Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sassy Sunday (7-10-11)

Hi everyone!  Sassy here.  No, that's not a picture of me.  This is the adorable (or so says Barb) Kitten #3. Poor baby doesn't have a name yet.  We are waiting for his (or her?) new mommy to name him.  He is pretty cute.

Ginger was downstairs with Barb last night.  And guess what!  She is scared of little, bitty kittens.  Yup.  Scared of them.  Chili, on the other hand, wants to get to know them.  But Momma hasn't let those dogs near them yet.  And, as for me, well, I'm the queen of the house.  If the kittens want to get to know me they can.  But they'll have to come to me.  I'm not gonna bother to go down there.

I will be going in for my surgery tomorrow.  Somehow I tore my CCL.  That stands for "cranial cruciate ligament" and it's the same as the ACL in humans.  There are some other treatments before surgery, but pain meds and weight loss (Oh, I've lost 2.5 lbs.  I'm starving to death!  Send pizza!) and rest are not helping.  And I'm not about to wear a brace.  I don't like wearing stuff.  Plus the vet doesn't think they work very well. (although he told Barb he'd be happy for us to try it if we want to).

There is more than one way to do the surgery.  We are going with the less risky, less involved form.  They will tie some suture material to the bone behind my knee cap, bring it around the front, and tie it to a hole they will drill in the top of the bone just below my knee.  This suture material won't last for too long, but by the time it breaks down there will be some scar tissue built up to stabilize my knee.  Sounds easy enough.
The other procedures involve cutting of bones and the vet said that in his experience, these surgeries work just as well but not better than the option he prefers.

And now, for your laugh of the week, I'd like to show you how ridiculous Chili acts when she thinks someone is gonna get her food.  It's funny.  Being the dignified girl that I am, I just growl at any dog to gets into my bowl without my permission.  (BTW, in case you were worried, Chili and I will both allow Barb to take food out of our mouths and bowls without complaining.  We are not food-aggressive.  Just a little protective when it comes to each other and our food.)

Have a great Sunday!


Oskar said...

We'll be praying for your surgery to go well. Paws crossed!

Nubbin wiggles,

Sherry said...

I hear of quite a few torn CCL injuries. With some dogs, keeping them quiet during the recovery is the hard part! (Probably equally miserable for people, too.)

ModernMom said...

Such a sweet littly kitty and complete set of pups! We are a dog and cat family too! Hope the surgery goes well.