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Jun. 5th, 2011 @ 03:03 pm
Hey there! Whatcha doin'? It's been awhile since I posted, and that is a shame. A lot (yet at the same time, very little) has happened since my last update, but I'll post about the two most important things.


Meet the newest additions to the Zipi household. Libby is small one (3/4 pug, 1/4 beagle), and Ubee is the big one (border collie, German shepherd mix, we think). Clearly, working at a humane society is a bad idea for me :P

It's been interesting getting to know new dogs. I'd forgotten what it's like to actually have to train them, so that took some adjustment (though we're still struggling with Libby's housebreaking. Her previous owner paper trained her and trained her to not go potty on grass [why would they DO that!?], so not only do we have to train her we have to break the previous training). But they're good dogs and I'm enjoying having them here :) Even with Ubee's excessive shedding (OMG. I cannot keep up with the hair XD).

And the other important thing:


Matt and I got engaged! :D

And he got the whole thing on camera!Collapse )

So that's most of what's been going on with me! Work is going fine, though I can definitely see why people have a time working at a non-profit despite wanting to help out. There is A LOT of bureaucratic BS from the "higher ups" I have to deal with and guilt trips about how the clinic is bankrupting the organization (even though the accountant tells us otherwise) but whatevs. I gots two new puppies and a shiny thing on my finger (oh. And I suppose a great guy ;P) so :D
Current Mood: happyhappy

Feb. 6th, 2011 @ 02:53 pm
I got Spud's ashes back. I expected there to be more of them, considering his size, but there was only a fairly small bag. Now I just need to find a good urn to keep him in. I'm considering this one because of the picture and the spot for a paw print (the vet told me she'd make one for me).

Also, I bit my tongue really, REALLY hard the other day and now it's all swollen and swallowing is kinda painful. Stupid tongue, getting in the way of my teeth.

Work is going well so far. The spay and neuter clinic is a very different world than private practice. Technicians are left to their own devices much more and it was really...jarring at first. Things that my previous boss wouldn't let me do are things that are expected here (like expressing bladders, knowing when to turn up and down anesthesia, etc.) To add a little extra fun my coworker is going on vacation from the 18th to the 22nd, and she's the only other tech there so I have to make sure I can do all these things plus check ins/check outs by myself before then. It's kinda scary D:

Hopefully I'll get there though. Two of the doctor's are super easy to work with while the other is not unlike my previous boss (i.e., temperamental). Her days (Tuesdays and Thursdays) are the most stressful for me because she doesn't trust me yet and she gets testy. Plus she's there all day whereas the other two leave by 12-1pm. Since I like working alone this works out pretty well for me, but I don't get that break on the one doctor's days. Ah well.

I'm also getting along great with my coworker. She's super fun and sweet. We have a lot in common, so it's one of those things where you feel like you've known a person forever. Pretty darn awesome.

I've also discovered that my cats like to eat petroleum jelly. I've been having them eat it as a laxative/hairball remedy, and three of them practically bite my finger off with it o_O Screech even ran off with the tub when my back was turned. Makes it super easy though!

I have to clean and I don't want to. It's spooty. Why can't houses clean themselves yet?
Current Mood: listlesslistless

Jan. 30th, 2011 @ 11:21 am
Doing a little better today, though I'm still prone to random crying. And not so random crying, like when I walk by his bed and reach down to pet him out of habit. When I realize he's not there it's enough to bring me to my knees.

Matt took off work yesterday and today, and I got to talk to my old boss about it, both of which have helped. I described his symptoms to my old boss and she said it sounded like he could have had meningitis too, but confirmed that with how fast everything happened there was really nothing that could have been done.

I've been carrying his leash and collar around with me since Friday, which is probably a little weird but oh well. That and the lock of hair they gave me are all I have left of him. They're going to send me an imprint of his paw print too, and I'll be getting his ashes back in a week or so.

I'm hoping I can put this aside for work tomorrow. It seems like an impossible task right now but I'll have to try. It'll be good for me though to get out of the house and have something else to focus on.

I miss him so much though :(
Current Mood: sadsad

Jan. 28th, 2011 @ 07:51 pm
Spud passed away today at the vet's office. The autopsy showed that he had a large amount of fluid surrounding his brain, meaning that he likely threw a clot. They say he went quickly and painlessly despite resuscitation attempts. However, I was not there with him, and that is going to haunt me forever, even though the vet says he likely wouldn't have known if I was there or not (he was very disoriented). I made his name-tag into a necklace.

I love you, Spud. I hope you never doubted that. You were my world.

Spud. February 14, 2000 - January 28, 2011
Current Mood: depressedDestroyed

Jan. 27th, 2011 @ 06:30 am
So just a quick update as I have to run to work soon.

Work is good! The other tech and I are hitting it off great and aside from a rookie mistake here and there with checking people out (accidentally undercharged someone. Whoops), I think I'm getting the hang of things there. I like the doctors, too, though one is kind of old and psuedo retired from actually practicing medicine, so when one of my patents was going really pale on the surgery table and her oxygen levels were falling, it was a bit nerve wracking because he wouldn't tell me what to do. he just shrugged and said, "Little dogs."

Aside from that, I'm about 90% certain Spud had a seizure this morning :( Neither Matt nor I can stay home with him today so he's probably going to spend the day at the vet's getting tests done. I've spent the morning a bit teary because this is a sharp reminder that he's old and will leave me somewhat soon (plus I'm frustrated with not being able to be with him today, but I guess that's life).

And now I must run to work. Weee!
Current Mood: worriedworried
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