Is tomorrow really Wednesday? This week has been flying by – I guess that’s what happens when you’re crazy busy at work, try to cram in CrossFit during lunch, and coming home to cook dinner for an hour at night. Being bored sounds so nice right now, but I know when faced with nothing to do everyday I’d choose being busy. I just need to make it to Friday, Disney makes everything better right?
Speaking of things I wish I could make better, tomorrow Michael and I have to take Tessie to the veterinarian to have some blood work done. We took her in last week only to find that a few of her liver enzymes were measuring higher than normal. If you know me personally, then you know this news has wreaked havoc on my emotional well being. I love Tessie dearly and seriously can’t imagine anything ever being wrong with her. When we got the results, I decided to have them compared to her blood panel from previous years, just to make sure this vet wasn’t overreacting. Unfortunately, some of her enzymes have gone up, so Michael and I are taking her in to another vet for a second opinion. In the meantime, I’ve made sure to freak myself out by googling all the possible ailments that involve high liver enzyme readings. Never do that by the way, it’s just bad news. I guess we’ll see what the vet thinks tomorrow. Please think good thoughts for Tessie!
Alright, now that I’ve thoroughly depressed you, let’s move on to something that always makes me happy – FOOD! Here’s a visual recap of the dinners we had this week thus far:
Pecan Chicken with Parsnip Fries and Sauteed Cabbage
If you know me personally, you’d know that I love my dog like a child. I’d do and pay just about anything to make sure she’s healthy and happy. About a month after changing to a Paleo diet, I was feeding Tessie her normal food and happened to glance at the ingredients list. The first ingredient, on what I thought was good food, was wheat. Ouch. If we’re not eating wheat for fear of awful side effects, then why am I giving Tessie wheat. We promptly switched to the grain free version of her food, but I still felt like it wasn’t exactly what I wanted for her.
On Sunday during our weekly trip to Trader Joes, we noticed that the empty building next door had turned into an organic holistic pet supply store, so of course I had to go in. They had the usual over priced dog beds and rain-coats, but they also had what I’ve been looking for, primal raw dog food. This stuff is amazing, higher quality than half the food Michael and I eat. Frozen grass-fed raw meat and bone ground with organic vegetables, pure protein awesomeness for your dog. Here’s the website of the brand we bought: http://www.primalpetfoods.com/. When I gave Tessie her first bite of primal food, she gobbled it up so fast it was gone when I looked back, and that never happens with her. There’s so many benefits to be had from switching to this type of diet for your dog like less shedding, more energy, and better digestion. I’m really excited to see if this improves her fur and skin, which has been kind of itchy since the weather has gotten cooler. I’ll keep you updated on anything I notice.