Archive for February, 2014

It’s Thorsday After All!

February 21, 2014

ace81740-5e8f-47e4-a60e-9b295ea8c9a4Mama is too busy being busy, so enjoy some streamside snow hopping from our attempt at a walk last weekend.  We’ll call this one…


There are goats across the river, and Sis is intrigued.  The snow drifted quite a bit in the riverside “alley” and so, we actually had to turn around right here because Gretchen Greer had to leap and bound to get through the stuff.

73b4ca43-84c4-42c2-bfd4-a5c9f23d4ebaAnd here’s Look Right.

Well, sorta’.  At least they’re both pointed in the same general direction…

That’s kinda’ how life in the woods has been going this week.

Sleeping In

February 13, 2014

UntitledThe furgirls just don’t love snow the way the boy dogs did.  They are hunkered down, napping.  They did accompany the Knight when he shoveled a path from door, down the stairs, into their pen, but Gretchen lost interest when she stepped off the bottom step and was suddenly buried in the snow.  (No photos…  I was still inside sipping my coffee!)

Local reports range from 8  to 20 inches of snow.  FINALLY.  My dogs might not love it, but I do!

What do your dogs do when it snows (or rains)?


Three Years Later

February 9, 2014

Today marked Sissy’s three-year check-up, post eye-removal.   Vision Vet and I now greet with hugs, Sissy hangs out with the staff when I need to “rest” (after our 2+ hour commute), but we’re all counting our blessings and staying vigilant so that the right eye has every chance to stay the course.


Why no, DIVA doesn’t sit in the floor.  Vision Vet actually insists Sis is doing her a favor by sitting in the chair, so Sissy’s DIVA tendencies are reinforced.  Oh – and her eye pressure is a stellar 8.  (Anything under 15 is Sissy’s ideal.  Normal is anything under 20-25.)

The yellow medicine is going back to the supplier for testing and identification.   We have a new prescription for the emergency eye drop, so when the stuff in the fridge expires, it can be replaced, or if we do have to make an emergency run to save the right eye, we can stop at any pharmacy along the way and get more drops.

The Gentle Leader was approved (jugular pressure increases eye pressure), and in fact, Vision Vet believes it will help Gretchen feel more comfortable in the new contraption if Sis is sporting the same.  One purple Gentle Leader awaits in my Amazon Smiles cart.

And the pheromone diffuser Auntie Sus sent?  It made such a difference that the tech began reading the box while VV was finishing up Sis’s exam.  (I left the box with them and just dropped the diffuser and its juice in my purse.  That’s why I carry a large bag!)  VV is going to try them in every exam room, because almost to a patient, the pets in their clinic are stressed in one way or another.  Even if it only helps some, it will make their jobs easier, but they also just want every patient to be as comfortable as they can be.

photo.JPGMost of all though, we’re honored that Sis is now an ambassador of sorts.  All those goofy holiday photo cards I send them have been saved in their break room, and they were used to talk a panicked basset owner into the best surgical option for her pet after seeing Sissy and her perpetual “wink.”   And our success (to date – we take NOTHING for granted!) managing Sissy’s eye pressure for three years and counting gave an Akita owner hope that his active, young dog might not have to lose both eyes to glaucoma.

Sis gets most of the credit.  Her perseverance, her refusal to slow down or play the role of a handicapped creature has made it easy to ride the waves and take good care of her.  And most people actually find it irresistible when she just assumes they want to pay homage to her.  Go figure.

(As an aside, look how much she’s faded just in one year!  That photo was taken Feb. 3, 2013.  Wow.)

TV Dogs

February 6, 2014

A very rare Sissy using Gg as furniture moment

Did you see all the dogs over the weekend!?  There was the mouthy (normal!) basset hound pup at the end of the Puppy Bowl commercial, the yellow dog family in the Subaru commercial (Dadaw’s favorite), more yellow dogs in the Budweiser commercial, and the pawsome Mastiff in the Doritos fan-made commercial.

Was your breed represented?  Personally, I’m – Gretchen Greer – still looking for the Jack Russell.  Mama says there have been so many famous JRTs that I can’t fuss but…  I am.  Of course, Mama’s post is all about cute terriers in books she’s been reading, but that’s not the same as being on TV!