weight of the past 4 days - very sick dog, more later as I can write it out - the levity and joy of finally getting a new tattoo, one that, for me, is filled with so much love and happiness, was rejuvenating.

If this double posts, sorry. Issues with sharing on a crappy network.

Woods Lake (Placerville, CO)
Another spectacular Fall day in Southwestern Colorado and, really, who could pass up a chance to get out with dogs and enjoy the Fall colors?

After a meandering drive on Last Dollar Road along the northeastern base of the Sneffels Range, we ventured into the Uncompahgre National Forest and chilled for a while at Woods Lake.

While it’s not adequately represented in the photos I chose to upload, Mount Wilson (14,252’) dominates the landscape in the most awesome way - it’s the one behind Maureen in the last picture above. Few landscapes affect me the way this type does.

I’ve lived in Colorado long enough to know to appreciate and take advantage of all 52 hours of Fall. Between the snow-capped 14-ers, the clean mountain lakes, our warm blue early-Fall skies and those golden aspens, it’s all just obscenely amazing and am psyched we got another gorgeous Saturday with which to enjoy it.

Marley is such a patient momma-dog. Deep down I know she really wants to ‘learn the puppy good’ but she knows better.

Nike is killing me … no way is any work getting done today and no way am I giving this dog back.

Yes, this video is all kinds of screwy. This is what happens when Maureen gets a hold of technology (smh)

The Cure for Mondays is Simple
JUST GET A PUPPY (or puppysit for the day and decide whether or not to steal said puppy).

His name is Nike and he’s about 10 weeks old. He’s currently in his ‘man cave’ crying himself to sleep. So. Freaking. Cute.

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