We Built A Dog Wash Station!

We recently decided we needed an elevated dog wash station. This was something we’ve wanted for a while, but our foster dog Heidi inspired us to take action immediately. Miss Heidi was requiring a medicated bath every 3 days for the first few weeks we had her and I’m sure many people can relate to the tired/sore lower back that follows a dog bath.

Turns out buying an elevated dog wash isn’t cheap.

Oh, you want an elevated dog wash that won’t tip over? Won’t rust, leak or dent? You must want to spend at least $3,000 then.

Didn’t think so! We didn’t either!!

After a lot of brainstorming and research, we came up with a great design that fulfilled our needs. During this process we determined what we didn’t need was our roman tub in our master bathroom. The stupid thing was used less than 10 times since we moved into our house. Heck, I think the cats have spent more time in that tub than my husband and I!

It took my husband and I about a month to brainstorm, research, purchase supplies, cut pressure treated wood (and treat the ends), cut and assemble pvc pipe (for the shower curtain rod) assemble, paint, plumbing, cutting shower curtains to proper length and sewing, plus a few other misc tasks. I did what I could by myself during the day. My husband and I would spend a couple hours each night after he got home from work. Weekends were also dedicated to this project.


For pictures of the dog wash in progress & finished, just click on the picture of Heidi!


Quick Update

Heidi had her recheck appointment at the vet today and we got great news….drum roll please…..

Her right ear drum has grown back 100 % and her left is at 75%. Her skin looks great. Fur is growing back everywhere and all her fur is softening. She also weighed in at 80.3 lbs which is awesome considering not long ago she was at 103 lbs!

We’ll go back next month for another ear & skin recheck, plus thyroid blood work recheck. I’ll keep you posted and let you know when Heidi becomes available for adoption, I feel like early July might be the time to start reviewing applications.


Surgery Madness

What do you get when you have 2 animals having surgery…

– on the same day,

– at different vets that are located 6.5 mi apart,

– errands to run in between drop off and pick up,

– AND you have to be available during surgery procedure to discuss problems that need to be addressed right away?


Thankfully that is all behind us. It has been almost 3 weeks since surgery day and everyone is glad to be recovering very nicely.

Heidi’s post surgery care included pain medicine for the spay and the 1 tooth extraction (which was a surprise) and daily ear flushing plus medication for 2-4 months in attempt to heal both her ruptured eardrums (another surprise). Her recheck, 2 weeks after, showed she was down ~18 lbs, eardrums were starting to grow back (doctor was very shocked to see this so soon), thyroid blood work showed her thyroid medicine needed to be adjusted and suture site looked great so sutures were removed.

Borgia’s post surgery care was liquid pain medicine for the 10 teeth extracted along with eating wet food only. Her recheck, a week later, showed a minor infection and a loose stitch (my guess is she ate some dry food before Cooper’s food bowl got removed). We were sent home for a weeks worth of antibiotics. Thankfully after a total of 2 weeks of ambushing Borgia so I could squirt medicine down her throat, she was all healed up and ready to eat dry food if she wanted.

Not only am I thrilled that both Heidi and Borgia are fully recovered physically, mentally they are very happy to be themselves. Heidi is running around, bouncing and spinning. Borgia is up on her cat shelves, napping outside on the nice days and playing with the occasional cat toy.

FYI Borgia had only 1 known problem tooth, 9 others were discovered at time of teeth cleaning thanks to x-rays. Google “feline tooth resorption” for information if you have a kitty because this is a very common issue, especially as cat’s get older.