Happy Birthday Gus!

Happy Birthday Gusman

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Mom and Dad love you so much!

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Even when you’re a butt and getting into trouble

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Our lives wouldn’t be the same without you!

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We’re so thankful to have a healthy and happy Pup on your birthday!

To celebrate, we took Gus on a birthday hike this afternoon on Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO.

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Gus was excited for the trip!

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Thanks so much guys I just love hikes!

Our hike today was a mix of two different trails for, ironically enough, 7.11 miles per Garmin.  Fueled with some yummy granola eaten on the way up, we hit the trails around 900

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One bag = one serving.

We started on Chimney Gulch Trail

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The views the entire hike were incredible, as always.

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The second trail lead us up Lookout Mountain, and actually ends at Boettcher Mansion, our wedding venue!

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It was over 90 degree’s by the time we were summating, and needless to say we felt the 7 + miles.

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But overall, any morning spent outside on the mountains is a good one, and I think our boy enjoyed it!

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And of course…what I find when I load up pictures…

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Flattering family butt shots…Thanks Babe! ūüôā

Happy Birthday Furball! We love you!

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Back tonight with a post dedicated to this household’s favorite dinner, HOMEMADE PIZZA!

Welcome Back, Love Denver (And Gus…and August.

After a 3.25 hour delay, we took off from Indiana and left for our route to Denver.

I did finish my book, Where We Belong, and plan a review in the coming days.

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I also started a new book, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein, all while I enjoyed my air port reinforcements :).

Within 15-20 minutes I was out on the plane. ¬†I didn’t sleep well all weekend, and I think it had finally just caught up to me. ¬†I must say, my friends on the plane were quite impressed with my ability to just crash. ¬†What can I say, it’s a skill.

Once I woke up, I started working on the reinforcements some more, and continued reading up until landing.

Once we got back to DIA, it was smooth sailing and before I knew it I was on my way to pic up our Gusman.

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I can honestly say I’ve never seen him so excited in my life. ¬†He whined, cried and jumped around the car the entire time we were on our way home. ¬†Adorable. ¬†This isn’t the first time he’s had to stay at the VCA, but the previous time he was still quite sick, so didn’t have the energy he did today. ¬†Feels great to be greeted by lots of his puppy love ūüôā

Once we got home, I attended to my cinderella duties, including: making his grub (he is on a pork and rice diet), take care of my other Lovely, August, laundry, unpack, water the plants, etc.

By about 815, I was finally ready to sit down to a light dinner and bad TV (hello Bachelorette finale).

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Everyone seems to be happy to be home, as I sit with my dinner, Gus sits with his peanut butter treat, and August returns to her predator nature.

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Feels good to be home :).

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Well it’s about 3:30 in the afternoon on a Friday and I’m at home hanging out with the family . . . while it is nice to be home so early on a Friday, what got me here was not so fun. ¬†Let me backtrack a bit…

So, I’ve mentioned my wonderful family. ¬†The youngest member of that family is Gus.

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I know…could he be more adorable?

Gus is our (guessing) 3 year old shepherd mix.  We rescued him about 2 years ago from PAWS, a no kill agency in Chicago.  He, along with our other furball August

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make up our furry children.  Lovely, the both of em :).

A little history before today’s story: ¬†Around December we started noticing some odd symptoms with Gus. ¬†He had some open wounds showing up around his hind legs that never seemed to heal, eventually turning into a very swollen back leg. ¬†After multiple trips to the vet, including a couple nights in the ICU and medical boarding, we found out Gus has a rare skin disorder, eyrathema multiforme, (http://www.vetbook.org/wiki/dog/index.php/Erythema_multiforme). ¬†While it was tough to know we have a sick puppy, it was a relief to know that we could manage it and make our boy comfortable again.

Since then, Gusman has been on a low dose steroid daily and human food diet to control symptoms. He has fairly consistently been doing better since and gaining a bit of weight back that he lost (down from 65-about 47…yikes).

Well…Back to this morning — Zach woke up to notice that he had what appeared to be an open, gapping mass on his mouth/face. ¬†Needless to say, we were pretty panicked and didn’t know what to do. ¬†Zach tried to reach out to our dermatologist/specialist (yes, or pup sees a dermatologist and I’ve never even seen one), but by midday we hadn’t heard from him and decided I’d leave work and we’d just take him to the ER. ¬†We’re planning to leave for Indianapolis tomorrow but couldn’t imagine leaving Gusman so sick.

So…fast forward to the vet. ¬†We were all extremely anxious, as our history with the vet has rarely had us leaving with good news. ¬†But, after some testing by the VERY nice ER doctor, looks like our boys giant mass was actually just a bunch of puss and bacteria. ¬†This caused by either ¬†a good swat by our lady furball, or his affinity for getting into every possible, leading to likely a tiny scratch that got infected. ¬†The vet cleaned the heck out of the wound, lanced it, and cut off a piece to test. ¬†So, a couple hundred $$ bills later, we have our furball back at home, with another new shaved spot, this time on his mouth, with a mixture of drool/blood constantly flowing (I spare you the image).

Lord we love this dog :).

Good news, he’s going to be fine. ¬†He will be in medical boarding through the weekend, and we will still be going on vacation (all recommendations by the vet).

Seriously dog. ¬†We love you…but keep your nose out of where it don’t belong! ¬†– Sincerly, Mom and Dad.Image