Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Welcome Home Wednesday

Yes, I am home and happy about that. But this collar sucks even if it sort of makes me look like a pirate.

Here I am in my crate showing you my "better" side - I expect to stay in here for the day. It took me a while to figure out how to fit this headgear in the opening.

If you are squeamish about incisions, you may not want to look at the next photo.

Mom didn't want to disturb me too much so this is the best shot she could get of my incision - it is a bit blurry. But you get the idea - it is nasty. It is about five inches long and most of the side and lower part of my face have been shaved - all for the sake of good margins.

I have two medicines that the Momster thinks I am going to take - but I plan on giving her a good run for the treats. I have four more days of Rimadyl for pain and seven days worth of Simplicef to prevent infection. I must admit that I am not very good about taking my meds but I will try to cooperate.

Lab report is not expected for 7-10 days and headgear has to stay on until the stitches come out in 14 days. It will be a long wait for all of us.

Thanks to all of you for all your comments, prayers, good thoughts, and crossed paws. Lots of love to you from me and my pack.

Woos, Phantom


3 doxies said...

Yiiiiiiippppie! I thinks you is still beautifuls and da headgear kinda makes you look all ruff and knows, kinda in a piratey way.
More shaving on da furs is a good thing so they can get good margins though so it ain't all dat bad. But, I am sorry you gotta stay in jail da rest of da day. I'm sure TD will have your spot all nice and warm once you come out of solitary.

Soooooo glad you is home and looking likes your handsome self.


Anonymous said...

Welcome home Phantom! Rest up and take it easy.

Hound Girl said...

So glad you made it home safe and sound, rest up!

ra_husky said...

Good to see wooo home mate! Take good care!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

YAY, PHANTOM!!!!! We are so glad you're home. You do look rather mysterious and dashing in that headgear. Make the best of it. You could develop a whole new person, getting TD and Ciara to bow down to you. And I agree you should work your Mom for as many treats as possible along with the meds.


The Heartbeats said...

Girls like scars by da way. HEHEHEHE! It makes da Phantom more mysterious... Does yous have a tatoo?

wiggles and licks,
Lucy and Nikki

MAXMOM said...

Welcome home, Phantom! We are so pleased to see you home! Get better quick now, big boy! We are praying that the margins will be good and that your momma's heart may be at peace.
sending lotsaluv

AFSS said...

The stitches didn't look near as bad as we envisioned. Phantom we thinks you look very dashing, like the heroes in Mommy's books. Purrs you get good news.

If your medicine is in pill form Mommy hides Fenris' pills in peanutbutter and he gobbles them right down.

Barbara said...

Welcome home! Don't worry, your fur will cover the scar.

Relax and enjoy the Rimadyl. You might even see colors!!

We're all praying for you!

Trixie, Minnie and their biped

Piappies World said...

Weeeeeee!!! Welcome home, Pirate Phantom!!! We are so happy to see you back with Ciara and Thunder.

Do rest well, drinks meds, have treats and get better really soon. We are all rooting for you.

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai & Wai-Max

Sue said...

Phantom, we are so glad to see you home in your own crate. Norma Jean had to wear her comfy cone for a month and she learned how to get around in her crate really well. We're sure your Mom will have some special treats to help the meds go down. Get lots of rest and heal well.
Your friends Morgan, Tsra and the Porties

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khousin Merdie, Mom, and I will nap fur woo in a show of WOOnity!

Welkhome Home Phantom!

Please don't make it too tough fur The Momster! ! !

Khyra, Khousin Merdie, and Khyra's Mom

soggibottom said...

Still got my paws crossed for you.
luv Amie Soto Blossom x x x

Beaglebratz & mom too said...

Shiloh, Shasta & mom too wish to welcome you home Phantom - so glad it is over but I know that wait can get to you. Phantom - I understand about the margins - but after having a melanoma removed over 10 years ago with no more signs of it since, believe me - wide margins are a good thing.

And to Phantom's mom - try putting the pills in peanut butter - just get a spoonful of it then TOTALLY wrap it around the pill so that absolutely NONE of it is exposed. The Beaglebratz both love p-nut butter - they never know what they just swallowed - all they care about is the p-nut butter.

Mrs. JP said...

I think the headgear is very stylish on you. My only trouble with it is Charlie learned how to push me with his cone so I had these wild bruises on the back of my legs so it looked like my hubby beat me :O) He doesn't, of course, but I had fun with it.
I give meds in cheese. Our pack falls for it every time and it beats placing it in the back of their throat and having them spit out a slimy pill a minute later.
We hope that your healing is complete and forever.

