I got up yesterday morning and went to get a few groceries. Then took Abi to the vet. 

She coughs much of the night due to her trachea, but when she wasn’t coughing the last few nights, she was crying. I figured her throat was hurting and I was right. 

After her examination, the vet told me that she now has a heart murmur. He said that the heart problem makes the trachea problem worse. 


He also told me that at night allergens have been collecting throughout the day, thus at night the coughing is worse. I typically give her an allergy pill at night and a small amount of children’s cough medicine in the hope of getting more sleep.

So I left with pills for her heart and a liquid antibiotic for her throat.
 

 

What you see above are new clematis shoots growing out of dead clematis shoots. Usually by this time of year I have cut many of the plants back in preparation for fall/winter. I’m just behind on my schedule.

I really wanted to get pansies for fall. But I looked at the containers outside and they are still full of growing plants, so I asked myself: Where would you plant them? 

I usually get pansies in the spring and then they normally come back in the fall when cooler weather arrives. But I didn’t do that this year. I really love the little pixie faces of pansies.

My weekend will probably consist of sanding the wall where I had to patch it, then washing it down and trying the Gardz. I hope it doesn’t smell bad because my living room window is taped shut. 

A maintenance man taped up the seams of the window last year because of the dust getting in. Might have to take the tape off.
  
Now I’m glad I’m not having someone else work on the wall
after I paid that vet bill.
I wouldn’t be comfortable having someone in here anyway.




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  1. I hope Miss Abi gets to feeling better soon. I'm doing a makeover in my kitchen as well. I've removed the cabinet doors, not putting them back up as I'm going with the open concept look and plan to paint everything an antique white. My kitchen is painted yellow, official title is "melted butter"; doesn't that sound yummy! Good luck and I can't wait to see the final pictures. Carol

  2. Brenda, Our little dog has the same problem with coughing. Our vet put him on Cerenia which is prescribed for vomiting but seems to help a lot with the coughing. Vet dosent know why it helps but wanted us to give it a try. So glad we did. He still coughs a bit but not near as much

  3. I'm sorry for Abi's health problems. You are so observant though and certainly we're right on this. I know the vets are expensive but what would we do without them? My sweet Dolly Dog had to have a cancer surgery this past Aug but she's spry at 14 and enjoys life so much and I enjoy her so much that I count it as as an expense well worth it. Praying the wall gets solved soon!

  4. poor little girl abi. to think she cried in pain.
    that's the hardest thing.
    I wonder too if the different chemicals have irritated her throat? wish she and you both didn't have to endure the sanding. best of luck. it's time you had some heaven knows!

  5. I feel for little Abi–and her momma, too. I wonder if you got an air cleaner if it would help her at all. I know, another expense. But it would help you, too, to get some sleep. I don't know how you function at all. I know nothing about air cleaners and how they function, but maybe you should look into getting one. That's after you get done with the bloody wall!

    Are Abi and Charlie the same age? Charlie doesn't seem to have the same problems, does he ? I mean, that's good. One with those issues is enough.

    I love pansies, too. I usually get them in the spring but I didn't this year. Don't know why. I did buy some tulip bulbs, but I don't now whether to plant them or not since I probably am going to be moving in a few weeks. it's not my choice to do so, but the bank is threatening to foreclose as I am behind on a home equity loan. My income has dropped considerably in the last year and a half and I just can't afford everything any more. I hate the tho't of leaving the house and neighborhood I've lived in for over thirty years, but I've exhausted the alternatives to selling the house. So it goes. Just have to suck it up and do what you have to do. Life!

  6. I feel for little Abi–and her momma, too. I wonder if you got an air cleaner if it would help her at all. I know, another expense. But it would help you, too, to get some sleep. I don't know how you function at all. I know nothing about air cleaners and how they function, but maybe you should look into getting one. That's after you get done with the bloody wall!

    Are Abi and Charlie the same age? Charlie doesn't seem to have the same problems, does he ? I mean, that's good. One with those issues is enough.

