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Monday, May 28, 2012

New Angus

Last Saturday something sad happened. Stay tuned for the story.

Misses Savannah and Adi had their last dance competition of the year (woo-hoo!) last Saturday in Taylorsville. My grandma and grandpa Brown came down from Boise to watch some of their dances, also, my aunt Meredith and cousin Beatrice came, too -- it was fun. Further into the day, my grandpa and Uncle Dave ran down to our house to grab something out of our garage. While they were there, we asked if they would check on Walter and Angus and make sure they were doing alright. Then my grandpa called us.. He told us that Angus was acting really weird, being shaky and strange. Sometimes Angus is just a weird-o so at first, we didn't think too much of it. We just asked grandpa to give him some water and assumed he'd be fine after that. As the day went on, though, the thought of Angus acting weird started to worry us a little. 
Finally, after a very long, but successful, dance competition, we made our way home. My cute daddy beat the four girls home and when we arrived, we found him sitting out in the garage with Walter and a very sickly looking Angus :( Poor little Angus was shaking like a leaf, soaking wet from head to toe, seemed terrified any time we tried to touch him, was very jumpy, and wouldn't blink, his eyes were weird and buggy, and his little tongue appeared to be stuck hanging out of his mouth. My dad had wrapped him up in a towel and was very worried about him. We all were once we saw him. Pretty quickly we decided we needed to take him to the doggie ER (yes, they have one of those) so we loaded him into his crate very carefully and mom was off with the little fella. 

Angus was a medical mystery. For two nights he stayed in the ER and he stayed one night at the vet and never were his doctors able to really tell us what was going on with the little Bunny Puppy. Apparently, he was showing signs of eating Snail Bait, but seeing as we do not own nor use Snail Bait, that couldn't have been it. I don't feel like the vets were all that helpful..

Eventually, the little trooper was able to come back home but was not doing well, at all. Sometimes, he looked 100% dead and you had to poke and prod him several times before he'd show you the slightest sign of life. He had an antibiotic he had to take daily for five days, eye cream (that is no fun to put on, btw), and some caloric goo that we had to feed him through a syringe (for a few days, we had to feed & water him through syringe, too). Much of his time home, he would lay motionless, looking rather dead (as shown, above.) Angus wouldn't eat, drink, go potty, poop, or even walk. If you held him, you would think he had no muscle in his body. His little head would flop over your arm and he'd hang there..again, looking very dead. It was so sad to see this little guy, once FULL of chaotic, psycho energy do absolutely nothing. Its like he wasn't even Angus, anymore. He had forgotten us, clearly, and had no idea what the heck was going on around him. Not even Walter, who he once idolized, could perk him up. On the rare occasion he would walk, his tail was down, curled under his body and he just looked sad and pathetic. Luckily, when he was in these weird dead-puppy periods, we could stick corn syrup in his mouth and he'd usually "perk" back up within an hour or so.

After talking with the family and Craig (who is family, too) we decided, together, that if he wasn't functioning or any kind of better by tuesday before we left for Disneyland, we would put him down :( We all hated the thought (some of us may have even shed a tear or two) but Angus wasn't happy and was a walking zombie. He was brain dead. It was awful. He would walk around our house in circles and do the exact same thing - he'd walk to a corner, smell the same place on the wall, walk under the chair, lick your foot, and repeat that same route over and over.
Now, back to the whole lack of knowing what the heck was going  on with my little Bunny.. You know my boyfriend, Craig? Turns out he is an awesome veterinarian. That cutie found several articles online about similar conditions to Angus and the symptoms matched Angus, almost perfectly. So, after studying these articles and having Dr. Craig check him out, we've decided the poor little man probably had multiple seizures or strokes. 
The saddest thing is, Angus isn't Angus, anymore. At all. He only looks like Angus (minus his kind of creepy/zombie left eye) but his personality is the exact opposite of what it once was. He is freakishly mellow, doesn't make a sound and is just..calm..which is so weird compared to the puppy we had last week. I think Angus really did loose his mind. He's just starting to recognize us, again, and acknowledge our noises, touches, etc.

Fast forward a couple days. Good things started to happen with Bunny. He ate on his own, he drank on his own, and after some q-tips shoved up uncomfortable places, he'd even poop and go potty on his own! It was really exciting! That is when we decided Angus didn't have a deadline, anymore. He'd be living past Tuesday, for sure. He wasn't completely helpless, anymore..so his little life was spared.

Now here we are, today, and I'm happy to tell you little Angus is still on the up-rise. He functions like a normal dog - just a very, very calm, mellow, "brain dead," clueless doggie. Its kind of cute, actually. This new Angus is growing on me :) He no longer walks circles 'round the house and sometimes, if you're lucky, he'll raise and wag his tail, and he's running and jumping, again!! We definitely aren't getting our old puppy back, but we're getting him back mentally, at least.
He's still got improving to do, but he's improving, nonetheless and I am completely thrilled that we don't have to put our sweet little guy down on tuesday. He's a fighter, that little guy is.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I'm Baaaaaack!!

Thats right, folks.
ChelseaKate is working another summer in the Sno Shack!
Today was my first day back on the job and I was quickly reminded of the freezing fingers and colorful hands you get while working here..I also remembered how awesome tips are.
Anywhooo..If you're ever around Springville and find yourself craving a snocone..come see me!!
I'll make you one -- that is my job, after all.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ring of Fire

So, did you see it? The eclipse??
Yesterday evening, here in good ol' Utah, we were able to see it!
Not going to lie, it was pretty neat. 

Rumor has it, if you look at an eclipse with your naked eye, you will go blind.
Not good.
I was at the Lifferth's (thats Craig's family) house when the eclipse was taking place and luckily, they had some prepared neighbors..
A big group of us gathered together in a street to see the eclipse through welding glass.

