Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Is your dog cool?

A nice video to remind us how hot your car gets although it may not be so bad outside.

Source: mydogiscool.com

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Happy National Dog Week!!

Happy National Dog Week everyone! I don't really know what we're supposed to do to celebrate, so I gave Astrea some cuddle time and a few carrots. That works right? Other than that - here's some of my favorite Astrea and Sancho pictures in honor of their special week. Are you doing anything fun to celebrate?

Astrea Nadine:
Hi Baby
look how dirty i am.
All time favorite...
Sancho Pancho Man:
Sancho Pancho Man!
Sancho and Butters
Gangly puppy legs!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week!

Hooray! Petfinder's "Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week" is back! I love this week. It makes me think of Sancho. When I tell people about Sancho, sometimes they're amazed about how much time, energy and money I put into getting him healthy. Which surprises me because I never would have considered doing otherwise. But then I start to hear about the number of people who surrender their pets because they have a special need that is just, "too much work." And I understand, it can be a lot of work. It can be trying. It can be depressing. It can be stressful. But even with all that, with the number of times I just wished we didn't have to spend one more minute waiting in the vet's office, I would never give back a single minute I got with him.

I actually have several friends with special needs pets. They never cease to amaze me. Last year I wrote about Indie, my friend Frankie's cat. Indie is so amazing, even his tag say, "I'm special." I have a friends who, before their own dinner every night, spend the time to make their pet a special meal to meet his dietary needs. One of my friends has a dog that has seizures and I think she said it best, at some point you just become in tune with your pet. You know what they need. You know what works best and it's just habit. Like any pet you get a little scare here or there, but that's life. So if you're looking for a new pet right now, don't hesitate to consider a less adoptable pet. You may find your new best friend...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mobile Monday: Don't Even Think About It...

Astrea sometimes likes to sleep with things. Her toys, an old treats bottle and sometimes the remote. I am not allowed to touch whatever it is she's got, as evidenced by the death eye she is giving me here.

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I'd like to add, I came home from work on Monday to find this:

Astrea claimed a new toy.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Celebrity Sunday: Please Don't Go...

There is something about Astrea's face that makes me feel so guilty when I leave in the morning. Lauren Conrad makes me feel better that I'm not the only one who feels that way.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Huzzah!! We're on our way!

I just had to share my little moment of excitement. As you all know we've been struggling with Astrea's weight for months now. We started with just a couple pounds to lose. We followed the vets feeding instructions on weight loss food and gained more weight in addition to ear infections. We stabilized after that but then Astrea got sick and the steroids combined with major lethargy led to even more weight gain. After the last vet visit in July we decided to start our own plan. I asked the vet how many a calories a day she should be eating and adjusted the foods I know she does well on according to that number of calories. At first she was a little upset, but now she loves her meals each day. She has dry food for breakfast, Honest Kitchen for dinner and then she gets some carrots or bell peppers as snacks during the day.

(This is her OH.MY.GOD.I.LOVE.CARROTS picture)

It's been about 6 weeks since we started and we're in a good routine with her meals, walks and play time for exercise. Today we had a vet appointment and although she's got a little skin infection around her eye (boo!) the good news is - her weight is FINALLY going in the right direction. Now it's not much, so far she's only lost .2 lbs but when you've been struggling for months and seeing the numbers go up and up .2 lbs down is a victory, even if just a minor one. We talked with the vet some more and decided to cut her calories down just a little bit more and we'll check her weight again in a month. So, although it's not a big loss and we've still got 8 pounds to go - we're .2 closer to that goal! Hooray Astrea!!

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Hello my baby, Hello my honey

I imagine this cat is singing, "Hello, my baby. Hello, my honey. Hello, my rag time gal..."

kitty, kitty

Friday, September 16, 2011

Samurai Dog!!

When Astrea was a baby I made the mistake of teaching her a game called burglar. I was would wear this old, tattered sweatshirt, then I would ask her "What are you gonna do if a burglar comes?" over and over and over and then we would play wrestle and she would attack my sweatshirt. The problem came when Astrea started to get bigger and stronger. I would wear the sweatshirt just because I was cold and Astrea would immediately go in to play burglar. I've since tossed the sweatshirt and we no longer play burglar, but I'm thinking maybe when I'm a gajillionaire I will invest in this and we can play a new game - DOGGY SAMURAI!



If you're interested, according to pinktentacle.com this suit of dog armor -- identified by antique Japanese armor dealer Toraba.Com as the only known and certified authentic example of its kind -- is believed to have been created for the pet of a wealthy, high-ranking and presumably eccentric samurai or daimyo (feudal lord) in the mid to late Edo period (mid-18th to mid-19th century). Although the carved wooden helmet and coat of black-lacquered scale mail would have provided effective protection against enemy attack, evidence suggests the canine never wore the armor into battle. More likely, the suit served as a decorative costume for parades and other formal ceremonial occasions. The samurai dog armor now belongs to an unnamed UK museum.

via pinktentacle.com

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mobile Monday: We survived!!

