Life with Dogs

My middle son thought that I should get a dog ( ,many years ago )  when he was coming back from Iraq.

He pictured me getting some little lap dog. I went to the shelter and got a big spazzoid dog that was a Rottweiler- Husky Mix,  full of energy , as I was picturing a dog for HIM, lol…

I thought they’d be a good mix for each other. They were.

Scott would come in from riding his motorcycle and have his gloves on and they’d play rough with each other and the next year we wondered why Jugsy jumped up on everyone when they came in and went for their hands or gloves :)

He did not seem to have been abused or anything….full of life and very loving. He was 2 or 3 when I got him. BUT we learned early on…two full grown men ( my sons ) holding him down and me trying to clip his nails? NO.

Take him to the vets and have a technician advance on him to administer a shot? Better get a muzzle on him first. His fear and anxiety is amazing.  It has never changed.

So, I made appointments at the vets  for Lily on Monday, and then Jugsy and Koopa ( my youngest son’s dog ) for Tuesday.  Updated shots, Lily allergic to fleas….needing very expensive flea pill, anti-itch pills, etc.

LILY was a neighbors dog. They got transferred and had to move. I took her in. For reference here is an older picture from the blog ( they are waiting for some food in the kitchen :)

And here is a recent picture of Koopa, my youngest son’s dog.

Back to Tuesday afternoon :)

Jugsy….the vet wants to see if we can get anywhere without sedation. NOPE…muzzle on, give the sedation. I go to a room with him to wait while he ‘conks’ out.   This is not full anesthesia…she doesn’t want me to have to pay for that / and he’s old. What she gives him should suffice.

So while he’s conking out, they do whatever needs to be done with Koopa and by then I’ve left Jugsy conked out in a room, and my son and I and Koopa are in the foyer.

We hear SCREAMS from Jugsy ( Sedated!!! ) AS They Just Clip His Nails!   KOOPA in the foyer, hearing his buddy, starts to scream in empathy as well.

If you had been a new patient walking in at that moment with your dog, you’d have run away because it sounded like a torture chamber….!!! It was that bad :)

And this was all to get a dog’s nails clipped : )

Getting him out of there was hysterical…have you ever in your past gotten drunk and can barely walk. That is what it was like to get him out, to the car, up the porch steps, and in to the house.

Koopa kept checking up on him and finally just laid down next to him before I ran out to the store, etc.

What did I learn?  I observed more empathy and concern between Koopa, a dog, concerning another dog…real pain, even screaming in regards to what he heard was happening to the other dog….

than I see in many humans :(     Meanwhile as to the flea situation, the vet observed that they seem to develop immunity to things that worked in the past….Sentry / Frontline, etc.   That is why using these products this year was money down the drain.

For instance I flea-combed my cat today and found live fleas to drop into boiling water, right under her 20.00 flea collar. I went on to Amazon and ordered the vet-recommended Serestro collar for her. 55.00!!

The newer products are much more expensive. Lily’s 3 month supply of Bavectro was close to 60.00. They didn’t have it in stock for the bigger dogs so we went with a one month Nexguard pill for each ( about 22.00 ) and will have to get more next month or the Serestro collars ( over 60.00  or more for bigger dogs. )  Everything in the house has been washed in hot water or sprayed with the vet-recommended Knockout ( 33.00 per can )  and all that I can say is that this is the first year that anything like this has happened here.

Sentry used to be Vet recommended and now it is useless / Frontline no better…perhaps it was the wet weather we had for the beginning of the summer? I don’t know. All that I DO know is that I’ll never run up to the local pet store and purchase products again, based on what I purchased or what worked in the past. I’ll always check with the vet first because this year so much was money down the drain for what was not working, and then having to purchase newer solutions.

ONE OTHER DOG ! :)   Merle, my middle son’s dog from down the street. My DIL took this photo this morning of Merle. My neighbor’s oak tree is beginning to change and drop leaves…one of the few trees in the neighborhood to start to change color now.

