Good News! Chaps blood test was, “Very, Very Good”!

July 24th, 2012 - 11:11 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Blood Test Lovers…Wow!  Chaps Doctor called today and said that his blood test was “very, very good”!  Two verys!  Is that a word?  Anyway, Grandma and I are thrilled.  Now he has the green light for his mass removals and teeth cleaning on Thursday.

Today we had an appointment with Dr. Leick.  It worked out wonderful because we talked about his surgical procedures.  Dr. Leick made sure he proceeded with everything in mind for anesthesia on Thursday.  We had the best talk.  We discussed Chaps extreme storm phobia and we now have a plan.  I cannot wait to try it.  Dr. Leick said that Chaps needs to get the masses off before we start his next therapy.  He did a few adjustments and was so pleased howl Chaps was holding up to the past adjustments.  We talked about Emma and howl Chaps was doing. We discussed howl Chaps was struggling with not having Emma or his job watching over her.  Chaps was so in charge of Emma and now he does not have his girl or his job.  We have to keep him busy, happy and healthy.  It will be a different life for all of us.  Dr. Leick really helped us all.

It was just a wonderful visit. Here we are leaving.

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We decided to get lunch and find a place to relax. We wanted to stretch Chaps legs.

But look at this!

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We decided to high tail it home.

When we got home it was all cleared up so we went to our park to eat lunch.

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This was the first walk without Emma.  I was so proud of Chaps.  He did so much better than I did.  I kept my cool but it was hard.  I did it for him.

Our journey continues.

More loving very, very good blood tests later…Cat, Chaps and Emma ATB


  1. Sandy (Ollie's mom)
    July 24th, 2012 | 11:22 pm


  2. lois lema
    July 25th, 2012 | 8:05 am

    so many firsts but that’s ok…it is all a continuum let chaps guide you..who knows he may even let you know someday he misses having to mentor someone…dogs are funny like that. until then…roll with it…

    it’s hard when the pack shifts…weird, but yet ok…sometimes easier & sometimes in some ways you might feel a little guilt when enjoying things & that’s alright too. all the emotions are allowed. at times we each are a large amount of work..our mothers were all glad when we left home & moved out even tho they missed us..emma’s passing was more than that but you get my message here…there is just a whole range of emotions to be worked thru for both him & you (& grandma too)

    but i think you guys are doing a -ok! i think miss emma does too..since she stopped by & gave her paw of approval.

  3. Cindy, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet
    July 25th, 2012 | 8:36 am

    Hip,hip, hooorah! Good blood tests means that all of Chaps’ insides are working and healthy. I know that’s always the best news when Rugs, my 13 year old, gets his results. He’ll be fine for the surgery. But like Sandy, Ollie’s Mom, I’m always a basketcase while they are in surgery too. With 3 cysts, he’ll come out looking like frankenhound. Poor Chaps. Keep us posted!

  4. Judy, Bumper & Abby
    July 25th, 2012 | 9:41 am

    That is great news about the excellent blood tests. Chaps will be fine with the surgery but it will be very hard on you. At least he has had it before and you know he wakes up well and recovers well. We will all be thinking about you and waiting for updates. It is very hard to go through all the first things with only Chaps. I remember one of my Old English Sheepdogs lived under the dining room table for weeks after losing her mom. It was very hard. Stay tough for Chaps and we need to find him another job. Hugs.

  5. Audra, Colby Chaps & Abby
    July 25th, 2012 | 9:50 am

    So glad to hear his bloodwork was good….very, very good! That should make you feel better about the surgery. He will do great! Sending lots of drool & hugs to all of you. We love you. I know it was so hard to be at the park without Emma, stay strong & remember ALL of the wonderful days you had at the park with her. She was so lucky to have a life with you, Chaps & grandma $ grandpa!

  6. Maureen and Slinky
    July 25th, 2012 | 10:01 am

    We all miss Our Emma, it must be especially difficult for you, your mom and the Mayor.

  7. July 25th, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments. It really does help so much. What a positive way to start the day. Thank you again and again. Thank you very, very much;)

    Well, I am getting ready to start worrying about Chaps. Him are I are the biggest worry warts I know. I think he gets it from my side of the family. hehehehe….

    He goes in tomorrow between 8 and 9 and then he is the first one on deck for surgery at 10. At least he was yesterday. I will check again today. I worked until late last night so I can spend all the time I need with him after surgery. I am worried sick about him maybe needing a cone. That would be the end of him. So, I will wait and see. I wonder howl we can keep him from scratching his neck stitches without a cone. Anyone have any ideas?


  8. Maureen and Slinky
    July 25th, 2012 | 11:53 am


    A while back I sent you some medical adhesive tape for Chaps, maybe you could use it to cover the incision with something, so Chaps couldn’t scratch at it.

    Also, they do have soft blow up collars that aren’t as obnoxious as the cone, maybe that could help.

  9. Maureen and Slinky
    July 25th, 2012 | 12:08 pm


    You also might want to put a baby sock or baby bootie (secured it with the medical tape) on Chaps paw so he won’t be able to scratch at the incision.

    Just a few ideas.

  10. July 25th, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Maureen – I think we are going to try that sock thing when we get home. He just now scratched the lump and it was not pretty. I cleaned him all up and now he is laying in the bathroom on the tile floor. It is once again 103 in the shade. This will go down as the worst summer in bassethoundtown history.

  11. Debbie
    July 25th, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    Hi Cat, We will be thinking of you as you go through this. I used to use a couple bandannas for keeping the hounds from scratching neck problems. One tied one way, one the other and it seemed to help. The vet said it was a good idea , helped to keep flies and other nasty bugs away from the area, which is so important. Give the big fella a hug from me!

  12. Cindy, Jethro, Rugs, Oz and Harriet
    July 25th, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    That cyst is in the area where the cone should be so I’m wondering if the cone wouldn’t irritate it? I’ve been lucky in that Jethro never does scratch his cysts. And I don’t know why. He won’t let me touch them either! I guess that’s a good thing. Maybe the doc has some ideas too. If I were you I’d just watch him since your going to be with him all day anyway. He may not bother it. Especially if he’s on pain killers and it’s not irritating him.

  13. Gabrielle
    July 25th, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    As you take Chaps to the Vet Clinic tomorrow know that you are in my heart and prayers. Stay strong and stay well for Chaps and your Mom. We love YOU!

    Also as Maureen and Slinky pointed out, we too used the method of baby booties for our little girl when she had a cyst removed on her neck. We too secured the booties with medical tape. It worked real well for us.

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