Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sadie in the House!

Life has been... eventful since Sadie moved in. She is a constant joy to me, and a constantly present companion, lol. She's quiet for an animal of her size (small house), so she sneaks up behind me and waits until I turn and fall over her. I think she has a sick sense of humor. ;-)

Sadie has gone through a lot in a relatively short period of time - homeless and starved (we don't know how long she was wandering), lost a litter of puppies (no one knows where they are, but she recently delivered), found warmth and food with my family, then moved into the Shelter for a week, then surgery, then a 13 hour car ride with new people, and now a new home with those new people, and an irritated pitbull. Needless to say - she's stressed.

She gets agitated if Bill or I are not right there, and prefers that one or both of us are touching her (at all times). She's beginning to ease up, but it's a difficult transition for all of us.

Last night I finally had the opportunity to hit the grocery store, so I left Bill in charge of Sadie... I was very clear - she cannot be left alone, you cannot let her out of your sight. Well... he decided a 30 second bathroom break wasn't long enough for any trouble. He was wrong. Lol!
Mommy, I heard you tell Daddy that he had to keep an eye on me while you were grocery shopping... you said he shouldn't leave me alone for a minute. He forgot so I had to remind him that you are always right.
I ate his remote. 
Apart from the unfortunate remote, and my cup of tea yesterday (evidently she likes Sleigh Ride Sugar Cookie), and randomly creeping up behind me to enjoy my subsequent falls, she's been very well behaved and mannered. Mostly she sleeps or snuggles and today is starting to get easier with physical separation (though not visual).

This morning my daughter and her husband arrived, so we now have Sadie, Winnie (my son's pit), and Bear (a black lab pup). Sadie is a little too interested in the scents and sounds, so we're still doing the sequestering... while she's in here with me, the other dogs have run of the house, then we switch and it's her turn. So far, so good. I've only lost another 2 ft of carpet at the door. ;-)

Oh, poop.
We're all excited to gather everyone close tomorrow. We'll be a crowd, and I can't wait! Yesterday I managed to get the turkey in the brine without incident, but it didn't go as smoothly today when I flipped it.  Sadie, who weighs almost as much as me, kept trying to get around me to see what was in the bucket, while I've got two hands in icy water trying to lift, drain and turn the bird, and well... sigh...
there was an unfortunate splash. 

I blame Sadie, hehehe ;-)  

The turkey is fine, and resting safely again in the fridge, but boy did I have a mess to clean up.

So... What am I feeding this great beast of a dog? As I shared before, the first batch was scrambled eggs with ground chicken, sweet peppers, brown rice and cheese mixed with dry dog food. Once that was gone, I mixed up ground chicken and beef, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, peas, carrots, apple cider vinegar, coconut butter and some cheese. She scarfs it down. Fast. I only give her a couple cups of food at a time, and feed her every 2-3 hours.

Other foods she'll enjoy this week are steak, chicken, chicken livers, turkey giblets, and eggs, along with the previously mentioned sweet potatoes, brown rice, cheese, chopped veggies, coconut butter and apple cider vinegar. High protein, moderate carbs, and healthy fats. My dog eats as healthy as we do! ;-) LOL!

In other news... the remodel is coming right along. Painting is happening this week. I'm bummed I haven't been able to go down and see any of it, but I can't travel alone with Sadie, and she still needs to settle more before I take her to a new place. Can you say cabin fever? lol!

I was also invited to, and will be attending, the Go Daddy Holiday Party at Chase Field in mid-December. I'm pretty excited! :-) WootWoot!!

The rest of today will be food prep for tomorrow, and hopefully not-falling over Sadie ;-)

Here's wishing everyone a happy holiday!
Keep your goals in mind while you celebrate!

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