Empire State of Mind

Hey guys! Happy Thursday! Thanks for all your sweet comments and concern regarding Daxter’s emergency trip to the vet hospital. I am happy to report that he seems to have recovered 100%!

 

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With the crisis averted with my little one, now I can finally get excited for my New York trip that is happening… tomorrow! Yayyy! This trip has been planned for a while and I’m really excited to take in all that the Big Apple has to offer, hehe. The last time I was in New York was last summer when I went on a very quick, very awesome whirlwind trip (we were there for less than 24 hours) with some of my old coworkers.

 

CS Team NYC Trip! 

It was a great trip, but this time I’m looking forward to being able to spend a little more time exploring the city with Steve and meeting up with some old friends:

 

Taiwan 3zbs! 

How’s that for a blast from the past? That picture is from junior year of high school – in Taiwan! Oh, the good old days. I’m also looking forward to hopefully getting to see the following cutie patootie in action:

 

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 

But… I’m trying to appropriately temper my hopes. We’re hoping to get some same-day tix from the TKTS booth in Times Square, but I know it’s still a relatively new show so there’s no guarantee. Getting advance tickets would have been $$$ though, and certainly out of this girl’s broke budget! So hopefully fate is on our side with this one.

I know I’ve written about what I’m dying to do in NYC before, but just to recap for you, the following definitely WILL be happening:

 

Harry Potter Discovery Exhibit 

The Harry Potter Exhibit at the Discovery Museum! Eeeeeee! I do love me some Harry. I mean… hello?

 

Harry Potter Nerds Unite! 

Hehe.

And we’ll also be taking in an art show for an artist that Steve is really into but I forget exactly who (Brian Vaughn?) and meeting up with a couple of his old friends who live in the city as well. It’ll be a pretty busy weekend, I know! But if any of you big city dwellers are going to be around, let me know and maybe we can try to meet up!

Since this is only my 3rd visit to NYC I’ll need your expert recommendations, since I’m sure most of you are far more cultured than me, haha. What are your New York must-sees? Restaurant recommendations? Lay ’em on me! As an avid Food Network watcher and Top Chef fan, naturally all the restaurants I want to try are in the upper echelon of expensiveness and exclusivity, haha (Craft, anyone?) So I think it’s probably a pretty safe bet that ain’t happening.

Posting will likely be sporadic at best while I’m gone, but fret not! I’ll be back with an awesome recap in no time.

<3

Poor, Poor Daxter

Yesterday started out as a normal enough day. I worked, then I braved the ludicrously hot weather to take my little pup Daxter to the vet for his yearly checkup and vaccination boosters.

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Seriously. Ridiculous. Anyway!

Everything was hunky dory at his 4:30 appointment as he braved getting multiple shots, blood drawn for his heartworm test, and the ever-pleasant taking of his temperature (you know what that means.) He was on his best behavior, and didn’t even shriek when they cut his nails!

Fast forward to 10:15 PM, when all of the sudden he runs into my room, starts pawing at his face, trying to dig to China in his doggy bed, and flops around my bedroom floor. Granted, I have a strange little pupster, but this was odd behavior even for him. So I pick him up, look into his face and…

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His entire face was swollen up like a balloon. You probably can’t tell very well in this picture, but the rims around his eyes were puffed up to the point that he looked drunk. And Asian. Which normally, you’d think I would be all about, but in this particular instance I was just a little concerned. He was also really hot (to the touch!) and kept panting.

EDIT: Here’s a picture that Ben took where you can really see how pink and swollen his eye is:

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What a trooper. 🙁

I quickly went and asked for my roommate‘s opinion about whether his face seemed swollen (it did), then called my simultaneously-least-favorite-and-most-favorite place in the whole world: The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine.

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This emergency-only, 24/7 veterinary hospital in Vienna, VA is seriously amazing. They saved Daxter’s life when he had a freak choking accident at only 14 weeks old, they diagnosed Harry’s symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy (a rare condition where his nailbeds were literally rejecting his nails, and they were falling out) after my regular vet had no idea what was happening. In short, they are just, flat-out awesome.

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They told me on the phone that it sounded like he was having a reaction to his vaccinations, and that I should bring him in to have him looked at. I wasted absolutely no time in doing exactly that. And 15 minutes later they had taken my brave little soul into the back to give him (more) shots of steroids and antihistamines to counteract the reaction.

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After a little more waiting, the doctor came in to explain everything to me, get a little more background, and said that he would be fine to go home tonight but I should monitor him for worsening of his reaction. I also got a tiny bottle with a single Benadryl in it to give him this morning with his breakfast.

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He did look much, much better this morning (after waking up pretty much every hour throughout the night to check on him too, hahaha) and I can now officially breathe a sigh of relief. Never fun to be in that situation though! If you are a pet owner and in Northern Virginia, make sure you know where this place is (for your reference, it’s in Vienna off of Main St. if you turn left where the Chipotle, Noodles & Co., etc are.)

And my other piece of advice for pet owners is also to GET PET INSURANCE. I use Embrace Pet Insurance and they’re awesome (and I’m not just saying that because some of their amazing customer service team reads my blog, hehehe.) Seriously, yesterday would have been almost a $600 day for me with everything that happened, but with pet insurance I know I’ll be getting a lot of it back. Plus, Harry & Daxter’s pictures are scattered all throughout the site!

Anyway, that’s my “exciting” adventure from yesterday for you. All’s well that ends well, I guess! Obviously you guys see a lot of my dogs here on the blog, as well as how much I love them (to say the least!), so now I want to hear about you! Do you have a pet? What kind? Are you a dog person? Cat person? If you don’t have a pet, but want one, what’s keeping you from doing it?