Update on Chica’s surgery
I picked Chica up at the spay clinic at 5pm on Monday. The poor baby looked like she had been thru the ringer. Not only had they spayed her, but I had them clean her teeth and she had several baby teeth pulled. I was told that she was about 2 years old, but sometimes they still retain their baby teeth. The vet showed me her teeth and they looked horrible. They were all yellow and her breath was really stinky. YUK!!!
Anyway the vet pulled 6 baby teeth and they sent me home with all her teeth and 2 antibiotics to give her with complete instructions. But she was really feeling bad.
She did not want to be picked up as I am sure she was really hurting. Not only did she have major surgery but she had major dental work as well. I have never had 6 teeth pulled out at one time so I am sure she was a very hurting girl.
She didn’t want to have anything to do with me…
I took her home and placed her on her bed. But she was so tender it must have hurt and she really let me know with a horrible scream. I felt so bad for her. She wouldn’t even look at me. I got the feeling that she thought her pain was all my fault. I made her as comfortable as I could and let her just sleep.
I was planning on leaving for New Mexico on Wednesday and had paid up through that day. However when Wednesday came I could tell she was still not feeling like her old self. She barely wanted anything to do with me and did not have any energy whatsoever. I went down to the office and paid for another 2 days, which I thought should be adequate for her to be feeling like her old rambunctious self.
That gave me time to do a few things around the rig like defrosting the refrigerator and buying groceries for the road. I am really glad I waited those 2 extra days. It made a big difference for both of us. She is on the mend and getting back to her old playful self and I am a bit more organized.
My new copilot
The next problem I faced was how she was going to travel. I had bought a carrier for her, but she does not like being confined in a small space. Every time I put her into it she would get really fussy and agitated. The drive to Deming, NM was approximately 350 miles and I knew that would not work.
So instead I put her bed in the passenger seat with one of her toys and her chew bone. She likes to chew on the bone and it keeps her occupied for a long time. I wasn’t sure how she would react to a moving vehicle, but she was not at all frightened. Here is a pic of my new co-pilot manning her position.
She was very good and did not move around, but slept most of the time in her bed as I was driving. On occasion she would look out the window at the scenery passing by. I am sure this was a new experience for her and she accepted it graciously. Then there were times she would want to get on my lap where she slept. She was very good and did not want to go anywhere else in the rig.
Lots of rest stops…
I am not one to stop at rest stops often. I usually don’t travel too far in one day so I like to breeze past them to get to my destination. Now that has all changed. I now stop at all the rest stops I can so that Chica can get some exercise and go potty. She is a real trooper. Sometimes we stopped with big rigs on each side of her with their motors running. I was worried that she would be frightened of them, NO WAY!! Not my Chica. She just bolts ahead pulling on her leash and glad to go for a walk.
Made it to Deming…
After traveling 367 miles we landed at the Low-Hi RV Park, that we will call home for the next couple of days. I drove up to Rockhound State Park but it was full, so will check it out after the weekend and hopefully we can find a nice spot there for 14 days. Below is a pic I had previously posted of her at the vet with her carrier in the background. She did not like being confined in that carrier for one minute.
Yesterday Chica took the big plunge in to the fulltime RV lifestyle. Prior to that she had never been out of Mesa, AZ but now has been in 2 states. WOW!! She really enjoyed the ride and being able to get out at different rest stops along the way. Now she is comfortably sleeping at my feet and looking forward to all the adventures I have told her about. She is especially looking forward to going to Canada and seeing big moose and bears this spring.