Okay, this really freaked me out. My vet always sends out postcards to their clients when their animal is due for a vaccination or a checkup. They're always postcards of animals. But yesterday this arrived (see pic below). When I first took it out of my mailbox, I glanced quickly and thought, Oh, now they're sending postcards with the same breed as what I have, that's kind of fun. Then I kept looking...and staring...and staring... until I finally realized, Wait, that's not just a Golden, that's mydog. I actually think what they've done is hilarious, and don't mind a bit. But it makes me feel a teeny bit weird. I suppose it's as if someone took a picture of your child in secret, without your permission, and then later you were surprised by the photo.
When it was incredibly cold last weekend and there was no heat in my apartment all that time, I had my warmest blanket (cheap Army surplus wool and nylon that I use for yoga) out on the couch... What is that little pinkish-white spot in the blanket?
Hmm...let's take a closer look:
In other news, a teenage boy rear-ended me while I was at a stop sign today. I don't think they should be allowed to drive...
During a period of record-setting cold (e.g., -12F at nights, around 5F during the days), a gas line malfunctioned in the area, and 7200 people, including me, were without heat or hot water for about 40 hours. I ran my oven and three space heaters continuously and all those kept it at about 55F in the house. We're all really hoping we are going to get a break on our electric bills this month (it's the same company for the gas and the electric.)
For one of those 40 hours, the power went out as well. The experience was really unbelievable in that kind of non-stop cold.
Then, Gadjo decided to have a very severe flare-up of his FHS (Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome), his worst episode ever. It has lasted about a week now (as opposed to his second-worst episode, which was maybe a couple of days; and most of his episodes, which are maybe a few hours). He hasn't been having many problems with FHS at all for a long time now.
I brought him to the vet yesterday and we are going to try various things to bring him relief. Right now we're doing a trial of steroids. Surprisingly (to me), it seems to be helping already.
Mojito is doing great now, by the way! (My animolecules are taking turns lately to drain my energy and wallet, and worry me to death.) He's completely recovered and enjoying playing in the snow--his favorite thing (other than fetching tennis balls in the lake).
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