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Oct. 13, 2011 9:18 pm 
Updated: Oct. 20, 2011 5:18 pm

With plans to go and meet my new VIP, I have had major delays. First, EmmaLou started bloating, which required immediate attention, as a cow can die rapidly from this condition. A week later, she was lined out and doing well. I began to pack the truck.
Enter Cletus. He starts shaking his head madly and crying. It looks as though there is a foxtail down in his ear. Last year this happened and ruptured his ear drum. I make an appointment with the vet, but they can’t see him until Monday, so I have to delay my trip yet again.
Deciding that both dogs need their rabies booster and Samby the Lamby is due at freezer camp, we decide to do it all at once, justifying the use of the big stock trailer and saving us the embarrassment of using it to just haul Cletus in.
The dogs rode in the back half with Samby as there were ginormous tractor tires in the front that had to be dropped off in town. Cletus was pretty stressed out, as it was a trip to the vet which had started all his claustrophobia and traveling problems. Bruno was very non-chalant, though not happy about leaving the majority of their charges behind.
We dropped Samby off and everything went smoothly. The butcher suggested selling my soap in their shop and even had a little area to display them. I told him I would think about it, but I would like to work out a trade for their lard and tallow. 
Our next stop was the veterinary clinic. There was a new receptionist who apparently wasn’t familiar with these types of dogs. I tried to explain that they are claustrophic and extremely large. She was less than cooperative or understanding. She suggested we bring Bruno in first. We explained that IF we were going to attempt bringing the dogs inside, they would do best together and she objected vehemently. I shrugged and went after Bruno.
He did fine until he saw the front door. At that point I had to insist. I got him through the door, albeit under protest, but all was ok while we were on the doormat inside. Once we stepped off the mat onto the slippery tile, it was a whole different ball game. Bruno hit the ground like a soldier under fire. He became flatter than a rug and heavier than a tank. His breathing was rapid and shallow and I had to physically pull and drag his inert body towards the scale. Unsuccessful, the vet came and gave him his shot at the front door while he played dead and invisible. He looked VERY much like a rug. I pulled him outside with great effort where he finally got to his feet and towed me back to the trailer. I looked at Cletus, who is much larger, with his wild eyes, slavering madly with nerves. He had gotten so stressed that he required the services of a bush or reststop, which of course, was not available to him, so he had left his little gift on the wheel well of the trailer. Charming.
I proceeded to put a leash on him and with my pulling and Randyman pushing, Cletus yelped and growled and grumbled his way ALMOST into the big building where the cows and horses are treated. It would have been far easier to get a recalcitrant cow or horse in there. 
I put the proffered muzzle over his face and we held him tightly while he shook, trembled, vibrated with anxiety and the vet shook visibly as she noted his size and the level of his discomfort. He never made any move to be aggressive, he only tried evasive tactics. Unfortunately, the vet said the ear was so swollen inside, she could not help, so I have to put medication inside 2x a day for the next week and try again.
Cletus was a lot more cooperative getting in the horse trailer than he had been that morning.
I had been in a good deal of pain since early that morning. It seemed to grow in intensity through out the day and I was sure I needed to get home and find a position that would be more comfortable, or at the very least, find a way to extract the broadsword that I was certain someone had impaled me on when I wasn't looking.
Randyman had several errands to run, gathering vehicle parts for the ranch.  As the hours dragged by slowly, things became a bit more intense.
Finally, I decided the wisest course of action was not to rush home, but have Randyman drop me off at the nearest hospital, where they immediately admitted me. I became more anxious to go and see Kinley and Abby and worried about what was wrong and how far this would set us back.
Several hours afterwards, the tests came back, a rupturing appendix was ruled out, along with gall bladder problems. It was discovered that I was about to give birth to a kidney stone.
My lovely daughter in law called the hospital and we had a discussion about things as well as the fact that passing a stone is often compared to labor. However, I mentioned, at least she got a baby for her efforts. 
She then informed me that after her day, she would be happy to trade me for a kidney stone, as they are not likely to keep you awake after all is said and done.
Point taken!
Hopefully, we can make the exchange next week.
Oct. 14, 2011 3:17 am
Oh JEEZ petey!!! What a whirlwind tour of vets and hospitals! Not having ever had a kidney stone, I woudln't be able to offer any advice (not that I would anyway, I am not a doctor, so don't hand out advice on medical issues anyway!) :P Best I can offer is my well wishes for a speedy recovery! for both you AND Cletus! poor pup! Animals do not understand that we are only trying to get them better! Again, best wishes petey and hoping the stone passes quickly....
Oct. 14, 2011 4:00 am
On Petey, you poor thing. Kidney stones are so very painful and I can't imagine what kind of pain Cletus is in. I hate foxtails. Best of luck delivering that stone.
Oct. 14, 2011 4:48 am
Sounds like a very rough day!!! :( Glad the Doctor found the source of your pain though. I will keep you and your pooch in my prayers.
Oct. 14, 2011 6:33 am
Oh you poor thing! Hope you are doing better and have passed the dang thing by now! I feel for your pups, I have a lab who is terrified of any slick surface(like the kitchen floor). I have rugs scattered all over so he can riverstone step across LOL! Watching him prep to launch from the family room to the first rug is absolutely hilarious.
Oct. 14, 2011 6:41 am
What did you name the stone? LOL
Oct. 14, 2011 6:49 am
Best wishes for good health to all.
