Doggy Paddle

Larkspur VintageDays spent at the beach with friends and dogs are always the best of days, even if it’s a less than desirable beach. Although, I will never judge Garbage Beach, it has always been a spot I have enjoyed spending my time…there is nothing to dislike about a secluded beach in Toronto that we can have bonfires at (not legally, but, whatever). So since Meaghan lives just down the road from our fav beachy spot, we headed there on a Sunday to let the dogs have a nice run around and swim, which was definitely not voluntary. All three of them hate swimming, but they needed to be cooled off, so don’t think we are that mean. It was really a nice relaxing afternoon, but now my little Gussy is sick again. If you don’t follow me on instagram (get on that!) then you won’t know yet that Gus is having a rough time. This time he has ataxia. Incase you aren’t familiar with ataxia (I definitely wasn’t), in the simplest terms he has a lack of muscle control in his hind legs during voluntary movements, which means he is unable to walk, or hold himself up. It’s a neurological issue that we are hoping will rectify itself over the next few days or so, but if not, he will likely need surgery. We have to help Gus with everything now. We have to hold his back end up while he eats and drinks, carry him everywhere around the house because he likes being near me at all times and we don’t want him trying to get to me on his own. He needs help outside when doing his business, and it obviously goes without saying he can’t jump on or off anything, so I have to keep a close watch on him so he doesn’t fall off the bed or couch when we are sitting/sleeping. It’s really a nightmare. I don’t mind looking after him in this way (I’d do anything for this dog) but it’s the fact that he has no idea what’s going on that makes me so upset. Imagine spontaneously not being able to move your legs? How absolutely awful would that be?! I’m thankful he is not paralyzed – he still has feeling in his hind legs – but some narrowing in his spine is causing the ataxia. Gah! Poor guy is having such a rough time these days.

Anyways, Please send your well wishes Gus’ way. He’s an amazing little guy that brings a smile to everyones face.

*photos of my by Meaghan
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Belle Vie / 13

Processed with VSCOcam with h3 presetDSC_3785photo 4 (4)DSC_37891. A little snap from Canada Day. The weather was so confusing this day. Our original plan was for Meg and I to go to the beach, but chances of thunderstorms quickly ended that idea. However, it never rained, so we ended up getting some tasty drinks at the Abbott and sitting at a small park nearby discussing how lovely it would be to live in the country.
2. My little angel, Gertie – when she gets really excited she starts snorting like a pig.
3. For Christmas Meaghan had bought us a groupon to take a pottery class together. We didn’t end up taking that class until very recently. I am kind of obsessed (we both are) and we are hoping to scrounge up enough money to take a 10 week course.
4. Some interesting people have moved into an apartment in the building behind ours. They are the type of gentlemen (I use that term quite loosely) that like to interrupt us while we are peacefully sipping beers in our backyard having good conversation. Thankfully we have four dogs who do not take kindly to strange men approaching and scare them away with their high pitched barks.

Belle Vie / 12

DSC_3494DSC_3504DSC_3508DSC_3495DSC_3500DSC_3509DSC_3512 DSC_3511 DSC_3513 DSC_3514 DSC_3515 DSC_3516 DSC_3521 DSC_3525 DSC_3528 DSC_35341. This may be my favourite picture of Ryan. I love how his eyes smile.
2-3. Taking Gertie to the park is so thrilling for me. She really loves it, except when she sees or hears a small motor vehicle coming by, then she loses it and runs for her life. Meaghan and I had a good time chasing her down the other day.
4. I love the light fixtures at Pizza Libretto. Would love to have something like this in my home one day.
5. The power was out on my entire street last week from 6pm – 2am, I’m still unsure of the reason. The only other time I had no power in my apartment was during a severe storm. It’s amazing realizing how much we rely on electricity. Ryan and I had to go out to eat and then spent the evening by candlelight.
6. Meaghan is such a beauty and someone I am very thankful to have in my life. Frankie is pretty neat too – such a strange little creature she is.
7 – 16. Ryan took me to the “secret beach” last week. It sort of made me think of“The Beach”. There were a few people walking by with dogs, but for the most part it was pretty vacant. It’s a spot I would like to frequent this summer, and maybe let a few friends in on the secret.