Happy Easter! And if you’re not religious, a little bit of chocolate never hurt anyone. 😆
My Easter Sunday was basically spent cleaning and tidying up, because that’s my usual Sunday routine. And today, all the shops are closed and it’s forbidden to mow the lawn, AND the weather is utter crap … So I guess Gert and I will just be lazy today and sit in front of the TV like two couch potatoes. It’s actually been a long time since we both enjoyed a lazy TV afternoon together. Here’s hoping Emery will take a nice long nap so we can watch a movie from start to finish without interruption. lol
Gert surprised me yesterday with these chocolate mousse filled eggs. Because, you know, I just so happen to be married to the greatest husband in the world! 😍 He’s always so thoughtful and sweet. Every woman deserves a Gert, I’m telling you.
Most of you probably have a day off today, so enjoy it! 🐣 🐰 🍫
At 9 months old, Emery masters the art of pulling himself up, and is now walking around while holding on to furniture. We felt the time was right to have him start practicing with proper shoes on. Especially when we take him to places and the floor isn’t necessarily as clean as it is here at home.
So, we headed to a local shoe store yesterday and tried on several pairs. I quickly realized that shoelaces were not a good idea when you’re dealing with little feet moving all over the place. So, I narrowed down my search to velcro fastening, and eventually settled for this pair by “Shoo Pom“. It’s a French brand, which is always a plus in my book. 💙
This particular pair is called “Bouba New Scratch” and is available here. The exact color is named “Paris navy grey orange”. As long as there’s “Paris” in it, I’m good. 😊 Emery had a blast trying them on. He stood up quite easily, sat down, crawled around, then suddenly got fascinated with the white soles. Hehe. My first impression is that the shoes definitely offer good support and don’t seem to bother him while moving around. I can’t wait for him to try them on again this afternoon!
Shopping mission accomplished! I’m not gonna lie; getting his very first pair of proper walking shoes does feel slightly emotional. And you can bet we will keep these shoes forever, for memory’s sake. 💕
Barely two weeks shy of his 6th birthday, and we have to get Wolfie started on heart medication. 😢 I knew soon after we got him that he had a weak heart, which would require lifelong medication at some point. He wasn’t showing any symptoms yet, so I was hopeful we’d be able to go without meds for many years. But alas, the first signs appeared last week.
At first, I wasn’t actually sure what was going on. It seemed like he had choked on a piece of carrot (his favorite treat) and was trying to cough it up. This happened in the morning, and by the evening it still hadn’t gotten better, so I was already suspecting something else. Solid tears were flowing down his face. I was wondering if it could be some kind of pollen allergy, since everything is in bloom at the moment. But on the second day, we decided to have it checked out.
The vet said right away that it was most probably his heart. I felt really bummed, although not entirely surprised. They took an x-ray of his chest, and we could clearly see that his heart was significantly enlarged, pushing against his windpipe and basically causing the whole air passage to his longs to be crooked. Needless to say his breathing is affected by this; which explains the constant coughing.
He’s now on two different types of pills. One to soothe his crooked trachea; which is only temporary. And Fortekor, for his heart, which I’ll have to give him every single day for the rest of his life. We’ll be going back to the vet in a month to see whether his heart has improved. We’re hoping that for now, the Fortekor pills will be enough. But the vet already said that we may very well end up giving him several different heart pills. He’s practically not allowed to go on walks anymore, unless it’s a short distance at a slow pace, and only if the temperature is ideal (around 20°C); not too hot and not too cold. That really sucks. 😞
Right now, he seems okay though. If it wasn’t for the occasional cough, you wouldn’t even know there’s anything wrong with him. His eyes no longer tear, so I’m hopeful the medication is slowly doing its job. Fingers crossed for better news at our next appointment. 🙏
The weather has been so lovely here lately! Gert and I decided to go out for a walk around our area this afternoon, together with Emery in his stroller. All the fruit trees are in bloom and it’s such a beautiful sight! The whole neighborhood was so peaceful. All we could hear were birds, an odd rooster here and there, and even a peacock in the far distance. Emery fell asleep along the way, and I caught myself wishing I could bask in that moment forever. What a perfect afternoon we had. No money needed for this kind of bliss! 🌞