Saturday, September 06, 2008

No Excitement Here Thank You Very Much

Luckily we have not had much excitement around here since the Labor Day fire. That's just fine with me.

We are consumed with Harleen: feeding, walking, pooping, peeing, taking her for rides, training etc. Supposedly dogs won't go to the bathroom where they sleep, the crate. Well, our little girl hasn't figured that out. Kerry has been on night duty getting up constantly with her but always finding that she had already soiled her crate. I slept in the guest room. It's just like having a baby.

We went to puppy kindergarten on Thursday night and asked the trainer about her crate problem. She came up with a solution that, while not perfect, at least allows me to go back to sleeping with Kerry, and Kerry doesn't have to get up every five minutes.

We bought one of those exercise pens for dogs. The panels link together so you can make it any size you want. Petco and Petsmart sell them. We put that in the garage (my car is now sleeping outside under the carport) and put the crate inside the pen. Last night we put her inside the pen and left the crate door open. Well...she still pooped in the crate but she didn't sleep in it. Tonight we are going to do the same thing except this time we are going to close the crate door so she has to poop on the cement floor. Eventually she will get it, and we will get some much needed sleep.

My wedding outfit is finished; I'm really happy with the way it turned out. It's been well over 100 degrees since I got it so I haven't felt like trying it on at home to get some pictures.

Today I went up the road to our favorite farm and bought four pounds of gorgeous tomatoes so I can make tomato paste and freeze it.

Kerry's platelets are a bit too low (28,000). Ten times that number is normal. Platelets are what make your blood clot. His doctor is going to try a new treatment on him next Tuesday. It's called Winrho. Two days after the treatment he has another blood test to see if the drug boosted his platelets. If it works, it's not something he will take all the time (it's administered via IV). The doctor just wants to know that he has a drug in his arsenal that can help Kerry if he ever is really in bad shape. I sure hope it works. It's very scary to think about this.

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