Time out for play

An afternoon trip to the store ended with the purchase of a rake for our yard . . . which of course turned into time out for play with Lucy.

Lucy kept busy finding acorns while I raked leaves into a huge pile under an oak tree in the backyard. The tree is absolutely beautiful!

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This little pup had so much fun jumping into the middle of the pile of leaves before scooting out and running crazy eights around the yard. As soon as I slapped my  hand in the middle of the pile, Lucy came flying back into the leaves. This then turned into a game of digging in the leaves to find her prize . . . rather large acorns.

I have learned to always carry my camera when Lucy and I are outside now . . . which yesterday turned into a lot of really cute pictures.

Here is a glimpse of the life I have with this crazy, playful, funny, puppy that completely brightens up my day.

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In the clear

20140619_222147This morning Lucy and I went back to Banfield for her one week check-up after her surgery.

She’s starting to know my routine. As soon as Lucy sees me grab my purse her nervousness begins.

Is she staying or going?

When I scooped her up the shaking continued. I hope one day this little nervous puppy settles down. It breaks my heart that she gets like this. But I guess that’s what happens when I am home with her every day, most of the time all day long.

As we got situated in the car, she settled down a little bit. I have to say she’s getting better at riding in the car with me.

This brief settling down quickly changed as we walked through the doors of PetSmart and towards the back where Banfield is located.

The shaking became extreme. Yep, this little puppy remembered what happened a week ago. Lucy even began crying a little.

The nurse at the front desk weighed her before we were taken to one of the exam rooms. She lost a pound since last week.

Lucy really did not want anything to do with the floor this time. Usually she likes to sniff around the room. Every time I put her on the floor she came right back to me. So, her and I waited on the bench, yep with her sitting pretty in my lap.

Although I was able to calm the shaking, it started right back up when the nurse walked into the room and then the vet a little while later.

I love the vet we saw today. Her personality is huge and she treats Lucy the same way I do. When she told me “Lucy’s stomach looks beautiful” I kissed Lucy on the head and said “yeah we can go back to normal.”

The vet told me I took really good care of her. That was music to my ears. It was hard trying to keep a 5-month old puppy from running, jumping and playing, especially with two cats in the house that like to run and play themselves.

Jason put up so many barricades throughout the house, which can now be taken down. Thank goodness. I have some nice bruises from our week of barriades. It’s hard climbing a gate when it is blocking the entrance to the top or the bottom of the stairs. The location changed from day to night.

As soon as we walked through the door the gate came down and Lucy ran up the stairs with me. Yeah, no more carrying her!

Now I no longer have to say “no” to every single thing she does. Yes, now she can do all the things a puppy should be able to do like run crazy while having fun playing. This I know Jason will be looking forward to tonight. They always play towards the end of the night when she gets a blast of energy. Or when Jason comes home from work she goes running towards him full speed while running in circles once she reaches his feet.

As soon as we walked out the door of Petsmart, Lucy was back to her old self again.

Best part is I don’t have to take her back to the vet until October. We have a healthy puppy that is now spayed, chipped and up-to-date with all of her shots. The only thing I have to worry about every month is picking up her flea, tick and worm medicine.

AND . . . . we can now head back to the Kingsport Greenbelt for our morning runs. I really missed getting that 30-minutes of fresh air a few times a week.

Life will now become normal again . . .

Emotional day

Yesterday was a lot harder than I had anticipated. 

As I started getting ready yesterday morning, Lucy instantly knew something was going on. Once we walked downstairs she began shaking, which really didn’t vanish until we were half way down the road.

You see June 13 marked the day that she was being spayed. Our day started rather early because I had to drop her off at the vet at 7:30 in the morning.

The bad part of this whole scenerio is Banfield is right next to the Kingsport Greenbelt where we go for our runs.

The excitment slowly took over Lucy as she became aware of where we were. As the car continued to go past our regular destination, she began shaking again. After I parked the car, we sat there for a few minutes as I gave her a few last scratches, which she throughly enjoyed.

We walked to the front counter and as I was given paperwork, the nurses took her from me and walked away.

I was okay until I walked back towards the car with no puppy.  I have no idea why I became so emotional, but my eyes began filling with tears as I sat in the car.

At this point in time I was reminded how much this little puppy and I have shared in such a short amount of time. I cannot put into words what kind of bond we have formed.

Jason and I were able to save her when she showed up at our doorstep, and in a sense she saved me too. I love having a companion with me all the time, especially with how much Jason works.

I knew Lucy was in good hands, but she was still going to be given anesthesia and undergoing surgery.

I’m a worry wart, a very big worry wart.

Once I arrived back home I started to work on some articles, which was weird. There was no puppy under my desk, no little puppy footsteps following me everywhere, no breaks to go for a walk outside.

Jason and I made an appointment for our kitty Leo at Banfield for 9:15 the same morning. This was very hard. I could hear Lucy crying, but I couldn’t go and comfort her. Her surgery hadn’t started yet, and wouldn’t for another hour or so.

After bringing Leo back home, I went back to work, while watching the clock. The wait for the phone call, oh the wait.

I was finally able to settle down when the phone rang and I was told that Lucy did really well and we could pick her up after 4 p.m. Now a new wait was before me. Thank goodness I had a ton of work to get done.

This part of my day I will never forget. When the vet carried Lucy into room #2, she was wearing a light blue bandana. I stood up and walked towards her. I knew she knew who I was, but since she was still highly medicated her look was so far away. It felt good to pet her and let her know I was there. It felt even better to carry her to the car and bring her home.

After we got her home, Jason headed to the store to get us dinner.

I lost it .

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As she sat in her bed, she looked at me through extremely cloudy eyes. Lucy was right in front of me, but yet so far away. That look made me cry.

As humans we can verbally communicate how we are feeling. Although I know this puppy, I had no idea what she was thinking, how she was feeling.

Overwhelmed was an understatement.  I’m such a softy, such an animal lover. This puppy stole my heart from day one.

I’m happy to say the cloudiness slowly went away and the alert, loving puppy joined us by the end of the night.

She slept all night with a cone around her neck to prevent her from licking. She stayed close to my side,  often times repositioning herself to get even closer.

Today Lucy was back to normal for the most part. She definitely wants to be active, which I cannot let her do quite yet.

The hardest thing this week is going to be preventing her from jumping, running and chasing the cats up the stairs. I’m hoping we will have a successful week of recovery.

I love how much of an impact an animal can have on your life. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this little pup and I!