Thursday, April 16, 2015

Adventures with Heartworms,or Our Experiences with Adopting Doggies

This journey started about a year ago, when we decided to adopt a dog, Maple Jane, from Greenemore Farm Animal Rescue. Maple had been found scavenging and led her rescuers to six fat puppies.  Her personality and health was such that we guessed her age at under two when we got her.  She's been a joy.  She's a friendly, happy girl with a waggling tail and loves walks, toys and spending time at the food bowl.  We had her spayed about a week into her life with us.  Complications arose after the surgery, with our vet noting that her system was depleted, probably from whelping and nursing.  She came home to us a day later, still her happy self, and still enjoying her food bowl.  In the year we've had her, she has graduated from Basic Obedience, stayed for ten days at a Canine Country Club (yes, that's the actual name of the business), spent a week at the beach and travelled with us to Charlotte, NC, finishing off that trip with a visit to Monticello, where she pottied in a place that Thomas Jefferson probably walked.  A big year for a girl found scavenging to keep her puppies fed.

Things we've learned from Maple Jane:

  • Trust your gut when it comes to veterinary care and the health of your dog.  If something doesn't seem right, it probably isn't and you need to either ask some questions or look up some information.  Don't expect your vet or vet techs to tell you every possible outcome or to always have the optimal solution.

  • The love your pet is capable of grows exponentially with how much care and attention you give them.  
  • Poop and pee are important!  We keep track, in general, of Maple's "business".  We know her baseline and what is normal for her and what isn't and act accordingly
  • Maple Jane in her place on our bed.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Feeling overwhelmed

Other people make things seem so easy.  People start new businesses every day and they are successful.  I have terrible apprehension about starting.  Its as if Im afraid I will fail and disappoint everyone.  But who will I disappoint?  Everyone pretty much. So I go about my day in some kind of denial fog..  Hoping that some flash of inspiration will come and create some magic list of things to do .  Sometimes I think it might be easier to get hit by a bus or fall off a goddamn bridge than get through another day of not knowing what the fuck to do..Life is so goddamn hard right now

Friday, August 23, 2013

The little man has gone to the rainbow bridge......

Rest In Peace, My Little Furry Knight...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy New year..........and our first snow!!!!

Pictures soon to come on my new camera...We are both battling nasty colds, mine having just ended and B's just firing up its ugly head.  We finished the painting in the living room and just have the wallpaper border and shuttering to finish before its complete. Really excited because its just so warm and inviting.
Tucker is enjoying a new sweater (by Martha Stewart Pets) and he won't let us take it off.  HE takes it off in his sleep when he gets tired of it, laying it on top of his little dog bed.  What a pup!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Its not looking at all like Christmas......

Sunny and cold with a side of Sunny and cold....
No snow and none in the forecast. My fish, however, are thriving in the koi pond, even with the inch of ice on top. The bubbler is doing its bubbling thing and keeping the water moving enough that they swim around under this inch of ice. We check them daily and they seem to be enjoying their fishdom...
all for now

Friday, December 17, 2010

Reverb10- Lesson Learned..

December 17 – Lesson Learned
by admin on 12/16/2010 in Prompts
December 17 – Lesson Learned What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward? (Author: Tara Weaver)

Perserverance was definitely the thing I've learned this year. The big theme that seems to have penetrated every aspect of my life this year was this phrase that life has been placing in front of me at every moment this year. And here it is: Life is a journey, not a destination. Every day you take steps in life, and if you don't enjoy them, no, acutally SAVOR them, then you spend your life waiting for the "next big thing". Which is a painful and unsatisfying way to live. Over the past year I've gained weight, lost weight, moved, had a surgery, started a life with a wonderful man and this phrase has moved my being: "Life is a journey, not a destination."
Needless to say, that philosophy has helped me find the laughter when undergoing surgery in a blizzard, enjoying moving into a new home and dealing with the aging of not only myself, but my parents and my loved ones.
Going forward, savoring those precious moments, those quiet time enjoying my lover's company having coffee in the morning, walking the dog, meeting new people just squeezing the marrow out of my everyday existance is the thing I've gained for the coming year.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


December 16 – Friendship
by admin on 12/15/2010 in Prompts
December 16 – Friendship How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? (Author: Martha Mihalick)

My closest friendship is with my significant other/mate/life partner Bill. At times that are trying, he is there. At time that are happy, he is there. This is probably the first relationship in my life that I have had someone who is ALWAYS there, whether it be by phone, or email or in person, he is there.

Change is a constant process, a journey not a destination..Having a friend/lover who trusts my instincts, values my perspective and loves me unconditionally has changed me from a person who was very suspect of the world, to a person who sees the possibilities and embraces the changes that nature and the world bring to my being. My suspicion of the world's motives is less of an obsession and more of a curiosity at this point. I'm discovering that I can be quite happy understanding that I am powerless to change certain things in life and that I can be quite motivated to work to change things that I CAN change...