Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Busy Day

Today was indeed a busy day. For starters, I only got 3 hours of sleep last night. I had to get up early today and take Riley with me to VITAS. I was there for over an hour going over rules and procedure. But most of the time everyone just wanted to play with Riley.

The place where I went was right across the street from Mom's work, so of course I had to stop by. After all that socializing, she needed a nap. So we came home a she took a little nap while I ate lunch.

Then I took her to the vet to see about the spot on her belly. Turns out that we both may have ringworms. So I had to get some meds for her, and I ended up spending over $100! And now we have to wait till it clears up to go volunteer.

After the vet visit, we came home and took a long nap. Chloe even joined us. Tonight we also worked on her obedience training and she did so good!

Tomorrow will be another busy day. I have another volunteer orientation in the morning. Then lunch with Chelsey and an afternoon of errands after that.

What is going on?

So now I'm pretty convinced I have a ringworm. What else could it be? I tried to take a picture of it, but it's on my right arm, and I've discovered it's nearly impossible for me to take a picture with my left hand.

Today I was brushing Riley and I noticed a big red bump on her belly. It looks like she scratched it on something maybe. I know that she is a puppy and will probably have a lot of cuts and scrapes, but it still worries me.

And then Chloe has a huge scab underneath her chin. I have no idea how she got it cause she never goes outside and doesn't play with Riley.

What is going on in this house?? Visitors beware! :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Easter Pics

Riley's Easter basket

Roxie's Easter basket

No fooling Roxie. She knew where the treats were.

Me and Riley

Roxie in her pink jacket.

The Smurf and the Witch

The Newfoundland (I want this dog!)

A smiling Frenchie


The Maltese "Bride"

The Pink Poodle

Hooters Bulldog

Riley in the "Best Little Dog" competition

Another Frenchie

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Trying to do a little better

Lately, so many things have been going wrong. But somehow I've been able to do something about it. For example, I had to get 4 new tires, but I only paid under $100. My mixer was acting funny, but I was able to exchange it. I had to take my new $200 Anthropologie comforter to the cleaners because my cat threw up on it for the second time. The tag said "dry clean only" so that's what I did. When I got it back, it was full of gigantic lumps. So it was pretty much ruined. Luckily Anthrologie said I could return it. Woo-hoo! Then my surge protector went out and I had to buy a new one. No luck on that one. But my latest disaster is a tiny red spot on my arm. I think it might be a ringworm. It didn't itch or ooze. It's kinda freaking me out. But I don't have insurance yet, and I don't know if it's worth it to pay for the doctor. What happens if it's nothing? Then I've wasted all that money. So we will see.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I've been trying to find better food for my little ones. Riley loves her new healthy food and treats. Chloe is a whole different story. Chloe is like Riley, she will eat anything (except her own poop). She likes fries, potato chips, tuna, and ice cream. But she won't eat any of the healthy food I give her. After many attempts, I had to switch back to the unhealthy food. Even if she won't eat the food, she does enjoy the healthy treats, so it's not a total loss.

FYI...I tried to feed a stray cat the healthy food and he wouldn't even eat it!

Today Riley had puppy class. We learned how to "leave it", "drop it", "down", and "take it". It's a lot to work on this week, but I think we can do it :) While we were practicing "take it", Riley did so good that the teacher made us show the class. I was so proud.

After class we went to Mom's for dinner. She fixed tostados and nachos. Yummy. Riley got to play with Roxie some, which she always enjoys. Mom made me some hot sauce to take home, so I think I will have some nachos tomorrow :)

Last week I was on Facebook, and a friend suggested that I become a fan of TOMS Shoes. They have an AT&T commercial, and I had wondered if it was a real company. I did some research, and it turns out that they are very real. The shoes are made out of hemp and other organic material. They have these really cool shoes called wrap boots. I have a hard time finding boots that will fit my legs, but these will fit no matter what. They wrap around your leg and then velcro at the top. I so want a pair! Anyways, every time you buy a pair of shoes, they give a pair to a child in need. They have trips called "shoe drops" where they go to Africa, South America, etc. and give kids shoes. These kids have never had shoes. So this is a pretty big thing. You can go on these trips, but it costs $1,800. The next shoe drop they have is towards the end of the year, and they are going to Argentina for a week. I think it would be so cool to go, but I don't have that kind of money. So, if I can't go , then I'll at least buy a pair of shoes!

