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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nola & Roxie + 5 Weeks Home!

Nola and Roxie are getting along beautifully! Roxie adores Nola, and Nola gives her some serious tolerance. ;) 
It's been 5 weeks since Roxie found her forever home here. I can't believe she's the same dog!

I love the gorgeous coat on this girl! 

Am I completely crazy for seeing a bit of sighthound here?

Despite the 26lb size difference between these two, Nola is the boss. 

Roxie's bite inhibition is pretty much nonexistent, so Miss Nola steps in when Foxy Roxie tries too roughly to instigate play.

Monday, November 23, 2015

I Am Thankful....

I'm thankful for many, many things. Too many to list, and I'm lucky for that! In honor of Thanksgiving week (for my fellow U.S. residents), I wanted to share a few of the things I'm most thankful for.

I Am Thankful....

For My Family (2 legged!)

I have an amazing immediate family, and an awesome aunt/best friend. Amazing. 
I'm the oldest of 7 (yes, 7!), and I love them all more than words can describe. Even though they get on my last nerve sometimes (remember all the siblings?), I wouldn't change them for the world.

For My Mom

I have the best mom. She makes me laugh, she makes me food ;), and she makes me think. 

For My Dad

He's technically my stepdad, but only technically. He's my father in every way but biologically, and I'm very lucky to have him.

My Baby-Baby Sister

There are 16 years between me and my youngest sister. She's more my baby than my sister, and she's my world. 

For My Family (4 legged!)

I'm so grateful for my eclectic mix of dogs. They brighten my life every day.

First time Pike allowed himself to be photographed with Roxie, haha.

For Nola

My baby. My heartdog. My inspiration. My constant companion. I couldn't ask for a more amazing, perfect dog. 

For Pike

Asshole he may be, but I love that weird little shit.

For Olivia

The mustache! My sweet, lazy Livvy Lou, who just celebrated her first Gotcha Day over the weekend. :)

For Roxanne

My little Pittie princess. My gentle, loving girl. I'm thankful for a lot with her. 
I'm thankful we were driving that day.
I'm thankful we turned around.
I'm thankful she didn't run away.
I'm thankful she survived.
I'm thankful that, despite what she went through and her issues, she's still able to trust.
I'm thankful she's recovering.
I'm thankful for her changing my views of Pit Bulls and Pit mixes. 

For Great Vets

I am so grateful for our vet team for their dedication to Roxie's recovery.

For Health

Mine, my family's, and my dogs'!

For Late Night Walks

For Exercise in General

For Food

For A Job

For Travel

For The Beach

For Books

From the "you have to read this NOW" to the "I know. Please don't judge me", I am thankful for books. For their escape, for their humor, for their angst, for their romance, for the swoons and the sighs and the laughs and the tears. I'm thankful for the thousands (literally!) weighing down my shelves, and for the ones yet to be discovered!

For Music

For Staying Up and Sleeping Late

For Dreams, Plans, and Adventure

Dreaming of Italy (or France, or Scotland, or Ireland!)  next year!

For Photography

For All Of You!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 400 

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Friday, November 20, 2015 Review: Wellness WellBites Treats + Roxie's Vet Report

Hey, guys!

The fabulous sent us a bag of Wellness Wellbites Lamb and Salmon Treats. These treats are some of Nola's favorite, and I was thrilled to see them on the review list! If you've somehow never heard of, it's the best place to buy pet products online! Their selection is huge, their shipping lightning fast, and they have the best customer service I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with.

