Archive | June 2013

Yucky things like my dog…

A quick trip to the vet?  That should be quick, easy and painless!  <– These were my thoughts before I took Gwen in on Friday afternoon…


While we were in Charleston we’d had Gwen on Trifexis for her flea and heartworm medication.  Before we moved me made sure to get her next month’s dose so we would have time to located a vet up here to continue her monthly flea/heartworm regimen.  The first vet we went to did not sell Trifexis but they did recommend another vet that did so I called them up and made an inquired about what would need to be done to get her new flea medications.  I was told I needed to make an appointment to see the Vet before we could actually be given a new prescription.  At $55 for just a visit I was reluctant so I put it off for another week or so.  Finally I decided that I was being a bad pet owner and made an appointment to get the dog in.  In the long run I am glad I went with the second vet since the office was much nicer, in my opinion, and the vet we saw was pretty nice and all the staff liked Gwen (who wouldn’t?!).

Gwen saw the lady vet and she got her ears swabbed.  Later on they asked me if they wanted me to run a test on the gunk from her ears (I hadn’t cleaned the dogs ears yet but it was on the list of things to do!) and I gave the okay for that ($29 just to look under a microscope!).  I also opted to get Gwen’s shots at this visit since she was due for them next month anyways.  Might as well kill all the birds with one stone.  When they brought out the invoice agreement thing for me to sign, I read through the list and ended up telling them no I would not approve half of the things on it.  They wanted to run a heartworm test on her since she’d been off the medicine for almost a month after they had informed me that we are in an area where heartworm is extremely rare due to the fact that it does not get or stay warm enough at night for the hearworm larve to be picked up and transmitted by the mosquitoes.  They also wanted to charge me $33 to clean Gwen’s earsTHIRTY-THREE DOLLARS!!!  I clean her ears myself normally and as much of a pain she is about it I do not believe it is worth $33 to have someone else do it.  They don’t even charge that much at the groomers…  The also had invoiced some medicines that were not discussed.  There was an ear-cleaner and a prescription for antihistamines since the vet said she “may” have allergies when we have not seen signs of allergies other than yeasty ears.  They really wanted all my nickels and dimes…

So a vet visit that I figured would come out around $70 with an exam and her Trifexis Rx ended up being more like $177.03.  She ended up with her shots that last 3 years, her exam, Trifexis, a bottle of super-special medicated ear cleaning solution, and the test on the ear gunk.  The vet said that Gwen had the beginnings of a yeast infection in her ears.  So now we have to clean her ears with the super special medicated cleaning solution twice a day for two weeks and then once or twice a week after that.  After hearing the doc’s instructions I was thinking are you kidding me?!  Because Gwen is a royal stinker about ear cleaning…she squirms and shakes her head, shaking the cleaning stuff into my face and on my clothes.  I feel like I need goggles and a hazmat suit just to handle her!  Good thing is she no longer snarls and snaps at me like she used to when I tried to convince her to let me clean those giant satellite dishes.

I did some googling and found a couple articles that pertain to yeast infections in dogs.  I learned that if it is in one ear it is most certainly bound to be in both, and that the “frito feet” smell that a lot of people describe their corgis having is really yeasty feet! (Thank God she does not have frito feet!)  I had heard before that Corgis can be prone to allergies, as well as other dogs that are mainly indoor dogs.  In these articles there were also some ways to help keep the yeasties at bay.

Here are the articles I found:


Apart from our recent wallet draining vet visit, Gwen had a tick on her!  Andrew and I have been playing soccer in the back yard with Gwen at night; the other night we took her to the park down the road and then when we came home we played soccer.  We are not entirely sure where she picked it up but we guess in the wooded part of our yard. 😦  I discovered it in the morning right before my parents came to visit.  I had picked Gwen up in the garage and felt a weird bump right in front of her right foreleg.  I dug through the hair to look at it and then showed Andrew, we both agreed our poor little doggie had a nasty tick sucking out her blood!  I of course doing the most logical thing panicked and called my mom.  I knew the gist of how to get rid of it but had never done it since Dayzee had never had one and I was too young to take care of our dog Zack when he had a tick.  I ended up holding Gwen while my mom doused the offending arachnid in rubbing alcohol and then when that didn’t work she took a smoldering match to it, but of course the tick was reluctant to give up its meal so Andrew pulled it off with tweezers and then we put more alcohol on it to sanitize the bite.  The whole time I had my eyes shut.

On trying to find an image to put here for the ticks I did not want to put an actual tick because I find them gross yet when I found a tick identification chart I figured it was a good resource…so here is the link for the chart.  On it you will find you can search different areas of the country (my apologies if you are outside of the US, hopefully you don’t have ticks!).  I found the chart/site both gross and fascinating.  They also had good tips for the battle against ticks!  Another informative link from NY.

It seems that the past couple of weeks have been a time of yucky things trying to attach themselves to my dog!  I really need to take her to the groomers to get washed!  She has grass stains and mud stains and smells like a rotting log…yucky things like rotting logs!  (No she is not rotting.) 😦

On a happier note, I start work tomorrow!  After the month+ run around I got with my transfer, it will be nice to be bringing in a paycheck again to pay for my menagerie.  I only work for a few hours then I have the rest of the week off since I am going to the Sister-in-law’s wedding.  First time meeting the other half of Andrew’s family and of course I’m going it alone.  I have the Navy to thank for that…  Here’s to hoping I make it home all in one piece!



Sitting in Grandpaw’s truck (getting hair everywhere).

