The cone dilemma

Stella started with a post-operative shirt. It wasn’t until she shredded a section in the rear of the shirt that I decided we needed more. First, came a plastic cone.

That plastic cone didn’t work for Stella. She hated it and began tearing it apart. That’s when she got her mouth stuck and I had to remove the cone from around her neck.

Though the shirt keeps her belly covered, I wasn’t sure if she’d let it stay. That’s when I added this blue neck piece.

This blowup device seemed to have worked the best. She can move, eat, and drink without my help. (The brand I bought: BENCMATE Protective Inflatable Collar for Dogs and Cats – Soft Pet Recovery Collar Does Not Block Vision E-Collar)

I’m trying to keep my puppy healthy and happy, The inflatable collar was needed to keep her comfortable, though she’s still wearing her shirt, too.

Stella and I can’t wait to have her spaying stitched removed. The ten days ahead will test us both, but there’s an end in sight.

Until next time, that’s all there is from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright 2022 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

Stella finds a cat toy

The cone is gone. Stella destroyed it, but she still has her post-spaying shirt, well, mostly.

The cats haven’t played with this toy in months. It disturbed Stella when the ball moved inside, yet she couldn’t get it out. That’s what the barking is about.

She kept barking at it so I put it away and gave her one of her chew toys. She settled down and the barking stopped until she heard herself on this video. She was sure another dog had come for a visit.

Sometimes a dog barking on TV or another odd sound will get her barking again. She has a sharp bark and she uses it to tell me she needs to go outside.

Just another day with my growing puppy.

Until next time, that’s all there is from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright 2022 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

Stella’s still playing

It took her a while to figure out how to play, but she did it.

Life is different for Stella, the cats, and me. It will get back to normal after her post-operation time.

I know she will be happy when she can run again. Two weeks feels like a long time, but we’re a few days into that time already.

Right now life is what it is.

Until next time, that’s all there is from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright 2022 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

Poor Stella

Stella left her shirt alone the first day, but that didn’t last.

I added a cone the following day so she couldn’t get at her stitches.

Two weeks of torture are ahead for both of us.

We’ll get through this, but neither of us will be happy while we work through post-operation life.

Until next time, that’s all there is from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright 2022 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

Pork Chop Day

During the Great Depression, people raised livestock in their backyards. Here’s a story my dad wrote about having pigs in Calumet Park, Illinois.

We never raised pigs when I was a kid. I saw one being butchered at a friend’s farm and I couldn’t eat pork for years. I guess I take after my dad.

Funny that eating homegrown chickens didn’t bother my dad. It sure bothered me. Like he said, “It’s like eating your friends.”

I hope you enjoy this true story from when my dad was a boy.

I’ll read another in a future blog.

Until next time, that’s all there is from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright 2022 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.