Behind yet again, Thankful for… Days 15, 16, 17

Whew! It’s been kind of a crazy weekend, which is funny because being on maternity leave I don’t really do anything but play with Tatum and keep her fed and happy, and also carve out a few hours a day for working from home and chores. =)

Day 15…

Thankful for the time I had with my dog Aspen, who passed away a couple weeks ago at the age of 14. Her passing was (and still is) really hard on me, as I’ve had her since she was six weeks old and she’s been with me through a good portion of my life. I’m really thankful for the awesome memories I have with her and that she managed to touch so many lives and introduce me to so many awesome people during her short time here on earth. True story, if I didn’t have Aspen, I would never have met Wade and never would have the amazing family we have right now. I owe her so much, and I hope she’s at peace. RIP Aspen. ❤

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Day 16…

Thankful for really patient photographers who take the time to happily take family photos that include TWO six week old babies and a 3 year old toddler (Not to mention the 63 year old man who acts like a toddler….DAD!) *grin* I’m really looking forward to our Christmas cards this year, I think they’re going to be amazing, and I’m really excited to have a picture of our entire family together, as I know my mom is too. ❤ Thanks to Mary Cyrus Photography here in Dallas, TX!

Day 17…

Thankful for this contraption:

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It’s called a MamaRoo swing, and while they normally sell for $300 in stores, I scored one on a local Facebook garage sale group for $50 in like new condition. This thing is saving my life a couple hours at a time and it’s absolutely amazing. THANK YOU MAMAROO!! ❤

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Thankful for… Day 14

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We had a little bit of a scare yesterday that Derby was sick. He’d gone in 2 weeks ago for a urinary tract infection and seemed to be doing well. Yesterday was his recheck, and after doing the urinalysis the vet tech said something was wrong with the dilution of his urine and the vet wanted to run bloodwork. Could be nothing, could be kidneys shitting down, cushings, thyroid, liver, anything, but she wanted to be sure.

Having just lost Aspen a few weeks back my mind immediately went to the worst case scenario and I was trying to keep myself from getting upset. He’s only 8 and a half but he’s had a lot of health problems and has been on medication most of his life.

Luckily we got the call this morning that his bloodwork is perfect. “I’m just not sure why his urine is so dilute”, the vet said.

“Dilute? So too much water?” I responded. “Yes”

Well hell, I can tell you why. He eats Honest Kitchen, which is a dehydrated food. I add a cup and a half of warm water to that every day. For a 20lb dog. And that’s on top of what he drinks from his water bowl.

“Oh” she said. “That’s very possible”

So today I’m very thankful that there’s nothing wrong with my Derby-Dog. I just couldn’t stand it if there was something serious this close to Aspen’s passing. Thank you thank you thank you. ❤

I think we’re in the clear….

I can’t even express how tickled pink I am that Aspen is doing so so well.  It’s a little harder for her in the mornings, but that’s the arthritis and it’s been that way for a while now.  She’s actually trotting to go outside and come back in, we took a little 1/4 mile walk the other day she seemed to enjoy, and she’s almost back to eating like her old self again.  Funny thing is, she’s only really keen on the Honest Kitchen foods, which is fine by me at the moment.  Whatever mama wants, mama is going to get at this point.  She’s taking her meds eagerly in the pill pockets, and this afternoon actually grabbed a toy to play with Derby just a little bit.

It’s really nice to see her so far along on the path to getting better, especially after being so close to losing her.  She’s actually sleeping by my chair as I type this right now, having INSISTED that she needed in our bedroom.  She actually considered jumping on our bed before I convinced her the floor was probably a better idea (there’s no way she’d make that jump).

Bought some of the Honest Kitchen Pro-Bloom (Goat’s Milk) and made a little batch for her, Derby and the cat (Checkers) to try – it was a pretty enthusiastic four paws up from Aspen and Derby, and maybe a two paws up from Checkers (maybe it’s because it wasn’t in a 24k gold dish delivered by her manservant, I don’t know).

Not only all that, but the weather is GORGEOUS here this weekend. Things are looking up all around!  Yay!

Final Aspen update for a while!

For those of you following the Aspen saga, she’s doing really really well!  She’s been eating 3-4 times a day, taking all her meds, and generally perking up more and more each day!  I started weaning her back ON her arthritis supplements last night in addition to all her other meds, and she’s doing really well with those so far too!

