Hey there, dawgs
I wanted to talk to you guys about Freja's surgery.. I brought my camera to Silkeborg (about 2 hours away from my house) to take a few photos now that I finally got out of the house. Can I just say that I LOVE pet clinics? All the dogs that came in with their owners I guessed the breed right! *hi5s self* HAHA, I'm so awesome. I'm kinda annoyed that I didn't take any photos of the pets that came in, though.. A reasoning echoing in my head was that I didn't wanna bother the owners and the pets, I guess. But seriously.. A guy came in with a HUUUUGE bunny. Like seriously, it was SO freaking huge! It looked a lot like THIS one, but irl it's way bigger looking.
Anyway, this is how things went down..
Mom and I left home around 7:20AM to go to Silkeborg. Freja was scheduled for surgery around 10AM-3:30PM and to pass time, mom and I went around downtown to look at shops and have lunch.
We went to H&M where I got a regular, pink v-neck tshirt (been looking for nice v-necks for HUNDREDS of years!) and we went to Kvickly (haven't been to that store since I was like 14 or something, so it was super nostalgic to go in there and look around) where we bought fresh strawberries for dessert last night, I got two bottles of Pepsi Max and mom got a ton of small bags of candy (cause they were on a crazy sale, hehe). I got two of the bags! YUM! Thanks so much for everything, mommy! ♡
After that, mom and I went to have lunch at Sunset Boulevard. I LOVE their soft-bread sandwiches! *__*" They're so damn yummy! I always get mine in soft, white bread with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, chicken breast, seasoning and curry/mango dressing! SO YUMMEH! Mom got paprika turkey breast, lettuce, green peppers, black olives, red onions, jalapeños, tomatoes, seasoning and curry/mango dressing as well. We got to talk about dog breeding, friends, stupid people, the future etc. I love hanging out with my mom on a girls-only trip. It's so much fun \(^o^) and btw.. how photogenic is she? I mean COME ON! It's so unfair! "(Ò__ó)/
Thank you so much to everyone who wished Freja good luck with the surgery yesterday. I think that all the luck you provided definitely helped. The surgery went well with only a few complications, (as her knee is apparently a bit more narrow than usual, so it was difficult for the surgeon to place the metal screws and the plate) so we had to wait a little longer, but thankfully we were able to take her home.
As you can tell, she was DEFINITELY still quite groggy and rather stoned (lol) when we were finally able to put her in the car to go home. She was under full anesthesia the entire time, and the nurse told us that she had regular heart rate and breathing throughout the entire procedure. As mentioned the only problem seemed to be that her knee was narrow. Basically the procedure consisted of the surgeon having to cut up her bone to get to the knee, remove the left-overs of her ligament (that was completely ripped over), place a placebo one with metal plates and screws and then close her up. He had to place the screws differently tho, as her knee wasn't wide enough, so he was a bit concerned about that as it would increase the risk of it breaking up again.
The only problem with her 'keeping calm' is that she's a bouncy ball kinda dog. She's all over the place all the time and hates when things don't go down. She's been lying in the kitchen most of the day randomly barking and howling once in a while - when my mom goes to check on her all worried, she just looks at her with a big 'smile' and wags her tail. tsk tsk, stupid dog ♡ \(^__~)
She has to stay completely calm for the next 2 weeks, and she'll be getting bandages off on Monday (as Friday is a holiday in Denmark) where we'll have to start massaging her leg and knee to avoid stiffness. She can start swimming in 2 weeks as well, to train her joint and to start using her new ligament. The natural tissue in her knee is supposed to grow OVER the new ligament with the screws and everything, to make it a part of her own body. I always found biology and healing processes etc. very interesting, and it's definitely very fascinating that they can insert a 'new ligament' in her knee. Hopefully her recovery will run smoothly without any complications. A big thank you to the surgeon and his colleagues in Silkeborg! ♡
About the Danish Breed Ban from 2009
I wanted to share this with you guys, because the debate about this law is slowly building a fire again here in Denmark. Yesterday a local TV station showed how 19 American Staffordshire puppies were put down because of this law, that bans 13 dog breeds in Denmark, and it created a HUGE fuzz within the community of these dogs.
It all started back in 2009, where TV stations and newspapers/magazines started running a hetz against the American Staffordshire (amstaff) breed, because some of the dogs had been attacking 'random' dogs in parks and on streets. Quickly it took up a LOT of airing time and the media blew this into a BIG-ass deal, trying to hunt down every single dog of the breed, point at it and scream 'fight-dogs!!'. It started a massive commotion among dog owners and instead of looking at the actual statistics (where labs, dachs hounds and collies bite both people and other dogs way more often than amstaffs) the politicians felt the need to pass this law through and ban 13 breeds. Sadly this also affected DKK (Danish Kennel Club) breeders who did everything by the book.
