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Another challenge.....yipee!

Monday, January 03, 2011

I discovered a fun little challenge yesterday entitled Valentine's Day Sweeties Challenge 2011. I participated in my first challenge earlier in the fall that revolved around Halloween so I am excited to be involved with this one. I'm finding that I need these mini-challenges at least at this stage of my journey.

Week 1 has us recording our food. Now, I'm not big on that as I found it involved an incredible amount of time. Therefore, I'm just writing down what I'm eating on a piece of paper. I'm the type that will write it all down....even the half box of Kashi crackers I ate last night.....so it does help me keep accountable. I don't want to repeat the Kashi binge tonight so already I'm more aware.

Walked in the rain tonight! Who would have thought you could walk in Newfoundland in January with a fleece jacket and sneakers! Wow....what is happening to our climate! It is scary when you think about it.

Must go and get the house tidied up a bit. Back to work tomorrow for me and back to school tomorrow for John. Things will get back to normal hopefully.

Susan

P.S. Lou is doing fine! One of the Vet Techs dropped by our house today to have an "unofficial" look at her. Maddy is doing well too but was sad today as one of the neighbour Poms died suddenly in his Mom's arms.

  
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JHADZHIA 1/4/2011 6:24PM

    So sorry about your neighbor's Pom, that would be just heartbreaking :((
Food tracking is essential to getting your calories accurately, not to mention getting your nutrients in the right ratio to fuel your metabolism to make your exercise pay off. I never would have lost weight without tracking my food and fitness. I am also keeping it off with careful tracking too

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JLITT62 1/4/2011 1:30PM

    Oh, how terrible for your neighbor! Tell her more people than she knows are sending her condolences.

Glad to hear Lou is fine, tho. That's got to be a huge weight off your mind.

Go challenges!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/4/2011 12:21PM

    Your food diary is a great idea. Keep it up!
I found your weather! Well, besides the Christmas snow, it's just been way colder than normal for us here! Want to trade? hehe
I am so glad that Lou and Maddy are ok. (Esp. Lou with her 'chewy') So sorry to hear about your neighbor's Pom. It's soooo sad, even when it's not our own! emoticonfor your neighbor for consolation and strength. If she is even close the animal lover that I am, she'll need all the prayers possible. emoticon
Glad you are getting out and walking!! Keep it up!!!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/4/2011 8:34AM

    Glad to hear about Louisa! You have an amazing vet to do house calls! Sorry to hear about your neighbour's Pom...that's sad and scary! emoticon

I also walked in the rain last night - it was quite warm out! Our snow is all melted out here. Hopefully we'll get enough this year to do some snowshoeing!

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TEMPEST272002 1/3/2011 10:37PM

    I'm not big on the food tracking either... but when I do it, I get results.

As to the weather - yup, little scary to see how warm it's getting up here in the Great White North. We had balmy temperatures here too for 3 days - but last night we had a freeze. Now everyting is icy and slippery.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/3/2011 10:03PM

    Lately I've been too lazy to track and, guess what, I've been overeating. It's a lot of bother, but it sure adds up to consistent success.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/3/2011 8:51PM

    good luck with the challenge
do you have SP on your phone?
it has tracker, it's with me 24/7. fitness and water ;p

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/3/2011 6:58PM

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BARBARACT 1/3/2011 6:39PM

    Yay for Louisa and Maddy! Sorry about your neighbor's dog though, that's so sad.

Never really thought of walking in the rain..but I guess if it isn't raining too hard it can be refreshing!



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It's all about ME!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Happy New Year to all of my old SparkFriends and to my newest ones!

If you've been reading my blogs lately you will notice that I haven't been my normal upbeat self. In fact, it has been over a week since I've walked my dogs, drank my 8 glasses of water, felt normal. Do you see a trend here? I do! So I'm officially declaring that 2011 is going to be all about me!

This self-centred attitude flies in the face of everything I've been brainwashed into believing. I was raised to never consider my personal needs and to always think of the other person first. Well, this made me a "nice" person, I was and have been searching to find out who I really am...deep down.

I've so lacked in the self-confidence department that I've failed to ever decorate my house in the fears that others won't like it, I wouldn't wear makeup because heaven forbid, I thought something of myself. My poor mom still believes that using hair conditioner is a sign of vanity and I won't begin to tell you how she feels about skin care, let alone makeup.

