Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Poor Louisa! Despite having heard the warnings about giving rawhide chews to dogs, John and I bought some for Lou and Maddy at Costco. I'm mean, they can't be that bad if even the more reputable pet stores sell them, right? Wrong!
We are not exactly feeling like pet owners of the year today! Monday night, Lou was chewing on a 10 inch piece of rawhide "bone" and eventually got it down to a couple of inches in length. Just as I was reaching it to throw it out (we would take them away from her when they got to the choke-able length) she managed to get the core of it out and she chewed on it and then swallowed it!
Thinking that thousands of dogs do this everyday, we decided to just watch her to see if it passed through. Well, yesterday was the day of eating grass, vomiting, eating everything she could get her mouth around, vomiting, urging, etc. She was miserable last night so we called the emergency vet number and reached one at her home.
We were told to remove all water and food from her reach (as well as anything else she felt like eating (we removed Maddy to higher ground....excuse my humour!) and tried to settle her down. We were to bring her to the clinic this morning for x-rays.
What a night! She couldn't settle for very long and kept pacing the floor. Finally my husband allowed her into our bed and wrapped his arms around her and she seemed to relax a wee bit. This morning she awoke and seemed a bit more chipper and she raced into the clinic (apparently most dogs so have a miraculous recovery once they merely walk through the clinic doors!) and was most indignant that she had to be stay there for several hours.
X-ray was inconclusive since the very nature of rawhide makes it hard to be picked up with a regular scan. She was released to us with strict orders to check her poo (such a charming job!!!) and to limit her access to water. She is allowed to have 1 tablespoon of special wet food every few hours!
Good news is that she kept down her the tablespoon of wet food but the bad news is that she hasn't taken a sip of water since last night. She also did two poops, one of which was just that and the other full of grass. She slept most of the afternoon and seems a lot better than yesterday.
Tomorrow she has to undergo a series of barium x-rays which will hopefully tell us where in her digestive tract the piece of rawhide is in. It might be in area that will require surgery to remove!
Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I know a lot of you are animal lovers and you know the guilt both John and I are feeling at this time. No more rawhide chews for our dogs....ever!!!!
P.S. Thought I would share my deviousness with you all.....because some of you think I'm a nice person. I work with two men, one of which is the over-educated, no common sense type. He married a woman just like him and their child is both of them spit out. They have hearts of gold, but no common sense, no manners, etc. Well, guess who showed up at my house this morning with a box of biscuits?! My husband actually hid in our basement and I was left to entertain and try to keep a conversation going. I can't begin to tell you about this man and his daughter and I know it sounds like I'm picking faults but when you have to ask a grown man to stop farting, picking his nose, etc. in front of you......are you getting the hint!? Anyway, after about 1 hour, I excused myself to run downstairs and I went to the bathroom, called my mother and begged her to call me pretending to be the vet clinic calling about Lou. My mom then called and gave a performance worthy of an Academy Award and told us the vet needed to see us. It worked like a charm and we even drove to the vet clinic....they split their sides laughing at the trick I had my mother pull, but they also know the man I work with! I hope you don't think less of me....yes, I know it wasn't very nice but you really got to meet this guy!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Happy Boxing Day to you all and no, Boxing Day isn't named after people fighting over after-Christmas sales....although it would seem rather apt. Here on the island, our stores are not allowed to be open on Boxing Day but Tim Hortons did re-open this morning so off John and I went. There were several really excited children there but one little boy really stood out. He was in the line up and couldn't keep still so finally his father told him he could go up to the display case and wait there. We were chatting him up and asked him what he was going to have and he said, "either one doughnut or five timbits". His father said, "no, the deal is four timbits or one doughnut". The little four year old boy pipes up with "but its Christmas and Santa said I could have five this time" (we applauded his negotiation skills). But the funniest thing was when his father warned him that Santa was still keeping an eye out on little boys and girls and the little boy puts his head on an angle and said, "Daddy, everybody knows Santa is sleeping all day today".
Anyway, we are off to spend our evening meal with family and to exchange our presents. Maddy and Lou have to stay home but a neighbour will walk them for us. I walked 3.5 km last night despite a really sore throat....maybe not the wisest thing to do because the dampness certainly didn't cure my throat. My husband is wishing my voice would go....just for a few hours...or so he says! Ha!
Have a great day!
P.S. Timbits are the centres of doughnuts for all you non-Canadians!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
I'm sitting here in my living room with a full tummy, two happy but tired dogs, a napping husband, and so much to be thankful for! The gifts are all unwrapped but even if there wasn't a single thing under the tree, I'd still be content.
I think this is contentment stems from Spark and the many, wonderful friendships I have made over the fall. When I started Spark, I was very anxious most of the time, was definitely not happy, was sleeping either too much or two little, loathed working, and basically only dressed myself to avoid being nude in public!
My brother called from Australia this morning and we were talking about gifts. Both Gary and his partner got on the phone and told me that they think the best gift I could ever receive is the one I am giving myself....a healthy makeover. That really meant something to me as they are both physically in shape and are loving their lives to the fullest.
Over the past months, I love myself more. I take my time getting dressed....for my own sake rather than anybody else, I am more aware of what I eat, I notice how my skin responds when I drink lots of water, I'm able to enjoy the outdoors more and I can't wait for each day to begin. I generally am much more relaxed, I'm sleeping better, I play with my dogs more, I am more in love with my husband than ever before.
So, it looks like I was already handed the perfect gift....no wrapping, no cost.....I received the gift of Spark!
P.S. On a side note, I think I really did pull the wool over Santa's eyes this year by the looks of the wonderful presents I received. My husband and I bought ourselves Blackberries which we are still trying to turn on (!), but which I think will be dandy keeping me more in touch with Spark. I also received the DVD 30 Day Shred and some stuff from the Spark store.....including the 2011 calendar!
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