Prayers for Konan

Sorry, no Just Thursday today!

This Tuesday we got our three dogs spayed at a free clinic. Suki and Dolly are just fine (except for hating to wear their head cones), but Konan has developed some pretty serious issues. Her wound re-opened a bit and she has been bleeding on and off. Last night we found out she also has a hernia.

Our vet (who lives a few blocks from me, thank goodness) told us last night that it looks as if Konan hadn’t been stitched up correctly on the inside. She’ll have to open her up this morning to see what’s going on.

Please send out some prayers for Konan. She has been in quite a lot of pain since yesterday evening, and today will be a rough day for her as well.

Just Thursday

Outside my window.. sunny, hardly a cloud in the sky at 82 degrees
Today I feel.. tired and cranky
I miss.. my family. Always.
I am thankful.. for our Excel budget! DespiteĀ  getting $100 (dollars) less than expected in my monthly bonus, giving yet another $350 for post-wedding immigration paperwork and spending another $250 at the doctor, in the month of March we still managed to:
  • Have an amazing bday weekend for Jorge
  • set aside $100 for my bday next month
  • set aside $100 for a wedding present IN JULY (we are so far ahead of this game!)
  • spend $120 this weekend in Chabihau (totally worth it)
  • pre-stock up on tons of stuff at Sams Club, like 1 year of garbage bags and 3 months of dog food
  • SAVE $130!!!!
Take THAT, stupid unforeseen expenses!!! I win šŸ™‚
Tomorrow I am going.. to the gym, then… I dunno.
I am wearing.. my work uniform.
I wish.. I didn’t have to work on Saturday mornings.
My schedule this week[end] includes.. work, relax, work, gym, work… and that’s about it šŸ™‚
I need to start.. setting up our living room. We have an adorable house, but right now it just looks awful. Gotta paint some walls, hang some artwork (we have awesome artwork sitting in our storage room at the moment), make the backyard dog-friendly (so they’ll stay outside while we’re away and not ruin my furniture), get a pretty tablecloth to cover up the plastic Walmart table, and move the TV downstairs to the living room.
I am reading.. The Ugly American
I am working on.. losing weight! Still going strong at the gym, and people are commenting every day on my weight loss.
I am hoping.. for nice weather this weekend. So far, so good!
I bet you didn’t know.. that our dog Konan is the only one who knows a trick. She can “shake paws”. However, since we always reward her with petting and pats on the back when she does it, she has now started coming up to us and putting her paw in the air whenever she wants to be petted. Last night, she tried to “shake paws” with my foot. Her attempts were unsuccessful.

This weekend.. I’m getting together with KfromMichigan for dinner Saturday night! So excited



I’m considering doing an end-of-the-month post every month on how our budget went. I know it’s not really Cancun-related, but it might be nice for me to write out our successes and failures minor setbacks. What do ya’ll think? Yay? Nay?

And the Puppy's Name Is…

*Editor’s note: I apologize for all the puppy-related posts lately. It’s been a big week in doggie land for me. I promise it will stop.*

For the last few weeks, the fiance and I have been battling back and forth over names for the new puppy.

My friends recommended names. My roommate calls her “Frijol”, and my bff Viri calls her “Lila”, much to Jorge’s dismay.

At first we wanted a Mayan name. How cute would that be??! It wasn’t meant to be, however. Mayan names, apparently, are FRIGGIN HARD to pronounce. (“Come here, Tzotz! Come on,Ā Cauac! Get the ball, Boox!”)

Then we decided to go for another Japanese name, like I did with Suki. They sound adorable, and they’re easy to pronounce for Mexicans and Americans alike. NOTHING. Everything he liked, I hated, and vice versa.

Finally, FINALLY, last night we were watching our fave anime series, Naruto. (We do this every Friday… is that kinda lame? I don’t care.) At the beginning of the episode, one of my fave characters comes on. She’s cute as a button, a little evil, and might have a heart of gold somewhere in there. Plus she has an awesome origami-inspired power.

Her black cloak and girly face reminded me of our puppy.

I turned to Jorge and said, “Let’s name the puppy Konan!” He turned to me and said, “Ok!”

And that was that.

Prayers for Coco the Puppy

*If you are eating, or if it’s right before lunch, DO NOT continue reading!! Just don’t. I know you’re tempted. Stop right now. Just wait until after lunch if you have to. You’ve been warned.*

"Help me!"

