Raven: Recovering


Ten days ago Raven had surgery to spay her. She is more than 6 months old now and we do not want stray dogs flocking to our home, and we don’t want puppies. So this was Raven a week ago last Thursday – the quietest we’ve ever seen her. It didn’t last long. Here she is two days later (you can see the cone in the background) with Argus and Kip getting ready to go to the Shingletown Fun Days:


The bandanas the dogs are wearing were a gift from my mother – don’t they look cute? Here is a better photo of the bandanas:


Raven is due to have her sutures removed on Thursday. She is supposed to be “quiet” until then (no jumping, running, etc…) – everything looks healed to me right now. And if you ask Raven, she’ll tell you that she is ready to resume all activities. As far as the cats are concerned, they would rather she not:


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    • Kathy on August 16, 2009 at 10:12

    I remember when we had Milou spayed and the vet said no jumping, etc. I couldn’t figure out how I was supposed to keep a puppy from running and jumping.

    • Wendy on August 16, 2009 at 10:28

    Kathy: EXACTLY! *laughing* I must admit that I have gotten very lax as of Friday. She is bored out of her mind and wants to play. The only thing I’m not letting her do is run and play outside with Argus…otherwise, I’m giving her a lot of freedom. It was either that or start drinking heavily!!

    • lenore on August 16, 2009 at 10:59

    Finn has to go in next month. But I guess for boys it’s less traumatising.

    • Sheri on August 16, 2009 at 14:20

    Ohh…. goodie! A Raven update! My favorite posts! She looks great! I remember when Claire had her surgery. She had a hard time keeping still, as well. It’s hard to believe that Claire is already over 2 years old. They grow so fast!

    Raven is just adorable. But, then again… so is your entire family!

    Best wishes for an awesome Sunday!


    • Tara on August 16, 2009 at 16:27

    Aww, you might remember I had a post last month about our Buster getting neutered. It was hard to keep him quiet. We had opted to have them give him a shot of pain medicine before we brought him home and you could tell that he felt GOOD, lol!! We had him done on a Friday and by the time Sunday rolled around you could tell that the pain meds had worn off and that he was a little slower, but he healed really quickly and it was a challenge to keep him quiet. And the little booger had the cone on his head and STILL managed to scratch his stitches out with his back paw, but it turned out okay because they were ready to come out anyway. Puppies sure are a joy, aren’t they?!

    • Teddy on August 16, 2009 at 20:52

    I’m glad she has recovered. I always laugh when I vet suggests that you keep your dog quite and resting for a few days. Good luck with that. LOL!

    • Wendy on August 17, 2009 at 15:00

    Lenore: Yes, it is a little less invasive for the guys. Argus had no problems when he was neutered (I think it was more traumatic for Kip than Argus *laughs*

    Sheri: Thank you – you are so sweet! Yes, they do grow up fast – Raven is getting bigger, but I think she is going to end up being a smallish shepherd (maybe 65or 70 pounds) whereas Caribou was a whooping 85#!!!

    Tara: YES, I remember! I think I left you a comment actually 🙂 I asked for pain meds for Raven too – but she didn’t seem in pain at all (I still gave them to her because I wanted her to rest). Puppies are SO much work! But they are worth it!

    Teddy: I know, it seems ridiculous that anyone could keep a 6 month old, healthy puppy quiet for 2 weeks. I’ll be honest, as of today, I am pretty much letting her do what she wants (other than play roughhouse with Argus).

    • Tui on August 17, 2009 at 17:49

    Awww her pink bandanna matches the pink inside her ears. But Argus is SUCH a handsome lad in his!

    • Tui on August 17, 2009 at 17:50

    p.s. the look on the cats’ faces really made me laugh: P.O.’d incorporated!

  1. Love the pics! I’m so glad Raven is recovering so well. I remember when Buddy got fixed and the vet told me to keep him quiet. Yeh right! It was impossible. The next day he was raring to jump up on the couch again. Of course the surgery is more severe for girl dogs but still. Dogs don’t like to be still when they’re feeling good.

  2. Poor Raven! That is a tough surgery. The bandannas are adorable. They remind me of my dad. He used to wear one around his forehead when he worked in the yard or went hiking or played disc golf. Thanks for reminding me of a sweet memory!

    • Nicole on August 21, 2009 at 03:49

    Poor Raven! The cone must have been the worst for her.

    I am in love with your little tortie girl. I just love them. They are so sassy.

  3. I always felt so guilty when I had my pets spayed … they are so sad looking when they come home. But sounds like she is doing great.

    • Wendy on August 25, 2009 at 06:49

    Tui: *laughing* The cats definitely were not fond of the cone head thingy. They thought the puppy had morphed into a monster!

    Darlene: It is next to impossible to keep puppies “quiet” … they are up and ready to go the next day. It is tougher on the girls because the surgery is more invasive…still, Raven didn’t seem to even notice she had sutures.

    Rebecca: Glad I was able to spark a fond memory for you 🙂

    Nicole: Actually Raven didn’t seem to mind the cone…she just banged into everything in her path and kept right on going. I love tortie kitties too – they seem to all have these fiesty personalities…and Gizmo is no exception!

    Jenners: I know what you mean – they look pitiful. But the alternative is not really a choice for me, so I just forge ahead knowing it is but a short time of discomfort and then it is over with!

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