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Saturday, February 25, 2017


Pepper Likes Raccoon Too

Raccoon belongs to Lucky but Pepper likes her too.

Friday, February 24, 2017


Really? Did You Read What You Just Said?

I don't like to embarrass anyone, but this week left me shaking my head just a tad.

Here's what happened:

As usual, Steve and I have been slowly paying off our latest anniversary getaway (this year is #36!).  This one's a bit different in a few ways for us.  One is that last year we met two wonderful couples and have kept in touch-one of those couples decided to join us in this year's trip!  Looking forward to sweeping the cruise's trivia contests with their help.  We sure did last year!  We were hoping the other couple would opt to join us, but alas they are not.

The other new thing is that we usually switch off with Sam and Adam on the pet sitting.  That is now not so doable (even though they now live literally at the other end of the block) because we both rescued new pups.  The dogs get along just fine, but the newest additions (Yes YOU DEX AND SUNSHINE!) just haven't quite got the potty-training down too well.

In fact, Dex got so excited upon seeing his friends before our weekly walk together yesterday that he decided the best thing to do was to "mark" grandma!  It's okay, after 10 years as a day care provider it was honestly less disgusting than some of the things all those toddlers shared with me.

Anyway, that mentioned I have to say that while we'll still care for each others felines, the pups will have to go to a pet hotel.  Adam and Sam tried it first during a quick trip to see my parents last week.  The dogs seem no worse for wear.

Steve and I, however, are just plain anxious about leaving our babies in the hands of strangers.  You see when we first adopted Lucky she spent 3 nights in a local pet hotel and in under 24 hours she gave herself nervous colitis.  I don't really want to give you the specifics of what that means but let's just say that's when we knew that we had the best and most loving vet in the entire world!

After re-visiting where they were the first time and then looking at the "big box" resort and researching a couple of other that FaceBook acquaintances suggested we decided which one to go with and filled out the paper work. 

(side bar:  if you're wondering why we don't just leave them with our beloved vet it's because she has no room for boarding with all of her work with our town's rescue and a couple of other rescues)

And that paper work is what the title of this week's blog is about!

First, the paper work had no request for dates to be needed.  Then no one called me within the expected 48-72 hours that the website promised.  Once I called and talked to the manager-she started to get a tad snippy with me saying she had sent me e-mails and I hadn't contacted her! That sent my anxiety through the roof.  Then she realized that her sent e-mails never actually left her computer.

Okay.  Once we straightened that out she asked me to send Sunshine's shot record as they got Lucky's from the vet.  We only had the paperwork from the rescue saying what shots and when they were given.

By her own admittance, she said that what I sent wasn't good enough because it only had the dates given.   "The shots are only good for 1-3 years. This states that she had them August 6th, 2016-how do we know they are still good?"

Really?  Did you read what you just said????  The dogs will be there in April.  If the shots are only good for a year-then they will still have 4 months left on them.  So I took more photos of all the various papers from the rescue all stating the dates of the shots given and told her the facts as nicely as I could write them without making her feel slightly foolish.

This is why I really don't want to leave my babies in the hands of strangers.  At this moment she hasn't asked me to contact the rescue for verification, so I'm thinking she figured out all is good.

Let's hope so, Steve found a Groupon for this recommended place. 

I'm beginning to think that we should consider asking how much it would cost to take the pups with us.  I'm sure they'd love the outdoor grassy area on the top deck and the veranda of our cabin.  I'd just need to get them formal wear for dress up nights.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Tough Life

A lap, a devoted set of parents,  loving BFFs and a home.

Friday, February 17, 2017


1st Walk

It may have been short but I guess it was tiring.  

Ants in Their "Pants"

As I related last week, Poor Sunshine had quite the ordeal with her dental surgery.  A total of 5 molars and a cavity ridden tooth were all removed.  A mouth full of stitches and a whole new understanding of some of her quirks were revealed.

Our vet was in tears thinking of all this little pup had endured and not only lived through but managed to be 99% loving and wonderful.

Our hearts broke for our newest addition and gave us more tools to use in training.

Six days later we took Lucky in to have her teeth cleaned.  We held our breath!  Even though we've had Lucky 4 years now, there hadn't been any tartar or black marks/red gums, etc. to put her through anesthesia.  Even this time was a "you might want too, but her teeth look great!".

So on Valentine's Day we took her in, went to see "Hidden Figures" and waited for some news.

By the way, if you haven't seen the mentioned movie, please do!  It is a really great piece of not only education but entertainment.  Unfortunately it also still proves we have such a long way to go in equality!  Their was a young couple sitting next to me and the man actually leaned over to his wife/girlfriend and said, "I thought you said this was a docudrama?  No one would actually treat people like that!"

