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Posted on Nov 28, 2011 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts | 25 comments

Highs and Lows

Happy (?) Monday, everyone! I hope everybody survived their holiday weekend unscathed and with only an extra 10 or 12 pounds around their waists (heh.) Surprisingly, I’m actually glad to get into a bit of normalcy over the next week or so. Until the craziness of the next holiday settles in, that is. Not that this unusual for me, as you are all painfully aware, but even with all of the Thanksgiving festiveness, the past week has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me. Ups and downs, highs and lows, it’s been a trip. Here are just some examples of each:


High: The socially accepted binge that is Thanksgiving Dinner.


Low: Not getting to spend Thanksgiving with my family (fur-family excluded).


High: Completing 7.02 miles in preparation for the 15K coming up on Saturday (!!!)


Low: How sore I already am, less than 24-hours later. And I only actually ran for half of it. Also a low? Seeing the race course and elevation map:

WHY SO HILLY?! Just kill me now. Ow.

High: The amazingness that is The Muppets Movie. Seriously, go see it right now. Mah-na mah-na.


Low: Coming home post-movie to a sick puppy. Not that you need the specifics, but let’s just say my night — and day — included more than one messy clean-up. πŸ™


Extra Low: My sick puppy continuing to be sick, waking up every half-hour Saturday night to check for anything that may have spewed from either end, and, after 24+ hours of vomiting and diarrhea, finally making the decision to take him to the emergency vet at 10 PM last night. Prognosis? Undetermined, of course. It could be any number of things: upset stomach, parasites, blockage, gastrosomethingitis… They wanted to keep him overnight and IV-this and X-ray-that but even with my awesome pet insurance my monetary situation forced me to stay on the conservative side here. Which makes me feel like a horrible pet parent just saying so, but you know me: any sign of worsening or further trouble and I’ll be speeding (literally!) straight back to the Hope Center. But for now, at least my $585.00 procured a few meds and instructions for taking care of my little guy. Therefore, I’ll be playing the roll of Doggy Nurse today and hopefully things will go smoothly… for both of us.


So, yeah… with all that, I’ve been doing some (more) emotional yo-yoing. And while mentally I know that Daxter is going to be okay, it’s still very worrisome. Oh, plus there’s the fact that I’m running on approximately 85 minutes hours of sleep thanks to getting home at 1:45 AM from the Doggy ER and Daxter’s frequent trips outside. I’m sure that my emotional instability will only continue to worsen as time goes on… and as I get closer and closer to Saturday’s race. For the latter, I know I just need to keep telling myself that I just need to FINISH the race: time be damned, pace be damned, other people’s opinions be damned. Right?



  1. Other people’s opinions? Darling girl, if you know of anyone who will think poorly because you don’t beat some record, or don’t run the whole way, let me know so I can give them a swift kick in the ass. You will feel a major sense of accomplishment when you finish no matter what your stats are, I promise. And we’ll all be there, cheering for you and running with you. You’ve got this πŸ™‚ So sorry to hear about Daxter, I hope he gets better soon!!

  2. Aw, Gretchen- I’m so sorry to hear about your pup. Being a puppy parent can be tough! I hope he gets better real soon!
    And about the race- kick ass! You’ll feel great no matter what TIME you finish or any of that crap (unless you are seriously in it for the money and winning first place- what does it matter?!?)… and enjoy every sip of hot chocolate at the end. πŸ™‚
    Oh yeah, and keep on foam rollin’…

  3. Right!

    Hope your dog gets well soon.

  4. So sorry to hear about poor, sick Daxter! I hope he’ll get better soon.
    “Other people’s opinions be damned!” – RIGHT! 15 k is quite a long distance, not many people I know could run that far, including myself! So no matter how much time you will need to finish, it will be an amazing accomplishment!

  5. Great job on the 7 mile run! Hopefully the adrenaline will set in and make you feel like you’re soaring over the hills this weekend!! πŸ™‚ I’ll be thinking of you!

  6. I hope Daxter gets feeling better quick, its a horrible feeling when pets are sick. Don’t worry about the race, no matter what your pace is, its still faster than the guy who is still on the couch πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  7. Um… a 7 mile run is amazing! Just think of where you were a month ago! πŸ™‚ You will make it through the 15K…. run, walk, crawl… just keep moving. Hills are inevitable, just like the ups and downs of life. Don’t let the hills get into your head too much see ’em, commit to getting to the top and then enjoy the coast down. You will get there! I run in Atlanta, which means foothills of the North Georgia mountains… trust me, you just push and you eventually get there. You will be so satisfied after the race, it will have made all the struggling out there worthwhile.

    So sorry to hear the pup is under the weather. I know it sucks to feel so helpless to make him all better. Hang in there!

