Monday, August 23, 2010

Liberation Day

Without any further delay, let's celebrate!!!! My stitches are out, and my cone is packed away (for good, I hope). Here I am on my way home with Mom.

Can you tell the difference in me? You just know that I am a happy boy.

When Mom opened the door to let me out of the minivan in the garage at home, we both had quite a surprise. LOOK!!!

Look at that guy, he was slithering all around the garage. Mom got me inside very quickly and made sure that Thunder Dunder, the snakehunter, didn't slip outside. Then she quickly pushed that slitherer out the door with a big rake. The Momster squealed a few times too:)

Now I know you are all expecting to see photos of me having a great time now that I am cone-less. But there was only one thing on my mind - something I have been missing for three weeks.

When Mom came in after tending to the snake, this is where she found me.

No, Mom. I am just fine, I don't want to come out for a cookie.

Don't you see how much I LOVE my crate?

This is my idea of a peaceful time alone. Don't worry, readers, don't be sad. I am really very happy to have some time in my cave, I feel very safe here. I missed it so much, and now it is even more special to me.

After my trip to the vet, Mom had to go back there again. She was helping out the human sister by taking Gypsy to the vet where she is spending the day. Mom got a couple of pics of the pretty girl.

Gypsy is 7 1/2 years old and has always been a very healthy dog. For the most part she only sees the vet for her annual checkups. One time she had a massive lipoma removed from her back hip/leg area but it was one of those benign fatty things. She has always had a hearty appetite so it was quite a surprise when she refused to eat.

Even though she doesn't feel very good, she still managed a smile.

There really wasn't much improvement in her condition yesterday; Mom even brought her some of Twink's special chicken liver delights and she wouldn't eat them. Gypsy's Mom has talked to the vet on the phone a couple of times today. Gypsy has a little bit of a temperature, but not enough for concern. She is also borderline dehydrated again. So she got some more fluids and another anti-nausea injection. The report from the specialist ER had some questions about her heart function. So they did a chest x-ray today. There is evidence of some fluid buildup which the vet said could indicate some heart disease. The plan for now is to send her home today with some meds for her tummy and see how she does over the next few days. Then she may go back for an echocardiogram. So there still aren't any answers. Gypsy thanks all of you for the good wishes.

For our Paw It Forward, the furries from Beaded Tail and from Amazing Animal Lovers' Blog have very graciously offered to take on the challenge of PIF. So we will be pawing our second donation to the Shelby fund to help defray the mounting costs for her care. Thanks to both of you for helping help others.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara


Minna Krebs said...

Looking Good! Yay for Liberation Day!!

I am the same way with my special place as you are with your crate(although my place is UNDER the regular dog bed, instead of in it) I would rather be there than anywheres else.

We will continue to keep paws crossed for sweet Gypsy. She is a beautiful girrl.


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...


No khone!!!

I think that khalls fur icekhream in a khone!!!

AND perhaps even a bigger celebration!!!

Paws stay khrossed here fur Gypsy - let's hope she's improving as we woof this -

PeeEssWoo: SOOOO, were the noises anything like Norwood's mom's butterfly skhreams???

Mrs. JP said...

Yeehaw, I'm so glad that Phantom's cone is off and he got to have some time in his den. We understand, our pack is very fond of their crates. Charlie even comes to ask me to close his door for him sometimes.
Re: silthery thing - YIKES! I would've totally freaked out.
We're still hoping for the best for Gypsy. Maybe she'll be feeling better very soon.

soggibottom said...

Three brave souls there.
Well done Mom too.

doyle and mollie said...

aaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrf that black slither thing looks very frightning to us - phantom we are pleased you are coneless and by all counts over your ordeal but it is sad news about gypsy we have our paws tightly crossed... and whats this about not even coming out for a cookie...

The Thundering Herd said...

Congratulations Phantom! Lots of hugs and treats for the coneless celebration. And we all like our crates, so we understand.

Paws continued to be crossed for Gypsy.

Does mom have a video of the snake and the noises she made helping it find its exit? That is one of those good snakes (not that she might attention to that).

Martha and Bailey said...

Hurrah! No conehead - we will celebrate too - Bailey will roll in the grass and I will have a nice Bonio!
Scary snake!
You look cosy in your nice crate.
We are still thinking of Gypsy - she looks adorable.
Martha and Bailey xxx

Maggie Mae said...


Yay for you, you are coneless! After such a long time not being able to do it you deserve a long nap in your crate!
Your mom must be very braves to shoo dat snake out of your garage. My mom would have just screamed and left it there for dad to deal with. :) Paws still crossed for sweet Gypsy, thanks for the update on hers too.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

3 doxies said...

