Monday, September 17, 2018

DOG CANCER

Oh, hello there. I know I haven't written here quite some time, and I apologize for that. But here I am now. So...what's new? Probably lots and I'll get to that later. Moving on to the most important thing going on in my life right now:

If you know me, then you know I LOVE my dog. She is my best friend. We have been through a lot together and I appreciate her for being such a loyal companion.
 In May, I took Day-Z to a nearby vet because she was shaking her head a lot and I knew that meant something was bothering her. I thought it could possibly be a foxtail. She had one get caught in her ear last year around this time and the same vet removed it for us. There was nothing her ear. I had recently noticed a bump on the side of her face so I asked if that could be what was bothering her. We went back to this bet a couple times and they offered to take a sample and send it to a lab for a biopsy to see exactly what the bump on her face happens to be.
 I wasn't very happy with the speed of service from the veterinarian office, but they finally got back to me two weeks later and the vet said it wasn't a big deal and I should let it be. He told me sometimes dogs just get bumps that are benign and this was one.
It has been 4 months since that visit and the bump is bigger. I scheduled an appointment for Dayz's eye checkup. I mentioned the bump and the doctor immediately looked concerned and asked if she could ask the oncologist in the building to take a look. The doctor also contacted the previous vet and asked them to send their biopsy results over. It took a few minutes, but the first vet emailed the results. The eye doctor told me that just looking at those results it said soft tissue sarcoma (STS) which means it is cancerous. The oncologist from offered to see Day-Z that afternoon and took some x-rays.
Turns out the first vet lied and the bump is cancerous. It has grown so much that it has busted a little bit of the bone in her face (seen on the right side). It has possibly spread so much that surgery to remove it might not be an option without seriously disfiguring her face. The next option? Radiation treatment with specialized machines at Colorado State University. What does this mean? It means a 7 hour road trip with my dog, pet friendly hotel stay, a rather expensive radiation treatment, and lots of prayers that this helps stop the cancer from spreading. 
Do I love my dog and wouldn't think twice about doing something to help her? You bet! She really is my best friend. I am not very good at letting others in my super personal life or asking for help, but we sure could use it right now. So if you know anyone who might want to help out...maybe has hotel/car rental points that are going to expire that they can donate or something to help ease the monetary sting of our next phase in treatment. Thank you. Whether you can help out, offer a kind word, send love to Day-Z, or just took the time to read this whole post....I want to say thank you and I appreciate you. So much love.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

PAJANKET REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Things I am obsessed with in 2018 already are buffalo plaid, blankets, and boots.
Those things all go so well together in Winter, especially for us here in Utah. We have blankets, but children often throw or drag them on the floor. While that might save you some time from dusting, it doesn't make your blankets look so hot.
I discovered a small company with a super cute product called Pajanket. It is a fully-mobile, no drag, wearable blanket. When I saw they had a few in my favorite pattern, I couldn't resist trying them out. They also sell a few solid colors (for both boys and girls) if you aren't into the plaid.
 These blankets are designed for your littles to wear (sizes ranging in 4-11 yrs of age) without dragging on the ground. There are adorable little foot and arm holes that allow them to still move around freely.

Pajankets have a zipper in the front to allow the kiddies to climb in and get cozy. Kids can also tuck their and arms inside the blanket for added warmth.
 If these aren't the best idea ever, then I don't know what is. They are perfect for lazy Saturdays, when you watch movies together, or pretty much any time.
These blankets are cute, comfortable, and made right here in the USA.
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Sunday, January 7, 2018

HARDWARE RANCH

My friend Rachel called me up this morning to join her on a spontaneous trip to Hardware Ranch.
 When you reach the area in Hyrum, UT, you can go to the visitor's center for a great view from inside with the all glass front room and magnifying viewer.
 Tickets are for sale for a wagon ride to check out the Rocky Mountain Elk in the area. The elk come to this part of Utah in the winter when the snow pushes them to lower ground. They are migrating in search of food.
This Wildlife Area grows it's own grass hay each summer to feed these animals.
 Tickets for the wagon rides are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for children over the age of three.
You ride out in between these animals. They don't budge much when the wagons go by them. 
 This area estimates that 500-600 elk come into this area each year. 
This experience is super cool for those who love wildlife and the outdoors.
 You don't have to ride the wagon, but I would recommend it.
 Check their website for visiting days and hours and how to plan your trip.