Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Welcome Home

I got the long awaited call from the vet at 8 am this morning; Velvet had been drifting back and forth from being totally lucid to being completely knocked off, since yesterday afternoon. However, in the early hours of this morning she had awoken and chewed through her intravenous fluid line (they had tried to piece together all the bits to see if she had swallowed any of it...they thought probably not...is she the most accident prone dog ever!) and she had not looked back since...she could come home.

I saw two magpies on the the way to collect her...two for joy that seemed quite apt. What wasn't so fortunate was that a mention on the radio (Ken Bruce's Pop Master was to blame) of Peters and Lee's 1970's number one hit; Welcome Home...well this got me singing it to Velvet for the next 30 minutes...now the original was bad...but I am tone deaf 9yes even more tham Peters and Lee)...still we were happy!

She is not 100% her old self...hardly surprising after how ill she has been...but the biggest relief is that she can see. She is obviously very tired, but she isn't quite processing things as she would normally, however I am sure it will all resolve with time.

A big thank you to everyone who showed their concern via comments, emails and calls...it did help. I received an interesting link from Karen (Amiryck) about seasonal canine illness. I have been convinced from the start that Velvet's illness was some how connected to her jaunts into the wood. We have 5 acre of woodland which Velvet considers to be her playground. I am sure that she has some kind of stash in there, as whenever the opportunity araises she is off to the wood. She always comes back after about 15 minutes as through she has just been to check on something. And she did this on the morning the illness began. This means unfortunately for Velvet she will have to be kept on a lead for sometime...no more woodland outings for a while...my theory is that it is connected with fungi in some way?

I promise I will to try to be cheery for the rest of the year!


  1. Yep, great news. Good idea to keep her away from the 'magic mushrooms' for a while! Well done Velvet! Shirley & Robbie

  2. Smashing news and good for Velvet for fighting through. J x

  3. Great news about Velvet! We're all feeling relieved as she's such a little star!

  4. Great news to read that Velvet...has come home !...what an ordeal.....its the time of year for toadstools and magic mushrooms....up in my wood....Im wondering if thats the culprit !!....too.....any way...just lovely to read she is home on the mend !!......I hope you can have a good night's sleep....this evening !......Jayne

  5. I am with Jayne on this , fungus sounds likley. Poor little velvet does not have the body mass to deal with it. I am sure she will be back to normal in no time.

  6. I am getting a problem with commenting again - I tried last night and now I am trying again!
    Get well soon, Velvet - really glad she is home.