First, I want to thank everyone who sent notes or has asked about my puppy, Dozer. The course of treatment recommended by the veterinarian in Billings, Montana, seems to be working.

Dozer has had fewer and fewer episodes. When we came home to him in the midst of one last week, it only took a few minutes to calm him down. In the past, we would have had to sedate him. Progress is certainly being seen.

So, we’ll stay the course and keep our fingers crossed.

In the meantime, we’ve worked to show our other pup, Toby, some extra love. Dozer’s issues have certainly been stressful on our 11-year-old pooch and we can tell it has worn on him a bit. So, with Dozer doing better, Toby has received some extra snuggles.

In addition to being thrilled that the pups are doing OK, I’m happy that my overall stress level has decreased. My frustration has dissipated and I feel better about the wellness of my pets.

That, in turn, has freed up some time for me to focus on preparation for tonight’s U.S. Senate debate.

The Press partnered with Wyoming PBS earlier this year to host the gubernatorial candidates. But tonight (Thursday), we’ll host Sen. John Barrasso and Democrat Gary Trauner in a live-broadcast debate.

I’m a super nerd and I love politics. So, I’m pretty excited to be a part of this event.

The format should encourage interaction and provide the candidates a chance to respond to any barbs thrown at each other. One candidate will be asked a question. He’ll have 90 seconds to respond. The other candidate will then have 60 seconds to respond and is encouraged to use that time to ask a question of his opponent. Then, the candidate originally asked the question will have 30 seconds to respond.

We’ll also do a lightning round. In that time, we — meaning Craig Blumenshine of Wyoming PBS and I — will say a word or phrase, for example, “health care.” The candidates will then each have 30 seconds to talk about that topic.

Choosing topics for the debate has been fun. I am an avid reader of the news (and in general), so narrowing the list of questions proved a bit challenging. It never seems like enough to only spend one hour talking to candidates for office.

But, alas, that is the timeframe that has been set. So, I’ve studied current events and important pieces of legislation and read through all of the questions submitted to us via email.

The range of topics we’ll cover is broad.

I hope you’ll tune in. Even more than that, though, I hope you’ll vote.

The debate starts at 7 p.m. It will be shown on Wyoming PBS and live-streamed on the Wyoming PBS YouTube channel, Facebook page and The Sheridan Press Facebook page.