Riley has always been an enthusiastic eater - dog food, treats, pizza crusts, paper towels from the trash can, pine needles in the yard, a cookie you weren't holding tight enough or high enough - so when he stopped eating his dog food, we were concerned. After a first trip to the vet did not solve the problem, we took him in so she could check his teeth. Perhaps the problem was dental. The pre-anesthesia blood work, however, revealed a much larger problem. Riley's kidneys are not functioning at all as they should.
A week later, back to the vet for more blood work. We were hoping that his numbers would have gotten much closer to the normal range. Again, a small improvement, but not huge. That wasn't great news, but the vet noted his usual exuberance and said he seems to feel well. So, armed with more kidney diet food, we headed home.
He isn't well, but no one has told him and he certainly doesn't seem sick. We'll manage his kidney failure with food and medication for as long as he is happy and feels well. We're hopeful that will be a long time. In the meantime, we'll continue to spoil him. There will be new toys, lots of snuggles, trips to the lake, and car rides. So far he doesn't seem to mind the extra attention.
Monday, April 10, 2017
This past weekend, we made a quick trip to Texas to visit David's mom's family, including a cousin visiting from Alaska. On the way, we made a couple of fun stops. First, to my cousin's new antique store in Anna. Sadly, I didn't take any pictures, but it was in a neat new-but-looks-old building and she had everything fixed up and displayed so cute!
After that stop, we headed on down the road and stopped again in Waco at Magnolia Market at the Silos. We were there about an hour and a half before closing time, so we thought the crowds might be gone. We were wrong - the store was still very busy and the line for the bakery was long.
It was plenty of time for us to look around at the store, the garden and seed store, and see what the food trucks had to offer.
We think we were the only people who left without a big bag of purchases. ;)
After some time poking around Salado and exploring the stores and flea markets, we headed out to David's grandparent's farm, which is now owned by one of his cousins.
The next morning, we decided that it would be a shame to be only about 45 minutes from our favorite donuts and not take a small detour to have some. So we headed off to Round Rock Bakery before turning north and heading home.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Sometimes if I ask David how his day was, the answer is something like "busy - the circus is in town." In his case, he literally means the circus is in town. He takes care of the tire needs of the circus whose winter quarters are just north of our town.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
We had a great time at the lake on New Year's Eve. The weather was even pretty nice!
It's not easy to get 2 dogs and 5 people to cooperate for a picture. ;)
We played games and ate, watched the NYE special and ate, and tried to stay awake until midnight (by eating). :)