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We've Got an Itch!

Yep, Lola and I both have an itch! First about Lola's...

Poor Lola didn't draw the "good health" card when she was born (good thing she got lots of cute handed out to her though). She has terrible allergies. In the past, she has been treated by taking steroids orally and also through a steroid spray. The allergies manifest themselves by causing her paws to itch. Since her pancreas took a nosedive back in December, she isn't allowed steroids in ANY form.

She had a bad allergy spell in January and licked her paws so much she licked the hide completely off two of the pads on her back paws. It was really bad and a long road to healing because they had to scab up, etc. Now she is in the midst of another allergy attack. She has been licking her front paw non-stop. This drives me nuts, but also I don't want a repeat of January's incident. I called the vet and he said Benadryl was okay. I started dosing her with that, but it didn't have the effect I had hoped for.

Last night, I decided that, darn it, I was going to put a stop to this paw licking!
Yep, a sock over the paw wrapped with an Ace Bandage...
Poor Lo!
Little dickens! This is what I found when I got her out of her kennel this morning and unwrapped her bandage...
She chewed holes in the sock to get to her paw!!!

By now, you know I'm just at my whits end! What else can I do...

An oatmeal bath, that's what!
Poor Lo again! She had to stay there for 15 minutes!
Did it work?

Not a chance.

Lo immediately after her removal from the oatmeal bath (licking her paw):

Now for my itch...
I've kind of been itchin' for new living room furniture. I would love to do a complete change-a-roo, but I decided that I needed to remain in the same color scheme so that I didn't have to redo tons of stuff. I have been looking, but not finding tons I like.
I finally decided that I did not want to purchase a set of anything (no more matchy-matchy). I found two couches the other day that I kind of liked, but more importantly, I found a chair that I loved. The couches were on sale, but the chair and ottoman weren't. I was kind of between a rock and a hard place. I only wanted to purchase one piece right now and wait until I had the money saved to pay cash for the other piece later. I also needed to sell my entire set all at once. If I purchased a chair now, I couldn't really go without a couch for several months and vice versa. What to do!?
My parents have a fairly new wing back chocolate brown leather recliner that I picked out, but my Dad doesn't like. So, I am going to use their chair and making it possible for me to get a couch only for now. So I went out today and scratched my itch, ie: I purchased a new couch. It is being delivered on Thursday and I can't wait!
Here is a photo from the showroom...
The colors don't really photo that well... it is really kind of camel color (more gold like, though that doesn't sound very pretty. it also is kind of a herringbone print).
It has very pretty (and expensive looking) pillows.
I've just listed my current set on Craigslist. I'm hopeful that I won't be the victim of any Criagslist copycat killers! I posted it for sale about 30 minutes ago and already got one response...FINGERS CROSSED that it sells soon!

Comments

courtney said…
I have a weird question.....how did you know Lola's paw licking was allergies? Our Baxter bites his tail NON-STOP and it drives me crazy. Our vet said that it *could* be allergies, or he could just be bored/anxious. He gave us allergy meds for Bax for about a week and it didn't seem to help--I suppose we bore the poor dog to craziness.

Also, does Lola not lick the other paw at all?

Love your new couch! You'll have to post pics once it's in place! :)
Ann said…
I love that couch! It is so pretty. I want new living room furniture too, but I'm going to wait until my kids are a little older. They spill everything.

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