Thank you to all the wonderful ladies who sympathized with my ruined comforter, especially The Domestic Anarchist, Maddie, who offered to look around her town to see if she could find my comforter in her local stores! I LOVE my readers, have I told you that lately? I did manage to salvage the comforter for now... on further inspection (after my initial throwing it on the floor and stomping away) it only was shredded in one spot along the seam (more hole than shredding), so I folded that part over and sewed it shut... it looks funky, but it is only on one side of the fabric and is on the seam that hangs closest to the wall and when the comforter is against the bed you can't even see it. It will hold me over till I find something else... I may even keep it for a while longer. I just love it too much to part with and I think I salvaged it.
For those who inquired about my dog: He has a condition known as Colitis (an inflammation of the colon). Basically he has a very sensitive stomach and many foods, especially human food, set him off. Diarrhea with blood galore (sorry - TMI), and a touch of vomit as well.... on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. This has been going on for 2 years now. I finally said if we can't get this fixed I would have to get rid of my dog (GASP! If you know me, you know when I adopt an animal they become part of the family - they are not something I would ever consider giving away... ). I just can't keep up with the constant cleaning of his messes plus care for my 3 kids and work full-time (not to mention my poor white berber rug).
Needless to say, I took him BACK to the vets for the umpteenth time and said "I'm done". What is the aggressive step because avoiding human food, treats, etc isn't cutting it. The vet put him on a prescription food diet, prednisone, an antacid (pepcid hasn't been working), and another medicine that he will be on for the rest of his life. This concoction has been working wonders - no poops, no blood and no vomiting. WHOA! But then the peeing began. Turns out the prednisone can cause bladder control issues and it should go away when he goes off the stuff in another week.
On top of the Chronic Colitis, Mushu (my pooch), tore his ACL three weeks ago and will need surgery. I love my dog, but I am tired of all the issues! I just want him to be healthy and happy! So that's what I've been dealing with the last few weeks... here's to no more poo! The next step in our process will be to start an elimination diet to find a super-sensitive food that he can eat that won't inflame his condition. We'll continue to be extra-vigilant with keeping human food out of his system (easier said than done! Especially when visitors don't usually see issues with feeding dogs, or if they drop food they don't think to pick it up with super-speed!) and hopefully we'll be able to control his colitis.
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