Monday, December 28, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
Stilwell was my first model and I started out with the cutest little hunter's cap on him.
|I can practically hear Evelyn back there thinking "What a tool."|
|I think he's trying a bit hard to pull off the "angelic look."|
And then, this happened.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
She doesn't exactly do "lady-like." She then decided she was so embarrassed that she was just going to hide in the cottage.
|I don't think her stalker knows what he's about to get himself into.|
Finally I thought I was getting some cooperation when she sat under the tree. Unfortunately, she sat there and gave me the stink-eye.
She wouldn't be Evelyn if she didn't have the attitude!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
|I'm pretty sure he's plotting my death.|
Then he couldn't decide if he was going to bolt from the room or try for the ultra-closeup.
But he's oh, so handsome, even in the bad shots!
Monday, December 14, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Book Review-Reporting for Duty: True Stories of Wounded Veterans and Their Service Dogs by Tracy Libby
From the publisher:
Reporting for Duty profiles 15 disabled veterans from WWII, Vietnam, both Iraq wars, and Afghanistan. The author, Tracy Libby an author and photographer, sought out veterans with a wide range of physical and emotional challenges with one thing in common: a skilled, reliable, and loyal service dog by their side. The book features how the dogs are selected, trained, and socialized before being matched with their veteran partners and a background on assistance dogs, guide dogs, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) dogs, and emotional-support dogs, as well as the history of canine-assisted therapy.
The book also covers the many service-dog training organizations and the dedicated people who are determined to help those who fought for our nation regain their mobility and independence.
About the author:
Tracy Libby is an award-winning writer and photographer whose work has won multiple awards from the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers (APDW). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Jounalism from the University of Oregon and has been writing about pet care for more than two decades. Her articles have appeared in mainstream magazines, including Dog Fancy, Modern Dog, Dog World, Puppies USA, Dogs USa, and the AKC Gazette, as well as online from Embrace Pet Insurance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, five cats, and five Australian Shepherds. She has been involved in the sport of dogs for nearly three decades, exhibiting her Aussines in agility, conformation, and obedience.
My take on the book:
The book is a hardcover coffee table-style book. Unlike most coffee table books, this had a lot of informative content to go along with the photographs. Each chapter is dedicated to a different type of service dog, the dogs and their veterans are profiled within the chapter. It amazes me what these dogs can do! There are PTSD dogs who can wake a person up when they begin to have a nightmare, or can guide them out of a situation that is raising their anxiety before they even know it's happening. The bond between dog and veteran shines through in the stories and you can tell how natural the relationship is for both sides.
An important point to remember: when you see a service dog-of any type-that dog is working. Don't distract the dog by trying to pet it or play with it; it's on duty doing a very important job.
Monday, November 23, 2015
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Sunday, October 4, 2015
I went to bed that night and next thing I knew, it was 12:30 and Lee was waking me up. "I think something's wrong with Heloise."
Something was most definitely wrong. She was visibly bloated, drooling, and having difficulty breathing. We loaded her up and drove to the emergency vet. When Google Maps tells you the hospital is 15 minutes away, it seems like an eternity. Traffic rules go out the window.
When we arrived they took her back immediately. They knew exactly what was going on. I had suspected as well. It was bloat. I had been terrified of it happening when I had my borzoi, Oscar. I never would have guessed it could happen to a dog the size of Heloise.
They got x-rays and the vet came to get us. She showed us the film and it was the worst possible situation. Heloise's stomach had twisted.
The vet told us we had gotten there in time to surgically repair the torsion, but in a senior dog with kidney problems there were risks. First, the anesthesia would further damage her kidneys. That is if her kidneys could handle the anesthesia at all. Another possible scenario is that she could get in there and find cancer, as that sometimes happens when older dogs have twisted stomachs. They have no explanation as to why bloat happens in the first place, so they're not sure if there's a connection to cancer or not.
We opted to go ahead and let Heloise go gently to the Rainbow Bridge. Lee was devastated. She was his dog; he saved her from the shelter. He said goodbye to her, but couldn't stay in the room during the procedure.
I stayed. I held her and rubbed her ears, which she had always loved. I told her she was a good girl and that soon it wouldn't hurt anymore. She went quickly.
We had Heloise such a short time and there were so many things we hadn't gotten to do yet. This past Saturday was Barktoberfest at a local park and we were planning to take her. We planned to take her to Three Dog Bakery on the Plaza.
But for all the things she didn't get to do, there were lots of things she did do. We took her for frozen custard at Sheridan's.
She got to meet a miniature horse at PetSmart.
She got to warm her old bones in a cozy bed in front of a fire.
She even got to ride shotgun.
I will always cherish the sweet memories we made with this old grandma dog.
Monday, September 28, 2015
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Sometimes our pets barely tolerate each other.
|Yaz is NOT comfortable with his back to the cats.|
Sometimes they are each other's best buddies.
But they are always family!
Thanks to Emma over at My GBGV Life for letting us know about Multiple Pet Day!
Monday, June 29, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
One of the underlying themes of the film is PTSD and June happens to be PTSD Awareness Month.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Avalon was the kind of cat who needed an exclusive relationship with his human and repaid that respect with unending love. Ms. Morgan gave Avalon everything he required, even when it may have seemed unusual. He was the center of her world, and she, his. With her, Avalon was affectionate and loyal while other people only saw his insecurities expressed as destructive behavior.
While reading Avalon's story, the emotion between them was palpable. Maybe it was because I was reading it on the anniversary of losing my heart cat, but I connected with Ms. Morgan and her love for Avalon instantly. It made me feel like the relationship I had with Sebastian wasn't so different. Someone else had that with their cat as well.
I shed some tears as I read Avalon, but they were so worth it to get a glimpse of this special cat and his immense ability to love his human. It is well written and I would happily read Ms. Morgan's other books. I would highly recommend this book to all cat lovers. In fact, I'm going to suggest it as a book for my Twitter book club, ReadPawty.
You can learn more about the author, Vanessa Morgan, at her websites: