Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hank's homecoming

The big guy came home yesterday, and he seems totally back to his normal goofy self.


In honor of his homecoming and to thank you all for your unending support, let's have a giveaway.
Whomever comes the closest to guessing the amount of his vet bill gets to pay it. Kidding!
Leave a comment with your best guess. The one who comes closest wins a canvas print 
of the photo of your choice from this blog. One guess per person, please, and be sure to include 
your name if you sign in anonymously. The guessing game closes Friday at 5 p.m. Mountain time.
The winner will be announced Saturday morning.






84 comments:

  1. So glad to see Hank back at home. Our guess for the vet bill is $2650.00!

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  2. I am doing so very very happy Hank is home and eating watermelon. they all look so happy and it makes me feel happy. My guess is 1295.00 for Hanks Visit. my email is madsnapper@tampabay.rr.com and my name is Sandra.

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  3. Hmmmmm. I'm not familiar with vet fees for a horse but with phone consults and meds and overnight stays.... $2720.60

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  4. $ priceless,=

    And worth every cent of it!

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  5. I love what you can do with your head mounted camera! Thanks for sharing the celebration. SO GLAD he is home and is okay. My guess is $1,118, Have a great day!

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  6. So glad to see Hank back with his "peeps" and looking as handsome as always. I have never commented before but I read your blog first thing every morning. Love it! My "guess" is $1,900 on the vet bill. It is probably much more but they love Hank so much that they give you a deal (I hope). Hugs to everyone including yourself. Deborah in Atlanta. omahaflash@bellsouth.net (originally from Omaha, hence the email name).

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  7. What a lovely party!! I will forgo the giveaway, pretending very hard that I am way beyond the mere plane of giving thought to financial considerations. (My own creditors particularly love when I do that.)

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  8. The chickens are mighty jealous! How super to see Hank back with the gang -- they all look just like my dogs do when the goodies come out, and it works every time! So do Hank's ulcers heal up or are they something you'll need to watch from now on?

    Okay, I guess $4325.32, what the heck!

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    1. Hank will be on 2x daily oral medicines (omeprizole and sucralfate) for the next 26 days to make sure his ulcers heal. Going forward, I'll have to be very conservative when giving him bute or banamine (which he might need if his knee is really bothering him or if he colics). I have something else to give him now (dexamethazone) should he be bit again by a snake.

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  9. USD 2,136.77 - i.e., the same amount it would cost to mail me the canvas print, so I'm out :-( and besides, I have no idea anyway.
    So very niiice to see Hank, slurpin happily, and the herd whole again. And to hear you chuckling. And the Ladies wanting a treat, too?
    I imagined the homecoming: Hank announcing his arrival, not sure about the burros answering?, everybody including Johnny coming in to greet Hank/you, and Smooch running in small circles, whining "OMG mom's back, she's back!! You're back, TG you're back!!!" Now, here's to no more too-close encounters with bastard snake terrorists!

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  10. What a treat to see! I followed Twitter so I knew Hank was coming home. I made myself do my crunches before I could watch this morning. Hank is very motivating! $1390

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  11. I'm very happy that Hank is healthy and at home. I hope that your large animal vet has more reasonable fees than the dog-and-cat vets. Nonetheless I'll guess that your bill is $1784.25. (When I win that lovely prize, you can contact me at joybperry@gmail.com)

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  12. I bet they didn't have watermelon at the hospital! $3500 is my guess. So glad to see the herd back together and I just love those faces.

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  13. My quess is 2250.00, So glad Hank is home!

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  14. I have only had vet bills for dogs but I think I will guess about $5,000, though any cost is worth have our animals healthy, happy and back home with us.

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  15. So glad Hank is home and feeling better. Love your new camera, gives a great perspective of the herd. Not at all familiar with big animal vets, but would guess $1688.49. Your blog is the first one I read in the morning, love hearing about the boys and girl.

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  16. I agree with Elsewhere, although I am curious. My dog had to have his tail amputated because something? bit it. His now 2 inch, $588 tail is worth every cent. Kudos to Hank's vet. Glad to hear your sense of humor again. Welcome home Hank.

