I missed posting Conrad last week, so here’s some catching up with him:
Conrad struggles with spring, just like anyone else allergic to tree pollens and hypersensitive to bug bites. But at least it is warmer outside! (It got up to 95 here today, which is a bit much.)
Conrad had his grooming appointment today.
I know not everyone may agree with me, but I do consider these appointments as essential to Conrad’s overall health and well-being. The great thing about his groomer is that it’s one person in a mobile grooming salon, so it is a very controlled environment.
Additionally, his mobile groomer has developed protocols that eliminate human-to-human contact. Once the groomer arrived, I put Conrad in his soft crate on the front porch. Once his appointment was over, the groomer returned him to the soft crate for me to take him back in the house.
I paid via credit card over the phone as opposed to handing the groomer cash, which is what I usually do.
I really appreciate that Conrad’s groomer is still able to groom him, and that the company has been very thoughtful about how to keep this essential service safe for pets AND their humans.
Conrad is going to hate that soft crate after all this, though!
As it turns out, I do not actually work from home every day. I do some “essential” things at my job (they actually really are) so I still go in 3 mornings a week to handle that stuff. Do you even understand how delightfully creepy ~1,000,000 sq ft of almost empty can be? I still see DPS officers, a few Preservation Board workers, and the vehicles of some super-high-ups’ staff are on the drive periodically, but that’s it. I LOVE IT. Can we keep the 6′ apart rule after all this wraps up? Not that it will ever wrap up — it’s a virus. We’ll have a vaccine eventually but it’s going to end up endemic like the flu viruses.
The working from home is the biggest difference all of this stay-at-home has made in my life. And I am not complaining. My new coworker has some strange habits, but he doesn’t talk so that is most definitely a plus.
Conrad knows nothing about the drastic changes to our lives over the past week.
He just goes about his regular routine. I have decided against scheduling a teeth cleaning for him in April. That can wait a few more months.
I tend to forget how small Conrad is because he is usually right next to me. But he is a short little fellow.
And we have gone from sweaters one day to nothing the next!
Perhaps Texas has seen the end of the cold weather?
Luckily, I planned a long time ago to take off work the week of spring break around here. My workplace is still open to the public and I am sure it is going to be packed next week! I will be glad to be in a different county, enjoying my horse and my dog and maybe some time with friends who are also off work.
Last week got away from me! Conrad is still doing Conrad things, and enjoying his new freedom in half of the backyard. Supervised freedom, anyway.
Spring seems to be hanging on around here, and when Conrad and I went on a walk on Sunday morning, we did not even wear sweaters. Maybe if the weather could just stay this pleasant for a few months …. not likely, being that this is Texas but I can dream.
Conrad is tired of having to wear sweaters on our walks! He is always all for it in the beginning of winter, but then I think he just wants it to be warm again after a few months.
His vet called last Thursday, and the little growth she aspirated has no malignancy, so that’s good! So now I get to decide if it should be removed anyway, because there were some fatty cells. It seems like it is getting smaller since it was aspirated, though, so I haven’t decided yet.
Work has been a bit bazonkers lately! I am hoping it slows down of the summer at least for a little while, but that’s not looking likely. If this is the new normal for me at work, I am going to need more coffee. I’d rather just hang out with Conrad or Eli.
Conrad had a visit from his groomer, which was bad enough. Then he had to go to the vet!
The vet visit was a regular senior wellness check up (they consider any dogs age 7 or older to be seniors and Conrad is 10-ish). So he got weighed, and another nail trim, and some vaccinations. He also had a small growth aspirated, and I am supposed to get the cytology results by the end of the week. It looked like a sebaceous cyst to me, which he gets sometimes. They crop up for a month or so and go away. Conrad’s vet seemed to think it looked more suspicious than that and she’s the one with the degree, so I agreed to the testing.
Hopefully it’s nothing! It is very small right now, so if it does need removing, that should not be too much of an issue. I was hoping to avoid any more major vet bills for a few months, but why would I think that would even be possible with my animals at this point? Ha! They make it up to me daily in their cuteness, at least.
It has been raining here since Sunday. … Conrad and I went on a very short, drizzly walk on Sunday and I think he was really reconsidering his insistence on going for a walk that day.
I know for a fact he could hear rain on the roof this morning, and his response was a little more reasonable this time …
He did NOT want to get up. Neither did I, but dog food ain’t free.