Saturday, August 4, 2018

It's time.

You all know that I love my pets. Our two dogs and our bird bring lots of love and happiness and fun to our home, and I wouldn't want to live without them. However....

They're driving me crazy this summer. If I don't go back to work soon I'm going to lose my damn mind.

First there's been keeping the dogs in the house this summer. It's too hot for them outside, so we've allowed them indoors since I'm here to keep an eye on things. With Ginger, that's no problem. She's good as gold and would never think of peeing in the house or chewing something up. George, on the other hand....well, he's been mostly good, except when he's not. We've caught him chewing up two paperback novels and the cover of a heating pad I'd left on the side of my bed. One night I fell asleep with both the dogs still in the house, and I woke up at 3am to find that George had peed and pooped in the hallway. I was not a happy camper cleaning that mess up in the middle of the night! Since then we've had to make sure they go outside at night to sleep. Ginger has gotten spoiled, though, and now she has to be forced out at night, which makes me feel terrible. And of course, Marco deserves time out of his cage and that has to be when the dogs are out of the house. It's been a constant struggle accommodating all three of them this summer.

The other night Ginger was having a terrible attack of seasonal allergies. Once or twice a year we have to take her to the vet for an allergy shot to make her feel better. On Thursday night we had made a vet's appointment for the next day, because she was miserable. Her eyes were red and swollen and she was rubbing the fur off her nose. Well, George did something to piss her off (we didn't see what) and she snarled and jumped on him and bit him on the side of his mouth. Poor George was bleeding and cowering in a corner, Ginger was sulking, and the whole house was in an uproar. George is always pestering Ginger to play, and sometimes when she's not feeling well she lashes out at him. I imagine that's what happened. I took her to the vet yesterday and got her a shot, and today she feels much better....

but now something is wrong with George's skin. We noticed the other day he had a couple of swollen red spots on his legs that looked like mosquito bites. All of a sudden there are several of them and they're turning into small sores. I freaked out this morning when I saw that and called the vet to see if they could see him. Well, they're only open a half day on Saturdays and they said they're booked solid this morning, and also that they have an emergency surgery. The receptionist said that unless something life threatening was going on, they couldn't see him until Monday morning. They advised me to give him Benadryl in the meantime. My friend Martina  who's a vet tech (and also happens to be out of town this weekend, of course) also advised me to pick up some antibiotic spray to put on the sores to get him through until Monday.

I swear, if it's not one thing, it's another.

I told Marla the other day that I can't wait to go back to work. These pets are driving me nuts!! It's definitely time.

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  1. What a soap opera you've got there. Good luck this weekend. Hope things get better for all of you.....

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    1. Me too! It's been rough around here! Thank you for the comment.

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  2. You sound like my daughter Lily who absolutely cannot wait for school to start so that the boys won't be tussling and fussing all day every day.
    Kids and dogs.

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    1. I think even kids are usually ready to go back once the summer is drawing to a close!

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  3. I hope George's skin heals up easily; it sounds like a crazy comedy of dogs acting up at your house. At least it makes returning to work sound good.

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    1. It's been crazy, and not just with the dogs. Having to repair and replace both our washing machine and dryer within a week was pretty stressful, too.

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  4. I also find that just about the time summer vacation is due to end, I'm ready to get back to work. I'm not there yet, but then, I think my vacation started a little later than yours. :) Hope George's legs get better!

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    1. Yes, I think you were about 2 weeks behind us! Enjoy your trip to Florida next week!

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  5. Sorry to hear about the dogs' health problems. I hope the vet can sort out George's bites on Monday.
    I have four more weeks of work until my holiday with O.K. - at least half of those 4 weeks will still be very sweaty, with no end of the heatwave in sight before that. Much of my work happens in offices without a/c - I am not fond of a/c, but when it is so hot you can hardly think, and it goes on for weeks on end, it becomes very exhausting.

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    1. There's no way around a/c around here. It's so hot and humid during the summer that it poses a health hazard.

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  6. The heat is getting to everyone pets also ! It is so awful.
    Sorry about Ginger and poor George hope it all clears up.
    I know your looking for a home but if you could look into a portable AC at Lowe's or home depot that might help with keeping them cool and out of your hair.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. We actually have one, and we used it in the garage last summer, but it was terribly expensive to run and wasn't very effective.

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  7. Wow, just reading this was exhausting! I certainly hope that you discovered George's accident by sight or smell and not by stepping in it. Been there, done that.
    Ginger has such a precious face.

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    1. Hahaha! It was 3am and I was half asleep, walking down the hall...so what do you think?

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    2. Oh nooooooos! Slippers? I'm having a barefoot meets doggie waste flashback!

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    3. No slippers. Just bare feet and 💩.

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  8. It’s like parent of school children only in reverse.

    This stuff works wonders for hot spots on pets. You can get it at pet store or feed & seed type stores.
    http://vetericyn.com

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    1. I don't think it's hot spots. We've seen that before. This is something new to me. Luckily George has a vet appointment at 8:45 in the morning.

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  9. When it rains it pours. Nice that you are looking forward to going back to work, though. This job you have gives you the best of both worlds!

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    1. It's true! I'm lucky to have this job.

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  10. Our animals are feeling the heat. They don't seem to know what to do with themselves. They find the coolest spots to try to get comfortable, then move on somewhere else. Not much we can do about it; just wait for cooler weather.

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    1. Unfortunately it will be at least another month before we get any relief from the heat at all!

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  11. That's the pits. But one good thing is that at least being off work you have the time to take care of all this!

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    1. It hasn't exactly been my dream for this summer, but you're right. At least I was here to take care of it all.

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  12. And where was Marco in all this? Just sitting quietly and looking on like a good little bird?
    Alphie

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    1. I thought better of that comment and decided to self-censor. It was just too mischievous.

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