Monday, October 26, 2009

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

We got to the Vet's office a few minutes early, while I've been walking without crutches for a while now, I still wrap my ankle every day in an Ace bandage and sometimes it takes me longer than expected to walk to places. I gave myself plenty of time and so Chalupa and I waited in the front lobby of the Vet for several minutes. It's always an interesting mix of dogs and cats at this Vet and today was no exception. The Vet itself as far as I can tell owns two beautiful cats, Max has a beautiful black coat of hair and has no qualms about completely taking over any and all counter space. The other cat is completely hairless but has beautiful skin markings, and is a little shy but is sweet as can be. Today I met Oscar who was a Dachshund and nearly blind. One woman also had a springer spaniel puppy. And a couple came out with two cute curly haired dogs, with what I've come to find out are Dandie Dinmont Terriers, one who looked older was in a proper dog bag, and the other was in a Saks Fifth Avenue shopping bag. I didn't know Saks carried puppies!!!! Maybe the puppy came free with the bag, or vice versa.

0 days without incident

Sorry for yet another hiatus, I don't really have a good excuse. I've been really busy with work, but I could have and should have posted on the weekends. Also just the other day I had the idea to post how many days it's been since Chalupa has gone without incident, when on Friday she yet again had something go awry. This time it's her back left paw. Friday evening she kept incessantly licking her back left paw, I was on my way out to meet John and some friends, so I quickly soaked her paw in the same stuff they gave us for her front left paw. That night she had terrible diarrhea and also threw up in the middle of the night. I promptly called the Vet early Saturday morning, they recommended that she be put on chicken and rice. Well by Saturday night she seemed to be feeling better, but her diarrhea continued but she was no longer throwing up. Her paw was getting a little more swollen. To be honest, I felt like a bad mother, I was ashamed to have to report on this blog that yet again somehow I/we let Chalupa hurt yet another paw. Today the Vet told me with almost 100 percent certainty that her paw problems are a result of the food allergies. Which makes sense, because how could she keep cutting her self on each paw...AND..there never seemed to be a puncture wound. Chalupa is now on a strict diet of only venison and potato. She is once again on antibiotics, and she has to wear the cone so that she doesn't lick her paws. She is now peacefully snoring away in her little bat cave next to my desk. It's such a relief to know that I'm not a bad or careless parent. I really feel like we have a plan of attack now. And I have to say little Chalupa seemed to LOVE her new food. They say I can even bake the wet food into little cookies or biscuits for treats...which I fully intend to do. :) Keep your fingers crossed that the number of days without incident will finally go up.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chalupa recovering

Had to bring Chalupa to the vet yet again. This time it was her front left paw. Poor thing, I think she may have stepped on broken glass. She is fine though and they even did x-rays to make sure there was no glass in her paw.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Brunch at veselka

Sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather, waiting to place our order se spied this little guy. Too cute.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Cash only

So I went to the orthopedic doctor today, and had a pleasant enough conversation with doctor. He didn't actually examine my ankle, he noted that it didn't look very swollen. And he talked about the different grades of a sprain (1st degree, 2nd degree and 3rd degree) the same kind of information I found when I google "ankle sprain". But it was nice to get a professional's opinion, and as I suspected it's not a big deal. He said to start slowly putting weight on it and only try walking in the house at first, but that I can go to the gym. I can work out everything but the injured ankle. He said to wait and see, I should call back in 10 days and let him know how I feel. At one point early on in the conversation he asked if I wanted to get an MRI. Which is completely unnecessary. But like I said overall I felt ok about the visit, until I had to pay my copay at the receptionists office and found out they only accept cash as payment. No credit cards, no checks. ????? What? Thank god I had cash on me, because I usually don't. Really, what kind of a doctor only accepts cash? Only in New York I guess.

One comical thing is that when I was waiting in the waiting room, there was a woman who was practically yelling for the doctor, but not in an urgent way. In an annoying...loud way. "Oh, Doctor??? Daaahhhhhcccttterr?? Nurse? Doctor? Receptionist? Anyone???" It went on for a few minutes, I was almost going to ask what she needed. For a cash only business you'd think they'd be a little more attentive.