I think yesterday was the first time no one commented on one of Mina’s blog posts – at least in quite a while. And it had live action budgies, too! We are stunned.

However, it didn’t seem to bother the Bean very much as she ate her breakfast and both snacks today and is currently eyeballing her dinner. I have to boil and dismember the chickens tonight, so she’ll probably eat several thighs later this evening.

Mina’s had some loose-to-runny stool the last day or so, but not enough to alert the troops. Never underestimate my ability to screw up Mina’s gastrointestinal tract, as I’ve screwed up mine since Sunday afternoon. No matter how I try to hide my anxiety, she always knows. She’s far more intuitive than any mere human. If it happens again tomorrow I may consider giving her half of an Immodium.

Also, it’s about time for another visit from the mobile groomer. Sure, Mina’s lost some hair in key places, but she’s grown enough that she’s uncomfortable outside on the warmer days, and spends her afternoons napping on the tile floor in the bathroom. I just hope it grows back before winter sets in.



Mina’s Auntie Pepromene suggested that Mina’s recent grooming makes her look like a puppy, sort of a “doggie facelift.” My neighbor Joann, who brought up some cooked ground turkey for my girl, agreed and said Mina is in fine spirits.

She’s also eating me out of house and home today. I know we have more chemo ahead, but I hope hope hope she doesn’t need the full 19 weeks. We’ll see.

Freshly groomed in only one hour!

Freshly groomed in only one hour!

Mina was treated to a spa “hour” by Kristen of Absolute Pawfection, a mobile groomer here in Manassas. It’s so cool! She pulled up in her big van and came to get Mina, we walked down together and I stepped inside the van and it was very clean and fairly roomy for smaller dogs (Kris has a bigger truck, too). Mina came home one our later looking splendid.

The black spots are appearing everywhere on her body. VIMP thinks it’s a pigmentation thing and they might be right from what I’ve been reading online. This could also be, as Colleen suggested, her body ridding itself of toxins. I hope we’ll know more after our visit to Dr. Lundquist on Friday.

Mina has almost no hair on the backs of her rear legs, her belly is very bare, and her tail is about a third its usual bushiness. She still manages to be absolutely adorable.