beer, kennel cough, and running (written 6/23/08)

BEER.

ok… so i just opened my first beer since december 10th, 2007. and let me tell you… it is the MOST amazing tasting beverage ever. i haven’t had any alcohol since december… it’s GLORIOUS. so glorious i need to describe it to you…

The beer is orange-amber in color with a cloudy appearance, It is also spiced with coriander and orange peel in addition to the hops, includes malted barley, white wheat, and oats, traditionally served with a slice of orange…

i heart blue moon.

KENNEL COUGH.

just in case you are wondering.  i got most of the real techincal stuff from a few websites, and some of my school stuff. you can probably skip the whole next paragraph, and skip to the funny part.

aka… Canine Cough, tracheobronchitis.  in dogs will stimulate a coarse, dry, hacking cough about three to seven days after the dog is initially infected.  It sounds like the dog needs to “clear it’s throat” and the cough will be triggered by any extra activity or exercise.  Many dogs that get Kennel Cough will cough every few minutes, all the livelong day.  Their general state of health and alertness will be unaffected, they usually have no rise in temperature, and do not lose their appetite.  The signs of Canine Cough usually will last from 7 to 21 days and can be very annoying for the dog and the dog’s owners.  Life threatening cases of Kennel Cough are extremely rare and a vast majority of dogs that acquire the infection will recover on their own with no medication.  Cough suppressants and occasionally antibiotics are the usual treatment selections. clinical cases of Kennel Cough are usually caused by several infectious agents working together to damage and irritate the lining of the dog’s trachea and upper bronchii.  The damage to the tracheal lining is fairly superficial, but exposes nerve endings that become irritated simply by the passage of air over the damaged tracheal lining.  Once the organisms are eliminated the tracheal lining will heal rapidly. The most common organisms associated with Canine Cough are the bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica and two viruses called Parainfluenza virus and Adenovirus and even an organism called Mycoplasma. The causative organisms can be present in the expired air of an infected dog, much the same way that human “colds” are passed around.  The airborne organisms will be carried in the air in microscopically tiny water vapor or dust particles.  The airborne organisms, if inhaled by a susceptible dog, can attach to the lining of the trachea and upper airway passages, find a warm, moist surface on which to reside and replicate, and eventually damage the cells they infect. The reason this disease seems so common, and is even named “Kennel” cough, is that wherever there are numbers of dogs  together in an enclosed environment like a kennel, the disease is much more likely to be spread.  The same is true with the “colds” spread from human to human… they are much more likely to occur in a populated, enclosed environment like an airplane. All it takes for contagion to occur is ONE infected dog, an enclosed environment, and susceptible individuals in close proximity to the source of the infection.  Infected dogs can spread the organisms for days to weeks even after seeming to have fully recovered!

Try not to blame your kennel operator if your dog develops Kennel Cough shortly after that weekend stay at the kennel!  There may have been an infected dog, UNKNOWN to anyone, that acted as a source for other dogs in the kennel…

IT’S NOT OUR FAULT. and p.s.- YOU SIGNED A WAIVER!

RUNNING.

hurts. if you know me at all, you know how active i’m not. in the spirit of being in one of the healthiest cities in the country and because i’m tired of looking at my legs. i run. not a whole lot… just a mile or two a day. and i HATE it. it hurts. i mean, it’s not like i’m in pain- it’s just uncomfortable. sweaty, labored breathing, thing jiggling that shouldn’t be,  calf cramps, sore feet, did i mention the sweating… it sucks.  you know what else sucks? i barely burn enough calories to drink a soda or eat a poptart. i hate running.

but my legs sure do look pretty. and it is awefully hilarious to watch.

i hate running, and rude clients. but i lovelovelove this beeeeeeer!!

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