Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for February, 2014

Back when every day was a fun day. My dad is spending another day in the presence of The Lord. Mom & I are holding down the fort.Sandhills 1959-1960...Sat. Dec. 29, 2012 031

Read Full Post »

It is Wednesday AM, the day after Levi’s surgery to remove the dead palate bone (see Sunday’s pictures in a post below this post) and here is the look into his mouth. I just fed him again at 10 AM, let him outside to go blow his nose, do his personal business, back in and I flushed out his nose and nasal passages with a chlorhex solution. His spirits are good, the pain is being managed with Tramadol. He is doing really good. You can find dozens of photos of Levi’s journey to healing by scrolling back through the posts. From shattered to wired, casted, to mending ’til now. Three weeks from now we go back to attempt a new palate hole closure procedure. Levi has been going to the University of Missouri Vet Teaching Hospital in Columbia, MO. A big thank you to Dr. Meadows, his staff and students and now Dr. Mann and Levi’s newest student “Charlie”. ~Go Levi

Wed. Feb. 26, 2014...Morning after dead palate bone removed.

Wed. Feb. 26, 2014…Morning after dead palate bone removed.


Read Full Post »

Written Sunday,February 23, 2014, 8:38 PM…
Well, 6 AM Monday morning and Cowdog Levi gets the, “Load up”. We are taking his mom Ms. Hawk with us. Destination = Univ. of MO Vet Hospital and a visit with the surgeon team headed up by the soft palate specialist. A few weeks ago the dental doc team removed 3 upper right teeth to pull the skin/flap over Levi’s palate hole. The stitching did not hold and the tension on the hard palate bone was so great that it caused some additional bone death. The little tiny round holes you see in these photos are from the suturing that held the longest. The hard palate bone ended up dying (so to speak) and will have to be cut back some to the point of where the bone is still living and viable. But, given the fact that his palate, nasal cavities, main artery, and bridge of his nose/face was completely destroyed and nothing but itty bitty splinter pieces…I’d say he has done well and is one very lucky dog. I am taking MommyDog Hawk along in the event that she might be a donor candidate for soft tissue grafting for Levi’s upper soft palate. We have a few options and no clue at this point what our next step is. But Levi and I have enjoyed several days of no new surgery. We shall see what tomorrow holds. His spirits are good and he’s been a very patient patient. It sounds like another long day. ~Finger’s x’d all goes well.

~~Update – Monday Evening…
Little message in my box just now…Jeremiah 29:11-13 – For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. ~Had to leave Levi behind. I sure hope these words came today as an intentional guide for Levi and me. He was happy to head out and “very unhappy when I left him”. Hard 4 both of us. Our next few -> several months are going to be tedious & difficult…it appears.

~~Cowdog Levi…Back Home!~~
Updated Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 8:43 PM

Went late this afternoon and picked up Levi. He was ready to get out of the Teaching Hospital. All in all I was ecstatic with the news from the doc. Levi is being prep’d for the next round of surgery. He had to have 3 teeth taken out of the upper left jaw. Removing these teeth will allow for a flap of tissue/skin (if you will) to be used to pull to the right to help cover the hole in his palate. 3 teeth on the upper right were taken out a few weeks ago and an attempt was made to use that flap to cover the palate hole. It is a long stretch and the tension was too great and the palate bone that was sewn to did not hold. The reason the hard palate bone did not hold was that it was a piece and completely dead and detached from living bone. And, as it turns out that was wonderful news. The dead bone was dead for some time and the tissue around and close to it has healed in great shape. So the soft tissue doc simply pulled and removed the dead bone. The x-rays show about 1/2 or a little more of the palate pieces have healed back to form bone and just the front part (in yesterday’s photos) was dead. Taking the dead bone pieces out was a little painful, but great news that all the healing occurring so far in the nasal cavity/cavities is good. Perfect! So, Levi is in pain with the 3 extractions and the little bit of surgery on the palate. But, all in all, I am happy…very happy. As it turns out, his home care has contributed a great deal to his healing so fast. The area has been kept clean enough to allow healing and to not have hardly any down time for infection or negative things occurring. Lord knows that is truly a miracle…given that Levi’s face was destroyed, crushed and nearly ripped off. I was really bummed and sad driving home yesterday…leaving him there, the less than hopeful initial discussions. Today, whole new ball game. 3 weeks of healing from removing the 3 teeth today. Then back to take a crack at taking the right and left skin/flaps to close the hole in the palate. Eating tonight was a bad experience so we had to go back to “milk, Ensure and crushed Tramadol”. The food smoothie from the blender did not work. It hurt once the puree got into the nasal cavity. So, we put it in a bowl to save for later. Milk+Ensure+Tramadol is what’s for dinner and breakfast and lunch! Sleeping like a baby now. Levi’s soft tissue doc is consulting with a pediatric soft tissue/dental doc at the Medical School. Pretty neat to have vets and people docs consulting with each other on Levi. Palates are palates. ~Way to Go Levi!

Read Full Post »

Levi’s journey to the Univ. of MO Vet Hospital on January 31, 2014 was to take the casting and wires out of his mouth and to see the extent of healing. The palate soft tissue was not able to heal to form a covering of his palates…we knew this hole was there from his previous visit. These photos show the removal of the casting and wires and the attempt to remove teeth and pull soft tissue to cover the hole. I can report that the stitches did not all make it through the pulling/tension and a hole of sorts remains. We go back this Thursday, Feb. 13th for a progress evaluation.
Levi’s story is posted on previous dates on FB Tammy’s Cowdogs, FB Tammy’s Cowdogs Page, and website blog on Tammy’s Cowdogs.

