Feeling A Little Blue?

September 29, 2008

I don’t know about you, but it’s been disconcerting for me to watch the financial markets yo-yo up and down like a roller coaster these past couple of weeks. Back in the day, I spent about five years working in the investment banking industry before I started Room Candy, so even though I’ve been out of that industry for a few years now, it’s still sad to see major banks just disappear in a blink. No one can predict what’s going to happen to the economy except that it’s going to be pretty rough for a while, so if you’re feeling a little blue like me, do what I do:

1) Hug your dog for at least thirty minutes a day. If you have more than one dog, all the better because you can easily double or triple your “dog hug therapy” time.

2) Take your dog out for a nice long walk. The exercise will do you good and help alleviate your stress.

3) Take a mini lesson in maintaining a happy attitude from my dog Tiki.

This nasty scar is from Tiki’s surgery ten days ago for his luxating patella on his left knee (he had his right knee operated on seven years ago for the same condition). It is ironic that I blogged about a maltese called Henry that had the same surgery on both his legs this past summer because now Tiki has something in common with Henry! The surgeon opted not to put Tiki in a cast, but to prevent him from gnawing at his sutures, put him in an Elizabethan collar until his sutures come out later this week.

Boy did Tiki hate, hate, hate that collar!! For the first few days, in spite of the pills he took that were supposed to sedate him, Tiki would howl all day and night and scratch/bite/claw at the collar to try to get out of it. You can see for yourself all the bite marks he’s inflicted upon that collar. On the fifth day, Tiki finally resigned to the fact that the collar is staying put for a while, and slowly reverted to his usual jovial demeanor.

There’s that smile again!

Tiki doesn’t know that the horribly uncomfortable collar is coming off in a few days, and that in a couple of months, he’ll be bouncing along like a puppy with his healed left knee. So I guess the moral of the story is this: even in his current state of daily discomfort with the collar and his temporarily bum leg, Tiki chooses to crack a big smile and be happy. Not a bad way to deal with whatever is going on these days!

The Tao of Tiki: Take time to smile everyday!



Room Candy – always yummy!


2 Responses to “Feeling A Little Blue?”

  1. Liana Says:

    Oh Tiki!! You look so adorable, Elizbethan collar and all. There is this other collar that’s meant to be not as uncomfortable as an E-Collar, called the Bite Not Collar (http://www.dog.com/item/bite-not-collar/)

    I haven’t tried it, but if Henry ever has to go through a surgery again, I might just get it. Get better soon Tiki! :)

  2. Liz Says:

    Hello! I came across your blog through the Pampered Puppy Outstanding Dog Photography Contest. I was just informed yesterday that I won three of your fabulous dog toys. I checked out your blog, because I am a blogger myself, and discovered that you have a pup who had the same surgery mine did (Paddington is an 8lb Maltese/Yorkie mix). You also blogged about Henry, whose owner contacted me through a post I did on my blog a little while ago. (http://ottawadogblog.ca/2008/04/luxating-patella-a-small-dog-with-two-bad-knees/)

    It is actually good to read about the time frame in which Tiki’s surgeries were spaced. Paddington has luxating patellas in both knees and had one operated on last year and we were told that it is very likely she will eventually have to have the other one operated on. It’s good to know some sort of reference point.

    For now though, she’s doing great! I have been doing flyball with her and she absolutely LOVES it. She is also now running up and down the stairs as well as jumping onto the couch, something she never did before.

    By now I’m sure Tiki has recovered well. It is amazing to see the resilience of these little creatures. They really can handle more than we give them credit for.

    And btw, he is so freaking cute!!!

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