Monday, March 20, 2017

March Chewy Review


We haven't reviewed anything from Chewy in awhile and decided it was time to do something about that.  This month the boys tried the Halo Mix'n Mores Dog Food Topper.  I chose this specifically because Shiver's not much of an eater anymore these days and I wanted something that would encourage him to consume a few more calories.
We received a six ounce bag of the chicken formula to try.  It's a freeze-dried topper that you add to their regular food, whether you feed them wet or dry.  The amount given depends on weight, although I didn't follow that.  I grabbed a handful and split it between two bowls.  
The boys absolutely LOVE it!!!  You'd think that I don't ever feed them the way they gobble it down.  Shiver tends to be a little finicky when it comes to food.  He'll eat something for a few days like it's going out of style and then he's not interested.  It's been almost a week and he's still very excited for dinner time now.  Chico is just as delighted.
Yes, they each had their own bowls.  This was a very rare moment when they were willing to share.

Tasting good isn't the only reason to feed this to your dogs though.

Key Benefits

  • Delight and satisfy your dog's inherent and ancestral love of meat by adding flavorful freeze-dried topper to dry or wet food
  • Made with limited ingredients, with whole chicken as the first ingredient
  • Topping provides highly digestible essential nutrients for optimal health and vitality
  • Whole chicken is pasteurized, crumbled, flash frozen and freeze-dried to lock in the nutritional value of the chicken without any dehydration
  • Formulated without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives for an easy-to-digest topper with wholesome natural flavor
Shiver and Chico give this eight paws up.  I'll add in my own two hands because anything that gets Shiver eating again makes me very happy.

I received these goodies free of charge from Chewy.com in an exchange for my honest review.

Monday, March 6, 2017

1 Second Everyday


Have you heard of this app, 1 Second Everyday?

I hadn't until a college friend posted hers on facebook a few days ago.  I had NO clue how fun and active her life is.  It couldn't be more different than mine.

If you're not familiar with the app, you take a one second video each day and at the end of the year, you'll have a chronological video diary of your life.  A work friend and I joked how our videos would just be of us hanging out with our pets.

I've been feeling for quite awhile like I'm just sitting around waiting for my life to start.  I see most people my age settled into jobs, married with kids, going on yearly vacations, making enough money to pay their bills and still have some left over at the end of the month, etc.  I don't have any of those things.  I have four more weeks left on a temporary job, I'm not even dating a guy let alone married with children, I can't remember the last vacation I went on, and most months my diet consists of cheap food such as ramen noodles because that's what I can afford.

Seeing my college friend's video made me realize though that no one is going to magically come along and give me a better life.  It's all up to me.  While I'll always have plenty of days where nothing much happens, I know that I need to make an effort if I want any semblance of a life.  What better time than the present to do so?

I downloaded the app yesterday and have taken a video of a pretty sunset and a chocolate Shamrock shake from McDonalds so far.  To keep the video from being too terribly mundane, I've written a list of ideas that I can include throughout the year.  I'm actually really looking forward to coming up with something new each day to add to my diary.

I encourage you to download the app and join in the fun!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Health Update

Last Thursday was a stressful day.  It was the first time ever, I think, that Chico had to spend the day by himself.  As I drove to work I kept thinking that I should have taken the day off to stay with him. I'm glad I went to work after all though, it helped keep my mind occupied.

I dropped Shiver off at the vet's office for a day of tests.  They were supposed to check for Cushings but after doing a blood panel, they decided not to test for that after all.  The vet could feel his enlarged liver and his liver levels were off the chart.  Everything else seemed to look pretty good.  He still has the raging heart murmur; he's doing as well as can be expected with the medication though.  The vet thinks the liver problems are related to the heart problems.  She suggested I could get an ultrasound to see if there might be another cause.  

He came home with two new medications so he's on a total of four now.  These meds are very expensive and I'm not sure how much longer I can afford them.  I'm just really grateful he's already doing better with the new meds and am determined to find a way to make sure he can continue with them for as long as possible.    

