he’s got the rhythm, and she’s got the blues

Poor Stevie Wonder endured a major rite of passage yesterday, and became an unreproductive citizen of dog society. She went under the knife at our wonderful new vet’s office for her spay surgery. As of today, Stevie is no longer a part of the cycle of pet overpopulation. Dr. Vergheese said that she had a “very large uterus,” which we didn’t quite know what to make of at first. Do you say “thank you”? Or is another response more appropriate?

Upon talking with him more, we learned that she had had at least one litter of puppies, probably when she was very young. We will never know what happened to our little Stevie-girl’s babies, but we do know that from now on, she is no longer a contributor. She is too woeful to be proud of herself and will never really understand that anything even changed. But we can be proud. And we are. We wrote last fall about why spay/neuter is a no-brainer, so we will spare you the details today, but if you are curious about our thoughts, click here.

Fosterdad brought Stevie-girl home from the vet with the gentle, nurturing touch that makes me fall in love with him again every time I witness it. I came home and found them cuddled up on the bed in Stevie’s room, Ben serenading Stevie on the guitar. He sang her favorite Slaid Cleaves songs, and I could tell that she was content.


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29 responses

  1. Congratulations, Stevie, on becoming an unproductive member of society. I hope you have quick recovery and are back to killing sticks soon.

    Stevie looks very content with Fosterdad. But why not? Slaid Cleaves is a very good choices (and I’m impressed with the breadth of your musical tastes; I don’t find many people who know the name).

    It will be interesting to see if this bonding time makes Stevie more willing to take walks without you, Aleksandra. You can never tell what kinds of things will switch things around in a dog’s brain.

    • Thanks, Pamela 🙂 I think every Austinite (current and former) knows Slaid Cleaves– he is a favorite down there. I just saw him in concert at a tiny venue in DC last week, and he was fabulous.

  2. I’d never heard of Slaid Cleaves but just listened to a couple of his songs and he’s very cruisy, I could listen to him a lot:) Thanks for that.

    The last photo is simply lovely. I hope this extra bonding time is just what Stevie needed to let go of you a little:) Big hugs, Stevie. You’ll be back to normal in no time and congratulations on your spaying!

    • Yes, Slaid Cleaves is wonderful. Stevie’s favorite song of his is “Flowered Dresses” and she encourages you to check it out. Of course, it’s even better when foster dad plays and signs it, but we can’t help you there . . .

  3. Glad everything went well, no elizabeth collar? Or just reserving the use to when you’re not home? Those photos are wonderful, you did a great job capturing that moment for them. Lucky he is such a willing model too. Maybe he can come sing for Wyatt when he loses his man parts??? I’m sure he would love it.
    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

  4. That’s so sweet that he was singing to her 🙂 We know Heidi had at least two litters of puppies, I can only imagine that they were sold. I kills me that people would purposely breed irresponsibly given the number of dogs (especially pits) in shelters. I hope Stevie is feeling like her old self again soon!

  5. well done, stevie! you might find some of her attachment issues will fade away as her hormones recede. you never know. what a good daddy to sing her blues away. she’ll be right as rain in no time!

  6. Awwww…I bet FosterDad’s singing helped her feel lots better. That’s one of the sweetest things I ever, ever saw. Tell her I had to go through that, too, and it’s not so bad. Specially when you think about not ever having to have puppies again. I mean, they’re cute and all. But they sure are a lotta work.

    I’m sending her brindle slurps so that she feels back to her normal Stevie-self real soon.

    Wiggles & Wags,
    Mayzie

  7. Those pictures with foster dad are amazing! It does make me so sad to think of our dogs before unknowingly having puppies and what might have happened to those dogs. So glad to hear she has passed this rite of passage. Has her cold gotten better?

  8. Looks like Stevie is warming up to her foster dad quite nicely!! She is just so darn lucky to have you both in her life!!

  9. Good for you Stevie! No more unplanned or planned pregency for that matter! I breaks my heart as well to think of those who came before, who they faired or even if they are still around. I have to not think about it it too much.

    It looks like Stevie girl and foster dad may be working nicely through their obstacles! Good job to all of you. You have mentioned how Chick and Stevie are getting along? Just curious, I miss seeing the hunk of a dog, Chick 🙂

  10. Good for you, Stevie Wonder! Hope you’re on the mend soon.

    The next time I’m not feeling well, maybe Fosterdad can come over to play the guitar for me? 🙂

  11. aww! that second photo is great.

    hope stevie is back to her normal self soon! i used to always volunteer for the pick up shift after spay/neuters. the dogs were so calm and snuggly. drop off was a bear haha.

  12. Ben is awesome! Feel better soon Little Stevie Girl.
    I’m so glad other people sing to their dogs. I’m always singing to Anouk and Ziggy. Ziggy’s favourite song is Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs. You just substitute Ziggy for Ruby 🙂

  13. Oh my gosh, that is just about the sweetest thing. If I sang to Stevie, it would only make the situation worse. My bird is the only creature on earth that likes my singing. What a great day for Stevie that she never has to be a momma again.

  14. Residual effects of anesthesia can make dogs (and cats) droopy for a few days after surgery, so congrats on taking advantage of the down-time.

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