Sadie had a stressful day today.
Doesn’t she look stressed?
Early this morning, I called our vet to see if he could see Sadie at some point today. Fortunately we were able to snag a 3 p.m. appointment so the vet was able to closely examine the tiny black specs that appeared on Sadie’s neck yesterday.
When I was talking on the phone to my friend Michaela last night, Sadie came over and leaned against me. As I was petting her neck, I noticed tiny bumps. Upon further examination, I saw the tiniest little black dots in the middle of the bumps. They were smaller than a pinhead and weren’t moving at all. The black specs were really hard to pick off of her neck and while she wasn’t itching at her neck, Ryan and I figured the specs warranted a trip to the vet since there were so many.
We assumed Sadie picked up something on our Saturday afternoon hike and the vet agreed. He pulled a few of the specs off her neck and examined them under a microscope since they just looked like a tiny black dot to the human eye.
After checking them out, the vet said the specs are a tiny bug of some sort, possibly a mite, nymph tic or something else. Sending the bugs off to the lab to examine would cost nearly $200, so we are going to call them mystery specs for now and hope that the expensive medicine we were prescribed to put on Sadie’s back will quickly kill them. Who knew our simple Saturday hike would turn into a $150 adventure?
Sadie seemed to know when she was out of the hot seat at the vet and her smiley face quickly returned.
Now let’s not so gracefully transition from talking about freaky bugs to discussing dinner!
Tonight’s dinner included a sweet potato and chicken stir fry made with broccoli slaw and onions that I sautéed in a pan with olive oil, soy sauce and honey.
This meal reminded me a lot of the meals I used to make for myself when I first graduated from college and was trying not to rely on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Lean Cuisines and oatmeal for dinner. Quesadillas, pasta with marinara sauce and vegetables or simple stir frys became my go-to meals as I transitioned into regularly cooking dinner for myself. Simple but tasty!
Off to watch the Olympics! I love synchronized diving. Beautiful!