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hillsdown March 24th, 2013 08:13 PM

Hello form Central Alberta
Just wanted to say hello and introduce ourselves. Our 40 month old Border Collie Nikki just had congenital extra hepatic portosystemic shunt surgery on Thursday March 21st at the CARE centre in Calgary . She was finally diagnosed for it the beginning of March after years of dealing with some issues .

She is doing really well, no seizures and we get to bring her home tomorrow after consulting with her surgeon and getting some post op prep info.

Life is just not the same without her and we miss her so very much , just praying that all goes well and she can live a long and healthy happy life with us and do what she loves to do, herd the cattle ,play ball and go torment the llama and go everywhere we go.

I am a rancher full time and raise purebred registered Gelbvieh cattle . My husband has a career in the oil and gas sector that takes him away from home most of the time so it is usually just myself and little Nikkle, the Kit Kat my 10 year old polydactyl tabby ,Pinta a 7 yr old blk lab cross that we rescued in 2006 , my 15 year old horse Sierra , 5 year old Marshmallow our llama and all of the cattle .

Thanks and I am looking forward to reading and learning a lot .

hazelrunpack March 24th, 2013 11:44 PM

Welcome, hillsdown! Sounds like you've had good cause to be stressed the past little while! :grouphug:

Glad Nikki is doing well. I hope the post-op recovery goes smoothly for her...and for you--I know how stressful that can be, as well.

Would love to see pics of Nikki, Kit Kat, Pinta, Sierra, Marshmallow and the cattle when you get time to post some!

Nikki, you heal fast, k? :goodvibes:

hillsdown March 24th, 2013 11:53 PM

Thank you for the warm welcome Hazelrunpack !

Will update when we know more .

marko March 25th, 2013 09:38 AM

Welcome hillsdown! - keeping fingers crossed for you for a speedy recovery for Nikki :goodvibes:

Dog Dancer March 25th, 2013 10:32 AM

Welcome to the board hillsdown. :fingerscr that Nikki has a speedy recovery and that all goes well at the ranch. As Hazel mentioned, we'd love to see some pics. I have a male Alaskan Malamute puppy named Nikki (I told my hubby it was more a girls name, but that was all he would consider for him).

Barkingdog March 25th, 2013 01:45 PM

I bet Nikki was glad to be back home , I hope she will speedy recovery .

hillsdown March 25th, 2013 06:04 PM

Thank you everyone !

We have our Nikki home now , she is resting comfortably in her kennel right now,don't think she got much sleep at the hospital .She did eat a little for me , but hopefully after she has slept she will be hungrier and want to eat a decent meal.

So glad she is home .

Thanks again for all of the well wishes . :)

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