My Plan Worked

This evening, Isaac had a quick vet appointment for follow-up bloodwork. Lest anyone forget, Isaac does not like other dogs. And what does a vet’s office have? That’s right, other dogs. Which means vet appointments are stressful, to put it mildly.

"They're not stressful for me! I love getting into it with other dogs!"

“They’re not stressful for me! I love getting into it with other dogs!”

So, I came up with the plan to take Isaac to the university track to try and tire him out. Normal walks don’t seem to drain his energy – at all – but I thought a car ride combined with new scenery and lots of people just might make him a wee bit tired so he wouldn’t act up at the vet.

Watching lacrosse practice.

Watching lacrosse practice.

Loving life.

Loving life.

After a lap around the track, we hopped back in the car to head to the vet…where Isaac didn’t start a fight with any of the three dogs in the waiting room. Miracles do happen.

And the miracles continued when I got to take a special trip to the back of the where they keep dogs recovering from surgery and there was a five-month-old English bulldog, Harley! She had to stay in her cage but you better believe I pet her through the grates. Unbelievably cute.

So, a far better evening than I had anticipated. Now we wait for Isaac’s test results to come back; hopefully they show his thyroid levels are in the normal range and we can move full steam ahead with finding him a forever home!

"Adopt me!"

“Adopt me!”

A Birthday Weekend

This weekend I traveled roughly 430 miles in 30 or so hours. It was totally worth it, though. On Saturday I traveled to Carlisle, Pa. for work then drove to New Jersey that evening to visit family for my grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration on Sunday. You only turn 90 once so of course I wanted to be there!

Just a little driving this weekend.

Just a little driving this weekend.

It also meant that I left Marty in charge of both Isaac and Lucy for the first time. Isaac isn’t exactly a difficult dog but he isn’t easy, either. First, he requires walks and Marty abhors walks, despite willingly putting himself through five-hour half-Ironman races.

Isaac is also acting up a bit more in regards to unwanted advances toward Lucy. He’s been more…humpy and determined lately and let me reiterate – he is STRONG. It is very difficult for me to pull him off of her and it’s equally difficult to nip the “attacks” in the bud because he is quick!

Fortunately everyone survived and I spent Sunday celebrating my grandmother’s birthday (and visited one of my best friend’s – and her baby bump! – for her birthday) and cuddling this sweet, adorable puppy.

Pete!

Pete!

Meet Pete, my aunt’s newest addition. She currently owns enough animals to rival Noah’s Ark (two horses, two cats and now two dogs). Pete is a mixed breed and it’s anyone’s guess as to what he is a mix of but he is undoubtedly one of the cutest puppies I’ve ever seen.

I definitely missed my doggies (and Marty) but it was a special weekend that I’m glad I didn’t miss out on.

The beautiful birthday girl.

The beautiful birthday girl.

 

Do What Makes You Happy

I’ve slowly learned the value of doing what makes you happy. For years I thought I was doing what made me happy but recently I’ve come to realize that’s not the case. Some of the things that were making me happy are now making me unhappy but as simplistic as it sounds to just stop doing them, life obviously isn’t that simple.

So while I work to change those areas that are causing a lot of unhappiness in my life, I’ve started actively seeking out other things that do actually make my life more fulfilled. Fostering is one of those activities. I started volunteering with S.N.O.R.T. with zero intention to foster but once we started, I realized how fulfilled it made me. So, in the theme of doing what makes me happy, we continue to foster.

Another activity I’ve taken up is CrossFit. Trendy? Maybe. Expensive? Yes. Rewarding? You bet.

And I continue with small activities like Dog Days (to which we went back today!) to remind me that there are plenty of things in my life to look to for happiness.

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She found the ice cubes.

She found the ice cubes.

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She makes me so happy.

She makes me so happy.

Dog Days – 2014 Version

Today marked the return of Dog Days! As a refresher, dog days are held on campus every Tuesday in September as a way to help ease potential homesickness students may feel, especially freshmen. All campus employees are invited to bring their dogs for students to pet; there’s food for humans, treats for dogs and tons of fun.

Last year Lucy went to a handful of Dog Days and I took both Lucy and Snowy one or two times, I think. Lucy was in heaven with all the attention, treats, etc. and I had a blast, too, mingling with other dogs and their owners.

Needless to say I was more than looking forward to our first Dog Day of the semester as I missed last week due to a work event.

Enjoy a massive amount of photos!

So, so happy.

So, so happy.

Obsessed with the treat cart. Of course.

Obsessed with the treat cart. Of course.

Finally met Wrigley!

Finally met Wrigley!

One of two adorable puppies at the event.

One of two adorable puppies at the event.

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The best part of the day - getting pet!

The best part of the day – getting pet!

