Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Annual Glenn-Bell's trip to the vet!

Last month was the annual Glenn-Bell's critters trip to the vet.  For the most part, we've always taken all of the animals at one time for their annual shots.  It's a chore, but one combined trip to the vet is better than 3 individual trips.  For Molly, we have to hide the cage in the house and then I have to sneak attack her into it.  When we had Clifford, it was like wrestling a wild boar to get him in the cage; Molly is no better.  The dogs on the other hand, they are so excited to go for a car ride, they are doing ballerina twirls all over the house while I'm trying to put them in their harnesses, which is a workout for me to try and wrestle them into those harnesses. 

Everyone got their annual shots, and then Hershey and Reese got their nails trimmed, and then Mommy and Daddy had their pocketbooks drained.  I swear I think we go to the most expensive vet in the tri-state, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Dr. Chappin and his girls just love our animals, and we love Dr. Chappin and his girls!

Before the vet came into the room, Molly was all laid out pretty on the table...


And after they were done with her, she's no-paws kitty under a chair in the corner!



Hershey is hid under my chair for fear of what they might do to him!


And Reese was Mommy's brave little girl getting her shots and her temp taking.



All done!  Let's get back in the car and get outta this place mom!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Doggie Dental Cleaning!

Every time we are at the vet's office, he is always recommending a dental cleaning for the dogs.  The first time he suggested it, I got prices, but we didn't do it cause it was expensive, and because we didn't know of anyone else that had ever gotten their dogs teeth cleaned.  I know we never did with any of our dogs growing up.

So at the last visit when it was suggested, I asked more about it and got estimates for it again.  Reese also had a little mass on her ear I had inquired about and the vet tech told me that if we got her teeth cleaned, they could also remove that while she was put under.  The dogs also have rank poop breath and I knew that a cleaning would help with that.  We talked to the vet and tech more about the cleaning and how the tarter in their teeth and gums, if left untreated, could cause serious problems internally and so forth, and all the costs.  We decided to go ahead and get the cleanings done, and have the mass on Reese's ear removed.  Plus February was doggie dental month and you got free fluoride with your dental cleaning (hey at the cost of this cleaning, any savings would be a blessing!)

Just a note, don't ever google dog teeth.  It will seriously gag you!  However in doing that I saw a before and after photo of a dogs teeth after having them done.  Well you know me and pictures, I'm doing this too.  Taking pictures of the dogs teeth was no easy task, and then especially after they had the dental work done.  Hershey didn't want any part of me touching his mouth!

Anyways, here is a few before pictures of Reese's nasty teeth and the little mass on her ear.  In taking these pictures, I didn't realize how yucko these dogs' teeth were!




The little mass on her ear.



I only got one before of Hershey, he wasn't a fan.



So I made the dental cleaning appointment and then dropped the dogs off at the vet on my way to work.  They think they were going for a little innocent car ride, but mommy had other plans for them.  I'm sure they were mad at me when I dropped them off, but I knew it would be ok cause I was going to be the one picking them up and rescuing them from that mean ol' vet guy!





The vet techs called me later that afternoon and said that the dogs were finished and that everything went great.  They were able to cut the little mass out of Reese's ear and then cauterized the area.  She said that Hershey had to have one tooth extracted and that Reese had to have one surgically extracted and that because of that they were both on pain medicine, and then Reese had an antibiotic to take.  All unexpected so dollar signs were going off in my head while she was telling me that.  Our $350 dental cleaning bill just went up to about $540.  

I thought for sure they would be sleepy and sluggish when I picked them up, but they were the wild hooligans that they were when I dropped them off!  Enjoying the wind flapping in their ears!



It wasn't until later that they calmed down a bit and were sleepy.



Here is a picture of Reese's teeth after the cleaning.  WOW!  I couldn't believe how clean and white they were.  And their breath smells so good!  I wish I would of done this long ago, and we will definitely be doing it again!  



Reese's ear where she had the mass removed.  The little black crusty has already came off and you can't even tell she has a cut out of her ear if you didn't know it. 



Below is a before and after of Reese's teeth.  What a difference!  I highly recommend dental cleanings for your dogs!  


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hershey's Recheck at the Doggie Dermatologist

Stupid allergies!  My poor Hershey Bell is itching himself like crazy, and licking himself raw at times.  When I called the doggie dermatologist to talk to them about this, I didn't realize it was time for a recheck so I was calling at the perfect time.  I think I called on a Monday and they had only one opening on Thursday when they would be there.  It was at 10:00 a.m. which was the same time as Shawn's working meeting.  So Shawn met me at the vet's office at 9:30 to make the dog swap and I tended to the Hershey Bell while he went to work.  After the appointment, I drove Hershey home and then drove back into town to go back to work.  Shew, what a busy lunch hour for me!  Anything for my Hershey Bell!

