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Archive: December 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Pet: Blue

posted on 12/31/2008 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific

We walked the same route as we did yesterday, but it took longer this time because we stopped and had a nice chat with a man who thought Blue was very handsome, and who has a lab/Weimaraner mix who is 3 1/2 years old. He asked when they "slowed down" - so I told him how much exercise Blue usually gets when he's not injured, and told him not to hold his breath! Blue was very polite and happy to make a new friend. No limping, and great energy!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pet: Blue

posted on 12/30/2008 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific

Blue

It turns out Blue can circle two LONG blocks in 15 minutes, so we had a good walk down to Hawthorne, over to 35th and looped back, with a few rest stops to look at (I swear) imaginary squirrels. He didn't show any signs of tiredness or limping at all. After the walk I sat with him for a bit in the living room, and he was very attentive, but I have a feeling he was more interested in the possibility of a treat than my company as such! I got him to pose on the porch for a quick photo with my cell phone by offering a treat, and you can see from his tongue peeking out that he is totally focused on the next yummy bite.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pets: Lilah and Sam

posted on 12/28/2008 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific

The kitties were quite active today - I think they know their people will be home soon! I opened the front door for a few minutes so they could look out the screen, which they loved. Lilah is back to doing somersaults on the bed, and Sam followed me around while I was busy, then jumped right up on my lap as soon as I stopped. He's certainly built up a little routine in the last week! They've been very good kitties, and a nice peaceful break for me in my crazy holiday schedule. I wish I could carry that Sam around with me for whenever I need a quiet little sit-down in my day!


Saturday, December 27, 2008

Pets: Lilah and Sam

posted on 12/27/2008 at 4:10 p.m. Pacific

Today is the first day I was able to get around without chains! Even Buchanan is navigable without them, though it still has quite a bit of snow on it. Anyway, the kitties are oblivious to weather, and both came running up to greet me. Then Sam and I had our usual visit on the couch while Lilah went back downstairs, and after a while we joined her and all hung out on the bed. She seemed pretty sleepy today, not quite as acrobatic, but Sam is lively as ever.

Pets: Zee Cats - Delphi, Emma, Josie, and Molly

posted on 12/27/2008 at 4:10 p.m. Pacific

Very sleepy kitties today - only Emma roused herself to come and have breakfast, and as I was leaving finally Josie decided she was hungry too. It looked like someone had been in straightening things - did the cleaning person come? - and I suspect maybe gave the kitties an extra meal - jackpot for zee cats! They look ready to have Sky back - there are fewer interesting challenges in life without a dog around.


Friday, December 26, 2008

Pet: Miso

posted on 12/26/2008 at 4:45 p.m. Pacific

Today I found Miso's wire toy, so we had some fun playing with that. She still wants to be under the table as much as possible - I think there is a heat vent under there, so it's nice and toasty - but sitting on the chair gives her a safe cave from which to hold at bay menacing pieces of cardboard attached to a wire. She no longer has any interest in looking at the snow, a sentiment I very much share. She will be happy to have her person home - all the rest of us have been fine and mildly amusing for her, but like everyone, I think she is ready for life to get back to normal!

Pets: Lilah and Sam

posted on 12/26/2008 at 4:45 p.m. Pacific

Sam on couch

Lilah was so comfortable on her bed in the basement that she didn't even bother to come up to see me today. Sam came flying up however, and shadowed me as I did chores, then sat with me for a while on the couch again (I took a photo, which doesn't convey how happy and content he was, but maybe you can get the idea.) Finally Sam and I got tired of waiting for his sister to come upstairs so we went down and all sat on the bed - between the two of them purring, it sounded like a race track, and Lilah was so happy to have company that she rolled over and over (practically off the bed!)

Pets: Zee Cats - Delphi, Emma, Josie, and Molly

Josie

posted on 12/26/2008 at 4:45 p.m. Pacific

It's somewhat warmer today and it was kind of bright when I was visiting (not so much as to be called sunny) so Josie felt the time was right to return to the cattery for some fresh air. The other girls did not agree, and all found various comfortable perches to continue their naps inside after being interrupted for breakfast.


