Tuesday, April 28, 2009

February Baby Sweater # 2 ...

Yes, another one ... I'm loving this pattern! Made with 'Donna' by Scheepjes, a lovely merino/acrylic blend that has a little sheen to it and washes up beautifully.

See specs. in previous post, if interested. One modification that I should have mentioned in the previous post, is that I omitted the decreases at the bottom of the cardi and just knit it straight down, instead. I much prefer it this way.

Life has been tres hectic at our house over the past month. We had to have hubby's parent's place cleared out by the end of April, so his sister, brother-in-law and great niece came out for a week over Easter to help out.

The day prior to their arrival, our dog was scheduled for surgery. See the lump on his back, right hip? Larger than a softball! That's him begging for a bit of hubby's lunch -- he's such a mooch!

Head's up ... if you don't do post surgery pics, skip the rest of this post and I'll see ya next time :)

Look at the poor thing! A six inch incision, complete with a drain, where the largest lump site was, and a 3 inch incision on the top of his spine, at the back of his neck. Nearly broke my heart! The drain was a real nuisance and after needing to mop up the floor every time the dog shook, I got smart.

I jury rigged an XL men's t-shirt for him to wear and it absorbed the drippings from the drain, for the next 7 days. Pretty clever, huh? He had a wardrobe of at least 3, so that when one was in the wash, he had a fresh one on, plus a back up.

He was confined to the kitchen, as it's tiled and easy to clean. We came home with one of those 'dog lampshades' that they're supposed to wear, to ensure that they don't chew on anything, or heaven forbid, pull the drain out. That would just cause him more stress, so we decided to 'pass' on the lampshade. Instead, we put on the t-shirt and decided that I'd sleep in the kitchen with him, so I could monitor if any attempts at chewing were made. Not the comfiest sleep, but the peace of mind was worth it.

The next night the company arrived and the bed was required elsewhere, so I spent that night on the couch in the family room adjacent. What we don't do for our pets, huh?

I used to work at our vet's, so they let me bring him home the same day -- I was confident that I could cope, plus it was the long weekend and the thought of leaving him there wasn't appealing.

Sometimes the tough part about having worked at the vet's is that I know too much ...

The pathology report came back and told us that along with the fatty tissue we already knew about from the needle biopsy, there was also a soft tissue sarcoma underneath it all. Knife through the heart! On the plus side, it was completely encapsulated, so it hadn't spread and they took a whack of tissue out surrounding it, just in case. The vet tells me that there's a 10% chance that it will grow back, but for now, he's healing well and back to his perky, lovable self!


Tara said...

Ouch! Poop puppy! I'm glad he's feeling better, and that they're confident that the sarcoma won't return. You're right about the things we do for our pets!

Oh, and the FLS is pretty awesome too ;)

mames said...

the sweater is just beautiful.
and hoping the pup heals quick.

Kaylyn said...

Poor thing! I pictured his side...but that brought tears to my eyes...Speedy recovery for your baby!

Virtuous said...

Likin' the 2nd FBJ!!

OOh goodness! I wish I had the warning sooner! So sorry about your dog's surgery :o( And hope feeing better. Funny! @ you sleeping in the kitchen.

Jackie said...

Oh the poor dear. Sure glad that he is feeling better.

I love that sweater pattern. The colour is beautiful.

God bless.

Rachel said...

Awww, poor doggy! That's an incredible sweater!

Austy's Mum said...

I loooooove that baby jacket!! See my other comment about your poor puppy, you did everything you could - ours was scheduled to have cancer removal surgery when I was in hospital having my first born but the vet decided it couldn't be done due to Addison's disease and the worry that the stress of surgery may kill him before the cancer. Heartbreaking.

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