Sundays

I live for Sundays. Given the nature of my work, I work six days a week from roughly the end of August through May. While it sounds like fun – I do cover collegiate sports for a living – it’s grueling and gets more grueling (at least mentally) each year. I’m lucky, though, that my current institution tries to stay away from home athletic events on Sundays and while I always have work to do, I can at least mostly work from home on Sundays. That means that Sundays are spent soaking up time with the dogs.

"Every day is Sunday to me."

“Every day is Sunday to me.”

Unfortunately for the blog, that means by the time Sunday rolls around, I can barely string coherent thoughts together so this post will be slightly scattered.

Isaac has been on thyroid meds for roughly two weeks now and like I previously mentioned, there doesn’t seem to be a noticeable difference but I’m not sure if there’s supposed to be! We go back to the vet at the end of the month so I’m anxious to see what his blood work shows this time around. His energy his still high, even with the heat wave that recently rolled through. Heat waves mean nothing to Isaac except a bit more time in front of his personal fan.

Seriously, look at that neck roll!

Seriously, look at that neck roll!

I am excited to say, though, that on Tuesday it’s the return of Dog Days at work! Because of Isaac’s intolerance of most other dogs, he will not be making an appearance but Lucy most definitely will be. I’m beyond excited because it’s so good for Lucy to go to events like this and I get to snap tons and tons of cute pictures – so check back Tuesday for a full report!

Ending with a photo of Isaac since Tuesday will be all Lucy!

Ending with a photo of Isaac since Tuesday will be all Lucy!

The Busy Season Begins

It’s been pretty silent on here because there honestly isn’t much to say. This past week marked the official start to the athletic year at my university which means I have no life (truly) for the next 10 months. Of course this coincided with the news about Isaac’s potential thyroid problem so stress has been high and free time has been limited.

"You won't forget about me, right?"

“You won’t forget about me, right?”

Despite having to do work (and homework) on Sundays, I rarely have to be at work so I soak up free time with the doggies. Today was cloudy and oppressively humid, i.e. not a great day for short-nosed dogs. However, despite having been listed for adoption for around 1-2 weeks now, Isaac has gotten zero adoption applications so I dragged Marty outside with Isaac and me for another photo shoot for S.N.O.R.T.’s social media outlets.

Using his tongue for maximum effort.

Using his tongue for maximum effort.

Running!

Running!

 

He likes Marty best.

He likes Marty best.

And how has Isaac been doing on his new meds? So far no visible or noticeable difference but he wasn’t exactly acting sickly before. I truly believed his hair was starting to grow back before he went on this medication so even if his hair continues to grow back, it’s going to be hard to determine if it’s the meds or just time that helped him. His energy is still really high and we’re still walking many, many times a day, so no changes there! We’ll go back to the vet at the end of September and see where we stand; here’s hoping for normal bloodwork this time!

A (Minor?) Setback

A few weeks ago we took Isaac to the vet for a re-draw of blood. The first blood work he’d had done showed a very, very slightly low thyroid level and the vet wanted to run a few additional thyroid tests.

I hadn’t heard anything and made the rookie mistake of assuming that meant everything fine; not so fast. The vet called late last week and I finally caught up with her today. Without getting too technical, Isaac still has low thyroid levels, meaning he may be suffering from hypothyroidism. What’s unusual is that hypothyroidism is usually accompanied by high antibody levels but that’s not the case with Isaac; his antibody levels are normal.

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So what does it mean, then? It means that either he is A: suffering from hypothyroidism just without the high antibody levels or B: suffering from something other than a thyroid issue. The only reason the vet is slightly leaning towards hypothyroidism is because that condition sometimes causes hair loss, something from which Isaac clearly suffers!

The plan now is to treat Isaac as if he is suffering from hypothyroidism. I will be picking up medication and Isaac will go on that medication for 4-5 weeks and then we’ll re-test. Obviously this means he is on a medical hold in regards to his adoption, which breaks my heart. While he acts like he’s two, he’s almost eight-and-a-half and I want him to find his forever home ASAP so he can have as much time with them as possible.
 
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Before I even heard this latest news from the vet, Isaac did not seem himself this morning. He peed on our dog bed which he’s NEVER done (to date he was the only dog we’ve had that hadn’t used our apartment as his or her bathroom at least once!) and doesn’t have his normal energy. It’s probably something totally unrelated to his and I’m just being paranoid, but if his lack of normal pep is related to the thyroid, I can’t wait to get him on meds and feeling better.

PS – It’s National Dog Day so give your dogs a hug today (and everyday!).

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Isaac was looking so particularly cute and handsome last night I was compelled to whip out my good camera and snap a picture. He almost always crashes around 8:30 every night and looks so peaceful and calm.

Utter sweetness.

Utter sweetness.

We still have obedience issues we’re working on and he’s far from perfect but it’s moments like this one that almost make me forget what a (handsome) menace he can be at times.