The Trials and Tribulations of Miss Ellie

And so this “tail” begins. In early December 2018 Ellie suddenly stopped eating and within a couple of days stopped drinking as well. Regardless of what we offered her (meaty bits etc.) she just wasn’t having any of it. The Captain started syringing water into her to stave off dehydration however when she started to be sick to her stomach we rushed her into town and saw a vet on an emergency basis. At the vets she was put on fluids and xrays were taken. The vet thought that perhaps there was an obstruction in her GI tract but he wasn’t sure from the xrays, but thought perhaps an ultrasound would be needed to confirm if there was or wasn’t an obstruction. Miss E spent the night at the vet and appeared to be a bit better so we brought her home and kept her hydrated and force fed her a bit of food. It was obvious that within another day that she wasn’t getting better so we were off to the vets again.  The plan was to re-hydrate her again and then look at an ultrasound or perhaps some further tests.

One of Miss Ellie’s baby picture (about 3 months)

We thought this through over night and decided we weren’t prepared to spend another $2000.00 Cdn. on a test we thought was dubious and offered no realistic solution. We called the vet to discuss further and on the call the vet advised he had reviewed Ellie’s blood work and now suspected she had a condition known as Addison’s Disease and he was doing confirmation tests. Shortly after he called and confirmed the Addison’s. Addison’s, simply put is a condition where the adrenal gland has stopped functioning. While not terminal it is a serious condition that is treatable by a combination of daily Prednisone and monthly Desoxycorticosterone Pivalate injections. Ellie was started on the medications and gradually over a period of 2 months she managed to return almost to her old self. The cautions for her condition however meant that she needed to be watched carefully as over stressing her could cause cardiac arrest.

Miss E and Sophie at Valley of Fire. Yes Sophie is there if you look close

Over the next several months we watched her carefully she was able to resume her daily walks and playtime with her friend Sophie. However her ongoing issue of separation anxiety was causing us concern as we unable to leave her alone for more than 20 to 30 minutes without her becoming frantic. We observed this behavior by remotely watching her in the trailer via a “baby cam”. Her distress was obvious and so was ours seeing her like this. And if this was not enough for the poor little girl she had to go back to the vet in Vernon to pull a couple of baby teeth that hadn’t come out on their own. While doing this dental work the vet found she had dental condition that had caused several other teeth to lose their enamel and start to rot and break off. She ended up having 6 teeth extracted and because of the extra anesthetic she did very poorly post op and had to go back to the vet for further hydration and nourishment. It looked like for a couple of days that she just wasn’t going to make it but she did hang in there and started recovering again.

Ellie and one of the Captains buddies

As a result of her ongoing medical issues we thought long and hard about what we should for her as our plans for the next year or so was to continue our travels. This meant Ellie was going to be left alone and stressed quite often or we would be for want of a better term house bound. We had already gone through this for the past year where one of us was always home or staying in the truck with Ellie and our options for doing things together were very limited.  We agonized in deciding what to do but in the end we opted to see if we could find a new home for Ellie.

Ellie with bald patches on both from legs from intravenous medication

We posted an ad to rehome her on a local website. The ad received over 200 views within the first week but no contacts most likely due to her condition and ongoing costs ($500.00 per year) which we had spelled out in detail. Then out of the blue we received a reply from a very interested family in West Kelowna (about 60 km from us). The very interesting thing about this family was that the mother had to retire last year due to a medical condition that required her to take the same medications Ellie was on so she understood quite well the side effects etc. and she was also able to be a stay at home Mom to Ellie.  We both felt it was as about as perfect a match as we could have come up with. In addition the family also had a very laid back 7 year old basset hound named Clover who would be Ellie’s big sister and help to keep her calm. The Captain took Ellie to have a meet and greet with the family and the family’s young daughter of course fell in love with Ellie at first sight and we agreed to having Ellie being adopted by them.

Ellie with some of her new family. Clover the basset wondering who let the white dog in??,

Needless to say we had second thoughts about doing this but believed in our hearts that this was the best thing for Miss Ellie, so on July 23, 2018 Ellie moved in with her new family. We dearly miss our little girl but we do occasionally see pictures of her on the internet and see that she is doing well and loved a whole bunch.

We remember our Miss E as a beautiful, loving little girl that brought us 2 years of love and joy.

By stubbs99

If There Are Blanks?? Do They Have To Be Filled??

Filling in the Blanks

Please Please restrain yourself and hold off the applause and shouts of great rejoicing, imagined or otherwise that might just possibly spontaneously erupt with the reappearance of the Captain and Debbie Dewdrop’s Blog. I don’t want anyone to get overly agitated and faint or anything silly like that. But yes it is true that the Blog is back from a hiatus of 434 days (but hey who’s counting). Now before anyone gets too excited I need to point out that I will not be providing a detailed account of those missing days as my memory is far too feeble to recall anything more than vague manifestations that come to me in dreams and may or may not have been real.

Shortly after my last post in October 2018 DD and the Captain once again made the annual trek to the Imperial Dam LTVA for our winter sojourn. With one major incident (coming soon – The Trials and Tribulations of Miss E) our winter was fairly uneventful. You know we hiked and biked, visited old friends and found some new ones. Some of the old stalwarts were missing due to health, family issues of maybe just looking for a change of pace. I could probably just post some pictures of hikes and events from previous years and no one would likely notice but it wouldn’t be nice to try and fool my readers so I won’t. We did enjoy a week at Stewarts Point with Bouncy Bernice and Fearless Frank before making our way back to Vernon.

