Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Sickies


Sorry I haven’t been around for a little bit, but I’ve had the sickies.

See how pathetic I look? Actually, I've just had my meds and am all sleepy, but Mom doesn't have any pictures of me looking pathetic and sickie.

Thursday night, about 11pm (because I have excellent timing) I started feeling itchy – my ears and my skin and everything. So, about every 5 minutes I’d hop of the bed, shake my head (rattling all my tags, to make sure Mom was awake) and then scratch. After a minute or two, I’d hop back into bed, pretend like I was going to go to sleep, and then hop back up about 5 minutes later. It was a great game, although Mom didn’t seem to be quite so interested in playing about about the second time. But she was no match for me – I made her play all night. Heehee. And at 7:30 the next morning, Mom called the vet and made an appointment for me later that morning.

*sigh* Mom is no fun sometimes…

Anyhoo, we went to the vet (and guess what?!? It was snowing! It had just started when we left the house, and even though we were only gone an hour, there were 6 inches of new snow when we got home!). The vet looked at my ears (and then looked in them and made some comment about how he could see Mom on the other side… Very. Funny. I was not amused.) and talked to Mom about my scratchies.

Apparently, I have allergies. There is some pollen (‘cottonwood’ Mom says) that I guess doesn’t agree with me, and makes me all itchy. So, now Mom and I are even more alike – she’s been suffering from allergies since Wednesday! The vet put me on some anti-hiss, uh, anti-hysta, uh, things to make me less itchy. It also makes me kind of sleepy, but apparently Mom thinks this is a good thing. However, the pills also have prednisone in them, so I have to pee a lot. So, while I slept most of the night last night (my ears and skin were already WAY less itchy by last night) I did have to get up and pee about 2am. And again at 7am, but hey, that’s totally better than keeping Mom up ALL night, right? Dad could sleep through the end of the world, although I even woke him up Thursday night!

I am feeling better, although I am supposed to stay on a high dose of these pills (hey, it’s more peanut butter for me) for a couple of days and then we’ll taper off, and hopefully I won’t get all itchy again. Apparently ‘doodles (the mixes, not poodles) are known to be susceptible to allergies. Mom finds this rather amusing; we are ‘hypoallergenic’ because we don’t shed, and so are good for people who might be allergic to other animals, and yet we are susceptible to allergies ourselves. Go figure!

Apparently only time will tell whether I am allergic to a lot of stuff, or just a little bit of stuff. And I guess I'm "at the age" where allergies show up (so Abby may or may not have allergies, too). Anyway, there are meds, so it's not too big a deal. Now maybe I can just convince Mom to go see an allergist for her allergies...

While I am sleepy a fair amount of the time, when I go outside, I've got plenty of energy to give Abby a smackdown.

And I've been doing some zoomies (mostly in pursuit of my sister...).

Occasionally I actually catch her!

We've also been working on our 'Dancing with the Dogs' routine.

Believe it or not, Abby has actually been less of a pain than I expected. Even though I go out and do my zoomies and my bitey-face, I get tired kind of quickly, and she doesn't harass me too much about it. She just sort of spazzes out on her own.

Or sits in the snow.


Anyway, I'll try to catch up on bloggies as Mom and I start to feel better.

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus


Tank said...

I got itchy just reading about your itchies:(

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Great pikhs -

Especially of the furry tails!

PeeEssWoo: Don't furget snow has healing powers!

Lorenza said...

I hope you feel better soon!
Itches are not funny!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Sierra Rose said...

Sorry to hear! Quite uncomfortable!
I have more itchies than usual for a golden I think...but doing ok this season so far.
Great snow play photos!!! I didn't get to go this, I'm enjoying my mud and tennis courts :)

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

hero said...

Hope your itchy sickie is gone now, Fiona... it's no fun to be sick when there's tonnes of white clean snow out there ;)

Licks, hero

Maggie and Mitch said...

We hope you get some relief from your itchies soon, Fiona!
We love your Dancing with the Stars picture!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

My idiot nephew, Oliver, suffers from the seasonal itchies too in the worst way. I hope that it is only for a little bit and once everything gets out of springtime mode you are back to your usual and less itchy self. Sending good thoughts.


Ginger Jasper said...

Oh poor you as its no fun to have the itches. I was not dissapointed though as you still managed to supply the great action pictures.. Hope you feel better soon.. Hugs GJ xx

Frankie Furter said...

OH FIONA... I am soooo very much sorry to hear that you have the itchies. My mom said that your med. is called the Eat more.. Drink More, PEE MORE Medicational Stuffs. Butt she did say it will help you a LOT. I hope she is right.
Nice Snow Dance you two did!!!

rottrover said...

It IS ironic that you, a hypoallergenic doggie have allergies. SO not fair!! Feel better soon.

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Kari in WeHo said...

We hope you feel better soon. I understand about dad sleeping through everything, the hubs missed the 5 times last night that Big Carl hopped on the bed


Clive said...

Fiona, hope the meds have kicked in now and you're feeling much better!

We love all the photos so much - Murray gets such fun and happiness from looking at the two of you playing together! He keeps telling us Clive is very lonely as a boy dog on his own with no brother to play with!! We're not listening though!!

take care
Murray's Mom (the other Fiona!)

Ettel, Charlie Poodle, and Emma Pitty said...

Aw we're so sorry to hear you suffer from allergies too. Emma's got 'em real real bad and has to stay on meds from March through October/November. We did a test on her and she came out allergic to like 90 of 120 possible allergens. Pitties are terribly known for allergies too. I've always wondered what a Poodle/Pit Bull mix would look like . . .

Anywho, we hope you feel better really soon.

There's this homeopathic mumbo jumbo called the NAET procedure you might want to look into. I'm still trying to save enough money to do it for Emma. I've heard excellent reviews from friends who've used it.

And did we tell you we LOVE your haircuts? We LOVE your haircuts! (In case we didn't!)

Benny and Lily said...

Hope you feel better baby girl. And yes the dance moves are coming along just fine
Benny & Lily

bichonpawz said...

Oh! Itchies are not all. Our mama is allergic to cottonwood too. Hope you and your mom are both feeling better soon...we LOVE your Dancing with the Hippobottomus Moves!!! LOVE it!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

brooke said...

Poor Fiona. Allergies are such a pain. The first day of spring brought a major allergy attack to me! Ugh.
Hope you don't have to stay on those meds too long... and I hope you dont suffer from 'roid rage' from the Prednisone like Darwin!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Aww, Fiona - so sorry this is late (I"m behind with my blog friends and catching up as usual!) - I'm so sorry to hear you're not feeling well! How horrible to have the itchies! That must make you feel very restless and uncomfy and grumpy! Well, I would me. You look like you're being a very good girl. I hope you can come off those medicines soon.

And how ironic that "hypoallergenic doodles" get allergies!!! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

1000 Goldens said...

You girls take care and feel better soon! We are thinking of you :)

Tucker said...

I is sorry about your itchies. I gets the itchies sometimes on my belly and then I is a licker. I lick, lick, lick, lick and since I don't have much furs my belly to begin wif. Momma gets mad and has to put this ointment stuffs on me.

woof - Tucker