Oslo doesn’t even have the decency to sit up when he’s begging. The entitlement!

We are almost half way through November and that can only mean one thing… CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Christmas. Like, really really really love Christmas. I’d start decorating the day after Halloween, but out of respect for Veterans I make myself wait until after Remembrance Day.  Here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in early October, so for me– Remembrance Day (Nov 11th) is the last holiday before my Christmas gloves come off (so to speak.. I don’t own any actual ‘christmas gloves’ and if I did, I would certainly NOT be taking them off ever ever ever) and I allow myself to go buck wild.

Every year, Oslo and Jersey get a stocking filled with their favourite treats and a few new small toys. They both completely understand what stockings are, and the minute the stockings get unpacked from storage the boys go nuts in anticipation for Christmas morning.

Last year, just before Christmas, we signed up for ‘BarkBox’ and their received their first box just before xmas. We saved it and opened it up on Christmas Morning– so it was truly like Santa had delivered it!! It was so much fun. We ALL got to be surprised about what was inside and will definitely be doing the same this year!

If you don’t have BarkBox already, I hiiiiighly encourage you to sign up. For $20-$25 a month, BarkBox will mail your pup a box of goodies every month. Each month is different and exciting, and usually contains 2 toys and 2-3 different treats. We’ve been blown away by the quality of ingenuity of the items included. Getting our box has really become a highlight of the month for The Pigs and I, and we are looking eagerly forward to continuing our subscription in the months to come.

If you’d like to sign up, consider doing so by following THIS LINK. Not only will you get 10% off your first subscription of 6 months or more, *and* Oslo & Jersey will get a free month added to their account. Everyone wins!!

Sign up now (<—– using that link!) and get your first box in time for Christmas. BarkBox Rocks!

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to stop by today to share the story of Genet the Pug. Genet is the fur-baby of a lovely friend of mine in Vancouver, BC. Genet has had a very rough go of things these last few months and is quite ill. Her story is quite long and complicated, so you’re best to read about it here for yourself.

After reading, please consider donating or just writing her owners a few words of support. Even small donations of a few dollars can add up to go a long way! Genet’s Mommies need all the help that they can get both financially and emotionally. This has been such a hard time for them, and of course for sweet Genet too. My heart breaks as I imagine all the stress that they must be under as they struggle to pay these bills and do what is best for their wee girl.

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Please also consider having your pet insured. Genet’s bills are approaching the $20,000 mark (yes, that’s twenty THOUSAND). As you can imagine, this has been a crushing, unimaginable blow to my darling friend & her wife. It serves as a tragic reminder that there are no guarantees in life and we will never know what is around the corner. If you aren’t able to keep a very beefy ‘rainy day’ savings account for such expenses, please please please do the next best thing and get your pet insured while they are still healthy and eligible for coverage. It could literally be the difference between life or death for your pet, or bankruptcy &/or financial stability for you if anything like this should ever happen.

It’s been 3 days since Jersey’s surgery, and I am happy to report that he is feeling great! The first evening that he was home he was pretty out of it, but by the next morning he was pretty much his usual self. He’s on pain meds for the time being (I think tomorrow is his last dosage) and antibiotics to keep him on the straight & narrow… but other than that, you’d never guess that he had surgery just a few days ago.

It’s such an ENOURMOUS relief to have his surgery done with, and I am so so so pleased with how well he has recovered. I could have never guessed that it would all go so smoothly.

I’m happy to report that this sweetheart came through his surgery with flying colours and is recovering peacefully at home. His vet said that the anesthesia was no problem at all. I am so relieved, I could dance in the streets!!

Jersey goes in for surgery tomorrow to have his cracked molar pulled (finally!). I am completely sick with worry, but also super anxious to put this whole things behind us and get it over with.

As many of you know, Jersey has a heart murmur so anesthesia with him is not as straight forward as it is for a normal, healthy dog. Earlier this year, however, I took him to see a Cardiac-Specialist to have a full cardiac-exam done. The exam took a closer look at his heart & gave us a better idea of what exactly we are dealing with. I was very pleased to find out that his heart, while he does have a murmur, actually compensates for his defect quite well.. and to make a long story short, the Specialist said Jersey should be able to under-go anesthesia just fine. Not only that, but his prognosis for a happy, healthy, pretty-normal life is (so far) quite good. Awesome!

With all that said, being a Brachycephalic (flat-faced) dog itself presents it’s own list of surgical complications. Brachycephalic dogs have different airways than a ‘normal dog’ and thus tend to require a lot of extra attention and care when being intubated prior to surgery, and when ‘waking up’ from anesthesia. It’s simply the nature of how their bodies & airways are shaped. It weighs heavily on my mind that something could ‘go wrong’. Of course, to combat the risks I made sure to choose the best, most experienced veterinarian available to us. I went the extra mile to make sure that Jersey is stable enough for surgery (hence his expensive cadiac-exam), and I will be home with him for the next 4 days straight as he recovers. I’ve definitely done my due-diligence here. But still, I worry.

I am trying not to think about all the TERRIBLE ‘worst case scenarios’ (because they are endless and heart-wrenching)… Instead, I am just really trying to just think positive, affirming thoughts. I’m visualizing the call from the vet telling me that the surgery was quick and easy and Jersey’s recovering just fine. I’m visualizing picking him up from the clinic and patting his sleepy head as I drive home. I’m visualizing many more years of happy snorts and ear-snuffles from my sweet, gentle boy.

I probably sound like such a drama queen! As far as surgeries go, a tooth extraction is really such a simple one. I’ve just had so long to dread this damn procedure that my mind has had far too much time to get carried away.

He will be fine.

If you could send us your happy thoughts, that would be great though :) please & thank you.

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