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  17. Watching those guys eat watermelon makes *me* start to drool! I'll take a stab at $4200. I once spent $1800 on a 2lb cockatoo that I paid $1500 for, thus doubling it's net worth, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's twice that.

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  18. Cool video! I wanted to get in line for the watermelon. My guess is $6,700.

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    1. Janet, I think you're closer by a country mile than my measly guess! :-)

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  19. So glad Hank is home and the herd is back together. Hank looks great! Darn that snake -- what an ordeal. Vet bill: $5750

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  20. I am so glad Hank is home!! My uneducated guess on the vet bill is $3750.

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  21. $2,568.00. Dumb question: it had to be a rattlesnake, right? Aunt Jean

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    1. That's not a dumb question at all. It had to be a venomous snake, and since the only ones of those common out here are rattlesnakes, that's our assumption.

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  22. Happy to hear Hank is home with the rest of the herd! Maybe you can get some sleep now. I'm going to guess $3478.67 for the vet bill.
    Pam Trumbley in CT

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  23. Love your new video cam - we are almost there with you! You should always wear it (and have batteries). Welcome home, Hank - happy party! And if a cockatoo costs $1800 I'm guessing $3150 for Hank - at least. But american vet bills are unknown territory for me, as norwegian are ... (Shipping to the other side of the planet is something I wouldn't wish for you right now, so I'm in it for the glory of beeing annouced, if this was a lucky guess. :-) Valgerd from Norway

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  24. So very glad he is home. Eating, drinking, pooping and being silly--HOORAY!!
    Because he went in on a Sunday (vet is closed except for emergencies), I'm guessing $2,250.

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  25. So glad to see him back and enjoying a watermelon feast. My guess is 3195.00 for the vet bill. Do we need to take up a collection? Vet bills have put me in the poor house before, but loving our furry friends as we do it's all worth it.

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  26. With all they did to him I'm guessing 5,500.00 but he is worth every penny of it. Like I always say I work to pay for my animals, car and house. So glad he is acting normal. Betsy

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  27. So glad all is well! My uneducated gut guess is $1,149. But after seeing all those higher guesses...not so sure. For your sake, I hope I'm right!

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  28. Michelle from Vancouver7/9/15, 8:46 AM

    Never owning a horse this is going to be tricky! How about $4895.00 ?

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  29. $4,695.35 is my guess. I hope to win, but in another way I hope my guess is way too high. Nice to see the leader of the pack back home!

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  30. So happy the Hank is home. He looks a bit thin with all he has been through, poor baby, but you will have him back at his beauty weight in no time. I guess that is vet bill is $2950 or so. At least 500 a day. But worth every penny for that handsome lad. Long time reader- every morning with my coffee. Thanks for sharing your life and critters with those of us who aren't lucky enought to live with our own. Marsha, in the mountains of weatern North Carolina. marshamcguire@yahoo.com

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  31. Wow! That's great news that the "Hank" is back and on the road to a full recovery. New cam is cool!! Just being familiar with canine and feline care I can only imagine what Hank's would be......I would have to say at least $4500. Most importantly the herd is back intact!!

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  32. I'm with the rest of you. I spent $130 on Sweetie Pie's foot and she is a chicken.

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  33. So glad Hank is home and feeling better! My guess on the vet bill is $1,850.00.

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  34. Welcome home, Hank! It's great to see that the big guy is back to normal. You must be so relieved! I sat here and smiled through the whole video. No guess on the vet bill ... critters are priceless, till the credit card statement arrives.

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  35. Dang it! I don't follow instructions well and didn't include my name! :-) Trying again! So glad Hank is home and feeling better. My guess on the vet bill is $1,850.00. Lisa A. Phillips

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  36. Was so happy to see the Twitter update yesterday that you were all home safe and sound. Well... one crisis day at the vet for my dog was $1800....so I am going to go with a guess of $3625. I am actually hoping things are cheaper in your area and it is lower! Blessings -- Lisa G. in TN

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  37. Daughter is a Vet Tech and she will guffaw at my measly guess...duuuuhhh...$2,373. I have a feeling it will be almost double that score, but that's my guess.

