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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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Today Is Midnight’s Birthday !

I don’t know Midnight’s actual birthday so I made Gotcha  day her Birthday. She is 5 years old. Happy Birthday Midnight and many more! We had a puppy party!

    

                                                          

                                               BabyGirl hoping she gets to have cake too.

Sasha Returns !

Sasha is a African Grey Parrot who resided in my son’s Verizon store in Philadelphia. When my son moved to Florida and me back to New York Sasha went to Florida with my son. Sasha Stay in Florida with my son’s friend and roommate in Florida when my son moved back to New York. I missed her a lot but the friend always kept us updated on how she was doing. Five years passed and my son’s friend called him to let him know that she could not care for Sasha anymore. My son Brian took a week vacation time, rented a car and headed to Florida to get Sasha. Before leaving he let me know what was going on and ask if I could care for Sasha. Of Course I will!

It has been a little over a week now and Sasha is doing great! Already copying what I say and has the dog commands perfect to where the dogs listen to her. BabyGirl remembers her from Philadelphia and Sasha remembers BabyGirl.

 Midnight however never met Sasha or a talking bird. Midnight was totally confused as to why the bird was telling her to sit and lay down. She was confused but she would sit or lay down it is so funny. (When Midnight cries because she is not getting her way Sasha cries just like her and she will stop.) Poor Midnight so confused. LOL

When I first let her out her cage because African Greys like to be out and about she went for my books, picture frames and curtains to rein her terror on them by tearing them up . I managed to stop her before any real damage happened and put a box out to put her focus elsewhere . It worked! I got pictures of Bird in a box !

 

Introducing Sasha

Introducing Sasha

I also have been working outside getting all those jobs done before winter hits. I was cleaning out my shed when my neighbor Korie came over to mow my lawn . He had seen I was working on the shed and knew I would not be getting to the lawn because I have to pick and choose due to my limitations. He is a good kid. He is 21 but that is a kid to me. LOL  Now Midnight does not like laying on the grass so I take a chair cushion and put it in the shade for her. Normally when Korie goes by with the lawn mower the dogs will move. Korie was not close enough I guess and the grass flies out the mower and Midnight just laying there . She didn’t even get up afterword. She was not giving up that cushion! In defense of Korie he probably thought Midnight would move like usual. Midnight will not lay in the grass but will lay with grass on her go figure!

My friend in Georgia sent me a picture of a plant she planted but she can’t remember the name of it  so I am posting the picture in hopes someone can tell me what it is.

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Well this was relaxing to do but now I must get up and go outdoors because the work won’t get done otherwise!

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