Since moving back to the Evergreen State, we have made many trips back home to see my parents and now that my mom’s back is healing from her surgery, they have made a few trips to our new house.  Of course Dayzee (black lab) gets to make the trip too!  Gwen loves playing with her Auntie Dayzee and when those two play you might want to step back and plug your ears…the growling and Gwen’s yipping and the bodies being flung around, knocking into things (i.e. people knees and furniture) really starts to wear on you after awhile.  Thankfully they get tired and have a break or Dayzee will snarl at Gwen saying that she has had enough for now.

Both dogs absolutely love car rides!  Often times Dayzee will just sit in the backseat of my dad’s truck in the afternoon when he is working in the garage or even on their remodeling project inside.  He leaves the door open so she can go in and out but she’ll just sit on the seat and keep an eye on things that happen around her.  (She’s a lazy bum.)

Dayzee sticking her head out the window before I opened the door for her.

Lately, I have been taking Gwen with me in the car when we go to the barn or go run errands and of course when we make the trip home for a couple days.  Gwen is a very good little traveler!  She will curl up on the seat or the floor so she can stretch out.  She even puts her head up on the center hump thing in the floor of my truck.  When she does this she stares at me with her beady little (big) eyes and it gets a little creepy until she finally falls asleep.  But recently she has taken to trying to climb over the floor hump to crawl under my feet which is a big, big no-no!  So far she has tried about 5 times.  One day she tried 3 times before I got to the barn!  Guess who has lost front seat riding privileges and now has to ride in the backseat again.

When Andrew was at sea and a little before he left last time, we let some of Gwen’s “rules” slide a little.  She got to sleep on the bed, stay out of her crate during the day when I’d leave the house for a little while, and got to sleep in the bedroom (on her own purple bed).  We have since seen the error in our ways and have gone back to enforcing our Corgi’s house rules…she may not appreciate it but the structure is doing her well, I think.  We’ve also gone back to bribery reenforcing commands with treats.  She is getting back to where we were before the move and everything.

The next time Andrew goes to sea Gwen will probably end up sleeping in the bedroom again with me, though this time I will probably put her crate in there instead of the kitchen…we shall see I guess.  I just don’t like being woken up at 4:30 in the morning by little claws going click click click click click click as she paces back and forth by the door until I get up to let her outside.  I know she can hold it for another couple hours until I wake up…

Dog Vocab:

Does your dog have a “vocabulary?”  Gwen does.  Last night, we just realized that she understands the word “bully” and what it means…  We were watching cartoons and I laughed at something they had on there (running with the bulls and then right after it was running with the bullies) so I repeated it to Andrew and Gwen, who had been laying down ignoring everything, perked her giant ears up and had the look on her face of ohpleasepleaseplease!!  So I said bully again and she jumped up!  I added her favorite phrase “doyouwanna” and that got her going!  Not to worry, she got to pick a bully out of the treat box for all of our teasing.

If you say “Doyouwanna” you will get her attention and if you use any of her key words then she will let you know what she wants.  Different words invoke different responses too.  For example, doyouwannagoforRIDE or just goforaRIDE she will run and hop around between the front door and the garage door until you pick up a leash and head for the door.  Say wannagoOUTSIDE and she will go to the door and ring the potty bell and let out one or two barks if she really wants to go outside.

Of course Gwen knows her commands and some other words like cookie, treat, dinner, and bed.  All the important ones of course! 😉  On the other hand, she is missing a few important words which we hope she will one day figure out, like “ball.”  Dayzee knows what you want when you tell her to getcherball!  She is supposed to go get one of her toys to be thrown.  She also knows “cookie ball” which is a Kong stuffed with cookies and PB.  How does my food-loving Corgi not know these words?!?!


Today’s cute Corgi video:

Corgi is not amused…(with me)

Corgi is not amused with me for not posting anything about her in such a long time!  I have failed. Sad face.  I know I failed my Corgi Photo Challenge but I will pick up on that again at a later time to finish it off.  After all, I do like those sort of things!

I just wanted to do a little post saying that we are all still alive and well.  A little stressed out maybe, but alive!  Some more Corgi filled stories to follow shortly! 🙂

Here is a video I found that of course is all about Corgis.  If you watch it, make sure to go all the way to the end.

Corgi Photo Challenge! & da Humans’ Anniversary!


Since I didn’t have my laptop with me this weekend I was unable to start on the 1st of the month.  So I will do numbers 1,2, and 3 today!

1.  Your First Corgi:

The day that we brought Gwen home!

2.  A Famous Corgi:

The Queen’s Corgis from the Olympic opening!

3.  Your Favorite Corgi Related Product:


“You made me get out of my bed for this?!”

If you have a Corgi(s) or just love Corgis feel free to join in the Corgi Photo Challenge or follow along! 🙂

Humanoid Update:

Yesterday was our 1 year Wedding Anniversary!  It is hard to believe that we have been married for a whole year!  Last year was quite the year for changes and big steps in life; a whirlwind year, jumping from one big stepping stone to another.

Before my husband left he arranged to have a couple of bouquets of flowers delivered; one was shortly after he left (100 blooms of Peruvian Lillies!) and the other was for our anniversary (a dozen red roses).  Of course I could not pass up such an opportunity to take a picture of Gwendolyn Rose with some roses!  So here is a picture of the day they arrived and Gwen:

They are just so pretty right now I can’t help but add another picture!


This picture doesn’t do them justice, I think it’s the light, but they are looking good and I just wanted to share. 🙂

A quick note on the “Glorified Penpal.”  In an email I told my husband about the phrase I coined for him.  He thought it was funny because in the next email I received from him he signed it “Love, Your Glorified Penpal.”  🙂