Kelly the Culinarian: Training Tuesday: Doggy Dental Day

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Training Tuesday: Doggy Dental Day

Before surgery and not happy to be at the vet
Alternatively titled: I'm a crazy dog lady and I'm OK with that. Training later, dog news first, because those are my priorities. Today was Napoleon's first dental cleaning. He's 3 1/2, so it was time, but that doesn't make it any less scary for me. Little dogs need regular teeth cleanings, especially since they have longer life expectancies and need their chompers for things like chewing my shoes and baseboards. But they put him under for it, which terrifies me. I dropped him off before work and pre-authorized the vet to perform what was necessary up to a certain amount so they didn't have to prolong the surgery or put him under twice.

Post procedure and very suspicious 
Unfortunately, he needed a tooth pulled. Fortunately, it was a smaller tooth in the back of his mouth. The aftermath is killing me though: he's starving, because we couldn't give him food the night before the surgery and he can't have any until tomorrow. We were told to only offer the amount of food that we're willing to clean up later, because it's obvious he's nauseous. He's also licking the area where the IV was, which is normal. He's squinting, too, because of the nausea. He's lacking his normal pep in his step, and the bitchy bossiness I love, but I would be too if I didn't eat for 24 hours.

Poor puppy.

On to the business. Because it's been so beauty in Chicago, I've put Insanity on hold. It should be a sin to waste this weather by working out inside. I've gone out for runs four times in the past five days, all on the short side, distance wise. The weather may be beautiful, but it's still dark by 5 p.m., so that's a little bit of a challenge.

I had a great run Sunday with negative splits for 4.4 miles, and today, I did a quick 5k in 27 minutes. I warmed up for the first mile, then ran as fast as I could maintain for one mile, which turned out to be 8:07. On Sunday, I attempted the same thing, but could only finish .85 miles at a 7:45 pace. Either way, my 8:07 mile is my fastest ever. I think I ran an 8:15 mile in high school ... 10ish years ago. I rounded out today with a bit of strength and stretching.

It's supposed to get crappy again later this week, so I'll just pick up where I left off on Insanity. This isn't exactly what they have in mind schedule-wise, but I figure it all evens out since I'm burning calories and getting my heart rate up.

The dog just found some food he foraged away in his cage, so I'm off to deal with the inevitable puking episode that will follow.


Erin said...

Ugh. There is not much worse than post-surgery pup. Get well soon wishes to Napoleon!

Maggie W said...

Your dog is SO CUTE! I hope he can eat soon. Also great job on the speed!

Kim said...

Congrats on your fastest mile! I am happy you are getting out there to enjoy this weather before the crapstorm :)

Oh my gosh, when Data had to have his teeth cleaned and go under, I was freaking out too! I hope your poor little guy is back to normal soon!