All of this got me thinking. Instead of just sitting around while I'm looking for a job, I should really do something with my time. I looked up volunteer organizations in the area and found a lot I can do. I sent an email to a bunch of organizations, but only heard back from 2. The first organization is VITAS. They deal with hospice service and nursing homes. The position I applied for is a pet volunteer. I would take Riley with me and visit people. I think this could be a real good thing. Everyone loves her and a puppy can brighten any day. The other organization is a pet orphanage. I applied to be a cat cuddler/ dog walker. I'm excited about this cause I always want to comfort or play with the animals in cages. I go to orientation for these groups Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

I was looking through some old Doosu stuff the other day and found an old posting from the website. At the end of each posting they would list some good and bad things. In honor of them, here is my list:


Petting a stray cat.


Having money.

Watching your puppy sleep.


Potty breaks every hour.

Not being able to sleep at night.

Sleeping past 11am.

Mom having poison ivy.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Where did she go?

You might be thinking that I was abducted by aliens or possibly disappeared in a magic trick gone horribly wrong. Worry no more. I've just been sitting around being too lazy to write. You would think that with all my "free time" I'd write more, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Here is what I've been up to. I will post pictures later.

A few weeks ago I had brunch with Amber at Ozonas. It was such a pretty day outside, so we wanted to enjoy the day. We thought about going to the zoo, but it was already 3pm and the zoo closed at 5pm. Then we considered the Dallas Aquarium, but that closed at 5pm too. Then someone suggested Six Flags. I hadn't been there in such a long time. So we decided to go, and we headed off to Arlington.

When we got there, we were told that the power had been out for 2 hours and they didn't know when it would be back up. We were really disappointed and decided to hang out for a while. After a little while, we saw that the rides were running again, so we bought tickets. It was a lot of fun. We didn't have much time, so we ran from ride to ride. By 10pm, we were exhausted. It was a good day.

The Saturday before Easter, Mom and I took Riley and Roxie to get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny at Unleashed. On Easter we took the dogs to the Pooch Parade at Unleashed. I entered Riley in the "Best Little Dog" contest. She didn't win, but everyone kept telling me she should have.

After the parade we went to eat at Posados. I didn't want to go since Les works there, but I was out voted. We ended up sitting in the section right next to his. When I saw him, I really freaked out. I had no idea I would react that way. It just really bothered and angered me that he showed up at my place a year after we broke up to give me a letter he had written me. Luckily he didn't come over to our table.

Tuesday I went out to my car and discovered I had one semi-flat tire and one extremely flat tire. I had to call road side assistance to get them to put on my spare. And then I had to go to Discount Tire. It ended up that I had to get 3 new tires. And I got the tires for free! I love Discount Tire. I only had to pay for the warranty, which is like $17. But they only had 2 of the tires, so I had to go back to get the third one. Before I could, I had another flat tire. So I went back up there and they said I needed to replace my remaining original tire as well. And of course they had to order another one. I have to go back tomorrow to get the last one put on. But there are some cute guys that work up there, so I don't mind going back :)

For a while I've been worried about my unemployment benefits. It had been 6 weeks, and I still hadn't received the money. I kept calling and was told that nobody had worked on it cause they were behind. If I didn't get the money, then I had no idea what I would do. My severance didn't come till a month after I was laid off, so I was behind on my bills. And it was also $100 short of what my checks had been. I finally got some good news. I checked my status tonight and it looks like they have approved my claim and I will be getting the money! I am so relieved. Now I can pay off my debt, pay back my Mom, and save some money. Now all I need is a job....

Lately I've been doing a lot of research on dog food for Riley. I got a sample of Nature's Variety - Instinct. She really loved it and it doesn't contain any wheat, corn, soy, or by-products. I decided to keep feeding her this brand. They also offer raw food. It's supposed to be good for them and it mimics the diet they would have in the wild. After picking a food for Riley, I decided I wanted to feed Chloe better as well. I did some research and decided to try Wellness cat food. It's really good for her, but she doesn't seem to want to eat it. So today Mom and I went to Canine Commissary to find cat food. We couldn't decide on one, so the lady at the store gave us some samples of different cat food. They also gave me some samples of raw cat food. I think Chloe would really like the raw meat. And I hope she likes one of the samples I brought home.