Well, the dreaded day is coming. As probably all of you know, Sam has a couple of growths on his tummy that look like (for the lack of better comparison) huge blood blisters. Well, this weekend, his growths started bleeding. A lot. Not a great combination with the new carpet. So, we keep him bandaged up (which he's pretty good about), but it's still kind of a bummer because we have to take off his bandages to let him go potty, etc. etc. So, kinda a nightmare. So, yesterday we took him to the vet and found out how much it would cost to get the spots removed. Not only is a chunk of change, but the vet isn't sure if he is well enough survive a surgery. She said his gums are really pale and that concerned her a lot, and he's lost a pound since his last vet visit (for a Jack Russel that's a bit). So, she's worried that he isn't really up for a surgery. What she doesn't know is that this is Sam. He's a free spirit. He doesn't let little things like age get in the way of his spirit. :) But anyway, she said if his spots are melanoma, they would metastasize to his lungs first. She listened to his lungs and she said they were great but they were decent. So, that was hopeful. She said the same for his heart. So, it sounds like Sammy has aged quite a bit in the last year and a half (since he's been to the vet last). And he will likely not be around forever (believe it or not, when you have a dog like Sam, you do kinda get it stuck in your head that he's immortal). So, you can pray for Sam (if you like) that we can make him comfortable, and that we will have a better idea of what to do with his surgery. But most importantly that we can make him comfortable, because he's given us... well, a lot of laughs for one. So, we really want him to be able to enjoy the rest of his life.
In brighter news: He got a peticure while at the vet. His nails look splendid. I think he's really happy with them. LOL
OK, so we broke down and got a new car. Brian's car has been leaking oil :( and we found this ridiculously awesome deal on a 2001 Volvo S60. We honestly couldn't pass it up. We would have been crazy to not get it with Brian's car on its last banana peal. The guy we bought it from and his wife had 3 vehicles and no kids old enough to drive, and since they were from Michigan (a no-fault insurance state), they decided to get rid of the car with the highest insurance. Good for us. Indiana is NOT a no-fault state.
Brian and I have had some trouble finding a new car because we have very different car philosophies. My car philosophy is that it should 1) start every time, 2) have a good heater. I have a few things that I LIKE to see in a car, but don't need, for example, I prefer a car to get good gas mileage, and if I had to choose between two cars of equal price, one of which is hideous, and the other of which is cool, I would probably choose the cool one. Lastly, I like cars to be practical. I like them to have things like big trunks, and fold-down seats, but none of these things are necessary.
Brian's car philosophy (as I see it), is that cars should be an extension of the owner's personality. For an example, a fun-loving, cheerful, college student would probably like a VW Bug. A car is like an accessory to him (a very expensive accessory). Since we were replacing his car, he wanted something decent looking, preferably with fun options (like heated seats etc), and the mechanics aren't very important since he likes to tinker with cars anyway.
So, when meshing "practical" for me, and "fun" for Brian, the Volvo name kept popping up. So, that's what we got. Unfortunately, one of our friends told us that now that we got a Volvo we're yuppies. That took some of the fun out of it for me, since "practical" and "yuppy" should not describe the same car. LOL! But I've gotten over it, because it was really a very practical purchase.
Here's a pic...