Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hobbes Has Worms - Photos

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC/DESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE AND PHOTOS (EMBEDDED AND LINKED) THAT SOME MAY FIND OFFENSIVE.
IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH OR ARE OFFENDED BY IMAGES OF FECES
AND/OR INTESTINAL WORMS, PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS POST.

This is Hobbes, our new Golden Retriever puppy. He six weeks old and has worms.
Feel bad for him.

So, all pups get worms apparently, but the Hob-Goblin has come down with a rather serious case lately. It's finally beginning to resolve, but he lost a fair amount of weight (and stopped eating for a couple days) before the vet-prescribed meds really kicked in.

I never realized that the worms could be this BIG.

The medicine acts by forcing the worms (roundworms, in this case) to detach from the lining of the intestines, wherever they might be hanging on. Normal peristalsis then works the worms through the intestines and out the anus, just as with any other food/bark/grass/string/carpet/insect normally ingested.

Unfortunately, the worms keep making their greasy coating that protects them from ingestion, so they're still alive when they come out the other end. DisGUSTing. The best thing about the whole situation (aside from the fact that he's finally passing the worms out of his system) is that we've trained him to ring a bell by the door so he can tell us when he needs to go outside. He has been very consistent in doing this, and has not had an accident inside in about a week now. Here's a video of him doing his thang:



So he rang the bell as shown above, I brought him outside, and he seemed a little extra squirmy before doing his thing. Here's where it gets gross... After he finished, I noticed something about an inch and a half long protruding from his little puppy anus. When I looked closely, I realized it was the end of a WORM! Like, straight out of the textbook images of intestinal parasites from this past year, I was seeing the end of a roundworm sticking out of poor little Hobbes. He was sort of waddling around, trying to scrape his butt on the ground, but it looked like the worm was slowly working its way back inside. I quickly grabbed a plastic bag, gently pinned him to the ground, and slowly drew out the worm. Here's the result, cropped so as to remove as much nasty as possible:


In the interest of full disclosure, if you have a strong stomach and hate your eyes want to get an idea of scale and detail, click here for another picture showing my 9-inch (wrist to middle finger) hand beside the worm. I blurred the poo, but it's still there... Here is a much more graphic picture of a worm that he passed later, which I (thankfully!) did not have to manually extract.

Aside from this, everything has been going great with him. He's a happy pup and has already learned to sit, make eye contact (sometimes), come when called & respond to his name, go up and down stairs, and ring the bell to go outside. I'm still working part-time for the Anatomy department at MSU CHM, and Wife is owning her research. We've been camping multiple times, and have more planned. Yesterday I started an interesting volunteership at a local clinic, and that's going swimmingly as well, but more will have to come later. I'm tired, and need some shut-eye. Hope everyone's summer is going as well as mine, and maybe slightly better than Hobbes'...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hobbes Comes Home - Puppy Pictures!

Today, Hobbes came home.

Meet Hobbes:

Hobbes Newton MyLastName
Hobbes is the new pet member of our family.
Wife named him after my a character from my favorite comic, Calvin and Hobbes.
I gave his middle name as Newton after Isaac Newton, who was such a baller that at age 17 he developed the mathematics used to plot lunar lander trajectories 242 years after his death (and a bunch of other cool stuff).
Hobbes is a 5-week old Golden Retriever puppy and .: is the cutest thing currently alive on Earth.
Two weeks ago, we went to visit Hobbes with his bro and sisters.
Today, we brought Hobbes home:

Driving to Wesner's Goldens to pick Hobbes up.

Wife was VERY excited. Hobbes is the first puppy she's EVER HAD.

Again, a very excited wife.

Our first official meeting with Hobbes, since in the last visit we didn't know which one would be ours.

Cute Hobbes.

Giddy Wife and cute Hobbes.

Hobbes grunts like a mole when you do this.

Ecstatic Wife and cute Hobbes.

Uncomfortable Hobbes and blissful Wife.

Happy Hobster-Lobster (  (c) tinywifebiglife  ) and proud Wife.

Explorer Hobbes.

Intimidated Hobbes meets Naiya, who now lives with my mom and stepdad.

Cuddly Hobbes sleeps by Naiya.

Dirty Hobbes gets a bath.

Wet Hobbes = Cute Hobbes

Drenched Hobbes = Extra Cute Hobbes

Papoose Hobbes and Exceptionally Giddy Wife

Sacked Hobbes and Bearded Me

Zonked Hobbes and Puppy-Proud Wife

Dead-To-The-World Hobbes

Reclusive Hobbes doesn't wanna play after his long day.

