Leash Laws – Not Such A Bad Idea

I’ll admit, I have broken many a leash law in my day with my dog, Montague.  He’s very well behaved and listens to me despite distractions, so in certain situations I trust he will be safe off leash.  But, really, we should never do that.  And here’s why:

1. Other dogs.  Your dog may be great off leash, and may be awesome with other dogs.  But other dogs may not be so great with your dog.  Having your pup off leash creates a tension automatically with any dog he walks up to, because that dog knows they are restricted (on a leash) while your dog is not and that can cause aggression.  Also, other dogs may just not be fans of dogs so your dog being off leash and out of your control could cause some serious issues if/when he runs up to a non-dog friendly dog.

2. Wildlife.  I think we can all agree that if our dog sees a bunny, squirrel, or other chase-able animal, all bets are off and they are not listening to you.  Running off after wildlife can cause safety issues for both your dog and the wildlife.  Also, snakes.  I can’t tell you how many times Monty and I come across a snake on the trails.  Most of the time, they are bull snakes and therefore pretty much harmless, but poisonous snakes are out there and will bite if provoked.  Dogs usually don’t know to be wary of snakes and normally are curious.  This is very dangerous for your pup and could lead to serious injury or even death.

3. Safety.  Overall, it can just be unsafe to have your dog off leash.  Monty and I regularly go hiking in the mountains where some trails have steep drop offs and loose rocks.  Having him on a harness and leash allows me to catch him if were to slip (which has happened).  It also can be unsafe for the environment.  Many trails border or go through protected land, which can be disturbed or destroyed when dogs romp through them (example:  endangered animal nest your dog runs over).

I agree it can be annoying to follow leash laws, but overall, it’s for the greater good to follow them.  Please think twice before taking the leash off and have fun out there walking and hiking with your pups this summer!

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Happy Birthday to Calliope!

My wonder cat, who was born with FeLV (Feline leukemia virus, click here to learn more about this incurable disease), celebrated her third birthday this past Monday, May 8.   This little kitty is the ever playful, super cuddly, defier of all odds who will not, and cannot, be stopped.   Happy Birthday, Calliope.  You are a true little wonder bunny-cat!!

Monty Update – April 12

Monty had his final check up at the CSU Flint Animal Cancer Center this morning:  He is healing well, and cleared to eat and play however he wants again!!!  WOOT!!!  He has been pouting and  sulking a lot the last week, wanting his toys and to play catch.  So I am super happy to learn we can get back into our

THANK YOU to all of you who have support me and Monty through this crazy journey of battling cancer.  Your kind words, positive vibes, prayers, and generosity have helped more than I can ever express.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

Monty Update – Cancer Free!

Wednesday afternoon I got the call from the Colorado State University Veterinary Hospital oncology team that my Mister Montague the Moose is officially cancer free. YAY!!! It is such a relief to learn everything Monty and I have gone through the last two months has led to him back on track to enjoy his life as he is meant to.

Now, we focus on healing up from surgery (despite our fun set back of three visits to the ER the weekend after Monty’s surgery. He kicked two of his stitches out in his sleep Saturday night, which kicked off *pun intended* a weekend full of trying to fix the stitches.) and snuggling ALL THE TIME. And, once he’s healed up, we are going to have so many awesome adventures, too, to celebrate. Lots of hiking and swimming adventures are in our future this spring and summer, and maybe a road trip or two as well!

Thank you for all your love and support as we went through this battle. I really appreciate you so, so very much.

Just a few days before Monty’s big surgery that would alter his handsome looks, we went to Horsetooth Reservoir to do a photo shoot to capture Monty’s amazing personality. The photos were beautifully done by Erin Thames Photography. Enjoy!

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My boyfriend, Ryan, has lovingly set up a donation page for Monty’s surgery.  If you would like to support Mr. Montague in his surgery and recovery, please consider making an investment in his future as a derper dog (due to the tongue hanging out situation that we now have!).  Thank you ❤

Monty Update – Back Home!

Monty’s surgery did not start until a little after 4pm yesterday, and his surgery took longer than expected so I did not get the phone call from the surgeon until about 7:15pm.  At that time, I was hosting my usual quiz at McClellan’s Brewing, but the staff and quizzers alike were super supportive of me having to pause the quiz and take the call to make sure Monty made it out of surgery okay.

This morning, CSU called a little after 8am updating me that Monty did well through the night and had a pretty good appetite as well.  They said he was doing great this morning and that I could pick him up after 11am, so I went and got him right at 11.

