Thursday, November 14, 2013
Final resting placesBuried a lot of pets these last two months, though most had died over the last 2-3 years... Ninja (never knew that pet), Amy and Sam (the two African Greys), Sugarfood (Karleys puppy that got run over), Trixie the dalmation, Female black kitty (never had a good name for her.. she got leukemia)... I think that fills hole one. Hole two is Taz and Pussy Gato.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Pussy GatoSadly, Pussy Gato had to be put to sleep this last week.... he was disappearing from our life anyway, and only visited us maybe weekly for a while there... then we stopped seeing him altogether... finally last week someone called from the pound saying someone had turned him in, but that he seemed pretty sick. And he was... very thin, and coughing constantly, with audible respiration... poor guy. He got better on a steroid shot, but it was very short-lived. Began to really struggle about 3 days later.
Below is P Gato in his healthier, chunkier days
Monday, October 21, 2013
Clover and PetalHere are our two new puppies... since all our other animals our now seniors, we expect them to start dropping like flies (relatively)... so got these two to make the transition from too many pets, to a much more manageable number less difficult
Monday, October 14, 2013
Pet updateWell, a lot has happened pet wise since the last update. Two relatives dogs moved in with us... and two cats have died... and Taz was recently put to sleep, to be replaced already by a super dinky Chihuahua named Petal (who hates me... my first pet that hates me) and a white Golden Retriever named Clover (yes I obviously did NOT name these myself...). Going to really miss Taz... he had more life in him and more personality than all the other dogs combined. But he was just bad in too many ways- health, danger to other dogs, destructive etc... what a cute dog, though. REALLY going to miss him!!
Moved to a new home, too, by the way.. one in which coyotes abound... so back yard has been made coyote proof... unfortunately not cat-escape proof, so one cat we brought up already got out and is presumed eaten. The other tried his best to get out last night, but could not figure out how to scale the chain link (thank goodness). The third cat ended up with horrible, unresponsive case of asthma, but we only got him back last week after he ran off 9 months ago... only to show up at the pound last week. Pussy Gato and Black kitty are gone (I don't think we had Black Kitty last time I wrote in this).
And now most of our other dogs are aged... we are going to go through a heavy loss period soon. Not looking forward to it.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Pet HealthPets are finally getting old enough that we are now having to deal with their maladies. Little broke his leg a few months ago. Taz is too fat and his elbow is severly arthritic. Cinder is lame, too. Phoebe coughs and has bumps. Dave is too heavy, too, but seems OK otherwise. hard to keep up on the dentals needed. Here is Taz outdoors this week stretching.. he still has a good attitude despite being in constant pain. Still walks, too.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
new tortoisehaven't been keeping up with this blog... got a new desert tortoise about a month or so ago... belong to my wife's bosses dad in texas.. and he didn't want it any more... so we have it now... name's Helmudt. He's a boy and probably 30-40 years old. my old garden would have been great for him, but his new one is a bit filled up with brick and dogs.. not many weeds (amazingly enough). But now we need weeds.. .so we have to buy him veggies. He should be eating grape and mulberry leaves, but seems not to care for those (picky!!). He's nice and heavy... may have to just learn to eat that stuff. Keeps coming in the doggie door (has to turn nearly sideways to do that) and climbs up the steps without any problems and goes under the bed. Then we can't seem to get him out.
Here he is trying to get in the door
Thursday, February 8, 2007
garden activityPussy Gato, as we call him, is all over the planter boxes... thankfully doing very little damage except in the box he has determined is his cat box... killed several palm seedlings in there.. will have to cordon off that area. Here he is deciding which plant is less painful to rub against.
Monday, January 1, 2007
Christmas toysDogs did get a load of new toys, as if the yard/house wasn't already littered with them alreay. Here, Daves hoards 3 or 4 of them, keeping all others at bay. Fortunately he gets bored with them soon, and there were plenty to go around anyway.
