Weekend – The time the dog ran away, poison ivy rash, and hacked account.

Happy Monday everyone!

Holy moly, can I have a do over of this weekend?  Even an extra day would be nice!  Friday evening started out just fine.  Curtis went to Arkansas to visit his grandparents with his mom and I had an appointment for Bud at the vet at 6:00.  He had to get a re-check of his urine to make sure that he didn’t need to be on the antibiotic anymore.  So we got in the car and headed over there.  He doesn’t like to ride in the back seat with me so he sat up front with me the entire ride over there.  

Once I parked, I knew as soon as I opened my door that he would want to come out the driver’s side.  He’s still extremely skittish about everything so I grabbed the leash (attached to his collar) before I opened the door just in case he tried to bolt.  Well, he did exactly as I thought.  Unfortunately, the end of the leash had gotten stuck in between the seat & the seat belt somehow which freaked him out as soon as he got on the ground.  He jumped around because it was caught + kind of choking him so I got on his level to pet him & calm him down before I tried to get the leash unstuck.  Well, as soon as I got back up to grab the leash, he started jumping around again and just losing his mind.  Before I knew it, he had completely slipped out of his collar — something that I was afraid would happen at some point.  I went to try to grab him before he could run away but he was too fast & snapped at me.  The vet techs must have seen the whole thing from inside because as soon as he ran from the parking lot, they were chasing him with a leash.  Dodge is the busiest road in Omaha and it was 5:45pm on a Friday evening so you can imagine the traffic.  He ran across all six lanes of Dodge TWICE without getting hit somehow.

So, it’s me & two vet techs running east down Dodge to try to catch him.  And I’m absolutely losing it.  I’m not a hysterical person at all but I was bawling, cussing, you name it.  Not to mention that I’m running in knock off $8 Birkenstocks but my adrenaline was pumping so it didn’t even phase me.  I ended up finally having to stop at 78th street while the vet techs continued running.  A guy in a pickup kept asking me what was going on and if we needed any help.  He kept telling me to get in the truck which I was honestly kind of hesitant to at first (hello, stranger danger!) but I did anyway.  Bud ended up going behind a strip mall along 78th street and the guy in the pickup kept yelling at me to get in to try to get ahead of him.  Since it was a busy time of day, there were a lot of people around & were able to direct us to where Bud was running because man, he was fast!  The guy in the pickup drove all the way to the apartments (in the grass, mind you) where we got ahead of Bud.  I got out and started to go after him because he finally slowed down but as soon as he saw I was behind him, he started sprinting again.  In hindsight, I should have had the leash or some kind of rope to lasso around him because trying to go up to him just scared him even more.

And this continued through the neighborhood.  He would get tired, slow down, but then take off again as soon as someone was near him.  There were random people trying to grab him or stopping to see if we needed any help but it was no use.  I chased him through back yards while pickup guy followed along on the road.  

 

The highlighted part along Western Ave. is where he finally stopped.  That is the Papio Creek where he ran all the way down the embankment and into the water.  At this point, it was just me & the guy in the pickup going after him.  One of the vet techs showed up shortly after and then another girl who was in the area stopped to see if we needed any help.  I was on the grassy side while the other side was the Keystone Trail so there were a lot of people running/walking along it & stopped to see if they could help.  At this point, it had been about 30 minutes and I hadn’t called Curtis or the rescue yet because we hadn’t stopped moving!  I called both of them & was completely hysterical on the phone.  Then I called the Humane Society but they said it was a “low priority” call so they weren’t going to send anyone out to help. 

For a dog that is afraid of everything, he was completely fearless & went straight into the water where he swam up & down the creek for almost an hour an a half.  He would stop swimming and stand on along the edge of the water near an area that looked a LOT deeper and also had what appeared to be a culvert on one side which I think freaked him out.  So, he would turn around and start swimming back towards Western Ave.   The vet tech ended up getting in the water and tried to lasso him with a leash but he was too quick.  After a good 30 minutes or so, she ended up going back to work after I called the humane society while we stayed to keep an eye on Bud before more people showed up.

