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Poor Shasta

Shasta went out in the backyard with Barqs and Pepper this afternoon. Matthew was out there with them and when he came in with all of the dogs, Shasta came in and got in my lap. He was whining, biting at his front left paw and wouldn't put any weight on it. I rushed him to the vet and we held him down to look over that paw. The vet finally saw a stinger in the side of his foot. She was able to pull it out and we looked at the swelling and redness around the area.

None of us have ANY idea what stung him! It wasn't like a bee stinger, but was a small black stinger with a hard pouch at the end that was kind of black and brown. He was hurting like crazy, but once it was out and he had some Benadryl injected, he was back to his normal self.

I'm so glad that's all it was. I was scared that he had jumped wrong or been stepped on and broke something. I had this vision of us spending our time together broken *laugh*


Today was the boys' Holiday party at school and we had a great time. They decorated tiles, made fridge magnets and ate lots of sugar.

Probably the funniest thing was the class making 'reigndeer food'. This was oats, colored sugar, and LOTS of colored glitter. They mixed it all together and everyone in the class got a couple of cups in a baggie. The idea was to sprinkle it across the lawn, and the moonlight on the glitter would lead the reigndeer to your house for Christmas night. :)

I thought that was such a cute idea! Since it is about to get really freaking cold (down in the 30s! :P ) I let them go out and put it out there tonight. It sparkles all around the yard and our sidewalk.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


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Dec. 22nd, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
Someone at Nick's school distributed Reindeer Food at his Christmas party, too. It was the first time I had ever seen/heard of it. Now your mention of it makes 3 times in a week. Must be a new tradition trying to get started. ;)
Dec. 22nd, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
Either that or we just graduated to playing with the cool kids!
Dec. 22nd, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
sounds like a scorpion stinger, but I haven't ever seen them up here in North Texas!

My sheltie had an instance like that several years ago. She came in from pottying outside and over the next hour, her face started swelling up and looking reddish. We took her to the emergency vet where they looked her over, found nothing & gave her a shot of Benadryl.
Dec. 22nd, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
I did some reading, and we do have some scorpions out here. I've never seen one though. I also don't know if they ever leave their stinger in after they hit. Regardless, looking at pictures on the web, it certainly did resemble a stinger from a small scorpion (somewhat curved, with a hard shell attached at the end) than a bee stinger (mostly straight, with a soft bulb of venom attached).

Either way, the benadryl seems to have made everything fine and my little rescue pup is back to chasing our other dogs and staking out his mom's lap during the day and next to my head at night :)

I would swear rescue dogs love you more *laugh*
Dec. 22nd, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
I thought the exact same thing when I read the description - Scorpion.

Poor little Shasta baby!
Dec. 22nd, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
Oh no! Shasta, not the reindeer dust. I wonder if he pulled the stinger all the way out of the bee.

Dutch did that once. And he's allergic. We can't break him of chasing bees and trying to catch them, though. He looks so pitiful with hives on top of hives. Aien't Baby Benedryl a wonderful thing?

Question - what kind of cast do you have on the foot? Is it one you can decorate? Like paste leopard fabric all over it?
Dec. 22nd, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
It didn't really look like a bee stinger, but more like a scorpion stinger. Yet I didn't think that we had them here (I've since found out differently reading on the Internet) or that they could lost their stingers and leave them in the skin (Still don't know about that one).

Either way, it was lodged firmly in his paw and had a hard piece attached at the top. Very strange indeed.

After the benedryl, he is in tip top shape today.


As for the 'cast', it's not really a cast but a walking boot. Ugly thing - big, black, cumbersome, with five large velcro straps wrapping around. We did decorate it for GS's birthday night by putting christmas garland all around the boot. It was a hit, and people remarked on it all night.
Dec. 22nd, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
It was BEAUTIFUL all dolled up & sparkly like that!
Dec. 23rd, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
I am not unsurprised by the range of scorpions after the night I saw one scurrying across the lakehouse floor.

In north Georgia.
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
Some creative teachers at the school! :-)Do you mind if I steal the idea for Purim? (Of course we don't have raindeer at that holiday, but still, its sparkles!
Dec. 22nd, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Go right ahead! I didn't come up with it, but think it was absolutely wonderful being out there with the kids at night, sprinkling this sparkly stuff all around the yard. The bunnies will eat the oats, without doubt, and the kids experience the wonder of 'magic'
Dec. 22nd, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Remember how much fun that reindeer food is when it's still out there in March. *grin* We always end up with a yard full of bright green pine needles after Christmas and they stick around until the yard boys come back in the spring. Nonethless, I like the idea and if I remember (yeah, right!) we'll do something like that next year.
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