Sunday, January 3, 2010

The perils of Peaches

Welll, putting the tire on Peaches' cable didn't work. She kept crawling under the fence. Only now when she crawled under she got stuck in the woods and barked until someone came and rescued her.

So after the umpteenth call from the neighbors we decided she needed to spend a few days in dog "jail" - the 6ft tall chain link kennel.

The first night she used the dog house to jump out. She was waiting for us in the morning. We moved the dog house well away from the fence.

We never dreamed that a 62 pound, 11 month old bundle of fur would climb a 6 foot fence, but some time during the night she did just that. Unfortunately, she didn't make it all the way over.

We found her in the morning hanging upside down with both back paws stuck. It took me lifting her and Brian prying the panels apart to get her free. Her right hind leg was covered in blood and obviously broken.

Peaches never cried when I carried her to the car. In fact, she only wimpered once at the vets. Not when he realigned the bones, not when he set the leg in a splint... she cried when he gave her an antibiotic shot.

Now Peaches is confined to the garage. The vet says if we don't lose circulation to the paw and the cut doesn't get infected she should mend. We'll go back on Wednesday to see.  In the mean time, every morning I mix up a bowl of milk and an egg then crush a calcium pill into it. Peaches thinks this is a great treat. I hope it helps her heal.

Friday, January 1, 2010


An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

Bill Vaughan

We are definitely optimists.

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas

I don't know who said that last one but I like it! May we all support our local farmers this year and in the process build community and a healthier life.