Shortly after that, a few people from the rescue showed up.  One of them had a leash & ended up getting in the water also!  I called the Humane Society a second time and said that he was in the water but all they could tell me was that it was still a low priority and they “don’t get in the water to catch an animal”.  There were quite a few people around the area by this point that helped out or at least helped point us to where he was going.  If he would turn around & start swimming one way, we would throw rocks in the water or yell at him to get him to turn around and swim the other way.  After what felt like forever, they were able to get him cornered in the creek.  I didn’t get in the water but I was along the edge of the creek.  There was a guy that was biking down the trail & stopped to help us.  He ended up getting in the water & kind of chased after him to help get him cornered.  Bud finally started to get tired & slowed down A LOT.  The biker guy was able to sort of lasso him and get him off to the side of the creek.  The embankments were SO steep and Bud was really tired so they had to kind of walk down the creek close to Western Ave. where it was less steep.  They were in the grass along the side so I was able to get a second leash around him and he walked up the side on to the grass right by the small pine tree in the last picture.  Another person with the rescue showed up just as soon as he was out of the water and helped transport him back to the vet where he got checked out (and also checked for the original reason he was supposed to be there!)

Other than shaking like a leaf and being completely soaked, the vet thought he looked pretty good and didn’t want to keep him overnight because of his anxiety with kennels these days (that is a story for another day).  She prescribed xanax to give him to help him relax also.  I was able to get him in the car and home without any problems.  I ended up parking in the garage rather than the drive way so if he tried to run, he would only be in the garage or the backyard.  Once he was inside, I only let him in the kitchen because he was still wet & I was by myself so I didn’t think I could give him a bath on my own.  He gobbled down a bowl of food and laid on the bed in the kitchen while I tried to relax from the craziness of the night.  I did end up giving him a xanax around 11 because he has been getting very anxious during the middle of the night so I wasn’t sure how he would do.  Thankfully he ended up sleeping until about 5:15 before he woke me up to go outside.  

We took it easy on Saturday.  Bud was moving pretty slow the entire day so I imagine that he was pretty sore from all the running & swimming as he didn’t act like he was in any sort of pain.  I would let him outside & he would just lay down in the grass after he did his business.  Normally he does laps around the entire back yard but he wasn’t about that at all!

I, on the other hand, woke up to what I think is poison ivy rash (I’ve never had it before but I Googled it and it looks pretty much the same).  It’s mostly on my right leg but I also have it on top of my left foot, parts of the backs of my legs, and part of my left arm.  It also started showing up on Saturday night just above my left ankle!  My left elbow also started swelling up throughout most of the day Saturday which I have NO idea why.  Oh, and I’m pretty sure I have chigger bites on my legs as well.  UGH.   Thank goodness for Benadryl, hydrocortisone cream, and clear nail polish because this is miserable.  

And I was SORE AF.  I went to the gym on Saturday morning and just rode the bike for 30 minutes because everything else hurt too much.  

Sunday morning, I woke up to Curtis calling me and asking about a pending $72 transaction for some sort of movie/concert ticket place.  Of course I had no idea what that was all about so he called the bank & found out that my debit card had been hacked.  Wonderful.  This also happened last year right before our wedding but it was for plane tickets to Thailand for over $1,000 so it could have been worse, right?  (They never got the $1,000 thankfully).  WHY do people do this???  

It took everything in me to go to the gym in the afternoon.  I had slept in until 11:30am and didn’t make it to the gym until after 2!  I was still pretty sore from Friday night so I walked 20 minutes on the treadmill and did about 30 minutes of lifting.  I needed that even though I was so exhausted.  I made a trip to Target for some groceries, did some meal prepping for the week, and lots of laundry.  Curtis got home from his trip around 6:00 so we gave Bud a bath (because he still hadn’t had one after his adventure on Friday…) and spent the evening prepping for the week.  

As for Bud, he seems to be just fine.  He was still moving pretty slow on Sunday but didn’t seem to be as tired as the day before.  I got a new collar for him from the rescue which he shouldn’t be able to slip out of &  we are going to get a harness for him as well.

Lesson learned folks!  Keep your dog on a tight leash… or a harness!  Have a great Monday everyone!
Linking up with Biana.  

What’s On My Phone – Show & Tell Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!

I thought this was a fun topic for Show & Tell Tuesday as I don’t think I’ve ever shared anything about my phone before!  My folders are looking a little bare because I removed a bunch of apps to make room on my phone for pictures while we were in St. Louis.  And…. I haven’t gotten around to adding them back.  Anywho, here is a list of my favorite apps!  

1. Spotify

Spotify is my life saver, especially during the work day.  I’m thankful to be able to listen to music at work so I keep a playlist downloaded to my phone at all times (since we don’t have unlimited data womp womp).  I also have to have music while I’m working out so I have certain playlists for the gym as well.  Basically, I use this app more than anything else on my phone.  

