Odds and Ends

I’ve probably used this title for another post but it pretty much sums up what I’m about to write.

Isaac’s bloodwork results came in yesterday and everything was normal! Which is good – really good! – but also kind of mystifying. Seeing as we’re with Isaac every day, it’s hard to tell if his hair is getting better – as in, actually growing back. Well, our vet squashed any glimmer hope I had of improvement by saying his skin looked exactly the same as the pics she snapped at our first visit well over a month ago. Sigh.

With a face like this, who cares about missing fur?

With a face like this, who cares about missing fur?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m relieved his thyroid levels are back to normal. They weren’t that far off normal to begin with, though, and it’s obvious the medication had zero impact on his hair growth, so we can stop giving Isaac the thyroid medication.

The next step? After consulting with a doggie dermatologist, our vet suggested adding a melatonin supplement to his diet. Even though melatonin is used as a sleep aid for humans, when given to dogs it can help with alopecia (hair loss) in addition to acting as a sleep aid. Um, Isaac certainly doesn’t need help sleeping but we’ll give it a whirl and see how he responds both with his energy levels and his hair, or lack thereof.

In other news, Lucy and I attended our final Dog Days of the academic year. It’s obvious we both love going but this year Lucy’s reaction has been particularly memorable. I don’t know if it’s being able to escape from Isaac for a few hours or what, but Lucy just cannot control herself on Dog Days. The minute we get out of the car she goes racing towards the middle of campus where the event is held. She always has her Susquehanna jersey on and she does this awesomely cute little hop/run across the quad. She tugs on the leash the whole way there and run-hops as fast as her short, stubby, jersey-impeded legs will let her.
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It’s just fabulous to see her get so excited and we have a great time there. Until next year!
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Making friends.

Making friends.

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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!