Teddy will be OK.
I’m back at the home I am staying at after a rush visit to a veterinarian‘s office in Vernon, B.C. (I am on the road, staying at a friends, while in transition)
The good news is, I started crying in the lobby at the vet’s after they treated Teddy because they said “no charge.” Yep, they didn’t charge me. So much has gone wrong daily since I arrived in the Okanagan that this vet clinic was a breath of fresh air.
Teddy has never been injured before. Poor guy, he was so confused.
Teddy stepped on some cacti burrs at a dog park!
With long 2 inch spines/spikes.! What are those doing at a dog park that I thought was safe for dogs!?
He got two burrs stuck in the bottom of his foot pads. I calmly got one out but couldn’t get the other spikes/burrs out without hurting him.
And the problem was, we had a long way to walk back to the car, including not just the hiking trail we had been on at the park, but pavement in the parking lot, so I feared that the long cacti spikes would be driven further into his foot.
In the end, it got stuck in my sweatpants and attached to my sweatpants … and MY leg!
My leg quickly got all red with a rash. I am still in the midst of an allergic reaction to the cacti and on Benedryl.
Teddy is sleeping. It took everything out of him, today.
The kindness at the veterinarians office, and the AMAZING vet tech, who made a bad situation better. Thank you Central Animal Hospital. You are angels, and were kind to a visitor in your town, and I will not forget you. You cared not only about me while I have been in a crisis, but showed kindness, love and care for my dog.
There are kind business owners out there.
But what a rough day. Time for a nap.
This is a post of the Adventures of Teddy and Brenda which I hope to never repeat again. Thankfully, my dog is OK. Please note my warning to the public below:
– Brenda Johima
P.S. The next day :
Those spiky cactus burrs took everything out of Teddy and I. Teddy is still in bed! It’s 9:38 AM and he hasn’t even cared to go out and pee or eat breakfast. He has really really slept in, which has given me extra rest this morning also.
Hopefully he will perk up soon and be OK.
P.S. I DO hope that the City of Vernon cleans up their dog parks, and at MINIMUM, posts visible warning signs at the dog park to let people know that there are such dangerous plants there.
The park that Teddy got injured at is called Becker Park and it is listed as a “Dog Park” by Greater Vernon Recreation Services. I do NOT recommend it, unless they post warning signs to warn of the dangerous plants (long spikes on cacti burrs) that could harm both dogs and people. There was also garbage strewn about throughout, again, not safe for dogs.
Here’s a quick photo of Teddy today, on our little jaunt around the property here where I am staying in the Okanagan for a couple+ weeks while in transition.
He’s TWO years old after yesterday and we’ve rarely been apart except for during my medical/cancer treatments.
I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend SO much time with my dog, 24/7 during the first two years of his life.
We are a solid team.
Even through there are times he still doesn’t listen to me! LOL.
Brenda and Teddy (Dr. T.)
P.S. I am growing out his topknot, so we are at the awkward stage in hairdos Let’s see how long I last before I trim it short again. lol.
P.S.P.S. Teddy wears a vest whenever we are in the woods, for several reasons. One, it protects his chest a little bit while he is running over logs and branches and such. Two, it makes him more visible in the bush/forest. And Three, it gives me something to grab if I need to, for his safety. (there is a grab handle on his back)
This is an (edited) REPOST from my Facebook profile. I have SO much to say, so much to write and to blog about as it has been too long since I have been here, writing with you. I will be back soon to post more.
RE : Fundrasing Benefit Concert November 15th / 2014 :
(Before you ask me for photos, I did not take any. I brought my camera but decided to leave it in my bag and to not take photos. I really wanted to just “BE” … to be there, to be fully present with the music and to be present with my old friends and new friends I made, and to BE, to fully experience all of the emotions of all the performances. I made the right decision. I came away with a FULL heart.)
Sooooo, I really cannot find the words, and I am usually good with words … to describe what I felt last night at the fundraising concert.
There are no true words to describe an evening of HEART, from beginning to end.
Each and every speaker/singer/performer/artist was in their zone of heart and soul, and this continued to touch the entire audience, I know, from start to finish of the fund-raising concert.
