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Lucy’s day out

I was fixing her breakfast when our lawn guy rang the bell for the key to the gate. OMG she scolded me, she scolded him, and she scolded The Curmudgeon as he arrived downstairs. Apologized for her noise telling the lawn guy that she was not happy because I was fixing her breakfast and I’d better get back at it before we were all deafened.

About two o’clock I picked up her traveling harness. Holy cow, her tail started going in circles so fast I thought she’d take off into the air like a little helicopter. She stood still for me to put it on and hook her to her leash. Then she dragged me to the door.

No hesitation getting into the van and then her crate. Lucy was ready for her adventure!

She never sits in the waiting room area, she drags me to the office door and bounds in to love up on the receptionists. They can’t resist her. She loves the fuss they make over her so much it’s hard to drag her out of there and into an exam room.

Then she got to see a tech where she once again was loved up on her and was loved on in return.

Teeth checked…Excellent!

Wart removal sites checked…Excellent!

And we were on our way home after another short love in session at the desk.

Lucy is a real character.


Lucy back to vet…

But don’t worry, it’s just her recheck after the wart removals and tooth extractions.

She’s feeling great.

And that awful breath she had is gone. Boy, before they found that rotten tooth, her breath smelled like something had crawled into her mouth and died.

She will have a great time meeting and greeting all her friends at the clinic.

newest collar

Lucy update

Wow, she is sure feeling perky.

She even gave her elk antler a few strong gnaws and nibbles today.

We’re keeping her on her pain pill so she stays less active the way they want her to be. Basically, it slows her down a little for a couple of hours.

She’s eating like a pig making up for that missed breakfast the other day.  LOL

sleepy girl

Lucy’s spa day

Yes, even with all that happened on her visit she still considers going to the vet’s a spa day.

Lucy had some skin tags removed and her teeth cleaned. She also had 3 teeth extracted. They even trimmed her nails while she was out. Then they spoiled her rotten.

Even with all the spoiling, she was ready to go home when I arrived. Except she had to stop at each one of her *ladies* and get a last pet, smooch, and hug before going home.

At the moment, she’s sound asleep and all rolled up in a fuzzy blanket.


She’ll MELT!

We had rain off and on all day. By night time we had pouring rain coming down at a fairly steady rate.

Lucy does not like rain. She doesn’t like it one bit, but she tolerated going out in the day time light rain.

Not so much the after dark pouring rain. No, I had to boot her out the door each time she wanted to go out because she’d stall out at the door when she saw the rain. She literally did front paw stands trying to keep from going out the back door.

Next time you bedder getz me a raincoat!


Just put the candy down and back away …

Dang, I really need to lay off on the candy. It’s a good thing this last bag I opened is milk chocolate instead of dark or any form of M&M. That will slow me down a lot since I am not as fond of milk chocolate.

I seriously need to find some will power. Too bad they can’t bottle it.

I could also use a personal trainer to kick my ass on a daily basis. Any volunteers? Yeah, I thought not.

This is going to be a rough Spring and Summer since I have to get my butt moving and take off the excess weight once and for all. The Curmudgeon’s poor health makes it tough to get away from the house to do things, much less motivate me to exercise.

Ha! I iz not de onwy one who beez fluffy!

Lucy sleeping

Lucy sleeping

Can anyone help?

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Photo of Lydia, Ann Wigginsmissing Bull Terrier, showing her distinctive red ears and facial marking. She went missing yesterday at the Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH. Please share as widely as possible. Thank you

Photo: Photo of Lydia, Ann Wiggins' missing Bull Terrier, showing her distinctive red ears and facial marking. She went missing yesterday at the Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH. Please share as widely as possible. Thank you


Another vet visit with Chicken Dog


     Gavin has a vet appointment on Thursday.  Oh, fun.  I get to take chicken dog in to the place he likes the least.  This time I have a plan on how to keep him relaxed.  I’m going to take the back massager along. 