2010 brought along a lot of changes in my life, most of which were self-made. I started blowdrying my hair (another sign of vanity), experimenting with makeup, (a big no-no!), wearing clothing colours other than neutrals (don't want to draw attention to oneself), etc.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love my mother and I think she has her own issues that are making her into the woman she is today. But now, thanks to my self-journey, I'm starting to realize that they are her problems and not mine. I can help her through them, I can listen to what she says, but I don't have to believe her negative self-talk and choke myself in the process.

So, this is a big step for me! I'm officially declaring that I am going to delve deeper into my journey of self-discovery this year. I'm going against everything I was brought up to believe in and I'm putting myself on the pedestal! My decisions will be mine and not directed by my negative body image and self-loathing. I've always known I've had very poor self-esteem and I had always tried to find a quick fix for it. But, you know what, there is no quick fix......it is a process and I'm packing my bags to enjoy the ride.

The past few months have brought with them a big change in me. People are not so much noticing my weight loss but something about me that they can't quite put their finger on. I'm making some great SparkFriends who like me for who I am. I can write about anything and nobody judges me which is encouraging me to be more open.

I know a lot of you are religious and I've taken the first step in admitting that, while I don't go to church, I am very spiritual. I do not like what organized religion did for me in the past (that is another story!) and I really feel happier with my beliefs. I have my chats with my god every so often and usually they occur in nature while walking the beasts.

I am challenging myself and nobody else! I'm not going to become more like so and so, as I'm going to finally discover who I am! I'll be 45 this year and what a year it is going to be!

Thanks for reading! xo Susan

  
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LESLIES537 1/3/2011 3:48PM

    It's time to DO YOU! You are worth it! emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 1/3/2011 7:48AM

    You're definitely worth all the hard work! You deserve it!!!
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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 1/3/2011 4:47AM

   

Good for you!!

You have to look after number one and a little vanity does nobody any harm.

As you said this is YOUR YEAR and you must "grab the bull by the horns" and take it with both hands.

Stay strong

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JLITT62 1/2/2011 4:02PM

    You've been sparked, that's what happens. Here's to fanning that spark into a roaring fire! It is not vain to want to look your best. Well, maybe just a little vain. But you'll feel better -- and other people will actually view you better, too.

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JHADZHIA 1/2/2011 3:32PM

    You have discovered what it takes to be successful in this healthy lifestyle journey. It IS all about yourself. Making the time to give yourself the attention you deserve. This is the right focus for you to have! Looking forward to the butterfly emerging!
I totally agree with you on organized religion.

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SHERYLDS 1/2/2011 3:02PM

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Believe in yourself
Appreciate Yourself
And push yourself to be your best
make 2011 the best year yet.

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TEMPEST272002 1/2/2011 2:54PM

    I totally identify with what you say about trying to conform, to "be nice"... and then waking up one day to realize I had no idea who I was. What did I like? What did I want to do? I had no idea. I think selfishness is an integral part of this journey. We are cultivating a relationship with ourselves, trying to find out who we really are under all these layers of who we think we should be. I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be an amazing year for you and I'm looking forward to following your journey!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 1/2/2011 2:39PM

    You deserve the good things in life. You can stand up for yourself and yes, YOU need to come first! Be selfish for once. You have to put yourself first for a change. Self confidence will grow as you change. I say Good For You.

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RIMAJO 1/2/2011 2:35PM

    I LOVE your blog Susan & am so excited for you!! After reading your post, I got to thinking.. this woman is blossoming into something more beautiful & amazing than even she has yet to discover. I love that you are finding you in this journey & encourage you to keep it up & to enjoy the ride.. 2011 IS going to be your year!

PS: I too find the best time & place to speak to YHWH/God is in nature, in those beautiful, peaceful walks.. not in brick & mortar. So long as we know where we can find Him & continue to seek Him out.. that, IMHO is what really matters.
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OLDERDANDRT 1/2/2011 2:10PM

    emoticonYOu need to take care of yourself before you can "be there' for anybody else! You are on the journey of a lifetime!! Getting healthy and finding yourself!! What a great time to get a going!! You've come a long way already and you have the rest of your life!!! emoticon You're gonna like yourself so much!! I already do, so I know you will!! hehe

Come on, honey, let's pick ourselves up and get on with it!! Smile!! It increases your face value!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/2/2011 1:35PM

    a little selfishness is required in this journey

no one can eat for you, no one can exercise for you!

so you need to do when it takes to make it happen!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/2/2011 12:48PM

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Personal derailment and a big moment in our family

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year to all of you, my very dear SparkFriends! As I like to say, I'd rather it be called Happy New "Rear" and other body parts as that is what I always wish for each time this year. For some reason it never pans out which is why I'm glad I started my Spark journey in August/September!

