Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday Training Day

All my readers keep telling me that I will learn so much from my BIG brother Lightning.  So I am trying to listen very carefully and learn all that I can.

But Lightning said we wouldn't be having class today because he has a "hot spot".  I don't know what that means, but Mom said I have to take good care of Lightning and not bother him too much.

I don't think I like that big black thing he has on his head so I thought I would just try to keep him company by lying quietly next to him.  Is that what I should be doing?

Since I didn't want to be too close to his head, I thought I would try hugging his tail.  Maybe he would like that.

Oops, that sunpuddle found me and I just fell sound asleep.

So here's the story from Mom:

Tuesday night I discovered a huge sore on the side of Lightning's neck.  We paid a visit to the vet yesterday where it was determined that he has a bad hot spot.  Most likely it began a few weeks ago when he was groomed at the kennel before coming home from being boarded.  His undercoat may not have been dried thoroughly enough. Add to that the stress of his last week with Ciara, the loss of Ciara, and the entrance of a puppy - the perfect recipe for a hot spot to fester.  He is on a round of antibiotics to prevent infection. But the hot spot is incredibly itchy, and Lightning has a mighty powerful back paw. So out came the dreaded cone.  Poor guy was miserable with both the cone and the itchies. Benadryl did nothing for him. So today the vet gave him some Apoquel tablets to calm the itchiness.  If it doesn't work, he will get a prednisone shot.  He had his first dose late morning, and I am already seeing him feeling more comfortable.  He is getting some freedom from the cone while I can supervise him, but it will go back on overnight.  Poor boy!!!

Yes, Mom, I am much happier right now.
Thanks for the good meds.

OK, Lightning, what's this all about?  I am not so sure about this orange thing around my neck.  But at least it isn't as bad as that black cone.

Just look at Mom, Misty - she has treats!!! 
It will all be over soon.

I have SO much to learn:)

Woos - Lightning and Misty


Julie said...

Oh pleeeeease get well soon Lightning, sending you lots of healing licks kisses
And Misty, you are just more adorable every time I see you…did you hear all the ohhhs and aahhhs over the pictures of you snuggling your big brufers tail?
Enjoy your TREATS!!!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Ann Adamus said...

Oh No! Lightning struck Lightning! Poor boy, we can give you a cool Woof-O-Ween hat instead of that ugly cone ... be well quick!
Oh, and hi little cutie pie!

Shoalimar Huskies said...

oh Lightning... we are sorry that you are not up to par... Get well quickly.... We love the matching look... you both look amazing.

Christmas said...

POTP to you, Lightning....oh, and you two look grrreat in those bandanas!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

What a wonderful world you are living in, Misty!

Lightning, Buddy, sorry about the itchies. That sounds terrible! I thought I would mention that #1 has started to use coconut oil on any itchies we have and it seems to be good at soothing them. I hope it heals quickly, so you can go back to tutoring Misty full-time.


Idaho PugRanch said...

LIghtning we hope that hot spot heals quickly. Misty you are the sweetest little sister
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

Millie and Walter said...

We are crossing our paws that your hot spot cools off soon Lightening. Look how cute little Misty is learning to sit for pictures already.

Astro said...

POTP for Lightning I hope that heals up soon.
Misty is so cute we just love seeing her here.

xo Astro

Cupcake said...

Lightning, hope you are feeling better soon. You are such a sweet boy. Misty, I can tell you love your brother so much. The two of you are so cute together.

Brian said...

I sure hope you are cone free soon Lightning! You're doing a great job Misty!!!

Ruby said...

OH NOES!!! Oh dude, sorry abouts the hot spot ~ those can drive a doggie nutty!!! I'm on that med too!!! Ma's not sure it's doin' a lot, butts more than the benadryl. Sendin' you lots of POTP and healin' vibes my sweet pal!
HEY GURL!!!!! OMD, you look most FABulous in your bandanna! I thinks you'll come to loves them...since they look most fetching on you!
Oh, here's a tip, don't fall asleep with your heads at that end of Lightning....if he pharts, you're done for!!!! BOL!!!! Just a tip from your Auntie Ruby!
Ruby ♥

NanaNor's said...

It does sound like the stress of all that has occurred over the last month played a part in the hot spot. I get stressed when too much is happening, just don't get hot spots-though I once got shingles from stress.
Have a great evening and Friday.
Noreen and Hunter

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

That's the good thing about hot spots, once you get the meds on board, it's all down hill - I hope that healing continues!!

And I do not think that precious Misty could be ANY cuter!! What a doll she is, and so much more - I am in love!!! :-)!!!

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

We are praying Lightening gets better soon. Misty is taking great care of him

Dory and the Mama said...

What a great sister you are, Misty!! We are sure Lightning appreciated all your snuggles!!

Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo
PeeEss..come check out our No Tricks just Treats for Shelters today!!
PeePeeEss: So glad Apoquel is working for Lightning, it does wonders for Arty!!

Jeanne Pursell said...

Oh poor Lightning!!! We sure do hope you are on the upside of the hotspot...we have them and they are not fun at all.

Misty is being such a little sweetheart!! She is just SO cute!!! I really wish I could meet her in person!! Her little face is adorable!

The Halloween pics are just perfect!

Healing Hugs to Lightning!

Mark Muller said...

isn't that great that you have the cutest "mini me" ever? we send potp to you lightning and we hope the meds help you that it heals up quickly...

Marg said...

Oh Lightning, Split knows just how you feel, she has to wear a cone too. Hope that hot spot goes away soon for you. Misty, that last picture of you is too cute. And the two of you with your bandannas on is just the best. Misty you are learning the ropes.

Casey said...

Misty, you're a grreat little sister. That was EXACTLY what Lightning needed! We hope he feels better really soon.

The Army of Four said...

Oh, my WORD! What sweet photos! Please tell Lightning we're sorry to hear about the hot spot and to see the cone. Maggie went through that recently and it was NO FUN. We hope yours responds as quickly to antibiotics and topical treatment as hers did!

Madi and Mom said...

Lightning I'm so sorry about the hot spot. I can only imagine how bad it must itch and how uncomfy it is. Everyone who has ever had the itches or the sickies know what a good dose of meds can do to make one feel better. Hang in there good buddy.
MOLMOL Misty you are napping on the business end of Lightning but under the circumstances I don't blame you that cone is scary.
We love your bandannas they look very nice with your furs....and I'm sure Lightning told you I, Madi, get very excited when I see furiends in neckwear
Hugs Madi yourbfff

Madi and Mom said...

LOL Woo Mom
Mom said it will always be a pocketbook to her... she has a sentimental spot for the word too. My human sis started talking very early. One of her first words was 'pocbook'! She loved pocketbooks from a very early age and to this day she still has a collection of them
Hugs Madi

Anonymous said...

Sending you tons and tons of POTP big both look so wonderful in your Halloween scarves and if you get rid of that spot you'll FEEL wonderful too!

Love, Sammy

Molly and Mackie said...

Awwwwwwwwwww - we can see that you and Lightning are becoming bestest friends already, Misty.
We are sending lots of AireZen and healing vibes for your booboo, Lightning! Feel better soon, buddy!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Your both soo beautiful!
I am sorry about the hot spot, I hope your better soon Lightning

Huskies622 said...

So sorry about lightning's hot spot---hope you feel better soon! We sometimes get them this time of year too.

Sue said...

Poor Lightning. Norma Jean had a hot spot on her neck because she always has her head in the water.