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Last Week

I may have been MIA around here lately, but I’ve been having too much fun enjoying the great outdoors! I have a handful of draft posts started from the last several months……or year… I’ll get those up here to catch all of my (two) readers up. 

Let’s start with this past week first. 

Last Sunday, we hiked near Cameron Pass to pick up some game cameras that Seth put up a week earlier. As usual, the boys put up a big stink about having to leave the house. As usual, they had a great time. On Monday, Jackson registered for 6th grade! He is so excited to be moving to the middle school. I took Tuesday off to go golfing with Seth. He had to go in to work for a bit first so the boys and I ran to the gas station for snacks. Papa and NeNe picked the boys up for a day of fishing and swimming at Red Feather while Seth and I headed to the golf course. No running on Wednesday because I was feeling lazy and tired. 

Thursday was a track workout that felt way too easy. Either because I took two days off running or I didn’t push myself. Who knows. 

It was a hot night with a nice breeze and the kids played the whole time after Jackson ran a lap around the track with me. Sonic for supper after. Mom of the year over here; feeding them supper at 8pm. Tucker said he’s going to buy this card for my birthday. Saturday long run was okay. I started late so cut it short from the 12 miles I had planned. I’ve been feeling a sharp pinch in my gut lately on my long runs. They’re the only runs that I fuel ahead of time for so I’ll have to try something other than toast and peanut butter next time. Sunday, we drove to Lake John. Seth fished while I sat on a lawn chair in the shade listening to ACFE Fraud Talk podcasts. Nerd alert. The boys fished for a hot minute and then switched to catching minnows. That’s it! I hope you’re enjoying summer as much as we are!


I’ve put off posting this for months but feel like I should explain why Ruger hasn’t been on my blog or Instagram (@themommychapter).

Last March, he started having pain about a mile into our runs so I stopped letting him run with me and we went for walks in the evenings instead. Our groomer said that he had an ear infection but the vet said his ears were fine and the problem was with a vertebrae near the base of his skull that was jammed forward. She said that there was nothing she could do except send him home and we could discuss surgery if he didn’t seem to be improving.I don’t know for sure what caused it, but he was sticking his head underneath our fence to scope out the neighbor’s chickens and we caught the neighbor shooting at Coco, our other dog, when she crawled underneath the fence one day. (Side note: Our HOA does not allow chickens but I have yet to talk to the neighbor about them because I’m still so upset. Any suggestions on how to approach him in a tactful way are appreciated.)

Ruger’s condition seemed to be improving some days and then would decline the next day. He stopped showing any interest when I was getting ready for a run.

I was in San Francisco for work when Seth called me early one morning to tell me that Ruger was significantly worse. He called the vet and she said there was nothing she could do for him. Seth brought Ruger to our old vet for a second opinion and was told that we could do surgery but there was only a 20% chance that Ruger would ever walk again and he would always experience severe pain.

It was a horrible decision to make and worse to be so far away when Seth and the boys were at home going through this alone.

I don’t know how to end this other than to say that I miss my little buddy so bad.

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