My morning started at 6:45 a.m. with Tanner, my foster greyhound who is recuperating from a broken leg, stealing my slippers. That means it’s time to feed the beasts. I staggered into the kitchen to mix various foods and medications for 3 dogs, according to their needs and conditions. After eating I let them out, again monitoring who goes when, due to Tanner’s leg injury. Can’t let him and alpha Alex out at the same time because they will play too rough.
While Mike takes the dogs for a morning walk, I vacuum all floors (due to the dogs), 4 dog beds (due to the dogs), and wash bed blanket covers (due to the dogs).
Mike goes off to work and I proceed to cook brown rice, sweet potatoes and green beans (dogs), dissect, de-bone and remove skin from 2 whole chickens (dogs), then cook a pot of chicken meat and a pot of organ meat (dogs). I save the small, soft raw bones to feed as dog treats and the large ones to cook in the crock pot until they are soft enough not to splinter for the dogs.
While all the cooked food is cooling, I scrub down and disinfect all the utensils, counter tops, sinks and stove, due to all the raw meat that I have been dealing with. Oh! And the dogs each get a small bone for being so patient while all those wonderful smells have been tantalizing them.
I spend time on the phone with my amazing veterinarian, Dr. Kim, talking about the matriarch greyhound of the clan, Ava, who has been diagnosed with Active Chronic Hepatitis. This is not a good diagnosis. It is a very serious, life threatening condition if not caught in its early stages. Thanks to Dr. Kim, we did catch it early, and although she will be on medication for the rest of her life, we are hopeful that life will not be cut short. After all, she is the one who helps train and control all the fosters that come through here. She is the stabilizing force in the pack.
I then grab a bite of breakfast for myself before mixing a mild disinfecting cleaner to gently rub down Tanner’s incision area, which is still healing. And he’s so sweet and patient that I just have to settle down with him for a minute and give him a leg and back message. He truly seems to just relax and dissolve into the touching.
It is now 1 p.m. and the house is blissfully quiet. Alex, Ava and Tanner have found a dog bed with a sunbeam shining in, and all 3 are soaking up the rays.
Later today I will be back in the kitchen, weighing, measuring and mixing all the ingredients I prepared this morning. Then the finished product will be packaged and frozen for feeding over the coming week.
In the meantime I’ll go into the studio and work out before taking the dogs on their afternoon outing. Nah . . . . . . . I think I’ll take a lesson from the dogs. I’m going to find a human bed with a sunbeam shining in.