Wednesday, December 26, 2012

We DID Survive

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 morning.

Star 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. 

I 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. 

By Christmas afternoon, I was feeling a bit run down. But the fun was just beginning then!

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? 


  1. Looks like the perfect day. Glad mom got you guys great places to stay while she is away
    Benny & Lily

  2. It was mayhem, but totally enjoyable. Hope yours was as well!!!

  3. Hi Kirsten, ours was pretty quiet. My mom's dad passed away two weeks earlier so it's been pretty subdued. But we did have a little roast beef for Christmas and we got lots of stuffies to chew on and a few yummy treats. We're glad that everything worked out for you. Hope you have a great time in New York.

  4. Hi Y'all!

    Glad you had a holly, jolly Christmas!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  5. Very chill. Not too much madness at all. I want a gauzy princess tent and bubbles! X

  6. Star reminds me of Braylon playing on her back all the time. :)
    I love how much she has charmed people and made so much progress under your care.

  7. So pleased you enjoyed your day, plus the beautiful Star got to see Genghis. Our day was busy but nice, hosted the family for a feast, the girls were brilliant, ate their bit of Xmas dinner they were allowed, them yesterday we travelled to France so we're here now for 10days, some of it with my brother and his family (they're not very pet focussed, but too bad) then on our own again for some peaceful walks. Although its raining here, we thought we could escape all rain we've been getting in Emgland but no, it's here too.

  8. Our Christmas was wonderfully relaxing, just the Hubster, me and the dogs. Though yours was a wee bit busier, it looks like you all had a wonderful holiday!

  9. Looks like you had a great Christmas. Can't wait to hear more. We went to my sister's. We live close, so not much travel was involved. Just a nice, simple Christmas.

  10. What a terrific family holiday! Ours was quiet; started to sleet and snow on the way home from church in the evening. The dogs actually are enjoying the snow but don't stay out long :).

  11. So glad y'all survived :) Luv the bubble shots! What fun! :D

    Waggin at ya,


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