The Power of Canine Therapy
I have been out of commission lately—which is why I haven’t published any restaurant entries as of late. I’ve had a string of painful events (a new tattoo, dental work, more dental work, bad TMJ, some strange sinus infection that has manifested itself as a massive earache) along side some debilitating fatigue. I’m not sure if the pain brings on the fatigue, or if it’s unrelated, but I’ve made plans several times over the past few weeks to go out with my husband to a vegan restaurant—any vegan restaurant—to eat, take notes and photos….only to be stuck in bed or on the couch. The days I have been able to get out (to see family or go to an appointment), I’ve had to come right back home and go to bed. There was even a day when I had to decide if I wanted to run errands with Cody OR cook—because I knew I couldn’t do both.
It’s been somewhat depressing. I’m thankful that I got most of my holiday shopping down earlier, so that’s something. And luckily I absolutely love spending time at home in front of the fire with the Christmas tree all a-glow and surrounded by dogs. Some days I find that nothing cheers me up more than having a snuggle with a dog. Or four. For some strange reason, I’ve always wanted four dogs—and now I have four dogs. It’s truly a wonderful gift to have four furry buddies that simply like spending time with me—even when I’m at my worst. I love to sit on our couch under a weighted blanket, the lights low, the TV on mute, the (gas) fireplace going, and somewhere between one and three dogs with me (four is rather awkward), and just let that incredible sense of calm wash over me. I can do this in the winter, and I can do it in the summer—minus the fire and blanket.
When I was going through radiation two years ago, there were days when the only time I smiled or laughed, was when Shoop did something silly. It was a true gift. So when Shoop was going through IMHA (Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia or autoimmune anemia) six months ago, both Cody and I did our best to make her comfortable. She’s thankfully recovered, and I’m grateful everyday for her endurance, bossiness, and absolute sweetness. And I’d do the same for all our dogs. Because, dogs are just the best.
Anyway, I’ve decided that in order to battle this strange fatigue, I need to make my health a priority. I’ve been attempting to meditate everyday. I’ve cut down on my drinking, I’ve been cooking healthier here at home, and I’ve been trying to get to bed earlier. I also hope to get back to my daily walks soon—with the gym or yoga being another goal after that. But, you know, baby steps. I always feel better when I meditate daily; so that’s step one.
So I saw my doctor today, and now I have a regimen of allergy meds that should help my ear pain by the start of next week. I hope to be feeling better soon and get back to my restaurant entries. Thanks for your patience; I hope to be back soon. . But until then, please enjoy some pics our four rescue dogs: Sydney, Queen, Shoop, and Lucy; there are more in the Daily Life section.. And have a great holiday.❤️🐰