Friday, September 24, 2010

September Snapshots

One of the most wonderful things about living in the Cariboo is witnessing the southward migration of sandhill cranes every September. Mike and I were cutting and burning beetle-killed pines last week when this group appeared. They spent quite a bit of time circling and calling, and gradually other cranes flew in from different directions to join them. We watched them spiral up and up until we couldn't see them any more.
One of our aspens, in fine fall form.
Here's what I woke up to on Tuesday morning...September 20 seems a tad early for 3 inches of snow! It stopped mid morning, and was all gone again by Wednesday afternoon.

My beautiful Rudy has been very unwell for many weeks. He has been back and forth to the vet, had bloodwork, xrays, and a multitude of other things done to him, and got no real diagnosis. During the summer he was thought to have developed laryngeal paralyis when he had trouble swallowing and lost his voice. Next he developed a huge swelling under his jaw, which opened and drained spontaneously. After that his gums swelled enormously...and then we discovered he had developed the world's stupidest habit of eating wasps and bees. That all resolved, but next he developed an enteritis. That resolved, but he has been quite lethargic, often seemed to be in pain, and he lost several pounds which he could ill afford to lose, being a naturally thin dog. On Tuesday, he developed a large abscess on his abdomen which the vet incised and drained...he had his drain removed from today. He's on antibiotics and is feeling lots better. Hopefully this will be the end of his problems. He had a horrible summer. I'm sure he'll have a much nicer Autumn.
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Jean said...

Wow, snow already! I'm glad it didn't stay long. We are having a wet fall here on the island - I was so hoping for a nice long golden one with crisp sunny days.

I hope Rudy is well on the road to recovery. I see Charley aging very quickly and her back legs are so stiff and weak now. It's hard to see them struggle and not know for sure what causes it.

Berni said...

I always felt sad to see the birds leave in Fall but so delighted to see them return. We are having great flocks of small birds arrive in Merritt right now. One was so exhausted from its long flight that it let Dave stroke it while it revived. Sorry to hear about Rudy's summer I hope that is all behind him now.

Cicero Sings said...

Poor Rudy!! What a time he has had of it ... so many strange maladies. I've tried to deter Mingus from snapping at wasps ... I wondered what would happen if he got stung or a stinger inside his mouth. So far he seems to look at them with a leery eye.

Ruth said...

You can keep your snow until at least December. I love the picture of the cranes. They must have made quite a racket. I like your new clean look.

Anonymous said...

Its good to hear from you. So, how about an update on your other animals. RinV