  8. Aww! poor Daxter…been there with my daschie so know how worrying it gets…And Right! Of course ure so gonna rock…on ure own terms..dont even think about other people…do it for ureself and ull feel greatt! Big hug πŸ™‚

  9. Your poor baby πŸ™ You are doing the best that you can! Drink some extra coffee today <3

  10. Sorry to hear about Daxter. I hope he’s feeling better this morning. Hugs from your friends at Embrace.

  11. Just remember that there are a few opinions that matter a little and will carry you through and that is all of the people in your life that believe in you, are rooting for you and don’t care the the hell the time clock says, but will just be proud of you for doing it! We all believe in you girl, now take go take out all of those emotions and rock this race on Sat!!

  12. My Thanksgiving feast plate looked awfully similar to yours [minus the brussel sprouts, sub in a baked sweet potato]… Hope your Monday is filled with many HIGHS and no lows πŸ™‚ Sorry about your sweet sick puppy- cleaning up the mess is never fun…

  13. This is the first time I looked at the course map for the 15k. I guess I better hill train in a week πŸ™‚

  14. Ohno …. very sorry to learn ~ ~ πŸ™ ~ ~ about Daxter. Harry is good right?

    You know what Gretchen ….. pets do get sick. Just like us humans. For sure.

    We only have our Gidget now. Sophie recently died. Looking to adopt/rescue again.

    Yes. I’ve been a doggie + kitty (no more though) mama since the 70’s. There was always someone to take care, to love and give a forever home to. No regrets whatsoever. They ALL made me happy & smile! I always adopted or found the most sweetest poochies wandering the streets. (motto: finder’s keepers!!)

    With my very first (I took her away from my younger sister who was starving this tiny little puppy …. she had no idea …. none duh) pooch … Panda, (a regular day …. or so I thought) still so vivid in my memory how very-very sick she was one morning. When this happened, Panda was already about 4 years old.

    Panda’s illness was very similar to Daxter’s. Long story shorter = the vet thought Panda had the flu. I stayed home from work …. took care of Panda for 3-4 days. It was mandatory someone be with her. She did not want food. Just to sleep. Our other little pooch Nikki, was absolutely fine.

    There were other traums over the years. When Panda was less than a year old, a huge bee got her in the nose. Awful. Didn’t take too long for the swelling to go down after the medicine was given.

    Just like human kids ….. our pets need (emergency too) medical care. There are millions of stories. Things happen.

    Yeah …. I know exactly what you mean regarding $$$$. Sadly, I have never had medical insurance for any of my pets. Got to look into it.

    BIG huggies for your adorables! They are so cute.

    P.S. Gretchen ….. postive thoughts re your life/food plan. Slow but sure! You will do it. You ARE doing it!!!


  15. Poor Daxter, I hope he feels better. I’m sure he’s happier at home. Leaving them can be really stressful to both them and you.

    As for the race you will do fine. There are no race police that are going to arrest you if you don’t run fast enough. I love when I give advice like this because you know I do the opposite for myself. I stress out until the gun goes off to run. Then I have a great time. I hope you have a great time:)

  16. Gretchen, you are going to ROCK the Hot Chocolate 15k. I am running it too and didn’t run ONCE over the past 5 days due to holiday excitement and family time. You will be so great and will finish and will have a super happy blog post after it (I just know it!).

    I hope Daxter feels better πŸ™‚

  17. First off about the 15K…a great quote…”it doesn’t matter if it is a 6 minute mile, a 16 minute mile, or a 60 minute mile…what matters is you’re doing it!”

    Second about sick furbabies…it is rough being a “parent” because you want to do the right thing but it does get expensive to do it. I’m sure he is happier at home with you. I hope he feels better soon! Because having a sick kid is nerve wracking for all involved.

  18. Finish = get chocolate.

    You can do it!

  19. aww poor pup! I hope he gets better soon!!! Good luck with your race this weekend πŸ™‚

  20. Don’t fret about Daxter- he’s survived worse so he’ll be okay! And the race is going to be the MOST amazing sense of accomplishment EVER. Real excited to do it with you!!

  21. Seriously… What a rockstar. So impressed with your progress as I keep reading your updates. You kinda got me hooked. lol. Yup, you’ve brought this guy out of the dark ages and actually taught me that it’s ok to blog. lol. But only on your site!

    Saturday – CRUSHED. Let me explain… Here I was all excited thinking that finally I’d get a chance to meet the infamous Gretchen, but about 3.5 wks ago went to sign up for the HC15K and they were full. FULL!!! WTChocolate?!? So alas, I won’t be running this bad boy w/ you, but still needed a 10miler-ish for Dec. So…. I’ll be doing the Blue/Gray 1/2 marathon down in Fredericksburg on the 11th. A wee bit worried (like you, never done anything this long before), but know that I’ll finish mine just like you’ll finish yours! Seriously, I’ve got no doubt that you’re going to kick @$$. Keep your smile on, just put “one foot in front of the other” and believe – BELIEVE. You so got this! If you did 7 and change the other day, you can totally do it on Saturday.

    Lookin forward to hearing about your success (plus all the cocoa goodness that will follow – jealous!) and your photos…

    Good luck!!

  22. Hope your puppy feels better ASAP! but 7 mile run thats awesome!


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