It's Kermit's third birthday and it's been fairly eventful as far as dog birthday's go! He's passed out cold on the floor right now so I think he would agree that it was a good one. We are staying at my parents' house for a week and a half and it's just heaven for our city dog. They live on an acre lot and he spends half the day outside (there are days at home where he only gets outside to go potty, so it's a BIG deal for him to spend a large quantity of time relaxing outside :)). They have also been taking him on their morning walks every morning - while I sleep in he's out exploring the world! Could it get any better?
Kermit's birthday (for me) started when I woke up on his exuberant entry into the room I'm staying in after getting back from his walk. I actually forgot it was his birthday and was going about normal business, getting a soap order ready when I bent over and felt something sharp "poke" me by my waistline on my back. I looked and saw something smallish and black and brushed it off. No biggie. Shenzi was on the bed and got the "hunt" look so I checked out the bed and there was a tick on it! Not just any tick...a deer tick (the kind that transmit lyme disease). So...normal morning became panicked morning. We forgot to put frontline on Kermit at the beginning of the month and the cats haven't had it for years as they're indoor only and we're (usually!) SO religious about keeping it on Kerm. And, of course, the Frontline we have is NOT here! So, I started calling all over trying to locate someplace local to get a month supply for Kermit, Zazu, and Shenzi.
I was able to find it at Petco but they were out of Kerm's size - LUCKILY, though, they had a Vet visiting for an immunization clinic and they were nice enough to sell me exactly what I was looking for (one 25-44 lb dog dose, two cat doses!). And, of course, as I was filling out the form and entering his birthday I realized, "Oh my gosh, that's today!" Then I realized, "Oh, crap! I'm in a pet store!" And then I had a sense of doom, ha ha. I have a hard enough time not buying EVERYTHING available for our pets to begin with. Combine that impulse with a birthday...and...well...my wallet took a bit of a hit :)
Kerm got all sorts of new treats and toys! I bought him a new Wubba - his all time favorite toy. He has a blue one that he chewed up that only has 2 "legs" left...he's got an outdoor floaty Wubba, too, that he loves. But the squeaky indoor one is a go-to must so he needed a new model! I LOVE the sock monkey - it squeaks as well and Kerm adores it. he loves running around with its "tail" in his mouth :) He also got a dental dingo and some treats from the treat bar to enjoy over the next week.
He spent much of the day outside and enjoyed a second walk with me later this afternoon. He will sleep well tonight :)