Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thankful Thursday


Let's start this Thankful Thursday post with a great big thank you to our good friend Ann of Zoolatry for the wonderful work she did to give our blog a beautiful autumn touch.  Look at that awesome header and the coordinating wallpaper.  And after you read our post, scroll all the way down to see the special footer she created.  We love you, Ann - and thank you again.


Now on to an early update on Phantom - he doesn't see the vet until late today, but we are hoping for some good ideas.



Phantom here - this is me yesterday - yes, a very unhappy camper!



And here I am today, much happier with my new bling.  Mom went out again last night to one more petstore and came home with several different styles and sizes of these inflatable rings.  This one isn't perfect but it does allow me to get in and out of my special haven, my crate, without too much trouble.  You see, I love to spend time in my crate even though I don't HAVE to be in there ever.  And it is also pretty lightweight so it doesn't drag on my neck.





My face is now uncovered so I can see to the right and . . .




to the left.





Mom says you can see the difference already in my eyes.




The biggest down side to this new apparatus is that Mom thinks it may be aggravating my arthritic neck.  I like to lie on my side and the ring makes my head rest in an uneasy and awkward way.  When I came out of the crate today and when I got up from the floor after a long nap, I let out a cry - I am not a wimp about pain, but Mom thinks it may be my neck that is getting more sore.




But as you can see, I am a lot happier today than I was yesterday.  So far I haven't been able to reach my tail, but Mom isn't so sure I won't figure out a way, as I am a Sibe, and we all know how smart Sibes are.

Mom here now - I wanted to thank each and everyone of you who left good wishes AND some awesome and creative ideas for protecting Phantom's tail.  You guys are awesome.  After seeing how he reacts to the soft and lightweight ring, I don't think the noodle creations or the pipe wraps will work. They wouldn't have much flexibility to them when he lies down and so might make the neck even worse, but they are definitely great ideas that might work for another situation.  We also like the idea of a tutu (or diaper-like creation), but given his reaction to wearing the t-shirt, I am sure he would be unhappy.  Wrapping his tail is another good idea that I am going to run by the vet today, but I am pretty sure he is not going to want to have that area covered because of the risk of infection.  Phantom is, and has always been, my sweet boy with all the challenges, but we are so very appreciative of all your ideas.  Thank you so very much.




And that's not just thanks from the Momster - MEGA THANKS from all of us too.   We will let you know how the vet visit goes.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

43 comments:

stellaroselong said...

Oh he looks so much happier!!!!!! We hope you have good news from the vet today, maybe he can also give you some ideas about wrapping or not wrapping the tail, so he wouldn't have to wear anything. Bless him and you today.
stella rose

savannahspawtracks.com said...

Woo do look happier...but a kink in your neck is not good either...I bet Mom and Dad come up with something perfect for woo. If woo have time, please visit me today, Thursday and consider sharing my blog post...trying to help a special rescue huskerboo get a home

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

he does look happier today - those beautiful blue eyes have that sparkle in them again. We sure hope the vet has some good news and some ideas on how to help him be comfortable

Team Beaglebratz said...

Oh Phantom - u due look like u r much happier butt like Savannah sed, a kink in your neck iz not good, Shiloh knowz how that can b a pain-literally. We all r hopin'an'prayin'fur sum good newz at the vet later tue-day.
Shiloh-Lord of the Manor an'Diva Shasta

Miley's Daily Scoop said...

He does looks much happier! Keeping our paws crossed for good news at the vets!

Team Beaglebratz said...

...an'by the way we all LOVE your new header - duzn't Ann haf such a loverly artistic talent? We love the headerz she duz fur us.

Dory and the Mama said...

Oh Phantom, we sure love to see you smile!!! We are glad Mama found something a bit better, and hope the doctor has nothing but good things to say this afternoon....still sending PoTP your way!!
In the meantime, Bilbo says eat treats...that help all ailments!!
Smileys!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

Dory and the Mama said...

peeess..Ann did a most wonderful job on your new Autumn look!!

Casey said...

You do look MUCH happier now, Phantom! Any chance of a pillow or something in your crate, so you could rest your head on it without the ring putting it in an awkward position?

Scout and Axel said...

so happy your mom was able to find something more comfy for you, you don't seem to mind a bit. sorry to read about your troubles this week and hope the doc has some solutions

Madi and Mom said...

Phantom I wish I could give you an itty bitty kitty hug for being such a good sport while you are wearing the ring. You are indeed a sweetheart and great example to Ciara and Lightning
Hugs madi your bfff

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Phantom.. you look happier today..
I hope there is some good news from the vet today.
love
tweedles

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

Oh, we are so happy to see that happy more comfortable face!
Your new header is beautiful. So is the background on it (Sibes rule).

Freya Rose Blossom said...

Loads of love and good luck at the vet ol bean. We'll be thinking of you. Great idea about the new neck tie mom... lots and lots of Luv's Phantom Luv's Cat Flap Cavalier X

Molly The Wally said...

Our paws and fingers are crossed for Phantom, It is not easy but the donut thing looks a little better than the cone but we understand the downside is the neck. Drats this sure is a tough situation. Awaiting an update and until then more POTP, healing vibes and prayers from us.
Best wishes Molly

Mitch and Molly said...

You do look a whole lot happier, Phantom! Your blog looks so pretty for autumn ☺

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Momo and Pinot said...

