I'm back! I've really missed chatting with you here. I hope you had a good summer.
I had a birthday on August 25. That is the date in 2010 that I traveled across country in an RV with other rescue dogs. I got out of the RV and right into my Momma's arms. It was a wonderful day for us both! We celebrate my "gotcha day" as my birthday. I was 1 year old in 2010 when I came to live with Momma, so I am 11 years old now. I celebrated with Momma and one of my friends who came to visit. Some of my dear friends sent cards and surprises in the mail too. (Thank you very much! I really appreciate you. 💓) I wore my little birthday hat for just a little bit and then I decided it had to come off. Immediately! So it did.
My other news is about my health. Earlier this summer I wasn't feeling like myself. I put on a little weight, was drinking a lot of water, panting sometimes at night, and (ahem!) tinkling more than usual. I went to the vet and they ran lots of tests. We got the news that I have Cushing's Syndrome. This is an endocrine disorder; my body is making too much of the hormone cortisol.
Cushing's is treated with medicine, so I get yummy treats (with pills inside) every day. My friend the vet is checking on how well the medicine is working through an ACTH test. I go back in to the vet for blood work, a shot of ACTH, and after waiting an hour I give more blood. It takes a while. I am a very good girl at the vet but I do not enjoy this! Thankfully I like our vet and the nice people who work at the clinic. My pet family has been going there almost 20 years.
I am feeling well and having lots of extra time to rest and snuggle Momma. I do appreciate any prayers and am grateful for love and good thoughts at this time as well.
I will share one more picture of me in my natural habitat. Momma has captioned this picture "I wait here for you." She says I am a Momma's girl. That is true!
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you will come back on Fridays for future posts. I don't have a fall theme yet, but will at least try to say "hi" on Fridays here.