Mighty Acorns

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow?  Are you kidding us?  We will just go straight to the mighty acorn.

First, the good news.  The hu-dad was able to pick Queen Natasha up at the hospital Christmas morning and she soon rejoined The Herd.  She is sporting a stylish reverse poodle hair cut on her leg from the IVs that she took.  She certainly napped more than normal all day.  And she is on a special prescription diet with multiple small deals a day (much to the horror of the rest of The Herd).  But she is home.  And as we said on our Facebook Fan Page yesterday – Best Christmas Present Ever.

In front of the hospital right after being discharged.

In front of the hospital right after being discharged.

The doctors ruled out any sort of toxin and artificial blockage, and decided that the irritation in the stomach and intestine membrane came from something she ate.  Specifically, something that irritated the membranes as it moved through her system.

Now all good humans to dogs are quite the poop detective.  But veterinarians are expert poop detectives and, in Natasha’s case, they collected and analyzed what was produced.  The likely suspect – a whole acorn.  Yep, Natasha is quite the fan of the acorns that are readily available in our yard and on walks.  For the most part, they cause no harm and are quite the tasty treat.  BUT, an acorn swallowed whole can cause irritation and that started the chain reaction of events.

Whatever the cause, we are thrilled to have Natasha back in our midst.  She will be on a restricted diet and exercise for several days, but we had a really good sign Christmas Evening that the Queen was back.  We were out for a short walk and Qannik was walking too close.  The Queen growled at him.  Sheeeeeeeee’s back!

P.S. – Thanks to everyone for your well wishes.  We are way behind on reading your blogs, but promise to catch up soon!


  1. Pup Fan on December 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I’m just now catching up after the holiday… I’m so glad that Natasha was okay and that you were all together for Christmas!

  2. Sagira on December 28, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Oh man…we missed all of this but so happy to hear that she is back home and doing better. Must have been so scary.

  3. Sierra Rose on December 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Oh no! Sorry we’re late in reading. So glad all turned out ok. I love acorns too…will have to be on better alert around these tempting little things. Yikes!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  4. Tucker on December 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    It’s always good to know what happened! Hopefully all is well now.

    woof – Tucker

  5. Anna the GSD on December 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Oh nos! I missed this! I’m so glad she’s home and back to normal by letting the boys know who’s boss!

    How scary, but also a wonderful Christmas present!!

  6. Emma Rose on December 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    We are so glad she made it home for Christmas and is doing better!

  7. HoundDogMom on December 27, 2010 at 9:23 am

    So glad she is feeling back to her old self again. Power of the Paw works everytime. The HoundDogs

  8. Pepsi on December 26, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I haven’t had the chance to check on blogs around, and was surprised to read that Natasha wasn’t feeling all mighty! Glad that she’s better now though. Get well soon, Queen Evil!


  9. achieve1dream on December 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I’m so happy she’s okay! Best Christmas present ever!

  10. Stumpy and cyndi on December 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    We missed the drama but are happy to hear natasha is well. I’ve always heard acorns are quite toxic to dogs and horses!

  11. Sage on December 26, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    We are so happy Natasha is OK. We’ve had so many acorns in our back yard and I’ve worked hard at trying to keep her from eating them–not that it works all the time.

  12. 24 Paws of Love on December 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    So glad to hear the Queen is back on her throne! We have a ton of acrons around here and the 24 Paws love to munch on them. Thank goodness at the moment we have snow, but it is something to keep an eye on.

    Good to hear the Queen hasn’t lost her touch!!

  13. Mochi & Bali on December 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Yay! We’re glad to hear that she’s getting back to normal! 🙂 We like your pink bandage! Stay away from those acorns!

    Mochi & Bali

  14. gus, louie and callie on December 26, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    We are so glad that the Queen is ok.. It is very special when the herd can be back together…

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  15. Holly & Khady on December 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    We are so happy Queen Natasha is feeling better and back to herself!!!

    Holly and Khady

  16. rottrover on December 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    What a relief! So glad the Queen is reunited with her subjects 🙂

  17. Shawnee the Shepherd on December 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Acorns do be fur skwerrels, silly! Glad you is feeling better and is back with the herd.

  18. Oskar on December 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    That stinky little acorn. I’m glad that it wasn’t something worse & super glad that she is home!


  19. Ice 'n Ayla on December 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    aWoooo woooo woooo from Ice’n Ayla, and a YESSSS from Ice & Ayla’s Mom!

