Thursday, May 15, 2008
Toad has been limping all week, and it's getting to the point where he can barely make it up and down the street on his walks. So, I took him to the vet yesterday to see what's going on. It turns out he's got arthritis in his left back knee, so we have him on anti-inflammatories to see if that helps him. However, the vet also weighed him and he has gained 2 1/2 pounds in the last two years! For a 15-pound dog, that is like 20% his body weight! He's a total fatso, and it's ironically because the joint food we feed him (vet recommended) is so high in fat. So, Toad is on a diet, and he needs to lose 2 pounds. Of course that will help get some pressure off of his knee, and hopefully the combination of the medicine and the weight loss will stop his limping!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
So we started shopping for a car this weekend. On Monday we test drove the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring, and I really didn't like either one of them. We were interested in the Ford Fusion, and I found an ad for one at a Kia dealership in Lewisville for an incredibly good price. So, we drove all the way to Lewisville only to have them tell us they sold the Fusion last week. I was pretty miffed. Anyway, we test drove the Kia Optima and the Kia Spectra while we were there, and they were cute, but nothing spectacular. As we were driving away, we passed a giant Honda dealership with a huge "HAIL SALE" sign on it. We stopped by. Apparently Lewisville had a huge hailstorm last month, and a ton of cars were damaged so they were offering pretty big discounts on brand new cars with minor damage. Both Jonathan and I really like manual transmission cars, and they had five Civics with manual transmission and minor hail damage. We test drove one and were both really impressed with the car. We agreed to sit down and talk about numbers, never intending to buy a new car - we hadn't even brought our checkbook. After quite a bit of haggling over the hail damage discount, they actually caved in to our incredibly low-ball offer! We are now the proud owners of a Honda Civic named Hester. Here she is: