Today over half of the English shepherds at the MetraPark said goodbye to their little friends.
Warning: Graphic surgery images follow. If you run to the head heaving in the middle of Nip Tuck, do not continue.
Spay Montana*set up their mobile surgical operation in the grandstand a few hundred yards from the Operation New Beginnings compound. Volunteers and staff shuttled dogs back and forth on gators.
Douglas and I missed the start of the clinic while we were
By the time we arrived, the calm, efficient atmosphere was a wonder to behold. Dogs were prepped by techs on one set of tables, nails clipped, teeth scaled, ears deep-cleaned, then sterilized at one of four surgical stations. They recovered on blankets while volunteers thoroughly groomed them, were moved to crates to wake up, and then gatored back to their stalls.
Having dehydrated myself in the Montana sun and dry air during the morning assessments, I was in no condition to be carrying dogs and crates or be otherwise physically useful.
It is very hard for me to watch dogs recover from anesthesia. I have a rough time with anesthesia myself, and this is my indulgence in projection. Also, their greenish faces make me a bit green myself.
So I checked out the surgeries.
The surgeons did not mind the nosey. Kewl.
I watched some castrations, to desensitize myself to what I will have to do when the goat girls freshen in the spring. (Of course not! They will each give birth to twin doelings. There will be no nasty little buck kids. There will be no nasty little buck kids ...)
Some of the guys kind of stayed back from those, but credit where it is due -- I saw manly men observing a fairly gruesome-looking procedure without hitting the deck.
But even more interesting was the fifteen-minute spay of a girl with a much-used, estrus uterus -- one of the most potentially troublesome spay procedures.
This is her prepped abdomen.
This is her swollen reproductive tract.
This is her closed incision. Yes, that is the after picture. I double-checked.
The technician working with this surgeon told me that if she has surgery on herself, she wants him to close. Yuh duh.
* Please show them some love!