The news was posted on the breeder's website (http://lighthousedanes.wi.rr.com/). They'd been forced to retrieve two of their puppies from a buyer who had defaulted on his payments but when they got the dogs back, it was obvious that they had been abused. The puppies cringed when anyone reached out to pet them and they cowered at any sudden movement or loud noise. Clearly they needed new homes.
All was well until we got back to my daughter's apartment in Pittsburgh when it became apparent the the poor puppy was sick...so sick! She became weak and lethargic. She wouldn't eat. She would barely move for us. Without access to a vet, we took her to an emergency clinic where she was diagnosed with a bowel obstruction and four hours later a small stuffed toy was surgically removed from her small intestine. Five days later we finally made it home with her where, thankfully, she is recovering beautifully.
So...if I haven't written and I haven't posted, this is my excuse. I am now the relieved and happy owner of a gorgeous "blue" European Great Dane. I will be forever grateful to AVETS (http://www.avets.com/) for their prompt and expert attention to Famke and to Dr. Alsup who performed her surgery.
Now Famke can "begin again" in a safe and loving home.
"Never underestimate the healing power of warm dog breath."
--from The Bandaged Place--by me
I'll try to get back onto the literary wagon when I post next time...barring any additional unforeseen adventures or life-threatening emergencies.