The snow is actually starting to melt here, and for the first time in a while there’s no more accumulation predicted in the forecast. That’s a great thing since the pups and I are much happier when we have warm weather and sunlight.
Speaking of pups, my normal readers know I am at the vet’s office more often than Lindsay Lohan is in court — which is saying a lot. Yesterday was no exception. Gracie was in a scuffle with the neighbor’s dog and needed some anti-inflammatories, Charlie needed prednisone for his allergies, and Kitten needed her blood tested (follow-up for her thyroid issue).
I returned home with a bag of meds, and then I had to actually administer them.
For Gracie, they gave her a liquid which we had to give with a syringe thing … it was a disaster. Topher stuck it in one side of her mouth and just as he released it she opened her mouth and it squirted out the other side all over my face and shirt. As I’m sitting there with pink goop dripping off my cheeks Topher offered the ever-so-consoling “My bad”, and I know he is trying not to laugh, and meanwhile, Gracie has this smug look on her face saying “better you than me man”.
I was not amused.
After 3 more attempts of this, Gracie has the sticky stuff all over her face, her ears, Topher, and my shirts. Being a mom, I should be used to this, right? I guess I’m a little too far removed from force-feeding a reluctant toddler to be OK with my dog (and Topher) dousing me with medicine.
On to Charlie. He had to be given eyedrops and pills.
He has taken pills before and never had a problem, but I think that these either smelled bad or tasted weird because he was having none of it. I tried wrapping them in cheese, he would eat the cheese and spit-out the pill. We moved on to left over pot roast … same thing. So then we broke out the big guns: deli turkey meat. He never turns that down, but sure enough he was on to our plan by this time, and it just sat there in front of him.
So while I turned back to the fridge to see what else I could tempt him with, kitten leaned over and ate the turkey with the pill in it!
Son of a gun!
We scrambled to try and get it out of the cat’s mouth (which freaked her, out causing her to reach over and bite Charlie for some reason). Charlie shrieked like a little girl, and looked up at me like what the heck was that?
So then I crush up the prednisone and put it in a big chunk of wet cat food, which is the end all be all for my dogs (please no lectures on this … I know).
Finally Charlie picks-up the bait and trots off! We have succeeded. Or at least we thought so until we look under the kitchen table to see that Charlie drug it under there and yes you guessed it, the cat freaking ate it. Holy cow!
Now let’s assess things: I have an itchy-footed, drippy-eyed, cat-bitten dog who is supposed to take this pill and won’t, I have my hyperthroidistic cat taking a double dose of dog predisone, Gracie is still trotting about with a face covered in pink ectoplasm, Topher is being shamed for missing the dog’s mouth with the syringe, I’m still wearing a medicine-soaked shirt, and I think our daughter may be trying to record everything on her iPhone!
Well that call to the vet was extremely embarrassing. Yes doctor … you heard me right, the ancient cat ate the dogs pill. Yes, and I said she also took another dose a few minutes after the first dose. No, I didn’t give it to her on purpose. It was an accident. No why would I give it to her on purpose? Yes, it was an accident. Yes the second time too.
I know he was thinking we were lunatics. Luckily, since the cat actually weighs more than the dog does everything was fine, and although he was surely laughing at us the moment he got off the phone … all was well.
Can’t wait to try that whole process again tomorrow.
Speaking of ancient, (well not ancient but old) I got this desk at a yard sale last summer, and I loved the shape, hardware and the worn leather inserts on the top.
When a client was picking up her piece a few months ago, she somehow eyed this through all the hoarded pieces strewn around the garage, and she decided she must have it.
I cleaned it up, spray painted the inside of the drawers, painted the outside with ivory chalkpaint, heavily distressed it to match the inserts on top, glazed it, and coated it in clear wax.
I love how it turned out to have such character. I hope she likes it!
I probably shouldn’t laugh at your problems with medicating your pets, but that was just hilarious!!!
I love it!!!!!!
Nana Diana says
Well, I laughed all the way through this- I have lived your life! It gets worse as you get older!;>) Hope you have a great weekend~ xo Diana
Thanks Diana! You have a good weekend too!
Dani @ lifeovereasy says
Came over from the linky party at Alderberry Hill. What an amazing transformation, great job!
Thank you Dani!Hope you stop by again!
JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose says
Fantastic redoux! love the chippy white paint, and the leather top.
Thanks JoAnn! It was the leather top that called to me too!
We’ve always had at least one pet so I totally get how confusing/difficult it can be to try to administer medicine to the correct animal 🙂 I’m glad it all turned out OK…& I love how the desk turned out too!
stopping by from the blog hop at:
YEA!! i LOVE the white instead. great job!!
Thank you Miss Stephanie!
That’s just a darling little desk….to cute,great job distressing it.:)
Thanks so much Sharon!
First of all, the desk makeover is just gorgeous. I love the distressing and the top of the desk. Pinning. Secondly, I can totally picture the entire animal fiasco. My previous cat had a heart condition that required meds and, believe me, we spent a fortune on them only for him to spit them out everywhere, every single night.
Angela @ Number Fifty-Three
Thanks Angela! What we won’t do for our animals!
I love your desk! And I love how you decorated it with the vintage typewriter!!
Jenny from diywithjenandb.blogspot.com
Thanks so much Jenny!
Taylor @DearOlympia.com says
Gorgeous! I like the chippy look and the handles are to die for.
Thanks Taylor! I loved the handles too!
Selene Galindo says
Wow! I love the transformation, the color and style!
selene @ restotionbeauty.com
I have the twin sister to your desk! Same hardware and everything, except mine doesn’t have leather on top. Thanks for sharing at Knick of Time Tuesday! I’d love to feature you, but you’ll need to add a link back to the party (you have an incorrect code there right now). Just grab my image and add the link to it.
Oh that desk is fabulous! giving pets meds can be quite a chore, I feel for you, but the way you told the story is too funny!!
Denise... On A Whim says
I just pinned this! I’m in love with it! 🙂
Thanks for pinning it Denise! Have a great weekend!
This turned out really pretty!
Katherines Corner says
oh my goodness I could tell you a story about our sweet Izzy and his medicine. But instead I’ll just send a hug and Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo
Suzanne at Pieced Pastimes says
Your pet meds story is hilarious! I have 3 little fur balls myself and know too well how this could happen. Love your desk makeover. I am sure your client is going to be thrilled with her new/old desk.
PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks
Eva @ Snappee Turtle says
This is awesome, too!! I just commented on your other one, but I’d love for you to link this up too!
Peggy-PJH Designs says
I’m laughing so hard its not easy to type! lol I have two dogs and I know if they were both sick I would have a mess too. Your desk turned out lovely and I know she loved it. Thanks for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.
What we won’t do for our little fur babies! It’s their cuteness that keeps us from killing them sometimes lol!
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says
What a charming little desk!
Thanks Sharon! Have a great weekend!
Kammy's Korner says
That is SOOO pretty! Your distressing is total perfection!
Linda Miller says
I loved your pet story, I laughed so hard I cried. They certainly keep us entertained. Nice job on the desk as well.
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Thanks Linda! My little fur babies make my life interesting that’s for sure!
You did a beautiful job here Shanna, which doesn’t surprise me one bit! Love it.
Thanks Lindsey! Have a great weekend!
Jann olson says
Oh the animal adventures continue. lol! I know it’s not funny, but it is. Hee-hee! I love how the desk turned out. The distressing looks great! I recently painted a desk that once belonged to my father. I made a little create garland and strung it from my vintage typewriter to sit on it. Love yours! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you tomorrow.
Thanks Jann! I know as long as I have animals I will always have something to blog about lol! Thanks so much for featuring me. Have a great weekend!
Too freakin funny!! Kitten is bad ass, haha. Better luck tomorrow. 🙂
If you could, could you ask the unnamed daughter to post the video?? Pretty please 🙂
You’re right my 19 year old cat is a bad ass lol! Charlie is terrified of her. I figure when you live that long you can do whatever you want.
When they are that old they kinda rule the roost. But that is ok, my mother’s 20 year old cat is the Queen of the house, she just has to look cross eyed at the dogs and they run in fear 🙂
i love what you did with your desk redo! I just got a desk that looks just like it and I’m wanting to redo it. I was wondering what you did to the hardware to change its look? Thanks-
Thanks Jen! I spray painted the handles with an oil rubbed bronze. I use that color or an antique gold on most of my pieces.