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone for your kind words of support and prayers.  It’s been a rough couple weeks for all of us, but we’re in the home stretch and feeling great about it!!!

Hope everyone has a WONDERFUL New Year!!!

If you haven’t heard enough about Aspen yet…

Here’s another update 😉

Aspen is doing REALLY WELL!  I’m trying to remain cautiously excited, but it’s really looking good for her right now!  I’ve gotten almost en entire can of food in her today and she’s kept it down.  She’s also kept down all her meds and homeopathics and a bunch of coconut water.  She’s still not doing very well with her limp, but she’s got really bad arthritis, and honestly that was troubling for her even before the bout with pancreatitis, so I’m not really concerned about the limping.  =)  It does seem much better in the afternoons about an hour or two after her dose of arnica, so I’m thinking that’s probably really helping her out!

I spent some time out in the backyard working on winterizing the garden (I know, I know, Winter is almost over) and she found herself a nice little sunny spot in the yard and lounged around for a bit watching what I was doing.  She really seemed to enjoy her time outside, and I was really happy to see her sunning herself.

I know, realistically in the grand scheme of things, she probably doesn’t have a whole heck of a lot of time left in this world, but I’m so happy to have been granted some more time with her and that she’s feeling good enough to enjoy it.  Thank you so much everyone for your prayers for her – it’s been a rough road, and though we’re not out of the woods yet, I can see the clearing through the trees!!!

An Encouraging Monday Update

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Some good news to report!!! Miss Aspen seems to be improving!!

She ate almost a full 13oz can of food today (2 spoonfuls at a time) and the last two meals she ate almost entirely directly out of the bowl! I’ve been “chasing” each meal with a spoonful or two of plain non-fat yogurt and so far everything has stayed down!

I did add some homeopathic remedies for pain and nausea to the mix today. I dissolved them in some coconut water and syringe fed them to her twice today and they really seemed to give her a boost in the right direction! I’d read that for dehydration, coconut water is better than regular water, so I’ve been giving her syringes full of that a few times today and plan on continuing that until she’s drinking on her own a little more regularly. I did see her take a few licks from the water bowl today, which is also totally awesome!

Keep those prayers coming – they’re working!!!! ❤

Call Me Crazy…

By now most of you know our old doggie, Aspen.  She’s 13 and a half years old, and the last few months she’s been having more and more problems with her arthritis.  Other than crippling arthritis in her back left leg, she’s been in REALLY good shape for an old lady!  When the arthritis started getting worse the last few months, back to the vet we went…

They put her on tramadol, rimadyl and gabapentin – I was hopeful that we would see a huge improvement on these medications, but instead we started to see a decline.  Her arthritis was just as bad, if not a tad worse, but now it seemed like she was entering the early stages of a doggie dementia…  She seemed confused a lot of the time she was awake, she’d go outside to do her business then stand there like she couldn’t remember why she came out there, I’d have to show her where her food bowl was (which is a HUGE deal, as this dog has always LIVED for food), and sometimes she didn’t even seem to know who Wade and I were.  I wasn’t sure if it was the meds affecting her or just bad timing, but I started to get really concerned.  When she stopped eating all her food the last couple days, my concern turned to panic.  Wade and I always joked that we knew she was dying if she stopped eating, and all of a sudden, that joke was becoming a reality.

I decided at this point to try something different.  I got an appointment with Dr. Amanda Florsheim, who is a vet that specializes in alternative therapies – she was so kind and saw us last minute this morning before the holidays.

In the waiting room!

In the waiting room!

I’ve done acupuncture with my horse before, but never the dogs, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  She was so thorough in investigating what meds Aspen is on, the dosages, any supplements, and diet.  We decided to tweak the dosage of the medicines one at a time, so we can see for sure if it IS the medications causing the cognitive problems, or if it’s just another stage of her getting old that just happened to come about when we started giving her the meds.  We’re also tweaking her diet some, and she did have acupuncture done!

I have to say, I really loved Dr. Florsheim and Aspen really seemed to as well.  As we were leaving, I noticed Aspen bearing more weight on that back leg than I’d seen her do in a long long while, AND, as we were walking to the car instead of walking at a snail’s pace, she was actually trotting along.  TROTTING.  I couldn’t believe it!  Hoping this is a huge sign that we’ve taken the right path and perhaps the alternative therapies will give her some relief!  Couldn’t be happier!!!  ❤

Yay Aspen!!!

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