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3/6/17 Maggie’s Bad Dreams

Hello, this is Maggie’s human half, Liz.

Maggie went to bed last night as usual. However, in the middle of the night, she was apparently tormented by terrible dreams. She started crying, shaking, and having violent tremors. This went on for a very long time, despite my attempts to quiet and soothe her. I would reach over and pet her, cooing to her and calling her name. For a moment or two, she would sleepily open an eye and settle down, only to fall back into whatever bad dreams and nightmares she was having.

This has happened to me before, and I know it’s awful. I would have a nightmare, shake myself awake, get up, go to the bathroom, and firmly tell myself to stop having this particular dream; only to fall asleep and land squarely in the middle of it again as though I had never interrupted it!

Maggie could sense my presence during her night terrors (I do believe that is what it was).

Ironically, night terrors run in my husband’s family, and two of his brothers suffered greatly from these. I say Maggie is definitely family and this is just one example of how true that statement is! As I pet her, she stretched out to get closer and closer, eventually driving me off the bed completely. After returning to bed to see that I had absolutely no room, I hung my legs off the side, only to have them fall asleep! So, I gently nudged Maggie over and she graciously let me have an inch or two of prime mattress space. I felt guilty about bothering her after she had finally fallen asleep herself! We were all exhausted this morning.

I wonder…what memories plague her that she has such a terrible time sometimes at night? Maggie does get a Clomicalm to help her as she is a very nervous and anxious dog.

Getting rid of the crate was a wonderful decision. I am sure she associates her previous life (of neglect? abuse? puppies taken from her when she wasn’t ready to let them go?) with the confines of the crate.

When I had her enrolled in school, the trainer said, “Do not let the dog sleep with you.” I am SO GLAD I caved and now the dog sleeps with us. Given Maggie’s nervous and hyper disposition, sleeping with her “pack” has calmed her down greatly. Not that I advocate not listening to one’s trainer, but…sometimes, a judgement call needs to be made.

I wish you all a peaceful night’s rest, and snuggles with your favorite furbaby.

Your friend,

Liz

 

 

 

 

12/1/16 Happy 1st of December

Today is the first day of December. This morning, Mom gave Jamie a Lego Advent Calendar – he was very happy and surprised, and said, “You got me one of these?! Thanks!!” to which Mom laughed and said, “You’ll probably be getting one til you’re 25! You’re still my baby!” Which makes me chuckle inside, since he’s a man now, with a deep voice, and a good foot taller than Mom. I used to boss Jamie around like a puppy. Now I jump for joy when he comes home, like I do for Dad.

Mom gave me a spray bath, and had Dad switch the tags to my Christmas collar, which is red and has bells on it. I feel so clean and Mom says I smell good. I waited right by Dad’s feet to get my collar back on. He asked me, “What do you want? You want your collar?” and I nodded my head one time, like dogs will do. My collar is a very important part of my identity. When I didn’t have a collar, I lived in a cage, and slept on the floor. Or, I ran the snowy streets, and ate garbage. When I got my collar, I got my Family, and now I get tucked in with a blanket to keep me warm and snuggly and a pillow for my head every night. My collar means I am Wanted, and not Stray.

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Mom took me outside to explore the yard (before my bath). It’s quite cold outside, and I am very interested in the furry critters that keep popping through the fence. Many of these animals are ferreting (get it? ferret!) around for acorns and nuts. I like to bark at them. Some of these are feral cats, who stalk the birds. They pay me no mind, and are very cool cats, indeed.

Last night, I made Mom take me out at midnight, and the whole yard was pitch-black and smelled strongly of skunk. Mom let me go about 2 feet into the yard, firmly told me to “go potty”, then marched me back into the house. She was having no skunk incidents, or I’d be getting a lot more than just a spray bath this morning!

Sending you all December Woofs and tail wags!

Love, Maggie

 

11/17/16 Updates

Hello and Woof! I know I haven’t posted since Veteran’s Day, and I will try to catch up with comments and blogs just as soon as I can.

Wanted to give you kind readers an update on Mom. She received orders in the mail stating her blood test was in fact, RA positive, and a referral to see a Rheumatoid Arthritis specialist. Mom was glad to have a definitive answer, because she has been in a lot of pain. I asked her what it was like, and she said, “Burning, I feel like I am burning inside like hot coals.” (For those of you who are not sure, RA is an auto-immune disease, which can strike  at any time. Left untreated, it’s a nasty bit of goods.)

Mom duly got on the phone to make the appointment, and was shocked that the specialist cannot see her til January 4, 2017. The person at the RA office told Mom to speak to her primary care doctor for pain relief until then. So, Mom got back on the phone to try to reach her doctor. Who was unable to get back to her until the next day. It was a rough 24 hours.

You can imagine, I had my paws full. Every time I turned around Mom was applying a patch to some part of her body that was painful. I had to watch her very carefully, because she felt so exhausted all the time. Finally, the doctor got back to her and sent over a prescription for Celebrex. Mom read the side effects, which were heavy and not good, but made the decision to give it a try. However, she does not feel she will be on it long-term; just to get her through to the RA guy.

That’s where we’re at: Mom is feeling about 50% better, but she knows this drug is only treating the symptom, not the disease. She told me she was going to weigh things very carefully, and possibly see a homeopathic doctor located in Michigan once she has heard what the RA doc has to say. We’re taking it one step at a time.

As for me, I am doing fine. Those tabby kitties have been out skulking birds in the back yard since the weather has been unseasonably warm for this time of year. Watching them out the window is like a looking at a big screen TV for me. There was a kitty in the yard this morning just inches from my nose. He sat very quietly and then bristled up his tail and ran between the slats of the fence into the neighbor’s back yard. Mom told me to “leave it” but man! That cat escaped by a whisker. Foiled again!

Thank you to all my readers, all who comment and like, and for your concern about Mom and me. I will keep you all posted. Thanks for reading!

Woof! Love, Maggie

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By the way, today is the Fabulous, Always Entertaining, RuPaul’s birthday. In celebration of that, I’m divalicious in my leopard blanket! You betta work! Woof!

 

 

10/31/16 Have A Spooktacular Halloween!

Wishing you all a fun and safe Halloween! We visited some neighbors who REALLY did their homes up and had actors and everything. It was spooky and exciting! Here are our Halloween pictures this year:

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This is one of the “haunted houses” that a family in the neighboring suburb did…it was so extravagant! All we have out is the huge dragon, which Mom named, “Rory” (rolls eyes)

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Can’t recognize Jamie? He’s a plague doctor! He scared a bunch of people without even trying!

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Can’t recognize Mom? She’s got “long hair” today ha ha ha!

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Of course, I saved the best for last! Since I refuse to wear a costume, I’ll keep the pumpkin company! Be safe, and I wish you all more treats and no tricks!

Woof! Love, Maggie