Paranoid Pet Owner

To the five of you who are reading my blog today, hellllllllo! Since today is the busiest travel day of the year, I know many people are out and about riding in planes, trains and automobiles as they head to their Thanksgiving Day destination. If you are traveling today, I wish you safe travels!

Ryan, Sadie and I are leaving for my mother-in-law’s house in Sarasota late this afternoon. I am ready to get the Thanksgiving fun started!


Today’s workout began with a 30 minute walk/run treadmill workout before I hit the mat for some abdominal exercises. It felt good to sweat, but I left the gym with a light headache. I’m not sure what’s up with that, but I’m hoping it goes away soon. I’ve had a sore throat for two days now, so I’m taking my vitamins, drinking lots of water and crossing my fingers for a healthy Thanksgiving weekend!


Once we arrived home from the gym, I ate a banana and took a quick shower before heading out to run a quick errand. While I was out, I popped into Starbucks for breakfast.

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I ordered the egg white, spinach and feta cheese wrap with a small peppermint mocha.

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I brought my laptop into Starbucks so I could blog as I finished my breakfast. I plan to stay here for a few hours to get some work done before I have to take Sadie back to the vet for a check up later this morning. The goop in her eyes is completely gone, so it’s just a routine follow up appointment, although she has this little bump on her skin that appears to be growing with every passing week. The rapid growth has me a bit concerned, so I hope we can get that little guy checked out, too.

Paranoid pet owner!


(I snapped that picture of Sadie last night as she was watching Paula Deen on television. She cracks me up! She was very invested in Paula Deen’s mini pork sliders.)

See ya in a bit!


  1. Bethany says

    I am not one of those travelers today heehee! I love to read your blog :) It makes me happy! Also, I have been meaning to share a website with you that I thought you would like.
    It is and it is an amazing group of people who run for girls enslaved in India! I really want to do the half marathon in Chicago this summer- we shall see! :) Anyways, have a great Thanksgiving! I am super pumped for mine lol! :)
    God Bless,


  2. Zoe says

    I skipped all the travel madness flying out of Baltimore on Monday afternoon and am safely back in my parents house!

    Poor lil dog, you’re such a good momma! I’m surprised the goop on the eyeballs process didn’t need anymore drama. My dog used to get tons of lumps and bumps, finally the doctor told us that “he was become an oatmeal dog” and was just going to be lumpy and bumpy!


  3. Merel says

    My dog actually has a large bump in her chest area. When she has just had her hair cut, you can see it really well and it looks like she has a third (or eleventh) boob. We sometimes call her ‘drie tiet’ (three boob in Dutch), that probably sounds really mean but it’s meant to be funny. The vet said the lump it nothing to be worried about… I hope Sadie is well also! Have a nice Halloween Julie, I enjoy reading your blog every single day :)


  4. Jess says

    Pshh 5 readers.. there’s already 53 comments! Haha, have a great thanksgiving at the MILs! And Sadie’s not the only one who falls into the Paula Deen trance every once in a while!(:


  5. Kristin says

    One of my dogs watches tv like that too. He likes sports and will bark hysterically at any animal that comes on the tv. Crazy silly puppies!


  6. Stephanie says

    Have a great long weekend and enjoy all the yummy Thanksgiving food!
    The hubby and I have a Starbucks date later today and now I know what I’m getting…thanks for the inspiration! Mmmmm…peppermint…. :)


  7. says

    Kona loves watching cooking shows too! haha
    we are definitely paranoid pet owners (my boyfriend moreso than me). Kona actually has 2 weird lumps under her skin which we had the dr check out and they are harmless cysts luckily but I feel like we check them everyday to make sure they arent growing!!


  8. Jess says

    I’m glad you are getting the bump checked out. My boxer had a bump on her leg that kept growing and it ended up being cancer. They removed it and now she’s travels to you today!


  9. Alex A says

    Omg I am a total paranoid pet owner!!! I have a puppy, maisy. She is 7 monthes old. She is sick right now also. I hope all is well with Sadie!!! I’m sure it will be nothing :)


  10. says

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I’m totally a paranoid pet owner too. Between my toddler and my dog, it’s amazing I have any hair left! I’m sure it’s nothing – dogs get weird things all the time that are totally benign so, I’ll send out healthy Sadie vibes!


  11. says

    I swear most of us take care of our pets better than ourselves.

