First things first…

First things first…

English is not my first language, so please be patient with me and forgive my mistakes. I love the english language and follow english blogs from all over the world, the purpose of this blog is to keep in touch with non-german bloggers. Constructive criticism and feedback are always welcome of course!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Stapleless again

Stapleless again

Sam always is a sensitive und nervous dog. This was even worse last week. It was a hard time for all of us. The wounds must have itched really bad, Sam always tried to lick them. When we made him wear the cone he couldn’t reach them, but he was also very depressed and barely moved. When he didn’t wear the cone, we had to be very careful that he leaves the wounds alone and were very tense. On top of all of this, he didn’t want to take his meds, and the vet had prescribed antibiotics and pain killers… Well, at least the pain med was a syrup and easier to swallow for him.

However, the wounds healed well, and today the staples were removed. Since then Sam is much calmer and his usual self again. Let’s hope there will be no further complications.

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Cone of shame

Cone of shame

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When I think “Everything is going well, now I can finally blog about everything that’s on my mind”, something happens. In this case our Sam.

It began last week when his vasculitis started to act up, although we had treated it as usual with the prescribed ointment. Sam’s left ear bled a lot. The only way to get this under control (according to the vet) is to tie the ear to the head with a bandage for a few days so Sam doesn’t scratch it and the wound can heal. Sounds simple, but of course he tries (and often succeeds) to get the bandage off and everything has to be re-done again and again 🙄.

On Sunday morning, I let the dogs in the garden when the neighbor’s dog jumped over the fence and attacked Sam. Sam was at a disadvantage, because I had him on the leash. I wasn’t able to stop the two dogs from biting another, yelling and kicking didn’t help. It was pure chaos. It only took the neighbor’s daughter a few seconds to come over and help us by pulling away her dog, but it surely seemed longer to me. But the two of us somehow were able to end the fight. I was surprised about myself, though. While this drama was unfolding, I was calm and wasn’t afraid for myself. I just wanted to protect Sam, because it was very clear the other dog wouldn’t let him go. Dropping the leash and running away never crossed my mind. Luckily Janet wasn’t bitten, she wasn’t on a leash and just ran away into the house.

After that we noticed Sam had two bite wounds on both his upper hind legs. So we brought him to the veterinary emergency service. The lesions are not very deep and not very big, but they had to be stapled and Sam is on pain meds and antibiotics for a week. The first days he was very quiet and tired. Things have been better since yesterday evening, so I think the meds are doing their job. If everything goes according to plan, the staples will be removed on Monday. Until then we will stay in care-for-furbaby-mode. We try to let him go without the cone as much as possible, so he can eat, drink and groom. But of course this also gives him the oppotunity to lick his wounds, and we don’t want that. We have to keep a close eye on him when he is without the cone.

We talked to the neighbors, and everyone agreed that may not happen again. The neighbor’s pet liability insurance will cover our vet bills (which will be about € 400 in total).  Now we hope the wounds will continue to heal and that this was the last time something like this happened.

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Feline Friday #87| Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday #87| Friendly Fill-Ins

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It’s time for Feline Friday, hosted by Sandee from Comedy Plus!

Jackie doesn’t like that I try to keep an eye on her. I can be as quiet as possible, of course she notices me. And then she looks at me like in the picture above, and I hastily back off 😃. She has trained me so well! But I won’t stop looking for her, I want to know everything is alright – several times a day!

Friendly Fill-Ins

I again participate in the Friendly Fill-Ins, hosted by Four-LeggedFurballs and 15andmeowing. So here we go:

1. The fact that our furbabies need me motivates me to get up every morning.
2. I put salt on everything I cook. I love salt, and so I often crave french fries and chips, especially after I ate something sweet.
3. When it comes to giving our dog Sam his meds, I don’t cut corners. This is too important.
4. Never forget to appreciate the little things. This makes life so much brighter.
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Thankful Thursday #45

Thankful Thursday #45

Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

The Thankful Thursday Blog Hop is hosted by Brian from Brian’s Home. He encourages us to say what we are thankful for today.

Today I am thankful that our vacuum cleaner broke down within the guarantee period. It’s always annoying when this happens, but at least we now get a refund. If this would have happened four months later, we would have been out of luck. One more reason to be thankful for 😉.

Have a wonderful day!

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Feline Friday #86| Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday #86| Friendly Fill-Ins

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It’s time for Feline Friday, hosted by Sandee from Comedy Plus!

Jackie enjoys her life so much right now. We rarely see her, she spends most of the time outside in the garden. I would like to have more time with her, but we also want her to be happy. I am willing to step back if that means Jackie’s life is better. She is not “just a cat” to us, she is a member of the family.

Time spent together is so precious. This photo was made a few days ago, when Jackie decided she wanted to have a little extra girl time in the morning. I had nowhere to be, so we had an impromptu snuggle session. Both of us enjoyed every minute of it.

Our furbabies really teach us to live in the moment, and I am grateful for that. I really need to be reminded of this quite often!

