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  1. My young man has received his wings. The newest, brightest star tonight belongs to the kindest, most intuitive boy ever It is just so fitting that tonight we are forecast for thunder. The Mayhem at the Bridge Reunion will be deafening. So many campers, most especially Paddy, and your dear friend Ginny have been waiting for you Aiden's story Paddy Mayhem was already reserved to become a camper, but something nudged me take another look and there was Aiden - newly retired and not yet spoken for. He was a plain red brindle hound but the *face* and his bloodlines are what sealed it for me: Kiowa Sweet Trey and Oswald Cobblepot on top, P’s Raising Cain on the bottom. It just doesn’t get any better and I told Kelly, “I want him too.” Aiden was my collateral hound The boys rode the hauler on a three-day journey from St. Louis to Connecticut with 38 LWFs! There are an equal number of stories that describe Aiden the comedian, who possessed a unique and humble sense of humor, as there are stories about kind and intuitive Aiden, who earned his CGC and was a devoted Pet Partner, sharing his joy and gifts to all he met along that path. I still laff recalling the silly boy who was a Rock and Bush Pooper who once sat on a stick, yielding himself a new one; Aiden’s first Christmas as a camper when he thought “The Best Day of Mai Life” was when he spread four cups of Graham crackers throughout the living room; the Evil Paintbrush incident; mistaking mom’s glasses for chikken; diving into the Indoor Pool to save Bea’s flying crab, without regard for his own safety Kindhearted, intuitive Aiden had that distinctive genius for knowing who needed him and when. He aced his CGC and Pet Partner exams - would he sit? All Day Long! Whether working as a therapy dog (where he often greeted his friends with a soft Rooo) or with mom, in a signature move Aiden would side-step into someone, carefully placing one foot at a time closer and closer until he was comfortably leaning into them and they into him for hugs. At home, he was considerate and careful with the senior campers yet in the next moment he could wrassle with Paddy and hold his own. [url=https://flic.kr/p/2mpmYdc][/url] Aiden had the most beautiful strong feet and they carried him through a successful career of 94 races, unbeatable in 15 of them including his Maiden at Wheeling Downs, moving steadily up from D/C to B/A and finishing at Sarasota. After sustaining an injury, his owners decided that he had done enough, and Aiden was retired and became a camper the day after his fourth birthday. Those beautiful feet would prove problematic, however; the tales of his amputated toes and “Aiden 1-5” and then “Aiden 1-4” are epic. No matter how many times he had to go to clinic he went in dipping his head, turning it slightly and smoothing his ears, and smiling! The sweet boy also sprung a toe on a hind foot and as he aged that challenge would plague him as his LS progressed. Recently, Aiden had begun laying down in two spots in the living room, always in one of two positions. At the same time, he had uncharacteristically started an outdoor projekt. His advanced kidney disease was rapidly progressing. Aiden and I had a talk and I prayed for a sign, which came very soon. Our bestest vet, who has known Aiden since the day he arrived eight years ago, was unable to help us but another kind soul from a different clinic came to Camp to give Aiden his wings. Aiden put himself on his couch and tucked his head to his left side. As he left so very peacefully, he was held and loved and heard our little song over and over … Aiden My Friend, Aiden My Friend. He was wrapped in his Angel fleece and took the few items that made Aiden Aiden: his other appendage - that Buffalo Chikken stuffy; green Gumby and red doggo stuffies from his dear friend and patient; Nylabone; treats; and one from mom: his first (of three) Pet Partner tags. Annie and Punkin had enthusiastically greeted our guests and, when given the option, chose to go to their beds and stay with Aiden. Afterwards, Punkin went to Aiden and sniffed him all over; Annie looked at him and had clearly already said her goodbyes. There was nothing but respect from both of them for their friend. There are now only two, exactly as our Camp had been when Seamie and TPGIT were waiting for Paddy Mayhem and Aiden to arrive so very long ago. Or was it yesterday? I’ve said before that the campers have the best friends, and I cannot adequately express my sincere gratitude to those who carried us through this heartbreaking time, some of whom were and are dealing with their own sorrow and struggles. Godspeed young man. Aiden My Friend, Aiden My Friend. My collateral boy. Thank you for everything. There is no doubt the thunder last night was the Bridge Reunion Mayhem and I know the feast you all enjoyed was prepared with extraordinary love by our Soos Chef and his helpers. Until we meet again, sweet boy. [url=https://flic.kr/p/2mpqzPZ][/url]
  2. The last thing I wanted to do was to have 12.2 yo Aiden have to deal with anesthesia again. This poor guy has been under more times than we can count. But some weird tongue issue and the cesspool that is his mouth need to be taken care of. I'm going to take this opportunity to give his other appendage, his Buffalo Chikken, a bath. My good boy Spare thoughts and healing light appreciated, thank you.
  3. Soo much in one post! April 25, 2013: Paddy Mayhem (fka Cinco) and collateral hound Aiden arrived. "Get a young'un, they said, it will be great!" Indeed, it was And then in one sleep, it was Aiden's fourth birthday And now, 2021, in one sleep my "young'un" will be 12 We are celebrating all weekend because, well, 12 ... and, we can Pin the tail on the ... no, wait Puzzle games! We will go for a ride to use his gift card for donut treats (thank you!) and a walk to Seamie's Lane, which is about as far as he can go and back before he tires. We had a lovely walk yesterday too at a favorite spot where it is quiet but loaded with Good Sniffs! I love this. Morning sunbeam on my boy and his stuffy while capturing the Hero Heart in the window Aiden's best friend is that Buffalo(Chikken) (as I call it), it goes *everywhere* with him. Hug your hounds tight and thank you for celebrating with us. So many of you remember when the young'uns arrived and have followed the adventures of Camp Greyhound CT Happy Gotcha Day #8 and Happy Birthday #12, Aiden 1-4
  4. The packaging contains no warning about possible side effects, including comas … And ETS Smile for me please, Aiden 1-4 Aiden 1-4 ! Thanks for looking!
