Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dirty Laundry

I took Zack and Zanna in to the vet for their checkups yesterday. The vet put Zack on meds for IBS, and changed his food. Again. We can't do chicken. We can't do rice. So now, we're on venison and potato. Yeehah. Zanna finished her rabies and her rattlesnake series. We should be good to go for some time, I'm thinking.

Today, at 1:30 p.m., Lindsey, my awesome dog walker extraordinaire, called. Seems that Zack already has diarrhea. I started his medicine last night, and he had the second dose this morning.

This is how it all went down…

Linz: Janie, is Zack on meds? Did he start an antibiotic?

Janie: Yes. Why do you ask?

Linz: Well, he was acting like he was all constipated. I felt so sorry for him! He finally started going to the bathroom and…Zanna stuck her head under him, I tried to stop her, but she was so curious, and playing, and…he let it go.

Janie: Awwwww. No…..where are you?

Linz: I’m inside. They’re outside. And I can…(gagging)…smell them from inside the house.

Janie: (gagging myself) Okaaaaaaaay, then.

Linz: (trying to feel sorry for them, but laughing, and gagging.) And Zanna…it’s horrible…she’s got it all over her head, her ears.

Janie: Oh, no. Yuuuuuuck. How is Zack feeling now?

Linz: Great! He’s jumping and playing.

Janie: (thinking, "Oh, yeah. The dude just got the ultimate revenge for a dog!") I guess he is! Okay. This is what I need you to do. It’s going to be gross. Are you ready? Get two ziplocks. Put one on like a glove. (Readers, bear with me here.) Go to the site, get a sample, take the other ziplock, and use it to pull the first ziplock inside out. Zip it up in the second ziplock.

Linz: No problem.

Janie: And drop it by Dr. Riordan’s office when you leave. Remember where it is?

Linz: Yes ma'am, on Loop 250. I can do that. And I’ll get Zanna and Zack cleaned up. Can I use the water hose?

Janie: Yes. Outside would definitely be best. Then you can wash that mess into the grass and it will absorb it.

For those who are wondering:

(1) I called the vet. They’re testing the sample. Said it will take a couple of days for the meds to kick in, not to worry.

(2) I heard through the grapevine Dr. Riordan’s building a new wing for Town and Country Veterinary in Midland and dedicating it to Zack the Wonder Dog.

(3) Yes, I’m giving Lindsey a raise. She’s freakin’ awesome. I hired her to walk the dogs and help with laundry. Well, I wasn't specific as to the definition of laundry, but who would figure?

I did neglect to get her to sign the "It's Never Boring Around Here" disclaimer.


jill jill bo bill said...

Oh yeah, THAT is raise worthy fo sho. Ans it's probably just the antibiotics giving him the trots. Or maybe he was doing the brotherly "I'm gonna fart on your head" and it slipped. Little "sisters" can be a pain, ya know. And for the record, I neve shat on Amy, but I did puke on her. In the car On a road trip. While she slept in the floorboard. Mountins make me queasy, what can I say?

Janie said...

Oh, poor Amelia...that's hilarious!

Lynellen said...

*laughing* That's terrible. I hope Zack feels better REAL soon now.

Pam said...

Poor Zack, poorer Zanna! She's pretty smart so I bet that doesn't happen again soon! Hope the new food works out for the Zackster.

Janie said...

Lynellen, I know, girl. It is terrible. Zack sends love and lickies to you. (and hopefully, nothing more.)

Pam - I'm ready for the boy to get well, I promise you that. As to Zanna's smarts, well, it's proof that she does have to be in the middle.of.everything. Love to y'all!

Janie said...

Hey, Marty - if you're reading this, go check your e-mail!

Gretchen said...

That's too funny!!! I can just picture it happening! That girl deserves a raise. :)

Janie said...

Gretchen, no doubt, she does. She may write her version and be my guest blogger. She said it was a flat out rodeo getting them cleaned up!

In_spired said...

Zanna should have learned a lesson from all this! Lesson being....where NOT to stick her head!!

Lord...I LOVE dogs!!

Janie said...

I know, girl, they are never boring, are they!

Thanks for coming by, we've missed you around here!

Bee Repartee said...

I'm just now catching up and wow, you've had some excitement lately...

I hope things go well at the vet.

Washing dirty truck is far more fun that washing a little-bit-dirty truck.

Saying no and yes at the right times is also something I struggle with. I keep thinking if I don't do it, God, who will?! Then I step in when I shouldn't and overextend=debacle ensues. I struggle with the waiting and listening part. Tell me if you have a good answer to changing this...I'm still learning.

jill jill bo bill said...

Thank you so much forthe birthday wishes, both written and sung! I was laughing hysterically! You can sing! And what day is YOUR birthday this week, huh? Fess up, sista!

Janie said...

Bee - the truck was fun to clean...$$$$ later. I chose to make decisions wisely...and let someone else.;) As to the rest of making decisions wisely, not overcommitting myself, I swear, it's almost like the 12 step program. I'm having to grant myself the serenity to say NO! NOWAY! NO NO NO NO NO!

Oh. Doesn't sound very serene, does it?

Jill - Did I say my birthday was this week? It's next week! I promise!

Snooty Primadona said...

Oh wow! So, now you have a Mother's Helper? I love it! I'm thinking I may need one too. You know, so she can go exercise for me then come back and do all my ironing. But geeze, how did you ever find someone that does the poopy cleanup thing? That girl is worth her weight in gold.

Library girl said...

Thats funny. She won't put her head places so easily next time!