Our summer in Vernon at our lot in the Swan Lake RV Resort was quite enjoyable as it was the first summer in the last few where we did not have to wear protective devices to protect us from smoke from forest fires. In that respect it was the best summer in a while. DD was back at work part time at the Insurance Company saving up her money to put toward replenishing, according to her “her dwindling shoe supply”. We also made a decision in the summer to forego a trip to Arizona this winter so we could spend time with our parents. DD’s Mom (MODD) is 92 and the Captain’s Mom (the Aud One) and Dad (the Coach) and are 88 and 91 respectively.  So at the moment we are staying with MODD and visiting with the Coach and Aud One on a fairly regular basis.

Additionally we are planning a 2nd trip to the Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland for late spring and summer before returning to Vernon in the fall and heading south once again.  In expectation of our trip to the Maritimes we decided to buy a used camper to put on the truck for the trip as it is less costly to run, less ferry fares and easier to manage in some of the remote locations we want to get to on this trip.

The great news for this trip is that our travelling buddies LLL (Lucky Lonesome Larry) and BBB (Busty Barb the Believer – see Cast of Characters page) will be making the trip north from Yuma and will be our Klingons once again.  We are definitely looking forward to traveling with these kids again. And rumour has it that Bouncy Bernice and Fearless Frank may also make the trip. Sounds good. Can’t wait!

Don’t forget to have a look at our page of Cast of Characters

By stubbs99


From Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon – Time

“Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.

Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines

Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way

The time is gone, the song is over,

Thought I’d something more to say”

Once again in a cryptic sort of way the Captain makes a feeble attempt to pass along a quasi important message to this Blog’s readers by quoting from somewhere out near “the dark side of the moon”. But alas without clarification the message would likely remain a mystery as it meanders off into the cosmos on a fruitless mission to find consciousness and the elusive Commander Tom.

But back to the song and the line “thought I had something more to say” is really the tell here. The Captain probably does and will always have a lot to say but, and it is a big but (not butt) the will to put pen to paper reciting adventures and misadventures in a form more creative than a listless diary must excite the author as well as the reader. After several years of blogging CCs and DDs adventures have become somewhat more mundane (life can get in the way) so while the mind is willing the spirit to blog on a regular basis is fleeting at best. So what I can tell you is this. The Blog is not dead yet but in the future will likely be less frequent and generally will magically appear only when the spirits or some other mind altering event brings forth the madness once again.

In the Meantime

It has been at least six months since my last post so it is only seems fair and responsible (really) that before we head off madly in all directions a short update of these missing 6 months be provided and short is the operative word here. Also note that blog photographer DD has not provided the usual quantity and quality of photos for the blog. Her working 3 days per week seems a somewhat dubious excuse.

The summer of 2018 was spent at our RV Lot at Swan Lake in Vernon. DD was rehired by her last year’s employer so she was able to work 3 days per week salting away her earnings in the secret shoe fund. While DD toiled away in air conditioned luxury at the office CC frittered away the hours providing doggy daycare to Miss Ellie, with breaks for lot and RV maintenance and generally wasting time.

We did buy a new truck which as it turned out was quite a bizarre transaction. CC found a fellow who was selling his basically brand new (730 km) 2017 Ford F350. Apparently he and his wife bought the truck in expectation that they would take up RVing on a full time basis but as winter set in they had a change of heart (rather fly to the sun) so hence the decision to sell. As the price was very good CC and DD decided to buy but would also have to sell the old beast first. When we went to look at the truck they guy asked us what we were doing with it. Selling it of course. He asked how much we wanted for it and when I told him he said okay we’ll buy it from you. He still had a 5th wheel to haul around locally and still need a truck just not a big new monster machine. So just like that we swapped trucks and some cash and rode off into the sunset.

We also got in evening with our Dinner Group out at Don and Virginia’s in Falkland. These events become rarer it seems as the years go by. Always great to get together with the old group regardless.

A five day trip took us Powell River to visit with our long time friends and former neighbors Garry and Shirla as well as our one and only but regardless our #1 granddaughter Alyssa.

PoodleMania 2. The 2 long time poodle pals Ellie and Sophie reunited without missing a beat and on numerous occasions managed to almost wear each other out with their nonstop rambunctious games of chase and wrestling.

Our former cul-de-sac friends Chris and Jim purchased a lot just across the park from us so Ellie now has another doggy friend in the area to visit.

Of special note our very good “old” friend Uncle Normie seems to have made a fairly good recovery from a very serious surgery and his very special nurse Pauline will now get some well deserved time off.

And in the End

And to prove that all is not lost I leave you with one of the Captain’s all time great original jokes. If this doesn’t make you wince you’re probably stranger than I thought.

So there’s this guy sitting out on his 10th floor balcony eating a whole watermelon. At about the same time a woman is walking by on the sidewalk below with her infant daughter Leslie and their dog Lassie. So as fate would have it the guy on the balcony gets stung by a bee and ends up dropping the whole watermelon over the rail. The 5 pound fruit hurtles down heading directly for the unsuspecting trio below. Just seconds before crashing into them Lassie senses the danger and throws herself in front of Leslie in a valiant attempt to save her from being killed. Lassie’s efforts are successful and no one is hurt the only damage seems to be a coating of juice and seeds on the 2 of them. The guy from the balcony arrives on the scene seconds later and is relieved to find everything is okay. He asks the woman if she is also okay. She advises she is just fine but relates the odd coincidence that just as crash occurred she was feeling a little sad and was singing her favourite song to Leslie and the song is: See here for answer.

From me and Jim Morrison

Brothers and sisters of the pale forest
Children of night
Who among you will run with the hunt?
Now night arrives with her purple legion
Retire now to your tents and to your dreams
Tomorrow we enter the town of my birth
I want to be ready



By stubbs99