Holiday "Antics"

Sunday, December 27, 2009

This was a different Christmas season for us. We weren't traveling down to my fathers like we usually do on Christmas Eve. My husband normally works on Christmas Eve until 2pm and then we make the "mad dash" (read extremely slow crawl) down the interstate to my fathers. The trip is normally a two hour drive but during the holidays it doubles in time. This year my husband had Christmas Eve off but all the family members wanted to bail out on the dinner (finances, weather, etc). We decided that I would just cook for our family and a family friend of the kids. Sounds relaxing right? emoticon

Wednesday I ended up picking up Aliegh early in the day (mama was on overstim) so she and I finished up the last minute shopping for the dinner and a talking duck toy for Ms Aliegh (we had decided to not exchange Christmas gifts this year but of course, she is the exception). We came home to find pig dog, aka Abe had done a search and seize thru the house. He had tried to get stuff off the top of the refrigerator (unsuccessful), got into my bags of yarn searching for food (did I mention he is food obsessed), and clearly was trying to chew thru his tupperware bin of dog food WHICH he managed to knock over (and pop the lid off). It was clear he had managed to inhale his way thru about 6 cups of food...maybe more.

Aliegh and I began to bake a pie for the next day's dinner. Abe normally is right there in the kitchen, waiting for scraps. Instead he was just hanging out watching. Within a couple hours, he began whining, pacing, and trying to get sick. Weimaraners are prone to bloat. Now he has gorged himself before and we just ended up with a massively gas producing dog. This time it was clear to me that we were in trouble. I ended up having to pack up Aliegh and Abe and heading to the emergency vet hospital since time is critical (their stomach can flip and it can kill them in a couple of hours). An xray determined his stomach hadn't twisted but WOW was it full. So Merry Freakin Christmas, I was greeted with my option was to pay a deposit of $965 so they could sedate, pump his stomach, do another xray and keep him overnight OR ?? What the hell - like putting him down is an option? But sheesh the option of coming up with that kind of money after just moving, etc... Thank god for American Express (yes I will be scrambling to pay this since I have 30 days to come up with the money)!

Christmas Eve I went to pick up Abe who was back to his normal pig dog self. I moved his food to a babyproof cabinent. I then proceeded to cook Christmas Eve dinner in sessions (ie around Aliegh's nap schedule). I found out Aliegh LOVES to sit on my kitchen counter and "help". Of course her version of help meant stealing blueberries out of the pie filling before I got the crust on top. It meant hugging the ham and trying to chew her way thru the package. It also meant trying to drink her grams coffee, By that evening, I was exhausted! Somehow the Christmas Eve dinner which was suppose to be more relaxing than the LONG driving down to my dads - not so emoticon

Abe and Kaos (old neighborhood friend's dog) getting beach walked on Christmas Day (which WAS quiet and relaxing thank god!):

And finally my "ham" enjoying the ham:

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    haha I love hams!
    3582 days ago
    Awe what a holiday. But it will be memorable! LOL Keep smiling and enjoy the new year. Try to get some rest!!!!
    3606 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Great pics! I am glad that Abe is fine now. Your ham is just delightful as always. I hope you have the best year ever in 2010.
    3609 days ago
    Now that I know Abe is okay I can tell you I laughed my butt off picturing this bloated pig dog! Your helper is adorable of course - she is getting so big, they grow so fast! It's great you get to spend so much time with her - I know you love it and are a great influence on her.

    Happy holidays to you!
    3609 days ago
  • no profile photo MYRENAISSANCE09
    Aleigh is just beautiful! You are so blessed to have such great help in the kitchen. Glad that Abe is doing better. I think he and I have lots in common! emoticon
    3610 days ago
    So much for having a calm, simple, inexpensive Christmas. Abe was free, right? We started fostering Corky today. New pics on my page. Here's to a serene New Year. Self-medicating may be in order. ;-)

    3610 days ago
    emoticon and I am sorry I laughed so hard. Just glad it was your dog and not one of mine. LOL Thanks for the sharing! emoticon emoticon
    3611 days ago
    What a ham! LOL!

    I know the feeling of you're charging WHAT?! to help my dog!!!

    You are a wonder Kierae! Gratitude for all you do here and for everyone! emoticon
    3611 days ago
    Loved the blog and the pictures!!

    OMG!! You poor thing. We are still in debt to our son in paying off vet bills for Wheeler. Are you sure Abe isn't related to me? His appetite sounds really familiar. He has the binge part down, just not the purge. emoticon

    Very cute helper there. Who wouldn't love someone who likes blueberry and ham. LOL.
    3611 days ago
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