Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Snake Vaccine

Red Rocks snake vaccine is a great security blanket for guys like me who hunt MT in the fall. I know the big rattlers are there, even though I've never seen one. I try to avoid the places I think snakes would be- rock outcroppings, etc. I'm hoping when one of my dogs gets too curious and takes a hit, the vaccine will give us enough time to get to a vet. Heck, I hunt an hour or more, usually, away from any town. I always put the vet number in my phone and I have injectible steroids and benadryl, but this vaccine really makes me feel a lot better. One problem is Ace reacts to the shot. I called Red Rocks Biologic, the manufacturer, and talked to them- very friendly. Ace is that 1% dog that does swell up. Actually, he doesn't swell up due to the shot reaction, he swells about a week later with an abscess. then I drain it and give him some antibiotics and we are good to go. None of my other dogs (5) react. I still think it's worth the effort. Of all my dogs, Ace is the one to stick his nose where it doesn't belong.

Running up and down the coulees of MT in Sept, you know we are passing some snakes, but we've never seen any. Just lucky, I guess and I hope to stay that way.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Knucklehead is OK!

Some sort of fluid buildup in the body caused the swelling.  Well, he’s better now and I should be garnering more tales and adventures about him in the fall! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bo to the Vet

Randy Schultz and his beloved Bo 2

The knothead goes to  the vet for an operation to remove a swollen testicle.  The vet took a look at it a few days ago, got “that look” on his face and strongly recommended that we take care of this ASAP.  I know this guy and I know his “looks”.  He did offer up that it might be cancer, which I deduced right after I found it.  I do hope, if it is cancer, that we get it all and the Bocephus has a few more seasons running the ridges and coulees.  Well, it was tempting to start telling another “Bo story”, but I’ll wait until after the operation.