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Subject:I AM alive/Reading
Time:09:51 am
Greetings friends! I am still here, reading your lovely posts. I just have been crazy busy and not been inspired to post.
Been reading the "Divergent" series of books since there is a movie coming out, and Katie was reading them. When I saw the trailer I asked her..."is there kissing in these books?"
She was rather embarrassed and shy, but said yes...so I had her stop so I could read the trilology first. It's similar to the Hunger Games...kids, dystopian future...killing. It's entertaining but also depressing. I'm halfway through the second book, and will continue on to finish it out to make sure it's appropriate for Kate.

Been lazy about Christmas shopping, but hope to dig up some ideas and bargains soon. I tend to do most of it online.
Hope you're all doing well!
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Subject:Sochi 2014
Time:10:32 am
I have mixed feeling about the winter olympics. Really hate what Russia has in place as far as anti-gay laws (http://www.policymic.com/articles/58649/russia-s-anti-gay-law-spelled-out-in-plain-english)

But, I know so many of the girls on the women's hockey team, that I'd hate for there to be a boycott and have them lose their chance to compete for the gold.

There are some incredibly funny/creative videos that Monique Lamoureux (@moniquelam7) has been uploading to youtube. She's one of the twins on the team. If you'd like to get some background and to get to know some of the girls, it's well worth watching and checking out her other videos.
http://youtu.be/ipqVk-8PwIo

They're training in Boston and playing tonight up in Maine against a boys/mens junior team. Check them out...Feb. is right around the corner you know...
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Subject:Long Time No Post
Time:12:27 pm
Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted since the beginning of June...

Kate's now attending the middle school (where I went to middle school) and liking it so far. She's also started her second season with the Seacoast Lightning girls hockey program.
We sent her to a skating clinic at the end of August and she's light years faster. She's really enjoying it now that she's got some confidence and isn't "the last one" in every drill.

I couldn't bear another winter trying to like my Kia Sportage (2WD) so found out what it was worth, and played hard ball with the Subaru dealership. Finally got them to give me what I wanted in trade, and I'm soooo happy to be back in the Scooby family. I had two requirements, it had to be white, and had to have the leather seats.

So I am the proud new owner of an Impreza Limited Sport wagon. It even has big fancy 17inch wheels. Looks pretty snazzy.

Here's a look at all my Subaru's:
Imprezas
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Subject:Once Upon a Time
Time:04:14 pm
Finally watched the "Once Upon a Time" finale on the DVR. I think I have a Captain Hook obsession...
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Subject:Update
Time:01:23 pm
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Wow...has it really been that long since I've posted? I'm still alive I swear! Kate is doing very well and has an orchestra concert tonight with the middle school kids. She'll be going to the middle school in the fall, so this is her first time playing with the older kids.
She HATES to practice violin. I don't want to be the overbearing parent that won't let her quit, but she's good and really should continue. Depending on her mood, she gets upset if I mention her not playing next year...but other times she just doesn't like playing. Any words of wisdom from moms out there?

Figgy Pudding is a very bright little doggie. We've been teaching him tricks, and he loves to walk on the leash. However...he's shown some strange unexpected snappy/aggressive tendencies towards any stranger/visitor. I'd hate for the kids next door to be scared, so we've signed up for obedience classes. He's only 12 pounds...so if he came charging at me barking, I wouldn't be afraid, but the kids next door can be a bit overly dramatic, so we're taking no chances.

Kate has been making Vine videos of him, so for your entertainment:
https://vine.co/v/b2UdA9WPhMm

And my favorite one...Figgy talks, and Katie answers:

https://vine.co/v/b2tEwvgYKdK
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Subject:Fostering and a potential
Time:12:35 pm
So Bill's allergies kicked into overdrive and we had to bring Roy and Libby back to be fostered somewhere else. It was very difficult for me to give them up, but there were enough issues that made it impossible to keep them forever.
Roy was unpredictable enough with his aggressive barking at kids, that the neighbor kids mom wouldn't let them come over anymore. That was one factor in giving them up. Also poor Libby though doing better, was still super itchy and infected with that virulent staph infection on her skin. She is pretty much a terminal allergic dog. Poor girl. When we first took them on as fosters, the shelter said she had hypothyroidism and within a month of being on her meds, she'd be better...but that's not the case.
Third factor was that two BIG dogs leave BIG poop. And I was the only one picking it up, or willing to pick it up. Katie was great with little Giddy, helping take her out and keep the yard clean, but she just was too grossed out with the big dogs.

