Weekend Happenings – (Shih Tzu paws and lots of yummy food)

Hey guys!

I just wanted to pop in and share a little recap of our weekend.

On Saturday morning I made breakfast for Pat (this NEEDS to be documented). 🙂 I made him some scrambled eggs with cheddar, turkey bacon, and a buttered muffin.  When we were done with breakfast, we ran a few errands and then took Bosco to the vet. Earlier this week Bosco started limping. We didn’t think much of it since he has had problems with his knee (a torn ACL), and has also limped in the past when the skin around his paws was irritated from his allergies. Over the last few days the limping got worse though, to the point he didn’t even want to walk on one of his paws and he needed to be carried outside every time he had to go to the bathroom.

The vet looked at his paw (which Bosco was NOT very happy about) and said it could be a few things – a fractured toe, a cyst, infection from a foreign body in his paw, or a tumor. They took x-rays and determined that he did not have a fractured toe (which was in a way what I wanted it to be, because at least it wouldn’t be a tumor). The vet gave him a shot of antibiotics and wants us to soak Bosco’s paw in Epsom salt 2 x / day for 2 weeks. She said if it is a cyst or foreign body in Bosco’s paw, the Epsom salt should be able to draw it out over 2 weeks. If it does not, he may need surgery to remove the bump and have a biopsy done. We were told the only downside to waiting 2 weeks to see if it will burst is that if it gets bigger, it may not be able to just be removed by surgery and he could need to have one of his toes amputated as well. The vet said that it may not come to that but just wanted to make us aware of a situation that could happen (and she also said dogs only really need 2 toes for balance and adjust well to amputation of just a toe).


It was hard to find something that was not too big to soak his paw in. I finally decided on a bread pan and it worked great – not too big and the bottom was flat so he could comfortably rest it while he soaked.

So, it was not the best outcome we could have received at the vet appt., but we are going to be very diligent to soak his paw every day to try to help burst the bump. Bosco was obviously not crazy about his required treatment, but he has handled it pretty well so far. I will say that those 15 mins. go by SUPER slow though (for him and us!). I just want my baby to get better – it makes me so sad when he is not feeling well or in pain.


As you can see from Bosco’s face, paw soaking is obviously very tiring. 🙂

Saturday night we went out to dinner with my mom, sister, and Nick to celebrate my mom’s birthday.


We went to a restaurant near my mom’s house and our dinner was so delicious. We got a bunch of appetizers to share and I got Picadinho A Chefe (shrimp and beef Sautéed in white wine, garlic, cilantro sauce, topped with pickled vegetables and potatoes) as my dinner.


FYI – Pat’s new favorite thing to do is photobomb any and all pictures. 🙂

We went back to my mom’s house after dinner to hang out for a few hrs. My sister asked us to bring our wedding video with us so she could show it to Nick and that was what we watched for most of the night. I can’t believe May will be our 10th Anniversary already!!

Sunday morning was spent doing some things around the house – I cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed, did laundry, and started some chicken in the crock pot all before Pat and Bosco even got up. After they were up, it was time for some coffee and bagels.

But first, we took a family selfie. 🙂


I got a sesame bagel with egg, cheddar (because cheddar is better) and a hash brown on it … FYI – if you’ve never had a hash brown on a bagel, doooooo it!


The rest of the day included some reading, tending to our little patient, a visit from a realtor that wanted to preview our house, and some house hunting online.

Pat went for a run in the afternoon and after he got home, we went out for a late lunch.


Pat got a pizza with bacon and I got a cheesesteak pizza. I wanted to get something different and since I never had that before, that was what I decided on. I thought it was delicious and was happy with my choice. 🙂

Now we’re home, just hanging out on the couch. Since we ate lunch so late, I don’t think we are going to really have much for dinner, but Pat has been informed that sundaes are on the agenda for later tonight (you know, to round out our weekend of such healthy eating). 🙂


What was the best part of your weekend? Please tell me I was not the only one that ate 1083092093000 calories this weekend. 🙂