I hope everyone had a fantastic Fourth of July. I did the usual backyard BBQ (burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, etc.) and chilled out with my family.
The next day, however, I had to take Oscar to the vet for his annual checkup and vaccinations.
I’m not sure if any of you remember him. I mentioned him in one of my blog entries about a year ago. Back then he was only 11-weeks old and nameless. Oscar’s a mixed breed Maltese/Shih Tzu (his father was pure Maltese, his mom was half Shih Tzu & half Maltese)
Señor Oscar was purchased in Austin, Texas for $150 by my sister’s boyfriend (his neighbor had Oscar up for sale), who drove Oscar all the way to us in New York.
I’d always wondered why he was so cheap. After the vet visit, I know. He’s got some genetic problems.
If you look at Oscar’s right eye (in the photo, it’s the eye on your left-hand side) there’s a tuft of fur that’s growing out of the fleshy, pink, juicy membranous part of his eye. The doc said that that happens sometimes with with Shih Tzus and Oscar’s pretty lucky that it’s only growing in the membrane next to the eye, and not on the actual eyeball. Yikes, on the eyeball! Can you imagine? The vet suggested talking to a vet eye specialist to either get the hair lasered off or cut that section of the membrane out.
I also mentioned to the vet that Oscar has weak hind legs. Prior to getting Oscar, I owned a female Maltese for 15 years (R.I.P.) and she jumped on anything and everything. In contrast, Oscar can’t even jump onto the sofa. To get onto the couch, he stands up on his hind legs, puts his front legs on the couch and then pulls himself up. But once he’s on the sofa, he can’t get off and has to bark/howl/cry for someone to come rescue him. When I told the vet this, he said that it could be a sign that Oscar has hip problems and suggested taking some x-rays to be certain.
The vet and I also discussed neutering since Oscar’s over a year old now. The doctor said that that would be the perfect time to take x-rays since Mr. Oscar would already be under anesthesia for the neutering process.
I kind of expected the bad news. When I had Mindy, my dearly departed Maltese, I was surprised she never had any major problems since most pure breeds/toy dogs have all sorts of problems from being inbred over the years. I guess with Oscar and his many issues it all balances out. I was actually more shocked and surprised that Oscar now weighs 12 lbs. Mindy lived 15 years and at her heaviest she was only 5 lbs. Oscar is basically two of Mindy and then some! He’s not fat though. It must be his Shih Tzu blood.
Have any of you ever dealt with these problems with your furbabies? Let me know.
Today I went to CVS to help exchange a hair dye for my mother. She mistakenly bought one of the wrong color the last time CVS had a 2/$6 sale. Well, that transaction went off without a hitch, and since I was there I decided to look around the makeup section. LOL
I spotted several of the limited edition summer New York Color displays. They had the limited edition NYC single eyeshadows, the limited editions blushable creme sticks & bronzers, and a display of the limited edition summer nail polishes. I may still go back for a couple of the nail polishes but the blushable creme stick I had wanted (Bronze Radiance) was already sold out. Pooh! I skipped the golden colored blushable creme stick because I read that it’s very sparkly compared to bronze creme stick that has more of a sheen.
I was tempted by the Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine lipstick display but I’m sure they’ll eventually go on 40% sale sooner or later so I passed. Plus, most of the lipsticks looked like they had already been swatched. Gross!
I saw a shelf display with the new-ish Rimmel Clean Finish liquid foundation and decided to get a bottle since I remember reading mostly good things about it. The lightest shade (120 Ivory) in this Rimmel foundation range actually seems like it might be light enough for me. If you recall, I was really disappointed with the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation which was too dark and orange on me.
I actually felt really weird grabbing that bottle of foundation. Everyone around me is getting darker as the summer goes on. Meanwhile, I’m actually getting lighter. I’m being very careful this year about applying sunscreen everyday and as a result I’m fading away. I’m so used to buying the 2nd lightest shade in most foundation ranges for years, it feels weird to have to admit to myself that I’m this pasty fair now.
I haven’t had a chance to try the Clean Finish foundation yet but I’m getting good vibes. Compared to the Stay Matte foundation in 100 Ivory, I can already tell the Clean Finish in 120 Ivory is lighter.
And, in case you’re wondering, I’m wearing N.Y.C. Quick Dry nail polish in Coral Reef from last summer’s limited edition collection on my hands. I’m not sure if I would call the color coral though. It’s more of an orange-red nail polish with a creme finish. Maybe there’s a tiny bit of pink in it but not a lot. It goes on pretty opaque and smooth. Loves!!! You know how I love the Quick Dry.