Thursday, February 21, 2013

Still With The Limbo

Well Alex didn't get the full time position (the son of two supervisors did, I hate work place politics) and it's yet to be determined if he will be getting restricted to 3 days a week so we're muddling through unsure about what our financial position is currently.

As it stands now, I will be working at least this summer. I'm really hoping to work with some animals at the Wildlife Safari but it won't be the elephant barn as they don't have the budget for another person. However when the supervisor called me to let me know she made it clear that I'm welcome there to volunteer and if they had the budget I'd be the one they'd hire. That gives me hope that when there is an opening I'll get to go back to my beloved elephant barn to work with George and Alice. If I don't go back to the Safari I'll certainly be going somewhere.

Blake's surgery followup is Tuesday, we have some concerns and are so hopeful they won't have to do a repeat surgery but we'll find out then.

As for a puppy... we don"t know. If I get a job soon we'll have to discuss it. While me working means there are more funds available for raising and dog care it also means there's less time for me to work with the dogs. Since I'll be working at a job that a puppy couldn't go to me with (unless he were to stay in the kennels which may be feasible depending on the department I'm in) it's something we'll have to seriously consider. It also depends on if a pup would be able to be flown up to us as we're obviously in no position to be driving 1800 miles to get a pup to raise.

There's more going on but it doesn't belong on a simple little blog like this :-) I'm not sure what this blog is besides a hybrid of a puppy raising and mommy blog (IF I puppy raise that is) but I think I should get back into posting more regularly, it really helps me put our situation in perspective!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Changes Be A-Comin

Changes are coming to our home. Either Alex gets a new, full-time position at work or he's going to be taken down to 3 day work weeks so his employer can get around providing insurance or paying the fine. I may be working part-time somewhere or I may be babysitting for my sister a couple days a week or I may be staying home with Blake like I have been. I may start teaching some low-cost obedience classes but we'll see. We may be getting a new little one, or we may not.

I don't handle all of this being in limbo very well but it's where we are right now so we have to power through.

As for the dogs. Kira and Teddy are getting older. Teddy needs teeth pulled and then we'll have to decide if he's just too insecure and scared to live here with Blake (breaks my heart to even consider it, he's my first baby but if it's not fair to keep him here then what option do we have?). Kira's 9.5 and doing well but she's going blind and has a fatty tumor on her side and I worry about her. Eclipse, he's still his eccentric self and still a puppy at heart, although I don't think that will ever change with him.

Blake is a happy happy guy but he got gluten last weekend so has been clingy and not feeling very well. He's also getting at least two more teeth on top of the two molars he just got. He officially has 10 teeth, his cousin who's ten weeks younger still has none. That would be weird for me to deal with at this point...

Oh, yes, the new addition. IF we do get a new addition (if Alex gets the full-time position) it will be a standard poodle puppy! I've been waiting to raise a poodle for almost 9 years since we first met Pirate and got to learn to handle guide dog puppies on him. It would be a dream come true but if it wouldn't work right now then it wouldn't work. I'll keep you posted.

Lot's of changes possibly coming our way, most of them have the potential to be good but on the flip-side, they could also be bad so we'll see.

Ciao for now!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

We Made It Through

Surgery day was awful but we made it through. Blake is mostly his normal, happy, adventurous self and we're so happy we're done with the issue and will hopefully never have to think about it again.
Playing at home the morning we left
Playing with new toys with Daddy at the hotel 
Playing with the toys in the waiting room 
He makes the best of things: Legs 5 inches too short? Use just one! 
We hope the ONLY time we ever have to see him in a hospital gown!