It’s been 10 days since the surgery that restored Velma’s ailing bowel to what appears to be a normally functioning organ… so I am confident in calling it a success. Wa-hoo! She is doing great, feeling so much better and acting like a normal dog — eating, licking belly staples, and trying to gobble cat poop on walks. It’s a re-birth of sorts, no?
We are so grateful to have the company of our rascally Whippet-cross for whatever time we have left together. Grateful and happy
And now, on to the stunning prizes! I asked you to guess what the mysterious obstruction in Velma’s duodenum was, and here are the answers:
annierubidoux - “walnut!”
Glennda – “round rock”
Gemini Girl In a Random World - “remnant of six geese a-laying. Or a turtle-dove. Maybe one of those 5 golden rings which would be SWEET because it’d pay all of those vet bills.”
Roam About Mike - “something festive; something christmasy. An ornament, or xmas bulb.”
maggi – “hairball”
Heather – “ball of yarn”
DonnaBruzzese – “whole bottle of Excedrin in retaliation for me leaving her for the weekend.”
El Guapo - “Hoffa’s Teamster ring… hope she bounces back soon!“
Ginger – “smooth river rock from the pond”
Of course, the obstruction did turn out to be a “ball” of some sort (inside of a golf ball is the best guess, thanks Scott for the investigative research), so technically there is no winner. But there is! Because my dog is alive, it’s 2013, and I’m daring to dream! So, rather than choosing one winner based on a correct guess, I’ve chosen several based on random criteria.
Maggi and Heather: your answers contained the word “ball” – wrong substance, right word — you are winners!
El Guapo: clever, witty, nonsensical (extra points for bounces back) — you are a winner!
Gemini Girl In a Random World: still hoping Velma deposits those golden rings in my yard… yay for giving me a fantasy to cling to while I creatively finance the vet bill — you are a winner!
Originally, the winner was going to chose a prize of either the obstruction itself, or a ceramic bowl handmade by me. However, I’ve changed the loot to reflect updated information and my mood:
1. I’ve decided that black ball is evil so it is no longer offered as a prize.
2. We have four winners instead of one, so I’ve expanded the choices. (I have multiples of everything except the flower bowl, but I can make more in a couple weeks.)
Congratulations winners! Please select one of the three prizes and email me your choice + address (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can send it to you. Thanks for contributing, everyone, and let’s hope this is the last time we will ever, ever play this game.