Suji was unusually cranky following her last physio appointment. Unlike many of the other canine attendees who purportedly love the water, Suji is NOT an enthusiastic underwater walker or swimmer, preferring to let the techs simply pull around as she bobs above the surface. Anyway, after picking her up – and promptly getting caught in a rainstorm on the way back home – she was unusually vocal. Then, she began to experience trouble breathing. Fortunately, we had Lulu’s old inhaler and a couple of puffs later, she was resting comfortably.
Fortunately, Suji was due for her annual check-up. We dropped her off in the morning – along with the requisite poop sample – and received a call from the vet an hour later informing us that her heart and breathing were strong, but there was definite degeneration in her overall muscle mass. Her front legs, once her strong point are now her weak point whereas her once gimpy back legs have proven surprisingly resilient. At this point, it really doesn’t make sense to have her undergo an MRI or surgery, so the best we can do is keep her comfortable, work those muscles, and hope we see some improvement.
Pictured above (massage time).
In the end, the only unusual thing about Suji’s visit to the vet was arriving home and discovering the poop sample we had dropped off with her sitting in her stroller. I can only assume they forgot rather than helping themself to a modest bit and then returning the rest to our care.
I’ve noticed I’ve developed an anxiety about checking the mail. I’ll avoid doing so, sometimes for weeks at a time, for fear of finding one of those telltale light brown envelopes, the mark of the Canadian Revenue Service with some nasty surprise and annoying trifle that will take me days to address. Sure enough, yesterday, I opened the mail to discover one such envelope – and a notice informing me that they were reviewing my 2019 travel expenses. 2019!!! So now, I have to dig up all my three year old receipts and send them “a detailed list of the transaction”, “an explanation of the reason for the travel”, “copies of invoices or receipts for the ten largest transactions”, and “”a copy of travel logs”. Hooboy. I spent most of last night and this morning going through my 2019 VISA statements and identifying all travel-related expenses. The big ones are all L.A. and San Diego business-related – pitches, meetings with executives, hotel stays, ubers everywhere – so I’m having to dig up email correspondence proving who I was meeting and when. There were a handful of fuel expenses related to driving to Etobicoke and Hamilton for the Utopia Falls production. And, finally, a smattering of uber trips to meeting with locals execs, producers, writers, and directors. It honestly feels very nickel-dimey but, from what I hear, there are a lot of people undergoing the same scrutiny. Evidently, our government is desperate for cash after crippling the economy and driving up inflation. Someone has to pay for their combined largesse and stupidity, and it sure as hell aint them!
Guess that’s what I’ll be doing this weekend. You?