Fraggle Friday: 2019 Plans

Can we all take a moment and realize that Stella has made it to 2019? I can honestly say I did not think this would happen. And while you’re all perhaps sick of me saying “Stella has made it to x” I am going to celebrate every single day like it is a huge milestone. Because to me, it is!

Especially since she continues to do SO WELL.


Just out for a trot on a winter evening

Now, don’t get me wrong, she has some days that are harder than others. And when you’re a senior dog, the hard days are harder than they would be for a younger dog. For example, when Stella eats too much deliciousness at the barn while running around, her stomach pays the price the next day. History has shown that too much horse poop, horse grain and hoof trimmings, and a bellyache will ensue. With this bellyache comes a loss of appetite and sometimes vomiting. In the past, she wouldn’t eat for a day and by the second day she’d be back to normal. Despite not eating she’d still want to run around and acted normal. However, when she ate too much at the barn this past week, she didn’t want to move too much, had zero appetite and after 20 hours of not eating, she was shaky and visibly uncomfortable. I gave her some meds which fortunately helped and by 9:30 pm she was willing to eat some chicken and rice. By the next day she was back to normal, but having a bellyache was a lot harder on her than it had been in the past.

But, the good days are still good. And there are far more of those.


Look at that extended trot!

Which makes me realize, I need to readjust how I think about the future. I don’t want to jinx anything, and I am more than aware that Stella isn’t going to be around forever. But instead of thinking about when her last day will be, for 2019, I am going to plan every day as if she will be in it. Seems like a far more positive attitude. Hopefully it works out well.

In 2018 I put a lot off because of Stella. Beyond canceling my trips to Ireland and New York, I put off some work trips as well. And don’t forget that leaving her in July left me with an ulcer that only cleared up after some serious meds. So, I want to be prepared for what traveling while I have Stella will entail. Because if I am prepared, I think I can avoid an ulcer as well as enjoy my time while I am gone.

My hope is she can travel on overnight work trips for me.  I think for one night, I can get her to settle in and I won’t have to burden someone with looking after her. Plus, she still really loves a car ride.


Siri also has plans for 2019. They include running and playing with friends.

The hardest part about having someone stay  with Stella, is that she doesn’t always sleep through the night. I have a routine I try to stick to, and she does well with it, but I would say that 75% of the time I am waking up around 4am to let her out to potty.  I am so used to this that I can reliably fall back asleep but its a lot to ask for someone else to do. However, I think if I split her care up among a few people for longer trips, it won’t be too overwhelming for them. Also, most people probably go to bed later than I do, and I think this will get her sleeping in longer in the AM as well.

So, despite the odds, I’m planning a 2019 with Stella in it. How exciting is that??



17 thoughts on “Fraggle Friday: 2019 Plans

  1. Auntysocial says:

    Stella’s a lucky lady to have a friend in you. Not sure whereabouts in the world you are but should be from the UK – anywhere in England then give me a yell.

    Stella would be more than welcome to come stay with us and do as little or as much as she likes 🙂

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    • nadsnovik says:

      That is incredibly kind of you! ❤️
      I’m in Idaho in the US, but it if I vacation in England I will bring her with me!!! 😊

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      • Auntysocial says:

        Yeah please do!! Daughter remarked on the sharp rise in businesses offering dog boarding / kennels and said “If we had to leave ours with someone for a weekend or maybe a couple of weeks, you know who I’d leave them with? US. Wonder if we could get us to look after our own dogs?”

        Sounds upside and inside out but I’ll take that as a compliment.

        In the meantime don’t worry too much about Stella but planning ahead and thinking realistically for what we all know is gonna come one day – that’s what best friends do.

        Enjoy 🙂

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  2. Emma says:

    Aw ❤ sounds like a good plan to me

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  3. That is the perfect attitude to take into 2019. Stella is so lucky she has you. I wish I was closer. I’d take her in when you are gone in a heart beat.


  4. Emily says:

    I am sure you can find someone that doesn’t have a problem with Stella’s special schedule. Us animal people are used to giving up small comforts for the big comforts of our pets.

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  5. martidoll123 says:

    I wish you were closer to me too. I would totally love to take Stella Watch 🙂

    That sounds like my typical night with my old girl Gretchen. She sleeps most nights well but she does have to go out once in a while and wakes me up at 3 or 4 or whenever and my husband sleeps thru it. All she has to do is lay a paw on me and i am awake 🙂 and you can tell when she and Ollie have roughhoused too much or partaken of the yummies in the barn too much. Oh you guys 🙂 Why are hoof trimmings so yummy to them??

    Here is to 2019 and Stella, take each day as it comes. She looks great!


    • nadsnovik says:

      Good to know you’re up with me at all hours. (Last night it was 1:30 am)
      And what is it about men that they can sleep through anything?? When Stella was younger my boyfriend (whose dog she was supposed to be, that’s a whole other story) would fall asleep before she had gone out for the last time at night, or not want to take her out because it was cold and it made me crazy. I realize I am making a sweeping generalization about men, but I feel like as women we’re just more in tune with the needs of those who rely on us.

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  6. L. Williams says:

    I hope Stella can continue to have mostly great days in 2019.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Liz says:

    Cheers to many great days for your old girl in 2019. And no ulcers!

    Liked by 1 person

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