Bijou said...

Yippee! We are furry happy that Phantom is home! Sorry bout that cone. At least it's not one of those old noisy-pain-in-the-butt-torture devices!

Our mom sneaks our pills in a bit of cheese. We just gobble the yummy treat down and let her think we've been fooled. BOL


Mack said...

If you get an eyepatch, the ladies won't be able to tell you from Johnny Depp!
We are so glad you're home!

Remi said...

Arrrrrrruff, a pirate indeed with a scar and all. Now you just need a puffy shirt. Rest well and make it easy for your pawrents to care of you!

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

WooooooWhoooooo!!! oops I mean ARGH! alrighty, matey it's good to have you back on board!

work those meds for the extra treats! the time will fly by and the collar and stiches will be gone before you know it!

hero said...

Glad everything went well and you're back at home, Pirate Phantom... hope you'll have a quick recovery.

Lick, hero

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Phantom we are so glad you are home! It is true you do look a bit like a pirate, but we totally understand why you would prefer it if the collar were off! And don't fight your mom too much on your pills - the pain ones especially will be nice for you to have! We are still sending lots of purrs and prayers and keeping our fingers and paws crossed for good news on the results!!

Zona said...

I am SOOOOOO glad you are home!!!! We'll keep praying for a good test result. I think you look most handsome after the procedure. Pirates are pawsome, if you ask me!


Cyber-sibes said...

Welcome home Phantom. Woo've actually got quite a good Pirate thing going there, woo can make up all sorts of juicy adventures about "how the Phantom Pirate got his pirate scars, harrrrr!"

Paws crossed woo for excellent lab results, and we're thinking of woo, buddy.

jack a-roo & miss moo

BeadedTail said...

Oh Phantom, we're so happy to see you home! We're sure you aren't happy about the collar and having to take medicines but you'll be all better very soon! We're sending you lots of purrs and positive thoughts!

Mochi and Mommy said...

Welcome home Phantom!!! Please listen to your mom and take your medicine.

Paws crossed and sending out lots and lots of positive Sibe Vibes for a quick recovery and good results!



Yep just relax- momster will take excellent care of you and she'll even keep that lil pesty sis at bay. paws crossed on the results.

YD, sometimes with ♥Samantha and ♥June said...

Arr, glad woo're back matey! Phantom we are happy to see you home. Please be a good boy and take your meds, it will make you feel better.
Sending healing thoughts to you.

Sam & June

Sychoberians said...

Wooray that you are home, bummer on the cone. Watchout for those doors and walls, besides being embarrasing it might hurt.

Please take your medicine and follow your parents instructions so you get better. We want you to get WELL.

Remy and Flash

Stella said...

Hey, Big Guy! I am happy to see you home and that cone doesn't look too bad at all! Be like an extra pillow when you roll over and snooze on it.

Old Otis liked to get his pills wrapped with a chunk of bloody ground round, he loved it but your Mom knows just what will float your boat. Take the pills like a gent, Phantom! No fuss and get well fast!

Kisses, and prayerful thoughts,

Stella and her Mom

George the Lad said...

Glad to see you home Phantom, please be good and take your tabs, you will soon get used to your new head gear.
Love and Hugs George and Jan xxx

sprinkles said...

What a relief to have you home, Phantom! Hopefully you can come out of your cage tomorrow and will heal up quickly. That scar makes you look quite dashing!

doyle and mollie said...

oh phantom we are so pleased you are home, our paws are crossed hard for you!

Remington said...

Take care, my friend!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! You are home Phantom ... so delighted. Will continue to send my Golden Healing Thoughts for your early recovery. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Benny and Lily said...

Phantom we sure are glad you are home and lookin quite stylish in your lampshade. If I were you, I would make up a good one about your scar. Let's see, maybe you fought off a grizzly while you and mom were walking. Feel better
Benny & Lily

Junior and Orion said...

Glad to see you home Phantom. We will be purring for the lab results to be good ones and for a quick recovery for you!

Lacy said...

w00fs, nice to c ya home, even if u a "conehead"...the waiting will b not so much fun..hope, crossin paws, mama is praying hard for good results...

b safe,

Cat said...

Hi Phantom, thank goodness you are home! We wish you a speedy recovery and try not to be too hard on you mum abou tht meds :-)

Anonymous said...

WooHoo you is home, I is so glad you is home all safies, even with the face shave and the cone you still is a handsome dude. Sending you lots of healing vibes and snuggles


Nellie and Calvert said...

Welcome home Phantom!

We think that collar is very becoming, you wear it well dude!