This past weekend I took a little trip to Disneyland with a couple of my friends. We had a grand time, did all our favorite Disneyland things and saw my favorite band, Hanson. Unfortunately for Astrea and Ora, while I was off gallivanting in the Happiest Place on Earth, they had to be boarded. I wasn't that worried about Astrea, she's been there before, knows the staff well, and had her cousin Daisy to keep her company. Ora on the other hand I was very scared for. She went from being a stray to living with my parents and then me. She's never been confined in a space smaller than my condo. She knew something was up as soon as I pulled her harness out. She screamed the whole car ride and wanted desperately to escape. I got one picture before I took them inside.

I picked them up this morning. Ora survived. Word on the street is she had a wonderful time showing off for whoever was playing with her at the window. She did not suffer from lack of attention. She went for a good crazy run through the house when we got home, but now has settled back into her routine. Astrea apparently realized she hasn't been taking enough advantage of her freedom and decided to go on a long, long, long walk tonight.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Pure Happiness

Have you ever looked at someones face and thought, that is a look http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifof absolute, pure happiness? Watch this video and you'll see what that looks like. After living in cages as research animals and years of rehab to prepare them for life outside a cage, these chimps are FINALLY seeing daylight for the first time in 30 years. Anyone who says animals don't have emotions can't argue with the happiness on these faces.

Source: Peoplepets.com

Monday, September 05, 2011

Mobile Monday: Astrea has more furry cousins!!

We're so excited! Astrea has TWO new baby cousins! Since the dawn of time, our family has been that one that if there is a stray cat or homeless kittens they will end up with us. I don't know how many litters of kittens my brother and I found and brought home as kids, but not surprising my brother has ended up with a kitten AND a puppy that needed homes. Look and how cute they are!! Ruca (puppy) and Reese (kitty) are both still very little, only a couple pounds each, and super cute!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Celebrity Sunday: Wilma Melville

Ok, You probably don't know Wilma Melville by name or by face, but I think her work is famous enough to give her celebrity Sunday honors. Wilma was a retired teacher when she trained her dog, Murphy, as a certified FEMA Advanced Disaster Search Dog. After being deployed to the Oklahoma City Bombing she discovered that only 15 of these specialized dogs existed in the United States. From this experience Melville founded the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. To date, Melville's organization has turned 131 shelter dogs into advanced disaster search dogs.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Oh Sacramento...

I always thought Sacramento was a boring city with nothing going on. Then I moved out this way. I'm no longer amazed by the stories I read in the paper. Unfortunately some of these bizarre stories involve animals, but luckily a lot turn out alright in the end. Want to know what I'm talking about? Here's the latest...

A pet python that underwent surgery after being bitten by a Sacramento man is "looking a ton better," Sacramento animal control officials said today.

The man who allegedly bit the female snake, 54-year-old David Elmer Senk, has been in custody in the Sacramento Jail since Thursday on $10,000 bail. Police arrested him on charges of maiming/mutilating a reptile.

Gina E. Knepp, acting animal care services manager for the city of Sacramento, said surgery that the snake received Thursday saved her life.

"She is looking a ton better, she was really dehydrated," Knepp said, adding that the owner of the snake has not yet made contact with animal services. "We would very much like to place the python in an appropriate rescue."

Knepp said the snake is "very touchable" and "not the kind of python that sinks its incisors in you."

According to police and animal control officials' accounts, a few people were admiring a woman's pet python outside a liquor store in Del Paso Heights Thursday evening, passing it around and getting a feel for it.And that's when Senk allegedly took two big bites out of the python, Knepp said.

Sacramento police responded to the 3600 block of Marysville Boulevard about 6:30 p.m. Thursday on a call about a man who had been assaulted and was not responsive. The owner of the snake allegedly had beaten Senk up after she said he bit her pet, said Sgt. Andrew Pettit of the Sacramento Police Department.When police arrived, a witness told them about the man's scaly tastes, and animal control was called to treat the snake.

"While it was being passed around, the snake was just dangling, limp in their hands. That's very unusual for this kind of snake; they like to ball around your arm," Knepp said. "It was clearly not healthy. Apparently the woman keeps it in her backpack and takes it everywhere with her."

The snake lost a couple of ribs, Knepp said, and has several stitches. She is receiving antibiotics.

So...Anyone in the market for a python? Animal Control has one on the mend looking for a good home...

Python bit by Sacramento Man is on the Mend


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