Playtime

Cindy still has her “old lady” cranky moments and snaps at Lucy from time to time. Sometimes it’s for no reason, sometimes it’s for a legit reason. However, in the theme of progress, things have continued to improve.

I really think it started when Cindy ended her antibiotics late last week. She immediately seemed to have to more energy; maybe it’s coincidence, but she’s been more lively. She even got up from her bed this morning the minute I walked downstairs! Normally she sits there and watches me from her bed while I take Lucy out and then slowly lugs herself out of bed to go outside.

The other night she and Lucy were even playing/wrestling with each other! And it didn’t involve a typical Cindy snap-at-Lucy incident, either! Now, Cindy sounded like she was having an asthma attack two minutes into playing, but I think she was truly having fun!

Plus, their snuggle sessions on the couch have been a tad more frequent.

Snuggle buddies. For now.

Snuggle buddies. For now.

Unfortunately Cindy goes on more aggressive heartworm treatment in exactly one month. Those treatments are very intense and from my non-professional research, dogs need to be kept very calm during the treatments so as not to put added pressure on their hearts and lungs which are already being taxed during the treatment.

So, I think Cindy and Lucy have another month of learning to play with each other and be couch buddies before Cindy has to go into “isolation.” The treatments need to get done so there’s not really any sense in me being sad about it, but I feel badly that Cindy has to go through all this crap and I feel badly that she may have her freedom and playtime taken from her. Although it’s a temporary situation, she won’t understand that. However, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Two more months of meds, a month of injections and a month of “bed rest,” and I’m crossing all fingers and toes we can then declare Cindy Lyme and heartworm free!

Random Thoughts and Pictures

It’s Monday and my brain is already fried, so here are some random Monday Thoughts.

1. This picture of Lucy makes me laugh every time!

"I'm ready for my closeup!"

“I’m ready for my closeup!”

2. Cindy has bi-polar lately. She’s been more snippy/growly at Lucy the past few days and then she goes and does something like this? She face-planted (literally) from the couch onto the floor, snuggled up next to Lucy and didn’t move for the next hour.

Nap time

Nap time

3. Cindy loves to sleep more than anyone I know. Except maybe me.

Totally zonked out

Totally zonked out

4. Sometimes I still think Lucy looks like a wee little puppy despite the fact that she turns one on March 10.

Caught between puppy and adult

Caught between puppy and adult

5. Sometimes when I’m outside with Cindy, she’ll fall over like a tree – like literally just go from standing to on her side in one movement; then she starts wriggling around on her back. I like to pretend that’s her way of expressing how happy she is to be out of the puppy mill. Just pure, unbridled joy at being able to fall over like a tree whenever she wants and roll around in the grass.

Making Progress

Just a quick check-in to report that the doggies are making progress. Not only is today Cindy’s last day of her 30-day antibiotic treatment for Lyme/heartworm(30 days down, 60 to go!), twice this morning we caught the girls snuggling on the couch!

The first happened when I caught Cindy resting her head on Lucy’s back while they waited patiently for Marty to come back into the living room. Granted they knew he was coming back with food (although human food, not doggie food) so they were being extra nice, but it was so sweet to see Cindy willingly cuddle up with Lucy. They looked so cute just sitting there staring at the kitchen door together while clearly thinking the same thing – FOOD!

Then, just as I got out of the shower, Marty sent me a picture of the two of them sleeping while TOUCHING on the couch! I sneaked downstairs and grabbed this picture:

Actual physical contact while laying down for naps!

Actual physical contact while laying down for naps!

Admittedly this happened after I stopped Cindy mid-snarl/growl/snap directed at Lucy, but I still think we’re making progress toward a happy home!

Deep Thoughts

No, really, a few deep thoughts that have been rattling around my brain lately.

First, life with two dogs.

My two doggies

My two doggies

I never thought we’d have two dogs in such a short span of time. We got Lucy in May of 2012 and eight months later we had two bulldogs! How are we handling life with two dogs? I think perfectly fine so far although it is undoubtedly twice the work, especially since the dogs are so different – Lucy is hyper. Cindy is…not. It’s a little stresful at times, especially if I’m running late for work or have to leave work for a few hours to take one of them to the vet.