     It will crack the staff up to see Gavin melt.  He’s normally so tense at the office that he loses enough hair to knit another dog.  He’ll still lose hair but he might not be his normal basket case self.

     He’s not going to be thrilled because I’m pretty sure they will keep him over night, remove a tooth, and clean the rest.  He hates sleepovers.  He’ll be even less happy when I tell them that while he’s out for the tooth I want them to trim back his claws. 

     Maybe I should leave the back massager with him…

Sookie Stackhouse instead of shuffle dog please


     I spent most of this evening immersed in Charlaine Harris’s world of Sookie Stackhouse.  I needed a break from reality and some well earned pleasure.  I find all of her books a pleasure to read and her Sookie books top my list.  (Gee, I hope someone says that of me one day.)

     We had a busy day topped by taking both dogs to the vet’s office.  We play shuffle dog.  One in the van with DH while one is in the office and then we switch them.  Or rather I do.  It is a great deal of exercise moving the dogs around when one is not happy to be there.  (Read the September 1 post.)

     Gavin still needed his shots and blood test, and we had Patty scheduled for hers.  After three vet visits this week alone the total bill came to $400.00.  Can you say OUCH?  Had Gavin not become ill the day before his appointment our bill would’ve been about $180.00 because he wouldn’t have needed to go a second time. 

     We were out of heartworm pills too, they take them the fifth of each month, and that ran us $85.00 for 12 doses or six months worth.  That ran up the bill.  At least the pups are now up to date on all their shots.  Lucky Gavin got one more than Patty.  He was due for his rabies shot. 

     Neither dog seems to mind the shots they go quickly.  The drawing of blood…well, Gavin hates that and if not held tight will pull away from the needle.  Patty is stoic and stands like a statue to have her blood drawn.  

Death by Cuddles


     “Henry went to the garden to chop down that old grape vine.  That was two hours ago.”

     “Yes, ma’am.”  Detective Hayes wrote in his notepad.  “Then what happened?”

     “I heard a commotion.  I came outside.  Cuddles had that bloody board in his mouth.  He was knocking over the potted plants.”

     “You mean that two-by-four the Bull Terrier is playing with?  You say it has blood on it?”

     “Yes.  I couldn’t get Cuddles to drop it.  He ran by and cracked me in the shins.  I went down hard.  He ran past again and hit my head.”  Victoria showed him the purple bruises on her shins and the knot on her forehead.

     “That must’ve been quite a shot.”

     “Oh, it was.”

     “Tell me about Henry.”

     “I was getting to that.  Once I could walk, I went to look for him.  I’m sure he killed Henry.”

     “The dog?”

     “Yes, Cuddles killed Henry.”

     “Where was the dog?”

     “I found him with Henry.  He was licking Henry’s face.  I ran back to the house to call for the ambulance.  When they got here they said Henry was dead and called you.”

     “I’m placing you under arrest.”

     “But Cuddles did it.”

     “Sure, lady”

Miss Patty hides


     We crate the pups when we aren’t here to supervise during the day.  They enjoy getting into things too much to leave them to their own devices.  Today I thought Mr. Houdini dog taught baby sister Patty how to open her crate door.  It wasn’t so.  It seems that DH hadn’t latched her door properly. 

     DH had gone upstairs for a nap while I was outside working in the gardens.  He’d crated the dogs.  When I came in Gavin was snoozing in his crate but Patty was nowhere to be found.  Then I heard her thunder down the stairs.  She zoomed around the corner at the bottom of the steps and about jumped out of her skin to see me standing there.

     She dove into her crate and hid in the back.  Her guilt was so palpable I thought I’d better go see what she’d been doing upstairs.  She hadn’t touched anything in the bathroom.  DH had his room’s door closed.  The laundry basket waiting to have clothes unloaded had the back room door blocked.  That left the bedroom.

     Oh yeah, she’d been in there.  She had used the bed for a trampoline.  Pillows were scattered, some on the floor, and the bedspread was askew.