We have an appointment in about an hour to take my little girl in for her last vet appointment. In the last 6 months she's lost 5 pounds, becomes easily distracted and confused, and turns her nose up at all her old favorites. At her annual exam, the vet found kidney problems. So now she's suffering from heart, lung and kidney issues, none of which have a cure, and she's 15 years old.
She's had a good life since she rescued me 13 years ago. I know taking her in before she starts feeling pain, or has an accident because of her dimished motor skills, is better than waiting for her to be hurt. But dammit, it's hard to say goodbye.
Our boy dog is not young either. But he's healthy so far, showing only signs of old age - he's slowed done some and sleeps a bit more. I don't know how he's going to take her loss. I know I'm going to be crying all day. Hubby too.
We've had T-Joe for about six years. We got him as a kitten for my son. The kitten seemed like a nice fellow but he grew up to be fiesty, irrascible and sometimes just mean. But he loves the boy. Just didn't cotton to me much. When we got him we had another cat, so T-Joe and I kept our distance. The other cat (Sitka) took the Big Sleep some time ago.
Since then T-Joe has mellowed some. He is still irrascible and plenty fiesty. But since I feed him and give him the most attention, he seems to like me in his own way. He is always the first to greet me when I come home.
He is my frenemy. My nemesis. The Joker to my Batman. I am pretty sure he likes messing with me as much as I like messing with him.
Our favorite interaction is the garage door. When I pull out of the garage and lower the garage door remotely, this is when he decides to run under the door and set off the electric eye. The door raises again and I lower it, and he runs through again, causing the door to stop and raise again. I just know he is doing it on purpose. He thinks he is so friggin funny. His personal best is doing it four times in a row. I was really tempted to get out of the car and give him a high-five. It was brilliant.
Of course I mess with him too. Touch his ear while he is sleeping, which annoys him. Or poke him in the stomach which really annoys him.
But when the magpies were dive-bombing him and running him toward a busy street, I stepped in to rescue him. No one messes with T-Joe unless it is me.
He isn't my first choice in a pet. I long for a cat who actually likes me and I can like back. But we are stuck with each other. I am okay with that.
I long for a cat who actually likes me and I can like back.
Our fearless leader has been getting a critter fix by volunteering at his local animal shelter. Overwhelming cuteness pics on FB; check 'em out! (I started "replying" with typing-impaired comments such as "Danz, I wubs you.")
Eagerly awaiting the next installment, since this is a weekend event.
I think I have the dumbest cats in the world. Apparently some cats that can jump pretty high to get up on a table or a counter (well, at least the ones that don't weigh 15 lbs when they ought to weigh 10!), can't figure out that they could jump up to the top rail of a chain link fence and then drop down on the other side. In fact, if I didn't have a few "cat gates" where my cats can wiggle under the fence, I don't think they could get out of my yard!
This isn't universal stupidity since I've had other cats that did figure out how to jump up to the top rail of the fence and then down the other side. My cats also know how to climb trees, although they've never had the need to go very high. It might be endemic to Jamestown cats, however, since the ones I had that did jump fences came with me from Albany.
It's just pretty funny that I can effectively keep them in/out of rooms by simply putting up a portable fireplace screen or baby gate across a doorway! I've had a harder time confining my dogs than these cats.
Our yellow lab, after a couple good days on Friday and Saturday decided to try out my newly installed measures to prevent her from sacaling the fence. Yesterday I cut pvc pipe down the middle and installed them on the fence rails where she was climbing out. The half circles provided by the pipe (as well as the smooth surface) "shouldn't" allow a smart climbing dog the foothold that a normal fence rail would.
So we had dinner with our neighbors and decided to head to the park down the street to practice a little softball at dusk. Lo and behold who comes trotting down the street (after taking a leak in the neighbor's yard) but Kaslo, the smart and troublesome yellow lab of the house. :-@
Scaled the fence despite my "corrective measures" easily and wanted to come down and see what was happening with us. :-o:-|
I was pissed. Now, we'll try some chicken wire along the top (bent back into the yard of course) and I might finish the fence with pickets on the inside so that NO foothold is provided.
Thanks for sharing. The ink spots are cute.
Nice pet family photos, Linda_D!
This is my life! We have a young and fairly new to us dog who is so full of exuberance that anyone walking along with a dog or by themselves is reason to do anything in her power to scale the fence and go say hi. Heck, even the thought that someone MIGHT be out there somewhere is enough. I have spent the last 4 months trying to secure the entire fence but she keeps finding new ways to escape and go socialize. I have considered the electric fence but the challenge is we have 1/2 acre and that's not cheap. About half the fence is high quality and high enough to prevent her escape. When we return from vacation, I plan to call a fencing guy and tell him to make the rest of the property dog-proof. We'll see where that gets us.
Ellie is EXTREMELY sociable so when she does get out, we usually get a call within 10 minutes from someone having found her. Typical statements are "we just opened out car door and she hopped right in!" or "I had the front door open and she walked right into the house to say hi to our dogs." We are new to this neighborhood, so the upshot is we have met a lot of neighbors. Apparently this is pretty typical of pit bull and pit mixes (which she is). One profile even said they make terrible watch dogs because "they are so exceedingly friendly, even to strangers." Urp.
If you have a dog park nearby, taking her there regularly to "meet and greet" other dogs may help curb her desire to go visiting on her own.