When we take our dog for walks in the neighborhood, we always get the question “what kind of dog is that?” She is the kind of dog that steals your covers at night, snores loud enough to wake the dead, and digs her little paws into your back all night long. She is the kind of dog that has barked at the mailman every day for nine years even though we assure her the man is simply dropping off the mail. She is the kind of dog that will steal your breakfast if you get up to refill your coffee, and takes a few sloppy licks from your kid’s ice cream cone when they turn their head. But more importantly, she is the kind of dog that is thrilled every time you walk through the door (even if you just step out to get the paper). She is the kind of dog that is more than just a dog, and when we have a sick pet, we’ll do anything to make her feel better because she is truly part of our family.
She also is the kind of dog that when we make Christmas cards, we do things like this:
While her full name is Sugar Ray, she is just Suggie to us. Even though she was our first “baby,” she has taken well to her role as big sister to our kids. When we brought our son home from the hospital almost five years ago, Suggie had the tiniest bit of gray on her muzzle.
Now she’s showing her age and the stress of raising kids with a pure white beard. Don’t worry Suggie, I feel the same way, but hopefully I don’t have nearly as many grays as you! Don’t let her age fool you. She still finds her way onto my side of the bed, into my purse for a snack, and will wreck anything a little too fragile. Adorable, yes. Graceful, no
After a few years of visiting the vet for normal check-ups, we found ourselves frequenting the veterinarians office because our girl started having seizures. I’ll be honest, I was scared. Really scared. Scared that my vivacious dog would never be the same. Scared that I wouldn’t be able to care for her the way she needed.
Our vet assured us that with daily medication, she would continue being the nightly bed hog we’ve grown to love and adore.
However, this also meant Suggie would be on medication like Phenobarbital for the rest of her life. She may be a member of our family, but she isn’t covered under our family prescription plan. Luckily after chatting with the pharmacist at Walgreens, I learned a few things about medication for dogs.
Did you know some medicines can be made with beef or chicken flavor ? Really, it’s true! Better tasting medicine aside, even though it’s the same medicine, you can save money on most of pet prescription at Walgreens. The pharmacist said the markups are higher at the vet’s office and there’s usually a dispensing fee. Since Suggie is taking mediation every day and needs regular refills, we’re saving money at Walgreens.
Last week I had to pick up medicine for my daughter and grabbed Suggie’s refill while I was there. With the Family Prescription Management, I can manage our entire family (including the four-legged one) online. Plus it cracks me up to see Suggie’s full name on her prescription bottles.
Added bonus to make my life a whole lot easier: Refill Reminders so I’ll never have to remember to refill her pills again! The Walgreens website is really easy to use, and by signing up as a Balance Rewards Member, we are saving even more money. I even downloaded the Walgreens app so I can take care of everyone’s prescription right from my phone!
So nothing is slowing Suggie down, and really, we wouldn’t want this crazy,old girl any other way. But she wants to know if you are going to finish that sandwich?