Woooowhooo! I thinks you looks beautiful and if it was me...I'd be hoping furs a scr cuz then you could tells eveybuddy you is tuff dog and you it in a bar brawl or sumptin...hehehe!
Uh, Mrs. Op why didn't you lets TD haves fun withs da snake? He sure would haves enjoyed it. Okays, I'm craking myself up overs da snake cuz TD was da furst thought dat came to my mind...hehehe...him loves those things.
We still gots our paws crossed fur Gypsy and hopes eveything gonna be's ok.

PEES: I HATE my crate!!!!!!!!

Bijou said...

We say, Yippee for Phantom! We can see how happy he is to have that cone gone and can now fit in his cave. We hope Gypsy gets some good news from the tests and gets to feeling good again.

That snake must have been lost!


George the Lad said...

I am pleased for yea, and I under stand how you feel about your crate, you will get a good nights sleep that's for sure. Your stitches are looking good to, and your hairs growing back quick. Will send some positive vibes for Gypsy.
See Yea George xxx

Kira The BeaWootiful and Mom said...

Woooos Phantom! Finally, no cone! I am sure woo are thrilled to be rid of that darn thing, too bad woo were not allowed to get the snake, I caught one once, woo should have heard the screaming, no wait, woo probably did....
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Sagira said...

I am so glad that you got your stitches out today. I hope that makes you super happy. I bet you did enjoy getting back in your crate huh? Feel like you can just sleep in there for hours. :)

EEKK! SNAKE! and not a baby snake either. Yikes! Do you know what kind that was? Was it poisonous? Do you have a lot of snakes around there? I would flip out if I saw a snake.

Our thoughts are with Gypsy and sure hope that the medicine makes her feel better.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Horray !!! I feel the same way about my crate. Glad you are well.
YIKES for the little black snake.
Sending Gypsy my Golden Healing Thoughts ... what a cutie. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Lola said...

It's wonderful that you got the cone off and if you want to spend some "Phantom time" in your cave, then yo certainly deserve to do it.

I hope that Gypsy is well very soon. She looks like a lovely girl.

lotsa licks, Lola

Maggie and Mitch said...

We are so happy to see that evil lampshade gone, Phantom! You look very content resting in your crate!
Our paws are crossed for Gypsy!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Phantom we are so glad that you are coneless now.. You look so relaxed in your condo. Callie spends a lot of time in her's too. It is her safe place, not sure what she needs to be safe from maybe outside the condo is the boys safe spot.. hehe
We hope Gypsy gets well real soon...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Yahoo Phantom! Happy Liberation Day! We hope you NEVER need to wear a cone again. Enjoy your private time now but insist on a family celebration later.

We send positive energy and strong healing vibes to Gypsy and hope she is well very soon.

Momster has THREE Sibes, for dog's sake...and a teeny tiny friendly snake rattles her?

sprinkles said...

Eek! I'd have screamed if I saw a snake in the garage!!!

My dad's beagle enjoys relaxing in his crate too. Sometimes he goes in there and closes the door while he has a nap.

I'm glad you got your cone off, Phantom.

Keeping Gypsy in my prayers.

Clive said...

Phantom, we are so happy to see that you are back home with no cone!

Keeping our paws and fingers crossed for Gypsy.

take care
Clive and Murray

Sychoberians said...

Woo Hoo for Phantom, after all you have been thru if you want to rest in your cave, rest in your cave. Woo Ray.

Darn snake should stay out in the garden where it belongs and protecting you from the bad snakes like the Rattlers we have here.

We too are sending good thoughts to Gypsy.

Remy and Flash

Anonymous said...

YIPPEE, Phantom! Oh, I'm soooo happy that you gots rid of the cone and that you gots to go sleep in your cave. I would be very sad if I couldn't sleep in mine so I understand how you feel!

Haha! My mom woulda prolly just fainted dead away if she came home to a snake in our garage. Or had a heart attack. Or both. Too bad none of you got to chase it, though.

I'm sending brindle get-well wishes to Gypsy. Poor girl. I hope she feels better soon!

Wiggles & Wags,

Wild Dingo said...

Oh man P, Juno is goin' CRAZY for your new look. It's so "tough" looking! she digs a boy who looks like a bad-boy. she thinks you're EXTRA handome now!

what kind of snake was that? your mom was super brave. i would have screamed and called the police. ;)

Wild Dingo said...

Pee Ess Woo: so glad you're home and happy in your den. Loki was hanging out in his on our last few days in the old house too. it's safe there. i never knew how much dogs LIKED crates until i took Juno to a dog show to demo her off leash obedience for an audience and in between sets, she willingly went in it on her own and hung out to escape the hustle and bustle. so i get it. really do.

glad you're happy now!
and we'll send heeling vibes for gypsy.

