OK, so many of you may remember that Bubba got kennel cough last fall. I feel so guilty. We used to get his shots at the Petco, and they always sent us a reminder. Then we started doing it at the vet, and they didn't. So his shots were late. I took him to the groomer, and he got kennel cough. That developed into a "sinus inflamation of unknown origins." Now, before you all get up in my face for being crazy, which I am about this dog, you need to remember that he is my baby. We got him at 8 weeks old and I saved his behind from being put down at least the first 3 months of his life. He is my sweetheart. When I come in, he waits until I have unloaded whatever I have brought with me, and then rubs his head against my thigh and lets me rub his face and ears and nose. It's just a great big hug that no one else gives me. So, he's 11, and in quite good shape for his age. After the kennel cough was treated, he started developing crust around his nose, and sneezing big boogers, which dogs shouldn't do. We treated him at our regular vet, to the tune of about $900 and to now avail. Then we took him to the specialist. They said that they would do an exploratory on his sinus, and an MRI, and biopsies, looking for fungal infection. It could be around $1,200 - $2,000. You guessed it. It was $2,700. And they found snot. I mean, they actually found lots and lots of snot and nothing else. So, sinus inflamation of unknown origin. First, prednisone. Then more rounds of antibiotics. And of course, more visits to the specialist. Then, whatever it is that they give women for vaginal yeast infection. We're talking another $1,500 in doctor and RX bills. Little bit by little bit, mind you. How do you say "no" to $75 bucks for someone you love and is otherwise healthy? So, after every antibiotic, the snot comes back. He's on the anti yeast infection stuff at $40 a month, and they added Cyclosporine. And another round of antibiotics. Cyclosporine is an anti-rejection medication for transplant patients. It usually runs $200 to $200 a month, depending upon where you buy it. So I felt blessed when I found out that if I joined Walgreen's RX club for $20 a year I could get it for only $155 a month. We have been on that two months now. And, the "secondary infection" is back. I know we all have troubles with difficult children. I know we all love our dogs. But do you know how big a nose on a Dalmatian is? Do you know how big a booger a Dalmatian can sneeze when they are really stuffed up? I'm talking 6 inchers that spread in all directions! I love this dog. More than I love my husband this week. But these boogers! Every inch of my house below 12 inches high has been hit with mega boogers. And he is snoring. And rattling. And it's time for round 8 of antibiotics. Otherwise, he's as healthy as a tiger cub. Except for the snorting all night long and the horking up things 20 times a day and the occasional vomiting and diarrhea from the medications. And we're into this for about $6,000 now. But who's counting? I could just kick myself for not getting those shots on time.