Monday, March 29, 2010

Ranger the Pothead

We have always had questions about Ranger

Questions about his direction in life

His questionable choices

His struggles

Now we understand why we have had these concerns.  Like most loving 'parents' our instincts were correct.  

Ranger has a drug problem.

Saturday we took the dogs up to the Carbon River Ranger Station & Trail located just below the Carbon Glacier near Mount Rainier.  

Right before the park entrance we stopped to let the dogs run on the river off leash.  When we were parking we saw several teenagers leaving a camp spot next to the river.  They had left a bunch of stuff behind.   Food, bags, garbage and this...

Dozens of bizarre 'rock sculptures'.  Which oddly enough were rather cool to look at.  But my surly inner child couldn't resist knocking each and every one of them over...then giggling like a maniac.  I digress...

Ranger being the inquisitive dog that he is stuffed his nose in everything.  Obviously looking for yummy treats.  John pulled his nose out of the camp fire, a bag and other hidey holes of goo.

We crossed the river and enjoyed our time, relaxing and photographing the dogs.

Ranger & Bonnie were in top portrait form.

But Bonnie wouldn't get more than about 10 feet away from Ranger, and she was being strangely nice to him.

Then Ranger started doing funny things.   Beyond the typical silly Ranger things.

Like dropping the ball and then falling off the edge of a bank.

Ranger hopped up on this log, then stayed there an inordinate amount of time...just taking in the scenery.

 This is why I love to photograph him...but this was just plain freaky

He stood happily on this log for 10 minutes.

 After the log, he became oddly attached to a section of moss, little motivated him to move. 

Then the goofy head tilt started.  He would stare into nothing.

Duuuuude....look at that. 

Bonnie said "Something stinks in Ranger Land,  he is acting wackier than usual". 

Happy dog, went to loopy dog in a matter of one hour. 

When Ranger began to drool, had difficulty walking, his head was tilting oddly and began falling over in earnest we immediately left for the vet where he began to vomit, lost control of his bladder and his heart rate dropped, he was quickly admitted for treatment of unknown toxicity.   He was hooked up to an IV, given charcoal and supported overnight.

The first question our vet asked us "Do you have teenagers at home?"

We said "Uhhhh why?"

He said "Because Ranger's symptoms match marijuana toxicity perfectly".

John and I looked at each other and grimaced and told the vet about the campsite. 

We are still not 100% sure what he ingested, but the vet feels, given his symptoms it may have been marijuana or psychedelic mushrooms left behind by the campers.

Marijuana Toxicity in Dogs  - The usual pet toxicity case involves a dog that has inadvertently eaten a stash of marijuana. In the dog, clinical signs typically begin 30-90 minutes after the marijuana has been eaten.  Because THC is stored in the body’s fat deposits, the effects of marijuana ingestion can last for days.

Signs & Symptoms include: uncoordination and listlessness along with dilated pupils, slow heart rate and sometimes urinary incontinence.  Marijuana toxicity can look similar to intoxication with numerous other sedatives. It is very important for all the relevant information to be presented to the veterinarian if the pet is to be helped.  Veterinarians are not obligated to report to local police. If you know marijuana was involved in an intoxication it is important to make this information known. Obviously this goes for other recreational drugs as well.

Hallucinogenic syndrome -  Mushrooms that cause this syndrome are known as magic mushrooms, blue legs or liberty caps, and are considered illicit drugs in many places. "Street" mushrooms are generally edible mushrooms, like those found in supermarkets, laced with LSD or other illicit drugs. Whereas dogs ingest other poisonous mushrooms in woods or the back yard, they pull hallucinogenic mushrooms out of backpacks or other hiding places. Behavior changes include restlessness and hallucinations. Dogs who are hallucinating frequently snap at invisible flies, may be extremely depressed, stagger when walking and become comatose. Muscle tremors and seizures also occur. Dogs who ingest hallucinogenic mushrooms always require rapid decontamination and monitoring by a veterinarian.
I like for this blog to serve as a resource of helpful information.  I am growing weary of being the example of "what not to do".   My wallet is not happy either. 

Ranger is home, recovering, thankfully...and listening to an inordinate amount of Pink Floyd and staring at the wall.

"It's all worries man...I am just chillin'.  


Anonymous said...

I am so glad he is ok.

Waylon Aussies said...

Glad to hear that your vet knew what was going on and that Ranger is going to be okay!

The photos are wonderful - too bad he had to be stoned to sit still that long! Great art always has a price! LOL!

MurphyDog said...

OMG, how scary!

Ranger! Just say NO to drugs!

come check out my bloggie..there's sumthin there for you.

wags, wiggles & slobbers

Karen said...

Wow, so glad Ranger is okay.
A few years ago a friend's cavalier found the basement tenant's stash, and it was touch and go for a while. Needless to say, the tenant was evicted.
Your pictures are gorgeous!!

julie said...

Poor poor Ranger!
Awesome pics though. :)

Lean said...

I am so happy that he is OK....ovely pictures.
bye bye,Lean.

Splash said...

My friend's Lab had the same problem last summer. He was at UC Davis for almost a full day.

I sent him some "Scooby snacks" to help him get better. :)

Bandit's Pack said...

Wow! What a scary story, but so glad everything turned out okay for Ranger. I took particular note of that toy Ranger's playing with in the first few pictures. Don't tell Bandit but I have one hidden in a drawer for his upcoming first birthday, April 7. I was ordering some Flippy Floppers and saw that flying squirrel which looks pretty cool and ought to be lots of fun.

EllieC said...

Oh my god.... priceless! Who knew that getting your dog stoned was the key to getting really great photos ;)

In all seriousness, though... I'm so glad he's all right and your vet was able to figure out what was wrong with him.

Tam@BloggingBradleys said...

Amazing photos. Not sure how you get them to sit still long enough. If I even look in the direction of Ozzie, he has to stick his nose against my lens. And Lily, sneaks off knowing that she is going to be blogged about again.... Check out my site. Puppy snouts always cheer me up!

Emma Rose said...

Wow that is so scary! I'm glad he's ok. Your dogs are always into your wallet :) We have learned all kinds of emergency stuff from reading your blog! I hope the rest of your Spring is uneventful.

The Thundering Herd said...

Ranger - We have been through rehab at Chez Herd as well -