This pup is just too damn cute and I have a few pics that are worthy of a short post.
As others have pointed out, she's quite the little dog model and is getting good at posing for pretty pictures. It also helps that I'm talking gibberish or making funny noises to accompany this practice.
I, typically a very long and deep sleeper, have changed patters with the advent of Moxie in our lives. No longer am I going to bed ridiculously early, nor am I oversleeping or going into a "night night coma." It's actually quite nice.
Instead, I'm totally fine on less time asleep and am finding that I'm up quite early in the mornings. Often well before dawn.
While I could complain a bit, I'm enjoying this change for many reasons. One of which is to witness some gorgeous sun rises as of late.
This little pup is oh so happy with a piece of basil in her mouth.
Another favorite thing is hopping on to the terrace, gently plucking a basil leaf and playing with it until nearly dissolved!
Here she is with a piece of basil in mouth.
From some Googling, I learned that basil is fine for dogs to eat (of course, I checked before permitting her to do this). In fact, it had some positive mood altering properties and can help with arthritis too (fortunately she's a young pup and we don't have to worry about that).
Here she is, grabbing a bit and having a ball.
And another one!
I love that she loves healthy, fun and pup-proved snacks (see what I did there? Hehe). Frozen carrots, celery and now basil.
Our good girl Moxie made her first visit to the vet's today and couldn't have been better. From being on a metal table/scale, to a temperature check (and not in her mouth), she was calm, cool and collected. We pet parents sure were proud!
We were the first appointment, so only spent a few in the waiting room, and our little one just hung out in the travel carrier, popping her head out here and there to see the new surroundings.
We met with Dr. Lester, at the Seaport Animal Hospital, who was friendly, knowledgable and just what I was hoping for. In fact, she called to follow-up after Moxie went home and left a very nice voicemail - above and beyond from what I was expecting.
After a brief consult to get to know the Dr. and she to know Moxie, she and her assistant got to work taking the temp, checking her from head to toe, and administering the vaccines. I even helped out with weighing her.
And she's lighter than we both thought!
After a good exam, we did learn that she had a little yeast infection in her ears (which I've heard is common for Frenchies) as well as the sniffles/upper respiratory infection. She's being treated for both and we do hope she feels better soon, as the meds are really knocking her for a loop.
Rob had been reporting how f-ed up she was acting this afternoon, for lack of a better term. And while I know that vaccines have a tendency to throw pups (and babies for a loop), she's really out of it. Sleeping mostly, and then up for a few to play (such as right before and when I arrived home at 7:30), she's back to sleeping again and not feeling well.
I plan to give the Dr. a quick call tomorrow, just to see what she thinks and if she may want to reduce the dosage a bit (it's a liquid medicine). It may be par for the course, but I'd like to confirm.
Now that our terrace is puppy-proofed (thanks to handy-work from Rob), Moxie has access to the "yard" and is loving it.
We've been out a few times today - early this morning, this afternoon with some visitors of "the court," and just now.
While she was initially eating the artificial grass when released on to the terrace, that seems to have worn off considerably (and quickly) and she is good just playing and enjoying the outdoors.
Not only did I love the fact that we had a terrace on our 17th floor apartment, but I also was thrilled when we got furniture, later nice fake grass. And now, we have Moxie to enjoy it with! Very thankful for such a great space.
It's already been wonderful to have her out there with me and I look forward to late summer evenings and fall mornings, sipping wine or coffee respectively, relaxing with her, and enjoying the view from our "little piece of the country."