Oct. 14, 2011 7:33 am
Oct. 14, 2011 8:04 am
I have had about 4 kidney stones, my last being about 4 years ago, knock on wood. The first two I was on meds, cat scan etc... the last two were not as bad for some reason, maybe because they were smaller or something.
Oct. 14, 2011 9:01 am
..and you with a farm! I can think of far far better ways to get stoned Rocket. Simply get seed, and in the middle of the cornfield, sprinkle a few. There ya go, hayseed pot. Way better than what you've proposed. Ugh, sorry you missed your trip but hey, this made for better blog fodder huh?
Oct. 14, 2011 10:32 am
Reading this tale is an experience in vicarious pain/anxiety/stress sharing! I'll be ding-donged-darned if it just doesn't seem quite fair! You need to go see those kiddos! BTW, did anyone (AKA THE VET) educate the silly receptionist that the owners usually know their dog's behavior/tolerance better than a stranger?!
Oct. 14, 2011 10:44 am
I'd like to give that veterinary receptionist a piece of my mind! Like Mamaw said, YOU know your dogs' behavior and tolerance levels and there's no reason why you should have to subject them to extra anxiety just because they don't want to go outside to see them. I was a vet tech/receptionist and our vet would go out to the clients' vehicles to see an animal if they requested it. No reason not to. At any rate, did the vet even think to suggest some kind of sedative to make Cletus' return visit a little less stressful for him? And to think, you went through all of that while dealing with a kidney stone! I hope the passing of that stone was quick and you're out of pain now!!
Oct. 14, 2011 10:49 am
Good thing you didn't have twins!! lol - ok - - maybe that wouldn't be funny... I hope you get to see your little people soon. You're having a hard time getting off that ranch between a bloated cow, an "ear"itated dog and you with labor pains . . .geeeesh!!! Do they have an app for that? lol Here's hoping travel plans are on the horizon!
Oct. 14, 2011 12:11 pm
Oh my.....your pups sound like my Miss Lily. The big difference is that I can hand pack all 10 pounds of her in the vet door. I am so glad all of you are on the mend!
Oct. 14, 2011 6:48 pm
Gosh, Petey! I guess this would be a misadventure! Glad everyone is mending. Well, there's Samby...
Oct. 16, 2011 8:09 am
Wow! So glad you got through it all. I hope you're feeling better and Cletus is on the mend as well!
Oct. 17, 2011 4:53 am
Oh, wow - never had a stone but have heard they are so painful. Hope all is better now, Petey. I also feel your pain re: the vet. Gus is also traumatized so of course I am too. It takes Denny & me to hold him down for a shot and of course with a muzzle. Right now he is overdue because I get so nervous...
Oct. 19, 2011 4:40 am
When it rains, it pours! Hope you're feeling better Petey. A sympathy story for your issues at the vet: My pointer/lab mix, Wyatt, was at the vet this week. Although he adores anything that walks on two legs, he thinks other dogs are the devil! Very embarrasing, this lack of socialization. I was standing at the desk when a rather 'jaunty' fellow came out of the back with his large fancy dog. Picture an older gentleman going for a drive in the English countryside...he clearly was a member of the old-money, elite of this area. Well, Wyatt starting growling and lungeing at his dog, I tried to calm him, but to no avail. I said to the receptionist, "I'll just wait outside until the vet is ready for Wyatt". Without missing a beat, the man said, "Better idea...why don't you wait in another state!".
Oct. 19, 2011 7:28 am
Oh, petey, I'm trying really hard to be all sympathetic, and I AM, truly, I've undergone unsuccessful lithotripsy for stones and I really feel for you, Bruno and Cletus. But geezlouise, I'm laughing so hard I may just bust a gut! I KNOW it's not funny, but you write so well, it's your own darn fault. And Freezer Camp? WTF? Poor Samby!
Oct. 19, 2011 7:30 am
Wyattdogster - what a mean old grinch of a man! Quikc-witted, for sure, but a big blue meany all the same.
Oct. 19, 2011 5:26 pm
Dear Petey -- I'm so sorry to hear about your stones. Is this the first time or have there been others? I've had stones for many years. I've had lithotripsy to smash them 11 times. I finally had surgery and 10 of them were removed. I'm just a stone former. I know what you're going through and I pray that this is an isolated event for you. I so enjoy your blogs. I feel like I'm right there on the ranch with you. Please continue to write and no more stones!! Enjoy your little people. We have little people too and love them to death!
Oct. 20, 2011 6:15 am
Oh, Petey, I'm so sorry for your troubles with your health and your poor Cletus! I'm always amazed by your gift. It seemed as if I were with you when I was reading. Thanks for sharing, and hope everyone is on the mend soon!
Oct. 20, 2011 7:49 am
Oh my, Petey, so glad you are going to be okay, albeit after A LOT of discomfort (Pain!) Loved your blog! Very entertaining dealing with all your "troops". Feel better soon!!
Oct. 20, 2011 5:18 pm
What a crummy day, Petey!! My husb has had stones 3 times. Men being SUCH good patients,,,, I pray every day that "we" don't have another one any time soon. Vet trips can be such a trying experience for some dogs (and other animals, too, I am sure). Our 2 love to go 'cause they get liver treats and adore the vets and the techs. The cats..... not so much. Take care, and I hope everything passes soon so you can go visit those little people!
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