First of all, Lou had her third x-ray this morning which showed that the stubborn piece of rawhide should be passed over this weekend! That will be the best New Year's present ever. She seems to be over most of her discomfort and spent her time on the x-ray table wagging her table and trying to lick the people holding on to her!

Maddy is fine too but I expect will be very anxious later on tonight when people around us ring in the new year with rifle shots and fireworks. Any suggestions for dealing with that?

I'm in a bit of a funk. I like I've undergone a derailment and I'm just waiting to get back on the right track! I`ve had a weird sore throat and cough for over a week that is keeping me up at night, I haven`t felt like walking, I`m eating whatever, and I`m worried about Louisa.

I haven`t felt this ``down`` in several months but rationally I can understand why I am feeling this way now. It is like cause and effect which tells me this isn`t true depression. Still feeling pretty blah, all the same. I just went out with my husband and bought myself a magazine to browse through tonight. You can tell we aren`t big into celebrating New Years, hey.

I heard from my brother (who is travelling on some island off the coast of Australia) as the New Year is here, down there. My husband wanted to ask him for tonight`s winning lottery numbers....ha...ha!

Okay, you are all wondering what the big family news is! Well, my beloved grandmother is celebrating her 98th birthday today. We went to visit her this morning and she was all dressed up in her blouse, skirt and dress shoes. She looked awesome. Then we walked her to the dining room (she lives in an old age home) and there were balloons tied to her chair which excited her. She is in good health and her mind is mostly great except for some short-term memory loss. (Mine is like that now!)

Well, that is my rant for today! Wishing you all a safe and happy evening ahead and a great holiday weekend!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/1/2011 8:13PM

    I feel like Lou is going to be fine. Praying for all to come out fine! As for your cough and congestion, Here's my prescription.....run a cool mist vaporizer to increase the humidity in your home's air, blow your nose (never sniff), and drink plenty of water and hot green tea. Maybe throw down some orange juice, too. And get plenty of rest. So, now that'll be $75.00 please for the consult! LOL!!! But seriously, sounds like what I went through and that's what I did and I'm practically better now.
Congrats to the birthday girl!!!

HOpe you feel better soon!!
Happy New Year!!!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/1/2011 7:22AM

    Happy New Rear!!! emoticon

Very happy to hear Louisa should get better on her own! That must have been so stressful! The time after Christmas always leaves me in a funk. Hopefully we'll both get over it soon!

Happy Birthday to your grandma! 98 is a great achievement! Especially when she still has her wits about her!

We're lucky our dog doesn't mind fireworks (I think all the shoot-em-up video games my husband plays has him used to it), but last night our cousin's dog came over and was shaking the whole night since fireworks started around here at 10:00. They live near Quidi Vidi and so escaped to this side of town since when the City fireworks start down there it's like their being bombed!

How did Maddy do with the noise?

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JLITT62 1/1/2011 5:18AM

    First off, happy birthday to your Grandma! Wow, that's awesome. That's what I want to be -- mostly healthy & happy at that age.

This time of year seems to invite feeling down. Get out there & move a little -- you'll feel better! Seriously. Just do it, even when you don't feel like it. Tell yourself you can stop after 10 minutes if you're not feeling it -- I bet you'll go longer.

Sounds like Lou's gonna be fine -- I'm so glad. I know how scary that is. Can't help you with the fireworks thing -- thankfully they don't do that here, but when we lived in TX, that was a big problem (seemed like they did it in the neighborhood for every holiday & Lola is very noise sensitive).

I was in bed long before midnight, but hey, I'm also up now!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/31/2010 9:30PM

    wow 99th b-day very cool!! horray for lou!!!
happy new year

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GAYLE-G-63 12/31/2010 8:16PM

    SO glad to hear Lou is doing well!

