Last Half 2022 – November

Good Morning ALL! Looks like November is off to a wintery start for us here in Alberta. We had a stormy day yesterday but we made it to the office safely. Most people elected to stay home. I spent lots of time shovelling between early morning and after work. This morning it is cool but at least the sky has cleared.

Well Mr. Alvin was throwing up at 5:00 a.m., and I listened when the vet told me not to feed him for awhile. So I have to wait and monitor him and see if it happens again. He has been peeing and pooping okay but I did not want to leave him alone especially when I could not feed him. He has not drank any water since that time so I have to see if I can get him to drink and monitor that which is more important than the food at this point. I hope it was an one off situation but who knows. So I am working from home today.

I apologize for the shortness of this post but I am running late and cannot be late for work.

Have a wonderful Thursday.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities and coffee.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Second Half 2022

Good Morning All, i hope this finds you well. i had to resort to writing my daily post via my phone due to timing and circumstances. what a night and morning thus far. we had a quiet semi productive Saturday until about 8pm. one of our friends and her daughter came to the door just before I was planning to go for a walk with Alvin. She explained how she had seen a little chihuahua dog go by on the sidewalk with no human. After that people were out looking for him. They went walking and looking and I got Alvin and we went out as well. do many people were out and he was not found. I walked at different times with each of the owners. They were devastated especially one of the young men. I felt do bad. At 10:00 it was getting dark and I had to get home as I had dropped Al at home after a short walk. Signs are up in the neighbourhood, I hope they find the little guy.

So this morning we were up earlier for trip outside and then one hour later for Alvin to eat. Following we hit the sofa for extra zzz’s. we didn’t get up until after 9:00. I thought we should go for a walk before it gets hot.

I got washed and dressed and him ready and on our way. A friend was outside so we stopped to chat for few minutes before continuing on our way. We were almost at the park when Alvin managed to get tinfoil into his mouth. i managed to get it out but I was upset with myself for not picking it up on a previous walk. We continued to walk meeting a woman out with her dog. The dog was gigantic, we chatted for awhile. Dog’s name is Grizzly, appropriate for his size. The pup was just one year old. Owner said pup was very gentle as was noted when he laid down to be at Alvin’s level. I had to come upstairs and go onto the computer as I was having slowdowns on the phone.

Once home I turned on the fans to cool off the house, my neighbour Sonja had asked to use our washer and dryer as they are renovating the basement and cannot use their machines at this time. Just after she left, Alvin wanted a treat so I gave him some of his wet food and then set about to make some coffee as it was after 10:30 by this time (and now it is almost noon) when I turned and noticed that there was a pile of vomit by the fireplace on the floor. I almost started to cry. I have no idea if he actually did manage to swallow a small piece of the foil or if it was the heat or what. I am praying that it was just an one off and that this is not a repeat of last week or an underlying issue. My heart is in my stomach. I have a headache from the stress of it all. On the way back from the park, I stopped and picked up every last little piece of that damn foil and all the time wishing that people wouldn’t throw stuff on the ground and that people would clean up the garbage from their lawns. I also picked up a ice treat wrapped and stick close to our house. Man, people make me mad. What is wrong with people?

Anyway, I need to have something to eat and relax. Get away from this head space. Between the missing pup and Alvin, I am ready to pull the covers up over my head and stay in bed permanently.

Likely not the best thing to do. I will recover as long as Mr. Alvin is okay. Hoping that the little dog is also found in good health. Maybe a good samaritan found him.

Well I have to go. It has been a very trying last few hours. Alvin seems to be okay. I am going to keep positive thoughts and hopefully the Universe will hear them.

I hope that you are having a good day.

Continuing to live this life with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities and coffee.

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: Well 16 sleeps till 65. Maybe time to get lost in a movie while drinking coffee.

