We'd been getting worried about little Dexter ... he has a great appetite, eats everything we give him and then some, but just seemed to look a little on the skinny side -- and getting more so. This despite the fact that after he eats the big meals we feed him, he looks like the proverbial snake that swallowed the pig.
Given his advanced age, we worried about his kidneys or some other problem. (Yes, we worry about this sort of thing a lot!) So when I was in Missoula last week, I asked our internal medicine specialist there, Dr. Dave Bostwick, if he would do a physical exam, run some bloodwork and do an abdominal ultrasound scan of his internal organs. I took this photo of Dexter during the ultrasound while I held him with one hand and used my other hand for the camera:
All of his organs looked fine on the ultrasound. Then the next day, Dave called with the results of the bloodwork: Everything looked good.
That's a huge relief, of course, and suggests the changes we're seeing in his body condition are just age-related ... loss of muscle tone, etc.
But this was the second time in two months I've hauled the little tyke in to see the vet, only to find out nothing's wrong with him. Dexter says, "I keep you telling you I'm fine but you never believe me!"
Sorry about not having this post up for this morning and for the delay in posting the latest comments. I couldn't log on to the Internet from my hotel room in Spearfish, South Dakota, last night, and the hotel couldn't figure out what was wrong with their Internet access. I'm in Austin, Minnesota, this evening and finally got online again.
Thanks for all your wonderful and supportive comments about the move to New Hampshire!
Please keep voting for the ranch in the Shelter Challenge -- and you can vote every day! We're currently in fourth place and still on track to win $3,000 for the animals, but every vote counts! We just slipped from third place to fourth, so please help round up as many votes as you can so we can stay in the running for the $3,000. Ask your family and friends to vote for the ranch, too!
Enter "Rolling Dog Ranch" and our state postal code, MT, for Montana, and it will bring up our listing.
Last year we won $3,000 in the first round and then won the $20,000 Grand Prize in the second round, so your votes really do add up and make for a wonderful gift for the animals here.