Happy Birthday Day to your beloved grandmother and Happy New Year to you and yours!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/31/2010 7:23PM

    COOL! It's my Dad's 88th birthday today! emoticon emoticon

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LESLIES537 12/31/2010 5:50PM

    Awww, how sweet is she! Happy Birthday to your sweet, dear grandmother! emoticon

I'm glad Louisa is passing everything A-okay! Woo hoo! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/31/2010 4:40PM

    Glad to hear Lou is out of the woods. Sorry you are feeling under the weather. All my relatives are sick right now so no get together. We usually don't do anything with it either. None of the women like to drink, but the men will have their rum and coke..
Our dog is frightened of fireworks too (if there were rifle shots, the cops would be called with our tight gun laws), so my Mom puts him in the basement where the sound is muffled and not so harsh. We have a warm finished basement and he sleeps down there at night anyway.
I hope you recover from what ever is ailing you soon!
I wish you good health, happiness and prosperity for the New Year and always!

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KAYDE53 12/31/2010 3:14PM

    Poor Maddy, my dog , Jake would be terrified, too, if anyone rang in the New Year with gunshots & fireworks, he's afraid of both!! I hope Lou is over the worst of it and that nasty rawhide is gone for good! That's wonderful about your grandmother; mine lived she was 96. We're not party people either; but have a Happy New Year!! Hope you're feeling better soon! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 12/31/2010 3:08PM

    glad to hear the pooch is doing well.

I had a huskie who was terrified of firecrackers. He was calmer if we set up a little 'house' in a corner by us so that he felt protected and knew we were nearby.

happy new year and good luck

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Update on Louisa (Lou)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Yesterday we brought Lou into the vet clinic where they did a routine x-ray. This didn't show much other than that she was full of gas. She had stopped vomiting so we were told to feed her a tablespoon of canned dog food every two hours. She did her business several times and we...err...my husband...carefully checked through it as directed.

She slept most of the day but seemed fine. This morning she was out in our back garden chasing rabbits, tail wagging, and generally being the nutty dog that she is. Took her back for the follow-up x-ray which now showed the semi-hard chewie (they don't digest them but the rawhide does get softer the longer it is in the digestive system) and it is progressing nicely.

Today, we were sent home with three cans of a different food and we have to feed her about 1/4 can every two hours. She also has to be walked twice to see if she can pass this on her own. If not, tomorrow they will make a decision to open her up.

At this point, we are relieved to see her feeling herself. Our vet clinic is fantastic and even though they are not on call over the holiday weekend, they told us they would not make us drive 1 hour to see the other clinic. We are very pleased and Lou is looking and acting a lot better. Maddy, on the otherhand, is sulking slightly as he hasn't been the centre of our attention! Funny little critters, aren't they!

Keep those paws and fingers crossed!

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/30/2010 9:12PM

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JLITT62 12/30/2010 5:24PM

    Still sending vibes for its passing on its own! I know how scary it is, but sounds like things are progressing nicely. When Simba was blocked, believe me, he wasn't acting at all like his normal self -- and he still passed it on his own.

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 12/30/2010 3:56PM

    So beyond happy that your Lou is feeling better! Hopefully she will get that passed up herself without surgery! Praying your weekend goes just as smooth ! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 12/30/2010 3:24PM

    that sounds like good news ;p

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GAYLE-G-63 12/30/2010 1:44PM

    All of us here are keeping our toes, paws, and whatever else we can think of crossed for you, Susan!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/30/2010 10:53AM

    This is wonderful. Lucky usually passed or threw up hes rawhide chews and they sure do soften up!! I feel like Lou is going to be fine. I'll continue with prayer just for good measure! Can never have enough prayer!!

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LESLIES537 12/30/2010 10:39AM

    That's good news! Thanks for the update, keep them comin. Crossing my fingers for a good poop! emoticon

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BARBARACT 12/30/2010 9:16AM

    Paws, fingers and toes are crossed! I bet with all the exercise she is doing the gas will pass! Keep her moving if you can! That is great news! I am very happy!

Good vets are hard to come by, but when you do they are great!!!!

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HOPEFULANGE 12/30/2010 9:13AM

    Glad to hear that this could clear up on its own. Good luck!

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SHERYLDS 12/30/2010 9:11AM

    Happy for the better news. Looking forward to a happy ending

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JHADZHIA 12/30/2010 9:05AM

    This sounds very encouraging! What a wonderful clinic you have. Good vets are worth their weight in gold!! Keeping everything crossed that can be crossed!!

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The season just couldn't end without another vet emergency

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!!!!

Susan

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!

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/30/2010 7:37PM

    I don't know how I would have handled this "guest." What you did I think was remarkably polite. Way to go.

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GAYLE-G-63 12/30/2010 1:42PM

    LOL I loved that you shared that with us! Good for mom!!!

