- Happy third birthday to my nephew Nate!
- Joia had a successful inversion of her little Tiny last night. Keep them all in your prayers!
- Last night we celebrated Christmas at our Care Group Leaders' house: Bernard and Lisa. What a great time despite the fact that Isaac is still sick and JB and I are feeling a little cruddy now as well. This time the white elephant game actually produced -- a fish! It's a Beta that JB plans to accompany him to work. (Check back later for pictures. I'll wait until Brittney posts them and then link to her blog since I never got around to taking very many.)
- My parents will be here a week from Wednesday to celebrate with us.
- JB is DONE WITH HIS PENSACOLA ROTATION! This was a killer month. With driving, he was doing about 60-70 hours each week. He starts a much lighter rotation on Monday, and we are all so relieved to have him home.
- Please keep praying for Isaac. The poor kid is still pretty sick. He is drinking enough to stay hydrated but just barely. He normally drinks about 32-40 ounces of formula a day and yesterday he drank about 12 total. Don't worry everyone. We have a doctor in the house so Isaac is in good hands. We just feel so bad for the little guy.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
We give up! (And a few other notes)
Well it's official. We have given up in the quest to not kennel Scrubs when we leave the house. We tried it. He tried it. And he repeatedly failed to pass the test. Mind you, we only leave him in the laundry room. Mind you, we take everything out of the laundry room except his kennel and a few of his things. Mind you, he still finds something to get into. The first time it was a small rug by the door. Okay. So the next time we left, we removed the rug as well. The next time he actually started chewing pieces off his toy basket. Okay, so we removed that the next time we left. The next time we noticed he had started chewing on piece of his kennel. Okay, we can't remove that but we can spray down the sections he was chewing on with the "bitter yuck" stuff he hates so much. Last night, he chewed off the handle to his kennel -- one part I hadn't sprayed. We came home from our Christmas party and declared we were done trying. His kennel is very large. He has plenty of room in there to stand up, lie down, turn around, and roll over if he wants. I am home a good portion of everyday so it is not often we have to leave him. But for now, when we do, we'll have to continue to leave him in his kennel. Sigh . . . Scrubs, we were trying to give your more freedom! Doesn't he understand that?!Now let me tell you that Scrubs doesn't get into any of these things when we are home. He never chews on anything in our house now except toys from his own basket. We curbed his thievery long ago by spraying him with the bitter yuck every time he stole. I've been told that many Dalmatians are "counter-surfers" -- grabbing anything they can off kitchen counters. Scrubs doesn't do that all. We can leave a slab of meat on the counter without him going near it. If we we were to drop a steak on the floor in front of him, he wouldn't get it unless we said he could! He doesn't get on our furniture. He doesn't touch the trash can. Other than some bursts of hyperactivity that sometimes get a little rambunctious, his behavior when we are home is really pretty good.But for some reason, when we leave, he just gets bored (despite the raw hide and peanut butter filled bones I put in the laundry room for him to help prevent this). They say some dogs start this behavior because they are mad. I don't think Scrubs is mad. I just think he starts chewing, thinks: wow, this is kind of fun and keeps doing it. Even though he wouldn't dream of this behavior when we are there. We've tried only leaving him out of his kennel at night when he is bound to go to sleep. No go.So for now, Scrubs will remain in his kennel. If you have any advice, I am open to it, but JB said he is done with this. For now at least. It will be easier to kennel him when I am trying to get out of the house with two babies anyway. Oh well.In other news: