jean came and helped me soak spritely's leg (mo, i wrapped it in warm wet towels instead of the bucket, that gross water from her dirty hoof was just too much for me today, that just screams against clean technique!) Spritely was wonderful, i think she was happy that there was no needle poking going on tonight (she is finished with the lasix) the vet is coming early tomorrow morning and is going to try injecting antibiotics straight into the vessels in her leg. he told me tonight on the phone that if we cannot get this worked out soon, that foot will be lost and so will she. normally she is a bit of a prima donna, a tiny bit pushy and self centered. these last couple of days, i am sure she knows how hard we are trying to help her and she is being soo good and cooperative to make it as easy as possible. what a lovely, lovely girl.
petunia sat up and patiently waited for her melba toasts tonight, she seems so content with how things have turned around in her life. even when i was pushing her a little bit to let me touch her and brush her (she was really just interested in her evening toast, not warm and fuzzy moments) she barely mumbled her disgruntled complaints. and this afternoon she actually rolled over onto her side and let me gently brush her belly. i think tunie is going to do really well here once we can get her up and walking better. janice is coming on monday to shave some more off those feet. bet she gets lot's of melba toast on monday!
carl decided to be stubborn about bed tonight and made jean and i wait for like 10 minutes before he sauntered into the barn. lately he has been taking carrots from my fingers and i was happy to see him take one from jean tonight too.
for those of you who have never had a chance to spend a part of an evening in a happy barn with everyone tucked into bed for the night...if you ever get the chance, grab it. the barn animals are so different our usual assorted animal companion friends and yet, there is a peace and tranquility around them when they are well cared for and content.
even with the current worry about spritely and her leg, i find it fascinating and incredibly touching that spritely is not worried, she is at peace and she trusts us to take care of her no matter what. it was a very nice evening in the barn tonight, i think i want to move out there and live with them. now i know why farm hands lived in the barn in the olden days, it was a nice place to live.