A Flurry of Fur
Jojo and Derby, two of Chelsea's family's three Jack Russell
Terriers, sit on the porch at her home in Colorado, which overlooks
a scenic view.
What a mad dash this weekend has been!
Finals ended Friday morning for the second-year veterinary
students, and, typically, we like to take the next couple of days
to rest up from the "celebration of knowledge." I, however, needed
to leave early on Saturday in order to get home to my parents’
horse ranch in Colorado by Sunday.
So what was the big rush?
A long-awaited Golden Retriever puppy is being added to my
family’s clan of animals this summer and, coincidentally, her
pick-up date coincided with the end of my finals AND the pregnancy
due date of one of our horses.
Kiara, the newest addition to the family, is a cream Golden
Retriever (9 weeks old, as pictured).
So, on Friday afternoon I had a quick celebratory lunch with my
friends and then headed to the airport to pick up my mom.
Over Saturday and Sunday we drove together to Dallas to pick up
the puppy, and then it was onward to Colorado to be back in time
for the delivery of our foal.
As I write this, we are monitoring our "foal-watch" cameras,
which livestream the mare’s activity in her stall.
Last year in our reproductive physiology class, we learned that
labor has three stages. In the first stage, the fetus becomes
positioned for birth; in the second stage, the fetus is delivered;
and in the third stage, the placenta is expelled.
It is important to actively monitor all of these stages for the
health of the mother and the baby.
A 4-year-old Chelsea and her mother celebrate the delivery of a
foal in 1994.
As we watch our livestream feed, my mom and I observe the
restless behavior consistent with Stage 1, and as this progresses
toward Stage 2, we will head to the barn to be present for the
birth and to provide assistance as needed.
My mom has raised many horses over the years, but the
anticipation for this part of the journey never diminishes!
In addition to reveling relaxing at my family’s newly completed
ranch home, this summer I will also be expanding my veterinary
training at a nearby research facility.
In between honing my diagnostic and treatment skills, I will be
cuddling all of our cats, dogs, horses, and even chickens in the
foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It’s sure to be a fulfilling