Goodbye, Cappy

I was sick all weekend with a sinus thing and didn’t go to work yesterday. I suppose that was fortuitous because it allowed me to help poor guinea pig Cappy, who I found in distress in the morning. She’s been ill for months but had done well lately after we figured out she had an ear infection and we got her on some antibiotics. In fact, last week I thought she had rallied so well I expected to have her around for a long time!

I had Cappy euthanized midday. She was unable to get up or walk and while she tried to eat a bit of alfalfa if I put it near her mouth, she soon tired and continued to be unable to move. It was a bad day at the vet’s clinic, because I met some friends coming out who had just euthanized their beloved rabbit as well. At least it was a quiet day there, which makes it easier on the animals and people to do what sometimes needs to be done to alleviate suffering. Cappy’s last act was to attempt to nibble the vet’s fingers when she began to examine her. 🙂

Little Cappy came to me in 2003 as a temporary boarder while her Zionsville classroom was on break. She had a tilted head and then an abscess burst from between her ears, and the school didn’t want to pay any of the vet bills, saying I could “just keep her” if she was going to be accumulating vet expenses. What, only dogs and cats deserve medical care?? Of course this event only cemented my opinion that animals don’t belong as classroom pets. Anyway, I did keep her, and she lived a long (if head-tilted) life with her piggy buddies, both of whom she outlived. She not only battled through the head abscess but also reproductive cancer. During the recent ear infection episode, we found a pus-like ball the size of a chickpea filling one ear and a return of pus to the location of the old abscess, a deep wound in the brain area. Our best guess is that she originally experienced a puncture wound, like from a cat bite or something stabbing her (let’s just say I’ve heard of more than one classroom pet being poked with pencils).

Cappy was probably about seven and I’m glad I kept her and gave her the life she deserved. In a strange twist of fate, I had already arranged to adopt another piggy before she passed, hopefully to keep her company. I suppose I’m now in a position to adopt more than one and help out the 200+ guinea pigs in rescue within a couple of hours of Indianapolis.

Nabbing another stray

Look who Dawn caught!

This little bunny was running loose in a westside Indianapolis neighborhood. Homeowners called us after the little stray ate their flowers and camped out for a few days, so we brought out a posse and some folding fences and Dawn played predator, nabbing Tegan when she hopped out from under the deck where she’d been hanging out. Tegan saw the vet, who says she’s been outside at least a month (based on her teeth, which look different since she’s been foraging rather than eating a pelleted diet), and we’re trying to figure out what caused bumps and scabs all over her body. Vet’s best guess is that she got in a nest of seed ticks and is still healing.

In even worse news of local people being irresponsible with their pets, someone dumped a domestic rabbit into a pen where two Rottweilers were living, presumably to watch the show. Why else would someone put a rabbit in a Rottie pen? Fortunately the dogs just barked and the dogs’ owner saved the bunny. People are rotten.

We’ll lighten things up a bit:

Exciting news in the world of dryer sheets

My lost dryer sheets are back! They just changed clothes. Now they’re called Simplicity, but they’re still cheap, sold where I get other groceries, biodegradable, and not tested on animals. Now I don’t have to ration that same box I’ve been using for months. I found them in unscented and lavender.

I recently installed Office 2007 on my new computer, which is running XP. The background color in Excel (and I guess all Office programs) is a medium dull gray, which would be fine, except there’s not enough contrast with the light blue gridlines in the worksheet for me to see any of them. I played around with the Excel displays and help and other than changing borders and such (which I’m not always using… I’m just dealing with a blank worksheet), I’m not finding a way to apply more contrast. There are three color schemes I can choose but they all have the same problem. Maybe I need to change my Windows theme? I’m noticing the same gray in this edit box. Hmmm.

Cool things in recycling: I was at one of the local bike shops this weekend getting cheap holiday-sale socks, and they are collecting otherwise non-recyclable energy/granola bar wrappers as part of a program that makes the wrappers into bags. In Indy, drop your wrappers at BGI North and they’ll send them in!