I apologize for not having much reading material for you all recently. It's been kind of hectic/stressful around here, I've been sick with a mega-cold.
I'll come right out and say it - we put Jayne to sleep last Friday. It's not a decision we made lightly, and we have the full support of his breeder and our friends that knew Jayne. Those of you who knew Jayne knew he was tough and unforgiving with a low bite threshold, and that's not a recipe for a trustworthy dog. We loved him very much, but love alone doesn't make a dog happy, and Jayne wasn't happy in his current situation. (I could go on a long diatribe on the negative effects of neutering too young and how I feel that it was one of the major reasons why I had to say goodbye to a wonderful dog, but I won't. At least not right now. I don't have the energy for it.) Steve is shaken by it all. Jayne was his buddy, and he feels like he somehow failed his best friend. I'm hoping he can forge a bond with Tab, but it'll take time. Speaking of Tab, he's really the silver lining in this situation. We're keeping him.
In other news... Talla had surgery to remove a lump from her neck. We originally thought it was a salivary gland but ended up being an abnormal growth of tissue likely due to trauma or infection. The drains were removed yesterday and we're letting her roam around without her Cone of Shame as long as we're able to supervise her. Sutures come out in a few weeks. We now call her Frankenpuppy. Click here if you want to see what was removed, and click here to see Talla's neck post-op. (I figured links would be better than subjecting everyone to gore directly on the blog.)
Our refrigerator died this week. A new one has been ordered and is scheduled to arrive next Monday, but for now we're living on canned foods and take-out. Blech.
We bought a vinyl plotter, but so far we've had no luck actually getting the damn thing to work. None of our computers have the appropriate ports for it, and the software/driver installation doesn't seem to be working. I can't access the owners manual because it's part of the installation, and most of the quick-start guide is either grossly inaccurate or in Chinese. I've looked online for help but so far have found none. It's one big gigantic headache right now, and I'm getting frustrated. The product description of this plotter has been one big lie, and if I'd known it wouldn't have worked with my current computers I never would have bought it.
It's cold and dark and gross outside, because it's winter. The stress of putting Jayne to sleep somehow dropped my body's defenses and I ended up with a cold that has been kicking my ass for the past four days. It's been too cold to let the dogs run around outside much, so they're all going stir-crazy... which in turn is making me go stir-crazy.
At least I have pretty dogs. That's something, right?
Okay, I know what you're thinking.... Scentsy isn't a pet product! Well I don't care. It's not directly a pet product, but it sure is something I see as an essential tool in managing a multiple-pet home.
What is Scentsy?
For the uninitiated, allow me to educate. Scentsy is a scented wax warming system. Plug in warmer, plop in a bit of Scentsy wax, turn on warmer, and your house will magically smell fantastic. Scentsy also offers room sprays, travel tins, laundry additives, soaps, lotions, and more.
Why is Scentsy better than those plug-in things with the oil cartridges?
1. Scentsy offers more scents than the plug-ins.
2. Scentsy smells way better than any of the plug-ins.
3. One Scentsy warmer can scent multiple rooms.
4. Less waste in our landfills! (Those little oil containers are so wasteful!)
Why is Scentsy better than candles?
1. No flame = less of a fire hazard
2. No soot = no stains on walls and ceilings
Long story short, Scentsy allows you to have pretty ceramic art pieces in your home that double as air fresheners. Seriously, the warmers are gorgeous! There are several sizes available, as well as options that don't emit any light. There are even warmer styles that "hide" the wax, so pets cannot accidentally dip their feet or noses into it!
Here's my Scentsy story. Several years ago, as I as frantically cleaning my house in preparation for a visit from my parents, all my dogs decided it would be a lovely idea to have diarrhea.... inside. With my parents arriving in less than an hour, I cleaned up the mess and turned on the Scentsy warmers. When my parents arrived, they had no idea that the house had been a poo-explosion site. I call that a win.
The warmers are ceramic. Some have metal covers, and some of them have glass parts. The wax is melted with light bulbs inside the warmer. Some warmers have heating elements instead of bulbs. They come in plug-in, medium, and full sizes. (The Elemental warmers - the ones with the heating elements - are smallish.)
Bars can be broken into 8 little chunks. I use 2 chunks in my larger warmers, and 1 in my plug-ins. They last about 4-6 days before they have to be replaced. You can mix different scents together to create new scents, but that's not something I've tried yet.... because I am a lazy person.
Layers is what Scentsy calls their spa line. I've found the body wash pretty weak, but the lotion is amazing. You don't need much, and it's not oily or messy. And like every other Scentsy product... it smells great!
These are the higher quality, better-smelling cousins of Purex Crystals and Downy Unstoppables. I use these when I make my homemade laundry detergent. I love using this on loads of dog blankets because they leave the blankets smelling heavenly. I've never had a dog break out from this either, which is good because many artificial fragrances can cause rashes on dogs with sensitive skin.
So yeah.... Scentsy. The unsung hero of dog owners. I don't know how I survived without Scentsy before!
Note: Yeah, none of the images in this blog post are mine. I'm running on like two hours of sleep, so everything I do today has sort of been half-arsed. The reason for my sleep deprivation is a story for another day.... most likely tomorrow. Yeah. Tomorrow.