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Last day of the yearDogs still outdoors.. not much rain this December, but plenty of frost. Here the dogs watch my girl friend (dog's are really a woman's best friend) move about the yard... notice the 'new' puppy in the front. This is a 'temporary' addition!! I hope.... didn't work out in someone else's home.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006The last two chi puppies are coming up on a year of age. They are with us for the long haul, it appears. The one is my girlfriend's favorite (or nearly favorite), but the other is one of the cutest chis I have ever known... until he gets upset. Then he's a grumpy little dog and doesn't shut up. OH well. No one's perfect.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Pet Food ControversyBeen visiting the pet forum off and on, and sometimes offering my thoughts... sometimes those are not taken all that well, as some controversial things I just have the urge to jump into (almost always regret it). Anyway, one of the most discussed subjects is that of dog foods, and it is certainly one full of controversy. It is surprises me sometimes that it is, as most dogs do great on just about any diet you put them on... so why is there so much disagreement about the subject? Guess it has something to do why there are SO many different dog foods out there. There is no 'best' diet. Or rather, what is best for one dog (if there really is such a way of determining such a thing) may not be 'best' for another. And the result is a multibillion dollar industry.
For some reason, the majority of those who discuss things on this site are very 'anti-establishment'. In other words, they are anti whatever the 'experts' say is good, and would rather go with what the 'fads' are. I guess the attraction of something new is too much for many, with 'new' correlating with 'true'. Rhymes, but doesn't necessarily have reason. Raw food diets, Vegetarian diets, pure meat diets, vegan diets, etc... what extremes!! And all the hype with so little substance behind it! There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of researchers with PhDs out there in veterinary schools whos main jobs have been all their adult lives to search and do research about what is best for the dog and cat, healthy or ill. It is surprising to me that all their information they have learned, and all their opinions go unheaded and/or unheard, and the few 'experts' espousing raw diets, or veggie diets, are the ones getting all the attention. Sad. I think there may actually be a little something to these new opinions, but would sure be nice to have some real research to back them up. Research on such things like nutrition takes many decades and many generations of dogs, to find out the real 'truths' and not just the pseudotruths. I, not being a researcher, or a nutrionist, am often just as confused as the average pet owner... but I do pay attention a bit more closely to what the factual research says, and what my vet school professors recommend. More and more and more will be learned about dog nutrition, and I doubt there will ever be an end to what can be discovered. But we can't ignore what is known already. Yet, clearly many of us do.
I think dogs are simly amazingly adaptable creatures that have aquired the ability to be healthy on so many different diets. Just getting 'close' to what they really need, what ever that may be, is probably good enough for most of them. And not every disease a dog gets is going to be able to be blamed on what it was fed, and arguements be made about what it should have been fed etc. Dogs age, and always will, and diseases happen, and always will... and my job is to try to avoid as many as possible diseases, and treat the others, using my knowledge of medicine.. and nutrition. ANd I think I do a pretty good job considering what isn't still known. Hope someday we will know it all, and I can be alive to still see it... but that's pretty darn unlikely.
Tuesday, October 3, 2006
new kitten fosterGirl friend brought home another kitten for foster... last one is now living happily with one of her co-workers. This one may end up staying with us, though... VERY cute!
Tuesday, October 3, 2006still a pain since it needs to be fed in the middle of the night, but gets along great with the dogs, and complains very little... even holds its own bottle
Monday, August 7, 2006
Neutered my first Kinkajou todayThis is a 1 year old male... can be nice... can be touchy. Gassed it down and neutered it... great looking animal. South American animal with a prehensile tail... belongs to famous movie star. Went smoothly.