Read Full Post »

The purchase of Trayers’ Cowdogs – the business – was on January 08, 2008.
The post relating to this adventure can be found by scrolling down through the posts here and look for ~~Death of Friendships~~.

Read Full Post »

I love coffee. Especially coffee that has a bit of a bright, crisp, fresh taste. Not necessarily a lover of what they call “earthy tones” but a bit of the earthiness will work in a pinch. However. I have to admit that it does pain me to love coffee and then take on the mental circumstances of below zero weather, wind, and the coldness that hot coffee yields. That love of “bright, crisp, fresh” does not translate well when it is time to let “the coffee flow”…women know what I’m talkin’ about. Brings a whole new meaning to “catch my drift” when it is time and the wind is blowing snow at a fast and furious pace. It’s been that way a lot this winter. So here I am, once again at 4 AM and thinking, “Oh fresh coffee, yes!” And pondering, “Oh fresh coffee, NO!” So effortless and natural to the beef sisters, so dreadful and frightening for me. On a lighter note. AgDay shows two lows coming in to Cali and Oregon. Rain is to appear in C and N Cali with some high elevation snows. Rains of ½ to an inch, and snows of maybe a foot. Maybe this will be a late winter trend for Cali and the other W drought states. Maybe the SW and central USA will get some timely rains come Spring. I hope so. The Kansas and Okla. folks need snow to cover the wheat. The dry, cold winter and no snow cover and lack of fall moisture has got the wheat country in a pinch again…better stated yesterday by a friend as, “As usual.” AgDay shows Wisconsin cheese plants are contributing to the “green scene” by selling cheese brine to the local counties for road care this winter. Cheese brine can condition roads in temps well below zero and has a longer lasting stayability than old standard methods of just salt. Gives me another reason to like cheese! And lets see, what else…oh yeah, the newly agreed to 2014 Farm Bill that is sitting on the desk of Pres. Obama. Heads are bobbing about all the new good things and heads are moving sideways for all the bad things. NCBA is gruffing at the lack of attention for COOL…stating not addressing COOL will cause great problems between the USA and Mexico and Canada. So, in advance to my Canadian friends, “Pardon our politics.” After many years of being on the front line of all these beefy political issues I can honestly say, “I don’t miss all the time wasted on meetings and rooms of head scratching people.” Here is one of my all-time favorite meeting observations. Circa 1999? I was in Valentine, Nebr. at a cattle meeting and was a speaker and participant. The room was filled with ranchers. The discussion was about creating a ratable supply of beef that met no less than a standard of 70% Choice, 70 % YG 1-2’s, with REAs of 12-15. Ratable supply means having the spec. beef available 365 days out of the year. Now, that is hard to do when people calve in basically 4 months out of the year. And, to get a broader calving window and a ratable supply one needs to apply the concept across all lower 48 states…meaning one can thus capitalize on the southern calving seasons and then be able to generate ratable supply…theoretically. All was going well until a gentleman from the NW corner or Nebr. (the Crawford area) finally spoke up. I had been watching his reactions to the discussions and he was sarcastic, scoffing, and finally he popped. He raised his hand to ask his question, “So, you are saying I have to tag these calves at birth?” Answer from the lead person (who was trying to not chuckle), “Yes, you will have to tag the calves when they are born.” The Crawford man shook his head, thought a minute, then burst out, “You are going to be messing with the quality of my life if you think you are going to force me to take the time to tag my calves. That will cut into my roping and rodeo time.” The room was silent. The Crawford man and his wife shuffled their things into a bag, got up and left. Now, he was the son of a rather wealthy ranch owner from a family of bank holdings. But that phrase, “you are messing with the quality of my life”, has stuck in my head just like Geo. Strait’s song, “Amarillo By Morning”…my all-time fav traveling music. Moral? “Coffee messes with the quality of my life” on these below zero, -25F WC winter mornings. But hey, I have “hay” to deliver and life on the ranchero does not stop no matter the weather. I live my life by the weather (case you hadn’t noticed). So, it goes. So it goes. I envy those beef sisters that can simply spread it and put ‘er down and let the steam roll.
~Tad Cold 4 Me to Do!

Read Full Post »

Some cows at the home place started home for water this AM. They never made it. Once they got to the open ground and the wind hit them, they retreated for the low areas. So, 3 cowdogs and I loaded up to feed the cattle where they were holding up. When the sun began to rise and the clouds peeled out the cows were more mobile. I noticed 2 cows had taken off at a trot, bawling and heading to another part of the pasture. I followed the cows with hopes the calves were not drifted or sick. The cows’ bags were not tight so I thought the calves had nursed pretty recent. We found the calves laying by a fence, chewing last night’s hay and simply taking in the sun in a place where barely a stitch of wind could be felt. Some of the cows at the hay ground left and came to the “warm spot”. They were also taking in the thawing from the sun. As the sun peeked through the high clouds the ice and snow would melt, the steam would rise, the hair turned wet and the cows turned around to let the other side of their body thaw too. As they thawed, they stood closer to each other…taking in the body heat from one another. A real social, quiet, solemn time for the cattle. Peaceful for me too…knowing they are in enough condition to be content. This afternoon, tonight and tomorrow are to be very windy, a base temperature around -10F and WCs in the -25+ range. It will be cold, very cold. But I felt again, “I could spend the entire day just being in the midst of the cattle.”

~Yes, I Could.

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: