Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Poor Iris has been limping off and on for about a month now.  We've already been to see the vet once and he felt that it was just a pulled muscle in her right front shoulder (of course when I brought her in, she was prancing around showing no symptoms at all).  He gave her front leg and shoulder a really thorough exam and she showed no sign of pain, so we decided to wait and see instead of doing x-rays at the time.

Over the last week, her limp had almost completely gone away, but of course after traveling for the holidays, it seems to have gotten worse again.  She really only limps at night, and it's definitely worse on days that she does a lot of running around.  Now I'm debating about what to do next.  I could take her back to her regular vet for x-rays and bloodwork (she hasn't been tested for lyme recently), but it just seems to be acting like an injury or maybe arthritis.  She is 9 1/2 years old now, and her balance really isn't what it used to be before she started on phenobarb.

I am going to make her an appointment with the chiropractor next week.  I probably should have done that weeks ago, but I've been so busy with work before the holidays that I just haven't had the chance to get her in.  She already gets glucosamine and fish oil daily.

I miss being able to take my girl out for a walk.

Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from me and the red dog!

photo of Iris wearing reindeer antlers

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Long Overdue Update

Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted an updated about the red dog! Is anyone still following this blog?  Both the summer and the fall flew by.  I've actually been quiet busy with my photography work, especially this fall. Things are starting to get quieter now with the holiday right around the corner. Unless it snows, winter isn't the prettiest season for photography so I expect the next couple of months to be quiet too.

Things with Iris have been so uneventful, I haven't even thought about writing. However, we did just pass a big milestone for my girl - she's been seizure free for seven months!  I actually meant to post when she passed the six month mark, but I forgot.  Although, I don't mind celebrating seven months instead!  I'm not really sure why she's been able to go for so long, but I'm certainly not complaining.  We did increase her Pb after a bad episode last February.  She still had an episode in March and one in April, but nothing since then.

black and white photo of Iris sitting in a chair

Other than that, not much else is new.  Iris is enjoying the cooler weather because it means I'll let her ride in the car while I visit all of my dog-walking clients.  Even though my roommate has been working from home for the last few months, Iris would still rather spend the afternoon in the crate in car with me than be left behind.  Silly girl.  But who could say "no" to that face?