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The best laid plans

I had big plans for Labor Day.

Despite the great advice I shared two days ago, I was going to work the day away.

ear My ears had different plans.

I had a slight cough yesterday — so slight that I thought it was a reaction to something in the air — but in the middle of the night, I woke up slightly disoriented with chills and fever.

I took some meds for the fever, but it was even higher this morning and my head hurt, so off I went to urgent treatment.

The diagnosis: an ear infection. My ears were ‘as red as the chairs in reception.’ (They were pretty darn red.)

I got a big ol’ bag full of drugs, and have been parked on the couch all day, trying to get my fever down and my spirits up because I feel like crap.

And I didn’t get a lick of work done.

I also appear to have called my boyfriend at 2:45am. For his sake, I hope that was a quick hang-up that he didn’t hear.

(Sorry about that.)

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Deaf dogs rock

My dog Rory, who turned 15 in December, is almost completely deaf…has been for almost a year.

His hearing loss is obviously age-related.

Dogs can also lose their hearing due to ear infections or injury, but many dogs are born deaf.  The most common cause of congenital deafness is pigment related. If there is un-pigmented skin in the inner ear — often found in white-haired or white-skinned dog breeds — the nerve endings atrophy and die off in the first few weeks of the puppy’s life, resulting in deafness.

And people are often hesitant to adopt deaf dogs and puppies .

deaf dogs rockDeaf Dogs Rock is a non-profit organization formed two years ago to promote the care and well-being of deaf dogs.

I happened upon them through the great Google machine and wanted to spread the word.

I’ve learned how to accommodate Rory’s deafness through trial and error, through hand signals and changes in my own behavior to aide his understanding.  Deaf Dogs Rock offers so much more education and information on how you could provide a loving home to a dog with hearing loss.

It will be your gain!