2.  Instagram

This one is pretty self explanatory.  I am guilty of spending far too much time scrolling through my feed.  I don’t post as much as I used to, mostly because I just don’t take very many pictures any more these days, but I enjoy seeing what everyone else posts!  

3.  TimeHop

I’m a sucker for nostalgic things so I love seeing what pops up every morning!  It’s mostly entertaining for me to look back on all the crazy Facebook posts from like, 9 years ago, or random pictures from college.

4.  Tabata Stopwatch Pro

If you enjoy HIT workouts, get this app!  You can set it up however you want so it’s not always your basic 20 second on, 10 second off tabata.  I use this almost every single time I do my own workouts at the gym.

5.  OneDrive

I am not technology savvy at all.  Since I have an iPhone, I downloaded a Cloud program so that my phone would sync to that but cannot figure it out for the life of me.  My laptop is Windows so I use this app to get my pictures to my computer.  

6.  NextDoor

This is a fairly new app for me & I really enjoy it!  If you’re not familiar with it, it’s basically an app for your neighborhood.  Most of the people post about things they are selling, services (lawn care, etc.), or to alert people of break-ins or just plain weird things happening in the area.  The down side is that it CAN show your address unless you have your settings updated which is something you have to manually go in to fix.  

7.  Ibotta, Shopkick

I’ve been using ShopKick (<– referral link) ever since I got an iPhone in 2012.  It’s an easy way to earn some gift cards if you shop at those places regularly.  I was able to get $50 off a brand new TV at Best Buy after redeeming a bunch of my points!  Ibotta (<– referral link) is pretty similar but I can use our local grocery store rather than a big chain store.  I like using it even though it’s been a rather slow process to earn enough rebates to be able to cash out.  

Do you use any of these apps?  What are some of your favorites?

Week In Numbers

Happy Monday!

Last week was rough.  SO rough.  I’m hopeful that things will start to turn around this week.  Rather than writing a huge novel of everything going on, I figured a numbers post would sum it all up!  

2  – Number of times I made it to the gym/bootcamp.  This is not normal for me but lack of sleep = no energy.  

12 –  Total hours of sleep I got in three days (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday night).  Let’s just say that our foster pup is not adjusting very well, especially at night.  Don’t let this cute face fool you;  he turns into a spaz as soon as the sun sets!  

3 –  Number of times I cried out of frustration, stress, and lack of sleep.

8 –  Drinks consumed Friday evening after a long week.  We went out to celebrate a birthday with some of Curtis’ friends & ended up closing the bar down.  

1  –  The only item I wanted from the Nordstrom sale which sold out before I had a chance to grab it.  Maybe it’s a sign that I don’t need it, right?  The nearest store is 3 hours away so ordering online is the only way to go!  

3  – Window coverings that the pup destroyed in our kitchen.   Thankfully they were all from Walmart & not that expensive!  

4 –  Days worked last week.  I called in on Wednesday morning because I felt sick to my stomach & overall crappy.

100 –  Degrees outside most of last week.   We were in an ‘excessive heat warning’ & it was kind of wonderful.  Sure, I don’t like being outside for long periods of time when it’s that hot but I will take that over snow ANY DAY!  

I’m writing this on Sunday night & hopeful that this week will be better.  We’ve figured out some ways to better deal with the dog at night.  While it hasn’t been 100% effective in calming him down, it’s gotten a little better.  And sleeping with headphones helps too.  🙂  Have a great day everyone!  

Nothing But A Hound Dog…

Meet “Bud” the Basset Hound!  We picked him on Thursday evening as he was surrendered to the rescue from a breeder in Missouri.  We found out last weekend that they were actually getting FOUR bassets so we agreed to take one in.  The foster coordinator has known we’ve been wanting a basset for quite awhile now but they haven’t had any in awhile.  Nobody knew the temperament of these dogs or the condition that they would be in until they arrived.  After getting his paperwork & doing some Google searching, I learned that he may have been a puppy mill dad.  Of course their website doesn’t say it’s a puppy mill so who knows for sure.  Based on his behaviors, it’s clear that he wasn’t very well socialized, cowers when you go to pet him (or runs away), & needs a lot of training.  

