Entry number 1407


30th May 2017

Oliver (with little paws being guided by Barbara Tribe)

Subject: Our News


Greetings one and all,


Bit of a surprise for me and Heather on Saturday morning. A knock at the door and the postman delivered a box to Mum. "Ooh, a pressie for you and Heather", said Mum. I looked at the box and thought that's a pretty good size box of biscuits, yummy!

Mum opened the box and ... no biscuits ... just a big blue and white mat. I must say I did feel a bit disappointed. Heather got all girlie at a pressie and inspected the mat. Mum said, "It's a cooling mat for both of you and Leo, if he wants to share it".


Well, Heather gave it a good sniffing and then sat on it. She stayed on it for a while and looked quite comfortable. I mooched off feeling a bit fed up and sat in my usual spot. Anyway, when nobody was looking I went and sat on it. Cor, it was marvellous - it made me feel so cool and no need to get too puffy because I'm too hot.

Mum got it from VetUK so it's not toxic or dangerous - the gel inside starts cooling as soon as I lie on it and lasts for about four hours. It's especially good on a hot night because I do get really huffy and puffy and that worries Mum. Now we all get a good sleep! Best pressie she has ever bought us!

Bet you and Eilidh ate loads of sausages at your birthday barbecue, MacDuff.


Back for a cool down now.


Cheers from Oliver

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Entry number 1406


19th May 2017 (received evening of 18th May)

Oliver (with little paws being guided by Barbara Tribe)

Subject: Our News


Greetings one and all,


I thought I'd just let you chaps know that I have been to Sandra today and got my biopsy results. Not bad news but I do have nodules in my liver showing signs of cancer and the ones in my pancreas are age-related. I'm taking steroids twice a day to make me feel good and to keep my glucose up and I am continuing with lots of small  meals a day - yummy!

Good news is that I can now have a short walk so I can check out all those dogs I haven't seen for a couple of weeks. Of course, I did have to take care after my major op - Heather says she is getting sick of my crowing about my 'major' op! She's been doing her best as a nurse but, seriously, I don't need soppy girls fussing round me.

Mum's just getting my dinner ready now so I will sign off and top up my glucose levels.


Cheers, Oliver


Editor's note: Enjoy being 'out and about' again, Oliver - Heather will enjoy your company.

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Entry number 1405


14th May 2017 (received evening of 13th May)

Macduff (with little paws being guided by Liz Storrie)

Subject: Our News


Well, Oliver, old man, what a to do! Eilidh, Jojo and I have been really worried about you (Mum too, of course). We thought it would be best to wait and see what happened with your first round of results. Sandra sounds really nice - well, as nice as a VET can be. Once you get back on your feet you can show off your 'war wound' to all and sundry.

Well, our visitors have packed their bags and moved on to pastures new. Mum is beginning to relax in the kitchen now. We are just waiting for the mouse man to come back and block up all the holes.

We have somewhat of a mystery for you today. We had a beastie in the kitchen yesterday. It was the size of a large wasp but didn't have yellow stripes on it, and it wasn't buzzing. Anyway, Mum blasted the poor thing with her spray and it was taken outside and disposed off. Do any Mummies and Daddies know what it was? Editor’s note: We have searched the internet but have failed to positively identify the beastie. There is a ‘Great Black Wasp’ that inhabits North America but other than that nothing else seems to fit the description. Maybe some of our more knowledgeable readers will come up with a better answer.

We have been having so much fun in the field. I find plenty of tasty bits but, of course, 'Spoilsport' keeps giving me a row. There is always loads of rabbit poo but we haven't seen any rabbits yet.

The circus is coming to the village on Tuesday for 6 days. Mum says we can't go - it is for children like Tijan - but she has promised to take us for a walk past it. Wonder if there will be horses. Oh, Mum says she doesn't think there will be any animals, only pet dogs.

Anyway, its almost time for our afternoon jaunt, so love to all, speak to you soon.


