While I was at Memory Trends we here in Canada celebrated our Thanksgiving. Unfortunately this was my second year in a row being away, but my extended family has always been great and they are content to wait until I come home to celebrate together. So tomorrow was the day that our family Thanksgiving was rescheduled for. Rick and I were hosting, so we bought the big turkey, planned our menu, and began doing the customary tidying up around the house today. Part of getting ready for company is to make sure that our two 'fur-babies' are all bathed and brushed out and looking their fabulous best. Usually I do the bathing of the dogs and then Rick and I blow dry them together. One of us working the blow dryer and one of us brushing. So after I bathed Dixie, I had her all wrapped in towels and she and I were waiting for Rick to join us to start the blow drying. While I was waiting for him, I noticed a little black spec in her fur...so I pulled it out thinking nothing of it. I then noticed another spec...this one was right on her skin and was a bit hard to pull out. Once I pulled it, I looked at it and got a sinking feeling as I called Rick. Yep, you guessed it. My baby had bugs!! We quickly called our vet and he said to bring the bug in and he'd take a look at it and let us know what we needed to do. So Rick drove out to the vet and I waited anxiously for his phone call telling me what was going on. About 20 minutes later he called to say that our dog has....lice. I'm completely shocked and the vet was rather confused too. Our dogs are indoor dogs and they only go outside to go to the bathroom. So we're not sure where Dixie picked them up. The good news is that the lice Dixie has is a kind that doesn't skip species, so Rick and I should be just fine...at least we're trusting the vet's assurances that we'll be fine, LOL! But the news drastically altered our plans for the rest of the day. Two medicated dog baths and four loads of laundry later, we're trying to clean EVERYTHING that the dogs may have touched/laid on just to be safe. We also have the carpet cleaners scheduled to come Sat morning to deep clean the carpets. Finally to just put the cherry on the top of our lice infested cake, this outbreak has put a crimp on the family Thanksgiving plans. The dinner will now take place at my mom and dad's. Mom picked up the (rather large) turkey on her way home from work, and Rick and I will arrive at her house around 3PM tomorrow to start cooking the vegetables and all those other yummy things that make a Thanksgiving meal tasty.
So that's the rather unfortunate news in the Peeler household. Rick is rather concerned that upon reading this, you'll think we're messy people with bugs crawling all over our house, but I assured him that you're all nice people and would understand, right? LOL!