We'll keep our paws crossed and say our prayers to St. Francis of Assisi on your behalf.

Belly rubs

Melissa and Emmitt said...

welcome home sweet phantom!
we love you!
m & e

Martha and Bailey said...

Welcome home Phantom - you look wonderful to our eyes.
We want you to take plenty of rest now!

Clive said...

Welcome home Phantom! Take it easy now and we are thinking of you and wishing you the very best!

Taking meds is never easy - cheddar cheese helped me take mine over the past five days!

lots of love
Clive and Murray

Gus said...

Good to see that you are home. We are sure you like it better than the vetty place.

Your Mom will take good care of you, and you should cooperate and take the pills. At least, if they come with peanut butter or hot dogs.


The Teacher's Pets said...

I must bark that you look like you are wearing one of my mom's humungous turtleneck sweaters and I can't imagine it's too comfy fur you to be wearing it on a hot day like today! I hate to be stuck at home all day so I understand how you feel! I hope you get well soon!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Phantom! Oh, I am so very much happy to see you! You looks Most Handsome and you make that cone look good! Our paws are gonna stay crossed for the next coupla weeks - even if I gets a cramp!

Wiggles & Wags,

Lola said...

Well, I'm so glad that you're home. I know it's a long wait for the lab report and the stitches, too, but at least you're waiting at home with your family. And thank Dog that collar is color coordinated with you. I mean, it may not feel good, but at least you look good.

We'll keep our paws crossed and the good thoughts headed your way while you're waiting.

lotsa licks, Lola

Anonymous said...

We are SO Pawsomly Happy that you are home Phantom!!!!

You know that we'll keep praying for good test results!

woo woos, Tessa

the booker man said...

welcome home, phantom!!!!
it's so good to have you back! i know the picture is kinda blurry, but i think your vet did a nice job with your zipper! it looks pretty smooth, especially for being on your face! i know your cone is no funsies, but i'm glad it's the soft one at least, and hey, it totally brings out your icy blue eyes even more! teehee. please take care and rest bunches 'n tons. btw, those greenies pill pockets are the BEST THINGIES EVARRR. :)
the booker man

Huffle Mawson said...

Milk this for everything you can Phantom. Get the high quality treats!

I really hope you feel better soon though.

Full of Grace said...

SO SO glad you are home!! Hope your stitches heal quickly and you are back at em' in no time! :)

KB said...

I'm so glad that you're home, Phantom, even if you have to wear krazy head gear and take meds.

Why do lab reports have to take so long? For me, that 7-10 days would feel like a month... I know because I've been in your shoes. Oh yeah, you don't wear shoes... maybe booties would be a better word.

In any case, all of us are hoping that you feel better soon. here's a hint - if you look really pathetic while wearing the headgear, you get extra tidbits from mom!!! That's how it works in our house!

ZOOLATRY said...

Hey PH, you're handsome and adorable no matter what you're wearing... and we luvs you and your family very, very much.
Be well soon sweet boy.

Mr. Pip said...

Phantom - I am so glad you are home safe and sound! It has been a long couple of days for all of us, worrying about you! Sorry, about that silly cone, but two weeks will be over before you know it!

Your pal, Pip

Thor said...

Welcome home Phantom! Please take it easy and cooperate with the Momster!
Get well soon, buddy!

Thor xx

River said...

We are happy to see you home Phantom. My mom uses pill pockets from the vet to fool us into taking pills.

love & wags,

houndstooth said...

I think you just look so good at home! Just tell everyone it's a new hat that keeps the sun out of your eyes and the flies away from your ears. You'll start a new trend! Anyroo, we are beyond thrilled that you are home and able to rest and heal!


Ruby's Raiser said...

Home and handsome as ever. Dude, the chicks are really going to dig that scar. Rrrrowr!

Mango said...

You don't look too pleased with your hood. Try to think of it as a fashion statement. Maybe you could get a few in different colors since you'll be wearing them for a while. Like mood hoods.

It is so good to see you home. Take your pills, OK?


Samantha said...

Sooooo glad to see that you are home, even though you have to wear that darned thingie - at least it's a "soft" thingie (don't want to mention what it is...). And I know that TD and Ciara must be so happy to have you back - they missed you so much. Be a good Phantom and take your meds. I, Avalon, am furry good about taking one med I need now with Peanut Butter around it - I just LAP it UP!!! Maybe that might work for you? Thinking about you so lots - we loves you muchly.
Huge Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie and Avalon and Oz

Anonymous said...

Lets cross the bridge when we come to it............................................................

