Illness and cute dogs

I at home now for a three-day weekend to hopefully get some rest and put this danged pnuemonia behind me. You might have noticed that my blogging has been less than strong this past week, and the pnuemonia is to blame.

I had to take my first sick day from The Sun EVER on Monday because I felt like absolute crap due to an ear-nose-throat infection that had been getting worse the previous few days. I got a doctor’s appointment and learned the shocking truth about my health.

In Dr. Johnson’s words, my lungs sounded like those of a man who’d smoked three packs a day for many years. Happy thought, huh?

So they gave me a perscription for antibiotics and a shot of even stronger antibiotics. They gave me a shot, all right, but not in the arm. At the risk of giving you too much information, I had trouble sitting or walking without a limp for a good hour after the injection.

I was back to work Tuesday. I didn’t exactly feel good, and my supercongested head produced voice that sounded half-foghorn, but there was work to be done and the doctor said I was not contagious. I probably could have used the illness as an excuse to take most of the week off to sit on my rear, but I would have felt guilty and lazy for doing so. My parents raised me better than that.

Anyway, so I’m home now after a trip out to the James River Humane Society earlier this evening to take care of the dogs. There were two little new dogs that I simply have to blog about right away.

The first is Zip, a black Labrador retriever puppy. Zip is very friendly and absolutely needs a family, and the younger a Lab is adopted, the better because that means more socialization and training at a very impressionable age. If you’re looking for a good Lab puppy, get out to the shelter NOW!

The second is Sheba, a pug crossbreed I suspect to be a puggle ("Designer dog" produced by breeding a beagle with a pug). My girlfriend obsesses over puggles, so I’m going to have to introduce them, even though she is truly a cat person. Sheba is three years old and full grown, but still very small. These dogs are in high demand and never stay at the shelter very long, so if you’re looking for a good, small apartment dog, you need to high-tail it to the JRHS immeadietly.

The shelter’s visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to noon and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. I’ll be there tomorrow evening for my regular shift, so come on by if you want a chance at these or any of the other wonderful dogs we have, and I’m not kidding about the need to move fast on these dogs.

OK, now I’m signing off for the weekend. Ya’ll enjoy yourselves.

UPDATE: Zip got a family tonight (Saturday). I wasn’t kidding when I said he’d go fast. You snooze, you lose. Anyone interested in Sheba should also move fast.

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2 Responses to Illness and cute dogs

  1. Karin says:

    Sorry to hear you’re ill. Get well soon! And for heaven’s sake, don’t overdo it! PS: I like the new avi!

  2. Denise says:

    Yes, please take care of yourself. Being sick is never fun. I also want to commend on all you do to promote the Humane Society. Good job!