I have to admit, I wasn't sure about this Christmas.
My parents didn't feel up to coming down to spend the day with us, so I knew we'd miss them.
I had no idea where I was going to leave Star when we traveled until Christmas Eve, when the dog daycare where I used to work said they'd take her.
Then, after a wild day of playing with Genghis two days before Christmas, Star had a red swollen bump on her belly close to her spay scar which made me think--Hernia!
So after frantic discussions with the shelter--whose vet was on vacation, of course--we determined that I would spend a few hours on Christmas Eve at the emergency vet clinic, leaving my sister alone to pick up my brother and his girlfriend at the bus station. So it was a stressful couple of weeks leading up to Christmas, and it seemed things only got worse the closer we got.
But fortunately--like a boil or skin rash that festers and itches for a long while, and gets worse the more you fuss over it, and then ruptures and drains, bringing release--everything came to a head waiting in that vet hospital and then things started to improve.
Everyone at the hospital loved Star (of course) and the vet thinks her bump is just a little surface infection.
The shelter offered to take Star while I am away, so they can monitor her belly button, and the daycare where I used to work will take another shelter dog to make room for her.
My brother and Elyse got in just fine, and have been a pleasure to have around.
Fozzie was in pure
heaven with house guests, and Star, against doctor's orders, got a
couple more brief play sessions with Genghis Christmas Eve and Christmas
loves to visit Genghis' house, because not only is her favorite play
mate there, but all of my niece's fun toys--bubbles,
a Barbie doll to
chew on, and a princess tent--are just as fitting for a little scrappy
pittie pup as for a young girl of the human persuasion.
really need to watch myself when I'm around my family. I talk so much,
laugh so much, and eat and drink so much that I wear myself out.
Christmas afternoon, I was feeling a bit run down. But the fun was just
I'll have more on those activities in my next post, which was written in advance as we are right now on the road up to New York!
How was YOUR holiday madness?