So to follow up with my last post, things got a tad worse before they got better this week. I was feeling sick and had a super sore throat at the beginning of the week so I went to the walk-in on Wednesday night to get a prescription for antibiotics. I think I was there for almost two hours. I went just before 5pm thinking they closed at 5 and I could get in at the last minute. Turns out they closed at 7pm and there were about a million of people ahead of me. I wasn’t leaving without drugs so I sat there and entertained myself, mostly by people-watching and checking Instagram 800 times.
I dropped my prescription off at the drug store and decided to pop into Lululemon while I waited because when you are sick, you should always go to Lulu (#fact). I picked up a Stuff Your Bra sports bra that I’ve been waiting for them to get back in (it has pockets for you to stash all your goodies – gels, ID, key, iPod, etc) and I also fell in love with a hat. When I went to go pay, the guy at the checkout told me it was being gifted to me. WAIT, WHAT?! I nearly jumped over the counter and kissed him. It wasn’t even the fact that I saved money (though that was a great bonus)…it was the gesture and the kindness after my completely shitty start to the week.
That same night, I went out to walk Princeton and saw a puppy with no leash or collar running through the streets looking super scared and lost. There was quite a bit of traffic and when I tried to walk up to her, she decided to HIDE UNDER A MOVING VEHICLE. To say I was a bit freaked out is an understatement. I ran into the middle of the intersection and signalled for all the cars to stop and asked the driver of the vehicle to help me get her out. She was way too nervous so I ran home to grab some treats to try and lure the puppy from under the car. She eventually came out and the only option that came to mind was to carry her home and then figure things out. GIRL WAS AT LEAST 50 POUNDS. Ever try carrying a super awkward and massive puppy with an unknown temperament? Probably not the smartest thing to do but I’m still alive to tell the story. And so is she. I’m lucky she was really docile and friendly.
It was after 9pm so a lot of places were already closed and I knew I couldn’t keep her overnight because I’d have to leave her outside and it was going to get pretty cold. I made a few phone calls and was told by a 24-hour emergency veterinarian that my best option was to call City of Toronto Animal Services and they were SO great. They said someone would come buy and pick up my new puppy within five hours. They came in less than two! I questioned the guy who came to do the pick up because I was really worried about what might happen to the dog. The first thing they do is check for a microchip and if the dog has one, they are returned to the owners. If they don’t, their photo is posted to the Lost Pets section on their website for anyone who is looking for their furry family member. If no one claims them then they are put up for adoption. He assured me this pup would not have a hard time finding a home…but I sure do hope that she’s reunited with her owners.
It was a bit of a crazy night but it put a smile on my face and it felt good knowing I did what I could.
This post is getting a lot longer than I anticipated! Just a few more things:
1. Eggplant parm sandwiches with your coworkers is always a great idea.
2. Running 5 miles after taking four days off feels pretty awesome.
3. Reading your comments on my last post helped a lot more than you probably think they did. So thank you.
4. Antibiotics are wonderful. I feel like a million bucks today.
5. I’ll be back on Monday with a race recap (Toronto Women’s 5K is on Sunday!)
Have a great weekend!!! It’s going to be a good one.