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Me – Approximately 1 Year ago (Caution – Graphic Pictures)

Hi Everyone,

Mom wanted to do a post about what happened to me approximately 1 year ago.  It happened on March 4, 2009…it was not a good night.  That was the night I bloated with torsion.  Those of you with Great Danes and other large chested breeds of dogs know what this is all about.  It’s a horrible, horrible thing and I hope none of you ever have to experience it. 

Nobody is really for certain why we bloat (there are all sorts of theories).  I just want to share what happened to me so maybe I can help someone else recognize the signs of bloat if it happens to them.  I’m sure some dogs are different but this is just my experience. 

The day I bloated, mom came home from work as usual, we went for a little walk (no playing around).  Then I just hung out in the house with nothing exciting happening.  Later on mom fed me my dinner (I eat kibble by the way from a raised feeder) which I ate then I went to my room to rest after eating for about an hour.   After that hour I came out of my room and this is where mom thinks something went terribly wrong.  My room is upstairs and I have to come down 2 flights of stairs that twist.  Well that night I decided to come flying down the stairs like a maniac (which I am never encouraged to do).  Mom was already in her jammies sitting in the chair eating something  and I came by her to see what she was eating then I went and laid down in a spot that I don’t normally lay.  Mom thought this was odd but continued on eating.  When she was finished she called me over to come and lay on my bed and that’s when mom noticed I was really drooling like crazy (and those of you who know me I’m a dainty dane and I don’t drool that much). 

Mom  mom got very concerned at that point.  She had me lay down and at first she thought maybe I had hurt my leg or something from flying down the stairs and she felt all over my body to see if I would yipe or anything and nope nothing hurt me.  My tummy was still fine at this time but the drooling had mom keeping a watchful eye on me.  Dad came home shortly after this point and normally I would go to greet dad as he opens the door to the house, this day I did not.  Dad yelled for me and mom yelled…I think Kasha is ill and may be bloating.  At this point I got up from my bed and now mom noticed my tummy had expanded…then I started this horrible kind of throwing up sound (but not the normal dog throw up sound, more like wretching).  It was a sound mom will never forget…but nothing was coming up.  Mom was in her jammies already, threw on a coat and slippers and away we went to the Emergency Vet.  Daddy drove and mom was in the back of the truck trying to comfort me during the drive to the ER Vet.  Now our ER vet is only about 5 minutes from our house but mom said it seemed like forever getting there. She kept telling daddy to drive faster.  Well we made and I was still able to walk and they brought me in right away for x-rays and a very nice Vet (Dr. Fox) came out and told mom and dad that yes it was bloat with torsion.  Those of you that don’t know it’s the Torsion part that kills us doggies quite quickly.  Not only does your tummy bloat but then in turns and twists all up cutting off the vital organs which leads to death.  The vet told mom and dad they could operate and/or put me to sleep….I sure am glad they decided to operate.  I don’t know if emergency vets are the same everywhere or not but here they make you pay first so if they operate and you don’t make it through the surgery then at least they collect their money.  They give you an estimate of how much it will cost for the operation but they estimate on the high end, you pay then if you paid too much in the end, they refund your money.  It seems kind of mean but it’s a business.   So they went ahead with the surgery that night it was probably around 8pm at this point.  Mom and dad left me with the vets and went home since there was nothing else they could do that night.  The vet dr. called mom and dad about 11:30pm that night and said that I had survived the surgery…YIPPEE for me and that they could come and see me later the next day. 

WARNING:  There are some graphic pictures below so don’t go any further if that kind of stuff bothers you.

This is me the day after my surgery…I know I am not looking too good here.

Another day after surgery picture…I’m stoned here.

Me when I came home…I wasn’t into eating unless mom fed me by hand.  They had to keep me inactive so you can see they moved my crate into the dining room to keep me quiet and still.  

Here’s a close up of my bruised and stapled up belly.  Mom counted the staples, she said I had 52 of them…WOW that’s a lot of staples.

Here I am again…I didn’t have to wear a cone-head since I know “leave it” and someone was with me all the time so I knew to leave my ouchie alone. I did end up getting an infection but that cleared up.

This is my belly approximately 27 days after I had surgery..looks pretty good eh?  It took a very long time for my hair to grow back.  Mom was amazed at how long it took especially since I don’t have that much hair to begin with.

This is my underbelly this past Dec. 2009.

Here I am all better and happy that my surgery went well and that mom and dad caught it in time.  Most of you know that I was a rescue dane and now I can say that I was a very, very expensive rescue dane. 

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

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Happy Early St. Patrick’s Day!

Top of the morning to you lads and lassies.  Ok, I’m not really Irish but mom’s friend at work is and she gave us some items to dress me up in and you know my mom…she loves to dress me up.   So here are a couple pictures of me “wearin’ of the green” . 

Don’t I look cute??

And here I am by the green wall…thanks Jeanine for the hat and Matthew for the tie. 

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

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Pretty in Pink & Winter’s coming to an end…

Hi Everyone,

I haven’t posted in a while…sorry.  My hooman has been a tad bit lazy these days.  We will try to do better in the coming weeks.  Anyway, our Winter is slowly coming to an end and I wanted to post some of the last snow pictures of the season before Spring gets here. 

So mom bought me a new coat for this winter and of course she had to get a matching “snood”…I think this was more for her enjoyment rather than mine…take a look at some pictures.  These are the last snow pictures we will be posting this year so enjoy!

Here I am nice and cozy in my basement before she made me go outside.

And here I am in the matching “Snood”.  I know, don’t laugh at me…mom thought it was cute.  She even had this get-up custom made by a nice lady from New York.

Here’s an actual snow picture of me.  Don’t I just look so stinkin’ cute??

At this point, I’m trying to get the silly “snood” thing off of my head…what was mom thinking buying this silly thing?  Actually mom bought the snood purely for picture taking purposes and her own amusement.  I just don’t understand mom sometimes.

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

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Frog from Grandma….

Hi Everyone,

I received this stuffed frog from Grandma for Christmas and just have to show you some pictures of it and me playing with it…this was before I de-stuffed it.  Oh what fun I had….

What’s this big green thing??

Is this for me?  Can I have it?

Oh what fun I had with this frog.

I used to have a favorite Teddy Bear that Grandma gave me as well…and it really was my favorite and I still play with it all the time…well, I should say I play with the body parts of the bear.  Mom can’t seem to throw it away because I still toss the parts around…Here is a picture of what is left of the bear…sorry Mr. Bear.

Have a great weekend!

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

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Me & Mom Photo – In Honor of MaxDog…

Hi Everyone, (Kasha’s mom here)

In honor of Max and his mom, we wanted to post a couple of pictures of the two of us together.  We all have tons of pictures of our furbabies, but Max’s mom got me thinking how many did I really have of us together and when I looked, not many.  I did have hubby take some of us just for fun in December and I wanted to share a couple with you.   I hope others will follow suit and post pictures of you and your furbabies as well.  Enjoy! 

The first picture just cracks me up…Kasha was trying to give me a kiss and we actually caught it on film which is a huge accomplishment since I don’t have all that great of a camera. 

Check out that tongue…pucker up Mom!

The two of us together in Dec. 2009, Kasha looks like she’s squinting from flash…LOL

Have a great upcoming week everyone.

Denise & Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

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