Friday, July 21, 2017

Flash Back Friday: You Scream, You Scream, But I Got all your Ice Cream

From 3 years ago...

"Blueberry here.  Let me set the stage...

It was another hot day in Arizona (shocking, I know). My human went to the freezer to retrieve an ice cream bar.  I sat next to her cause I love ice cream and sometimes I get a lick. My human taught me proper ice cream sharing etiquette - always lick the bar and don't try to swallow it whole like a snake cause that means the ice cream bar goes bye bye; also, minimal drooling is preferable.

As I lick the ice cream bar, I get ice cream on my nose and my human tells me how cute that is.  I know what's coming next.  She runs off (with the ice cream bar by the way) to get her camera phone.  She returns to my side and with the camera phone pointed at me, places the bar right in front of my nose.  If your human is anything like mine - multi-tasking is not a friend. However, in this instance - it was beneficial to me. While she was focused on the camera and tried to adjust the settings - that ice cream bar called to me and I answered swiftly and decisively.  My jaw came unhinged and I slurped that ice cream off the stick faster than my human could say "HEY!!".  

So, thank you to the inventor of ice cream bars and...I can't believe I'm saying this...to the inventor of camera phones.  

I also want to give a special shout out to my human. Thank you for not giving up on trying to get a picture of me eating ice cream and therefore giving me an additional opportunity to swallow an ice cream bar whole. The second one was as delicious as the first. Wanna go for three?"

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

**Please ignore the dog hair on the seat.  I leave it there to deter would-be thieves from wanting to steal my vehicle.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

When the Grass Grows Too Long

Cats grow.  

"Someone's been sleeping in my burrow."

Hint:  not Blueberry

During the heat warning last week - I went outside to check on Pistachio and what should I see?  But a tail inside his burrow!  It's a little dark - but you can faintly see the striped tail in the middle, towards the back.


"I'll be leaving now."

"I shall return - this tortoise has better digs than I."

This cat has been hanging out in Pistachio's enclosure for a couple of weeks now, off and on.  The first cat (as far as I know) to ever actually go inside the burrow.  I thought what attracted it was the long grass in there - but it returned even after I cut it.  So I think it's just a safe, cool place for it to be during the heat of the day.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Heat Warning #2

"Blech, another heat warning"

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Captions

"Should I be wearing a life jacket?  This water is pretty deep."

Blueberry's imitation of Joey's smell the fart acting

"Is there a fishy in there?"

"I see something!"

"False alarm"

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Break From The Heat

It's only 105 today!!!
Our lows are once again the upper 70s/low 80s.  I mean, we still have to get up at around 4 am to enjoy those lows, but it sure beats the crab apples out of waking up to temps in the 90s!  

We survived the first heat warning of the summer.  That was round one.  Stay tuned for rounds three, four, and possibly five...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We Miss Winter

Twas the day of 119 degrees as I stepped out of the house. I wanted to see how long it would take to get baloney stains under the arms of my blouse.

My shoes began to melt as I stood in one place.  I had beads of moisture on my upper lip and other parts of my face.

The perspiration trickling into my intergluteal cleft made the horror complete.  I sprinted back inside to escape the odious heat.

Blueberry went into the yard and I knew how she felt, as I watched her through the window, I saw her spots begin to melt.

She is wilting and so am I.  The heat is draining all of us dry.  

"We are being cooked."

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dream Squasher

A Story by Blueberry:

Once upon a time...I was walking in the park with my human.  Across the green expanse I smelled something delicious.  I led my human towards the wonderful aroma. When we arrived at the destination, there, before my very eyes, was something I have only dreamed of.  An entire plate of overcooked burger patties - ON.  THE.  GROUND.  

I was so stunned, so amazed that one of my dreams had actually come true that I stopped a few feet away to gaze upon the banquet.  Sadly, that gave my human enough time to also see the dish and lead me away.  For the remainder of the walk, I tried to lure her back to the plate - but she could not be fooled.  I walked by there the next day and the plate was gone.

The moral of this story is:

If you ever find a plate of hamburger patties - do not stop to gaze at them - that's a rookie move.  Instead, walk right up to that plate like you are the boss and gobble as many down as you are able before your human even knows what happened.  

"My human is a dream squasher."

"Why me?"

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

She's Normal!!

Blueberry had her SDMA test again and the vet reported that her results were completely normal this time!  (PTL!!) So relieved.  I did wean her off the Rimadyl during the month between tests so I have no idea if that was a factor. I have no intention of starting her on it again.

The vet did mention there is a new anti-inflammatory called Galliprant that doesn't cause the same organ damage that Rimadyl and other Nsaids can.  Anyone ever hear of it? About all I know about it, is it is pretty pricey. Blueberry seems to be doing well with just her supplements, no more kibble diet (freeze-dried and frozen raw), and daily exercise for now, but it's nice to know there is an alternative to help her with pain down the road.
The vet does plan on calling the lab to see if they recommend monitoring Blueberry more closely in the future.   

"Of course I am normal.  Now, treat me."

"This rock is chafing my bottom."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Update - We're Still Alive

My beautiful spotted friend.

These are the dolls I made my nieces for Christmas.  I had to redo two of them and was so glad when I was finished, I mailed them before taking an updated picture.  How cute are they?  I got the pattern from an Etsy shop!

A spectacular Arizona sunset

This was taken back when it was still cool out - you know, before the heat came along and killed all the flowers. Which in a way is good, because there are fewer bees.

This was the day (March 11) Pistachio finally woke up from his hibernation!!!  It was my first year and I successfully hibernated him!  I wasn't sure he would wake up and I spent a great deal of time as soon as it turned warm, lurking in front of his burrow, sticking my head in there and sniffing to check for the odor of decay.   I had added on to his burrow over the winter - so I can't see all the way in the back like I used to. It was a very exciting day when he came out (for me anyway) and he was VERY hungry.  

"I'm very hungry too.  Feed me."

The only thing I have to report is this:

Blueberry had her senior panel done a couple of weeks ago and her SDMA level was 15 and her specific gravity was low.   She will be retested in a month.  I guess this test catches kidney disease earlier.  I suspect the NSAID I have been giving her to be the cause.  The vet office has had me bring Blueberry in periodically for blood work to make sure it is not causing any problems.  However, her last blood work was in January of 2016 - so to say that we dropped the ball is an understatement.  I should have been more on top of it and instead relied too much on the vet office.  I know they have been through staff changes and things in the office area aren't as well managed as they used to be.   But Blueberry's vet is wonderful and as long as she is there I will continue to take Blueberry to that office.  

Anyway, I will post another update as I learn more.  In the meantime - enjoy the photos!