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All Moved!

I know it has been quite some time that I have wrote anything. I had been so busy as my son and I have been house hunting for a duplex house. We both came to the decision that we would be less stressed and happier being neighbors. My son works a lot and I never got to see him much. I understood his not coming to visit often as I knew how much he works. He also stressed about me being so isolated and what would happen if I had a issue like when I had pancreatitis a about the middle of January . I had had it for a while and was doing all my chores and out shoveling snow. It got so bad I had to call him to come take me to the hosiptal. Great timing on my part as he had just gotten out of work. They wanted to keep me. I was having none of that. So they said if I could keep the Ginger Ale down they gave me with no pain I could go home with the diet restriction Jello and  clear liquid diet. I went home and next day Brian showed up with all kinds of broth and Jello and  pedialyte and juices.  Had some testing done and my gallbladder not functioning . Have to have it out. I put it off for after the move. Was suppose to do in February but I had to much on my plate. I will be making a appointment soon as I am almost caught up on everything. Finally!

Middy ditched me to spend the night with my son Brian as it was his night off. He works 3rd shift so him and Middy were on his schedule and was outside as the sun was rising. He took this picture. 28685363_10215992004492199_121352057974424343_n (1)

I had a great view at the other place and I am just as happy with this view. My yard will need a lot of work but to spend some time outside and not freezing will be welcome.

I dug up and prepared all my bushes ,plants and bulbs for the move. Had some great weather in December and was perfect to do that job. My lilac bush was the last plant my Mom gave me and I didn’t want to leave it. I even brought my wild strawberry plants.

 

The dogs have all adjusted. Athena manage to escape from Brian and Brian was running all over trying to catch her. I had Samantha on her leash so I couldn’t help. I also knew after Athena got her run in she would come back. When she did Brian was still down the road looking for her. Escape artist that she is she got out that week on me too. At the old house. I wasn’t about to run all over to get her so I got in my car rolled down my window went out in the road and called out “Athena want to go for car ride?” She came a running and I open passenger door and she hopped in. Took her for a little ride and went home. Beats running around like a crazy person ! 28277197_10215890988486862_7059452738737261756_n

Athena looking so sweet and innocent knowing she is a escape artist.

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Athena cuddle time with Brian

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Girl knows how to get comfortable.

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Snuggle time with Kong.

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Raw bone yum,yum

Now my oldest elderbelle BabyGirl adjusted quick. She is a veteran at the moving. She goes up and down the stairs with ease and I was a little worried about that. We were on a single level home at the old place.  She sure has had a lot of spunk sense moving here. Even though we lived  9 years at the old place she still knew what was up and helped me get the others adjusted and into a routine. Middy I think had it the hardest as the old place was the only home she knew sense she came to live with me.. It was all very confusing to her. She has adjusted well and I think she likes her new surroundings.

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Middy needed a little bit more time adjusting. It didn’t help that she had been dealing with her winter allergies and they were bad this year. She is on the mend.

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Middy checking out her new yard.

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BabyGirl enjoying new yard and a beautiful day.

Now we had some beautiful days and all were happy. A couple days later well ….

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This is back door to garage where I let the girls out.

BabyGirl was not a happy camper . BabyGirl sun bathing one day and a couple days later working hard making paths in snow to go to bathroom.

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Samantha takes everything well. She is just a happy dog.

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Except when she thinks you want her Kong.

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I made a breakthrough with Samantha here at the new house. Sense she came to live with me I could not get her in bath tub for a bath. I had to give her a bath outside with a hose.  Winter I had to wipe her down. I always kept trying and for some reason this move made her trust me more. She got into the bathtub here and had her first inside bath. She followed all my directions and felt so comfortable she laid down in the tub. No more hose baths for her!

Sasha didn’t miss a beat with the move. She like BabyGirl is a vetern at moving. I believe she really likes it here and added bonus is she see’s Brian more. She has a special bond with Brian. She is singing and dancing more.

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Sasha going to make a mess for me with paper towel roll. I pack all her toys in a little box put in her play area and told her if she wanted her toys she would have to unpack herself. She did . She shredded that box and got all her toys out lol.

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Sasha and her cat ball.

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Sasha checking out front view.

We had a lot to adjust to but we are making our way and helping each other. I really don’t want to move again because it was hard!

 

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Mary Jane

It is with great sadness that to tell you my cat Mary Jane passed away last night. She died in my arms last night. She was 15 years old and she passed away on my brothers birthday. My brother also is no longer here . He passed in 2015.

