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Adventures with Junior

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So.

Several weeks ago, I wrote about rescuing my dog Junior, from the drain. As it turns out, his latest adventure may have something to do with it.

Yesterday, when mom and I came back from dinner, Junior, as usual, woke up from his nap to greet us. He got to his feet, his head listing to one side as though to listen, took a few drunken steps… and then he slowly toppled over. We rushed in but he’d got to his feet, and though he was still listing a bit, he seemed fine.

Several minutes later and with lots of affectionate pettings later, he seemed to have recovered. Mom took him for a walk so he could do his business and at that point he seemed fine, though understandably he didn’t really want to spend time on his feet much after he came back and spent most of the time sitting or lying on his belly. I moved his water bowl closer to him and we left it at that for the night.

The next morning, he was still listing to one side and seemed a bit groggy. Google said last night Junior might be having vestibular syndrome, which seemed to match up with most of his symptoms, and so I decided to take him to the vet.

That was an adventure this morning. I knew he was not feeling too well when I left the gate open to prep for having him in the car – he didn’t run out and just chose to watch me. So once I’d put the papers in the front seat, I took him out for a quick walk – he went around in circles, stopped by here and there to do his business, but he was also making stops every so often which was unusual for him.

After that, I put him in the car and we drove to the vet’s. This was the first time I became aware of “floating” sensations when driving over bumps and the like, because he would whine and move in a somewhat panicked manner. Me talking to him and patting him whenever possible helped calm him down, I think?

So we got to the vet and because of where I parked, it was kind of a long walk. During that walk, he’d take frequent breaks, I think, to readjust and reorient himself. It was a case of 5 steps, stop, bask in attention (because he IS cute even though he’s geriatric in doggo years) and when we got to the vet he just didn’t want to go in.

The helper got him muzzled and carried him in. We gave him a bit of water but he didn’t want to drink. Doc examined him, giving him some meds to help with his digestion, vitamins (cause of age) and then two anti-inflammatory shots. He was surprisingly docile except for that moment when the doc lifted up his tail and Junior kind of panicked (he doesn’t like that).

The doc said that the fall he had a few weeks ago might have impaired his inner ear. Rest and vitamins were what he suggested. Besides missing a tooth, Junior was also in pretty good health… for a senior. :P

When we were done, I decided to walk him home instead of taking the car because he seemed traumatised by the car. Spoke a bit with the doc, said I’d be back to settle the bill, and then began walking him home.

Which turned out to be a bad decision. Let’s just say I had to pull him hard with the leash in some places because crossing the road was horrible and I felt bad. We made a bit more progress until at one point he decided to just stop moving. Pulling him with the leash was an effort because he simply wouldn’t budge.

Doggo halt (1)

In the end, I had to call mom for help (she was attending a church thing) and we loaded him into her car. Mom had no qualms picking him up and putting him in, but Junior struggled mightily because he had no sense of balance. By the time we got home, I think he was in tears.

When we took him out of the car and placed him back on the ground, he still refused to move or walk, so mom carried him into the house. When she placed him near the porch close to the gate, he literally kept going around in circles, so she carried him further in. By that time I think he was more comfortable at her manhandling him, so Junior didn’t struggle as much.

We gave him water and then went back to get my car. I paid the doctor, got further advice to either feed him wet food or moisten his dry food (he’s been taking pellets) and then came home to a doggo who wagged his tail at me while lying on the floor. I petted him some more, moved his water bowl closer to him and then went inside, stopping at the gate to observe him.

He finally began drinking more water, like deciding to douse his thirst.

Get well soon you rascal.

Ramblings

Rescuing Junior

Junior, my rascal dog

Junior, my dog went missing earlier today.

He’d gone out earlier to do his business but had not returned by 7pm. Junior never goes out that long. If he does it usually means he’s lost.

So mom and I went out in the car looking for him, but he did not turn up. I went out for dinner, and when I came back, I told mom I’d look for him on foot. Walked around the neighbourhood calling him, until I heard branches and leaves rustling.

No one was around me, but it felt like Junior. He’d walk side by side with me if he caught me on the way home from a run. I walked over to the rain drains and lo and behold.

The poor baby had fallen into the drain. He seemed alright but confused. I called out to him and somehow he decided to turn around and head back in the direction of the house.

Which was where I was trying to get him. The drain was too steep on the sides where I found him for me to go in and get him out safely.

I called out to him, encouraging him to walk in the direction I wanted until I could get in front of him. Then I got into the drain and he came to me. He seemed equal terrified and annoyed.

I tried to carry him a few times to get him out but he growled at me. Then he stepped on my shoe. Babi.

I regret not signing up to a gym to do weights.

The final time, I just heaved and put him on the rough gravel on top of the drain. He’d stopped growling but his body had gone shock still. I soothed him by repeating the word “Up” several times and keeping my hand on his back. When he got his bearings, he began to move and that was when I got out of the drain too.

My left shoe now feels funny but that’s a small price to pay for having my doggie back. I hope he won’t go into any more drains though.

Geekiness, Ramblings

What I learnt this week

Image of the video rendering in progress

So, a few quick things I wanted to write about this week.

Video editing is painful

As part of the ASMR series, I’m uploading a bunch of videos that show me typing. This week’s video with the CM QuickFire Pro has been delayed a few days because I’ve been playing around with Da Vinci Resolve.

The verdict? I’m taking a sledgehammer to a nail. This tool is powerful but I need to relearn how to edit videos from scratch. Why did you delete Movie Maker, Microsoft, why?

Rendering can be nuts

As part of my “learning curve” with the software, I ended up exporting a file that was 65GB. Don’t ask.

This explained why my subsequent export of the same video in a different file format took only minutes instead of hours.

Can’t edit noise in the software

For some reason, I could not edit sound to remove noise in Da Vinci. I am going to export and then add the sound back from Audacity when done. I thought I’d removed all noise earlier. Annoying? Yes, very much so.

Exercise hurts

Finally upped my fitness game from mere walking in Pokemon Go to actual exercise. Yesterday (Wednesday) was Day Two, and for some reason my thighs hurt. Note to self: It could also be due to the fact you walked about 10,000 steps a day last weekend.

Still, it is better than almost nothing of the last two years.

Conclusion

This week was a week of pain, to say the least. See you all next week.

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Comfort zone and New Year’s Resolutions

I made three New Year’s Resolutions this year to myself. One was to keep active according to the active time recommended by my health apps (no sweat, seriously, which means I should look into upping the challenge levels). The other was to go through my stash of Big Bad Wolf Sale books – this has been harder, because my attention span has shrunk over the last few years. I am getting there, somewhat.

The third, and one I thought I had in the bag, was a goal to write 2000 words a day. Now this may seem like a lot, but when you considered that I averaged around 1700 words a day during Nanowrimo, it looked like something I could do.

Erm… about 18 days into the New Year and to say I am failing epically is kind of a major understatement.

I feel like I need to mention a few qualifiers.

  1. I went into this challenge knowing and expecting that I would not be able to write 2000 words off the bat. That is a goal that would be nice but unrealistic. I instead aimed for at least 300 words a day, with a view to ramping it up as I hit it consistently.

  2. This would have covered everything non-work related, which includes this blog post you are now reading. So it was a fairly low bar to set in the first place.

So when I say that I am epically failing, I am, because even by this low bar I can’t seem to muster the discipline to do so.

Writing even twice a week and publishing a blog post is plenty enough, but the thing is it isn’t that I lack the material nor the skill, it’s that I lack the commitment to timeliness.

Which is why I am writing this, and why, hopefully, you will see a video at the top of this blog post later.

I am trying to document my adventures in writing using a medium I actually don’t really like (yes I am aware of how ridiculous it is).

I am basically videoing my attempts to write every day, with a view to recording the sound as ASMR type video.

Part of this is sheer spite – Google recently revamped their Youtube videos, and so I basically need to get about 4000 minutes of viewtime each month and then about 1k subscribers in order to be eligible for monetisation. So I’m creating short videos that hopefully won’t require too much editing.

Two is forcing myself to at least keep to a semblance of a routine. Something like this should not take me more than an hour or so at most, with the actual recording taking about 15-20 minutes. I foresee the biggest problem I’ll have is with editing sound – I would prefer to record this in Audacity before I merge them all in VideoPad, which is a software I will review.

Will this work? Will it fail? Who knows? At the very least I will be able to say at the end of the year that I tried.

And getting out of your comfort zone is never a bad thing.