  5. One sleep ago we had piktur perfek weather and a BEEG day. Today we had rain and a much smaller day, lol. April 25 is Aiden's 7th Gotcha Day. How is that possible. He was my collateral dog after I'd signed up for Paddy Mayhem, the boy who w'ant rite, and the boys made the trip together from St Louis along with 38 LWFs. This was Aiden yesterday, which is exactly what he did the moment he stepped into our camp seven years ago when Seamie and TPGIT welcomed the boys home He and Cletus KLTO went for a long ride that included a lovely walk and stopping for treats and a sing along http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTM5scDnTsw And, April 25 is also this! Snugglers, post-BEEG Gotcha Day celebration Wate. Thare's moor! April 26 is Aiden 1-4's *11th* b'day Doesn't he look thrilled ... We had a bit of a party This is a bit long but here are all the campers scavenging for birfday and gotcha treets! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALH9gqSY1vo Happy Birfday #11 my young man, Aiden 1-4, and Happy Gotcha Days to Aiden & Cletus KLTO! Thanks for looking, and for going along on these adventures with us!
  6. And you wonder if you had a good time An dats awl eye habs to say abowt dat
  7. For everyone Our nearby video store hosts open mike comedy nights as well as music of all flavors. Tomorrow is a blues jam session and today it was all Irish. The harmony on "Danny Boy" was so moving, made my eyes leak. Aiden was unphased about that lol, but seemed to enjoy just hanging out with new friends and some 1:1 time with his momma. Happy St. Paddy's Day! Two words rarely uttered together "Saint" and "Paddy"
  8. Aiden's second surgery on his RF toe was in August. Our awesome vet connected with a toe expert at OSU (thanks to GT!) and we learned that Aiden's toe presentation is apparently "classic for dislocation" whereby the lateral ligament tears, casing the toe to lift and the bone to pop through the skin, thus the "tearing" that we've been suturing. OSU sees this all the time in greyhounds because of their thin skin, whereas in other breeds it would be a non-issue. Under sedation, on the offending toe they cut back the nail to the base so that it doesn't make contact with the ground, which subluxates the bone. Because we routinely dremel so short anyway, we pretty much have that covered. OSU saw all our xrays including those from last year (shoulder, wrist, so much with this poor dog), and couldn't appreciate any osteomyelitis which is great. If the toe blew for a third time our options would be to put Aiden under and cut the nail way back, or amputate the toe. Cutting the nail does carry the risk of the nail eventually growing back, which would necessitate another surgery (#4), so that option came off the table. Annnd, over the weekend the toe blew again. We are scheduled for amp a week from Friday. Sigh. Don't tell Aiden but he's also getting a dental. Sigh.
  9. Aiden had surgery in April on a toe on his right front foot, pre- and post-proc pics are here. The toe was healing and early on we decided to leave the sutures in place just in case. Unbelievably, the toe has opened and we are facing another surgery We had done xrays of the foot and couldn't appreciate any infection of the bone but I am going to have them do another set of films to see if there is any change in that regard. Recently on the big foot pad I've noticed some discoloration that is directly in line with that lateral toe. I really don't want to take the toe but this issue has been ongoing and I'm wondering if that would be the better route. I do think there is more going on. Thoughts appreciated.
  10. 9/19/15 Update: Aiden is doing well! He has had #5/10 Baytril so far and is such a good boy during his disinfecting. The hole is still there but there is only minimal oozing at this point. The bruise on his right thigh is also healing up nicely. While we will never know for sure how this happened, my suspicion is this: We have a large row of perennials in the front yard, which is where the incident occurred. Aiden is a bush pooper and my best guess is that he sat on that dead stem and gave himself a new one. You think? Thanks for all the support and good wishes! "It's a bizarre area to have occurred in without trauma but it is an abscess. It looks like it is associated with the anus but there is no penetration." Vet clipped and cleaned the area and is sending Aiden home with Nolvasan for disinfecting and 10 days' worth of Baytril. She is not convinced that the bruise on his thigh is related, saying it doesn't "go" anywhere. If with the rx and disinfecting he isn't healing then surgical exploration would be in order. I can pick him up now, yay! Thanks for all the good wishes, please keep them coming that this resolves *without surgical exploration* This is Aiden tonight. He was fine, outside with Bea and Paddy, no rough-housing, nothing unusual that I saw or heard, no GSOD, no "Mom!!", no whining, no looking for help. We came in, they had dinner, all good. I noticed a spot of blood on the couch and did a grid search of everyone and found nothing until Aiden stretched out on the couch and then starting licking under his tail. It's a hole above his anus, it's not deep but looks like it's torn at the top. It is not actively bleeding but quietly oozy. There is also the bruise on his right thigh. Much of the stain in the photos is transfer, the area itself is not bruised nor swollen. He lets me clean it but isn't happy with me poking. How the hell did he do this? We have an appointment to drop off at clinic in the morning. The vet on call wondered about anal gland abscess but she thought that an express opening would occur at 4:00 and 8:00, not 12:00 as this presents.
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