The good news is that Samson is home. The bad news is that the steroids he is taking for the UDS has triggered Cushing's syndrome (more about that later in another post). Our dog Bandit had Cushings and it's not pretty. To add this syndrome to all the other issues Samson suffers from, this was quite a blow to me. So I will have to absorb it, refresh my memory about Cushing's, and then write some more.
Samson Says: I'm fine mommy, just give me some food.
Samson Says: I'm fine mommy, just give me some food.
I called Rachael last night because Mary told me there had been a fire off the 14 freeway at Placerita Canyon. The wildlife rescue where Rachael volunteered, maybe still does, and where her favorite bird, Orion, the greathorned owl used to live, is located in that canyon. As is her favorite hiking trail. So I was concerned.
Rachael and Orion
Rachael told me that she and her boss at the park saw the fire as they were leaving work around 2:30 p.m. And Rachael, being who she is, got one of the park's county trucks and drove up to the canyon with her boss. Both the freeway and the other main thoroughfare, Sierra Highway, were closed, but with the county truck and on their way to rescue animals, the cops let them in.
Rachael said all the firetrucks were staged at the Disney estate and the road they drove to the rescue was empty of fire personnel, even though the fire was burning on one side of it. When they arrived, there were only two staff at the rescue and they had been told to stay in place. Rachael said the fire is right around the corner, go and look, and proceeded to stuff snakes in pillowcases, and get all the lizards and spiders together. Her boss and the two staff, who finally saw the fire and woke up to the seriousness of it all, rescued the birds and a couple small wild critters. They then drove the animals up to another rescue in the mountains, at Vasquez canyon.
Rachael said she came home around 5:30 suffering from a splitting headache, dehydration, and smoke inhalation. But that's Rachael. Last year, she and another woman rescued several horses from a fire. Not sure if they were wild horses or not, but they were loose in a field, scared and panicky. That time one scared horse knocked his head into Rachael's and injured her mouth. She is something else, my friend Rachael.
she really is something else, and angel comes to mind. God bless her and all those who helped her, love the owl pics. so glad she and the critters are safe. fire is so scary. I read a little on cushings and I am so sorry your sweetie is so sick. I do hope he has the type meds can help and no surgery needed. Samson is a big dog for you to care for and you are so far away from help. prayers for all three of you and the vets... hugs Love youReplyDelete
Purples and blues for Rachel!!! What a girl, and those photos, so fitting. Samson, hope he continues to be as good as he can be.ReplyDelete
Thank goodness for people like Rachael, and the shots of her with the owl are stunning! Hope Samson can have a speedy recovery.ReplyDelete
Dear Inger, Rachel certainly is "something else"--a true friend to you and to animals. I hope Samson is not in pain. Peace.ReplyDelete
Dear Inger, I went back and read the previous posting about Samson's symptoms. How scary for you both. I'm relieved that you now have a diagnosis. It seems to me when we know what we are dealing with, life is somewhat easier. Peace.ReplyDelete
Orion is beautiful. Rachel is quite remarkable.ReplyDelete
She certainly is!!Delete
Glad sweet Samson is home. Sorry for his DX.ReplyDelete
I had hoped fires wouldn't be a big thing this summer. Bless Rachael!
I admire Rachael, not only brave but pretty too. I love owls by the way. Poor Samson, he is probably more calm that you about his health.ReplyDelete
Rachel and orion are both beautiful and their colors match to a T. What a great genuine person to have as a friend.ReplyDelete
Poor Samson, I'm so sorry his condition is not improving. He looks beautiful too.
Take care and stay safe.
Smiles & hugs, Julia
Rachel sounds like a gem of a person. Best of luck with Samson's issues. Pets are family!ReplyDelete
Special people run into danger to help and save others. Yes, your friend, Rachael, is a very special person.ReplyDelete
I am sorry to hear about Samson. I am going to look up Cushing disease after I finish this comment.
Hi Inger - well I'm so pleased Samson is home, but the syndrome obviously is a worry - my thoughts to you. Your friend Rachael does sound amazingly special ...she's a treat to read about and to see ... and I'm glad the animals were rescued ... and I sincerely hope the fire is put out. With thoughts ... HilaryReplyDelete
Rachel is a hero. I'm glad Samson is home. It gives you breathing room to figure things out.ReplyDelete
Rachel sounds like a special person!ReplyDelete
I sure hope Samson's Cushing disease is treatable. I know he is so lucky to have you in his corner. Poor Rachael and all those animals. What a blessing she is to them and a tireless worker. Hope all are and will stay safe.ReplyDelete
Gracie and I are saying prayers for her dear boy Samson. Hoping for much better days ahead. Sending our love...ReplyDelete
Jackson has Cushings as well. I imagine that with dogs, like with horses, it affects other things too. And, hopefully he can be treated. Its a lot to manage and I know that you will manage it all -- once you've been able to wrap your head around the whole thing.ReplyDelete
Orion is definitely a beautiful creature, and Rachel a special person to work so hard to make sure all of the animals are safe, fires are very serious and there are way too many every year.ReplyDelete
Samson is blessed to have you in his life as much as he in yours, hoping he is doing much better now.
God bless Rachael. I'm so sorry about Samson.ReplyDelete
I'm glad that Samson is home but I'm sad to hear of his illnesses. Please keep us all updated. As for Rachael, she is an amazing woman!ReplyDelete