Cute Dogs Alert

Well, my foster dog has gone back to the SPCA.  She has shown some glimpses of being able to be affectionate and interact with humans, and really, she needs someone to adopt her that is willing to work with her for the better part of 6 months to a year.  We, unfortunately, can’t adopt her, but I know her family is out there somewhere.  And, since she isn’t too panicked in the shelter, it will be easier for her family to find her if she is on the adoption floor.  I will miss her face, most definitely!

So, this brings our canine count back down to two in our house.  And I love my pups so much, I thought I would share some adorable pictures I’ve taken of them.

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Teddy is settling into the family.  He is fascinated by human talk.  It’s as if he is trying to figure out what we are saying.

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Here, she is fighting to stay awake…and failing.

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He loves when I pull out the blanket to the backyard to read.  He just snuggles right up.

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She follows me everywhere, and when I get home, she’s usually peeking through the door.

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I love catching them cuddled together.  They act like they want nothing to do with each other, but I know better.  I catch them playing all the time.

I love my pups.  I’m so thankful to have them in my life and a part of my family.

 

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Another Sorta Small SPCA Update

We have had so many adoptions at the SPCA this year.  It’s been pretty amazing to see such fast turnover.  I don’t get to know many of the dogs before they are already set to be adopted.  Last week’s adoption of Captain Hook was so much fun.  I would like to share with you another special SPCA adoption story.

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Meet Teddy.  Teddy came in with a lot of other dogs from a hoarding situation.  Most of the dogs were fairly socialized with one or two behavioral exceptions.  For Ted, that exception is the leash and he gets frightened quite easily.  Working with Ted on the leash usually means walking him with other dogs, which makes the task easy, since he loves being around other dogs.  A lot of his fellow hoarding buddies were being adopted last week, most of them small, but Ted got his day of adoption on Saturday.

Because we adopted him!

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Ted is a blue heeler mix.  He’s very smart.  He learned the doggie door within the first ten minutes of being home (which is a record among all of the dogs who have been in this house, even Jerzee).  He has also already learned sit, as long as there is a treat involved.  I love his ‘sit.’  He plops down, it’s so cute.

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Because of his past, he is unsure around anyone, but he will follow me around all day, falling asleep wherever I am.  We’ve taken him on two walks, and he’s unpredictable.  The first time, he was just fine for the most part. But the second time, something spooked him and he laid down in the road.  Luckily, he’s small enough that I could pick him up!

We are loving our new addition to our family.  I think it’s perfect that he’s here for Valentine’s Day.  He is definitely a sweetheart!

In honor of Loco

I usually do a video or photograph recap of the weekend, but this weekend was mostly spent dealing with some hard stuff.  So…that means we didn’t get out very much.  I went to Walmart for my monthly household supplies if that counts?

Also, this weekend I organized a lot of footage to find some snippets of Loco.  I film or photograph a lot of our life, but I’ve only begun to actually get it in some semblance of an order.  I took some of the clips that I found and created a small video to honor our dog.  I know that I have more somewhere, and we have loads of pictures so I might make a longer one for just Michael and me, once I go through everything.

Anyway, here’s the video, honoring our sweet pup-a-lup, Loco.

I just can’t today, and I’m sorry

black-and-white-person-woman-girlI’ve been working on some posts, but they need a little bit more time to simmer, so I’m going to leave that to next week if you don’t mind.

This weekend has been hard for multiple reasons.  Reasons, unfortunately, I can’t completely express.  But the one thing I can share is that we said goodbye to our Loco yesterday.  We spent the whole evening before with him, holding him and loving him.  And all morning until his appointment.  It was a check up on his kidney numbers, but we knew that it wasn’t looking good.

Thank you for all the sweet comments and prayers for our lovable buddy.  He was a good dog, and he will be missed.

But that wasn’t the only sadness I experienced this weekend.  I don’t know if it was losing our dog or whatever else was going on in our lives, but Saturday morning, I had a panic attack.  I used to have them a lot in college, but they hadn’t happened for a while now. This one was full force, couldn’t breathe, I felt like I was underwater and drowning.

Funnily, my dog Jerzee had no idea what to do, but she definitely tried everything.  She barked in my face with her high, worried bark, and licked the tears off my face until I was calm again.  She hasn’t left my side since.

Thank you, everyone, for reading and commenting and being such good friends. Tomorrow will be a better.

The Other Dog

I don’t know if I mentioned this in a blog before, but we actually have two dogs.  Most of the time, on my Instagram or my blog, you will see this adorable face.