So now we are home!  Monty is quite alert, although a little droopy/drugged up (he’s got some pretty sweet pain medications to give him comfort).   Now begins the healing process.  At this moment, he is napping by the door and drooling all over the place.   He gets three medications three times a day at different intervals, so I am working on making a chart to keep track of it all.  In 10-14 days, Monty will go back to the vet to have a check up appointment and make sure everything is healing correctly.  And in 7-10 days we will hear back from the lab as to whether or not the tumor was completely removed.  If the lab results come back that the tumor is fully gone, Monty is cured of cancer. (!!!)

I will make sure to do an update once we  hear back from the lab and know our status in this cancer battle.  Thank you to everyone who has been so amazing and supportive during this process.  I am forever in your debt!! ❤

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Ryan has lovingly set up a donation page for Monty’s surgery.  If you would like to support Mr. Montague in his surgery and recovery, please consider making an investment in his future as a derper dog (due to the tongue hanging out situation that we now have!).  Thank you ❤

Monty Update: Surgery Day

Today is the big day.  Monty and I arrived at the CSU vet hospital bright and early at 7:30am this morning.  I was able to meet with the new team (my previous team, for several reasons, was unable to do the surgery today) and ask any final questions I had.  Monty was typical Monty and shook as if he was a chihuahua once we got inside the hospital.  That pup is too smart for his own good!  The new team seems wonderful.  We have a student vet, a teaching vet, and the surgeon, who is one of the staff surgeons.  It was a difficult morning for me, but I made sure to be calm and collected while Monty was still with me.  Don’t need him knowing I’m a mess!  He was taken back to their prep area around 8:15am to get a once-over, get his blood type, and start prepping for surgery.

I will receive phone calls right before Monty goes in for surgery, right after he wakes up, and a follow-up call before the team leaves for the day.  They do have an overnight team that takes over, so Monty will be monitored the entire night.  They will then call me tomorrow morning around 8am to let me know how he’s doing and if/when he’ll be ready for me to pick him back up.  The vet also said she would take a picture of Monty post-surgery so I can prepare myself for what he’ll look like when I see him in person again.

This will be the first time since I adopted Monty that I sleep in my home without him there.  It will definitely be an odd evening for both of us.  I left a hoodie that I wore most of yesterday with Monty so he could smell home and me, and hopefully know I will be coming for him as soon as I can!

Please send all you’ve got – prayers, positive energy, good juju, etc – to Monty for his surgery today and for his recovery in the days to come.  Thank you ❤

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And for something a little more fun:  all this week leading up to today, Monty and I had as many adventures as we could.  He went swimming at the indoor dog pool, got all the pets at New Belgium Brewery, went hiking and swimming at Horsetooth Reservoir, did our usual walks at the ponds near our house, and had a toy party last night (since he won’t have toys for a month… poor guy!).  Enjoy our pictures from the adventures. 🙂

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Monty – March 9

Yesterday, Monty had his CT scan at the CSU cancer center.

We arrived at 7:15am and he was taken back for the day soon after.  It was a pretty nerve-raking day for me, since Monty had to be put under for the scan and I have terrible anxiety with anesthesia.  Monty was a champ, though, and he did great, although was a little dopey still when I picked him up.  I met with the oncology surgeon around 4pm when I came to get Monty and learned what they saw.  It turns out the cancer has been attacking Monty’s jaw bone (we originally didn’t think it was) and the entire front of his mouth is infected.  Luckily, the tumor does not go past his canine teeth, so our surgery plan that was discussed on Monday is the same:  they will remove the lower jaw bone to just behind the canine teeth (so Monty will be losing his canines, which is a bummer, but necessary).  The surgeon was very confident that this surgery would completely remove the tumor and Monty would be back on track to having a the lifespan he deserves.

I talked a while with the vet and surgeon about Monty’s quality of life after this surgery, since it seems to me to be a major change.  They both said that while Monty may look a little different, it won’t affect his ability to play/eat/chew/etc in any way.

The big day is scheduled for Thursday, March 16.  I will be taking Monty to the cancer center that morning, and they will hold him overnight after the 1.5 hour surgery to ensure everything is okay and Monty’s comfort level/pain management.  My plan is to work from home that Friday, March 17 so I can be available to pick him up when he’s ready and then be with him the rest of the day/into the weekend.

Please send your love, healing thoughts, positive vibes, whatever you have to send for Monty to have a successful and as painless as possible surgery next Thursday.

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Ryan has lovingly set up a donation page for Monty’s surgery.  If you would like to support Mr. Montague, please consider making an investment in his future as a derper dog (due to the inevitable tongue hanging out situation that we will have post-surgery).  Thank you ❤