OMG!  Shows that our schools are NOT giving enough lessons on the subject of prejudice and what the 60's were really like!

Back to Lucky.  During the previews Dr. Young gave me a call and said Lucky's back teeth looked great but that she had 4 front teeth that were so loose that she didn't know how they were still in her mouth-so out they came.

At pick-up I was told that our itty-bitty did fantastic but was milking the experience so her favorite tech would hold her until she heard my voice.  Kind of figured-when we had her spayed she whined and cried on my lap for about a week.  Maybe little tiny bodies feel pain more than larger ones.

Fortunately, because they teeth to go were the tiny front ones Lucky isn't having her dry food turned to mush the way her sister is still having to eat her meals. 

Once Steve and I got her home we were practically ambushed by both Pepper and Sunshine!  We had a feeling that it would happen.  Both were kissing her head, smelling her and whining/meowing and probably asking her all sorts of sibling-related questions.  She didn't seem to mind the attention.

Both are doing much better, in fact once this is posted Dr. Young has approved of taking them both on a shortening version of our walk.  I did take them with to the part with the boys yesterday afternoon so they could enjoy the neighborhood grass spot.

But wait, that's not all!  On our way back to the house after their "dig to China", we found some neighbor kids standing on the block wall!  I asked them to please get down right away as I didn't want anyone to fall and get hurt (plus, our wall is booby-trapped to prevent another burglary).  The kids said they were following BEES!

Yep, a swarm of bees are back there right now deciding whether they'd like to build a hive to leave for more preferable grounds.  The bee inspector just left and said to give them another 48 hours and then if they stayed to either have them come back and kill them or try vector control to see if a beekeeper might want to take the rather pesky problem out of our yard.

And that is life for us here in the desert.  Have a good weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Spring weather

Since the boys had a half day of school they decided to take advantage of our early spring weather and dig a hole to China.

Thursday, February 09, 2017


It's Been a Tough Week for Our Newest Baby

Poor Sunshine!

We knew when we adopted her that Sunshine was in bad need of a good teeth cleaning but the vet at the rescue and our own beloved Dr. K. Young said it could wait until "February discount" to get it done.

What we all did NOT know was that the horrible excuse for "people" who had her had abused our little girl to an unimaginable amount. 

Let's just say that Dr. Young was astonished that Sunshine could eat, that she has the very loving personality that she has and that she wasn't constantly writhing in pain.  "If it were us, we would've been begging for sedation and not be able to keep anything either fluid or edible down being in that kind of pain!"

Yes, our poor little long-legged lovely had 3 molars cracked from side-to-side, two upper teeth with bad roots from being hit and a front tooth that was (small favor?) riddled with cavities.  Plus, she had never gotten several teeth.

Final count?  Double anesthesia, 6 extractions and lots of pain.  Because of the extra time involved, an emergency surgery and a poor old pup that had to have help crossing over the rainbow bridge, Lucky and two other dogs had to have their cleanings postponed until next week.

Felt sorry for Lucky who didn't get to eat until we got both girls home at around 4 in the afternoon, but it was a very good thing for Sunshine.  Once Sunshine woke up and was doing better the techs put her into the same "room" as Lucky and Lucky curled up next to her and took care of her the way a good sister should.

After we got the girls home, I made sure to get Lucky some food while Steve distracted Sunshine in the yard (she couldn't eat for a couple of hours).  Dylan and Aidan sat down and both dogs begged for some extra love and petting.

Sunshine had some wet food and some pain meds and then went right back to her spot on Dylan's lap until 9:30 when I took the pups out for a last potty break.  Considering what she went through, the night wasn't too bad.

Although Sunshine did get up and down a few times and her paws kept pulling my arm in closer to hold her she did sleep.  Her siblings right next to her-they kept looking at her with every toss and turn.

This morning I soaked her dry food in some warm chicken broth, gave her wet food and disguised another pain pill-all of which were gladly and quickly eaten.

It's a great week weather-wise here in New River, we're in the mid-80's and the sun is glorious.  The girls are in their favorite cushioned chair and sunbathing with Pepper leaning against the security screen door enjoying the same.

Steve and I are appalled that there is someone out there still roaming the state that would treat an innocent puppy this way and hope/pray that they aren't parents to human kids (what would/are they doing to them????).  It's a darn good thing we don't know who or where they are-if we did, we'd make sure that what they did to our precious girl they'd get back 100-fold.

Next week we do the whole thing again-hopefully with less painful results.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017


Tool Time Fun

Jackson showing Bryce his new tool table.  First project is a rocket ship!  

The Grandkids Wall

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