So, this past week/weekend we went to Nashville - we were happy to see David's brother, Jonathan and his family...but unfortunately that was not our original reason for the trip. Chula, our chocolate lab has battled with allergies for about 2 years now (she's 3 y.o.)...we have exhausted all of our "pill" resources without much help, so we finally broke down and took her to be tested. Yes...we had to drive all the way to Nashville to do this (we were also given the opportunity of going to Jackson, MS...but seeing as how we have family in Nashville, and a place to stay...we chose this city.)
So, we took her Thursday morning and were about to have the testing done that afternoon. Much to our surprise...she is allergic to almost everything that she was tested on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When we returned to pick her up that afternoon, we walked into the exam room and a vet tech sat us down and handed us a paper filled with names of trees, shrubs, grasses, bugs, molds, etc. She said "the highlighted items are what your dog is allergic to." I really don't remember another time that I was so speechless. Almost everything on the sheet was highlighted!!!!!! So, after a long talk with the doctor and vet tech, we decided to start allergy shots. But wait! - before your eyes get too big let me just tell you that they actually cost LESS than the pills she has been taking. YEAH! So, let me just take this time to insert a few pictures.
Here is the area that they shaved for the testing.
Poor Chula - I hope her hair grows fast!
Chula posing with her test results - the highlighted items are what she is allergic to...this is the 1st of 2 pages. :)
Chula says "Mom, I hate it when you get carried away with that camera...enough already!"
So, besides our adventure at the pet allergist...we had a great time visiting with our brother & sister-in-law - Jonathan & Julie and our nephew, Aiden. Aiden is almost 10 months now and he is getting so big! We had so much fun playing with him and just spending time with Julie and Jonathan. Unfortunately we don't have any pictures of Aiden from the trip!!!!!!! I know, that is horrible. Everytime I got my camera out he was either sleeping or fussy and heading to sleep. So, I just did a bad job of catching those moments. So...maybe next time.
Thanks Julie & Jonathan for your hospitality!