Oh, Heather, please look after your brother well. XXXXXXXXXXX

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Entry number 1404


13th May 2017 (received evening of 12th May)

Oliver (with little paws being guided by Barbara Tribe)

Subject: Our News


Greetings one and all,


Now this has been a turn up for the books! I told you all I was waiting for an insulin test result and it came back I had an insulinoma. Before I know what's happening I'm taken over to Sandra on Thursday for an operation! Well, can you imagine what I felt like? Anyway, it's all done but Sandra couldn't find a tumour, only little nodules on my pancreas and liver. Now I'm home but waiting for biopsy results. Mum came to visit me at the vets yesterday evening because I wouldn't eat. I did feel better when I saw her but I didn't want food and I didn't want a tinkle either. Mum thought I looked frail and wobbly but, after she had gone home, I rallied and had a meal and a tinkle. Just to let everybody know I'm a Scottie, I wouldn't go on the grass and did a tinkle in the reception area. Ha! Anyway, I had a good night and felt quite perky this morning so Mum has brought me home but I'm having another check in the morning.

I have a good scar, about 5" long, on my tum and Heather came and had a look at it - or, at least, that's what she said she was looking at - I thought she was checking out something else!!

Anyway, Mum says I have done enough news now and I'm supposed to rest between snacks.


Cheers for now, Oliver

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Responses:

1

Kyle Kimberley-Scott (with just a little help!)

13th May 2017


Hi there Oliver,


Oh dear, poor you. What a very brave Scottie you've been over recent days while Sandra has been taking very good care of you and trying to get you feeling better.

After 2 days in the doggy hospital you'd be pleased to see your Mum when she arrived to take you home, and Heather would be waiting to greet you as she has been feeling a tiny bit lost and alone without you.

You just take things easy while your tummy wound heals and enjoy being pampered.

Hope today's check-up with Sandra goes well.


Woofs and wags, Kyle XX

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Responses:

2

Elaine & Dave Hewitt and Scott

13th May 2017


Get well soon Oliver - Please click here to view your card

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Responses:

3

Liz Storrie, Macduff, Eilidh and Jojo

14th May 2017


Get well soon Oliver - Please click here to view your card

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Entry number 1403


2nd May 2017

Oliver (with little paws being guided by Barbara Tribe)

Subject: Our News


Greetings one and all,


Well, I've been and gone and done it now - I'm under the eagle eye of Sandra, our vet.

I'll tell you chaps what happened. There we were out for a walk and suddenly the sun came out and it got very hot. Mum said, "We'd better head back for the car as it's a bit too hot for you Scots". I must admit I was feeling a bit muzzy but all of a sudden I started to shake all over and Great Scot! I fell over sideways and hit the ground. I managed to stagger up - Heather was giggling and I turned and growled, "You can just stop that, Miss", and Mum said, of all the stupid things, "Are you alright, Oliver?". Anyway, I shook the dust off my coat, walked along a bit, got the shakes again and Great Scot! I hit the ground again. Anyway, Mum and Chris got me down to the car and I had a very long drink of water and felt better.

End of story? No way. A few days later I did the same again. I hadn't walked very far and it certainly wasn't hot so Mum said, "Not dehydration this time, Oliver. Off to Sandra".

Sandra gave me a good old check, poking things here, there and everywhere and when she checked my ears, to see if there was a lump of wax, I had had enough and let out a piercing scream which made everybody jump. Sandra said, "For goodness sake, I haven't even done anything!"

Anyway, blood test showed that I was very low on glucose so I had to go back next day for another test and that has been sent off to test for insulin. Unfortunately this test takes at least a week for the result so, in the meantime, I have to be kept quiet and fed little and often to keep my energy levels up and a little honey now and again to keep my spirits up! I'm allowed a short, quiet walk but mustn't get stressed.



Heather gets fed up as she's not allowed to eat as much as me - I told you she looked fat!

Anyway, I'm feeling fine with all this honey and keeping my stress levels down but let's hope that perishing ginger cat doesn't come in the garden or who knows what my stress levels will go to!

Keep you all posted.


Cheers for now, Oliver and xxx from Heather

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