Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Odd Friends

If Echo had a thought balloon I think it would say:


Are you lookin' at my bitch?

Best Vegan Sandwich EVER!!!


Okay, here it is. The best vegan sandwich on the planet in my humble opinion.
Tempeh Reuben.
Take pumpernickel bread - slather it with earth balance and toast it.
Add marinated tempeh that you have grilled to perfection.
Top it with caramelized onions, sauerkraut, avocado and homemade vegan Russian dressing.
Devour.
Rub your belly.
Fall asleep with a happy satisfied smile on your face.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Good eats!

It sure is nice to have the family back on track. Maggie and John are 100%! We have taken John out on some walks. Speaking of walks, today we were out and had a very close call. Out of no where a boxer came flying from this house with his hair standing straight up. Definitely not coming up to just say hello. I had Rimmy and Maggie and Bill was behind me with Lulu and John. I stoop down and scream NOOOOOOOOOOO right in the boxers face and thankfully he stopped right in front of me. A woman starts yelling the dogs name (I don't remember what it was because I was concentrating on what it was doing) and grabbed the dogs collar. Right before she got there Rim came from my left and lunged for the dog. I had enough control over him that he didn't get close. So the woman takes the dogs collar and gives us a half hearted "sorry" and puts him in their FENCED IN YARD. WTF! Why wasn't he in there in the first place. I was livid.

After we get back, Trac picks me up and we head out to have lunch with Jen at her house. She made us yummy chickpea sandwiches. We just hung out in the sun and gabbed while the pups played in the yard. It was so nice to just sit outside! The only bad part. I got a wicked sunburn on the left side of my face and upper arm. You know the kind. Where you feel like your skin is on fire and even if you think about touching it...ouch! I looked like a total freak with only half of my face red.

Today was great and so was Saturday. Went out for a 3 mile run that felt pretty good and went out to lunch at a new place that opened up in the city called Sparky Town. It is a cute little place and the food was delicious! I had a roasted Portobello sandwich with sundried tomatoes and roasted red peppers on sunflower bread and home fries. Bill got a Pollo Loco chicken sandwich, lentil soup and antioxidant salad. VERY tasty. For dessert we had coconut cake. The cake was good, but a little too dense for me. Overall rating - very high. We will definitely be back.

This weekend was full of sunshine and good eats. Just the way I like 'em.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Maggie's okay. John is doing much better. Life is good.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Took Maggie to the ER vet today. Just look at her poor little face!!!! It is so swollen that you can hardly lift her lip to look at her teeth. Doc gave her a pretty strong shot of antibiotics, which she DID NOT like one bit. She gave that pouty, why did you do that look, which made me, Bill, the vet and the vet tech all feel very guilty.

We left John home because we didn't want to stress him out by getting him in the van and going to the vets. Before the doc looked at Maggie, we talked about the next step with John. He prescribed 30 mg of Prilosec to help with the transition to prednisone. Now I hate prednisone. I feel it is a scary steroid which lots of nasty side effects. But if it is what is going to make John better than we have to give it a try. However, when we got home it seemed John was better. I think he knew where we were and what we were talking about. I am not saying he is a lot better, but Bill and I both noticed a difference.

I did give him the Prilosec and will give him another dose tomorrow, but I am going to hold off on the Prednisone till Tuesday. If he is better, than will call the vet to see if we have to give it to him at all.

Goldfish

Next time. Goldfish.

John unfortunately is not better. Actually called the ER vet last night because the Metacam is NOT working for him. Still in a lot of pain. Bad news is before we can switch him to a different steroid, which I am thinking will be Rimidyl, we have to have a wash out period from the Metacam. The vet is calling me this morning to see how he is doing and decided if we should hospitalize him today to get him started on IV steroids. I don't know. He is still very slow to move this morning, but not whimpering in pain like he did last night. It is so hard to see him so miserable. We just want our John back.

As if this isn't bad enough. Maggie looks like a cartoon character this morning! Friday I went to put her muzzle on and she would yelp out in pain when I touched her nose. I had a total you have got to be fuc**ing kidding me moment because we were JUST at the vets yesterday with the other two!!! I was so worried she was having an allergic reaction to something that I asked Trac to go over and check on her. She was fine. Then yesterday, the swelling started on the right side of her face. Called the ER vet again. Sounds like an abscess! I had some antibiotics left and he said to start her on those until we can get her in on Monday. Now I am wondering if we should wait till Monday because the swelling is much worse. Again, she looks like a bloated cartoon character. Seriously. Can anything else go wrong. Don't answer that.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

When it Rains it Pours

After today's visit we are thinking of calling Lulu, Miss Worm. Okay it can be her nickname.

On Tuesday, Lulu suddenly came down with a bad case of liquid poops. Poor thing went in her crate and you know how greyhounds hate to use their crate as a bathroom. She was so good by telling us when she needed to go out. You can't be anymore clear than standing and staring at the door. Anyway, last night I noticed a little blood and thought we better go see the doc and while we are there get John checked out too.

Get to the office and John is already in freak out mode. Poor guy hates going to the doc. The checked him over and it is his neck. Didn't do x-rays so we aren't sure if it is a disc problem (which they think it is) or muscle. In any case, he is on rest (no walks) and pain meds. See how he does and go from there. They did take blood for John for heartworm and to check to make sure everything is running as it should. The tech came in and had to take it from his neck because she had to get so much. She had to poke the needle around to get a vein and the minute she found one, John did a reverse sneeze! The needle jammed right up in his throat!!!!!! John didn't make a peep, but you could tell it hurt like hell. Poor guy!

Next up was Lulu. Who we now know has HOOKWORMS! Totally curable...HOWEVER, we have to worm all the dogs. Yep. ALL FOUR. And 2 of those 4 are huge males! The most economical thing (which is a laugh) was to buy a TUB of Panacur because the medicine goes by weight. A FREAKIN' TUB! We have to give each dog a dose for three days, then another in 3 weeks, and another in 3 months. So how much did just the Panacur cost? Ready. Here it goes. $246. When the doc told me the price she did have a look of pity on her face. Thanks doc.

Good thing they are both cute and lovable. BTW - everyone at the vet loved Lulu and she was a total attention whore.