My mother and I got a puppy when I was 14. We named him Baron Von Munchkin,
(Baron for short), because he was teeny-tiny. He is part terrier, part
miniature schnauzer. He was supposed to be around 15 pounds full grown. He
is currently about 45. When he was about 8 weeks old, he was upstairs, and
my mother was downstairs on the phone. She heard him running around (little
puppy claws digging into the carpeting) and went up to investigate. As she
was halfway up the stairs, he came streaking down, one of her knee highs
sticking out of his mouth, over his shoulder and flying in the breeze as is
he was the red baron. She chased him around and took it away from him.
That night he got sick. When she took him to the vet in the morning, he was
obstructed. They took x-rays, and there was something in his stomach. They
kept him overnight, and when it didn't come out the other end, they called
my mother and said they would have to either put him down or open him up.
Mother chose to have him opened up. It turned out that he had completely
swallowed the matching knee high, and it had gotten caught up in his stomach
and duodenum. He was fine after they got it out of him, and he recovered.
My mother almost fainted when she got the bill. $800! My father was out of
town at the time, so that was a nice homecoming present for him!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 7:19 AM
Subject: [SCA-Garb] The $75 cat (was Re: Kitties and Other Things
> --- In SCA-Garb@y..., "Greg and Dianne Stucki" <goofy1@b...> wrote:
> > My dad brought him home after paying the vet bill ($75 in 1974) and
> brought him in the house, announcing "That is a $75.00 cat. He is
> NEVER to leave the house again!"
> I just had to say I thought that was hilarious. Your dad must be a
> neat person. I wonder what he'd have thought of my $80 cat -- in
> 1990, she tried to swallow a 3" needle and thread and had to be
> sedated to get it all out. I had a few friends who thought $80 to fix
> this was insane -- it was more than my food budget for the month!
> Now, of course, I spend $150 on the same cat's yearly geriatric exam
> (vaccinations, urinalysis, bloodwork) and think nothing of it. She
> should be about worth her weight in gold by this time. And she's got
> a brother from the same litter who gets the same geriatric exam
> annually ;) Oi, the things we do for those kitties..
> One thing we don't do! We don't leave needles and thread around
> anymore! *grin* My garb addiction is too appealing to a clever little
> cat who gets into everything, so I'm careful about what I leave out.
> Even the fraying edges of linen, if they're long enough and
> detachable from the fabric, can be dangerous to her. Ribbon that's
> too narrow can be swallowed. She thinks my aiglet glue is just the
> neatest-smelling stuff in the world, so that's put away too. Not the
> big one, though. He doesn't care about any of it beyond mattress
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