Updates And An Adoptable Pittie

Today, I have a bit I want to do both on the blog and offline.

If you’re interested in my personal life, I have to work out and pay bills and call my pain-in-the-butt doctor. But, if you’re here for dog stuff…

You may be excited to learn I’m re-organizing all of the categories! Or you may not care at all. I think it makes sense, stuff should be easier to find. Yay!

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Cash – adoptable dog in NW Florida. You know you want him! (This is not the Pittie.)

Also, it hit me that I never updated you on Lana’s incontinence. I actually didn’t update the vet either. Oops.
Anyway, she finished her antibiotics and was drinking a little bit of apple cider vinegar in her water, but there were still drips. Not puddles, thankfully, but drips. So we increased her ‘dose’ by adding vinegar to her breakfasts as well. The leaking seemed to stop, but she started to have unpleasantly loose stool and stinky doggie gas. So we cut down the vinegar and started just adding it to the water again and her poop is back to normal-ish and I still haven’t noticed a leak in a while. *Knock on wood*
If you ask me, the apple cider vinegar is great to try in lieu of  prescriptions. Worst case scenario, you can blame the smell on the dogs.

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And this adoptable boy is Brutus. You’ll read about him in a sec.

See? Just like I promised, this is about Brutus: My mom’s co-worker friend has asked for our help finding a new home or rescue for her son’s Pit. They’re moving and can’t bring him. She says he’s a great dog – very sweet and good to his little Chihuahua sibling. He’s UTD on shots, and while he’s not neutered, she seemed more than happy to throw in a neuter voucher. I’ve asked a few rescue friends, but unfortunately I haven’t gotten any responses.

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I called him Brutus, but he also goes by Jesus/Zeus. He needs a new home. =(

If you know of a possible rescue or home for him, please let me know! And remember, sharing is the nicest compliment you can give a blogger/writer! <-I’m totally not linking to myself, for once.

Always Hoping For The Best

A few weeks ago, I saw something on Pinterest that said I could spray freshly painted nails with cooking spray and they would dry instantly. Of course I tried it. Of course it failed. (Was it because it was butter flavored? Who knows.) My parents asked what on earth I was thinking. They asked why I even bothered to try something so utterly ridiculous.

Because it could have worked. And the best case scenario outweighed the possibility of failure.

And that’s just the type of person I am.

ImageStephen King once said: “There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.”

And it was with that cautious optimism that I scoured the internet for a possible cure for Lana. You see, after four days of antibiotics, Lana’s accidents got worse. I slipped in a giant puddle of pee and nearly busted my head open. When I called the vet, I was prescribed more medication, something I was to give Lana twice a day, every day, possibly for the rest of her life.

ImageFirst of all, Lana hates taking pills. I’ve become a master of shoving pills down doggie throats, but no pills is nicer. (Don’t judge, I usually just coat them with peanut butter, instead.) Not to mention the cost! Two weeks worth of pills was $15. $30 a month. $360 a year. And she’s not even three years old. I expected those kinds of expenses when she got older, but I’m not financially ready yet. I technically haven’t even graduated from college yet!

ImageSide effects, costs, general pain in the butt-ness. There’s almost no reason I want to give her pills. She does love pill bottles, but she can have mine. I’ll share.

ImageAnyway, I searched the internet for possible home remedies, and I found plenty to play with. Apple cider vinegar, corn silk, parsley. All seem way better than Proin. So I ran to Publix and bought some apple cider vinegar and immediately poured some into the dogs’ water. It hasn’t been long enough yet for me to say whether or not it’s working, but I have hope. Even when my dad asked why in the world I was photographing a bottle of vinegar. For the blog. And what I would do if it didn’t work. Tell my readers, of course!

ImageTrust me, if it works, I’ll tell you. And if it doesn’t, I’ll tell you. Because apparently incontinence isn’t that uncommon in dogs, and somewhere someone else is having this problem. And I’ll do what I can to help others who are in the same panicky state I was well, really still am, in.

ImageI’ll find ways to keep calm in the mean time. But there is something that would make me feel better. I entered Miss Lana in a contest online, and I’d really appreciate some votes! I think you have to have a Facebook account (sorry!) but we’d really love your support! The link to vote is here: http://bit.ly/13EkkH8

ImageHow could you say no to that face? Oh, and if you like several dogs, you can vote for as many dogs as you want. But you are more than welcome to vote for Lana every 24 hours.