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05:25 pm: Sick as a dog
Friday night, when I was driving Benny back to his kennel for the evening, he suddenly became very ill. I carried him to his bed in the kennel, because he didn't want to move from the car, and he didn't even look at his bowl of food. I knew something had to be terribly wrong; it wasn't just a case of motion sickness from the ride.

I wound up taking him to the emergency vet clinic; later, my supervisor said that probably saved his life. After running a number of tests on him Saturday, they determined that something had affected his liver. They suspect that he ate something toxic from the floor at the airport, probably medicine dropped by a passenger. They gave him fluids for the dehydration and antibiotics for the liver infection. He was much improved by this morning, and he's now back on solid food.

I'm just glad that I was there when his symptoms turned bad. If it had been just five minutes later, after I had dropped him off and left for the weekend, he might not have made it through the night.

Aside from sitting around fretting about how Benny was doing, I mainly spent my weekend working on the yard. Yesterday I weeded the raised bed where I'll start planting the early spring vegetables in about three weeks. My peas are just starting to show signs of flowers, which is nice to see. Today I transplanted my two kumquat trees from their pots to the front yard. I'm hoping they'll do better there with more room to spread their roots without competition. Maybe next year I'll actually get fruit from them. My loquat tree, which was looking very ratty after it experienced severe transplant shock in the summer, is finally sprouting new leaves. I'm hoping that means it's on the road to recovery.

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From:amilyn
Date:January 9th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad Benny's doing better. *whew*

Your gardening simultaneously impresses and exhausts me every post. I am, therefore, both jealous and enthralled.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 9th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad Benny's doing better.

Me, too.

I am, therefore, both jealous and enthralled.

^_^ I'm really hoping the amount of work lessens with time as I get most permanent things planted and the worst weeds eliminated.
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From:bentleywg
Date:January 9th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
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I'm glad Benny's feeling better, and I'm very glad you were there for him. *scritches* (for Benny) (and you, too, if you want) :-)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 9th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)
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I'm glad Benny's feeling better, and I'm very glad you were there for him.

I will feel much better when I get to see him tomorrow.

*scritches* (for Benny)

I'll pass that on to him!
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From:mangaroo
Date:January 9th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
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Oh, poor Benny! I'm sorry he's not well, but so grateful the timing was fortuitous. What will you do while he's recovering?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 9th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
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What will you do while he's recovering?

Not much, really. Sadly, I haven't picked up the ability to sniff out the apples myself. I may just spend a lot more time scratching his ears and rubbing his belly.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:January 9th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
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Oh no, poor Benny! Hoping for a swift & complete recovery for him.

I love your garden reports.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 9th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Hoping for a swift & complete recovery for him.

I'm sure he'll be back to his usual frisky self soon enough.

If only I could get him to stop trying to eat stuff off the ground...
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From:xparrot
Date:January 9th, 2012 05:10 am (UTC)
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Glad Benny's okay! Visiting friends just brought their beagle over here for the day, so I was reminded of your partner ^^
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 9th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Beagles seem to be quite popular. They're certainly cute little critters.
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From:manga_crow
Date:January 9th, 2012 07:32 am (UTC)
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Oh my, I'm glad that you were there to pick up on the change - best wishes on a speedy doggy recovery.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 9th, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad that you were there to pick up on the change

Yeah. I don't even want to think about what might have happened.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:January 9th, 2012 09:27 am (UTC)
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It surprises me he doesn't live with you! Hope he recovers quickly.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 9th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
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It surprises me he doesn't live with you!

The other types of detector dogs (bomb dogs, drug dogs, etc.) get to go home with their owners, because the owners' homes generally don't have those items just sitting around. Agriculture dogs, on the other hand, are trained to find food, so taking them home would screw up their training.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:January 9th, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Gah, how scary, but I'm glad Benny seems to be recovering OK. So lucky you were there when he got sick.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 9th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad Benny seems to be recovering OK.

He's certainly a little trooper. I plan to spoil him rotten today.
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From:collarnojutsu
Date:January 9th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
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glad benny is ok. if he hadnt made it, would you re-train with a new dog or are there dogs in reserve, so to speak?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 9th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
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if he hadnt made it, would you re-train with a new dog or are there dogs in reserve, so to speak?

The new dogs are all at the National Detector Dog Training Center in Georgia. Any handler that needs a new dog goes there to be assigned one.
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From:mangaroo
Date:January 9th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Okay, I'm sorry for even going here (and so glad Benny is improving!), but if you had to be assigned a new partner, would you go through the whole training again?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 10th, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
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if you had to be assigned a new partner, would you go through the whole training again?

The training is only 3 weeks for returning handlers, compared to 10 weeks for new handlers.
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