I had taken her to the Vet  yesterday because she got a infection.She never let on that she was not well. The infection was well on it’s way by the time I knew anything. The Vet believed it was bone cancer.

Mary Jane was very dog savvy. She could out smart those dogs all the time. She also sat in a row with them and did the dog begging for the food. She gave her paw just like the dogs. She would spend a lot of time in the kitchen with Sasha the bird chasing her around. Sasha would throw her cat balls for her and she would chase them and Sasha would laugh.

I am going to miss her so much. I am glad she is no longer in pain. I am glad she is with her sister Molly now. She really missed Molly after she passed.

Rest in Peace my little one and thank you for being a part of my family.

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Absent

It has been so long since I have posted . I have just been so busy. My year did not start out well. It has been a really hard year and yet I continue to stay positive.

I have a lot of death in my family this year and with death also comes a lot of work from what they leave behind. I surprised myself on the amount of work and the long hours I was keeping. Eventually my body was telling me I was doing to much. So I had to rest kind of. One of the people that passed was my sister in law Fran. She lived in Missouri. I live in Western , NY. She called me to say she could not care for her dogs anymore. So me and my other sister in law Sandie drove to Missouri and back in 2 days. So I now have the responsibility of Athena and Samantha. That makes a total of 4 dogs!!!

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Fran Passed away 4 weeks later from 3 brain tumors. She lived 11 months after my brother Joey  her husband passed away in Aug 2015. Now I know that Fran loved her furbabies very much but I also know she did not know about dogs. Athena and Sam were not spay. Their nails never been cut and no shots. Giving them a bath was a experience.They were wild like they had no rules ever. Athena if didn’t get her way would do a constant whine which my bird picked up. I am on a limited income as I am retired and getting them spay was going to be a project so I thought. When I put the call out for help from all my animal loving friends for donations to get them shots and spay a wonderful friend Sally  paid for both of them. I took them in for their spay and Samantha could not be done. She had a ear infection, Fluid in her lungs, and she is 30 lbs overweight. So I am now attending to her ear and , fluid in her lungs and she is on a diet.She will go back when she is healthy.

Athena hopped up on medication after spay

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Me and Sam waiting for Athena to get out of surgery.

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Sam giving some comfort to Athena when we got home.( Vet clinic was 40 miles away)

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A lot of other stuff went on and did I ever feel like I was being tested. I stayed strong and I look at all the positives and that helps so much. One was knowing about dogs sure did help so, so much. Having wonderful friends and family was comfort and help. I have 2 new furbabies that are not dead. The landlord just wanted to call the pound and have them killed. Sam is only 3 years old and is she smart. Athena is 5 years old and her specialty is escape artist. I had to always stay one step ahead of her until I broke those habits. Fran was able to pass with knowing her furbabies were safe and loved.

I have learned about myself that I am a strong person.Even in my old age lol.

 

 

Birds

It has been a long while since I last posted. Life had turned very busy and I think I have to many interests. On a positive note I am not bored. I also have been going though the emotions of losing loved ones. That is another post. I want my first post this year to be about one of my favorite past times of watching the birds. Since I live with a bird it makes sense. Sasha watches the birds with me and she copies their sounds. So as busy as summer was I took the time to figure out my camera and spent time taken pictures and videos of birds  Sasha and   Mary Jane the cat and BabyGirl and Midnight the dogs and my harvests of my garden.

You would think by me BabyGirl and Midnight going outside that the birds would fly away as soon as we opened the door but they don’t. They use to . They figured out that  Babygirl and Midnight won’t bother with  them and have the added security that the dogs don’t let any cats in our yard at all. The dogs go on kitty chase and birds keep on eating. They have a bird in the house telling them to “knock it off” , “go lay down” and my favorite “bad dog”and last but not least her new one “get it”. Yes my bird tells my dogs to go after stuff. I laugh a lot in this house.

Here are some of the pictures I took last summer in my yard (First picture I took today)

This is a Brown Headed Cow Bird. I took it just a little while ago. I know it does not look like a Feb 2nd picture in Western NY but we had just a lovely winter this year. This bird just laid there for hours snacking and just enjoying the sun.

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Cardinals . So beautiful.

 

 

Sparrow

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Yellow Finch

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Morning Doves

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Crow

 

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This is a picture of a crow I took at Letchworth State Park  while visiting my sister who was camping there and it is a 15 min drive for me.

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Hummingbirds!

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Bluejay!

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Picture of birds after it rains here going after the worms that surface.

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A variety of birds Blue jay, Crow, Red Winged Black bird, Sparrows.