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  38. So glad to hear the big boy is home! Not sure how expensive vets are in NM...here in AZ my equine vet is expensive, but worth it. I'm going to guess $4,367.00 or there abouts. :) Sure hope it's cheaper! Happy homecoming, Hank!!!!

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  39. Like all your other comments, the BIG thing is that Hank is well and he's HOME! (Woo hoo!) As for the vet bill, I'm guessing a whopping $4300.00. That might be as much as it'd be in my neck of the woods (and I'm talking dogs and cats, not horses!). Expensive? Yes. Well worth every penny? Absolutely! Hank is Priceless!

    Maggy

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  40. I don't have horses, I only have dogs, but boarding & veterinary care on a weekend is expensive, so I'll guess $3,599. I'm so glad Hank is well and back home again so you can spoil him with the lion's share of watermelon (yes, we did notice you were giving him most of that sweet sticky stuff! He even got to lick the bowl!) I loved your video!

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  41. Hmmm, since I am family I won't get in the contest. Still, I think maybe $1,999.01...he did save on water
    So happy to see his goofy faces and drooling for the good stuff! Big hugs

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  42. $1,022.14...Hank is worth every penny.

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  43. How will you keep track of Hank's drinking and leaving you horse presents? I'm glad he's home. My guess is $3,435.00, worth it.
    Sharon

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    1. When the herd comes back to the barn during the day, they come for water, so I'll run out and watch every time that happens. I spend alot of time with them in the pasture, so as long as I witness one or two presents from Hank every day, I'll be happy.

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  44. Northern AB gal7/9/15, 10:33 AM

    I'm basing my guess on the costs of veterinarian care in Canada, so I'm going with $7,000, but hoping that credit was given for Hank being an internet star with a loyal following and the final bill was considerably less. Just glad he is at back at the ranch and feeling better!

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  45. $458.97 Glad all is well. I had to get a interest free credit card for my little dogs surgery last November.

    Carol in Olympia Washington

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  46. Soooo glad that Hank is home with his family! I am guessing his vet bill is $2762.13 I am Leora from Maine!!

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  47. This cracked me up! Your hens are very "voicey" if that is even a word. I am so glad to see Hank home with you all. I am guessing his vet bill to be $4850.00

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  48. Hank looks better andveryhappy to be home.
    My guess: $2808.45.
    Love from NC

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  49. Great video and so happy that Hank is home! My guess is $3445 for the vet bill.

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  50. So glad to see that Hank is back with his herd. He looks great. Thank goodness for modern veterinary medicine. I bet George, Alan, and Lucy were glad he was finally home, especially since they got a special treat! My guess, after having my dog in intensive care for a few days, would be around $6500. Whatever the cost, Hank is worth every penny. We think the same of our four legged family members (2 dogs and 1 desert tortoise). Linda (lindaandgeorge@cox.net)

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  51. I wont guess because I live in France. I am sure though that the bill is a multiple of thousands compared to my cat bills that are already big amounts for such a tiny animal! But I have a question. Will you put a muzzle to Hank in order to prevent him being bitten in the future?

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  52. YAYYYYYYY!!! SO GLAD to see HANK back with his GANG OF LOVE!!! hehe Quite a GREAT dishwasher too, that Hank!! HOPE YOU keep seeing those Hank presents! Well, the way prices are nowadays, I'd guess about $15,000!!! WHOA!!! That surely can't be close! Hope not!!! hehe This is one time I HOPE I don't win although that canvas makes my mouth water like watermelon makes Hank and the gangs mouths water!!! hehe I LOVE HAPPY endings!!!! XOXOXOX

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  53. Happy he has recovered. $2950?

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  54. Yay -- so glad he is home! I got a little choked up with the image in yesterday's video of the three lined up at the fence, waiting. Our animals are priceless, but vet care is just pricey. My guess is $6,450 (fingers crossed it is actually much less). Best wishes from Minnesota.

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  55. After a commiseration of thoughts......the Cuckoos make a guess at $5450.00.

    Good news his being back at 7MSN and I know a huge sigh of relief for you.