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But I have another pup too, named Loco, and if you are one of my new followers, you might not know about him.

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The reason he hasn’t graced the posts of my blog lately is that he is very sick.  Last summer, he was diagnosed with cataracts and some arthritis.  Being a 13-year-old Boxer mix, this wasn’t really any cause for alarm.  But over the rest of the year, he started to decline.  He stumbled more and took a tumble on the stairs (he was fine), but after that, we decided it would be better for him to stay on the first floor.  He would have all access to the doggie door, plus his food and water, and a nice bed (or even the couch if he wanted).

But then he started to decline even more.  At the beginning of the holiday season, he started having accidents in the house.  And then they became more and more frequent.  We sequestered him to an oversized crate while inside and then would put him outside during the day.  We even moved the food and water outside, and a large bed for him to use.

And then he started losing weight.  We added a can of wet food to his dry food every morning, but it wasn’t helping.  Finally, this month, we took him to the vet.  In addition to being blind, he is also now deaf, and his arthritis is worse.  The biggest issue is that his kidneys are not doing well.  And right now, he’s on special food and taking medicine every day.  He’s going back to the vet this weekend, and if his numbers are still declining, it may be time to say goodbye to our lovable boxer.

I don’t know what I wish for in this situation.  Of course, I would love to have my buddy around forever, but I don’t want him to suffer or be in pain.  He’s lived a long life and been such a good dog, not only to me and Michael but to his previous owners as well.  But I’m so tired of dealing with death, in any context.  Loco is a part of our family, and we have had to say goodbye to family so many times over the last couple of years – both of our daughters and my grandpa.  It’s a hard position to be in, but I know that God will give us peace with whatever is about to come next.

So, if you are the praying type, please pray for our Loco.  And pray for us.  Pray that we can do the best for this wonderful dog.

Have you ever lost a dog?  Have you had to take care of an elderly sick dog?

Games and Ghosts

This weekend, we played board games Saturday afternoon and Sunday night at two different events.

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I won the game Saturday afternoon (we played 7 Wonders).  And I learned a new game called Chrononauts on Sunday which I lost, but now that I think I’ve figured out the rules, I want to play it again.

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Saturday night, Michael and I went on the McKinney Ghost Walk.  From everything I read about this event, it seemed like it would be more like a history of the area.  At first, that’s what it seemed like.  Basically, we walk to different locations and listened to storytellers, telling the stories of the buildings in downtown McKinney.  It’s self-paced, but it still took a while to get from one place to another, and about midway through the tour, we decided to stop and eat at the Celt (which was one of the stops on the route anyway).  It was pretty packed, so by the time we got done, we opted to go to one more stop.

We went to the Performing Arts Center, which was the old courthouse in the middle of the downtown square.  Before we went to dinner, some of the volunteers told us that there was a short video inside that showcased a lot of the different places on the route.  So when we realized how late it was getting, we thought it would be a good idea to go see the movie instead of trying to get to all of the stops.

But the video was not about the history of these places.  Instead, it was a video showcasing the local paranormal group, Texpart.  They showed all of the equipment they used and then showed a video of things they picked up using the equipment.  It was like an interactive ghost hunters episode.  Not really what we thought it was going to be, but it wasn’t bad.  Next year, we will probably go again, so we can go to the locations we missed.  It’s very kid friendly, and if you go early, most of it is in the daylight.  It is about ghosts, though, so I would rate definitely PG-13.

Also, if you don’t know, or you aren’t subscribed, I posted about these experiences on my vlog channel on YouTube.  The latest one was about the Ghost Walk and the board games (as well as a little mishap Sunday night).

On another note, for Halloween, Jerzee wore a Wonder Woman dog shirt.  We decided she dressed as a comic book fangirl.  Either way, she’s totally cute.

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Do you have any traditions for Halloween?

Are there any board games you like to play?

Happy Birthday, Loco!

Today is this one’s birthday.

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Loco is a champion.  When we adopted him, he had heartworms, and we couldn’t afford the surgery, so we had to put him on Heartguard and hope for the best.  This is a very risky way to treat heartworms, but he managed to beat heartworms last July!

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Also, he is a boxer.  Well, a boxer mix, but that breed has a life expectancy of at most 12.  He turned 13 today!  He beat another set of odds in his life!  We celebrate every day that we get to spend with this pup, but this day is super special.  I can’t wait to spend some time with him after work!

How do you celebrate doggie birthdays?

Have you ever had a dog that beat the odds in something?