Saturday, August 5, 2006
Amy's fun areaThough the garden is 95% devoted to cramming as many cool plants in as possible, there are 15 animals that live out there... 4 budgies, 2 African Greys, and the dogs... and one cat. So I have made small parts of the yard for the animals (budgies have their cage in the middle of the garden, and dogs have a digging /pooping area at one end.. though they dont' seem to understand the concept, as they dig and poop at every end.. .oh well). But what about the big birds. Their cages are under the patio roof and they get no sun there, and it can be boring there. So I made this jungle gym for them... keeps them in the garden, but sort of out of harms way of the plants (they like to indescriminantly chew on plants- some toxic... and don't have the taste buds to tell the toxic ones from the non-toxic they way dogs do). This rope and branch mess goes nearly from one end of the garden to the other. Sadly, Sam, the newer African Grey, is a chicken, and refuses to explore... but Amy has a great time on this stuff.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
bye kittyWell, finally got kitty weaned and he's really become part of the family... only the family is way too large already. Found a home that will be pretty good one I think. He was already, at 6 weeks, hopping in the planter boxes, soon to discover the unpleasantries of cactus spines and black widows... so probably better he goes anyway... but will miss him.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Yet another babyJust as soon as some reach the 6 month age, another falls into our lap. This kitten is giving me coniptions as it is very difficult to 'poop'. But now it's nearly old enough to start eating (and, I hope, pooping) on its own. We got it at about 4 days of age. Now it is about 18 days old and crawling about. Dave has adopted it as his and won't let the other dogs near him.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
cooling mattGot this cooling matt on line few weeks ago... took 2 months to get here (must have been sent around the world from east coast). Supposed to be indesctructible. Fills with water and then cools the dogs on hot days or in hospitals for overheated dogs. Yet day one, Dave eats the corner off the thing. Figures. But have to say the dogs definitely like lying on it when it's hot out (hasn't been too hot last two weeks).
Monday, March 13, 2006
Lap full of dogsEven though this is 8 dogs, they don't take up much room... fortunately at least 4 of these dogs are theoretically temporary.
Monday, March 13, 2006
new birdGot a new AFrican grey last week. Was a freebie from a nice client who didn't have enough time for her. Turns out she's quite nice and tame, and will in time I hope make a good companion for Amy. Will then get a large cage for both birds.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Goodbye to Chocolate BoyThis is shot of puppies at nearly 9 weeks... last group shot (and out of focus). Chocolate, in front, went to his new home a few days ago... girl friend is very upset (she loves those puppies so much). I am sure Chocolate isn't too happy, either, but puppies adapt quickly. He is smart, nice and one of the best looking chihuahuas I have ever seen (actually, I think he's the only chocolate colored chi I have ever seen).
Friday, February 10, 2006
Puppies are about to goHere is Lil J.. the smallest, learning how to eat his dry food. THey are almost 8 weeks old now... time to get them vaccinated and out the door. Looks like we may be keeping this one. Sigh...
Friday, February 10, 2006Yet Gia still insists on nursing them... they have really sharp teeth by this point.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Puppies 6 weeks nowHere they are at 6 weeks... basically little dogs
Friday, January 27, 2006
puppies olderHere's Gia, less happy about nursing now that the little things have teeth. They are 4.5 weeks old in this photo. Ouch.
Friday, January 27, 2006for the first time they sleep on their own. This one is sleeping on a microwaved toy that holds some heat for a while
Sunday, January 8, 2006
Puppies wanderinghad to build a welping box, something that probably should have been done a few weeks ago, but the puppies were fine in a carrier. But now are walking about and in danger of walking off the couch, or into the bird's cage, or being a feast for Mr Smith (kitty)... so had to make them this box so mom could keep track of them.
Friday, January 6, 2006
eyes openGia with one of her puppies, eyes now open. Amazing how fast dogs grow. I guess if we grew that fast, we wouldn't live so long.
Friday, December 30, 2005
PuppiesTaking care of abandoned chihuahuas... this one pregnant .. had to do emergency surgery since 2nd puppy was bent in the birth canal... that one was deformed and died... but the remaining 3 did well and all look great today... though mom pretty skinny. Spayed her at same time so at least this wont happen again. Hope to find homes for all, including mother and her mother, too. Would be nice to get back to the 'normal' number of dogs again.
