Pixie's Puppy Dog Eyes

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My friends, both Pixie and I appreciated all the well-wishes you passed along this week. She’s doing much better, as this video illustrates. I couldn’t just leave all you geeks hanging.

Last Sunday, I woke up to see that Pixie had discharge coming out of her eyes and they were swollen badly. I took her to the pet emergency room. She was initially diagnosed with Conjunctivits, which turned out to not be the case.

On the third trip to the ER with her in the middle of the night Tuesday night, we were referred to a specialist. She was taken to the Animal Eye Clinic in Seattle. I can’t thank them enough for helping my puppy. The care she received was fantastic.

Pixie was diagnosed and I was reassured that there’s no permanent damage. Pixie has an amazing disposition. Kat will tell you she’s a big cuddle bug.

There were times I felt it tough to remain composed. I felt so helpless. Wicket and Pixie are my family, and I love them as unconditionally as they love me.

Thanks much to my good friend Betsy Weber for sending baked noms to the pups. Thank you to ALL OF YOU for your support and well-wishes.

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Wicket is Happy to See Pixie Home

Pixie is home now, and is doing so much better. Wicket and I are both relieved, of course, but I think Wicket is just happy to know she’s home.

Pixie is resting comfortably, as you can see. She’ll be as good as new in no time. Thank you to all of you for your concern and well-wishes.

Community Makes Everything Better

As you likely already know, my doggie Pixie is extremely sick. She’s made three trips to the animal hospital this week, and had to spend the night with them on Tuesday. I’ve been really upset – these dogs are my family. As most pet owners know, your dog or cat is literally like one of your children. While I may not have kids, the pups definitely make up for it. I noticed a thread on Lockergnome earlier, though, that brought a smile to my face.

The community is worried about Pixie, too. They decided to post photos of their own pets to support MY pet’s treatment and recovery. How cool is that? Once again, I’m reminded of the power of bringing people together.

Thank you, everyone.

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Should You Buy Pet Insurance?

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One of my dogs, Pixie, woke up this morning and seemed to be having problems with her eyes. I took her into the vet immediately, fearing the worst. Her vitals checked out, but the doctor said it’s likely either allergies or some kind of conjunctivitis.

Either way, it gives me the opportunity to tell you about something you might want to know if you’re a pet owner – pet insurance. It’s worth getting if you love your pets half as much as I love mine. Lucky for me, after looking a few options and meeting one of their liaisons at BizTechDay a few weeks back, I picked up Trupanion. Out of all the pet insurance options out there, it seemed that they were the only ones which allowed me to set my own deductable – from $0 to $1,000 (and the premiums were adjusted accordingly).

This video was posted to the YouTube channel on Sunday, and is being posted to the blog on Monday. Pixie is a little better today, but still not completely out of the woods. Still, after I take her for a follow-up visit, I’ll submit the claims to Trupanion and wait for the money to come back to me – even this quickly after getting her covered.

How do you cover costs for the unknown? As Wicket and Pixie get on in years, I have to be a lot more mindful of these unexpected vet visits (and potential prescriptions). I’d hate to get stuck in a situation where I wouldn’t be able to bail them out of… well, I don’t even want to think about losing these two.

If you’d like, please have your own pet leave a video response wishing Pixie to get well soon!

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What is My Dog Dreaming Of?

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Pixie is a lot of fun to watch when she’s sleeping. She seems to have extremely vivid dreams. I can’t help but wonder at times what’s running through her mind when she’s asleep and reacting to her dreams this way.

Maybe she’s dreaming of more tasty treats? Perhaps she’s thinking about a nice, fresh lawn (since the grass in the backyard was just replaced with new sod). I bet she’s tossing around a new toy, though. Just look at those hind legs move!

What dreams do you think are in Pixie’s head?

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