Hi Phantom! So sorry to hear that you have a bit healthy issue. No matter what, you look great with the new bling. Hope your full recovery. We'll be thinking of you!

Take care!
Momo & Pinot xo

BeadedTail said...

We're so happy to see you happy Phantom! We've been worried about you so your handsome sweet smile made us feel better! We hope your neck doesn't get hurt though. Sending purrs!

The Florida Furkids said...

We love seeing a happy Phantom! We hope the neck thingy does it's job but doesn't give you a hurty neck.

The Florida Furkids

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

So happy you've found a better solution to 'the cone', even if it isn't perfect. Phantom, you DO look much happier.

We'll still keep our paws crossed.

Idaho PugRanch said...

He does look happier! Hope the vet will have some helpful ideas also
hugs
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

Susie and Sidebite said...

So glad Phantom is happy, thats looks like a wonderful head stopper, gots our paws crossed for good news at the vet!

The Mad Scots

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh mates, sorry we're late. Paws crossed for sweet Phantom. He certainly looks happier with the new collar. I, Rory, tolerated my cone of shame, just! Good luck at the Vets. Hugs to all. No worries, and slobber, Rory and Stella

liparifam said...

Good job! I'm so happy to learn about those - I have had nightmares with the cones, and yet my vet has NEVER mentioned to me that were other options out there :( Hang in there Phantom!

NanaNor's said...

Dear Phantom, So very sorry you are dealing with another ugly thing on your tail. Sorry to mom too-you know us mom's worry like crazy over our puppers. I'm glad she was able to find a softer inflatable ring for you. I hope your neck doesn't keep getting sore. Saying some prayers for you; we all need the power of the paw.
Wags, Noreen & Hunter

Linda & Cinnamon said...

Phantom,

We sure are sorry youre dealing with this tail issue.
We don't have any ideas to make it more comfortable for you.
We send prayer and good thoughts.
xo Cinnamon

Brian said...

We love your new header! We sure hope you get some good help dear Phantom, hugs pal.

p.s. Sending you an email to share something if you have time.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

PHANTOM your mom seems to have found the best pawsible solution... Somehow We here on the hill had thought that an inflatable one HAD already been tried...
THIS is super.
Our paws are crossed fur your VET Visit buddy.
Your blog looks GORGEOUS we were astonished when we opened it up and saw everythingy.. Miss Ann does do superb work fur SURE.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Healing purrs Phantom and we hopes the vet had a solution for the icky on your tail.

Maybe you could get a pillow to put your head on when you are laying outside your crate. Fenny bunches his blankets up to make a pillow for his head sometimes. He likes to sleep on his side too.

Millie and Walter said...

We're so happy to see Phantom smiling today.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Your new bling is stunning. And so is your new header
Lily & Edward

Marg said...

Oh Phantom, you look so much happier. Hope you can figure out a way for it not to hurt your neck. I hope maybe the vet gave you a good report.We sure have our paws all crossed for you Phantom. Good luck to you.

Moondance Huskies said...

Hi Phantom,
You look much happier today! Maybe your mom could put a little pillow in your crate for you as a few others have suggested. All paws here are crossed for you and praying for good news from your vet visit. Sending healing husky vibes, pawsitive energy and purrs from the kitties.
Skye, the Moondance Huskies, kitties and mom

Ruby said...

Oh Phantom, you do look MUCH happier fursure dude!!!! YEA on the air collar!! Nows, Ma would say try the NoBite collar I wore when i had my rash, it was comfy, and I gave no complaints, butt she did notice that once I did contort to do a lick. It might be worth a try, because it's flat and you will be able to sleep on your side without any pain.
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=bite+not+collar+for+dogs&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=45368358968&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8247533119868062349&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_5kj2zthgjn_b
there's a linky to amazon where you can check it out. They have the sizing, you can order more than one size and return whatever doesn't fit.
Just an idea if the air collar becomes too much
Sendin' tons of POTP Phantom!!
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Karen Jo said...

I am glad you got to ditch the cone for the ring, but sorry the ring may be giving you a sore neck. I hope that thing on your tail just dries up and goes away.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Phantom, you look super dashing in your new collar! But here's hoping you don't have to wear it for long - purring for you my friend.

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

Oh Phantom! You do have that special husky smile back!!! Way to go mom finding that ring rather then a cone! Seems much better!!
I JUST LOVE your new fall look! It is absolutely beautiful!
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

CheerfulMonk said...

Glad things are a lot better, but I'm sorry about your neck. Old age is rough --- and sad.

onespoiledcat said...

IT's amazing how much better he looks with the inflatable on than the other design - you're right - you can see it in his eyes! Hopefully the vet agreed with you that the wound is doing better with the antibiotics. It's such a large and irritating thing for poor Phantom I'm sure. We're sending big purrs and hugs and are full of hope for him.....always.

Love, Sammy and Mom

Sue said...

That looks much more comfy except for the sleeping part.Did the doc have any suggestions?

Jo's World said...

Hi Phantom & the Momster!

CFor sometime we have just been too much busy to do blog reading but we try to do a little every day . We are sad to see Ol'Blue Eyes is having a hard time with his tail. We are putting the power of all the paws here to work and we hope that things get better soonest.
Prayers and POTP from Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

So pleased you've found a solution. Hoping it won't be something he has to wear long-term

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Catching up on all the Phantom news... The donut thingy does look much better! He clearly needs mom to follow him around with a pillow to keep his neck straight! Poor Phantom!!!