I am wearing black and avoiding all media like the plague today. Even though there is nothing I can do to stop events, that doesn't mean I can't pretend they are not happening. At least for a day. I have made a vow to myself to spend the next four years doing all I can to make a difference in my little piece of the world. It's all I can do.
(sound of favorite black boots stepping down from soapbox)
I spent yesterday morning at the vet's. It seems to be the place I spend most of my time lately - besides the office. The Pepperoni has been sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and hacking since Monday. Since I am uber-sensitive to my dogs at the moment, I didn't want to wait until Saturday to have him seen. As I sent an email to the powers-that-be in the office, I could almost see the eye-rolling and hear the tut-tut-ing. Tough nuggets.
The only good part of the visit was that I got to see my next-favorite vet, Dr. Shelley. She is the vet that volunteers at our town's rabies clinics and I get to work with her twice a year. The good news was that there is nothing wrong with his heart. The bad news is that he has a bad upper respiratory infection so we were sent home with giant antibiotic pills (really?) and instructions to give him a half-teaspoon of Robitussin twice a day. Sigh. You might as well tell me that I would have to load up a dart gun and shoot a charging rhino. He (The Pepperoni) may only be 13 pounds but he is 13 pounds of Drama Queen. The pills were easy enough to manage (so far). I cut them in half and buried the halves in cheese. The Hoover comes on and down they go. Especially if Lovey gets her piece first. Then there is the liquid dosage. Seriously, I put it in a little hypo case that I had in my animal medicine kit and, when I went to squirt it down his tiny gullet, he screamed, tried to gum me and flipped over. More screaming. Most of it got on him, me and the rug. Some of it got down his gullet. It's crazy. And I have to do this twice a day. If I could find some way of hiding it in cheese, I would. He did seem a little better this morning, although that meant twice the drama.
I can hardly wait for tonight...