It has been a while since I have blogged about the goings on at chez Shihtzustaff, so I thought it was time for an update:

  • We have adopted Tucker and Gemma Joy.  We found out this week that Gemma has mets in her lungs from her cancer and more masses in her abdomen. She is palliative now. She is still feeling great and enjoying life. For the first time she is out of a pen and not being forced to breed. It was because of the breeding that Gemma ended up with mammary cancer. Please spay your female dogs before they go into heat and you can reduce the chances that they will develop this very lethal form of cancer by almost 100%. Tucker continues to be with us. He is developing some canine cognitive disorder like behaviours so we are working with the vets to manage that and his pain. He continues to ensure that he does not miss a thing around here – especially food!
  • Molly our ancient toothless pom is like the energizer bunny of dogs. She stretches and spins and does her various yoga poses. You can’t help but laugh at her. She is so full of life. We do see her slowing down a bit though. She has started to put herself to bed most nights now.
  • Living with senior dogs is not for the faint of heart. The other day I was coming into the house and Tucker was laying in front of the door. Tucker is deaf so telling him to move is not effective. So I gently push the door against him and I see his eyes roll back in his head. I think he is having a stroke or a seizure or something that is not good. Nope, he is just hard asleep.
  • Kiefer gets the most improved award this month. Because he is big he is able to reach plates on tables etc and this often results in Kiefer inspecting (and slobbering on) everything we eat. I came up with a way to stop him – as he comes for the plate, the plate moves toward him. It only took him a couple of tries and now he has stopped completely. Way to go Kiefer!
  • Everybody else is doing well. The pug is adorable and so well socialized. She goes to SAINTS occassionally and visits with all the animals.
  • Work is going well. My health seems to be doing ok. Pain level still quite high most days but I can deal with that most of the time. I need to be very careful to get enough sleep or things go south quickly. Plus I am now going to see a psychiatrist to deal with the anxiety caused by chronic pain and disease and see if there is something better that can be done to address both issues. The problem is that my anxiety ramps up every time I am in pain.
  • And the best news of all? I got an iPhone 3GS. It is a work of art I must say. It is so incredibly easy to use and set up. I virtually needed no instructions whatsoever. I can’t wait to use it on a daily basis. No more getting lost in Abbotsford with built in GPS!

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