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Posted in Diesel, Malarkey, Pictures with tags , , , , on February 24, 2010 by arbitrary

Days lost to hiding

Posted in Diesel, Malarkey, Pictures with tags , , , , , , on January 25, 2010 by arbitrary

So we’ve had a few worried days. Not over his scar or recovery physically, but because Diesel went from hiding out in plain sight or in our bedroom and wanting to be stroked, to hiding in the very back of our spare room, under a futon and definitely out of reach. The room’s a bit of a junk pile, as it’s where we’re storing all sorts of things that had to be moved recently out of the study (which I’m now using as a computer room – make the connection!). Diesel really wanted to get into the spare room. He lay across its doorway for a couple of days. When I was happy the stitches were secure, I let him in – thinkinf he’d have a look round and come out again (it was the only room closed off to him, due to junk!). So he spent most of friday-sunday in there, only emerging to eat, and only if lured out with treats, tuna, or cat food RIGHT by the edge of the futon. And meanwhile, Larky (who usually sleeps in the spare room ON the futon) has been kind of hounding him, rushing in to see what food he’s getting, trying to eat it, jumping RIGHT next to him, etc etc.

So I was getting more and more worried about his mental state, and not being able to comfort him, and whether he’d be scared of us from now on. And then, in-between catching up with Lord of the Rings Online, I popped into the spare room and saw this:

And Diesel spent the rest of the evening under the radiator, allowing strokes and not getting too freaked out by Larky’s presence.

Of course, this morning he’s back to hiding in his safe place. But I’m more satisfied that he will leave when he feels he wants to.

Oh – and here’s another of them, just because:

Adapting

Posted in Collar, Diesel, Malarkey, Pictures with tags , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by arbitrary

Last night I snuck off to play some Lord of the Rings Online and went to an ‘instance’ with my friends. During a brief drink break I popped in to see Diesel and noticed a certain lack of collar around his neck. Oh yes, our boy had learned how to wriggle out of it. No small feat with only one front paw and the floor for leverage. Scar looked quite sore and angry, so administered some anti-inflammatories (he’s strictly off meds now, but vet said we could give him some if he needed it). Collar has been tightened a little – we were a bit wimpy about it at first.

But despite the little scare, I feel an enormous sense of pride that he worked it out. If he can manage that, he can adjust to anything!

And now,  here’s a picture of Malarkey who I know I only ever refer to as Larky, with her ‘baby’ –  the company she’s keeping while Diesel is separated (for the record, I keep the door open for him unless he needs to eat, cos otherwise a helper comes to assist with the food!).

They're not related, they just look it!

The pictures post

Posted in Collar, Diesel, Pictures, Stitches with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by arbitrary

I’ll do a brief vet summary in a sec, but here’s the pictures. I don’t have any really gross ones, thankfully!

Diesel's bad leg, day before the operation

The boxes we put his food on post-operation

Day 4 (I think), showing how much was shaved and the scar

Taken today, pre-vet trip. Scar & collar and still wants tummy rubs!