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Rough night, Loki was sick (he’s OK now); Pond progress (with photos).

Sunday, August 15, 2010 by  
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August
15
2010

I didn’t sleep too well last night. Loki gave us a real scare. Right after we all climbed in bed Loki got up and left the bedroom (he never does that). I followed him out into the family room, and he was sprawled out on the carpet. His breathing was quick and shallow, and he was shaking all over – obviously in pain. He didn’t want to get up from the floor, so Lisa and I grabbed some covers and pillows and made our bed on the floor. About 15 minutes later I coaxed Loki back to bed, but his shaking was getting worse. We stayed up with him until about 1:30 in the morning when his shaking finally stopped and he fell sleep. About an hour later I woke to find him shaking again and taking quick, sharp breaths. This continued for about 30 minutes and then he fell back asleep. Thankfully he slept the rest of the night, the shaking stopped and his breathing returned to normal. He didn’t throw up or anything, and this morning he acted as if nothing had happened. He ate his regular breakfast, and even ran back into the house after I let him out back.

Loki just had a complete check-up a few weeks ago, and he’s in fantastic health for a large 15 year-old dog. He has two known health issues: some loss of kidney function (pretty normal for a dog his age – he’s on a special diet for this) and about five years ago he was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease. Loki takes 5mg of Prednisone every day for the Addison’s. Normally the 5mg dose does the trick, but we’re supposed to give him a second dose if he becomes stressed for any reason. What we saw last night was almost identical to the first Addisonian episode he suffered, which lead to his diagnosis. I gave him a second 5mg dose last night after he was feeling poorly, and I think that’s what helped him. Maybe he was stressed because I was out back working on the pond all day? Loki hasn’t had separation anxiety since he was about 8 months old, but I’ve noticed that as he’s gotten older he seems more stressed when we’re all gone. I’m going to err on the side of caution when it comes to his Prednisone from now on.

Despite the stressful night of broken sleep, I actually feel pretty good this morning! Good thing, because if things go as planned today’s going to be red-letter day: I’ll finally be filling the pond! I got a tremendous amount of work done on the pond yesterday (and another amazing workout): I completed the final grade for the pond, I got the waterfall berm built up and installed the waterfall, the skimmer was moved (it was a pain in the butt, but I was not happy with its position), the deep section of the pond was made an additional half-foot deeper, all the soil was tamped down and I got the underlayment installed!

Here’s a picture of the completed pond just before I installed the underlayment.

Pond - final grading complete

Pond - final grading complete

The is another shot of the completed pond. The depth of the deep section of the pond 3.5 feet. The water falls will have 3 drops, 2 of which are around 1 foot high. There is also a small (about 1 foot) spillway. Plants and rocks will be used to completely cover the falls box.

Pond - final grading complete (close)

Pond - final grading complete (close)

Here I am taking quick breather before I install the pond’s underlayment.

Relaxing

Relaxing

I’m installing the underlayment here. The heat was ridiculous. I cussed at the sun at least 2 dozen times.

Installing underlayment

Installing underlayment

Underlayment installed. I was relived that I had enough material, because the pond liner is the exact same size (20’x20′). I did not want to have to make the pond smaller, that would have set us back a day.

Underlayment installed

Underlayment installed

I’m excited about today. First we need to install the heavy (about 150 pounds) 45mm pond liner. Once the liner is in place I can slowly begin to add water to the pond, working out the wrinkles as it fills. Once the pond is full I’ll need to attach the liner to the skimmer weir door and the falls using bolts and silicone for a water-tight seal. Then I’ll get to work placing the rocks, first the waterfall, then in and around the rest of the pond. The rock placement is probably going to be tricky, as I have no idea what I’m doing. I expect there to be lots of trial and error. I’ll post more pictures, and probably some video, on Facebook and in my New Home Construction Journal (Upgraded Membership required).

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