But, it’s definitely worth it because A: I love Lucy and that hasn’t changed and B: Cindy is in a much better place than where she came from.

This is also my first-ever foster. Once we get Cindy healthy she’ll be put up for adoption and I really hope she gets lots of applications because she is a truly wonderful dog.

Absolute cuteness

Absolute cuteness

However, I can’t help but think – how hard will it be to give her away? How will I handle it? How will Cindy handle it?? For the first time in her life she feels secure, comfortable and loved and obviously whatever family adopts her will give her more of the same, but I hope she doesn’t feel abandoned.

I can’t dictate where she goes but it would be wonderful if she stayed within driving distance so I could see her from time to time. Although even email updates would be better than nothing!

So, it’s definitely been an out-of-the-ordinary few months around here and I know in the long run it’s a relatively small part of our lives as well as Lucy’s. And more than anything I’m so relieved that Cindy got out of that darn puppy mill. She may not be with us forever and maybe she’ll wind up somewhere she loves even better than here, but I’m so happy that she’s with us for however long she needs to stay here.

And the elephant in the room – will we continue to foster? I honestly don’t know. Probably. Will it be any time soon? Maybe, maybe not. I have loved having Cindy with us and there’s no better feeling than helping a doggy get better (physically and emotionally) after life in a puppy mill but we have limited space and I did kind of force this on Marty. Now, he loves her and has been great with Cindy and Lucy but having one dog also has its advantages.

This is a lengthy post to essentially say one thing: I love having Cindy, I love having Lucy and fostering has been a tremendous experience with many ups and downs!

Friends or foes??

Friends or foes??

They Say It’s Your Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Cindy! According to her papers from the puppy mill, today is Cindy’s seventh birthday! Take those papers for what they’re worth, but Feb. 20 sounds like a great birthday date to me!

I ordered a bunch of doggie brownies from a pet bakery and this morning Cindy and Lucy split a pre-breakfast brownie.

Totally not aware there is a yummy brownie directly in front of her

Totally not aware there is a yummy brownie directly in front of her

Hey look, a brownie!

Hey look, a brownie!

A close-up of the birthday brownie. Both dogs LOVED it

A close-up of the birthday brownie. Both dogs LOVED it

As my mom used to tell my brother and me on our birthday, I’m very glad you came to live with us, Cindy! I hope this is your best birthday yet and that you have many more to come!

P.S. – I am totally aware that celebrating my dogs’ birthdays and giving them birthday brownies complete with a candle makes me a crazy dog lady. I’m ok with that.

The Correct (and Incorrect) Way to Nap

This morning Cindy twice demonstrated how to nap incorrectly.

Incorrect method #1:

Lucy is squishy but a pillow she is not

Lucy is squishy but a pillow she is not.

Incorrect method #2:

I think the purpose of a bed is to lie ON it.

I think the purpose of a bed is to lie ON it.

Lucy demonstrated very well the proper napping method:

Cindy, you're supposed to curl up into a little nugget and drool on the couch for two hours!

Cindy, you’re supposed to curl up into a little nugget and drool on the couch for two hours!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Lucy and Cindy! The girls have already gotten their special Valentine’s Day toys. Lucy de-squeaked and de-stuffed hers in five minutes flat but it was a fun five minutes!

Lucy's Valentine's Day...caterpillar? Whatever, she liked it

Lucy’s Valentine’s Day…caterpillar? Whatever, she liked it

Mine!

Mine!

Cindy, meanwhile, played with a toy for the very first time!

Not so sure about this toy thing

Not so sure about this toy thing

Being gentle

Being gentle

Crazy eyes!

Crazy eyes!

Not a Dry Eye in the House

Actually, that’s a complete lie. Cindy’s eye gunk was a direct result of having her tear ducts blocked. They’re likely blocked because of damage done before we got her which was never treated and resulted in scarring that is blocking her tear ducts. So, it looks like Cindy will be on eye drops for a very long time if not forever. The swelling and scarring in her eye and tear ducts can be eased but not erased, so it’s something that even if she doesn’t have eye drops forever will need to be closely monitored.

