Friday, March 7, 2008

Hearing Aid Battery scare

Yesterday, my brother left out a packet of hearing aid batteries for Loki to take. He somehow figured that it'd be perfectly harmless. So very false. Loki, being Loki, decided to take the whole packet with two fully charged hearing aid batteries and run around the basement with them. By the time I caught up to him, I noticed that the packet was split and the hearing aid batteries were missing.

I freaked out right away and called the ASPCA animal poison control line in tears. They told me to syringe water into his mouth while tilting his head up. The main concern was that the battery fully pass through his esophagus - if it didn't, it could create a current and burn him from the inside. They also said to get him to a vet right away to take x-rays and figure out where exactly the battery was in him.

The problem was, my vet was 3 states away in NC! I called them up immediately and asked them if they could recommend someone. The closest they recommended was about 45 minutes away... completely useless. I then remembered a vet hospital that my old boss used, the East Brunswick Animal Hospital. Looked them up online, and they told me that they'd be able to get Loki in right away.

Went in, still in tears and freaking out. After filling out the paperwork, Loki and I went into a room where they poked him in various areas and took him to the x-ray room. I waited out in the waiting room for what seemed like 10 hours (actually only 15 minutes). They called me in to show me an x-ray with ABSOLUTELY NO BATTERIES IN HIM! (Thank god).

So... $269 dollars later, Loki is once again, perfectly fine, haha. The whole experience actually taught my family a valuable lesson about leaving things out though because when I got home, the basement and all its surfaces were spotless. I guess $269 is a decent price to pay to prevent something like this from happening again.

Oh, and obviously, Loki won over the hearts of everyone at the vet's office. They kept gushing about what a sweetie he was and how good he was. Nearly everyone in the waiting room came over while we were checking out to give him so love as well.

Unfortunately, Loki's already taken by his new girlfriend, Jenny, my friend and the owner of Pong Pong.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

NJ

Well, NJ has been fun for both Loki and I so far.

Loki's been hanging around in my parent's basement when I've been busy. Unlike the other times we've been in NJ, Loki has proven himself to be much calmer and tame, so he's been out of the crate for most the day (as long as someone is in the basement with him - good thing for me, my brother hangs out in the basement, so he keeps an eye on Loki).

He doesn't have a full run of the backyard since my parents don't have fencing, but I did tie a 30 foot leash to my parent's deck so Loki has a pretty good amount of space to roam. He's never seen squirrels and chipmunks before, so each time we let him out, he never wants to come back in. He's also been having the time of his life chasing and eating leaves when the wind picks up.

We went to the dog park yesterday where Loki was told off by a 9 year old chihuahua mix and ended up crying and hiding in a corner... That was definitely odd. Since there was no one at the dog park aside from the dog that scared him, I took him to a nice regular park with a giant lake and woods trail. We went hiking for a bit, but each time we'd approach the lake, Loki would attempt to walk in after the ducks/geese. I finally let him go once, and he ended up just nonchalantly walking into the lake and getting up to his neck before the leash ran out. I think today we'll go back with the 30 foot leash and I'll let him go in as deep as he "wants".

Unfortunately, Loki didn't point at the ducks. Just stared and chased. Oh well.

On the home front, Loki has won over my parents by being able to sit, lie down, high-5 and shake. Easy enough. He stares at my mom obsessively each night as she eats her grapefruit, and wolfs down everything he hands her (including the white soft skin!). He was out of control on the first day we came here since my family allowed him to keep mouthing him, but the two of us had a long talk, so he knocked that off pretty quickly.