Thursday, April 01, 2010

Darn it... remember that webcam link to the hummingbird's nest that I posted several days ago? A crow ate her latest clutch of eggs this morning.

Shoot. This clutch was lost to a crow. The previous clutch had one chick that died during the hatching process and one infertile egg. The clutch prior to that, neither chick survived. This spring has NOT been kind to our little hummingbird friend.

I hope her NEXT clutch hatches and matures. Come on, Mother Nature, give a tiny little birdie a break here.

In other news, I had a followup with the gastroenterologist today. As the tests he did revealed no GI problems, I need not see him again until three years from now when the next colonoscopy will be due.

However, we did discuss the ultrasound results, and I am being sent to yet another specialist. This time, however, at least we have a clue what's going on. I figured that if I had enough tests, we'd get to the bottom of the situation, and the ultrasound has helped us make progress on that score.

I hope to heck there's a nice, non-invasive solution for all of this. I know what the worst-case-scenario invasive resolution would be, and that's something I hope to avoid. However, it's not good to borrow trouble, as it were. I'm just going to make an appointment with Specialst #3 and take it from there.

Still MORE news: I'm definitely going through the process of adopting that darling little 10-year-old Chihuahua that I saw two Sundays ago. What a little sweetie! Right now, she's in foster care, and she is going through some vet checks so they can get a handle on just what her health situation is. I'm all in favor of that. Had they decided to adopt her out to me and have me do the vet checking, I'd have been willing to go that route, as well. But it looks like they're getting some bloodwork done for her and possibly a dental as well. (Which we already know she needs.) There's some anti-inflammatory stuff that she can get for some arthritic issues in hips and knees, and I don't mind medicating pets as needed. Goodness knows I have a ton of experience on that score already, with all these years of having cats.

So we'll see. Right now, my goal is to arrange a visit with her at the foster location, so I can get a good idea of what her daily routine is like, how much and how often she eats, takes walks, goes potty, gets medicated, etc.

Needless to say, I'll keep everyone posted. I *so* want this dog! :-)

OK, that's all the news that's fit to print. Later!

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