  20. Dennis the Vizsla on December 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    hello queen natasha the evil its dennis the vizsla dog hay ok repeet after me!!!

    i am not a skwirrel
    i am not a skwirrel
    i am not a skwirrel
    i am not a hay wot is all this abowt a skwirrel is their a skwirrel owtside?!?!? bark bark bark bark bark ok bye

  21. Amy / Layla the Malamute on December 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I hadn’t been online much, so I wasn’t aware that Queen Natasha was at the hospital! I’m glad to see she’s home and was able to spend her Christmas with the Herd. Hope she’s feeling good and evil again in no time.

  22. Ruth on December 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    So glad to hear she’s better!

  23. Stella on December 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Very happy to hear Herself is back and strong enough to put some dog in his/her place.

    May she reign forever!


  24. Sammie, Avalon and Mom on December 26, 2010 at 11:55 am

    OMD!!! We are so behind, that we were unaware that the Queen was in hospital – poor dear – you must have been worried sick. So glad to see this post, however – that she was home for xmas and is all right – and… getting better all the time with the grrrrrrs. Good for you Natasha! Happy Boxing Day!
    Sammie and Avalon and a little Mom

  25. HUSKYS RULE on December 26, 2010 at 11:55 am

    WOW…an acorn did all of that. We are sure glad that QNTE is getting her stride back!!!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  26. Houndstooth on December 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

    It would have been the best Christmas present for me, too! Funny how something so benign could cause such a big problem. I’m so glad she’s home!

    I grew up with a dad who dreamed of raising cowboys, but had two little girls instead. He loved Westerns and if an old Clint Eastwood movie was playing on the old Fox channel, he’d let me stay up until 2:00 in the morning with him to watch. If you like the old classic Westerns, go see True Grit! It’s not a fast-paced action movie, but it’s a compelling story and very true to the original film. But, I can’t lie to you, Little Blackie doesn’t make it in this version, either! I loved the movie, though!

  27. MAXMOM on December 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Oh I’m so sorry to only just hear about Natasha and so thankful too that she’s on the mend and back with you all. You must have been so worried – and all this at a time when you want to simply relax.
    Get better Natasha!
    With lotsaluv

  28. The Army of Four on December 26, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Yea! Queen Natasha is back!!!
    I hope your new diet isn’t too yucky. It’s not that I/D stuff, is it? Sometimes they make me eat that and I think it’s yucky!
    I like your pink bandage. Zimmie and I got purple ones (KSU is a total purple zone!) – and believe me, we have some funky hair cuts, too! At least it’s a good time of year to grow our furs back in, right!?!?
    We’re so glad you’re home! Hope you’re feeling 100% real soon!

  29. NCMountainwoman on December 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

    You’ve been in our thoughts and we’re delighted everything is fine. Our Lucy is notorious for picking up acorns and we’ve had several GI problems as a result. No matter how closely we watch her, she will occasionally get one. We make a mouth sweep every time we come indoors.

  30. norwood on December 26, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I can’t believe of all things a little acorn took the Queen out. What’s she gonna do with a little nut like me when I come to visit.

  31. KB on December 26, 2010 at 8:49 am

    That’s such GREAT news! The Queen is back!

    One time, R ate a pine cone whole. Believe it or not, it came out the other end with no problems in transit. We were astounded.

    I’m glad that you got the best Christmas present possible.

  32. AC on December 26, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Oh goodness, I’m so glad to hear this. It must be a relief to have her home. Hope everyone gets to rest and relax a bit more now.

  33. Ricky on December 26, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Great news – so glad to hear Natasha is home and will be ok!

  34. The OP Pack on December 26, 2010 at 7:43 am

    So good to hear that the Herd is all back together again and that Natasha is just fine. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  35. Huffle Mawson on December 26, 2010 at 5:11 am

    I’m glad everything is okay! I hope you enjoy the rest of the Christmas break with the Queen in her rightful place.

  36. Wild Dingo on December 26, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Is she NUTS? I have a feeling she is going to be the but of lot of nut jokes for a while!

    thank dog she’s home and fine.

  37. Teddy Bear on December 26, 2010 at 2:35 am

    We didn’t know about Queen Natasha and are so glad she is ok. And having her home is the best Christmas gift, EVER! Merry Christmas to you all!

    Teddy Bear

  38. Khyra on December 26, 2010 at 1:55 am

    It takes a mighty nut to khrakhk The QNTE!!!


  39. RADINKA on December 26, 2010 at 1:33 am

    haha glad she went right back into her Queen’s ways putting the Herd in check, a good sign indeed! Thanks for the tip about acorns…they are EVERYWHERE now so good to keep a mindful eye!

  40. Terri Jacobson on December 26, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I was just checking to see if there was an update on Queen N. So glad to hear she is home.

    Nuts! We have hazelnuts all over our yard, now I will be on constant look-out.

    Here’s hoping for another quiet and restful day tomorrow.

    So glad everything turned out OK.

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