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Yeah, I haven't posted an update on LJ since late September.

Following up on my last update, the beta blocker appears to be working. I've been on it nearly three months now. On Tuesday I went in for a followup blood draw, and I will meet with the doctor on Friday to discuss the results. Hopefully my TSH, T3, and T4 levels have returned to more standard levels.

I'm still going to yoga at least once a week. When I have time I've also been working in additional yoga classes and cycle classes at LA Fitness. The weekly yoga class isn't a LA Fitness, and I could do other yoga classes and cycle other places, so I'm considering not renewing my LA Fitness membership. This puts me in a good place to negotiate a better rate when they are desperate for our business. 

We have a new puppy. On Sunday we adopted Carly, a 9-week old long haired dachshund puppy. The idea of getting a second dog had been percolating in my head for a while, but Joe and I hadn't talked about it. Then mid-last week, a friend of mine posted a picture of Carly (then called Bianca) on Facebook and mentioned that she was a rescue dog that would be available in a couple days. I pretty quickly decided for myself that we could get her, and I sent a few IMs to Joe about her, but our schedules last week didn't give us much time to talk about her. I went ahead and scheduled a time on Saturday for the rescue owner to come over with Carly and check us out. Simon was VERY interested in Carly. He was gentle when he needed to be, but was also very willing to play with her. Sure... he did the typical dog dominance things of play mounting her, but the rescue owner said that was normal and a good sign. 

Joe liked her of course. Who couldn't love such a sweet face. However he was reasonably concerned about adopting a puppy again. We haven't had a puppy this young since Kinney, our Rotweiler back in the lat 90's. I reasoned that the worst that would happen is that things don't work out with her and we return her to the rescue sans payment. So, we went ahead a signed the papers, paid the fee, and picked her up on Sunday night.

Now we are working out our new schedules to accomodate her needs. Joe and I have taken turns getting up for her 3am potty break, and I've been handling her thrice-daily feedings, including coming home over lunch. Joe has today and tomorrow off from work, and we will both be home after that until we go back to work on January 2. We will get a lot of puppy time in the next week, and we welcome visits and trips to help socialize her.

2012-12-16 18.09.37

Date: 2012-12-20 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sctmpls.livejournal.com
Excellent. We know a great dog trainer if you are at all interested in that.

Dog Trainer

Date: 2012-12-20 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drewan.livejournal.com
Oh? I'd be interested in that.

Re: Dog Trainer

Date: 2012-12-20 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)

The owner does all the training. Heather is amazing. We did the puppy boot camp which is about 3 days per week for 4 weeks, but she'll work with you to do whatever you want. She will come to you and do the training in your home. She recommends doing a "transfer" every few classes where you attend with the dog so that you can learn what the dog has learned, otherwise you do not need to be there for every training session. She trained our Lab and Molly knows sit, stay, off, down, leave it and how to act around new people, other dogs, and how to behave when taking a walk. She also trained the lab of a friend of mine from work and my friend had a great experience too. I know she also does group training classes on differrent topics at locations in NE Mpls, S Mpls/Edina and St Louis Park if you want a lower cost option.

Re: Dog Trainer

Date: 2012-12-20 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sctmpls.livejournal.com
The anonymous comment is mine. Lucky Paws is the name of the trainer's company. She does both private and group training. We did the puppy boot camp which was expensive but worth every penny. My friend at work did the same program and was very pleased. Otherwise you can purchase individual home training programs or attend group classes where 7.5 hours of classes over 6 weeks costs $125. She usually doesn't start dogs until they are 3 months old, but if you get her involved earlier she will give you a consultation visit with lots of tips to get Carly ready for her classes. Let me know if you have any questions. I love to send business Heather's way.

Date: 2012-12-20 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daedala.livejournal.com

We should go on a bike ride! Maybe not until spring. :)

Date: 2012-12-21 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrdreamjeans.livejournal.com
Such a cutie! I was just thinking that I've lived here about 3.5 years and I think I've seen Joe and you one time. I'm glad things are going well for you health wise. I would seriously consider getting a puppy, but Tim and I work such different schedules; yet, there are times when neither of us would be home at lunchtime.

Have a great holiday!

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