Saturday, May 26, 2012
Because of the twins surgeries we were laying low for the weekend, plus it was pretty darn hot with the accompaniment of high humidity. We decided that mostly everybody needs a bath! He had previously upgraded the water heater in the LQ trailer to work on dual fuel: propane and electric. This increases the heating capacity, so not only is the first bath hot, so is the second. We started with the pre-bath shampoo – manes and tails – of Sprite and Lil Fred. Traditionally Lil Fred has been horrific at bath time. For someone that weighs around 200 lbs. he can be quick and dangerous. He rears and plunges, spins and dives. This time he actually took it like a man! Sprite is always resigned to the fact that this is going to happen, just deal. April also got a bath and let the shedding begin in earnest! W0W – looks like the stuffing has been knocked out of her.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Today both Irene and Max went to the vet's, to get neutered. Two birds with one stone, two babies with one knife, something like that. Glad it's done with. We're looking forward to our holiday weekend, but spending it babysitting the two of them. The Infirmary is in full swing.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
No food after 10pm for Max or Irene. I think the best plan will be to feed her at 9:55 and hit the sack. I feed her right before I go to bed and she sleeps all night, sometimes the alarm wakes her. I recommend that to anyone that says cats are Nocturnal and will keep you up all night. Cats are not chinchillas, you can change their life patterns. Food is the key.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
We have a puppy: An out-of-control Muttly Mutt of a puppy. He is now approximately 6 months old. He desperately needs to be neutered. He might not think so, but he does. It's not an option; it's been scheduled but can't get here fast enough. We also have a cat, Irene, who is over two years old but is also not neutered. Coincidentally she will be spayed the exact same day as Max! They’ll be twins! On Wednesday morning, at 5:33 precisely, Irene jumped into the window that is above our headboard. We are sleeping. Max jumps onto the bed to chase her into the window. He uses Tom’s face as part of his launch pad. This is not a good thing. Tom says, “I think he cut my lip.” Famous last words, right? He goes into the bathroom and says, “I’m going to need stitches,” What? “And a wash cloth.” Seriously? So I take the very bad puppy outside, feed the horses, by then he’s got most of the blood cleaned up from the wall, mirror and sink, his clothes on and the wash cloth against his face. I drive to the Emergency Room. He’s processed fairly quickly, we’re both asked if we feel like passing out. Do we look that pale? I text my mom to call me with my cell number – it is 6:45. She calls back fairly quickly. She also asks if I’m going to call his mother. Really? Why? She doesn’t think dogs belong in the house, let alone in the bedroom. We’re not even going there. I drive back home to get the horses out of the barn, back to the hospital where I run into a co-worker in the parking lot. We both say at the same time, “what are you doing here?” It’s 7:30 a.m. In the end he got 4 dissolvable, one stitch to repair the torn muscle, and 18 stitches on the outside. It looks great! We go to the pharmacy to fill the prescription for Penicillin and SPF 60+ and Neosporin Ointment. After he takes a nice nap we go to the grocery to buy foods that are low in salt and easily chewed. He’s to drink everything, including coffee, with a straw.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I believe there is a good reason I'm not a mother. Mostly because I would not make a good mother. **************** WARNING - GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION & PHOTOS **************** As you might remember WE HAVE A PUPPY. On Sunday we went over to the old house to finish up a couple things, this and that, before listing the house for rent again. On the car ride over Max threw up. He does that mostly every time he gets a car ride. He loves car rides. He managed to miss mostly the tools piled up in the rear of the car, leaving a nice pile of barely-chewed dog kibble. In the puke-pile was a little bit of his shredded tennis ball and a white plastic-looking round object.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
We planned to go riding on Saturday, if the weather cooperated. It did, such a beautiful day but lots of the trails were wet, standing water, sloppy. We went anyway.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
This weekend the 'Flower' Moon will be the closest to the Earth, but also a full Moon, which won't be seen again until 2029. Naturally Saturday night was mostly cloudy. We spent both days at the old house, getting the place ready to rent again. No riding, no playing with the harness, but we did play with the puppy. You have to play with the puppy! There was an event at the horsey club but we never got a chance to stop in. It also rained, and some of our friends are camping out - in tents! I'm sure there are some lessons learned, right? With the rains the grass is growing, finally!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
We harnessed Lil Fred up, no cart, and gave him a spin around the barn, several spins. He really is good and this is the first time we had him in harness since the cart mishap. He doesn't like even looking at the cart.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
We had a smattering of rain overnight; the thunder woke me around 5:00 but the lightning was far off. No mad dash out to the pasture this morning. Dr. Sarah, our veterinarian, came out early and did everybody: Rabies, Tetanus, West Nile, Coggins for the boys, the whole deal. Quick work. She wants to see pictures of the little guys in their harness and cart. So then right before the Appraiser is due out, Max discovered feral cat feces by the landscaper bins and decides to have a joyful roll. He fouled the entire parking lot with the stench. Tom tied him to the patio table and gave him an EZ-All bath. That water is cold, too. While the Appraiser was here Max was in his cage, wet and mad. He then met the A/C estimator at the old house; we'll probably get the A/C replaced along with a new furnace. We had the A/C installed in 1989, the furnace was already old when we moved in. We got our money's worth out of both units. The best part is the new renter will pay for the new units. That's the plan anyway.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Last night we got Sprite harnessed up, took her for a 'spin.' Literally. She couldn't go straight too much, had to turn, 180s a lot. I drug her around, she was working the bit, trying to get her in the right direction, moving forward. I also got the cart out, following and leading. She did work hard, for her. Progress! Worked with Max on his 'sit,' which is getting better all the time. He now is wearing his 'shock' collar, but we haven't pushed the button yet. We want him to get used to the collar, the weight, and not think that when he has it on is the only time he needs to really, really be good. Tomorrow will be a busy day at Twin Maples, too. The home appraiser is due out, so is the Vet.