    When my puppy was very young I had a senior rescue at the same time. I called the vet on emergency three times in one week: twice for the baby and once for the old man.


  12. Abby says

    I love Sadie posts.. By the way, did you know (and this will probably be a long explanation) that when you watch TV, it’s really going on and off at a rate of something like 60 times per second. Humans can only see at a rate of 50 times per second, so it looks like a moving picture to us. But animals can see 70, so they actually see the TV going on and off, not a picture. Does that make sense? I’m pre-vet and our lab teacher explained it to us last week. Pretty interesting!:)


  13. says

    I’m a peppermint mocha fan all the way! I have yet to try their food options, but they look tasty. Glad that Sadie’s eye is doing well. The cat always likes to watch tv when there is something running across it (i.e national geographic/aniaml planet) I’m stuck at work until 7p today! Travel safe!


  14. says

    hope you have a truly blessed and wonderful thanksgiving!
    so i have never tried the peppermint mocha b4. is it good? i LOVE the gingerbread and the caramel brulee lattes!! amazing! only get to go once in a while though but when i do get to go its amazing! :)
    have you announced a winner for the sunglasses yet??


  15. says

    Since you brought up pets and you have a way larger blog following than me, could you do a public PSA regarding pets and travel? I keep seeing people with their smaller dogs riding in the back window of their cars since the holiday travel has started. This is highly dangerous for the pet and if their is a car accident this poor puppy is not going to survive. If there was someplace to call, I’d turn them all in.

    I feel better for getting that off of my chest.

    I hope Sadie’s bump is just a bump :)


  16. brittany says

    I’m a vet tech and I’d rather see paranoid pet owners than neglectful ones so brownie points for you! I’ve always admired how much love and compassion you have for Sadie and her quality of life, and just wanted to thank you for those qualities. It is hard to find people who care for companion animals and treat them as family anymore these days. Happy Thanksgiving!


  17. says

    The last time I attempted to see if an issue my pup was having before making a vet appointment, it got me so worked up that I had to shut my laptop. I was convinced that she must have some sort of rare terminal kidney disease based off of people who spend their time answering questions on probably not the best resource for real diagnosing :). I’ve always been good about not diagnosing myself online but I am crazy when it comes to our dog, hopefully raising her gets me more prepared for when any future kids have a cough!


  18. Jacqueline Reedy says

    I am very concerned about my pets as well. We have had 8 vizslas throughout my parents and my life. We love them!!
    We currently have Remi, he’s a year and a half with non stop energy and sticks to you like velcro. He is our “love muffin,” ha.
    A year ago, on June 25th 2011, we had to put our 8 year old vizsla, Bosley, down. It was extremely hard and to this day I really cannot talk about Bosley without getting choked up. Not to make you even more paranoid or worried, but I think you should be proactive and get that bump checked out ASAP, especially if it is growing quickly.
    When Bosley was 5yrs, that was the first time we noticed a bump near his leg. It actually took months before it really grew much and my parents waited too long to take him to the vet to get it checked. The bump didn’t phase Bosley, he was still hyper and full of life. When they finally did get this bump checked out, we found out some really tough news…Bosley had cancer, it was a cancerous lump. My parents arranged for them to remove the tumor through surgical procedures but the vet informed us that it can still come back and spread throughout his body. One year later, another bump popped up on Bosley’s body, where his front, right leg meets his chest. They took him to the vet and had it checked out, it was cancerous as well. My parents did yet another surgery to remove the tumor.
    One year later, around the beginning of June (2011), we spotted a new bump where his neck meets his chest. (Yet another cancer tumor) This bump grew to the size of a softball in less than two weeks and for the first time we saw Bosley being defeated by the tumor. He was fighting to breath, he couldn’t eat, hardly drank, was constantly sleeping/whining…it was the toughest thing to watch Bosley, our family member, fight to stay alive and in pain.
    As tough as it was, putting Bosley down was the best choice for HIM. He was no longer himself, he was in pain beyond our imaginations, and he no longer could eat or drink. He was one of the best dogs I have ever had in my life, I will never forget how excited he was every day…greeting us every morning and snuggling with us every night, his tail was always wagging, and he was just full of life. We loved that dog.
    I am telling you this, not to make you sad, upset or even afraid, but because I think if we had been more proactive when we noticed the very first bump, things could of been different. I do not know this for sure, but I do believe maybe we could of nipped it in the butt in the beginning.



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