March 21, 2014

Sissy DIVA here.  No new photos, because Dadaw was my attendant today.  It was routine eye check, annual stuffs and the most galling of gland issues.  Even for a gal as unflappable and immodest as I… it was intrusive.

Mama says I have to tell you that my eye pressure was 15.  Yeah, that’s on the high side of normal, but I was STRESSED OUT, because the first thing those people did was express my glands.  If you don’t know of what I speak, wade back through some of the early food allergy posts.  It’s rude and uncomfortable, but the sweet relief that follows is worth it.  Plus, all of that scooting has resulted in … road rash on a most delicate rear part and Dadaw came home with a spray to fix that too.  Luckily, despite my high maintenance approach to life, I am unbelievably tolerant of all of this bunk.

56bbc494-721a-45a2-97b0-9eaa9e06b63bDadaw also broke all the rules and let me walk myself to his truck, and only hooked a leash into what Mama calls my “tag collar” at the vet’s.  See… throat pressure increases eye pressure, so Mama and the vet reminded Dadaw of that little factoid.  Mama also reminded Dadaw that I can’t get my much-needed eye drops if I’m on a walkabout.  Uptight ol’ hag, that one…

And can you let Mama – nah, skip her and head straight for Dadaw – know if you find a purdy 1″ purple collar?  Mine is worse for wear and is frankly a bit of an embarrassment in public.  It looks as fuzzy and picked over in person as it does in Mama’s blurry photo.

I sure hope your days was better than mine.  Mama’s must not have been; she keeps talking about being so busy at work, but all I know is she can’t get herself home on time so we’re lucky it’s staying light longer.  Gg’s day was even worse to hear her tell it, because Dadaw left her at home alone while we went out.  The BABY doesn’t do alone.  That one needs to buck up.


Have you seen spring?

March 13, 2014

UntitledHappy Thorsday!  We had Spring, almost Summer even, earlier this week, but it wandered off.  Have you seen it?

No, we don’t have snow again, but there’s a rumor we’ll get more in a few days.  Anything would be better than the cold winds we had today!  These photos were taken earlier this month.  Mama keeps saying she’s not sure why people are so shocked when it snows in March; some of the deepest snows have come in March and even into early April.  We think they must be shocked because snow is winter, and March welcomes spring… one week from today, actually.

UntitledWe’re going to keep looking for spring.  How’s your weather?

Let Us Eat Cake

March 8, 2014

Another Thorsday missed, but at least this time, it was for a good cause.


Lest you think Mama finally has her priorities in order, the woman who neglects us for the League’s sake also made Moggie have a board meeting on her birthday.  At least the cake was cute and it honored Ellie, Moggie’s sweet pup who was surely missing her Thorsday night too.  (Don’t give Mama too much credit; she merely asked another dog-lover, League, baker-friend to make cupcakes for the meeting, and the clever, creative Miss Shannon took it from there.)

Sweet EllieSee?  That’s Ellie and her  mom at another board meeting, obviously one where the weather was MUCH warmer.  I – Gretchen Greer – got to go to a board meeting last year, but didn’t enjoy it too much.  Because of Sissy’s food allergies and that whole being a hound (read: no self-control when it comes to food) thing, she hasn’t been able to go visit the nice ladies.  Plus, who wants slobber-gobbers on their legs?!  (No offense, Sis…)

The good news is, the board showered Miss Moggie with gifts.  As the incoming president, she now has a leadership slate, a budget (cough, cough… a smaller budget than this year’s… which was more than tight enough… not much of a gift if you ask me, but no one did), spiffed up bylaws and policies, AND a brand-new strategic plan.  That one isn’t much of a gift either, because guess what Mama assigned Miss M as her special project for this year?  Yeah.  The dang StratPlan.  Maybe Mama doesn’t give such good gifts to her friends after all, but the cake was cute, and Dadaw let us have a bite, since Miss Moggie sent us  him a couple of cupcakes!

Do your people give better gifts than Mama and her board friends?!

The Other Dog…

March 2, 2014

We have been woefully neglected the past week.  No Thorsday post.  Missed walkies.  We are even out of yogurt for our breakfast.  (Really Mama?!  White rice is not a breakfast food here in our part of the world.  Get it together.  We do like eggs…)

1517495_10101378445755466_1359574843_nBut, we – er, I… Gretchen Greer anyway – are trying to be understanding, because it was all for a good cause.  Mama’s girl group had a big rummage sale (it made us nervous when she bagged up her own donations… seemed too much like packing for a trip to us!) to pad their community programs coffers.  We even donated some of our like-new coats and sweaters, and Mama reports that all pet items were sold by the time she arrived, so I guess we’ll have to be more generous next year.

However, to her credit, at least the event had the word “dog” in the name, PANK on the signage, and it was for a good cause.  And the woman did rush home after clean-up and take us for a quick 4-mile jaunt.  Sissy was a little put-out that we didn’t run, and Mama kept cranking something about being so tired…

Oh — and Miss Cupcake, the chair of the PANK and Dog event and a great dog-lover, did send us the leftover baby carrots from yesterday’s catered lunch.  Licks and love for Miss Cupcake!!

Hope she rested up overnight, because today is supposed to be cloudy but warm, and the woods are calling.

How do you deal with it when YOUR humans mess up your schedule?!

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!

Lead me on…

January 30, 2014
Image from Arcata Pet Supplies

Image from Arcata Pet Supplies

Happy Thorsday!  Our good friend Sue is having success with a Gentle Leader with her pups.  She caught my attention when she shared that it helps both pulling and screeching.  Given that Gretchen Greer does both when she encounters another dog – other than Sissy, of course – I am going to give it a try.  Sissy will require Vision Vet’s blessing first, as we have to be certain any “headwear” won’t increase eye pressure.

Maybe that sounds silly, but throat pressure does just that – it increases inner eye pressure.

Have you used a Gentle Leader on a wee dog?  This image shows a Jack Russell wearing one, but I prefer REAL references.

Drop(s) Ship(ped)

January 28, 2014

They’re here!  We thank everyone for their concern and good wishes.  The first non-refrigerated, normal drop went in Sissy’s eye this evening and the world is a better place.  We celebrated with a run, since it was also the warmest day in a very good while… with a chance of snow again very, very soon.