Saturday, December 19, 2009

Season of Joy

I thought it might be a good idea to post a bit about the great things happening, since previous posts might have implied that I'm really sad or discouraged. :)

It is crazy around here (Dozer), and stressful (Dozer!), but believe it or not, I'm having the best time of my life. My educational websites are performing satisfactorily, and my volunteer activities (fostering, etc.) are time-consuming but very rewarding. My job is kick-ass awesome; I get told daily how great my work is, and that feels really good. And my home life is certainly not boring.

Daisy's mom is very sweet; she's worried about Dozer's most recent mishap (that I Tweeted about), so I thought I'd update.

Yesterday I got home from work and noticed Dozer itching a lot. So I got a closer look and he was covered in blotches all over his stomach. In an hour this went from blotches to lumps, and in three hours when he started looking like a marshmallow, Byrd and I packed him over to the emergency vet.

At the emergency vet, they gave him three injections (two cortisone and one Benadryl) and sent me home with Prednisone and orders to give him 4 capsules of Benadryl twice a day as well.

We don't have any idea how this reaction happened or what caused it. It's supposed to clear up in a few days. The drugs have made Dozer very sleepy, so it's peaceful around here right now. :)

I've been told that this incident won't interfere with his surgery for the torn meniscus, which is scheduled for December 23.

Sigh. Dear God, I would like the random surprise disasters to stop now, please. Sincerely, Jennifer.

For my rather large extended family, the period between Thanksgiving and New Years' is a time for reflection, thanks-giving, good food and good company, goal-setting, and reminiscing.

Here is my earnest wish for the coming year. It is my hope that everyone will take up a volunteer role of some sort. Even a very small role, or a short-term one. Every volunteer minute is a valuable one, and many organizations are in desperate need. (For those who are already volunteering or donating in some way--thank you so much!)

And of course, I wish the best for you, my readers, and your families and friends in 2010.


Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello jennifer its dennis the vizsla dog hay i hope god got yore letter!!! i hav herd that the faymus minstrels xtc wunse rote a letter to him but i do not no if he reesponded as he is verry bizzy or so i wood think!!! ok bye

Anonymous said...

Dear Jennifer, Byrd, Dozer, & Star,
May your holiday be merry and uneventful. May Dozer's grand adventures be curtailed just a little, or at least not involve the vet so much. May you all have peace and joy in your lives and know that you and your family are special to ours!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Beyond!
Leila, Quizz & Charlie, The Cat

Anonymous said...

We are so glad to here that Dozers is feeling better. I wonder if it might have been a reaction of some sort to his allergy shots?

Your life is full and rewarding, you give back so much!! You have inspired me greatly. I am now a volunteer with Noahs Wish, and am maintaining a rescue website for a small local rescue (and doing other various things for them) I also will be volunteering at a homeless shelter over the holidays helping with dinners.

I promote Pit Bull rescue and education and everyone on my gift list got a Pit Bull Rescue T shirt!

Hapy Holidays to you and all the Family!

forsythia said...

Yes, it's a good life. Our pets help make it so.

Kari in WeHo said...

oh I hope all is well with Dozer and that the surprises stop soon