Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Happenings at The Brickhouse

A little update on Howie. He is doing ok. He had an appointment with Dr. Beth yesterday and she has him on Prednisone, Vitamin E, Cephalexin and Traumeel. Let me tell you Howie is not a happy camper and either are Tim and I. Howie hates taking the pills. I tried to hide it in his food but he is a smart dog and eats the food and spits out the pills. So Tim and I have been mean owners and make him take them. We tell him it is for his own good but he isn't buying that! Dr Beth said his immune system is "kattywampus"..so we are hoping to build up his immunity. He still has a fever..yesterday his fever was 103. He does seem to be acting like his old self, except when it comes to eating. When he first became very sick he wouldn't eat his dry dog food so I was cooking for him...and guess what? I now have a very spoiled dog...I know that his appetite is back but since he likes my cooking so much he refuses to eat his dry food. He is a spoiled dog! We started the Prednisone today and Dr Beth said that his appetite will REALLY come back while he is on that medication. He has lost some weight and she is happy with his current weight but with him being on the Prednisone we have to be careful with his eating. Tim and I are hoping that he will start eating his dry food again..this cooking for a dog is a little much. Tim is a little jealous of Howie since Howie has been eating better than Tim lately. But no more....Howie has to go back to eating his dog food and Tim is hoping he goes back to eating my cooked meals...Poor Tim!
Howie was shivering one day and I freaked out and called Dr Beth. She told me that since he has a fever he will get the chills. So she told me to just cover him up and make him warm...so as you can see Howie is one pampered dog! He likes having the blanket on him. Howie wants to thank everyone who have asked about him...he appreciates your concern.

In between taking care of Howie and other needs, I found some time to make some new signs.

And Tim and I are making birdhouses...lots of birdhouses! Last year we had trouble keeping them in stock..they sold as soon as we would make them. So we are starting early and building up our inventory. I went crazy and decided to do a bright pink birdhouse! At the Cash and Carry Show in January I bought a bright pink old watering can for my garden and I thought why not make a bright pink birdhouse! I love prims with all the darker colors but once in awhile it is so nice to see a bright color in the garden...So don't be surprised if you see more bright colors on the Porch of The Brickhouse this Spring and Summer!
I am so happy that February is almost over and I think our customers will be happy that March is a few days away...because..drum roll please.......The Brickhouse will be open Wed~Sun. I am anxious to have the winter behind us and have the Shop open and see all of our customers return. We have some great customers that are Snowbirds and are in Florida right now so I can't wait till they fly north for the Spring and Summer because then Tim and I can laugh with them when they come to The Brickhouse. We miss you, Maxine and Judy!
Our local Food Bank is in need of food....most importantly the following items:
peanut butter
tuna fish
spaghetti sauce
If you could help the Food Bank out we would appreciate it...stop by The Brickhouse and drop off an item or two and Tim and I will take it to the Food Bank. Thank you to all our customers who have helped the Food Bank this past winter. With the way the economy is and people still looking for jobs the shelves at the Food Bank are getting bare...so please help your neighbors in need. Thanks!
I want to thank everyone who stops by our blog and leaves comments. Tim and I love reading the comments and we may not always respond but please know how much we appreciate all of you.


Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh please give Howie our best wishes for a complete recovery from this. Prednisone is tough for dogs -- our Cavalier was on it years ago, and he was miserable... couldn't sleep, was ravenously hungry, gained weight, and got purple "bruise" marks on his skin under his coat. Prednisone is one of those miracle drugs that can do amazing things, but has difficult side effects. Some dogs do better than others, but we were not prepared for the personality change with ours so I thought I'd let you know. (Once he's off the pred, he'll go back to his normal self.)

LOVE the pink birdhouse! I love any cheery colors this time of year --it snowed overnight and now is SLEETING.

The Brickhouse said...

Cass, Thanks for the info..that drug sounds scary. Dr Beth said I will notice a big change in Howie once he was on it for 24 hrs..she said a "good" change..I hope so..sorry you went through that with your dog...poor puppy!
I love the pink, too! We had freezing rain overnight and now there is talk about a storm coming in on Thursday..enough already.
Thanks for following our blog.

JenR65 said...

I was wondering how Howie was doing, I am glad he is doing ok with the help of your love and devotion to him. He looks so sweet, I would love to just sit by him and pet him. All the things you are making look great, best of luck with selling everything!

lakeffect said...

Howie has been on my mind, too. Thanks for the update. He is a lucky guy to have such a devoted family! Sure hope the meds work and he is back to himself soon.

judy said...

We have had to give our Sheltie pills.If you learn how from the vet it is not hard.When you grab around over the top make sure to get his lips pressed down around his top teeth.A dog will not bite itself.When his mouth is open put the pill in as far back as possible.Once you get this down it is easy.I'm glad he is doing better.
judy j

Anonymous said...

I was happy to get an update on Howie. What a precious one he is - he looks so sweet all covered up on his braided rug. He is so lucky to have people who love him so much! I will continue praying for him. I would love to buy one of your signs - do you sell them?

Mindy said...

Howie looks so precious!