Squishy Face

Squishy Face

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One Little Word: Positivity and Peace

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Poor Sick Girl

Poor Sick Girl

Nothing major is wrong with the girl. Just a bout of Colitis. Most likely brought about by the last 5 nights of fireworks, intermittent storms and the neighbors Pit Bulls incessantly barking and howling out their misery. (The neighbors seem wholly unimpressed and getting animal control to help hasn’t happened yet.)

The problem presented with a case bad bloody diarrhea which sent us to the vet this afternoon. I figured I could wait but if I did it would for sure end up being some emergency that we would have to go to the ER vet on a Sunday. The best way to guarantee it will be something serious is to wait it out until I’m paying that hefty ER bill.

They also checked for UTI, which seems clear, but we’ll wait for the lab results to come back. I love my vet since they clearly recognized tearing Maizey away from the spot she had buried herself in my side would be further trauma to her. Instead they bought the ultra sound to us to take her urine sample. It was really interesting! They use the ultrasound to guide the needle into the bladder, thus preventing contamination of the sample and letting them check out if there are bladder or kidney stones at the same time.

So 216.00 dollars and two medications later at least we know we won’t be making an emergency trip tomorrow. Also, can I just say, Maizey is one of the most high maintenance dogs in the world, but she more than makes up for it in face hugs!

On a lighter note only 18 days till I meet our new boy! YAY!!

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Company for Colds and Sicknesses

I had two days off in a row, which is some kind of record for the last few months so of course I came down with a miserable cold. I’m fighting to keep it from going into my chest, but I’m losing. I’m afraid I’m getting bronchitis. I’ve also been having a string of bad migraines so I’m feeling pretty lousy.
Company for Colds

My pups have been very good company. They are so patient when I’m sick. I really value having dogs that are happy to get up and go with me, but can also kick back and keep me company when I need to lay low.

When Magnus was a puppy I was really sick. I was in a severe depression and slept a lot. He as such a good boy to sleep with me even though he was a puppy. Looking back on the blog I don’t think that really comes through in my posts, but it was not the best time in my life. Being down today made me start thinking of this next boy puppy coming into my life. Actually nearly everything makes me think of the puppy.

It will be so different this time. With Maizey and Magnus I wasn’t a working mom. I had much more time than I do now. But being such an introvert I also had to work harder to get them the socialization they needed. We already know I didn’t do a good enough job with Maizey, but with Magnus I really did work hard to get him the socialization he needed. Socialization will be built into this next little guys life as he’ll be coming to work with me quite a lot. That means lots of people and dogs will be built into his life from the beginning.

Remember the battle I had about what do with Magnus and puppy class? Thank goodness I ended up taking him to Calling All Dogs as that was the beginning of my eventually working there. That’s another difference with this puppy. His first three classes are already scheduled out. He’ll start visiting classes as soon as he comes home, then start his own puppy class in the beginning of September. It will be really interesting to be a student in a class I teach now.

So many things are different with this guy. He comes from wonderful lines, Embee Cavaliers has already sent me health certifications on his parents, and grandparents. His first weeks of life have been totally different than my two monkeys. He has been getting early stimulation, good nutrition and wonderful love from day one. Those are all things Maizey certainly didn’t get with her rocky start and things there was no way Magnus had in a puppy mill.

All of this adds up to me being incredibly unworried about this little guy. I was such a worry wort with my last two. I had a list a mile long of things I wanted to accomplish with them. Some of which we’ve done and some we haven’t got to yet. With this guy my only expectation is to love him and have fun.

In general I’m just in a much more settled place, which is funny since many things in my Real Life are the same and some even worse, but the one thing that’s not the same is I’m not sick anymore. I’m stronger and happier and I guess that’s sort of the bottom line with this post. If you suffer from depression, don’t give up. Sometimes things don’t change, but take a lesson from my dogs and sleep when you need to sleep, get up and go when you can, sit in each moment for what it is and just let it be. I know it’s easy to say that and hard to do it, and harder still to remember it when you’re in the pit, but make a note today and let your dogs remind you when you need it.

On a final lighter note, my new little guy needs a name! I have two front runners in mind and think I want to stick with the ‘M’ theme so does anyone have any ideas? Leave me a comment with your favorite puppy name!

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Sisters Make the Best Pillows

Sisters Make the Best Pillows

Maizey looks a bit unhappy in this picture because she was a bit unhappy. Actually a lot more than a bit. This was a very hard day for her. The 24th is a holiday weekend here and the neighborhoods go crazy with the fireworks, even more so than the 4th of July. Add to that we’ve had thunderstorms almost every afternoon, the kids in the neighborhood are outside and running around making happy noise, very loud happy noise.

We have many things that help her now, but some days none of it is enough. It seems those are the days Magnus is the most snuggly with her. This afternoon after about thirty straight minutes of her barking she finally came and sat with us. He got right up nose to nose with her and started licking her face, very lightly sniffing and licking her. Then he did something I’ve never seen in my dogs before, but something they frequently do to me when I’m upset. He foot tapped her. He tapped her right on the chest. I wish so much I knew what that meant. It’s not any kind of dog language I know of, it was absolutely fascinating! After that they laid on the bed together and went to sleep. I am not near enough versed in animal behavior to say what all of that meant, but I do know she seems to get a lot of comfort from him. Sometimes more than from me.

For tonight I gave her 1 mg of Clonidine and she’s sleeping now. It works much better than the Alprazolam we tried on the fourth. I have a wonderful vet to work with now and all in all Maizey’s hard days are getting fewer and further between. If I can’t end the hard days I’m glad at least we have the tools to help her through them.

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Family Movie Night

Movie night with the fam

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Puppy Dreaming

3 weeks

This is one of 5 puppy’s born to Molly (Mysticmoon’s Danika) on June 15, 2012. Mary Beth has been kind and trusting enough to place one of her precious pup’s with us and I am just thrilled. I’ve been buying puppy things like crazy and am getting really impatient to meet my puppy. We are waiting for temperament tests to be done when they are a bit older and then Mary Beth will choose the right puppy for us. Until then it I’ll just keep dreaming about these adorable faces!

(Photo posted with permission of Embee Cavaliers, please do not copy.)

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