So we are dog free at the moment. But...
A friend of mine is fostering a dog that she posted a picture of. We've been looking at the shelter to find a potential dog to bring home for Katie as a christmas present. This isn't some spur of the moment decision, because Bill would have kept Giddy if he had his way.

This new little guy is more adorable than I can say. His name is Mulligan. He was a stray wandering around in South Carolina. He was to be put down yesterday, but my friend took him in as a foster. So he's a little Jack Russel mix. Only 10 or 15 pounds...so the perfect size for Katie to help out with.

Want to have your heart melt? Here's a picture of him:
Mulligan
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Subject:Libby Lou Update
Time:12:50 pm
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So Libby had her second followup visit with the dermatologist/vet. She's still full of bacteria and (pus) on her skin. She still is very smelly, but her fur is filling in wonderfully. So I'll have to continue to give her medicated baths every other night. The vet suspects she has environmental allergies and not food allergies. I'll have to really try and get her skin infection under control before being able to challenge her food issues. Here's a picture of how different she looks compared to that first day we got her:
LibbyCompare
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Subject:Libby Update
Time:12:49 pm
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So the shelter vet tech recommended that we take Libby to see a skin specialist. She met me there at the office and we spent four hours drawing blood, scraping Libby's skin and discussing exactly what might be her problem.
The specialist was a cute young guy with a beard. He was very knowledgeable and suspects that Libby doesn't have hypothyroidism. He wants to cut back on her thyroid medication.
He took a deep skin scrape to rule out mange/mites again, and luckily that came back negative.
He really thinks it's food allergies, so I'm giving her exclusive Science Diet Prescription "D/D" food provided by the vet. No treats..no peanut butter to hide her pills. He also put her on some steroids to try and get her itching under control.
He took samples from her skin, which is really a mess. You just squeeze a little and she just oozes sweat/etc. Poor thing must be going crazy w/ the itching. He also took a culture to see if she has a very tough Staph infection. He found all sorts of bacteria on the sample he took.
We'll be going back in 3 weeks for a re-check.
Also got her some medicated shampoo and gave her a bath last night. It really helped with her stench (she's really "doggy" smelling because of the infection). This morning her skin didn't look irritated (had to make sure she didn't have a reaction to the shampoo). Now we can cross our fingers and hope that it's just food allergies, and not also enviromental allergies.
If she has both, that's rare and harder to manage. If it's just food, we can fix that.
She's such a sweet girl she put up with all the poking and prodding. I just want her to feel better and start to look more like a dog!
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Subject:Roy and Libby update
Time:01:55 pm
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So Roy was brought back to the shelter today to be neutered. He'll be sort of out of it for the next couple of days. Libby also had a checkup and hopefully the vet can let them know if we can bathe her or give her something for her itching. I'm definitely seeing some fur growing where there wasn't any before. She's starting to get some fuzz of undercoat on her chest and shoulders.



Roy barked aggressively at Katie's cousins on Saturday, and we were very concerned that we'd have to take him back. But yesterday he was perfectly fine with the kids from next door traipsing through the house. Bill talked to the shelter lady and she was concerned too, but said it sounded like herding behavior. Bill doesn't want to give up on him just yet, so we're going to keep a close eye on him, and maybe the neutering will curb his 'aggression.'
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Subject:Foster Dogs
Time:03:30 pm
So we have been fostering dogs for the Manchester Animal Shelter. We started off with Giddy, a small jack russell/daschund mix. Bill fell in love and would have kept her, but I just wasn't ready to be a full time dog owner again.

Then I saw the post about Roy and Libby. Two german shepherds who were so bonded to each other that they had to be fostered/adopted together. Poor Libby has hypothyroidism, so has lost 85% of her fur. I begged Bill to let us foster this pair. We were perfect for them as we'd owned two shepherds before. It would be the perfect opportunity to see if his and Kate's allergies would even allow us to have shepherds again. Of course I want to fix/help the most broken of pets.
http://karmamissingpetnetwork.com/pet/34976

So we've had them for just over a week now. They are such sweet dogs, they love everyone.

LibbyRoy


Not sure we'll be fostering to adopt, but I can't wait to see how her fur grows back in. The vet said it would be at least 3 weeks before we'd see a difference with her on medication.
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