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JLITT62 12/30/2010 5:17AM

    I hope Louisa pulls thru ok. Maybe even passes it before an xray is necessary. Simba once got blocked from a bone, but thankfully passed it on his own after being very sick for a couple of days -- very scary.

And Chester -- well, I swear, whatever can happen will happen to that dog. We joke he's the $6,000,000 dog (require knee surgery at only 9 months old).

I know what a terrible feeling it is to feel that you've caused something like this in your own animals, but that's why they call them accidents -- you didn't mean it to happen, and thousands of dogs happily chew rawhides with no problems at all.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 12/30/2010 3:17AM

   

Hoping Louisa is better today. Don't blame yourself too much, many dogs eat those things with no side effects.

Now that man, what a charmer, farting and picking his nose. You should have done what a mother would have done and slapped his hand. I mean ewwwwwwww and this a grown man.

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LOUANN22 12/30/2010 2:35AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your dog. You can blame yourself accidents do happen. It was unintentionally even though I'd blame myself also in that situation. I had a vet emergency this past summer with my great dane, We had our dogs outside running around and out of nowhere he sliced his paw open. it was so horrible I felt bad and blamed myself. He end up get many stitches and spending hours at the vet but to this day hes back to normal clumsy as ever. To this day we still don't know how he cut open his paw.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/29/2010 11:33PM

    Oh, girl, you either had me laughing or crying! LOL, No, really, you did crack me up! Have you REALLY had to tell him to stop farting and picking his NOSE? Oh, my GOODNESS! emoticon emoticonI'm glad Louisa's going to be ok... well, I hope so! Next time my obnoxious neighbor comes over, I'll send you a note to call me and tell me my vet needs to see me pronto! emoticon

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KAYDE53 12/29/2010 10:52PM

    I'm so sorry to read about your Louisa!! I've given mine rawhide chews in the past; but after reading several posts like yours, I've don't think I'll buy anymore. My dogs love them, but it's not worth the risk!! Liked your co-worker story, got a chuckle from that!!! emoticon

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WILLOWWINDS 12/29/2010 9:22PM

    Praying she will be ok.
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BARBARACT 12/29/2010 7:03PM

    I will pray that Louisa will be fine. I hope she gets better and better.

Sorry about that guy...we all have people in our lives we have a hard time tolerating...don't feel too bad..besides you are very stressed!

Take care and hugs to Louisa.

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 12/29/2010 5:55PM

    Oh God love 'er, I hope everything turns out ok for her.
and as for your little trick there, all I can say is I'm guilty of pulling one or two stunts in my time. emoticon
I'm sure we can all relate.

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JHADZHIA 12/29/2010 5:41PM

    So sorry about Lou :(( HUGS. Hope she passes it okay,
Ummm, no thanks, rather not meet this dude!! Good for you finding a way to lose him!!

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LESLIES537 12/29/2010 5:37PM

    Don't be too hard on yourself, Louisa is going to pull through and be back to her normal self in no time! Hope she's able to pass the rawhide without surgery! I'll pray for her! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 12/29/2010 5:09PM

    I do hope Lou will be ok. Lucky used to chew rawhides till he started with no so much chewing and just swallowing and then of course, the sickness begins. Then he would chew up and swallow sticks and such. Not long after, he started having seizures. Never had many maybe 2-4/year, but they were pretty bad. Kudos for making the decision to not give them rawhide chews anymore. I have warned friends and they laugh at me and say it's not bad for them! We know different, now, don't we!
That guy you work with......that's a shame! And no, I don't blame you for the trick you pulled. Good for your mom to go along with it!!!
Hugs and prayers for Lou!

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SHERYLDS 12/29/2010 4:52PM

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 12/29/2010 4:28PM

    Thoughts go out to you puppy! I've been in that situation before, it's horrible!! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 12/29/2010 4:11PM

    no more rawhide from mine too then! scary!
hope you pup is ok ;p
and I think you needed to that trick ;p

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HOPEFULANGE 12/29/2010 4:09PM

    I'll keep Louisa in my thoughts. I know how much worrying you can do over the furry family members! I hope she's ok and starts drinking again soon.
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You're clever trick was very devious! I've never had to pull something like that but I've been in situations where I wish I would have been smart enough! It's kind of hilarious that you actually drove to the vet!!!
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GHK1962 12/29/2010 3:56PM

    I do hope your pup is ok. We give ours some to chew...but watch them carefully.

We've had an awful vet year ourselves....poor puppers....so we know what you are going through!

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