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Pets: Lilah and Sam

posted on 12/25/2008 at 8:50 p.m. Pacific

Sweet Christmas kitties today, just wanting to sit close, especially Sam! I wish I could have taken a picture of us on the couch, but couldn't have done it without disrupting comfortable lap cats.

Pet: Miso

posted on 12/25/2008 at 1:45 p.m. Pacific

Ross paid the Christmas call on Miso so that I could visit some other client cats in the neighborhood (seeing as everything is taking twice as long these days - tire chains are lifesavers but they slow you down!!) She is very used to him by now and happily batted away at him from her perch under the table, as well as mock-threatening (he thinks) to bite his finger off. Yum, Christmas treat!

Pets: Zee Cats - Delphi, Emma, Josie, and Molly

posted on 12/25/2008 at 1:45 p.m. Pacific

Clearly zee cats know all about Christmas, because as soon as I reached into their stocking to get out their Christmas mice there were three sets of eyes watching and waiting (Josie remains mostly interested in food). Very cute. They also had eaten ALL of their food, so I was amazed I got their attention at all - after I fed them, all but Josie returned to the living room to play, and the mice were scattered and gone by the time I left. I may open more stocking gifts with them tomorrow!


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Pet: Miso

posted on 12/24/2008 at 12:50 p.m. Pacific

We went out early this morning to beat the storm and traffic (Ross came along in case I had trouble in your parking lot again!) Miso liked having another person to pay attention to her, but also really likes to hang out under the table in the living room where I think it is extra warm. I wore a different baseball cap today, unaffiliated with any team, and she had no interest in attacking it, so I surmise that she does in fact hate the Mets. Something to keep in mind on future visits!

Pets: Lilah and Sam

posted on 12/24/2008 at 12:50 p.m. Pacific

Decided to do early calls this morning to avoid the storm, and also brought my husband along for extra driving aid if needed! Sam and Lilah were delighted to have another person visit, especially Sam, who spent most of the time getting Ross to pet him. Lilah curled up in the study, after providing litter box scooping patrol. Then we came home and polished off your mother's fudge, accompanied by Stumptown coffee - ! - pretty much a perfect combination! Thanks so much.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pet: Miso

posted on 12/23/2008 at 7:15 p.m. Pacific

My first Miso visit! I got out to St. Johns without incident, but ran into problems in your parking lot - ! - lost one of my tire chains trying to see if I could convince my car to get into your parking slot, which was pretty full of snow. Easily fixed though, and the rest of the commute there and back was uneventful, if slow. I also met Kadie, who happened to be walking her pugs, so was able to thank her in person and also meet those cute little pups. Miso was very interested in looking out at the parking lot - probably a lot more snow than the last time the blinds were raised! We also developed a new game where I sit on the floor and she takes swipes at my baseball cap - ! - not sure why that is so fun for her. It's a Mets cap so maybe she is a Yankees fan. Anyway, she is just fine, and all is well. Not sure what tomorrow will bring but hoping I will be able to make another trip out there!

Pets: Lilah and Sam

posted on 12/23/2008 at 7:15 p.m. Pacific

The kitties came right up when I opened the basement door, and we all sat on the kitchen floor for a while so they could purr and get some petting. Sam supervised me while I did chores, but Lilah pretty much planted herself on that nice fluffy rug in the kitchen and did not stir. Sam finally went to sit in the window and watch the snow - both were so comfy that I felt kind of bad making them go back into the basement, but I did remind them they have a huge soft bed down there that most cats would kill for! Plus nice little windows to watch the snow. Anyway, they are fine, and I had no problems getting out to see them, so hoping tomorrow's predicted storm somehow turns into regular old rain!


Friday, December 12, 2008

Pets: Rocky, Rupie, Freddie, and Squeezle Thunderpaws

posted on 12/12/2008 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific

Another fun day with the boys! The morning visit again consisted of three friendly kitties downstairs and Rocky waiting upstairs for me to come and play with the magic water spigot - seriously, I finally went up and he was sitting on the counter by the sink, looking expectant and happy, so, yes, I turned the water on for him. By the evening visit he had finally tired of it, and was instead on the cat tree in the basement - ! - where he stayed the whole visit, even though the other three boys were upstairs chasing around after a feather toy. Squeezle was again my constant companion and overseer, but when chores were finished and we started to play, Rupie always magically appeared and wanted to be part of the game, and even Freddie joined in a few times. It's kind of sweet to see how accommodating the three older cats are with Squeezle, even though their faces sometimes say "Man, you are a pain, kid." It's getting very cold and stormy outside, but they are oblivious and happy in their warm house.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pets: Rocky, Rupie, Freddie, and Squeezle Thunderpaws

