Ok, the Whole 30 thing continues and I continue to keep notes, but I left off on day 7 and am now on day 21 and it would be super boring to list all of that stuff here because I have other much more interesting things to share, like:

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We named her Molly!

We’ve been talking about getting another dog for a while now. 2013 has been the year of no changes/intentional stress (per our resolutions in January) – and we’ve been very successful so far – but she just kind of fell into our laps.

Long story, but she was being neglected, someone we know took her from her owner (after the owner relented once calls to Animal Control were threatened), that person asked a co-worker/friend of mine for help, my co-worker/friend immediately came into my office with the news … and here we are.

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She’s a Great Pyrenees. Maybe mixed with something? Maybe 14 weeks old?

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We brought her home on the 10th after my co-worker/friend got her and tried to de-flea her as best she could. I was at the vet with her the next morning and learned that she was pretty sick.

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Skin infection, ear infection, ear mites, (had been) covered in fleas, WAY skinny and had some stomach drama going on. She got some shots and a bunch of medicine to take each day, we started bathing her every other day and we treated her for worms and any other parasites that might have been causing the stomach issues (she was tested, but her issue was so bad the vet wasn’t sure the test would be accurate – decided to treat for everything, just in case) – and she’s on a boiled chicken and rice regimen for the next couple of weeks.

You can see some of her missing hair on her chest here (the night we brought her home):

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Anyway. Last week was kind of a rough since her care was pretty time consuming and Jon was out of town. She and I wound up at the vet again mid-week since things seemed to be getting worse. She was dehydrated and needed some fluids, but otherwise improving.

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We had another check-up at the vet yesterday – just over a week since we brought her home – and she got a clean bill of health.

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She is SO much better. Ears are all cleared up, fleas are completely gone, skin is WAY better, diarrhea stopped (THANK GOD because that was the worst part – she barked every other hour during the night to go out some nights), etc.

We need to fatten her up because she’s still very underweight (which is hard to tell because she’s so fluffy), but otherwise – she’s great.

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She’s super laid back and is probably the calmest puppy I’ve ever encountered. We took her to a soccer game last night and she was fantastic with everyone – and with the nearly 4 hours spent in the car.

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Henry was a little unsure of her last weekend and most of last week, but we needed to keep them separate, anyway. He has definitely started to come around now that she feels better and they can spend time together.

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She follows him everywhere.

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We are totally smitten.

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So – I didn’t run AT ALL last week and I skipped my long run this weekend, too. I also canceled my sessions with the trainer. I barely made it to work at a normal time most days because of the diarrhea issues and the feeding/medicine regime despite getting up at 5AM … and I didn’t want to leave her at night … so I didn’t.

The week she came home was a down week on the running schedule, so I didn’t run last weekend, either. Next week is going to suck as I try to get back into the swing of things – but I will. I’m ready to get back to it.

I’ve got to do some research, but I’m thinking Molly might be a great running companion (in the winter – suspect the hair will prevent summer running).

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