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  56. An American in Tokyo7/9/15, 5:55 PM

    $3,485

    Yay, Hank!! They are all loving the watermelon!! Yipee, the gang's all heeeeeeeerrrreeeee!! =D

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  57. YAY for happy watermelon homecomings! He looks like he hasn't missed a beat!
    my guess is $3,052.45

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  58. Glad he's home. I was worried about him. I'm not very good at guessing prices and always under guess (much to my husband's chagrin, when he gets the real bill!). But whatever the bill was it was worth the price to see him home and being his goofy self.

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  59. Well, my two attempts to post this morning didn't go through, and looking back I see none of my comments of the past week or more have gone through. Then I realize my blogger id seems to have disappeared, and the google account version doesn't work. And I've forgotten what my earlier guesses were re the cost of the vet bill. So this is my third and final attempt, and I'll guess $5, 247.53. I'm hoping that is waaaay to high, but I know what my dogs cost me in vet bills here in Canada.

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    1. Don't you just want to strangle blogger and google sometimes? Thanks for your persistence.

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  60. Glad he is back home. I only have experience with small animals and kidney disease but I'll take a stab at $2,825.00
    Thank God for credit cards when it comes to vet bills. :-)

    Anna G

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  61. So glad Hank is home.

    I am guessing $6500!

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  62. Hmmm...three days in patient...guessing $8,501.00
    Wonderful to see Hank back home with you and the herd...priceless!
    Elizabeth - NY

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  63. Handsome Hank looks indeed happy😊🐴. My guess $5600! Whew!
    Holly in Idaho

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  64. I'm glad that Hank is ok. He seems to like watermelon very much :) I dont't know the vet prices of your country but my wild gues will be $5500. Once, here in Finland, I had to call vet to come at night to my farm. Price of driving at night about 1 hour and medicen for 2 houers to my horse coust me over 200 euro so thats why that gues of Hanks medicen :)

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  65. Well, seeing as though I have spent an entire college and graduate school fund on a dog, I'm going high, but based on the number of days. Our adventure was surgery and antibiotics. Since he was not there but 5 days ($350x5, $1750) and there were drugs and tests ($1000 worth of each, so plus $2000) Let's add in some blood tests and what not for $750. That leaves me with $4500 for five days. That's where I'm sticking.

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  66. Diane Kennedy7/10/15, 5:44 AM

    Just so glad your handsome boy is doing well. No matter the cost our hearts take over our bank accounts when these wonderful critters are in need. Been there, done that. $3150

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  67. Wow, how cool that you have readers from so many countries! Excellent blog

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  68. Diane Kennedy7/10/15, 5:47 AM

    Just so glad your handsome boy is doing well. No matter the cost our hearts take over our bank accounts when these wonderful critters are in need. Been there, done that. $3150

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  69. Had to laugh, your crew eats watermelon very much like my family, especially my 5 year old grand daughter......and the watermelon juice is my special treat............now for my guess........I'm going with $2,700 (hope it's less, but it always adds up and all I have is a cat)....Trudy

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  70. Great video. I am so glad to see Hank back to his handsome self.

    I am in New Brunswick, Canada. I cannot even guess what a horse bill would be in your state - my experience is limited to cats and dogs in New Brunswick.

    Laurie

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  71. $2,800... I hope he got the full spa treatment and a massage!
    Dawn Burzynski
    Tijeras, NM

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  72. $5,873.95 I know, I'm weird. :)

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  73. This is a hard one...I'm guessing $3,810. Glad he's home safe and sound ! Patsy

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  74. So glad he is home and is nice and perky for watermelon! I would guess $3,890.00 though I hope it isn't nearly that high!

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  75. Glad Hank is back. I love how you sized the watermelon bars perfectly to fill equine mouths. :D

    We had a horse board here once who got bit by a cottonmouth on his LH just above the hoof. On a Friday at 7pm. The three hour away referred us to the seven hour away vet. Cowboy wouldn't load to save his life when he wasn't snake bit. We ended up nursing him ourselves, guided by the vet and some prescriptions. He made it fine but it took a while.

    $2332

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  76. That sounds like something that would happen to me. And has. I go to take pictures and find my camera dead.
    Glad Hank is home and obviously enjoying watermelon with his friends.

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