A drink of water would not be amiss, though.
And now, Hobbes is asleep in a packing crate with his stuffed octopus, as apparently that is cozier than the crate that we set up for him... Go figure. Stay tuned for more awesomely cute Hobbes pics and vids as he joins us for My Medical Transformation! Also, this week we went camping and it was great - more on that later...

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Golden Retriever Puppies - 3 Weeks Old!



7 three-week-old Golden Retriever puppies in a litter
+
1 security deposit check submitted
+
1 pet rent addendum signed
+
2 weeks from now
=
1 new puppy in Jintusland

Today Wife and I (along with Mom, Stepdad, and YoungerBrother) went to visit the litter of puppies from which will come FutureDog. They're only THREE WEEKS OLD, and today was the first time they ever stepped out of their whelping box into the bright and sun-shiny world. I command you now to gaze with pleasure upon images that embody the thousand-word definition of CUTE, the like of which you have never before beheld:











Photos Galore - Fishing, Fireworks, and Beachday Fun

Getting ready for the big day.

I may be backup posting for a couple days, as summer is in full swing here in Jintusland. For the Fourth of July, Wife and I went fishing for the bulk of the morning with my dad. It was Wife's FIRST TIME EVER fishing. She'd never even touched a fish that hadn't been deep-frozen and bought at Meijer (Michigan grocery store), let alone hooked one and reeled it in. She ended the day pulling in several fish of notable size, mostly pike and large-mouth bass. Here are some key highlights of the day:

Wife reminded me to power up like Mega-Man:

Shortly thereafter, Wife began to channel her inner Harry Potter... She's a big fan.

The old fishing boat...
...gets dropped in at the boat launch...

...towed by me...
...and sat in by Wife!

The thing I least expected Wife to say at the end of the day, she said: "I really liked fishing!"

Dad, the master angler at work...

The first fish Wife ever "held," she did so with a towel. She insisted, after being told that pike are particularly slimy...

Wife is fish-shy (haha) and doesn't want to touch the bass she just caught.

My dad and I tried to coax her into it, saying it needed her help to get released back into the wild!
She needed to go back into NURSE-MODE.

Not so much...

After just a little more yelling/threatening coaxing/psyching-up, Wife did it!

Me, holding my pitifully small pike.
Dad, teaching me how to clean a slightly larger fish later in the day.

After catching more than 12 fish, we called it a day and Wife decided to walk on water go for a swim.

That was the actual 4th of July. The night before my mom, stepdad, Wife, and I met up with one of Wife's friends for some fireworks in Allegan. I tried my hand at some night-time photography, using (for you photography aficionados) my Nikon D90 with mostly 5-15 second shutter speeds at 200 ISO and F-stop between 5.6-11.0 for the majority of the shots:
















And that was that! Today, Wife and I went to the beach at VanBuren State Park and had a jolly time of it with our new SportBrella, a ridiculously-named but VERY convenient beach accessory. It was the first time we've had the ability to choose when to be in the sun or shade. Best thing about this beach - we had it almost completely to ourselves and the water was AMAZING:

Seriously, talk about some beautiful water. Crystal-clear, too.
We discussed it, and we're going to just stick to Michigan for a while, skipping Caribbean
vacations and saving up for jaunts to the East of the Atlantic... Very post-med school thoughts, but yeah...

Going retro.

Side view of Wife and the awesome SportBrella.

Photography is easy with a good subject...

...and when that subject has normal-shaped feet...

...and toes.

Starting to realize I took too many pictures while Wife slept.

Beach.

Selfy with awesome water.

The only source of waves today.

Pretty much the most packed the beach got. It was awesome.

Here's the power plant just a little way down the beach. The pylons at the bottom of the frame keep you from going near the jets that vent out the (originally cold Lake Michigan water) toasty-hot exhaust water after it cooled the reactor cores. My friends and I used to swing on ropes into the huge jets of water (not visible here), but the kabosh was firmly placed on that idea after 9-11.
And that's how I have spent the bulk of the last 2.5 days. Tomorrow will be filled with breakfast, puppies (we're going to visit the litter of golden retrievers from which we will select our new puppy!!!), and Amish furniture (I'm hopefully going to pick out a nice rocking chair b/c apparently I miscalculated and turned 98 instead of 28 with this past birthday). It's going to be a good day.

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