Morning Snap: Portrait Of Stoic Glumitude

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Poor Ranger. It’s been more than two weeks since her right anal gland ruptured copycatting her left one which did the same thing at the end of February, both requiring surgery. Her left one had healed up well, but post-operation of the right one an infection set in that made her butt look positively baboon-esque in redness and sent her temperature into dangerous 104-degree territory. The wonderful Dr. Filipescu at Echo Park Animal Hospital first kept her a couple days for regular temp checks and antibiotic shots — all gratis — and that transitioned into daily visits this past week.

The good news is that her backside has lost its very angry color and her temperature as of yesterday was down to near normal at 101.4. The bad news is only that Ranger has to endure the inflatable collar for another week until her stitches come out next Friday, then one more dog-tongue-free day just to give the area a chance to heal up that much more.

Ranger’s been a trooper throughout — far moreso than if she’d been forced to endure those effective-if-medieval cone collars. But still, as exemplified by the resigned-though-resolute air she exudes in the pic I snapped of her in the club chair above, she’s almost accepted that she’ll have to wear the damn thing forever.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."