When we got home, we walked with him around the front yard as we still had our other foster dog, Mackenzie, and had to try to wrangle her before bringing him inside.  Due to the stories we were told about her not liking (and attacking) other dogs, we decided to keep them separate the entire time.  While she was out in the back yard, we brought Bud inside and immediately put him in the basement.  We have a pocket door in our kitchen by the basement steps so we were able to shut that in order to keep Mackenzie from going down there.  She was completely oblivious the entire night & had no idea that we had another dog in the house.  He paced for awhile in the basement before finally tired himself out & laid down.  We had to keep a leash on him due to him being so skittish.  

He did end up peeing on the carpet while down there but that was kind of expected.  He was so scared!  We gave him some food & water but he didn’t want anything to do with the food (again, also kind of expected).  Around 10, we decided to put him in the kennel where he slept the entire night without making a peep until 6am.  That was when Mackenzie realized there was another dog in the house because he started barking while in the kennel.  We took him outside where he peed almost immediately so we figured that the barking was his way of letting us know he needed to go out.  Once we brought him back inside, he went back downstairs to the basement where we just let him wander.  And… then he pooped on the carpet.  Ugh.  

Thankfully, I took Friday off from work shortly after we found out we were getting him Thursday night.  I wasn’t sure how the two would get along (if at all) and didn’t want to be a zombie at work if it was a sleepless night.  Since Mackenzie’s new owner was coming back from vacation, we arranged to drop her off at the dog daycare where her the lady works at & she would be picked up there later in the day.  So, I brought her in around 8:00 that morning, picked up some more carpet cleaner, and spent the rest of the day with Mr. Bud.  I blocked off our back kitchen area while I did some dishes, swept, and showered since I wasn’t sure how he would do wandering around the house.  

Unfortunately, things ended up getting a little hairy shortly after I brought him back inside after walking around the back yard.  I let him walk around the house but still on the leash while I kept an eye on him.  I was standing next to him when he ran into a gate I had propped up against the wall and it started to fall down.  I jumped to grab it which scared the crap out of him.  At this point, he spent the next 25-30 minutes barking at me.  Like, he would follow me around the house and bark at me.  

Honestly, I was a little nervous to get near him as I wasn’t sure if he would try to bite me so I just let him bark.  And bark some more.  It was awful.  I broke down & cried for awhile because I felt so bad and had no idea what to do.  Eventually he stopped but he was so on edge after that fiasco.  That afternoon, I brought him in the living room with me and sat down on the floor with him where he passed out for about 2 hours!

I was able to get him in to the vet that afternoon for a check up.  His paperwork said that he had possible ear mites and would need his teeth cleaned.  However, the vet thought that his ears were just extra dirty rather than ear mites and his teeth looked decent.  He did end up having a UTI which I had them check as I suspected he had one.  Other than that, his visit went very well!  

Slowly but surely he is starting to warm up to us.  He is still very very skittish but also curious.  He likes to follow us around the house to see what we are doing but he will get scared and run away if we move too fast.  For those of you who have been around the blog & remember Sophie, he’s kind of the male version of her.  Except he doesn’t hide under the table or in the corner and just barks whenever he gets scared.  We have to keep the leash on him at all times otherwise he’s pretty tough to catch even with those short little legs!  This was him yesterday morning watching me get ready for work (he’s not barking at me but his mouth was open for some reason).  

We have been keeping him in the kennel while we re are gone and also at night.  He sleeps in it throughout most of the night but he will bark to let us know that he needs to go outside.  This was 6am on Friday; 5:30am on Saturday; didn’t wake up at all on Sunday until we got up; and then 4:30am on Monday morning.  He does okay while we are gone & we have been keeping a radio on for him for some background noise.  Since the basement was his first experience in our house, he seems to favor being in the kennel down there compared to anywhere else.  Sunday night, we put his kennel in our kitchen for him to sleep and he was not having it.  As soon as we put it back in the basement, he was fine.  

He definitely favors Curtis over me at any time.  There will be times where I look at him and he will start barking at me.  Or if I give him a treat, he will bark at me.  But he doesn’t do any of that to Curtis.  He will even walk up to Curtis when we’re sitting in the living room but he stays far away from me!  I think he’s holding a grudge from when I scared him with the gate on Friday.  😉   I’m going to have to win his trust by lots & lots of treats.  I almost need to have them with me at all times!  

Lastly…. we officially changed his name to Louie!  But we’re keeping Bud as his nickname.  🙂  

Sweet Little Ones