Friendly Fill-Ins

I again participate in the Friendly Fill-Ins, hosted by Four-LeggedFurballs and 15andmeowing. So here we go:

1. June is a good month to be outside. It’s not too hot, but it’s clearly summer. A wonderful time for long walks with the dogs!
2. I love to play Forge of Empire at the moment. It has been a long time since I enjoyed a computer game so much. My husband plays it too, and we are having a blast!
3. I’m not ashamed to admit that I always had a very tender heart. This causes pain, but it also makes me feel so much love.
4. I’d rather not get into a situation where I am forced to give one of our furbabies away. I know I make mistakes, but I love them so much.
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Thankful Thursday #44

Thankful Thursday #44

Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

The Thankful Thursday Blog Hop is hosted by Brian from Brian’s Home. He encourages us to say what we are thankful for today.

Between Corona, helping our friend and working in the garden, there also was my Birthday. Celebrating is a little bit different this year because of Corona, but I think we figured it out – instead of having one big party, we had (and will be having) several smaller get togethers, and so far this worked for everybody 😃. This is one thing I am very thankful for: so much time spend with wonderful people (and furbabies, of course).

I am also very thankful for all the good things that happened between my last birthday and this one. It was hard work, but I had lots of help, and so many things got better. It was a year of growth and understanding, and I hope this will help me in the future.

Have a wonderful day, wherever you are!

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Too much of a good thing

Too much of a good thing

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One thing I try to live by is a quote from Erich Kästner “Nothing good happens unless you do it”. If I can, I like to help. But when I promised a friend to walk her dog while she recovered from a minor surgery on her toe, I had bitten off more than I could chew – and it was just a week.

One aspect was the time I spent driving between our homes and walking the dog. But  being responsible for a pet I don’t really know was the hardest thing for me. I shouldn’t have worried, our friend’s dog is a wonderful granny (about the same age as our Janet) and much more easier to handle as our Sam for example. When walking her I always felt tense and wasn’t able to enjoy it. The dog on the other side had fun and was absolutely relaxed. Everything went well, but I wouldn’t have been able to forgive myself if something had happened.

At the same time my husband was on holiday, we had to do work in the garden and put away the wood for the winter. I wanted to please and help everybody and put myself last. This happens often to me. Panic attacs started to bother me, and after the week I just felt tired and like a failure, because I thought everybody but me can handle such a situation without breaking a sweat.

Luckily this stressful time was too short to cause real damage. I recover slowly. But I should really take this seriously and learn to take better care of myself. I still fall into traps I could avoid. That made me think. But this time I got off easy.

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Thankful Thursday #43

Thankful Thursday #43

Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

The Thankful Thursday Blog Hop is hosted by Brian from Brian’s Home. He encourages us to say what we are thankful for today.

Today I am very thankful I found ways to cope with this “new normal”. Of course Corona didn’t disappear magically and I am still afraid, but I am living again. That’s a lot!

I am also thankful for all the people who support me during this time, on- and offline. Surely life is difficult for all of us now, but they take the time to help me. I was able to help others as well, and for that I am grateful too.

I hope all of you are healthy and well. These are strange times, but we are not alone.

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Speechless

Speechless

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I’m rarely at a loss for words, but this chaos around the Coronavirus is too much right now. I continue to read your blogs, but commenting or writing is difficult for me.

I just can’t break this vicious circle of disturbing thoughts in my head.

Someday, Corona will affect somebody from our family, or friends… Who will fall ill, and how bad will it get? How long will Corona be part of our lives, and what will all of us have to sacrifice?

I know it would be good if I could stop my thoughts going round in circles, but it’s not that easy. Although my therapists are doing what they can, more than video calls isn’t possible right now. Maybe this trying time is even harder for those of us who are already dealing with mental problems. It’s not that I feel overly anxious, but the depression is really weighing me down. When the alarm goes off in the morning, I feel already tired. I have strange dreams (I take notes, because my therapist asks about them during our sessions). I can’t keep up with the chores, but I continue to look after my husband and the furbabies.

A few days ago, we brought toilet paper to our parents. We just left it at the doorstep and kept a distance. My mother had tears in her eyes because we couldn’t hug, and my heart broke for her. Modern technologies allow us to stay in touch, but watching each other on a screen is not the same than meeting in person.

Stay strong and healthy!

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Thankful Thursday #42

Thankful Thursday #42

Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

The Thankful Thursday Blog Hop is hosted by Brian from Brian’s Home. He encourages us to say what we are thankful for today.

Today I am thankful for the technical possibilities that allow us to stay in touch with all our loved ones even when we have to stay apart physically.

It is sometimes hard for me to practice social distancing, because it is very unlike me. I am no social butterfly either, but I love to meet family and friends. And working with my therapists helps me so much.

But I am still able to be close to the important people in my life. My therapists offer video calls, and messaging apps, mails and the old-fashioned telephone calls bridge the gap between myself and family and friends. We don’t know how long we will have to keep this up, but we can still be together in this: For this I am very thankful today. And also for everyone of you in Blogville ❤. We will get through this together.

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