Friday, March 22, 2013

The One with the Trip

I have so much to tell you - grass dog dishes, GPS collar attachments, minor surgery... A trip!

I had some super dee dooper photos of Lexi modeling with her new dish but SOMEONE moved the photos from MY iPaw to the laptop and they are gone for now. (That someone has only two legs.) SO... To embarrass her a little bit, I will have to show you a picture of my boy using the dish.

Let me back up... Lexi came to us from a rescue and she was saved by them after being a STRAY on the streets of Alabama. Can you imagine the horrors? :(

Well she has been SO hungry and maybe worried about getting another meal - I keep telling her it's like an unending buffet but she thinks it's too good to be true. She sucks up her food and doesn't even chew!!! Then she is famished and begging for more food.

The usual tricks didn't work: a can in the bowl to slow her down, a bowl with knobs in it... So... Mom got online and found a dish that looks like a patch of grass. She will sprinkle the food in it and Lexi plucks it out one by one. It takes her 5 minutes to eat a cup of food. AND... She chews and hasn't been as starving!!!

Now... The embarrassing for mom photo... She gave my boy some dry Cheerios, turned around to get a drink and turned back to find him testing out the new dish! BOL! See his cereal scattered in there?

Interesting food dish, isn't it? I tried it out myself today when Lexi left some food behind. Yes, you read that right! She's no longer so hungry or nervous she inhales her food without even knowing it! Mom loves this dish (GREEN by Northmate an Interactive Dog Feeder)... And I thought it was pretty fun!

GPS... I'll save that for the next post. That's not as fun. Ugh!! Neither was my minor surgery to have ANOTHER growth removed. (More news on that on 3-4 days but my doc thinks it's nothing to worry about so....)

Something super fun? We are on a trip!!! Headed to the beach! It's our first Airstream trip of the year. We stopped halfway for the night and will arrive tomorrow.

More to come!

Falling asleep on the job - watching over my mini-two leggers. (You can see the GPS on my collar. Sigh. My sisters have them too.)

ALWAYS sleeping on the job: Miss Phoenix.

At a stop light, Lexi had to copilot.

Our campground for the night!

PeeS- the 25th is fast approaching. A special someone (SARGE!!) has a birthday on Monday!!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The One with all the News

Oh. My. Dogness! It has been so long since my mom has let me post!! She and I have been so busy with my baby two-leggers and helping with her work and our new sister, Lexi.

Yep, you read that right!!! A few weeks ago Miss Lexi came to live with us!!!

It has been fantastically exciting!

AND!!! The day I come back to Blogville we get almost 2 feets of snow and Mr. Al Roker visited our sleepy town!!

Check out all the fun and meet Lexi!

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

The One with the Lesson

Howdy anipals! We've been settling in to the new normal. Phoenix is back to resting on her princess pillow.

Or papa's chair.

Or my pillow.

And sometimes getting a better view from piles of snow. Can you spot her?

I've been busy playing outside.

And letting my boy do pretty much whatever he wants to me. Mom always stops him but she knows from my face that I don't mind. But she says he won't know that other dogs might not be as understanding when a boy puts a turkey baster under their collars. Go figure!

I've also been teaching him the most effective way to clean up spilled Cheerios.

He's learning a lot from me!!

Mom mostly just sighs. She also hung up these amazing portraits The Crazy Cat Lady PAINTED of us. Aren't they wonderful?? You should check out her website.

The two leggers have also been browsing a certain website that makes me happy!! PETFINDER. Mom keeps saying that a new sister is not imminent but if the right pup "finds us...."

Paws crossed!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

The One with The Rainbow Bridge

As many of you know, our Sweet Cali Bear was called to the bridge suddenly yesterday. My whole pack wants to thank you for your messages and emails.

We are all heart broken. Mom's been having a little trouble keeping feelings of guilt at bay so I've been sticking even closer to her than usual. That means I'm pretty much in her pocket.

After the lymphoma diagnosis at the end of November, we all knew that we were likely looking at only 8-12 months but mom can't help but feel like she cut that short by not being more aggressive. There are lots of what ifs as she looks back on the last three days.

Up until that point, Cali had been her happy, smiley self. You wouldn't know she was battling the most aggressive lymphoma that her vet had ever seen.

New Years Day brought some changes. Her nodes were larger than ever, despite the strongest treatment in the protocol, and her little face started to swell. She was seen on Wednesday and referred to a full time oncologist.

Her appointment was to be this morning (the "first available") but when Wednesday night was especially bad and Thursday morning her labored breathing became gasps for breath, mom rushed her to emergency clinic. Cali walked in on her own and even wagged her tail, excited to meet new people, as always. Her body was not well but our sweet girl was still there.

The prognosis was shaky but there were still things to try. Oxygen helped her breathing. And a treatment plan was in place. The details of the three hours she was there are not clear yet but we were told she went into cardiac arrest after the treatment, either from not being able to tolerate the drug in her weakened state or that her heart couldn't handle the toxicity of so many cancer cells shedding at once. CPR was unsuccessful.

We all really thought she would be coming home again so we didn't say goodbye like we should have. I know she's watching over us and understands but...

I know mom has also been wishing she gave her more one on one time. And hoping Cali knows she loves her just as much as she loves us... needier pups.

Sweet Cali was met at the bridge by Ginger.

8/18/2001 - 1/3/2013
Thank you for teaching us to live our dash.
We love you.

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