Vision quest

Mister Boo has the vision of a GOP congresscritter but more brains and a decidedly sweeter temperament.

Mister Boo has the vision of a GOP congresscritter but more brains and a decidedly sweeter temperament.

One of the drawbacks to having eyes that bug out like VW headlights is that one gets cracked from time to time.

Mister Boo, who suffers from a lens luxation in the right eye, from time to time manages to exacerbate the problem by bumping into something. Author-poet Jim Harrison, who is likewise blind on one side, has mentioned having similar navigational issues.

Anyway, the poor little guy (Boo, not Jim) did it again on Wednesday, and his eye specialist has prescribed a fresh round of medications. So until next Wednesday at least he gets:

One drop of dorzolamide in both eyes twice daily.

One capsule of minocycline daily.

A half tab of carprofen twice daily.

One drop of ofloxacin in the right eye thrice daily.

And one drop of NaCl solution in the right eye thrice daily.

Mind you, this is in addition to the walks (administered twice daily); meals (twice daily); and treats (as needed, which is to say every 15 minutes until he’s full, and then every 30 minutes thereafter). Plus, I anticipate that on his next visit to the eyeball doc the Boo will be prescribed a patch, a peg leg and a parrot. Then we’ll have to call him Cap’n Boo. Arrr.

There has to be some way to blame Obama for this.


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28 Responses to “Vision quest”

  1. sharon Says:

    Looks like he has a wonderful caregiver. And you are building some great karma. What goes around comes around.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      This is remedial work, actually. I figure I have so much bad karma to work off that I could doctor a billion Boos for a billion years and still be in the red.

      Still, every little bit helps, que no?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        You love dogs. Your karma is good. Comparing the Boo to a republican member of congress brings to mind a favorite quote by Dorothy Parker. “You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.”

  2. matlinp Says:

    Obamacare for illegal immigrants is making dogs half blind. It’s true – I just heard it on FoxSpews. Or at least I think I did. I’ll have to check with Saint Sarah and get back to you.

  3. Jon Paulos Says:

    Just wait till Turk and Mia need medical care. Then you can consider yourself part of the sandwich generation. In between the cats and the dog, doncha know. nyuk, nyuk.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Already been there and done that, I do believe.

      Turk has had one expensive visit to the vet, for treatment of a nasty abscess caused by a disagreement between Himself and something even bigger and meaner.

      And Mia came to us with that feline respiratory disorder, poor thing, and spent her early days with us quarantined in the upstairs bathroom, all boogered up.

      Herself periodically agitates for another dog. To which I reply, “What’s this one come with, the plague?” Another billion years of bad karma right there.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Yep, your karma spiraled into the shit hole with that remark.

        We often wonder if Duffy would be better off with a canine companion. We tried him with our friend’s two cats. Tai Tai was brought up with dogs, and she and Duffy were instant buds after he received the obligatory bitch slap (claws retracted) from the lady. The second one he was introduced to tried to slap him with claws extended. Duffy replied with a attempt to crunch her like a mouse. We intervened before total war broke out, since the Duffinator would probably lose in the end. So, cats, not counting allergies, are out. But another dog? Maybe a Westie? I’m sure the vet would buy a new boat or pickup if we walked with another dog.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    On a separate subject, your favorite loan officer says hello.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Aha. You digging your own financial hole down there today? Give her my best. We’re mail-bombing each other with documentation.

      I was supposed to motor to Duke City today to lend a hand with house-hunting, but Mister Boo’s eye issues flattened all four tires on that little road trip. I’ll just keep window-peeking from afar until we get him back in proper working order.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Yeah. My version of Herself is bound and determined to put me in the poorhouse till I’m 90, Then again, Fanta Se is supposed to be a desirable location (at least other folks think so); I guess its an investment. I’ll never get used to the idea of not rolling out of bed and onto the Pajarito Plateau singletrack and mountain roads up here. We have some serious bidness to talk about.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Oh, and our get well wishes for Mr. Boo. We are between animal crises right now.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I hear you. They say you can’t take it with you, but it seems I can’t even keep it while I’m here.

        The Dale Balls make some nice riding in the City Difficult, as do the forest trails. Road riding? Not so much. That was hairy enough in the late Eighties and I don’t imagine things have changed much.

