My Dog is Sick

My dog is sick and I’m hit with the reality that she is an old dog. I adopted her 4 years ago and she’s now 11. I’ve become so attached to her it’s hard to think of her not being a part of my life.

Lulu, my dog, sitting on the couch

At the vet I find out that there is some concern and I need to do some tests. We aren’t sure what’s wrong. She’s more active than normal but also going to the bathroom more than normal. Tests can become expensive. Those expenses are only the tests, then there’s medication and retests once she’s done with the medication.

One step at a time

We run some tests, just the most important. The tests were $166 making the visit total $250. Now it’s go home and wait.

The next morning, Ring, ring, the test results are in. I get the call to find out that her liver is showing higher than normal numbers. Like they should be about 100 and they are 1500. (don’t ask what the numbers are or mean, all I know is it’s a big difference and doesn’t sound good)

The medications would be $125, but they have a program where I could get one of the prescriptions free. So it was only $95. Next week I go back to get more tests done to see how she’s doing. I’m sure it will be $166 or more, bringing the total to $511.

In December I took both my dogs to the vet and had to do IMG_1274some vaccines. I only did the required because as it turned out the other dog had a tear in his eye. That visit with medication was over $600.

I still have to get more vaccines.

When is enough. At this point I don’t have to worry because it’s minor. I’ve seen people with dogs that had cancer and they continued to treat their animals. Sometimes spending upward or $10,000.
So when do you know enough is enough.
It’s an individual choice, just like people, each person is entitled to their opinion. And each of us will decide what’s right for us.

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Until I had dogs of my own I didn’t fully understand the love you can have for a pet. I now have two and love each of them in their own special way. I don’t know what I’d do if it was cancer, or something that needs lots of expensive treatments, but I know I would do more now than I would have thought anyone should. But the unconditional love of these dogs has taken my heart and I am glad I don’t have to make that decision at this point and hope I never do.

FASFA Deadline is Fast Approaching

The FAFSA deadline is fast approaching. If your kids are planning you MUST Fill out the FASFA forms, no if’s and’s or but’s.

It seems like a daunting task, but if you don’t fill it out, you won’t get anything. If you do fill it out you have a 50/50 shot. If you haven’t started, don’t wait, click here to fill out the application on the FASFA site.

It’s also important to get started early and fill everything out completely and accurately. People make mistakes all the time and those mistakes can cost you money. 11 Common FASFA Mistakes is an article to help you know what you’re looking for.

Check with your school too. Your counselor can guide you if you don’t have a specialist in the school.

A New Year, A New Resolution

It’s hard to believe that it’s already 2016. A New Year, a new resolution or two. It’s time to close out one year and prepare for the next.

I’m looking back over the last year and see that I’ve started a new chapter in my life. While I’m still working things out I know I’m going into the right direction.

My first resolution is to continue my blog. My blog is still in the works and I’m learning all kinds of things. I can’t wait to put them into action.  I’m still having some technical issues, but see things coming together in the very near future.

Those following and reading, I hope you’ll stick with me as I put it together.

My New years resolution is to keep going and working my a- – off.

I would love your opinions. I’ve gotten a few but would love more.  Please comment, message me on facebook or send me an email. There’s also a contact form below.

I’m looking forward to a fabulous 2016 and putting my resolutions into action.

I Finished My Challenge

Yesterday is the last day of my challenge to post content in my blog for 30 days. I’m excited because I finished my challenge. I didn’t get to do each of the thirty days, but I was able to post many of the days in the challenge. About 80%. I wanted to do 30 posts, but when I look at what life has brought I’m proud of how much I’ve done.

Now I look forward to posting blogs on a consistent basis with lots of great information. That said, I won’t be posting everyday, but will do post consistently. That will be one of my goals.

I learned a lot and enjoyed passing on information. For me my blog is successful if I can pass on helpful information with a rant here and there. Please continue to read my blog and post your comments on my blog page. I want to remind you to sign up to receive my blog posts via email. Just Click Here and fill in your name and fill in your email address.

I am Looking forward to my future and what blogging has to bring. Now I’d like to ask a favor. Go to my blog and tell me what you think by writing a comment on my blog page and tell me what you want to know more about. Topics you’d like to see me blog about. I really want your feedback. If you would prefer to send me an email That would be great too. Whatever works for you. I want to continue, but want to write about things that you are interested in.

Thank you for reading my blog and Hope you are enjoying your holidays! Keep on reading.