posted on 12/11/2008 at 6:15 p.m. Pacific

Two good visits with the boys today! Squeezle was right at the door to say hello both times, and pretty much stayed at my side (or on my head) the whole time I was there. The others turned up as I did chores and fixed their food. Except for Rocky, who both times decided he would rather have me visit him upstairs (and I swear he laughs at me when he gets me to climb the stairs.) He also has a new (to me) little trick which I hope doesn't get him (me) in trouble - he runs to the sink in the master bathroom and rubs against the spigot, purring, until I turn the water on, and then he drinks from the tap as if it is the best water EVER. It's very funny, and unusually interactive for Rocky - ! - but he seems to think it is very clever and fun. Squeezle looks miffed that someone is playing a game that doesn't involve him, and Rupie and Freddie (both of whom decided to join us all in the master bathroom - sorry!) look interested and kind of amused. In short, the boys are all as entertaining as ever, and seem healthy and happy. All is well!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pet: Blue

posted on 12/10/2008 at 11:44 a.m. Pacific

I'd heard there were some bald eagles spotted on the Reed campus yesterday, so we headed that way today to see if we could find them. No luck, but we saw lots of Canada geese and wood ducks. And, of course, squirrels. We also discovered a new (to me) trail around the lagoon. Blue is the perfect dog to take through a wildlife refuge, since his predator instinct is to be perfectly silent - no barking or crashing through the underbrush! He liked watching the geese and ducks but didn't go into stealth tracking mode until we hit the Reed common - Squirrel Land. He seems to feel just fine - energy for days!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pet: Blue

posted on 12/09/2008 at 10:22 a.m. Pacific

This morning we went over to the Springwater Trial, which was just lovely - too cold for squirrels but Blue sniffed lots of other good wild smells. He walked just fine and kept up a pretty fast pace. Sheralee said he was limping a little this morning but he seemed to get over it, and she thinks it may have been a ploy to get more breakfast! He's a happy boy - whenever we run into Sheralee and Candy out on a walk he wiggles and wags all over.


Monday, December 8, 2008

Pet: Blue

posted on 12/08/2008 at 5:11 p.m. Pacific

Blue seems to be completely back to normal today, and according to Sheralee needed no pain meds over the weekend. We had a very brisk walk over to Reed again, where Blue tried hard to be invisible so he could sneak up on squirrels. The Reedies who were out and about at 8:00 a.m. found him very entertaining!


Friday, December 5, 2008

Pet: Blue

posted on 12/05/2008 at 10:10 a.m. Pacific

Blue was happy as ever to see me but seemed to be moving slower today - I let him set the pace and direction and after about 20 minutes he definitely turned around and headed for home. No limping or whining, and plenty of interest in squirrel life, but I think it's the first time I EVER knew him to turn for home before I did. Ran into Sheralee and Candy at the park so he romped with the dogs there for a few minutes, then we called it a day. Candy remembers me as the treat lady from last time I walked her - ! Cute. And Blue has NOT lost his appetite, that's for sure. So now he gets a weekend off, and we'll see how he does on Monday!


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pet: Blue

posted on 12/04/2008 at 5:46 p.m. Pacific

Blue was extremely happy to see me this morning! We took off in search of squirrels and he was as energetic as ever, no sign of limping or slowing. It was sunny but COLD and at first there were no squirrels to be seen - and he did actually stop and stare hopefully up into the empty trees a few times - so I was starting to think they have wimpy squirrels in that neighborhood. Then we got over to Reed and the squirrels there were fat, fearless, and evidently immune to the cold, because they were lining up to torture Blue. I let him do his motionless pointing posture for as long as he wanted to, figuring he might need the rest - or until I got too cold to stand around anymore! So we did the full hour, but with more and longer stops than usual, and he seemed fine - if I hear that he got stiff later we can cut back tomorrow but so far, so good!