Yes, it is me, a little lighter in the coat then normal but here non the less - and look - I am smiling!!! I haven't really shared a lot about my itchy scratchy allergies so I thought I would give an update. Dad says they started in Nebraska (Mom doesn't remember that because she was in hospital) but they really went crazy when we all moved to Arkansas. Dr W. has had me on prednesone, different allergy medications, monthly allergy shots and the latest was a drug called Atopica (Cyclosporine). Mom has had this drug herself for the treatment of her Lupus - it is an immune suppressant and Mom was REALLY worried about me being on it as she remembered how REALLY sick it made her. After a lot of discussion between Mom, Dad and Dr W. it was decided to give it try as I was scratching so much I was getting sores and skin infections. Sadly, it didn't help at all (Mom does think it is related to my rapid hair loss though) and it was stopped. So now I will be putting on 'my blue suede shoes' and be 'walking in Memphis' later this week to see a specialist vet. Mom says it is a lady vet and I like lady vets - they are always so gentle with me. I am really hoping she can help me as I am not liking all the extra baths I have been getting lately. Did you know that long fur like mine can act like an air filter, allergens can get trapped in it thus making us more itchy then normal and that the only way to lessen this is regular baths! I told Mom I AM NOT a walking air filter...but she wouldn't listen and as much as I hate to admit, it does feel better to have regular bath at the moment. I will give an update when we have some news - until then I just have to keep the dweebs from hogging MY blog.