Wednesday, May 28, 2008
They are just areas where your dog continuely itches until they've created an open sore. The spot is inflammed and they itch it like crazy.
If you dog has a history of ear infections, allergies, heavy coats, or flea infestations, it is likely you will at one point deal with this problem although all dogs are susceptible to hot spots.
As any skin disorder, you are going to want to treat the sore and prevent another occurrence.
When you first notice a hot spot developing, trim all hair around the sore and wash it with warm water mixed with a very mild soap. Then make an appointment with the doctor in case you need some antibiotics.
The itching can be severe. It is hard to watch. Use whatever means necessary to keep the dog from itching that particular spot. From an E-collar, to socks, or even an ace bandage. We tried almost all of those.
To ease the itching until you can see a vet, use cold compresses, witch hazel, a children's benadryl, anti itch sprays (didn't work for us), sometimes an oatmeal bath is necessary.
For us with Tessa, the cold compresses and children's allergy medicine did the trick.
It looked 60% better the next day. 3 full days later and you couldn't even tell she had it.
It was horrible to watch her agonize over the itching though, I hate watching her suffer.
But she's on allergy meds now and doing great...hope you never need this information, but if you do I hope you find it helpful.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
It is cute and works well. I decided to try it out by making one of Mr. Bumblebee's favorites, Snickerdoodles. I didn't have a recipe for them so I just used Martha Stewart's recipe. They are good but not great. Still looking for an amazing recipe. Mr. Bumblebee likes them chewy and these weren't chewy enough for him.
This is how the men like to celebrate a four day weekend....kills me how cute they are!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Once we reached the waterfall, we were a little....disappointed. It was a waterfall by definition, however the same effect could be given by a broken sprinkler head in on a slope in a backyard. I did take a picture in front of it though.
After our lovely hike, we had a picnic and my mom loved it. She was so happy all day long so I'm glad we did it for her. We had only about an hour to shower and change and head off to Mr. Bumblebee's family celebration for Mother's Day. His family meets at his grandmother's house for Mother's Day. We were having dinner there.
This is my favorite picture. That's Mr. Bumblebee's mom and his aunt....can you tell they are sisters? It gets worse, sometimes they accidentally show up in the same outfit. Great minds think alike...Mr. Bumblebee was really sweet and surprised me with a Mother's Day gift from the kids. Tess had chewed up a favorite pair of underwear of mine one day when she got into a laundry basket. I was upset because that's not like her. Well, inside of a cute "from the dog" card, there was a gift card to Victoria Secrets...awwwwwww!
P.S. Yes, I did wear my 7's on a hike, I really didn't believe we were actually going to go through with it till we got there...
The reason she looks so focused is because there is a puppy Sprinkles cupcake in front of her. Oh my gosh, dogs LOVE those things.
Obviously she is feeling a lot better. Her hotspot is gone but it turns out baby has food and seasonal allergies. Luckily, with medication, it's all clearing up.
We take the kids to fashion island a lot for walks since Tess' allergies act up when we walk her in our neighborhood. So the other night we happened to stumble into Muttropolis during a party they were having. We put our names in for a 50 dollar gift card and wouldn't you know it...WE WON!
Well, Tess has just been crazy about the water every time we take her onto Balboa Island and we usually let her swim from the shore into the bay but recently she's been making mad dashes to jump off the dock. I don't see a problem with it but I'm worried about her swimming capabilities. So we decided to use the gift card for a life-vest for her. Here it is...(p.s. she loves it and it works great!)
The girl loves to swim!! We just can't keep her out of the water.
Tomorrow, to change things up a bit, she's going to Doggie Daycare. It's actually more for Tucker than her, she hates it. She'd much prefer to sit on the couch and sleep all day long but we want them to get out and be social. The local dogpark has been closed for a while and so they haven't gotten that as often as they are used to.
::sigh:: I love my girl!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I'll spare you the pictures, it looks horrible and painful. Just keep her in your thoughts.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
We brought the "kids" with us so they could run in my parents backyard. They had a blast.
Tess looking mighty cute. She isn't brushed out because she just went swimming in the spa. Ya, on purpose. It's nice to have dogs love water but sometimes I can't keep her out of it and I don't feel like brushing her out every hour.
This is Gidget, my parents rat...I mean dog. She's cute. She's a whoppin' 8 pounds now. She loves playing with Tess and Tucker though.
This is my little man. He was mortified of my parents but loved the backyard. But by the end of the night he would take a treat from my dad. He's slowly getting there....lots of work. He's the opposite with just Mr. Bumblebee and me though, he's CRAZY! He gathered a pile of sticks and chewed on them in the shade for the later part of the afternoon. He went swimming once, but it was by accident.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
The top is reversible to have the same pattern as the bottom. I haven't bought it yet. I'm waiting to hear some opinions. So let 'em rip friends!
P.S. I have small boobs something is needed with padding for enhancement.
P.P.S. I chose brown because I already own one brown suit and I get a lot of compliments on it which gives me confidence. So ya...