Friday, August 29, 2008

No More Fun

This Monday was the start of my final semester of nursing. So far I've been studying end of life care, how pain works and the drugs used to relieve pain, intracranial pressure & tomorrow I will tackle spinal cord problems. 

My brain is feeling the pain already. At least now I know what drugs work best with stress headaches. It's going to be a busy and quick semester. Our final exam is November 10th, with four tests between now and then, a multitude of reports that are due & several competency test to pass as well. Oh and I almost forgot, somehow I need to find time to study the past three semesters worth of information to pass the NCLEX-RN. So if I do not blog as much as I have been during the summer, this is why. 

Monday, August 25, 2008

Oliver's New Lamby

Here is a video of Oliver and his favorite toy Lamby. The video is not the best quality, but you can still see just how obsessed he is. He will sit for hours and just suck on his Lamby as if he was nursing. If you look closely you can see his paws working too. 

Friday, August 22, 2008

New Toys

Oliver gets a new "lamby" to chew on ...

And the Pugs get a little monkey to chew on.

Baby Shower Gifts

I have a baby shower to attend this weekend. Here are some of the items I've been working on. The mother & father to be have a French Bulldog. So I thought it would be perfect to apply French Bulldog appliques to onesies. I also made matching burp clothes and bibs. My summer hobby of sewing has been fun and creative. School starts back up on Monday, so I'll have to pack up the sewing machine and dust off my nursing books. I won't have time to do both.

The colors for the baby's room are going to be green and purple with butterflies. The mom to be says that purple is the new pink. 

Monday, August 18, 2008

Who Loves Ice Cream?!

I found this fabulous recipe at Emiline's blog Sugar Plum. It seems like just the right size for portion control when you're craving something cold and sweat. Here is the recipe:

Mini Butterfinger Ice Cream Cakes (Photo & Recipe by Emiline)

8 Peanut Butter-Cream Filled Oreo Cookies, finely ground
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
4 mini Butterfingers, coarsely chopped
1 heaping teaspoon of creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped salted peanuts
1 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, melted
1 heaping teaspoon of caramel topping

Combine the Oreo cookie crumbs and melted butter, in a small mixing bowl, and stir until well combined. Press into the bottom of 6 muffin cups; freeze for 10 minutes.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together ice cream and Butterfinger until well combined. Roughly swirl the peanut butter into the ice cream; divide into muffin cups, and smooth the surface.

Freeze for 15 minutes. Evenly top with peanuts, then drizzle chocolate and caramel over the tops. Freeze for 1 hour, or until ready to serve.

Yield: 6 mini ice cream cakes

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Why I Do Rescue

Here is a video of just a few of the Pugs we have helped rescue over the years. I am thankful everyday that I have the opportunity to help these precious angels. 

Monday, August 11, 2008

Molly's New Family

Meet Molly's new family. Bella on the left and Baxter on the right. They all sleep with the momma at night.

Bella and Molly playing in the backyard. 

Baxter and Molly resting on the couch.

Looks like Molly and Bella are having a good time together. 

Friday, August 8, 2008

Too Funny For Words

I'm a Pug! Woop - Morphing REMIX

I'm a Pug! Woop - Morphing Pug

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Winston's New Vest

Well Winston's mast cell tumor is gone, but about 5 days after the surgery he developed a seroma. Nothing really to worry about because it is just a pocket of clear serous fluid that can form after surgery. So we tried warm compressing to help bring down the swelling, then we tried the compression wrap you see above. Nothing worked, it actually got bigger. So last night we went back to the hospital for a recheck. The doctor decided it would be best to insert a needle into the pocket of fluid and make sure it wasn't infected. The fluid was clear and that was a good sign. He drained the rest of the fluid and put another compression wrap on Winston. Hopefully this will keep the fluid from building back up. 

Monday, August 4, 2008

Molly Gets A Home

My sweet Molly Ann found her forever home yesterday. Her new mommy brought her other two dogs, Bella & Baxter to meet her. They all got along well & Molly enjoyed playing with Baxter. Her new mommy has a blog,  click here, that was started just for her. We will be checking frequently to see how Molly is doing. 
When Molly left it was a bittersweet goodbye. I am going to miss her terribly, on the other hand I am so happy to see her have a wonderful home. I wish I could have kept her, but the more I keep the less I can foster. We all know there are so many other dogs out there that also need a second chance. So with tears in my eyes, I let her go. She will always have a special place in my heart. 

Friday, August 1, 2008

A New Toy

We have a small pug sized ball for the dogs to play with. We don't take it out very often because the one who usually plays with it is Oliver. He gets obsessed with it and doesn't let it go. Since we had company we thought we'd bring it out...

M getting ready to throw the ball, notice he is holding Oliver back...

The chase is on...

Toby gets the ball first...

Then Gizmo grabs it...

Toby watching eagerly to see if Gizmo will let him chew on it.