Friday, July 21, 2006

Can you believe this???

Doggie hotel opens -- 23 dollars a night, television optional

by Virginie MontetTue Jul 18, 3:12 AM ET

Washingtonians can now drop their pooches off at a pet hotel that cares for their friendly canines in a five-star environment -- pet-themed television shows optional.

In the mahogany paneled lobby of the PetSmart PetHotel, which just opened in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, the pets' human "parents" line up to plunk down 23 dollars plus tax for each night their pooch stays.

The doggie hotel is nothing like kennels of yore: in this inn there is lactose-free ice cream, indoor recreation, and for 10 more dollars a night, pooch can stay in a roomier "suite" with a television set showing an "animal related movie all day," said Vince Malanaphy, who manages the Bethesda PetsHotel.

"It helps them to relax and to adjust as they are used to hearing TV at home," Malanaphy says.
In one "suite" a little white poodle named Bijou is lost in the embrace of Morpheus with "Little Nemo" and his cartoon friends swimming by in an eternal loop on the TV set.
A stay at "Doggie Day Camp" without the overnight goes for 20 dollars the day.
Half of the boarders come every day. "It's better than leaving them at home alone," said Cyra, one of the pet "mothers," as she drops off her Labrador and her poodle for Day Camp before running off to the office. Here "they can socialize," she said.

For potty breaks there is a 20 square meter (215 square foot) "relief room" complete with a plastic tree. "For security reasons, no outdoor walking," says Malanaphy.
Meredith, in charge of animal recreation, says that if dogs "are aggressive or play too rough, we give them a time out in a cage" for 15 minutes. "After twice, they get the message," she says.
The Bethesda site has room for 180 dogs and 26 cats. Cats stay in plexiglass cages known as "kitty cottages" for a mere 14 dollars plus tax a night, which includes 15 minutes of TLC -- Tender Loving Care, otherwise known as petting.

The Phoenix, Arizona-based PetSmart Inc. launched the pet hotel concept three years ago and it is "the fastest growing sector" of the pet business, said spokesman Bruce Richardson. "Now we have 32 hotels; we anticipate 240 by 2010," he said.
Gina Martin, a consumer retail analyst at Wachovia Bank, sees only growth in the pet care industry.

"General spending for pets is growing at an extraordinary pace," said Martin. "There is a trend for the treatment of the pet as another human being."

Americans spend nearly 40 billion dollars a year on their household pets -- 30 percent more than five years ago. The figure is close to what Americans spend on toys for children -- 48 billion dollars -- and more than twice the 17 billion spent on cosmetics, Martin said.

Monday, July 17, 2006

I haven't been feeling well for the past week. I woke up one Saturday morning thinking to myself, "Self, I feel terrible. I don't think I'll be able to work today. I would probably have to ask to leave work early.

I was going to give myself a chance to wake up and see how I felt then. I felt horrible. I called in sick that day. I slept for a good protion of the day and headaches statted. I was eating tylenol extra strength every 4 hours like clock work. I slept a good part of the day and night. The headaches started after I lied down. I think they woke me up.

I went to church on Sunday, not feeling good. I stayed home Sunday night because my head was pounding.

I went to the doctor Momday morning. She gave me medicine for my headache and checkled my heartbeat. It was irregular. The next day I went back for more medicine I could take during the day for my headaches. While I was there, they scheduled me for an MRI of the brain and an Echo doppler which is an echocardiagram. The MRI didn't show amything, but the echocardiagram did. They told me what they found, but I don't know what it is. And I don't know what it means. They want me to take a stress test and they will schedule one for me they said.

I have been back to work and now my back hurts something fierce. Other then that, I'm fine. The doctor gave my exercises to do with some medicine to take.

Do I sound like a drug addict?

My back still hurts, but I will continue taking the medicine and doing the exercises.