And today I feel like a failing mother. According to the scale Cindy lost 0.6 pounds in three weeks and weighs 54.9 pounds?! Her harness is practically falling off her so I refuse to believe that scale is correct. But, when they weighed her a second time she was 55.5 pounds so maybe I should take that 0.6 and run with it?

On the positive side, all the chest x-rays were fine, they cleaned out her eye ball gunk and gave me two different medications for her eye. All that tired the poor girl out.

She decided the middle of the waiting room floor was a good place to flop down.

She decided the middle of the waiting room floor was a good place to flop down.

We go back for a re-check of her eye in six weeks to see if the medication seems to be working. Between now and then we’ll be doing laps around the apartment building to burn off that winter weight and get her beach-ready 🙂

Over the Bridge and Through the Woods, Back to the Vet We Go

That’s right, Cindy and I are headed back to the vet tomorrow! No offense to Dr. McCaffery and Companion Animal Hospital, but it had been a nice three weeks away from their office. However, Cindy is just a week or so away from moving on to her next round of treatment for heartworm and before that can start, they need to make sure her chest area is clear so she’s going in for a round of chest x-rays tomorrow.

Unfortunately, today at lunch I came home to a goopy-eyed Cindy. That’s right, her entire left eyeball itself was covered in greenish-yellowish…stuff. Really nasty. She’s already on eye-drops for the scarring she had before she came to us so obviously this is a separate issue. But, as luck would have it, we’re already going to the vet for x-rays so they’re going to tack on an eye exam, too. Lucky us!

Goopy-eyed Cindy

Poor Cindy

I’m trying my very best to be a more optimistic person in all aspects of my life, so I’m going to look at this trip as a chance to see how much weight Cindy has lost. Three weeks ago she was 55.5 pounds (down from 57). Maybe we’ll see a 5-0 on the scale tomorrow??

Hopefully back with good news tomorrow after our appointment!

11 Things About Lucy

Happy 11 Months, Lucy!

In honor of her 11-month birthday this Sunday, here are 11 things about Lucy:

1. She still won’t eat with her collar on.

The great Bowl Incident of the Fall of 2012

The great Bowl Incident of the Fall of 2012

2. She LOVES sticks and has stockpiled quite a few outside our front door.

No stick is too big for Lucy!

No stick is too big for Lucy!

3. She likes Marty better than me, even though I was the one who picked her out, brought her home, takes care of her, picks up her poop, takes her for walks, cuts up her treats…

Getting snuggles from "Daddy"

Getting snuggles from Marty, as usual

4. She still hates walks, unless they’re on her terms. Which means 8 p.m. at night when it’s 10 degrees and pitch black out.

5. As my dad would say, her taste is in her ass. Pills and medicine? Yummy! Poop? Yummy! A wicker basket? Yummy! TV stand? YUM! Foul-tasting, anti-bite spray? Dessert!

6. She loves carrying her bed around on her back.

"Just doing laps in the kitchen with a bed on my back. No big deal."

“Just doing laps in the kitchen with a bed on my back. No big deal.”

7. Car rides remain one of her favorite things ever. If we ask her if she wants to go on a car ride, she sprints to the door, down to the car and puts her little front paws right on the door of the car (she can’t jump in on her own…darn midget legs!). Often times she forgets to pee so much to her dismay, we delay her car ride a few minutes until she takes care of business.

Facing the wrong way, but whatever.

Facing the wrong way, but whatever.

8. She’s allergic to bees.

Swollen puppy

Swollen puppy

9. She is frightened of many things, including big boxes. Especially if someone is carrying said box. She once ran away from me when I picked up a large box that had been delivered to the wrong apartment. I walked back to my apartment with the box in my hands and no dog. Lucy just cowered next to the porch during my walk back.

10. She loves ice cubes and always has.

Little Lucy with her very first ice cube

Little Lucy with her very first ice cube

11A. She waits by the foot of stairs every morning once she hears Marty’s feet hit the floor and rarely moves until he comes downstairs, no matter how long it takes him.

11B. She’s the best dog in the world!

11 months!

11 months!