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2015 in review

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DogDaz Zoo: How To Spot Bloat

I have heard people mention about bloat and never really knew about it. So I pass this on as it is good information.

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Symptoms of bloat include:

  • hard, swollen abdomen that may make a hollow sound if tapped
  • retching that produces no vomit OR produces foamy, white vomit
  • drooling/salivating excessively
  • whining
  • pacing/restlessness
  • lethargy
  • stiff-legged walk

If your dog shows signs of having bloat, call your vet IMMEDIATELY. Every second counts. Bloat is extremely painful and without quick veterinary intervention your dog will probably not survive.

Check out this video of an akita in the middle to late stages of bloat.

Check out this article on what bloat is, the varieties of bloat, its symptoms, and the typical treatment plans.

The best predictor of a dog’s chances of getting bloat are its relatives. If your dogs family has had bloat, your dog is at an increased risk. Other risk factors include:

  • deep, narrow chested dogs
  • feeding to soon before or after exercising
  • raised feeding bowls
  • gulping food/eating too quickly

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Catching Up

It has been awhile since I have posted a blog with more than a few words and a couple pictures. Life tends to do that sometimes. It has been a really long and cold winter and even on Easter it was snowing here.I was invited to my sisters house for Easter Dinner but didn’t go. I was exhausted and I hate driving in bad weather. So I had a ham sandwich and gave all my animal children some extra special attention.

Easter Day Weather in my Area

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Update : Sadly David passed away June 18th 2016.

My Ex  David whom I stayed friends with and but don’t live with for years now had a stroke a few years ago. He had some side effects from the stroke where his blood pressure goes to low and he falls down. He has fallen but never seriously hurt until January. He fell about 20 times in his apartment and had to be rushed to the hosiptal where I was told he had bleeding on the brain and broke his neck in 3 places. He had to be transferred to the city to a better equipped hosiptal. While there he was eating a meal and all the food went to his lungs instead of his stomach . He was found unresponsive and his heart stopped. They revived him but at the time they didn’t know about the food in his lungs and found out where the food went when they tried to hook him to a breathing machine that would breath for him. His brain has been without oxygen for a bit now and they called me because I am his health care proxy. They had to do surgery to remove the food but called me to get permission or let him pass away. I said do the surgery. I became overwhelmed, stressed out and anxiety kicked in from making this decision. I waited about 3 hours when the doctors called and said he made it threw surgery. Now we had to wait for him to be conscious  to tell what the damage or if there was damage from his brain going so long without oxygen. It was a hard 2 days wait to see if I had made the right decision. I was called by the ICU nurse to let me know he was awake and responsive and doing well. She told me she never seen anyone who went without oxygen that long and doing as well as David is. Even though I knew he was ok it took me a long time to recover from me making the decision I did. I could not shake the anxiety and stress. When I talked with David he said he did want to live and I made the right decision. He spent 2 months in that hosiptal and he has transferred to a nursing home by my house for rehab . He is on a feeding tube and has swallow  exercises so he can eat again. He has not eaten in 3 months. I was planing on going to visit him with my dog BabyGirl (nursing home allows pet visit as long as their shots are up to date) who originally was David’s dog but she  lived with me most of her life because David said I can take better care of her than he could. He loves her that much. So they always have lots of visits. Well they have not seen each other in 3 months and you could see it affected BabyGirl that she hasn’t seen her daddy. All was planned when I get a call that David is in ICU with pneumonia and is blood pressure dropped to a dangerous level. He was in ICU for 4 days. Yesterday BabyGirl and I were able to go and visit him. It did her a world of good to go see him and she was very well behaved while there. Here they are together after not seeing each other for 3 months. David also beat me in Gin Rummy so his brain is doing well.

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 Staying in all winter I did a lot of bird watching.

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The pictures are far from great. I remedied that . I ordered my camera today!

Sasha the Bird has been busy also you can check out her video’s here.

I can not forget Mary Jane the cat this is her latest mischief. I was filling her food storage container . I turn my back for one second and saw this. She has taking trough feeding to a new level hahaha

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 BabyGirl and Midnight got their new fancy custom collars !

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Spring?

A lot of the blogs I read are writing about spring. I am unable to write about it because I haven’t seen it yet.Today at 4:10 pm I took my dogs outside to this. Even my dogs have had enough of winter.Spring where are you?

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Snowy Sunday

It is -2 here with wind chill temp about -20. I am running out of places to put the snow! Midnight jumping over the snow drifts like it takes no effort at all.SDC13064

2014 in review

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