Wellness WellBites are soft, chewy dog treats that come in five flavors: Turkey and DuckLamb and SalmonChicken and VenisonBeef and Turkey, and Chicken and Lamb. We were sent Lamb and Salmon, and here's the ingredients:

Lamb, Salmon, Ground Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Vegetable Glycerin, Guar Gum, Cane Molasses, Carrots, Salt, Natural Smoke Flavor, Garlic, Blueberries, Flaxseed, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Phosphoric Acid (a natural acidifier), Sorbic Acid (a preservative), and Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative) 

These treats are square, and about 1" in size. They're quite easy to tear into smaller pieces for training, too! They have a mild smell that's almost pleasant, and despite the salmon in this variety, there is no fish smell. The scent easily washes off skin and clothing, which is a huge bonus. There's nothing quite like giving a treat in the morning, and still smelling it on your hands in the evening, no matter how many times you wash your hands!
They come in a resealable 8oz bag, and there's a good bit in the bag. They're very reasonably priced at around $8 a bag.

The dogs went crazy for these! They're one of Nola's highest value rewards, and she'll do anything for them. They're a favorite around here, and I highly recommend!

- Dachsund Mommy

PS: Roxie had bloodwork and a fecal done at the vet's yesterday. We saw a tech I don't like, and a vet that hasn't seen her before. I was not impressed with the woman. She was a complete hag, and not to mention a bit stupid. She couldn't even bother to read Roxie's chart to know her basic info, like her prior condition and her Ivermectin dosages. I will only be brining my dogs in to see the two vets I trust in the practice from here on. That woman...ugh. Bitch.
Fecal normal, slightly elevated white blood cell count. Suspected Ivermectin sensitivity, at this dosage at least. Symptoms started the day after increasing the dosage, and have decreased over Wednesday and yesterday, as I stopped giving it. We're dropping it from 1.3ml to .8ml to see if that clears it up. If not, we'll be exploring other options to treat the mange, most likely a new method of using Bravecto flea pills to clear the mange mites.
She's still hydrated, and hasn't lost any weight, thank god. She's gained 1/2 a pound since last visit.
No explanation for the limping, other than a vague mention of a possible old injury being aggravated. Like I said, I wasn't impressed with the vet.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Roxie Update & Unscheduled Vet Visit

Hey, guys!

Roxanne has been here four and a half weeks now! We're having another (thankfully much, much smaller) medical problem, so that's really all this post is about.

This entire process have been beyond exhausting and stressful, not to mention frustrating. It feels like something is always going wrong, or I'm constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. She was sick, then much sicker, then she got better and better, and now we're having problems again. I just want smooth sailing! Good god, I think we've both earned it.

Roxie's been acting off since Tuesday. She's been having diarrhea, slight decrease in appetite, is a bit cranky and just overall really listless.  She's limping on her left front leg, the same one that had the swelling/limping/stiffness issues during her first week here.

She had some of The Honest Kitchen food for breakfast on Tuesday, and I'd initially written the diarrhea off as a new food. However, it hasn't lessened, despite her only getting her regular kibble again. She's drinking fine and staying hydrated, and it's not like "oh my god, she is pooping everywhere all the time". There's no increase in her pooping, just the consistency of it. (Gotta love the dog world for poop talk, right?)
She's still eating her normal amount and eating treats, just not with her usual gluttony.

She's backslid some on her crate guarding since she started having the problems. The lunging has not resurfaced, thank god, but the growling is back.

She's normally happy to follow me around the house and be where I am, trot around the yard, or lay by Nola in the evenings while I blog. Right now she only wants to be in her crate, and is sleeping more than normal.

She's on medicated baths every 48hrs, and is on Ivermectin, both for treating the mange. I didn't give her the bath or the Ivermectin yesterday in light of the problems cropping up. Perhaps it's some kind of sensitivity to it? It'd be odd if so, since she's been on it for nearly two weeks now. She did appear a bit more perky last night though, when she hadn't been dosed.

On the positive side: She's still eating and drinking, still sweet, eyes still bright, is still happy, and is growing in a lot of hair. I hope this is just a minor setback.

We have a 9am appointment with the vet today, so we'll see what's going on. Tried to get her in yesterday, but they didn't have any openings, and I don't trust another practice to work her case as well as our vets do. Send us some positive thoughts!

- Dachshund Mommy