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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How to Fix iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

How to Fix iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

Pixie’s still wearing her “cone of shame” today, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to see if she could boost my iPhone 4 antenna signal. Indeed, I’m now getting 5 bars where I usually only get 1!

All kidding aside, the antenna issue is a real doozy. All over the Internet, you’ll find stories of people who are losing signal and calls when holding the iPhone 4 in certain ways. While I have yet to experience this phenomena myself, I have no doubt of its validity. Hundreds of people – independent of each other – have thoroughly tested this device. The problem has been replicated over and over. What remains to be seen is what Apple intends to do about it.

What would you do if faced with this issue concerning a device you recently bought? Would you feel it’s a huge problem and demand your money back? Or are you more likely the type of person who finds a way to correct the trouble and continue on with your life? Duct tape may not be the correct answer, but there is one out there. You can buy a case for your phone – BAM! Problem solved. How many of you plan to run around with nothing covering/protecting that beautiful glass back, anyway? I have a feeling the vast majority of you will be using a case. Why, then, is it such an issue if something *might* happen to your phone’s signal when not using the case?

I’m definitely not making light of the issue. Apple messed up. I’m not debating that fact. The important thing is how they handle it. With their offering of Bumpers, I feel that the Cupertino company has more than redeemed themselves.

What are your thoughts? If a company such as Apple releases a product with real issues – large or small – easily corrected or not – should they recall the devices? Should they offer up other solutions, such as Apple has done with the Bumper?

This is a hot topic right now – online and off. It will be interesting to see how this plays out… not only in the press and blogs but also the stock market. Could something such as antenna issues cut off a company at the knees?

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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Pet Insurance Pays Off

My Dog is a Conehead!

When I woke up today, Pixie’s left eye looked out of whack – like it was lazy. That prompted me to take her in without hesitation (a mere two days after first noticing an issue with her eyes).

She’s apparently got a very small ulcer in her right eye at this point, and her left eye is swollen. She’s on antibiotics and pain killers now. The cone, however, is making it impossible to get the new ointment into her eyes (which was difficult to do in the first place); I’m asking Imei for a bit of help.

She’s resting on my bed right now. I’ve closed all the blinds in the bedroom, too; her eyes are a bit more sensitive to bright light – and anything I can do to ease her suffering, I’ll do.

I’ve got an appointment set up with the vet again on Thursday morning at 8am, but the emergency vet offered to see her free-of-charge tomorrow at some point (just for a quick look-see). In a couple of weeks, they’re scheduling a full blood panel (although an initial pancreatitis screening has already come back negative).

You have no idea how relieved I am to know that I had signed up for Trupanion just weeks ago; the bills are already close to $500, but I set my deductable at $0 so very little (if any at all) should be out-of-pocket when the incident is reported.