Category Archives: The Animals

Worse than Poisonous Meatballs

SashaJust before the Fourth of July weekend, Sasha suddenly wasn’t acting like her normal self. She was glum in demeanor and even refused one of her favorite treats. Hello, you’re saying no to bison strips? What’s wrong with you?! Thinking perhaps that she might have been the latest victim of poisonous meatballs, we took her to the vet immediately.

We explained how we had seen dead skunks in a local park in places where you wouldn’t expect to see a dead skunk (ie. on the road). Maybe we had turned away for just a second and she’d gotten a lick of a poisonous meatball? As it turned out, poisonous meatballs would be the least of our worries. In fact, all the tests done that day came back fine.

There was really only one other possibility, and the vet took the samples she needed for this other test. We wouldn’t hear back until the following week since it was a long holiday weekend. So what’s a worried pet parent to do? Look up all the symptoms online.

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Based on symptoms and observations, we suspected that it was canine lymphoma, a malignant cancer that involves the lymphoid system. It was the longest long weekend – her condition worsened, so we made another trip to the vet. It got better, but then something else seemed to bother her, so we went to the vet again. Thank goodness for Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital being open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Monday rolled around, and I kept an eye on the phone all day long. No word. Then Tuesday came, and at the end of the day, we got the call confirming our suspicions.

She’s now on medication. For the most part, her spirits seem back to normal. She has less energy overall, but she’s hungrier and smilier than ever. We are working on keeping her as healthy (minus chemo) for as long as we can, even if it’s for a short period of time.

We’ve changed many of our plans in July and August due to the circumstances. Our goal is to make her as comfortable and pampered as possible and to take her to all of her favorite places while she can enjoy them. That rule about no sitting on the couch? She now has her blanket on the couch in case she wants to go up there. This past weekend instead of going up to Portland for WDS, we spent a day in wine country and the rest of the weekend in other familiar places. We are sad, but we are doing what we can.

Sasha Sasha

Robyn Arouty recently documented Duke’s last day. He had been with the Roberts family for about three years when they had to make the difficult decision of letting him go.

Ryan and I adopted Sasha about three years ago, and in a short not-yet-determined amount of time, we will have to make the same decision to let her go.

Sasha Sasha

For now, she gets all-she-can-eat treats and as much couch time as she wants.

Wine and Love #34

Wine and LoveI only really notice that a week has flown by when my weekly Wine and Love posts are nearly back to back! Thanks to all who participated last week in the inaugural edition. The series was originally brought to us by Walking With Nora. The concept is simple – each Thursday, you list out what’s driving you to grab a glass of wine and what you’re loving.

Grab the button, and join in if you’d like!


* It takes a bit of coaxing to get Sasha to eat her meals these days. What kind of dog is this?! She used to do just fine, but now she hesitates. Ryan thinks it might have been when we reprimanded her over a guarding incident. Now she’s wary of getting into a similar situation, so perhaps that is keeping her from eating. Hope we figure it out soon because it’s taking me way too long to leave the house in the morning. To avoid her meal, she puts on the cutest faces and nudges you to pet her. How can you resist?!

* Not enough sleep!

* I have some overdue writing assignments that I need to get to. No more procrastinating! We stayed in tonight, but instead of catching up on those, I caught up on How I Met Your Mother. I’m half way through season 4.


* New blog layout! If you haven’t had a chance to take a peek [especially for those reading in the feed], click on over. It’s got issues in certain browsers on certain operating systems, but we’ve tried to eliminate as many problems as possible.

* Due to Linda’s diligence and because we’ve been exchanging daily “positive three” emails, I finally signed up for the Sketchbook Project. You should too! Not sure what my theme will be…

Brunch at Bab's Diner

* Weekend brunch with some fun ladies! Gina, Katherine, and San met me in Suisun City for brunch. The food was delicious, and the company fabulous. The only downside was the long wait due to one particularly cranky hostess. She had written our number down incorrectly and then proceeded to yell at someone else for her mistake. Oh well! At least the food was good, and there was a lot of it.

Brunch at Bab's Diner

Brunch at Bab's Diner Brunch at Bab's Diner

What’s on your Wine/Love list this week?

Wine and Love #32

Wine and LoveHere is this week’s edition of Wine and Love, a series brought to you by Walking With Nora. Keeping the wine list short as usual!


* Today is the last Wine and Love for Nora.

* Feeling overwhelmed at times about many things – money, deadlines, not enough hours in the day.

* Sasha has a guarding problem that has recently reared its ugly head. It resulted in her teeth leaving a bruise on my hand. I think it just reminds me that we can’t be too comfortable with our situation, and that we always have to observe her behavior and alter the way we do things based on that.
Sasha Dog

* I’m taking on the torch for Wine and Love, so check back here next week if you want to participate or to check out other participants!

* I’m in the process of refinancing the house, and the woman I’m working with has been on top of things. Good customer service goes a long way. Well, competency also helps. It really does take a bad egg or two to make you appreciate the good ones.

* Tea time with the sister. We were on our way to a party, only to find the line a bit ridiculous. It was also misty out, so we found another option – sipping on tea and chocolate and just gabbing.

* Having friends over for cheese and drinks! Ryan and I haven’t hosted any parties for a few months, so it was nice having a few people over at a time. Super casual, but we still cleaned the house!

* 41 days until Bloggers in Sin City!

What’s on your Wine/Love list this week?