    I love pansies, too. I usually get them in the spring but I didn't this year. Don't know why. I did buy some tulip bulbs, but I don't now whether to plant them or not since I probably am going to be moving in a few weeks. it's not my choice to do so, but the bank is threatening to foreclose as I am behind on a home equity loan. My income has dropped considerably in the last year and a half and I just can't afford everything any more. I hate the tho't of leaving the house and neighborhood I've lived in for over thirty years, but I've exhausted the alternatives to selling the house. So it goes. Just have to suck it up and do what you have to do. Life!

  7. Poor, dear Abi. Problems compounded by other problems. Hope the medicine can get her comfortable again. Maybe all of the airway irritants in the wall patch and/ or the particulate matter in the air after sanding is exacerbating her problems. Are you wearing a mask so you are not inhailing all of the pollutants ? Those older walls have God knows what on them when it comes to paints or what type of germs or mold spores have been painted into them. Some homes were still painted with lead based paint up until the late 1970's. And landlords are notorious for painting over molds.

  8. Pupster Winston and I hope Abi feels better soon too. I bought a small pack of pansies and a small dusty miller for my little trough planter. We put out a few mums in place of the impatiens tat we're on their spindly last legs. I would love to plant more pansies but it is so stinking hot here still, I just don't feel like working in the flower gardens very much. (East TN). I don't know what we're going to do if we don't get some rain soon. The water bill is too high.

  9. Oh, you are so good to your dogs. And poor Abi but she's sure lucky to have you.

    Right now my New Dawn Roses have decided to bloom again! and we're all walking around in tee shirts, some in shorts. We're heading to Vermont for fall foliage and it's going to be 80 there Sunday!

  10. Hi Brenda~

    Sweet little Abi, I hope the medication works and she is feeling better today.

    Isn't it funny how the plants just do their own thing?! I love it when something starts to bloom . . . again. Pansies are one of my favorite as well, so cute!

    Good luck with the wall, it sure has been a horrible experience for you!

    Hugs,
    Barb

  11. POOR ABI AND YOU TOO. I KNOW HOW YOU LOVE AND WORRY ABOUT THE PUPSTERS. NOTHING WORSE THAN A SICK BABY.
    I LOVE PANSIES, THE FRAGILE LOOKING THINGS BLOOM THROUGH THE SNOW, WHAT A DELIGHT. I LIKE TO MIX THE PURPLE AND YELLOW ONES TOGETHER, BUT I LIKE ALL THE COLORS OF PANSIES.
    TRY TO GET SOME REST, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. SNUGGLES TO THE PUPSTERS

  12. That is an adorable picture of Abi. I hope the medications help with her cough and sore throat. As our pets age, we tend to visit the vet more often which is hard on the wallet.

  13. Poor little Abi! And poor you as well! I went through this with Romeo, he also had a collapsed trachea, and I felt so terrible for him, so I know how this worries you momma!

  14. I hope Abi will begin to feel better with the meds. Poor girl. I know how much it is costing to have Peggy taken care of and the bills are quite high. No doggie insurance leaves it all up to us. Sorry about this. I know that wall has been a nightmare. Did you think about just covering it with those wainscotting type paneling you can get at the hardware or even using that faux ship lap like I used in my kitchen. The walls were so bad behind the cabinets we took down and that faux ship lap was not real expensive and covered up nicely. Have a good weekend.

  15. My friend in Connecticut has had a similar problem with her dog and allergies. Our pets certainly keep us on our toes! Hope Abi gets some rest and her throat heals. XOXO

  16. Sorry to hear about Abi, hope she will improve soon, you have enough going on with that wall.

    I always like pansies. My grandmother had a little fenced in area in her backyard around an old well head. She always had pansies inside the fence so every time I see pansies it makes me think of her.

  17. I hope the new meds work for Abi. Poor thing. Good luck on the sanding and painting. ugh. That is one of my most dreaded jobs–sanding patches. Hope you both can get a good sleep in with the new meds. xo Diana

  18. Sorry Abi isn't feeling well. The vet heard a heart murmur on Bailey, too last time she was sick. No treatment yet as it is early and no coughing yet. Vet bills are the worst!! We pay the vet more than our own doctors because of no insurance and copay. We have spent thousands on Bailey in the last year.

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