Had to take our dog to the vet recently. She has had two bouts of mange since last summer and then since December she has scratched almost nonstop. We have tried lots of natural remedies from our favorite website called Earth Clinic and it just didn’t seem to help much. We even changed her food to a senior mix with NO chicken meal. Still no change. So we finally took her in. So far we are hoping for a genetic skin condition which will mean medicated shampoos for the rest of her life (she is 9 now and lots of puppy still left in her). If she doesn’t improve in two weeks, we are looking at mite/ringworm testing to see if that is the case. It might also be food. Or an allergy to our lawn (she has this thing in which we bathe her and she immediately rolls in dirt). Anywho, we have her on some medicated shampoo and steroids and an antibiotic for the slight evidence of a skin infection. This poor thing has had a rough year so I am hoping that this will be fixed soon and she can relax a bit.
In the midst of it all, I have been car shopping. This is my first car that I am financing. Usually we just buy a crap car with high mileage and pay for it up front. This time I want something a bit better. I am still shopping used, new is just much too expensive for us. But I am looking for a newer model. I have my eye on one now that I am hoping won’t disappear anytime before next week (tax money arrives!). This has been an entirely new experience for me and I have learned two things. One is that car salesman who get your number will call you within 24 hours trying to get you in their shop and buy that car you spent 45 minutes looking at and discussing. I also learned that it’s probably best to wait for your tax money to arrive before looking. Lest you find a car you want and don’t have the money for 10 days.
So those are my two big exciting things so far this week. Well, except for work which isn’t really exciting but certainly taking up lots of time. I do want to say a big thank you to all the people who have left wonderful comments of support to me and my peoples here over the Bible-gate scandal. In my mind I didn’t really do anything but sit near Ginger and pat her hand on occasion or walk her to the bathroom. It is heart-warming to think that despite the small actions that I did make, they had so much impact. As I have sat and contemplated what I will say at the next meeting (which means writing and re-writing and can’t make up my mind what angle I want to take) it has helped to get those cheerleaders here, on Twitter, and on G+ to let me know that my actions won’t be wasted. Because honestly, it feels like no matter what I will say it will fall on deaf ears. And it’s probably true, so why say anything? But these mini votes of confidence makes it that much more important that I do say something. So I thank you for all of the support, well wishes, and prayers. It means so much!