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Monday

Shiver's Cushings test appointment is this coming Thursday.  He has to stay at the vet's office all day and it'll cost about $250.00.  I'm very nervous about this appointment for several reasons and hoping that he won't actually have the disease.  Please keep him in your prayers.
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My life is boring so I'm answering questions this week.  

1.  Curtains or blinds?

A combination of both!  I like how it makes the room darker at night when they're closed.  I also like that you can control the amount of light coming in with the blinds, depending on how much you open them up. 

2.  If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?  

I thought I might like to be a lobbyist.  I wanted to lobby on behalf of those who can't stand up for themselves for whatever reason.  I really tried to get into lobbying after graduation and it just hasn't happened.  I've only had one interview for a lobbyist position and it didn't go well.  I've networked with lobbyists, asking them for advice. None really had much to offer, although all but one were really nice.  I've pretty much given up on that dream.

I wish I could work from home so that I could be with my boys all day everyday or that I could have some kind of successful business where I could bring Shiver and Chico with me.  I don't know what that would be though, maybe a pet bakery or something.  

3.  Describe your personality in five words or less.

Sometimes fun, sometimes not...

Vague and probably describes most people but I didn't know what else to say.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
When I was in college, I took a biology lab.  It was awful and I'm still confused as to how I managed to pull off an A.  The only assignment that I actually enjoyed was to go to the aquarium and find an animal to write a report on.  I chose the seahorse!  Did you know that the males give birth to the babies?  This is just one of the interesting things I learned from that assignment.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday Madness


I've taken half a day off work today to attend a Women In Leadership day at our Statehouse to watch legislation in action.  I interned there when I was in college and absolutely loved it, so I'm looking forward to going back again.  Plus I get a free breakfast and lunch out of it, so there's that.  I don't really care for the state of politics today, but I still think it'll be a fun day.  A couple friends are supposed to be attending as well, so it'll be nice to catch up with them.  My job is literally within a block of the Statehouse so it'll be a quick walk there once the event ends.

I have exactly eight weeks left at my job, which means only four more paychecks.  Kinda freaking out that I now have to start looking for work again.  I *HATE* job hunting!  I'm hoping that the experience I'm gaining now will help me find a high paying job elsewhere.  It's not really what I want to do but sometimes you just have to take what you can get.

I'm hoping to be able to get Shiver into the vet this weekend for the tests to confirm whether or not he has Cushings.  I'm really hoping and praying he doesn't have it.  He had barely been eating anything for awhile there and got so thin.  I've been feeding him green beans, yogurt, and tuna here and there just for the extra calories and he seems to slowly be putting some weight back on.

Most of our snow has melted from the rain this past weekend.  Now the back yard is flooding.  The front yard isn't though, because the driveway is kind of on a downward angle.  I forgot I actually had grass since it's been covered in snow for so long!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Random Notes


  • I just found out my contract has been extended through March 31st at my job.  I'm extremely grateful since it was supposed to originally end December 31st.  My friend works there too and her email said that her contract may be extended beyond March 31st.  My email didn't say that.  Still, I'm just grateful to know I'll be working for a little while longer.
  • Shiver is doing OK.  He still breathes heavily sometimes, although not as often as he was before .  I was supposed to bring him back this week to run some tests but my paycheck was short and I can't afford it so it'll have to wait until next payday.  The higher dosage of meds seem to be helping more, even though he's still not 100% normal.  
  • It was suggested by a couple of people that I create a Go Fund Me for Shiver.  I did that for Chico and feel bad about doing it again for Shiver.  It's hard to admit you need help.  I'll wait until we see the vet first and find out what treatment options are available, then think about it some more.  I hate not being able to afford to get him the care he so desperately needs.
  • So one of my two New Year's Resolutions is to pay forward some of the kindnesses that have been bestowed upon me in recent years. Does anyone have any ideas on fun and/or unique things that I can do? I'm looking for suggestions beyond opening the door for someone or buying a coffee for the person in line behind me. Please keep in mind that I'm credit card and student loan poor so I can't do anything too extravagant.
 

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