By the way, I arrived late for my own concert. LOL. And those who know me, know that I am NEVER late. I was kind of freaking out in my car as I had left the directions at my hotel room, and I don’t have a cell/smart phone to check Google maps. I knew I was very close to the location of the church but going around in circles. FUNNY, for someone who used to be a limousine driver in Vancouver … but nothing helps chemo-brain in that situation. I was lost. Long story short, eventually I drove to a store that I have spent thousands in, over the many many years in technology, in both computers and cameras … London Drugs staff (6 of them) at 41st and Victoria in Vancouver, all pitched in to help me out, and to Google the church and to map out the directions for me to get there … I told them all that I had cancer and there was a fundraising concert going on for me and I was late. One of them shared about a family member who was dealing with cancer. Touched my heart. I was sooooooo close to the location of the church when I was driving in circles lost, but just had not quite gone far enough. I arrived late, and in minutes, Susan Summers had me on stage speaking with Teddy. LOL. And off we went!
At the concert, Teddy was a Rockstar! (…on and off stage ) … I am now even more proud then ever, to own this special guy.
Teddy got to come on stage with me a couple of times … and the 2nd time decided he was going to eat or shred the raffle tickets remaining in a basket. Ha. He added a little humour for sure
During the concert, at the end of a beautiful classical piano piece with Nancy McMaster, Teddy was in the audience with me and he let out a big deep and sexy bark to end her piece, almost exactly in pitch with the piano, when she played her final chords. Toooooo funny! Ha. Still makes me smile.
A HUGE thank you to Shannon Ingersoll, Susan Summers and Ernie Day for instigating this fund-raising concert and for working to pull it all together so beautifully. It really was a beautiful evening, filled with healing energy for performers and audience. I came away feeling healed. Truly. It was that good.
I could write a book, JUST on last night, it was soooooo WOW!
And, not only did I come away with a HEART filled with LOVE, I came away with some fund-raising dollars that will help me get through the next bit of time, AND … get this! You know what Ernie Day did??
I came back to my hotel room last with a new GUITAR from the concert!! (guitar and kitbag/case and a $75.00 gift certificate for accessories)
YES. And WOW. Thank you Ernie, for all the hard work and phone calls and cold calls you did to make that happen.
(Ernie was moved by my story that yes, I have sold all of my musical instruments over time, to pay bills … NOW, I can begin again, I have a GUITAR!!)
Ernie, maybe you can share in comments more about how you got the guitar and strings, who donated it, etc. I was so blown away with emotions last night I have forgotten which company donated.
The MUSIC of the concert was all incredible. Really a spiritual, healing, uplifting, gentle evening. The only word that describes it all, is HEART.
Susan Summers was a fabulous MC, who kept things rolling along, and with gentleness and respect. Well done, Susan!
And Shannon, it was SO great to meet you in person, and you put a ton of time and energy into making this all happen behind the scenes and at the concert also. Thanks SO much!
I had FUN. I laughed, I cried, I got lots of hugs, and have healed some of my ” Stinkin’ Thinkin’ ” that I shared with the audience last night. I will post this in more detail on my blog.
There you have it! For now. You are getting the first of my sharing on this. Then I will post publicly, after my favourite Facebook group (YOU!) gets to read it first.
Brenda is HAPPY and I feel sooooo LOVED.
I have decided to stay for one more night in Vancouver at the Sylvia Hotel. The weather is SO beautiful, and my location SO spectacular, I just want to continue to breathe it all in, all of this GOOD.
Love you all,
when i first got diagnosed with breast cancer, all of a sudden, little bits of poetry just started to flow out of me, out of the blue it seemed … it was FUN and effortless … then i began chemotherapy, and it all just came to a halt on its own, just as fast as it began …
BUT early this morning?
… the poetry snippets began to flow once again :
playing it safe
i have been
forever it seems
silt mud salt and sea
longing no more
it is time
to spread our doggie wings
to where we will go
but i am sure it will be
for just you and
– brenda johima
october 1, 2014, 6:05 a.m.
it came out like a flash