After the Waiting and Worrying

My Dad had his back surgery on Friday. Due to the fact that he some serious cardiac concerns, the week leading up to the surgery was pretty stressful. It was especially stressful on Friday as Dad’s surgery was scheduled for 11am and was suppose to be a 4-6 hour surgery…and I didn’t get any word until after 7pm that evening. But still, the surgery went as well as it could and Dad’s on the mend.

Other than the surgery, not too much has gone on this weekend. On Thursday we went to a cafe that we enjoy, but don’t go very often. They have this sweet potato soup that I love, that’s so decadent it’s like eating dessert. Not much else went on this weekend. the weather was lousy I stuck close to home, reading (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter) and finishing watching Breaking Bad and of course cuddling with the puppies. Our house is finally starting to feel normal, without the Beagle. I miss him. He was a sweet dog, and gave me an excuse to go for long walks…but the pups and cats are a lot more relaxed. The cats hate the pups, but the pups, bless their little hearts, just want to be friends with them. The pups have already graduated from being crated at night, so sleeping with us. They we’ve had them three weekends now, and already spoiled.

Sleepy Pups

Today we returned Dipper the Beagle to his family. It was sad to see him leave but to make the ordeal a little brighter we brought along the pups. We figured it was a great opportunity to get them adjusted to long car rides and socialize them while they are young.

The day was a success, but tuckered the pups right out as you can see.

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I’m Home!

I’m finally at home. Although I was home a portion of Monday, it feels as though I’ve been gone for weeks now so it definitely feels good to lay in my own bed and cuddle with my puppies. I could do with more sleep though. Puppies and naps just don’t seem to go together.

My trip to NJ was great. It was nice to hang out with my parents and my sister was surprised that I was there. We were trying to keep it a surprise but we thought my Dad had blown it a few days prior to me arriving. But she didn’t know and was very excited to see me when she walked in the door on Sunday for her party,  It was weird being away from hubby. I go away for two days every week for work, but after I get home Thursday morning…we’re together. Since I moved here, there has only been one time I went to Jersey without him and that was before we were married. So it was odd.

I’m still dealing with my friend’s problems. Things are a little better, but still not resolved and I don’t see resolution happening for awhile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Puppy Day!

We brought the puppies home last night, so we’ve officially been dog owners for a little over 24 hours. I’m still not quite sure how everything is going to go, and I admit that for much of last evening and today I felt overwhelmed but I am calming down a bit. The puppies are adorable (promise I’ll be posting pictures soon) and the dog that we are dogsitting for is good with the puppies. He’s a great “puppy sitter” and has been keeping the little guys entertained and safe. I haven’t left them alone together, nor will I be doing that…but it has been helpful.  The cats are somewhat calming down as well. We did have an incident tonight but they have been venturing out a bit more and we finally let them outside for some fresh air (Hubby was paranoid all week that they’d run away).

Being surrounded by dogs has been a much needed comfort to me, that’s for sure. This week has been the most stressful week I have had in a long time…my dearest friend was dealing with a major crisis and I was doing the best I could to help. Mostly I could only give her support as she lives in a different state and I was at work through most of it…but I kept in contact with her throughout the days through text messages and hubby stepped up big time and got her in touch with people who could give her help. 

I’m still waiting to hear from my friend. She texted me yesterday to let me know that she was getting help and that she would keep in touch when she was able…so far I haven’t heard anything since. That’s the hardest thing and after four days straight of almost complete constant contact it’s been a little tough to be patient.

Next weekend I’m heading down to NJ to visit my family. I’ll be going down solo, hubby is staying here to keep the zoo going. I was planning on waiting until next month because of the dogs but my sister’s birthday is next Sunday and my Dad is having major back surgery soon (third one since 2010), so after work on Thursday I’ll be taking the train down and staying until Sunday evening.

So lots going on over here. Good thing dogs are natural stress relievers.

Dog Sitting

Next weekend, we will be getting our puppy….and one of her brothers. Yes, two puppies. Yes, we are crazy. 

This week we are having a test run. See, a few months ago, we were asked if we would be able to dogsit for a few weeks while a friend of Hubby’s boyfriend was going through a big deal medical procedure in NYC (they are from Chicago). This was way before we knew about the puppies so we readily said yes…figuring it would be good practice for when we did decide to get a dog of our own.

Finally last week, the friend was scheduled for the surgery and they made plans to fly to the East Coast and although we knew we’d be getting our own puppies soon, we couldn’t exactly go back on our word so early this morning (oh okay, 8am) we got out of bed and drove the two hours to where our friends’ were staying. 

The Beagle took to us quickly. In fact, he gave me a kiss even before I walked in the door. So that was a good sign. It was also a good sign that he was an angel while we walked him, then took him for a two hour car ride. Then we came into the house and he met the cats…who went into high alert and then hi tailed it under the bed to hide. I took The Beagle for a walk so the cats could calm down a bit and get used to the idea but when we came back the cats were still not having it and The Beagle decided to chase them around a bit. Which did not go over well. So unfortunately they have been relegated to their cat room for the time being.

Other than terrorizing the cats, The Beagle has continued to be a complete angel. He only barked a few times (at the cats) but that’s it. Even on our walks when their was other dogs barking at us, he didn’t bark back or anything. He was more interested in sniffing and lifting his leg. 

Hopefully the puppies and the cats will get along better. Fortunately The Beagle is used to being around lots of other dogs so I’m not too concerned. I just hope that the cats learn to adjust to the puppies…which, considering their small size, will make things a little better I think.

Anyone have any suggestions to us how to make this transition a little easier on our cats? They are still fairly young, not quite two years old…but until today, they have not been in any contact with dogs.