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How To Talk To Your Dog About The Ebola Virus

As the mass hysteria reaches all new heights in the outbreak of the Ebola virus I thought we should all take a step back and have a little fun with a serious but out of control situation.

**Please note I am not making light of this situation. Wait…..yes I am because it has been all over the news, in my news feed and on my radio and I can’t take it anymore.

So the Ebola virus is apparently here in the U.S.

Actually, it was here or is here. In my state. One county over.

About 30 minutes south of me which means that someone I know….. knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who may have had contact with the person infected with Ebola who traveled to Ohio at some point in time somewhere.

Which means absolutely nothing but since the media thinks it does and some local schools and shops were closed and people stopped going to work and experts recommended that I talk to my kids about Ebola I thought I should also have a talk with Sherman and Leroy about it because they are family too.

My kids weren’t very concerned about the Ebola virus when I sat down and talked to them about it. They know what’s going on because it’s been plastered everywhere but luckily my kids are pretty chill when it comes to things like this so our talk basically began and ended how every flu season talk goes:

Life goes on. Wash your hands and then wash them some more.

My conversation with Sherman and Leroy was a little more in depth because Sherman is a germ freak and Leroy’s just careless about germs.

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So here are my main tips if you find the need to have a special talk about Ebola with your dog.

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It’s Time To Pumpkin Everything

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I love fall…or autumn.

It’s always been my favorite season of the year for various reasons.

I love the fall colors, I love sweater weather. I love Halloween and of course I love everything pumpkin, especially pumpkin spice.

Right now my house has been taking over by every pumpkin scent you can think of.

Sweet cinnamon pumpkin, pumpkin cupcake, pumpkin glazed doughnut, apple pumpkin…..you get the picture.

Every room is a different pumpkin scent.

It’s glorious.

But I kinda feel sorry for my husband who isn’t a big fan of pumpkin spice scents.

“Do we have anything that’s NOT pumpkin scented?” he asked me the other day.

“Negative Ghost Rider. The house is full of pumpkin spice” I said.

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A Dash Of Dog Hair

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The other night I was dishing up dinner for the kids.

We were having ham and noodles.

As I dished up a plate for Gracie I noticed a dog hair. There was no mistaking it. It was definitely a Sherman hair.

Like any good mother would do I picked it out and threw it on the floor and moved onto dishing up a plate for Bobby.

Same thing happened.

Another Sherman hair in the ham and noodles.

Apparently this dish called for a dash of dog hair.

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Sherman Sends A Message

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I’ve had a few people ask me how Sherman was doing with Leroy being sick.

I can assure you that Sherman is doing just fine and was not nearly as affected by Leroy’s illness as we were.

Don’t get me wrong, he was affected…. but not by Leroy’s lack of presence. Sherman was more concerned that we were upset and that the general tone in his home was not of its usual nature.

He knew we were all upset and that I was coming and going more often than normal. He could smell Leroy  on me but he hadn’t seen him in several days.

So yes, he was moderately affected to the point that he gave himself a nice lick sore on the top of his front paws. Sherman does this when he is stressed.

Again, I can assure you it wasn’t sympathy licks for Leroy.

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The Short Story Of The Delicate Chicken Nuggets

Leroy continues to improve each day. We have a long way to go especially in the weight gain category but even though it gives me ulcers, it’s awesome to see him returning to his old mischievous self, especially when he stole a cooked pork bone off the table the other day when it was left on the table for 0.02 seconds.

Luckily, he was just as shocked as we were that he had a ginormous pork bone in his mouth and the recovery of the bone was done quickly and without incident, except my Leroy ulcer grew a bit bigger.

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Besides being a an unsuccessful thief, Leroy’s illness has contributed to several small conditions over the past few weeks and one of those conditions is a bit delicate and a bit private because it involves his manly dog parts.

We like to refer to those manly parts as his chicken nuggets.

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You’re A Part Of A Very Special Community And You Should Know That Right Now.

According to Wikipedia,  ” community is a social unit of any size that shares common values

In human communities, intentbeliefresourcespreferencesneedsrisks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community has less geographical limitation, as people can now gather virtually in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location. “

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In my life I’ve only really felt that I belonged in one community and that is the pet community.

The pet community has me written all over it. We all share a love for pets no matter how big or small. We are all passionate about our pets.

I’ve been apart of various branches of the pet community in several ways over the years:

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The Bark Returns

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We were making dinner Sunday night and getting to that really crucial time.

You know that time where the last 2 minutes of a meal that you’ve been preparing for well over an hour can make or break the whole meal.

Well we were there when we heard this sound.

It’s a sound that normally wouldn’t make us stop in our tracks but it’s also a sound that we haven’t heard in quite some time.

Woof.

Then a little louder.

Woof. Woof.

Then a little louder with some more power behind it.

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This Is What Has Been Driving Around With Me For The Last Week

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This has what has been driving around with me for the last week.

It’s Leroy’s favorite toy and it’s been sitting in the front seat of my car for 8 days now.

9 if your reading this on Thursday.

I put it in my car when I went to visit him last week in the hospital.

I thought I would bring him something from home to keep him company and safe.

But when I got to the hospital I remembered that when I use to work at the vet clinic we didn’t like putting personal things with the hospitalized patients unless it was specifically requested.

You know, there’s diseases and stuff and things get lost or misplaced.

So I left it in the car and it’s been sitting there ever since.

I drive around a lot so I saw it all the time and it was a reminder of Leroy, that he was sick, and even though I wasn’t with him……. I was still thinking of him and had a piece of him with me.

Every time someone would get in my car they would ask “What’s this?”

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Home Sweet Home.

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Leroy came home from the hospital on Saturday night.

I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to get around to updating much on his situation as I would of liked.

Things were crazy hectic.

I’ve never had a dog sick like this before.

Sherman has been sick and injured before.

Leroy has been sick and injured before.

But neither one of them have been so sick that I wasn’t sure if they would be coming again.

It was scary and crazy and it still is.

You know what it was like?

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Help Comes In Many Different Forms. Leroy’s Fund

It’s been a whirlwind of a week and I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to write this post.

For those who haven’t heard, Leroy has been hospitalized since Tuesday.

His health took a turn for the worse and he is in the intensive care unit at a local animal hospital.

Because all of this is happening so fast and it’s getting very costly, with encouragement from my close friends here in the blogging community, I have set up a Go Fund Me page for Leroy.

That page explains what is happening and why we set up the fund.

For those that have made donations, thank you just doesn’t seem like enough.

My family and I are eternally grateful for your generosity.

For those who are not able to make a monetary donation, please remember that prayers and good thoughts are just as valuable.

For those that have shared about Leroy’s fund, that has been instrumental and thank you.

For those who have ever doubted humanity, please take a look at Leroy’s page. It may just change your mind.

Today is the day we hopefully get some answers as to what is going on with Leroy as he undergoes an upper and lower GI scope but it’s also the day that poses the greatest risk for Leroy because he is weak.

If you have any prayers and good thoughts left could you please send them to Leroy around 11:00am (EST) time this morning?

Thank you so much.

I have so much to tell you guys about the last few days but right now all I want to do is concentrate on the next few hours.

I’ll be sure to update Leroy’s site as I am able to.

 

 

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