        My buddy Matt Wiebe does his best to avoid road riding down thataway. Of course, he makes a mighty big target.

        Here in Bibleburg I can be in Palmer Park in about 10-15 minutes, and the main north-south trail between Fountain and Greenland is maybe five minutes west. That trail sprouts branches in all kinds of interesting directions. Gonna have trouble replacing that bad boy, dammit.

      • md anderson Says:

        Road riding around Santa Fe has gotten significantly easier since the late-80s I would say. I probably do half of my road mileage on Santa Fe roads. We’ve had a frontage road along 84/285 for a half dozen years now and that makes riding into and out of town easy on the north end. Like wise the 599 “relief route” to the west of town means I can ride from 16 miles north of Santa Fe, into and through town and out to the hinterlands south with little to no trouble.

        Commuting has gotten friendlier with better trails though and about town and some better striping of roads. It all depends on where you’re starting and where you want to go.

        I’ve seen significantly more people commuting around the city on bikes the past 3-4 years. And I’m not just talking about the “pedestrians on bikes” riding on WalMart specials either ’cause it’s all they have or they’ve lost their licensee in a DUI

      • khal spencer Says:

        Make that “Camino de las Crucitas”

    • khal spencer Says:

      MD, we need to have a long talk as well as a bike ride. Meena has us buying a house in Casa Solana (that little area just as you come down the hill on US 84/285 into town. Its on Camino de las Cruces, so its right near the dog park and what looks like some small escape routes outa town to the West. Not sure how one connects up to Tesuque. Or however its spelled……

      • md anderson Says:

        That’s actually a great area for getting out to road rides, and within striking distance of the Dale Ball trails if you know the super secret local sneaky ways. Our riding group used to start at the DeVargas Mall and take Camino Las Crucitas all the time. Now they ride out of the Casa Solana shopping center on Alameda. They meet by the coffee shop next to the food coop.

        I’m up for a bike ride anytime. Next time you have a free Sat or Sun let me know.

        Say, how is Highway 4 going up to the Valle these days?

      • khal spencer Says:

        Highway 4 is about the same as always. The state did its usual best to wreck the edges up in the Valles Caldera area but I don’t know anyone who hugs the shoulder edge up there anyway. The plans on “improving” NM4 are still a DOT pipe dream. Here was my post on that White Rock meeting.

  5. Libby Says:

    Boo would hate an e-collar but a clear e-collar might help while he’s being treated. I’ve never seen a clear one – I always wonder why the collars are just made of opaque material. I would think a clear collar would work well in some situations.
    Last year, my friend’s chihuahua suffered a scratched cornea as these small breeds do coming into contact with stuff we ordinarily think of as harmless. The vet fashioned an e-collar out of a small Dixie brand paper bowl.

    My cat was recently diagnosed with diabetes and a UTI. Wrangling these meds plus his other meds is a challenge. He often likes to hide out when it’s pill time. Injections are easier.

    Hope the Boo man heals quickly.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Ah, the “cone of shame.” You should have seen our old dog, Beau, trying to get out the doggy door with that thing on after he was neutered. Funny and distressing at the same time.

  6. Jack Says:

    Dang! I’d hate to piss off the Pooch!

  7. Larry T. Says:

    The GOP folks in Congress are far from stupid – it’s the people who vote for them who are the morons!

  8. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Larry, ain’t that the truth. You know what your wife says!

    Changing subjects for a second, Patrick, the Vaya review was nicely done. A great read to accompany the Sierra Nevada Summerfest pilsner I was enjoying.

  9. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Batten down the hatches and man the pumps. Two inches of rain here in the last hour, between 6 and 7 pm, and it’s still coming. We in Aridzona like rain, but I would prefer it in smaller doses. I’m think the ride up to Coronado National Memorial, on any where else, in the morning is on hold. Flood advisories out for small streams and washes. Think I just saw a kayak go down the wash behind the house.

  10. khal spencer Says:

    Pelkey for Wyoming House of Representatives!

  11. Libby Says:

    Hope you won the Powerball drawing. Then Herself can clear out the Animal shelter and you guys can buy a big garage for bikes and a couple of houses, too.

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