The past 45 days have been really challenging and Cali has been there right by my side. I have to say my emotions have gone from love,hate,love,dislike,love,annoyed,love,agitated,love toward Cali. The reasons for this is that I have been on medical disability, had a death in the family (cousin very close like older sister, died suddenly after outpatient surgery) and mother hospitalized all in the past 45 days. Cali has been really good:rolleyes: the past few days in my time of distress, but it all ended this morning. I have missed a lot of work due to everything that has been going on and was finally returning this morning. Well my car wouldnt start and then Cali took off into the woods:mad: I took her to go pee and poop and when I was bending over to pick up her poop with the scooper, a bird caught her attention and she broke loose from the leash and chased the bird into the woods!!! Let me say that I am highly allergic to trees, grass, bushes etc. and have chronic asthma and have been this way since a child, but I keep things well under control with meds(ran out of allergy meds 5 days ago. Shame on me). I also carry an epi-pen with me everywhere because I have had serious emergencies arise from an allergic reactions periodically over the past 30 years. My doctor told me I should move to Alaska because I am allergic to everthing that a person could possibly be allergic to in Kentucky.
Anyway I yelled Cali's name 2 times and of course she did not come, my neighbor ran after her, but she finally came back on her on with a piece of a bush in her mouth. She immediately started itching and I gave her a Benadryl and wiped her down with a warm cloth she was okay. By this time I could have strangled her, but I did not have time to lose my temper because I started to break out in hives all over my body and my face blew up like a blowfish. I used my epi-pen and took some Benadryl and my neighbor took me to the hospital. I did not panic because this has happened to me before. I was back at home within an 1 1/2 hours and Cali was resting peacefully. As I am typing this she is asleep on her back with her 4 paws straight up in the air.:) In retrospect I realize that since I have had her there has been one adventure after another. She keeps me laughing, smiling, screaming and cursing, but I would not trade her for the world. Oh, by the way, my neighbor adores Cali and he got a tick on him when he went into the woods after her this morning:( He laughed it off and was happy that I was okay). She was extremely happy to see me when I got home and I must say that I was happy to see her too. She got a really good bath when I got home and I washed everything in hot water. I am sure I had an allergic reaction from something she came in contact with in the woods. Took her to the vet today and she is okay. Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to share story because I am sure you all can relate to the range of emotions from owning this cat/dog:)