I just saw on CNN that President Putin in Russia was gifted with a puppy from the leader of Turkmenistan.

Checking in to that article and another link or two, it seems that he is quite the dog lover with an extensive kennel of various dogs.

His deepest love is for a black lab named Loki. She is older now but he was quoted in the past  as saying ” As far as bad moods go, of course I have them like any other person, but in those cases I try to consult with my dog Koni — she gives me good advice.”

I had to laugh at that, thinking that both Trump supporters and non-supporters generally agree on the fact that he should not tweet so much. Methinks that he might need a dog! :)

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This March and a Look Back

What a contrast we had here lately. Thursday afternoon reached a high of around 55 degrees. Daffodils, crocuses, bushes budding, trees leafing…..and all far, far too early.  I had enjoyed a walk in the afternoon with clear blue skies. I was transfixed for awhile watching and listening to a woodpecker high up in a neighbors’ tall tree.

I meandered down to my sons’ place to see the kids after school and my DIL and I sat out on the porch laughing at the antics of Merle, their young dog.

Merle was in his glory…he had two new toys in one day. Scotts’ dad had brought this large pink horse toy ball over and I’d brought a plush ball from the dollar store. Merle went back and forth between the two.

It was bright and sunny and warm, yet we were also discussing arrangements for the possibility of a school delay the next morning… surreal as it seemed in that lovely afternoon weather, we were to get snow that evening.

Sure enough the snow arrived…with no flash in the early morning, it all looks blue :)

Gusty winds and mini-blizzards followed throughout the day. I walked down to see everyone after school again….the kids are always so funny and wound up on Fridays, with no homework in sight and a fun weekend ahead. They were to go bowling later…

After that,  bitter cold settled in for the weekend and I decided to settle in too.

I had to get the camera out on Saturday morning. While just a few days prior the birds were splashing merrily in the bird bath after a rain, a pair of doves were visiting and one was just sitting quite contently on top of the iced up water. Another flew off to the crabapple tree since I was annoying her :)

There is that poor confused crabapple…just recently leafing out due to unusual early spring weather, then covered with snow, then basking in the sun in frigid temperatures wondering “what shall I do? what season is this?”

Since this winter has been so up and down in regards to the weather, I decided to look back to March of years past and see what was going on then :)  

I found things more interesting to me than the weather …

March 2013 : I did a very gloomy shot reflecting my perspective on having to work on taxes that year !

Working on Taxes

Towards the END of March I received a very sweet surprise from Judy of New England Garden and Thread. New Hampshire syrup…fresh from the shack where they’d participated in making this with their friends!

closeup syrup on spoon

Oh it was so good, and so different from the standard pancake syrup on the grocery store shelves.

In March of 2014 I found my little grandson doing the dishes…a favorite pasttime.

Brent doing dishes

I was enjoying my frequent blue jay visitor who expected a daily supply of peanuts when he stopped by.

What are you looking at

My Kanga kitty seemed to be just enjoying life in general one day…

Kanga Happy

March 2015 was quite cold and I’d done a post about our ONE spring day…and on that day I took the children to a local park.

I was also working on a series of Ancestry / Family Tree posts that winter…here is my grandfather Wilbert Zeiler building a house for me ; a replica of their house at the time. I was probably around 2 or 3 years old then.

Bup and the Weyman Road House Replica

Here is Charles Henry Zeiler, born Oct. 31 1817 in Prussia, a member of the Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War:

Charles Henry Zeiler Civil War PA Volunteers

I was also finishing up some simple hand quilting on a baby quilt that March:


As to March 2016 I was working on several quilt projects that month…here’s just one :

1857 blocks thus far collage end of March

We were busy with Easter eggs. I laughed at this…I forgot about our ‘handmade’ garbage bag aprons :)

egg decorating group

It looks as if we tortured the dog, too.

merle with bunny ears edit

I had fun doing this post on March and a look back to earlier ones, and I hope that you enjoyed it. I should do this more often.  One last shot…from a post about the beautiful skies that we had on St. Patricks Day last year.

Cottonball Clouds

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