Mum went to the US of A last week WITHOUT me,
She has a mail box there that she uses for MY supplements and etc to be sent there to save on shipping fees. It is located about 40 mins away from Vancouver.
This was the FIRST time she's been to Point Roberts, WA, WITHOUT me. She usually always takes me, so after we pick up our parcels, I could go play at the Lighthouse Marine Park.
However, since I wasn't suppose to play/run/jump for another couple of weeks due to the Vet-Stem procedure, she chose NOT to bring ME......
(mum: It certainly felt strange not having Sunshade in the car with me, especially to a place where I know she would enjoy, that she has enjoyed in the past. I got her at 16, and we've been known to be tied at the hips throughout high school and university. However, knowing Sunshade, it would be harder on her if I were to take her to a place that she recognizes as a "fun place" or a place she's gone for walks before and not let her get out of the car. She seriously gets sad, and I hate to feel like I've disappointed her. So it was better for her to be left at home.)
This was what mum brought back. I guess it was a good idea she didn't bring me, or my delicate bones would have been crushed.
You wanna know what it is?
So umm.... its A umm... SuperSTROLLER for the SuperDALE,
Mum had wanted to get me one for a while now for times when I would get bored or tired from window shopping, or long street walks with the hoomans.
However, mum never actually got to the point where she could commit to buying it because (according to her) there was always more vet bills to pay, raw food to buy, and treats to buy.
So D-Guy (yeah, the one that compared me to a PIG) bought it for ME!! He said its my birfday pressie for the next 10 years,
Since it was a pressie from him, he had the honour of taking me for MY first ever stroll in the SuperSTROLLER,
Mum took me for a short stroll too,
She threw a lot of yummy treats in there, and I LOVED that idea!
I was always looking for more treats for sitting in MY SuperSTROLLER,
More treats were constantly being delivered!
Even when they forgot about me, I still waited patiently in MY SuperSTROLLER!
All four sides of the SuperSTROLLER open, and there's even a sunroof!
Here I was still searching for all the treats that were scattered inside the SuperSTROLLER,
Here I was asking for more treats,
The pillow was in there because this is a pretty wide stroller (that's why its Super!), and it provided me with more stabilization. Mum liked this stroller because it had a weight limit of 165 lbs, and it also came with a bike attachment. So she thought STINKY and I could both sit in it and she could pull us around.
Like I'm gonna share MY space in MY SuperSTROLLER with STINKY! I'm rolling my eyes, just thinking about it!
This is MY SuperSTROLLER, not sharing with ANYSTINKY!
It's called a Comfort Wagon,
It has suspensions that make even the bumpier rides more comfortable!
The dimensions are 35in x 26in x 24in,
There are 4 loops inside for me to be hooked to. Mum says once she finds attachments that she could use to connect my harness to those 4 hooks, that we would try to go for a bike ride!!
I never thought me, with Super(Airedale)DIGNITY would say this, but I really do like MY SuperSTROLLER. (OH, and it folds up too)
I love the fact that I can walk for as long as I want, sniff all I want, but when I get tired, I have a place to hop in, hang my head out the side and still enjoy the fresh aire without having to walk! (mum: she actually didn't want to get out of her stroller when it was time to park the stroller and go home!)
The SuperSTROLLER is especially great for right now since I've been BORED OUT OF MY MIND due to the inactivity, or should I say, mental stimulation? Now I can go out, and mum doesn't have to worry about me walking too much.
So thank you very much D-Guy for such a cool ride, I guess ummm.... I forgive you for the PIG comment you made about me.....
Want to see the SuperDALE in action with the SuperSTROLLER??
I really hate to put a halt to such a happy post. However, I know most of the readers for this blog care about Sunshade and Jaffa to a certain degree, therefore, I feel that I should let you know of an incident that happened last Saturday.
I have just been able to bring myself together to look at pictures/videos of this post, and write what I'm about to write. Most of you, blogging friends of Sunshade/Jaffa's, probably have read about the incident already on our dear friend Maggie & Mitch's blog. If you have, now you know who the dog is - it's my Sunshade girl.....
For people/pups who have no idea what I'm talking about, here it goes....
As you all know, Derek (Thank you ;-) bought the Petego stroller that I had always wanted to get for Sunshade. The trailer came with tires that had not been inflated. To make a long story short, we either put too much air in or the tubes were faulty resulted in one of them popping. It made a VERY LOUD pop. Although I have never heard what a gunshot sounds like, it certainly sounded like one. I was sitting in the front seat while Sunshade was in the back seat with her head rested next to the tire before it popped. Sort of like the picture below, except her head was around where the arrowing is pointing when the tire popped.
My ears were ringing for a little while, but recovered in under 30 mins. It happened at a gas station, and the noise was so loud that the taxi driver that was parked few feet away from me with all his windows up came over to ask me if one of my car tires had exploded.
After the incident, Sunshade stopped responding to voices.
She was not in shock or anything as she was still eating treats, throwing her ball up in the air, but she just did not respond to any voice commands. She would readily respond to hand signals (almost every command she knows, I have a signal for). She also did not respond to words like "kitty, squirrelie, mousie, crow, etc" that would normally have made her go nutty.
I called our local emergency clinic (regular vet closed on weekends) about an hour after the incident when I realized she wasn't responding to my voices. I was told by the emerg that they've never heard a dog losing its hearing from a loud noise, but then didn't mean it couldn't happen. They basically told me there was nothing they could do at that point and I just had to wait and see. Sunshade did not yelp when the tire popped, nor did her ears appear sore to the touch, so the concern for ruptured ear drums weren't that great.
Sunshade is still not responding as of now (Tuesday evening, over 72 hours post incident). Sunday was the first time in over 10 years that I did not see her happy dance when I asked her "do you want to go for a walk?". No response to doorbell being rung......
It is obvious that she has hearing loss... actually, I should say she is for sure deaf at the moment, and we don't know if its temporary or permanent. We got the stroller thinking we could improve her quality of life, make her happier because she had been so bored. But because of it, she is now deaf.
Sunshade did see the vet on Monday to have her ear drums checked. She also had acupuncture done around her ears, as well as some homeopathic remedies to help with sudden deafness. Vet thinks this may be temporary, but there are no guarantees.....
Sunshade is taking all of this in her stride, which isn't surprising to me as she has always been a confident, adaptable, stoic girl. Her tail is still up, she is still talking lots, going to the treat drawer and demanding, still telling Jaffa off, smiling from time to time. The times she isn't smiling is not because she can't hear, but rather she's BORED. Basically her attitude and behaviour hasn't really changed. It is harder for me when I know she can't hear me telling her what a good girl she is, when she can't hear all the things that used to make her excited. I haven't seen one head tilt in over 3 days now even tho she still looks right into my eyes. She's always always tilted her head when I talk to her or say certain special words. It hurts so much to know that I did this to her even if it was an accident.
All the pictures and videos above were taken after the tire popping incident, except for the two pictures of her head resting on the folded up stroller inside the car. I had not realize the seriousness of her deafness at that moment and expected her to be fully recovered by the end of the evening.
I will keep you updated, but please keep Sunshade in your thoughts and prayers, she deserves to hear...... Thank You
Special thanks to Maggie and Mitch's mom Sue, for always wanting to do everything she can to help us, and the rest of the world.