Charlie Update: Home and Recovery

I’m happy to report that Charlie is officially home!  The vet was very pleased with how the surgery went and said Charlie was a wonderful patient.  In fact, one of the vet techs told us that as he was waking up from the anesthesia his blanket started flapping around, powered by a rapidly wagging tail.

We now move to recovery and ensuring Charlie is as comfortable as possible as he heals from the surgery.  So far his swelling has been as expected and seems to come and go, some times worse than others.  We have pain medicine that we give him every 6-8 hours which is producing quite a bit of drowsiness.  Of course, at this point, resting is about the best thing for him.  He seems to like a cold compress at times, but there are also some instances where he wants nothing to do with them.

His appetite is back to normal which is a plus since he’s having to take some stronger doses of medication.  Also, along with the tail being in perfect condition, his licker is fine as well.  He’s still trying to give everyone a bath who comes within range.  Overall, he’s doing well considering what he just went through.

We want to thank everyone for all the positive thoughts and well wishes that were sent Charlie’s way.  Both he, and his parents, appreciate them immensely.

Charlie Update: Next Step – Surgery

Today we had our last consultation regarding Charlie’s eye and the cancerous mass removed behind it last week. After talking with multiple vets and asking a vast array of questions, it was time for us to make a decision.

First off, there are no “good” options. The Cancer diagnosis took that away from us and left us with “best case” scenarios. Our objective throughout this entire ordeal was how do we keep Charlie with us as long as possible without risking his quality of life. The message from the vets, across different practices and specialties, was the same: eye removal. The belief is that this procedure gives the vet the best chance to remove (hopefully) all of the cancerous tissue in the socket. Nothing is guaranteed, but this procedure gives Charlie the best opportunity to wag his tail for years to come. With all of the information in hand, we made the decision to go this route and remove Charlie’s left eye. His surgery will be tomorrow morning.

It hurts my heart to know what Charlie is about to go through. He’ll never know why we took him to the vet and brought him home without an eye. But, this is why dogs are much better creatures than us humans – because he’ll look at us, with his remaining eye and still love us unconditionally. This is why we have dogs, why we bring them into our families, and this is why we make hard decisions that they don’t understand. We do this because a house with a one-eyed, tail wagging, dachshund named Charlie is much better off than one without.

Charlie Update: Backstory and Where are we now

Brief backstory: Charlie, our oldest dachshund of 10 years, had an issue with the third eyelid on his left eye. It was discovered that he had a small mass behind his eye that was causing the third eyelid to protrude. After several weeks of steroid drops to the eye it was determined that the mass had not gotten smaller and had in fact gotten larger. The canine optometrist stated that we would need to remove the third eyelid so that she could remove the ever-growing mass behind the eye.

Where we are now: We received a call on Thursday with the bad news – Charlie’s mass had been cancerous and they were not able to get clean margins. Shock! Our primary vet told us that in order to remove all the cancer, assuming it had not spread, was to remove Charlie’s left eye and clear out the eye orbit. Shock! We made the earliest appointment available to talk with our vet further about options and next steps (we meet with him on Tuesday). We then heard back from the optometrist who performed the surgery and stated she wanted to talk to the on staff oncologist and discuss Charlie’s case with him and see if radiation/chemo was an option and also discuss next steps. Shock! She did say however that eye removal was the probable next step. She wants us to call her back on Monday after she has talked with the oncologist and she will provide us with more detail at that time.

How is Charlie: Charlie is behaving like a dog without a care in the world and loving all the extra hugs and kisses he is getting from mom and dad. He’s romping around with his brothers, his appetite is great, and his tail won’t stop wagging. Currently, this is our silver lining. He has a cancer growing in his body but he’s not in pain and his quality of life is very good, with his only impediment being the eye drops we are still giving him.

How are we: After several boxes of tissues, shock, and an equal dose of sadness and anger, we are now cautiously optimistic. We are anxiously awaiting our vet conversations on Monday and Tuesday and hope that by late Tuesday we are fully pursuing next steps, whatever they may be. I will try to write more as we learn more. I do want to thank everyone for all the well wishes that have been sent our way. It’s been great to see that Charlie has so many people keeping him in their thoughts.

Did You Know: The Super Bowl, iPhone camera, and your big (small) toe

Welcome to Left of Center’s first installment of “Did You Know” (DYK). Today we’ll be looking at three interesting facts that range from professional football to Statue of Liberty selfies.

  • The NFL will not use a Roman Numeral to represent the naming of this season’s Super Bowl. It will be called Super Bowl 50, not Super Bowl L. For obvious reasons, using a giant “L” (which in sport is commonly associated with “loss”) on your championship game branding would probably not go over well. Luckily for Roman Numeral lovers everywhere, next year the NFL plans on returning to its traditional naming format.
  • On an iPhone, when using the camera app, you can take a picture by pressing the Volume Up button. If you hold the phone in your right hand with your fingers wrapped around to grip it, your index finger touches the Volume Up button. Why is this handy? Well, with the phone gripped in your hand, you have greater control and stability while taking pictures. If you are a big selfie fan, this will help create better photos and can replace the acrobatic thumb movement previously needed in order to hit the on-screen trigger button.
  • Is the second toe on your foot longer than your big (first) toe? You’re not alone. In fact, this is a rather common occurrence called Morton’s Toe. However, you don’t have a long second toe…you have a short first toe. Technically the condition is a shortened first metatarsal in relation to the second metatarsal. If you have Morton’s Toe, don’t despair, you share this condition with a very large and very famous figure, The Statue Of Liberty.

Update: Carter, post-surgery

Carter went to the vet Friday to get neutered and also have his “cherry eye” removed from both eyes.  Luckily everything went well and he’s back home, resting with his brothers.  Below is one of the first pictures we have of him where we can see his pretty eyes unobstructed.  He’s not a fan of the cone but I’m not sure how many dogs truly enjoy the plastic neck tie.  Luckily he only has to wear the cone for a short time.

Carter post-surgery
Carter post-surgery

Obama’s Typographic Legacy

Nice read about presendential campaign logos in the post-Obama era. Regardless of political affiliation, it’s impossible to dismiss the impact of Obama’s campaign imagery and how it has fundamentally changed the landscape of political branding.


The relative distinctiveness of campaign logos is a recent development: There was a time when they all looked basically the same, give or take a star, often featuring the same stylized, waving flag.

The 1990s and early 2000s were a different time, with less media noise and fewer shiny objects vying for voters’ attention, so there was less need for candidates to distinguish themselves through symbolism and color—and perhaps a hesitation to do anything that stood out too much. Instead, virtually all of them opted for similar shades of red and blue, and used similar fonts and imagery.

It was the 2008 election, and that famous letter “O,” that changed everything, says designer Sagi Haviv, a partner in the New York firm Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv who has designed logos for the Library of Congress, Armani Exchange, and Harvard University Press, among other clients.

Ali Elkin writing for Bloomberg Politics about campaign logo design…

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