Pupdate: Fable

Fable after her surgery

Fable after her surgery

We got the news a couple of weeks ago that Fable is no longer being considered for breeding. So Tuesday she had spay surgery. The vet said the surgery went well and Fable was a very good girl while they had her. She seemed a bit miffed at me when I picked her up. While she was perfectly willing to go with me, Fable didn’t acknowledge me until that evening. She was really tired Tuesday night and kind of nauseous. I didn’t clue into it until she threw up the dinner I encouraged her to eat. After Bill got home and spend some time cuddling with her she felt some better. But a good nights sleep did the trick and by the end of the day Wednesday she was feeling good and by Thursday night she thought she was ready to go at life full blast.

We have two extra dogs (a working guide, whose handler had foot surgery and a pet dog we are watching for family) now and Fable wants to play with them. She has spent the last two days at work with Bill, which limits the amount of time we have to keep her separated from the other three dogs. As long as she doesn’t overdo it for the next week and think things will be great. Fable has an official evaluation next weekend. I think she will do great, I sure hope so.

p.s. Galaxy is doing great. I’ll try to get an update written on her soon.


Waffle Gets Fixed

Waffle getting snuggles from Bill at the vet

Today was the day that Waffle was scheduled to get spayed. Last night she got home from the puppy swap and seemed extra thirsty. She went into the bathroom and drank out of the toilet which she has never done before. So we gave her some extra water. She wasn’t suppose to eat or drink after midnight. I meant to make sure the toilet lid was down if this was a new trend she wouldn’t have access to it this morning. But somehow I forgot. And she went straight to the toilet this morning and snuck in about 3 laps. I was sure we would have to reschedule her surgery but they said it would be fine. When I was unpacking her bag from the puppy swap we figured out why she was so intent on getting water. It appears that she didn’t get fed before she was return last night from the puppy swap and we didn’t realize it. Because there was a baggie with one of her meals in it. Poor Waffle. Her tummy was so empty and she wanted to fill it with something so she went after water. I felt so bad because we couldn’t feed her breakfast because of the surgery.

Bill took her to Cottonwood Animal Hospital on his way to work. It took awhile because there were so many other dogs waiting to check in too. This afternoon Dr. Porter called and said that everything went well. I was glad to hear that. Then this evening the three of us (me, Bill and Casey) went to visit Waffle. She was a little groggy but she was happy to see us and went spent about a half an hour or so give her loves and cuddles. The labradoddle in the next kennel wanted some attention too but I couldn’t do much for him through the door of the kennel. Casey didn’t like it if I gave Waffle too much attention so Bill did most of the real cuddling with Waffle. Finally we put Waffle back in the kennel and headed home. Waffle was not happy about being left behind and made her feelings known. We get to pick her up anytime after 10 a.m. tomorrow and she will hang out with Bill at work because I need to go to Provo tomorrow and have other errands to run.

Change of Plans

I got a call today from GDB breeding department with some unexpected news. The will not be using Banta as a breeder so she will be spayed and put into training to be a guide dog. Wow! I wasn’t expecting that. I had called earlier in the day to find out what was happening with her because we had expected to hear from them, after last weeks news that she was cleared to be a breeder, and left a message. It seems that this week she decided to react badly to having blood drawn and to wearing the sensitivity harness that they use on the harder to handle breeders. I can just imagine her deciding that she doesn’t like something and turning it into a battle. So I’ve come to the conclusion that Banta had everything they wanted for her be a good mother but she didn’t have what they need in a breeder in actually being happy in going through the whole process of being a breeder.


So what is next? She will be spayed in the near future and hopefully show up on the phase reports in the next couple of weeks. With her strong will we expect her to either fly through training and totally enjoy being a guide dog or Banta will be difficult to handle and hate training and be career changed before she gets to phase 8. So now we switch to watching for the phase reports each week. Go Banta!