The politicians didn't bother looking into what the dogs on the ban-list are actually used for and were originally used for, and they felt it was easier to ban the dogs instead of demanding people to take classes before getting an amstaff and thereby treating the main ISSUE in this case overall. Fact is that majority of 'bad dogs' are only bad because their owners have no idea what the heck they're dealing with. If you say 'consequent' to them, they think that they're supposed to beat their dog half to death, while in reality it just means that you need to stand by your choice, of what the dog is allowed to do or not, and teach it accordingly.
I'm worrying that since the amstaffs are now banned, the 'bad guys' will go for rottweilers, mastiffs or other larger dogs for their dog fights and generally abusive tendencies instead. The main issue here in Denmark (except the shitty economy successfully ruined by our current Government) is that the politicians (and esp. the Prime Minister) feel the need to get laws processed as quickly as possible, to make sure that people see that they actually get 'something' done - be it rational or not. Instead of handling the issue and treating the core of the problems, they decide to just ban it instead - which is rather naive and stupid, if you ask me. I grew up in a kennel, and I will tell you right here, right now and you may gladly quote me - If you WANT to fuck up a dog, you can fuck up ANY dog. Be it a sweet, gentle Newfoundland (that is known for water work and rescues), a German Shepard known for it's loyal commitment to its family and its bright mind - or an Amstaff (or pittbull for that matter) known back in the day as "the Nanny Dog", carefully and lovingly taking care of its family members, protecting the flock with its life.
Of course there's a difference between inheritable bad temper (usually cause by cross-breeding dogs that are too close 'family' and genes wise) and human-caused bad temper. But being the honest person that I'd like to think that I am, I'd say that the inheritable bad temper is quite rare. Berner Sennen, Dachs hounds and Collies have had some issues with the bad tempered individuals of the breed (which also shows on the official statistics of dog attacks), but it's not something that is proven to be an all-over issues with Amstaffs (or any of the dogs on the list).
If you get a dog, thinking that raising it, setting boundaries for it comes easy - then you're up for a rude awakening. Depending on the dog's mentality (under dog, alpha dog etc) you will get VERY different results from the way you raise your dog. You cannot raise all dogs the same, just like you cannot expect all human beings to respond to words the same. Some dogs will be born to be a leader, others will be born to be the 'working ants' of the flock. My family definitely has had its fair share of VERY different types of dog personalities and this only proves that you cannot judge all dogs by their breeds, cause they're all so very different.
With all this said, I'd appreciate it if you'd sign the petitions below. I'm really hoping that some day the Danish Government will realize that symptom treatment doesn't work.
In the end.. the only losers in this case are and will always be the dogs.
Danish citizens: SIGN HERE
Foreigners: SIGN HERE
^ I was told by a friend that the sites aren't secure or something (probably cause it doesn't have the lock in the address field), but I signed both pages. I'm not gonna beg you guys to sign it to help, but if you WANT to, then please feel free to. I'll love you all the same either way and I completely understand your concern about putting your info out there. ^__^v As said, I signed both pages already
Oh my, long entry. Sorry you guys.. I don't expect you to read the whole Dog-ban part - and you don't have to either, but being the dog-loving freak that I am, I can't just stand by watching as stupid things happen to innocent dogs (and people for that matter). I will say tho, that it was EXTREMELY stupid of the owner of the 19 amstaff puppies to actually breed the dogs, well aware that the breed is banned in the country. This only caused a lot of unneeded, negative prejudice confirmed by ignorant bystanders along with a lot of broken hearts among people who love Amstaffs (myself included).
Again, sorry about the seriousness of this entry! >__<" I didn't originally plan on making it this long and rather aggressive.. I guess you can call this my 'plead' to the Government to release the ban and lock up the abusive dog owners instead. Our human rights forbid collective punishment - I don't see why an entire breed has to be banned, because of a few 'bad sheep' among the 'good ones'.
To conclude the entry, I - again - wanted to thank you all SO much for the never-ending support in terms of Freja's surgery. Let's hope that her recovery goes well \(^__^)
OH, and thanks to Lene for tagging me! Will do the tag during this week! ^__~ Sadly my contribution won't be as awesome as hers, cause I only have very few lipsticks and majority of them I don't even like. lol. I suck like that \(^__^)"
And.. to spread a little smile (if I didn't ruin you guys' moods by my rather large rant up there), here's ICE CREAM *__*" nomnom
Also, a big hug to EVERYONE for following! I finally hit the 400-Followers mark and you have NO idea how freaking happy I am! \(^3^)/ Thank you guys SOOO much!
I'm still working on the April 2011 HAM video! But for now.. I have to go downstairs to help mom make corn pancakes for tortillas! NOMNOMNOM!
TO YOU ALL
TO YOU ALL
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