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Posted on Nov 30, 2011 in Dear Diary, Giveaway, Pup Posts | 40 comments

Homecoming (Giveaway!)

Look who’s back!!


Daxter is back home after his stay at the hospital and is on the road to recovery!

He’s still sleepy and having some, er, backend issues, but it’s nowhere near as bad as before. In fact, the doctor said that it is normal, and the main thing is to make sure he can eat, drink, and keep his meds down. He actually has a really good appetite, which I am beyond thrilled about since he had lost 2 whole pounds! And while two pounds is not generally a lot for someone like me, to a 17 pound dog it is a big effing deal. As long as that’s the case — and so far so good (knock on wood) — he is definitely on the up and up. $1,800 well spent, and I really do say that without a trace of irony (and luckily, thanks to pet insurance I’ll be getting a large chunk of it back.)


All I can really say is this: you know that emotional roller coaster I am constantly referencing was talking about? Well, hopefully this is the last loop-de-loop on that ride. I am SO ready to get off. And I’m sure that you are all ready to move on to happier things too! Can you tell how much my mood has already improved?

Now, due to the many hours that were spent at the emergency vet clinic, lack of sleep, and dehydration due to crying (don’t bother acting as though you’re shocked), I don’t really have much to talk about today. So for now, let’s just revel in the fact that it looks like Daxy is going to pull through. In fact, let’s revisit all the things that I said I’m thankful for last week, and put Daxter’s recovery as number one with a bullet.

While today’s post might not have too much going on, be forewarned/get excited for all the festiveness that is about to come. It is officially CHRISTMAS SEASON (slash whichever holiday you’ll be celebrating: Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus, etc.) and that means cookies will be baked, decorations will be hung, and dogs will be clothed. What, you think a little life-threatening sickness was going to get Daxter out of sweater season? Ha! Think again.


Oh, and don’t think you’re being spared of this fate either, Harry.

What you looking at, fella?

And okay, so I lied about there being absolutely nothing of interest in this post for you. In fact, if you’ve made it this far there’s something fun, festive, and most importantly (as always) FREE! In order to celebrate Daxter’s momentous-ish homecoming, the impending holiday, and just because I like you, I have a giveaway for you!

My awesome graphic designer Bailey (who designed my logo, header, and sweet business cards!) just launched her new business, think pretty, ink. She has a line of adorable, personalized holiday card designs, and is offering a free holiday card design to one lucky winner!

Ways to enter (leave a separate comment back here for each thing!):

1. Check out think pretty, ink.‘s Etsy page and comment on which design is your favorite (and don’t let the models in the example above bias you, hehe.)

2. Like think pretty, ink. on Facebook!

3. Blog/tweet/facebook about this giveaway! Make sure to reference @shrinkinggretch (Twitter) or my fan page (Facebook) and link back to this post! (Short link: http://bit.ly/sFe0Fu)

I will be randomly drawing a winner on Friday, December 2nd, so get your entries in and your list of holiday-card-worthy recipients ready! It’s going to be a grrrrreat day!

Update: And the winner is…

Sara L.! Congratulations! Email me and I’ll put you in touch with Bailey. Happy Holidays!


  1. I’m so happy Daxter is feeling better. When dogs have stomach issues it is so frustrating because you can never pinpoint what is happening and your wallet ends up taking a hit from all the exploratory medicine while you worry that it could be something really serious. Been there, done that so I’m sorry you had to go through it. All that matters now is that Daxter is recuperating ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. agh, that pup – SO glad to hear/read that everything worked out & he’s home, healing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Such a cutie (we had a mini-Schnauzer that looked a Lot like little Daxter).

    Bailey’ Etsy shop is too cute – I love the “Laughing all the Way” card. Definitely something I would order!

  3. Yay!! So glad he’s back and on the mend! What a sweet little face… (and the other puppy face, too!. It’s amazing how attached we puppy parents our to our fur children, and how emotionally draining it can be when they’re sick! I hope everything is on the up and up for you from here on out!
    Oh- and I gave you a little shout-out on my blog yesterday- just because I am loving yours so much!

    • I can only imagine how crazy I’m going to be as a human-mom, given how crazy I am as a dog-mom! (That sentence reads kind of weirdly… but you know what I mean!) Thanks so much for the shout-out!!

  4. I’m so glad Daxters fleeling better!

  5. Iยดm so glad Daxterยดs back!

    Love Baileyยดs etsy page, especially the โ€œLaughing all the Wayโ€ design ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I visited think pretty, ink’s etsy page and i like the one with your pups ๐Ÿ™‚

    • And just think how cute it would be with Petey there instead!

  7. i also liked think pretty, ink on facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

    ps. very happy to hear about daxter, i need to look into this pet insurance thing

  8. Liked the Etsy page – I love the Laughing All The Way card ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Also mentioned this on FB ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I’m not gonna lie – I am loving the one you posted in particular.. b/c of the wording on the tree design and also because if I could recreate this image with Joel. .this would be a perfect way to announce our ENGAGEMENT ๐Ÿ™‚ :)….

    Still, next year I could see the “First Noel” being a great one for a newlywed couple.


  11. #1 I love that gif! So jubilant and joyful! And secondly, so glad ur pup is okay!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Yay Daxter is hooooommmee!!! I have had several emergency vet visits in the less than one year we’ve had Clementine (somehow Winston NEVER needs to go) and it is scary–they are seriously like children! Also, every time I read your blog I discover a new reason why I like you so much. Today, it was the Seinfeld reference ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Oh I’m so glad your pup is okay!

  14. AH! I love all the designs… too hard to choose, but I definitely like the ones in your post the most. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great minds think alike!

    Also, glad to hear your puppy is feeling better!!

  15. These are all gorgeous! I really like Merry and Bright and Falalalala!

  16. I like the ‘Vertical Frames’ card. I always make my christmas cards with my kids on them! They are sooo much cuter than me!

  17. I liked think pretty,ink on facebook! I think I may order some business cards from her for when I go to San Diego in March and try to get a job after this thing called ‘The PhD’. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Liked on FB AND Tweeted. REALLY want these cards ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I love the Merry and Bright color block. Really cute! Glad your sweet puppy is on the mend.

  20. So happy to hear Daxter is back home and all snug in his handsome sweater!

  21. I have added this shop to my favorites! I like the Word Tree and the Dot Frame and the Picture Wreath! Ah, everything is so awesome!!

    Ps: So glad your doggy-boo is okay! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I like them on Facebook! I tagged you in a wall post on their page for proof!! haha

  23. picture blocks is adorable! (I really had a hard time choosing haha)

  24. I love the merry and bright banner!

  25. Just tweeted!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I like your Santa’s Little Helper of your dogs but the little other pup is cute as well ๐Ÿ™‚


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