Is It Thursday Again Already?!

Geez, it seems like the days fly by like crazy around here!  Since last week’s inaugural Barks and Bytes Blog Hop post, we’ve seen temperatures dip down into the low teens around here — and one night it even got down to 9 degrees! — in South Carolina!  I guess that’s what we get for being only about 2 hours from Ashville and the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Anyway, in last week’s post I made one minor error.  I said Sam had undergone chemotherapy to treat the erratic PSA levels.  Actually it was radiation therapy.  It’s a big difference in the type of “therapy” treatment, but the side effects are not much different.  I remember when Mom got her chemo treatments years ago, the effects on her appetite were about the same as the radiation effects on Sam’s appetite.  Either way, they aren’t pleasant.  So, I’m glad he’s finished with the treatments.  And, I’m looking forward to hearing the oncologist say that they had the desired effect on those renegade cancer cells when we go to see him next week.  And, last but certainly not least, I want to thank all of you who left “get well” comments.  They were very much appreciated.  Just confirms for me that our “little” blogging community is a great group of people who care about and support each other.

Post Snow Zoomies Nap

The snow was due to start here at about noon on Tuesday, so I picked Ducky up at daycare around 11:30 a.m.  When we got home, it was icy-cold, and the skies were getting grayer and grayer, but that was about it.  It looked more like we were going to get freezing rain than snow (like we usually do).  So, I took all three dogs out in the yard to run around and chase each other — and the squirrels — to expend some of Ducky’s turbo-charged energy.  They had a good time, but I haven’t had a chance to download the pictures from the camera’s memory card to the computer yet.  It must have started snowing around 3 p.m. because when I got up from my chair to turn up the heat at 4, I went to the window and saw that there was already about an inch of the white stuff on the grass.  Nothing on the street though.  Sam came home from work about an hour early, and asked the snow gods to give us a blizzard so he wouldn’t have to go to work on Wednesday.  No such luck.  It had already stopped snowing by about 8 p.m.  But, it was icy enough in the driveway yesterday morning that I decided to keep Ducky home from daycare.  We spent about 15 minutes out in the yard about four different times yesterday.  Ducky did her zoomies in the snow each time we went out, and took a nap in between.  Here she is…..

Sleeping Demon

Fast asleep in one of her crazier positions on the couch.  I don’t know how she can be comfortable like that!

Back to School Again  AND Updating, Etc, My Blog

Well, I finished reading the material and answering the sample test questions for the first CEP course.  Now I need to check my answers and then take the test.  I figure I’ll be done with that by middle of next week.  Then I’ll take the rest of the week off and start on course #2 the following week.

The blog…well, needless to say I still haven’t done anything with it.  One of these days, after I finish the third CEP course, maybe.

Well, that’s it for my “Barks and Bytes” blog hop post for this week.  If you haven’t already, why don’t you join us?  Or, check out some of the other bloggers’ posts in the linky list.

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9 thoughts on “Is It Thursday Again Already?!

  1. Jodi says:

    Oh I’m so glad you were spared the horrors of the snow! We have friends in Emerald Isle and they have inches of ice on their roads and the town has no trucks to scrape it off. They have spread Brine on the roads, but need the temps to rise to melt the ice. 😦

    Glad you could still find outlets for your pups though, despite the weather and glad to hear that the prognosis for Sam seems positive.

    Thanks for joining Barks and Bytes!!

    • The Golden Life says:

      Thanks Jodi!

      I’m not sure Greenville County has any trucks either … It’s been about 7-8 years since our last real snow storm and don’t remember if any came thru back then or not. They close everything down at the mere mention of snow down here! The kids were still home today even though the snow has already melted and evaporated in the afternoon sun we had yesterday. HA! I remember — when I was a kid — the School Supe was from upstate NY and didn’t believe in “snow days”! Mom & other teachers used to practically beg & blackmail him to get even one day off for a snowstorm. But he would relent after a little cajoling from my brother & me. (His daughter was our babysitter.)

  2. Nature by Dawn says:

    For some reason I stopped getting notifications to your posts! I’m glad Sam is done with his radiation treatment. I know how hard radiation was on my mom. It must be worse for dogs because they don’t understand why they feel bad. 😦 BTW, Ducky looks absolutely adorable stretched out on the couch. What a cutie! 🙂

    • The Golden Life says:

      Thanks, Dawn! Ducky is too cute for her own good! Haha!

      I don’t know that I could subject any of my dogs to radiation, or chemo, for the very reason you mentioned. Plus, by the time they would need it, how much longer would they really have anyway? The prognosis for a dog with cancer is not much different when they get the treatment and when they don’t. I think — and this is based solely on Shadow’s littermate, Emma’s experience — that a dog’s best chances for surviving cancer are getting it before it spreads any further and a healthy diet and lifestyle. My friends switched Emma to a grain-free, made-in-the-USA, diet, followed the surgeon’s instructions for her rehab, and she has been in remission for nearly 2 years. The other dogs that were operated on & treated at the same time as Emma had all gone to the Rainbow Bridge within 4-6 months.

    • The Golden Life says:

      PS. I find that my notifications and/or link to FB get “broken” at times too. Annoying, but it may be just one of those glitchy things that happen during a program update.

      Sorry I was so wordy in my first reply!

  3. 2browndawgs says:

    Thanks so much for joining Barks and Bytes. Glad to hear Sam is feeling better and has a good prognosis. I bet your dogs don’t get to see snow too often. I think brown dawgs have had enough of it. Well maybe not the snow, but the snow with our freezing cold temperatures. They are constantly picking up their feet because they are cold. It is the same everywhere though, snow play does lead to naps…lol.

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