Once I finally figured out what it was I was supposed to be looking at..
It was so pretty! And very cool.
Its not every day the moon goes directly in front of the sun.  

These are not my pictures, just two pictures I found on the world wide web of the scene I was able to witness, last night. I thought you'd enjoy them.

 And here we are.
The gang looking at the sky:)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Oh, My Honey.

In the past six and a half months I have been very, very fortunate in that I have been able to see the face of my beautiful boyfriend every single day. Even if we didn't see each other in person, we were able to FaceTime on our phones and see each other, that way. Now that I think of it, I haven't gone a day without him physically, face-to-face in...four months! 

Obviously, I have grown very attached to Craig. Not to get all sappy on you, but I think about him 24/7 and I completely, entirely adore him. He is as perfect as perfect gets and I can't imagine my life without him. He's my best friend and the person I would love to see every day for the rest of forever. He makes me happier than anyone else can and I find myself constantly looking forward to the next time I get to see him and see his pretty blue eyes and wonderful smile and be entertained by his humor and lifted up by his sweet, genuine heart. I finally found a good one, guys :)

Well, yesterday afternoon Craig left to go camping for just a couple days with his brothers.  I've learned something. I am not used to being alone. This whole, not being able to see him, call him or text him is an alien feeling.

  I miss my best friend! 

BUT! I suppose there is some good coming from this.. I know Craig is having a great time with his bros up in the mountains, one of his favorite places to be, and I, in this time apart, have been able to see just how crazily grateful I am for Craig and his presence and example in my life and for our talks, laughs, dates, naps, movie-watching, hot tubbing, drives, hand holding, cuddling, smiling and soooooo much more. Also, its made me realize I can't take his hugs for granted, anymore :) I love those magical, warm things.  

Haha, I am just realizing this post sounds like Craig has left for several months rather than a few days.. But what can I say? I love the boy and this is my first time really missing him for a substantial amount of time, and you guys know me.. When I'm feeling something - I write it out!

The good news is, I'll see him soon! :) And I can't wait to see him and give him a great big hug!!
I miss you, Craig!!

**feel free to make fun of me for sounding so desperate, hopeless and pathetic in this post. i know, i sound tragic, i just miss him, k? :)**

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Baby Got Back (problems)


This is starting to feel like my home away from home. 


A few weeks ago I went to the Chiropractor for the first time because for the last several months, my back has HURT. I went in with the expectation of bad news, because that is just how I work in medical settings, I'm either a medical mystery, or its some form of bad news. In this case, I guess it was both. But at least I was prepared.

My first visit, there, my doctor (who i like very much, btw) took a scan of my spine. This scan looked at each vertebra in my back and assigned each one a color. White=no pain. Yellow=slight pain. Green=pain. Blue=heavy pain. Red=severe pain.

With my intro to this post, I bet you can guess what color my whole spine was..with the exception of two vertebra. Yup, my entire spine was red, except two that were blue. Lucky me, eh?

So now, the Chiropractor employees and I are getting real close, seeing as I visit them 3-4 times a week. It isn't so bad, though. My family and Craig keep reminding me the pain and all the popping (i especially loathe neck-popping) will be worth it when, one day, my back feels better. I know they're right..I just like to whine, sometimes. :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother Dear I Love You So

I'm a few days late. I'm sorry, I'm sorry!
Even though it was on Sunday, I couldn't go without telling my beautiful, wonderful, lovely mommy HAPPY MOTHERS DAY and also, I love you. A lot.

My momma has got to be one of my very best friends.
If you know my mom, you know there isn't another soul out there like this lady - she is one of a kind.
Let me tell you a few reasons why I love my little mommy-friend
  • My mom is one of the happiest people - she laughs all the time
  • My mom has taught me that Disney is the bomb
  • My mom has never put herself first, its always her kids and their wants before her own, how cool is that?
  • My mom is supportive. If you want to do something, or if you're good at something she'll help you achieve it
  • My mom is smart - the girl knows her stuff
  • My mom likes to text..which is good because that happens to be one of my favorite pass times
  • My mom has killer dance moves 
  • My mom is pretty - I have always loved her smile
  • My mom is a good teacher, especially when it comes to teaching her 3 daughters how to one day be a wife and mother
  • My mom is patient - a virtue I'm still trying to master, so I'm glad I've got her as an example
  • My mom gives warm hugs
(there is so much more to my mommy...but theres a few)


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Kick Off

I have the CUTEST boyfriend, ever.
A few nights ago he told me that on friday he wanted to take me to hike Stewart Falls.
So yesterday was friday - and we hiked Stewart Falls!
A great way to kick off the warm-weather-dating-season.
It was so much fun to be with each other and be up in the mountains, able to forget about everything back down on the flat lands of reality. It was just the two of us and our conversation. Couldn't get any better than that.
I was happy camper.
I was in nature - the second best (*tied with one other place) place in the world to be
 I was with my handsome Craig - the very best place in the world to be :)

*Disney, of course. (17 days!)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Little Viola Girl

Today Miss Savannah Klaire had an orchestra festival at UVU. The mommy and I were able to go up there and watch Mapleton Junior High's 7th grade orchestra perform a couple songs. This was my first time finally seeing my cutie-head sister play her viola with the rest of her orchestra. They sounded really good and were quite cute. Savannah was front and center and, of course, very fun to watch. She's quite the little musician - I was excited to see her show off her skills. She's always told me she loved orchestra and from what I've heard of her practicing at home, she is good and loves her viola. I knew she was anxious for me to see her perform, too. (thats one of the best parts of being a big sister..you're little sisters are always excited to show you what they've been working hard on and are proud of and have you experience the these things) I even got a few smiles from her while they were tuning for their performance. Good job, Banny! :) I love you!