Last night Jorge and I went out for an early evening with another couple. They dropped us both off at my house, and five minutes later I heard Coco/La Negra/Frijol/LilaĀ (the namelessĀ puppy) crying a bit from the living room. I figured Suki might be bothering her or something, but I looked over and she seemed just fine, licking herself.

Two minutes later CocoĀ comes running into the room, managing to run forward while curled in a ball. (For all you non-dog owners, this move is usually code for, “I have something stuck to my butt and I hate it!”)

I checked her butt and there was… umm… SOMETHING coming out of it. It looked exactly like a bunch of wet spaghetti noodles stuck together. It was probably aboutĀ 3 inches long.

My first thought was “PARASITE!” Then, I remembered a story Jorge had told me a few years ago about his friend’s pet hamster. The hamster had something coming out of its butt, so the owner starting pulling it out. It turned out to be intestine (!!!) and the hamster died.

Being the responsible pet owner that I am,Ā I immediately started panicking about intestines falling out of my dog.

Jorge was carrying her around to keep her from licking herself and doing any damage. He asked me to get the vet’s number. I didn’t have it! How LAME is that? I remembered a card for a Cuban-run vet officeĀ that a coworker had recommended to me. After Jorge scolded me for not having our normal vet’s number (I know, I know) I found the card for the Cuban vets and called.

Meanwhile, Jorge decided to take pictures of the puppy (I debated on whether or not to post them and decided it’s too gross. Sorry for all you sickos out there who wanted to see haha). At the same time, the spaghetti noodles started to… erm… make their way back in.

The vet gave me the go-ahead to come to his office, which was just 3 minutes from my house.

We have no car, so we called our friends (who had just dropped us off) to see if they could take us. They were there inĀ  5 minutesĀ  (worst 5 minutes EVER… I spent these 5 minutes pacing and trying to find something to do. I brushed my teeth and put on perfume just to have something to do… signs of a truly panicked person.)

We described everything to the vet (by that time the noodles had fully made their way back in and were no longer visible), and Jorge showed him the pictures. He confirmed that it was parasites (not my dog’s intestines falling out, thank goodness), and gave her some medicine to kill them off.

I tried to let Suki and Dolly sleep in my room, and leave Coco out in the living room so that they wouldn’t bother her in case things began to… make their way out during the night. I wanted to leave the door open so I could hear if something was up, so I set up a clever barrier with suitcases to keep her out and the other dogs in.

5 minutes later, Coco’s sitting in the middle of my room. Clever thing silently pushed the suitcases to the side and mozied on in. I put some dog kibble against the suitcases and set her in the living room again. She started to cry. Bless her heart. I’m such a softie, and let her in. She spent the whole night under my bed (her fave spot for sleeping). I woke up about every hour throughout the night, checking to see if she was still there and that she hadn’t had any bowel movements. The night passed with no incidents, so we’ll see what happens today while she’s with Jorge.

She has to go back 2 more evenings for more medicine. I’m going to go ahead and take the other 2 doggies as well so that they can get treated. The vet told us to do this every 3 – 6 months.

Today she is fine. I left her at Jorge’s house so he could keep an eye on her (because things ain’t gonna be pretty for the next few days). She has tons of energy and doesn’t seem to be in any pain whatsoever.

I’m a bit concerned, because supposedly she’d been treated for parasites 2 months ago. The vet suggests it’s probably due to the fact that I have a garden, and she just looooves to play in it. Scary.

So anyway, at least we can take advantage of the situation to take the dogs to the vet a few evenings this week, and see if they’re caught up on their vaccinations and such.

On the bright side, this week she seems to finally recognize me as her owner. She gets excited when she sees me, and likes to follow me around. So, I have now increased my puppy entourage to 3. I got to the bathroom, and 3 dogs wait outside the door. I cook something, and 3 dogs sprawl out on the kitchen floor. I sit on my bed and 3 dogs jump onto my lap (Ok, 2 jump onto my lap, the puppy wags her tail and stands on her hind legs to be let up). Fun stuff šŸ™‚

Please pray for Coco/La Negra/Frijol/Lila!! It looks like she’s gonna be just fine, but it might beĀ a rough week for the poor thing.

"I'm too pretty for this."