Friday, December 30, 2005close up of puppy... sometimes being able to do surgery can certain come in handy. THis puppy would be dead otherwise
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
SurgeryAfter popping out a little brown sausage of a puppy, Gia made no more attempts to have the rest (4 more). So eventually took her down to the clinic and I did a C-section/spay and took out the rest. One was dead and malformed, and he was clogging up the path for the others and that's why she couldn't pass the rest. Here she is post op just starting to recover from anesthesia.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005Here's one of the ones that made it. Can't tell them apart at this age. None were breathing for a while, but eventually all of the living ones took their first breaths (not without a lot of coaxing and a bit of Dopram).
Wednesday, December 21, 2005Weighed all the pups and removed dewclaws (missed one dewclaw I later discovered). Gia was a pretty good mother and took to them well even though groggy from anesthesia.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
pregnant chihuahuaGot this chihuahua as a rescue to find home for it and it's mother (it= Gia)... but obviously pregnant and a bit late to abort. So looks like we're gonna be finding a few more homes than planned.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Cats are immune (almost) to sharp thingsHere is shot of Mr Smith sitting on razor rock in the middle of the agave/cactus planter (2). That's the same rock that sliced up my hands when I tried to move it. Also Mr Smith has no problems just sauntering about this planter, sometimes resting against a barrel cactus or steping over a vey sharp agave... fur looks soft, but it's an armor coating as well. He jumps up into this planter all the time to avoid the dogs (who also seem moderately impervious to most sharp things, but don't like actually stepping on cacti).
Thursday, June 23, 2005This is DAve at work... he doesn't like being in a cage, but it keeps him out of trouble. Gradually he is getting better at driving to and from work. Soon the drive will be shorter... and also we might be able to leave him at home, too.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
DaveGot a new puppy tonight. Name's Dave. 8 weeks old. Gonna name the garden after him: Dave's Garden... oh, guess that's been done before.
Thursday, June 23, 2005He and Taz, the Brussels, seem to be getting along OK. Haven't had a puppy in a long time. The other dogs seem to be taking well to him. And he's nice and short, so the garden all up in the planter boxes should be safe.
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
TazThis is TAz. We got him just before we got Cinder. He's supposed to be a Brussel's Griffon, but he's easily the largest one I've ever seen.. .weighs about 20 lbs (supposed to be 7-9 lbs). So my suspicions are that he's a reject, or a mix, and that's why we ended up with him. Pretty good personality, but grumpy sometimes if you try to take his bone (if you're another dog, that is).
Wednesday, March 9, 2005Taz never runs... he trots. I think he may have some skeletal abnormalities, but radiographically he looks pretty normal. At the park he cruises constantly at this trotting pace and pretty much ignores us.
Wednesday, June 9, 2004
CinderThis is a rescue that was slated for probable euthanasia... as a smaller puppy she was totally bald and covered with scabs (had mange), and she has the biggest overbite I've ever seen in a dog. Here she is about 3 months old next to Taz, the young Brussel's Griffon
Wednesday, June 9, 2004Here she is a year later (summer 05) running (or the closest she can come to running) at the park. Now we know, based on the shape of her head, she's a pit bull cross, and the sweetest dog ever... love all dogs and people, but is very difficult to do her nails!
Tuesday, December 9, 2003
AmyThis is Amy, our African Grey. She is a pretty tame bird and lets just about anyone handle her outside the home. Ih the home she's more finicky.
Tuesday, December 9, 2003Here's Amy joining the dogs for a bit of foot... this was back when we just had 3 dogs (ahh... those were the days!)
Tuesday, December 9, 2003
TAz puppyGot this puppy-surprise. Very cute but sort of weird looking. Brussels Griffon.. only will end up being enormous.
Monday, November 10, 2003Scout yawns next to Phoebe, who is only 8 lbs, but much larger.
Sunday, November 9, 2003
ScoutyThis is Scout... a mini chihuahua, who, as far as I'm concerned, is the first pet (even though the poodles were really around first). She is only 3 lbs, and 3 years old in this photo. She rules the other dogs, though. She gets special priveledges and pretty much goes where my girl friend goes
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