Huffle Mawson said...

Hooray for a cone-free day! Paws still crossed for Gypsy.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Wonderful news for Phantom!!! We are so glad the cone is gone!!! We know how much the caves are important for security and safety. Holly goes into hers when she just wants some alone time or if she thinks that something is wrong (like a snake). Coming home to a snake is not usually a good thing! The last time I came home to find one at my door, it was a baby copperhead and I was so stunned that I threw my pocketbook at it (like that really helped). Gypsy is so pretty and we have paws crossed, purrs going and prayers being said. Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Tanuki Maxx said...

Woohoo! Freedom at last Phantom!
Snakes? yikes...!
Gypsy is a real beaut! We'll be sending lots of vibes her way for sure!!
Hi to Thunder and Ciara!


Frankie Furter said...

YEAH YEAH Free at Last!!
I know how you feel about your cave. That is super!!!
SNAKE... my mom found one yesterday too. YUCK.

♥♥♥♥Team Husky♥♥♥♥ said...

Hi Phantom

We are so fury happy to see woo have no stitches and no cone ~ WTG big fella.....woo sure look happy!!!

Yikes a snake - we think our Mom would have squealed too.....yur Mom was fury brave to get rid of it by herself!

We are fury sad to hear Gypsy is not feeling well, we are sending lots of Sibe Vibes her way!!!

Take care handsome
Summer (on behalf of all of Team Husky)

Cocorue said...

awwww Phantom,
we are very very happy to see you coneless and happy in your crate. now we know there's really someone listening to our prayers.

now He will look after Gypsy too. you take care and now that you're better, remember to keep a look out for those meanie snakes and other crawlies!

coco and tiffy
pee ess: now pls ensure your mumster gets her rest even if you have to sleep on top of her bol!

BeadedTail said...

Yikes on the snake! Your mom is very brave. Ours would have screamed like a little girl - and that would be from inside the car because she wouldn't have got out!

We're sending more purrs and crossing paws for Gypsy. We hope she gets better soon.

Benny and Lily said...

You sure do deserve lots of hugs and kisses. Caves are good. When the door closes and you don't have the key, is worrisome.
Nite nite
Benny & Lily
Pee S..yuky snake..

Lorenza said...

I am so happy to see you "coneless"!
Be a good boy and you will be like new in no time!
Paws crossed here for Gypsy.
I hope she feels better soon!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Mango said...

We will keep Gypsy in our thoughts. A labradog who does not want to eat is most troubling.

Hooray for the coneless Phantom!


Cyber-sibes said...

Congrats, Phantom! There really is nothing quite like the comfort of your own bed! We'll keep paws crossed fur Gypsy.

jack a-roo & miss moo

Dennis the Vizsla said...

This reminds me of that old Baz Luhrmann song, "Everyone's Free (To Lie In Their Crate)".

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi, I hope Gypsy will be alright!! Have they done blood work??
So happy for you getting that cone off!!
Going up to the next blog and see why you have it back on!!
XO, Fern

AFSS said...


OK, we finally got Mommy to sit back down and type for us after she saw the long skinny thing we shall not name. We are purring for Gypsy. We knows everyone has to be very worried for her. Please let us know how she does, we are sending lots of positive vibes too.

Kari in WeHo said...

Hooray on being stitch and cone free!

Don't forget, we moved to

the booker man said...

hooray for no more cone, phantom!!!
your zipper is lookin' good and healin' nice like! i'm glad you got to have some special crate time. my big sis asa feels the same way about hers. me, i like to be around the hoomans ALL THE TIME. heehee.
that snake is totally scary lookin'. mama just about passed out after seeing the picture. it looks like one of those friendly king snake types, so i think everythingie's a-okay, but mama is still over here hyperventilating.
me and asa and mama are sorry to hear that your hooman sister's sweet doggie is feelin' icky. we are putting our paws together for miss gypsy that she will feel the betterment and that the doctor peeps will figure out exactly what's wrong.
the booker man

Tee said...

Hello Phantom,

We think your mom's real brave to shove snake out with rake. Our mom would just scream and run the opposite direction while we deal with snake ourselves!

We hope Gypsy's feeling better ... sending our get well wishes.

Licks and wags

THe Dog WOods Pack

Mochi and Mommy said...

I love my crate too! That's where I go to get away from Bali! :)

Crossing paws and sending out lots of Sibe Vibes to Gypsy!


CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Congrats on the cone removal. We've had pups that love their crates too.