On November 14. 2017 Ami wiggled into my life and I had no idea how much she would change everything around. Of course, the journey started long before she actually got here. There was a lot of research. I had to find the right race for me. For somebody with chronic depression a husky sure isn’t the right choice. For me it needed to be a low energy level dog (in other words, a couch potato) to make sure I can meet her walkies need regardless how I feel. Bulldogs are the perfect match for that. Actually, nowadays it is the way that I want to go out and walk and she tells me to bugger off. After I had decided on the race, I needed to get the theory part of the dog owners license (it’s mandatory by law here in Lower Saxony) done. So there was a lot of studying involved. These tests are taken by licensed dog trainers and I can remember I was sitting in his kitchen, his really big cat on my lap, taking that test. It was like 88 questions but I passed with flying colors. Ya the cat helped me, but don’t tell anybody.
Without car and drivers license (I never made one) my options where kinda limited on where to look for a puppy. Somebody told me to look on Ebay want ad. That way you can search regional. There was a small list of OEB’s and as soon as I saw her picture I knew she is mine. Then everything went very fast, some emails, some phone calls and the “breeder” even offered to bring her to me. Perfect!
It was a Wednesday evening when she arrived. Instead of having her in a transport crate, that dimwit had tied her with the leash in the trunk. Poor girl. He handed me her papers, the contract and, surprise surprise, 6 Panacur (that’s a medication for giardien – sorry, couldn’t find a translation – it’s a parasite in the bowels, often in cats and dogs, especially when too many animals are held in too small and unclean spaces). Would have been nice if he would have mentioned that during our conversation on the phone. Well, to make a long story short, I ended up spending around 1 k on vet costs to get rid of that massive infection. I’m glad she got outta there in time.
She is the best thing that ever happen to me. It is amazing how much joy, fun and love a dog can add to your life. Yes, it’s constant learning too, for both, but it’s the fun kind of learning (nothing annoying like math). I went from not leaving the house at all to several walkies every day. Even on bad days we walk, which makes me feel better right away. And there isn’t a day where she doesn’t make me laugh and giggle.
Have a pawesome day, no matter where on our planet you are. Stay safe and healthy. ❤
Yesterday we had our vet app for the x rays. Ami was super exited. We needed 4 (four) people to hold her still while vet was hooking her up with the port for anesthesia. Not because she was scared or something of that sort. No, she tried to kiss the vet the entire time. I have no idea why she loves him so much. Ones she was snoring peacefully they did the x rays. Shoulder, elbow and paws. Everything looks just fine. We still don’t know why she is foundering now and then but now at least I know that it is nothing serious. So we agreed (for ones) that I just keep going with her weight loss, the herbal tea and the MSM. Anesthesia, 3 x rays, the vets undivided attention for half an hour and one “wake up” shot – 153 €, peace of mind – priceless!
You have a pawesome day and stay healthy and safe. ❤
Huston we’ve got a problem! With our vet. Well, I got the problem, Ami loves him to pieces for some strange reason. First of all, that Vet is the only Vet I can reach without help, else I would never even consider him. It’s not like he is not friendly or so. No, that’s not it. And Ami is totally nuts about him, which I fail to understand. That guy is just totally incompetent and lazy beyond your wildest imagination.
Some weeks ago Ami started to have trouble with her right front leg. She started to founder. So I made a vet app right away to have it checked out. He just looked at her leg and handed me some pain killers and told me that it “might be just an inflammation”. Back at home I started with my own research. I know, it’s quite common in dogs to have problems with joints and sinews. First I got some dietary supplement for her that’s made for that matter but on closer inspection I figured that it wouldn’t help much, if at all. Way to much useless filling agent and way to little active ingredient.
A friend of mine recommended a herbalist she gets stuff for her horse from. She got a herbal mix made just for that problem. That and 2.5 g MSM every day made her feel much better. I even noticed a change in the way she moves. Overall very positive change but now and then she still founders. So back to the vet. He looks at her leg, listened to my treatments (and it seemed he agreed with it) and then he grabs in his shelf and wants to hand me pain killers again. What the hell is wrong with you dude. Stop guessing and stop selling me useless pills that don’t do good. Diagnostic would be nice. I told him I want an x ray to figure it out and he was like “mumblemumble but I haven’t located it yet”. That was the point where I almost snapped. It’s her leg you dimwit and that’s why we gonna do an x ray now. To locate the exact spot in her leg that makes her founder. That’s called diagnostic. You should know that.
You know, the point is, he makes more money with guessing and handing out useless pills than to do a proper diagnosis followed by the right treatment. So tomorrow at 11.15 am we got our x ray app. Please cross finger for her that it is nothing serious. Have a pawesome and be be safe out there. ❤
New socks project . . . actually, no, it’s kinda an ancient project. I started these in spring this year, got sidetracked, like always, and kinda forgot about them. Well, end of the year, time to finish up all lose projects. I love knitting socks. It’s fun, relaxing and kinda cozy. The material for a pair of really good socks costs less than a pack of cigarettes. As soon as you got some practice you can finish a pair really fast. Socks are really useful and everybody needs them (maybe except those who live in the south). You can make them for yourself (and believe me, if you had handmade socks ones, you never ever want store bought again), gift them to friends and family, sell them or give them for charity. You can binge your favorite shows or listen to an audio book while knitting. It’s basically like a bonsai vacation you can have every day. Have a pawesome day and be safe out there. ❤