What Have We Been Up To?

You’ll notice that there wasn’t an adventure post last week. If you follow our Facebook page then you know exactly why. For the last week or so we’ve gone through heartaches and triumphs. But that’s what makes up everyone’s life, right? No, I don’t want sympathy, I just feel like I owe you guys an explanation. So, let’s talk about what we’ve been up to. Including the sad bits and the triumphant bits.

Our Pup

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I’ve had Atticus for about 5 years. I birthed him and helped his momma recover. So there was a pretty intense bond there. A boy and his dog, right? haha. Anyway, Atticus all of a sudden became really sick. He stopped eating and dropped like 15 pounds. He was nothing but a sack of bones. You could tell he was miserable, and he wasn’t getting better. So we took him to the vet. I thought for sure he was just sick and had a sore throat or something. I was convinced that we’d leave the vet with some antibiotics and we’d be on our way. But, man, I was so wrong.

We got to the vet and had one of the vet techs bring a rolling cart out so we could get him in. He wasn’t strong enough to walk on his own, and even though he lost some weight he was still heavy as hell. So we’re in, waiting to be seen. They gave us the comfiest room, it was for long term waiting, but they were so busy that it was the only room. I wasn’t upset. The doc came in, took a look at our dog and immediately told us what was likely the problem. Dog cancer. Specifically, lymphoma.

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There was a chance (albeit a very slim chance) that it was just a nasty infection. But he had no fever so it wasn’t very likely. I held on to that thought for as long as I could while they drained one of his lymph nodes to get it under a microscope and check it out closely. Once he got back in the room it didn’t take long for the vet to come back and tell us that they were positive that it was lymphoma. They presented us with choices. None of them were very fun. We could take him home and let him go on his own. It would be slow, and it would probably hurt, not to mention all of the pain he was already in. Another option was steroids. This would give us, at max, a couple more months with Atticus. We could also pursue chemotherapy, which would be incredibly expensive. Our last option was a humane euthanasia. To put him down.

Let me tell y’all, I’ve never had to make such a hard decision. I’m fairly young and haven’t experienced anything that I can compare that moment to. I just nodded my head as the options went through one ear and out the other. I looked down while sitting next to Atticus and he just stared at me with his big, tired, brown eyes. I can’t explain it, but that look he gave me was enough for me to make a choice. I could see how much pain he was in. I wanted to take it all away, and there was a merciful option on the table.

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I made the decision to have him put down. I’ll spare you the details, but, wow. That was a really tough thing to do. I think I made the right choice. My little dude was hurting, and the only thing that I could do, unfortunately, wasn’t very easy. But we did what we had to. I’m just happy I got the time that I had with him. 5 years with any pet is a long time. Love your pets extra hard today. For Atticus.

Atticus' sister, Lexi. She's cute. :P

Atticus’ sister, Lexi. She’s cute. 😛

Side Hustles

We’ve been busy! That’s an understatement. haha. It’s been wild. Terri finally made the decision to start selling the necklaces she makes online. So I’ve been building her a Facebook page and managing her sales. That includes pictures of inventory, putting together an operational store, signing her up for business stuff, it doesn’t end!

I finally got around to making a page on our website for small business owners to work with us! This includes creating a whole new Facebook page for business services. Already, my clientele has increased by quite a big percentage. So, you can see why I haven’t been around to get our blog up to date. Between running 4 or 5 different Facebook pages, and keeping up with new clients, I haven’t even had time to do what I want to do. That’s a good thing, though! No complaints here!

Anyway, you can see now why we’ve been a little absent. Our pup, our side hustles, and life has just gotten in the way! But, we’re hopefully back on track and we’ll keep up with you guys a little more easily! Let us know what you’ve been up to down in the comments, and follow our blog’s Facebook page to stay up to date with everything! Thanks for stopping by this week, stay epic.

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