When It Rains, It Pours

Sometimes we have periods of time where things feel like they’re going well, and then there are times when everything feels like it’s piling on you like an avalanche. This week has felt a bit like the latter.

We had new neighbors move in downstairs on Friday. They had all the windows open and the front door open on a very windy evening, and the wind kept slamming the door shut violently, which shook the entire building. After the 5th or 6th SLAM I went downstairs and opened my door. I politely asked the man (and with some trepidation, as we have another neighbor who drinks too much and slams doors while screaming loudly occasionally) what was going on with the slamming? He introduced himself to me and said he was moving in and seemed confused as to why I seemed to care. I watched the wind try to close the door again and made a comment about how it was the wind making the door slam (as an older man used  a towel to prop it open) and went back upstairs, but now whenever I see him he looks at me like I’m a giant asshole. So now there’s tension with the new neighbor because I didn’t want my entire apartment to shake while I was trying to relax after work.

Monday was an incredibly emotional day for me, due to digging up some deep rooted emotional issues I’d long thought taken care of. They do that, you know. Like an old, uncomfortable pair of shoes you think you’ve tossed in the dumpster but you find, years later, stuck in the sliding mechanism of the guest room bureau. They turn up and throw a stick in your spokes.

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He really likes chicken and rice.

Wednesday my dog Bingley, my baby boy, my heart, my soul, fell ill suddenly. He was lethargic and refused all food. He just slept all day and when I took him out for a walk he was stiff and slow. He had a fever, and the shakes. I decided to see how he was in the morning. This morning we took him to the vet because he was still feverish and shaky. They gave him a pain injection, antibiotics, pepcid and subcutaneous fluids and tested him for Lyme. He’s much better but my wallet is much lighter. I hope he continues to improve. I don’t know what I’d do without my baby boy.

When I arrived home today I received two letters in the mail. One, my doctor’s office announcing my doctor’s retirement. I’ve had the same, incredible, amazing doctor longer than I’ve been married. It’s safe to say that I love him like an uncle. And now I have to try to find a doctor that I trust as much as I trust him.

The second letter was from my apartment complex. The letter states that I’m in violation of my lease for not having renters’ insurance. I’ve had continuous renters’ insurance since I moved in, EIGHT YEARS AGO. The letter states that if I do not comply they may evict me.  I was THREATENED WITH EVICTION for not giving them a copy of a piece of paper. Can we not be civil in this day and age? This is the very first notice I’ve received for this ‘violation’ and it threatens eviction? Even though it’s a form letter, it’s ridiculous.

I’m tired, people. I try so hard to be considerate of others, so it’s extra hard when people seem ignorant of my feelings. All I want is a place to live where I feel safe and I can relax. It feels like so much to ask these days – to have peace and feel respected.

If I hadn’t started meditating regularly first thing in the morning I’d be in tears right now.

Be kind to others, okay? Life’s too short to be an asshole.

Healthy Snacks You Can Share With Your Dog: Fruit and Veggie Edition

Recently I was wasting time on Facebook and someone in a group I’m in all about dogs (Cool Dog Group, it’s amazing, for srs) asked a question. Do you ever feel guilty when you’re eating chocolate and your dog is watching you, not knowing why you won’t give him some? First of all, no, I didn’t feel guilty about giving my dog chocolate, UNTIL YOU MENTIONED IT. Second, there are tons of things you can share with your pup that are perfectly safe!

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No Bing, delicious Sharp Italian hoagies from Larry’s Cold Cuts are not dog-approved. Plus I wouldn’t share my hoagie with a human – it’s too delicious!

Bingley learned pretty quickly that the sound of the veggie peeler means snack time! He’ll be sound asleep on the other end of the apartment and come running if he hears the peeler.

 

Apples

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DO NOT feed the seeds or core of the apple. Apple seeds contain poisonous chemicals and a dog can choke on the core.

 

Berries

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Oh man, who wouldn’t want to eat these? My mouth is watering just looking at these wild Alaska berries.

Bingley LOVES berries, especially strawberries. Just pull off the leaves.

 

Watermelon

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No he did not eat the whole thing. I’d scooped out the insides and let him lap up the juice! Kept him busy for an hour!

Bing and I both love watermelon in the summer at the peak of its flavor. We always get the seedless variety (it’s nearly impossible to find seeded watermelon around here) but if yours has seeds, remove them before giving watermelon to your pup.

 

Cantaloupe/Honeydew

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Mmmm.

Melons in general are safe for dogs, just avoid the seeds and rind.

 

Bananas

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I used to eat bananas daily, and that little nub at the bottom of the peel always went to Bingley! Freeze pieces for a fun snack.

 

Green beans

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These green crunchy snacks are safe raw or cooked as long as you don’t put any seasoning on them.

 

Carrots

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Also great raw or cooked. When I cut and peel carrots, Bing always gets some of the trimmings!

Pumpkin/Winter Squash

800px-Cucurbita_moschata_Butternut_2012_G2Serve to your pup cooked, cubed or mashed without butter or seasoning. Canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) can be stirred into your pet’s dry kibble for help with loose stools, too!

Sweet Potato

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Summer Squash/Zucchini/Cucumber

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Cucumber is another one of those veggies that Bing always gets the ends of when I’m cutting them up. I would say avoid feeding to much of the skin if it’s got a waxy coating: stick to English/burpless cukes or smaller Persian cukes, neither of which have a wax coating.

Lettuce

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I don’t know why, but Bingley always tries to pull the ends of the Romaine out of the garbage when I’m making a salad. It’s safe, though!

Spinach

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I’ve been known to drop a few spinach leaves on the floor when making salad, and I don’t have to worry about them getting noshed on by Bing.

All of these foods are safe for dogs in moderation, and you don’t have to feel guilty about not sharing them with your pup! Do you have a pup that loves fruit or veggies? Let me know in the comments!

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