Twix said...

Welcome Home big guy! So happy to see you! A couple of things I have learned lately and will pass on to you:
=Everyone loves you just as much with fur as without fur so don't stress over having a bald spot.
=Even tho taking meds is not fun it does make you feel better and back to your old self pretty quick.
I bet you are tired today after all those meds you got yesterday, aren't you? Take it easy my furiend!
Snuggles and hugs,

♥MONA + MOMMY TOO♥ said...

Oh Phantom,

I'm so happy your home. Your scar looks long like mine was but you can't even see mine anymore. Margins are so important and Mommy is very glad you got some wide ones. I'm keeping my paws crossed and Mommy is still praying.

We love you soo much.


Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Welcome home, Phantom. We are glad you made it back to you're home, sweet, home. Be a good boy and take your pills so your mom doesn't go crazy worrying about you.


Pedro said...

So happy to hear that you're home. It was nice of your mom to get you that soft cone head. Lie back and let the humans wait on you hand and paw!


♥I am Holly♥ said...

Welcome home Phantom!!!! We are so glad you are home and please take your meds. We know it's not fun but it will be good for you! We are sending more healing vibes and prayers your way! Lots and Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Moose said...

So glad you are home big guy. Sorry about the cone- at least it is a comfy cone but I know that is a relative term. Paws, fingers & toes crossed for a good biopsy report. It will be a long wait for your ma.

Lorenza said...

I am very happy to know you are at home now!
Just take it easy and you will be like new in no time!
Be a good boy and take your meds, ok?
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Wild Dingo said...

Chix love scars. Juno thinks you're extra sexy now! (tho you were plenty sexy before!)

wild dingo

pee ess woo: seriously hope all is well and are keeping all our paws crossed for good test results.

Teddy said...

I'm glad to see you at home. That cone doesn't look so bad...I'm glad they're using soft ones now instead of those awful plastic ones.

They're sure making you wait a long time for those results. Waiting is certainly no fun. We'll be crossing our paws and feathers (and fingers) that the results are the ones you want.


Life With Dogs said...

Brilliant. Welcome home trooper!

ForPetsSake said...

I was thinking of you, Phantom! So glad all went well. Not sure if your baby like Pill Pockets, but my girls will take them like candy, pill or no pill. And you can cut them in half for 2 separate doses if need be. Good luck!!

Sapphire said...

hugs from us.

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Today your face is the most beautiful sight on the planet! We are so glad you are home! Please be a good boy and take your meds, we don't want any infection stuff happening! We continue to send strong positive energy that your report is glowingly good and are not going to stop until the words are in your paws! Rest alot and eat lots of treats...and know that we love you!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Sendin' lots of healing purrs, you do look dapper in that cone!

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Phantom! We hopes that you are doing well today. We will be purring and praying for you! You look quite handsome in that stylish cone! Take your medicine! OK?

Sam said...

Yay, Phantom! Welcome, home! I'm having a complete brain-dead moment, but didn't someone just have pill sammiches on their blog? Made with a bit of laughing cow cheese?

It might help!


Scout 'n Freyja said...

Phantom, you are never, ever far from our thoughts and prayers. Tell your momma that if you have to wear that dumb collar for 2 weeks she has to wear one, too☺

Kari in WeHo said...

thanks for the update. We will be sending positive thoughts for good lab results.

the 4 Bs said...

hi Phantom, we're just happy that you are home and doing well. we know your momster will take good care of you.

you do look kind of handsome with that soft cone head. just hang in there, take your drugs and heal really fast. does your momster know about pill pockets? that make pills yummy for just about everydog.


Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

So glad that you are doing well and are home! We have our paws crossed that the lab report is good!! We love you!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Maggie and Mitch said...

You look most handsome to us, Phantom, with or without that evil lampshade! Our paws remain crossed for you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Welcome home Phantom.

It is so nice to hear you are back home with your family, even if you have to take it easy for a while and wear the headgear.

We have our paws crossed here for you for a good lab report.

Sagira said...

Pirates are kind of cute Phantom...just think of me in my pirate hat with you!

Glad you're home and hope you feel better soon.

LUCKY LUKE said...

O Phantom, my friend... work the stitches while you got em! They are bound to be good for a few extra noms, a little more spoilin than you are accustomed to... you know.

Work em!

Just friendly advice from the experience of the Luke... for you handsome boy you!

Deborah said...

OMD, YUCKSTER! It is way bigger than I imagined. It must be sore and will be for a while I would think.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

I know it's a pain, Phantom, but these are important margins. Much more so than the ones in Word documents.