Last HALF 2022

Good Morning ALL! We have had an interesting last day or so. This will be short as it is already past 7:30 and I start work at 8:00. I was going to take the day off as Alvin was vomiting yesterday and long story short, we made an emergency trip to the vet in the afternoon as he was not keeping even water down. Three meds later and back onto the “bland diet” of boiled/poached chicken breasts and white rice for a few days. Poor guy had to have a fluids injection, injection to make him stop throwing up and then sent home with three meds including the one to keep him from throwing up, probiotic and antibiotic. He did not throw up now since yesterday afternoon which is great. If he does, I have to call the vet right away and there is something more seriously wrong. But I think he is over the hump.

I am tired but decided not to take the day off. Likely should have.

Definitely no office for me on Thursday.

I will give more details later but just wanted to say that we are okay – Mr. Alvin is okay. Scared me though.

Have a great day.

Continuing to live each day with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities and coffee.

Always, Carol & Alvin

PS: three weeks exactly till 65.

Thought for the day ….

Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 29th day of March, 2017.

It is SO foggy here in Edmonton this morning.

I can hardly see across the street.

Drive carefully anyone reading this in the area.

 

Last night after work my daughter picked me up and we went to COSTCO before heading home to Alvin.

We had a wonderful conversation and visit along the way.

I love our time together.

She is the absolute best daughter in the world.

 

Something that happened to Baby Milo has us all thinking about “SCENTS.”

Most of us want our homes and bodies to smell good, right?

We buy plug-ins with all sorts of scents, burn candles and even make our own using natural products including essential oils.

Have you ever even for one minute considered what these are doing to our babies, our four-legged ones?

For that matter to us.

We often times are driven by our sense of smell.

The idea that everything has to have a scent that is appealing to us.

Can you imagine how strong some of these scents are to our pups who have a sense of smell that is more highly-evolved than our own?

Something to consider.

Has your dog or cat sneezed?

You thought “how cute” or that perhaps they have a cold.

Maybe not.

If they become lethargic or “seem to be zoned out” or throwing up …… you should take them to the VET.

My daughter mentioned “that Alvin smells like my house.”

I never thought about that.

We become so used to the scents that they do not seem to be strong at all.

I was struck by her comment.

We were just in conversation about the adverse effects of all of these scent bearing products and others on our babies.

Well it is time to leave for work.

Please keep this all in mind if you have a dog or cat or any creature in your household.

 

Have a wonderful day.

Special Hello to: my kids and grand-pups ….. love you so much.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day…..

Good Tuesday Morning – it’s February 7th today.

Earlier this morning about 3:30, I awoke to Alvin heaving …..and then throwing up.

So after cleaning everything up ….. and getting back to bed …… about 4:00 he jumped off the bed and started throwing up …… on his second go …. he brought up a medium size BONE.

I was horrified ……. okay (too much drama) but nevertheless it was a bone about the size of a milk bone dog treat.  Cleaned again and back to snuggle in bed.

I was pleased when 5:00 a.m. and he was back to “HIMSELF” ……. after going outside … he was ready for breakfast.

Trying to keep him to eat a bit more slowly but I guess they have stronger tummies than we humans do.

So we are back on schedule and I am a wee bit tired but will catch up on the ride to work.

My poor boy …… thank goodness he is better now.

Lesson learned.  I always try to keep an eagle eye on him while we are out for our nightly strolls as he always has his nose to the ground …… sniffing and sniffing away.

Sometimes he gets to something before I can react (he is fast) but usually if he does I can manage to get it out of his mouth …. unless it is a “cherry” or “rabbit poop” …… ugh.   LOL.

Anyway ….. all in the life of a dog owner ……. I am sure you will all agree.

They are like our babies ….. our children …..

At this very moment, Mr. Alvin is laying on the hallway floor starring at me and making little noises ….. kind of like ….. “Oh, Mom hurry up” …….

Well that’s the thought for today.

We look after our pets and our children ….. sometimes they just “throw up”……  oh, heavy sighs from me Alvin…

Have a wonderful day.

 

Special Hello to:   all the Moms everywhere who look after the babies ….. whether two or four legged …… or perhaps even “eight” ……..  🙂

 

Always, Carol and Mr. Alvin …

 

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