The only thing Hershey Bell was excited about was the car ride there and back.  The rest of the stuff he could of done without, especially the shot that they had me give him for a bacterial infection.  $175 later we left with a new allergy injection schedule of 0.5cc starting that day and then every 5 days for 5 injections, and then 0.7cc every 7 days for 7 injections.  That takes us up into May when it will be time for more medicine and a new schedule.






See my clean teefers from my dental cleaning?  :)


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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Gavin's Birthday Day of Fun!

Before I get started with this post, I wanna give some props to my friend Jana Bean who made Gavin and I these super cute birthday shirts!  I bought the shirts at Old Navy (cause I'm picky about my shirts) and then took them to her for the vinyl lettering.  I absolutely loved how they turned out!!


On Friday, I picked Gavin up for the weekend so we could celebrate his Birthday Day of Fun on Saturday.  We started the weekend off with orange Jarrito's from Jalisco's!  


Saturday involved a day of fun of Gavin's choice!  

We started the day at the Inflatable Fun Factory.  Actually we started the day at Pump it Up, only to get there and find out they were closed to open jump because of some private parties they were having.  Off we headed to the Inflatable Fun Factory.  Gavin had a great time jumping around and going up and down the slides.  We chose to jump before eating, as Stace didn't want to have a situation later in the day!  We were only there for a short amount of time before Gavin was wore out and hungry.






Next up we headed out to lunch.  Our plan was to go to Zuki since Gavin loves their soup, salad, and hibachi chicken and loves eating with those cheater chopsticks.  However, when we got to Zuki, they had an hour wait and none of us really wanted to wait that long.  Shawn suggested Toyko Japan so we went there.  I have to say that at first I was deflated with their food selection - they didn't have any soup or salad, and they didn't have the kind of noodles that other hibachi type places have.  Gavin doesn't like the rice or veggies, so all he would eat would be the chicken.  I figured they probably wouldn't have the cheater chopsticks that he kept talking about.  I was ready to just get up and leave, but knew if we did, we'd have a wait anywhere else we went too.  Gavin kept bugging for the chopsticks while we were ordering and when I asked if they had any, the girl said they did.  Victory!  We'll stay!  I was actually glad we stayed cause the food was really good.  Gavin ate all of his chicken and then helped himself to some chicken off of both mine and Shawn's plate



After lunch, he wanted to go to Toys R Us and get his present and then go home and play with it.  We perused quite a few isles of the store and had a few different things in the cart before he finally settled on the big gun.





We did stop at Sonic for drinks on the way home, and I'm not naming any names, but a grape nerds slush ended up on the floorboard of the backseat.  Thankful that I had Weathertech floormats!  They were a lifesaver and made the cleanup quick and easy!  





Heading upstairs to pop a few in Uncle Shawn!



And no birthday celebration is complete without cake and ice cream!





Happy Almost 7th Birthday sweet boy!  



I have to tell ya, that Nerf Module gun is pretty sweet!  It's huge and once it's fully put together, Gavin can't hardly hold it up.  After we got home and I started investigating that gun online, there are 3 more accessory packs to add to it, so Nan and I are going to get them for him for his birthday party on Saturday at his house.  



He did say a couple funny things over the weekend, however at the writing of this blog, I can only remember one of them :(  I'm sure the other thing will come to me later and I'll update when it does.

I had told him that we might go to laser tag and putt-putt, but I wasn't sure.  Later in the car, he said "I know there's a 50 percent chance we are going to laser tag"  I asked him why he said that, and he replied "cause you said we may or may not go there".  It was cracking Shawn and I up that he used a percentage in his comment!



Monday, February 15, 2016

Snow Cream = Deliciousness



I am so done with winter and snow, and cold dreary weather.  It's making me miserable and grouchy, and I'm cold all the time.  However I will admit that I was happy we had snow again yesterday so I could make some snow cream.  I haven't gotten a chance to make it yet this year.

I got a recipe from a friend last year and every since I made it, I've been in love with it!  It tastes just like homemade ice cream in a fraction of the time and a fraction of the cost!

All you need is 8 cups of snow, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and a splash of vanilla.  Stir everything together and it's done!  I like to add crushed pineapple to my bowl of ice cream, and I've also added chocolate syrup and thawed frozen strawberries too.  It's all yummy!!