Monday, January 16, 2017

Me and Tile Floors Do Not Get Along--A Solution! (by our dog Abby)

I have a very hard time walking on tile floors now that I am older and my arthritis is worse.  I often slip like people do on an ice rink and sometimes I even fall!  Because of this, I stopped making nursing home visits and even at home in our kitchen and dining room it got to be hard for me.  But, this morning when I went through, there were three rugs along my path to the living room so I didn't have to walk on the tile all that much.  My mom gathered some throw rugs from other rooms and placed them like stepping stones.  Thanks, mom!  Woof!  Woof!

Mom says:  This is yet another example of how our pets rule.  It just tore at my heart watching her struggle so on the tile floor and even falling at times.  I thought I'd give this a try before she broke a bone falling down.  How do your pets rule your house?

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Now I Know Why Manny Likes Under the Bed

When it came time to set up my Nativity set for Christmas, the box was falling apart.  I kept it under our bed and some cat must have had a ball tearing it apart!  Manny loved going under the bed and would often spend the whole day there until I came home from work.  Now I know why!

I bought a plastic storage box for the set but let the cats say good-bye to their nice box.  They both enjoyed batting around the few pieces of straw inside and I even gave Spunky Doodle a little ride--she loved playing with the straw as I pushed her around the house.  Here's a short clip of part of her ride:

Did you play with your pet today?

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Looking Forward to 2017

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.--C. S. Lewis
With the beginning of a new year, it is that time again to reflect on the past year and make some New Year's Resolutions.  I am pleased with doing pretty well at keeping mine from the last few years.  I know often times, people make them and by February or March they have gone by the way side.  The secret is to make ones that are practicable and obtainable.

It's funny how our dreams change.  When I was a little kid my dream was to grow up and marry a little league baseball coach, live in a big ranch house with a ball field in our backyard, have nine boys and a pet for each of them and be a stay-at-home mom. I think I gave up on this dream when I got to be about 11 years old, maybe even sooner--I at least have 3 pets.

My goals for this year are to (1) try something new or go somewhere new at least once a month; (2) play at least once a week--even during the winter months and (3) surprise people with kind acts.

My dream is to grow old with Gerard and both be healthy enough to be active, independent and have fun without going broke and serve the Lord all the days of my life. 

What about you?  Any dreams you would like to share?  How do you do on your New Year's Resolutions?

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Who Will Cost The Most? (by Spunky Doodle)

My mom and Doctor Walker were pleased that I gained .5 pounds in one week after eating more, BUT now they changed my special prescription food again. The good news is my thyroid is just fine, the bad news is my kidney level in my bloodwork was a bit too high so now I have Pro Plan NF food. I like it all right, but think I won't be getting any more Sheba. My mom is going to as the Doctor, but the technicians didn't think she would approve.

The good news is that at least the problem was caught early and hopefully the food will fix the problem! This is why my mom takes me to see the vet, so we can keep on top of things. Things can change pretty quickly in us cats so it is good to see the vet regularly. It is not cheap to take care of pets so be sure you are willing to spend the money on any you adopt.

This year, my mom gave us each a line in her budget so she can see which of us wins at being the most costly to care for. I think I have a good chance at winning this contest, but it could be close. Let us know who you think will win in the comments (I am even giving you a summary of our current regular expenses to help you):

Spunky:  prescription food, upcoming dental cleaning, arthritis supplement, ear cleaning fluid, Revolution, cat litter

Manny:  prescription food for thyroid, ear cleaning fluid, Revolution, cat litter, has very bad teeth
Abby:  prescription food & Ostilox for arthritis, Dental chews & Milk bones, Revolution, Bravecto
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I Have to GAIN Weight! (by Spunky Doodle)

Normally, I do not like going to see Dr. Walker, my vet.  This time though, I was down to just 7 lbs., 2 less than last time, so she said she wants me to eat more and try to gain some weight.  She agreed with mom that she thinks I regurgitate my food because I am SO hungry, I eat it too fast.  (I never had this problem when I was "Chunky Spunky.")

My mom tried slowing my eating too fast down by just giving me bits at a time, but that just made me eat faster because I wanted more quick!  Since mom took the advice of Beth, Abby's friend, who works at the desk who told her to give me more at a time, I haven't thrown up since!

I switched from all dry food to all easy to digest wet food from the vet (EN).  Mom was giving me just 3/4 of a can but found out that wasn't enough because if you take out the wetness, the amount of wet food is actually less than the same amount of dry food.  Wait, it even gets better!

Now that mom has realized I actually just need more food and that I can keep it down if she gives me a bunch all at once instead of in dribbles stretched out, I am getting some new very tasty kind called Sheba that mom bought at Giant Eagle.  So, not only do I get a whole can of the EN but also extra Sheba snacks!  So far I had salmon, whitefish and tuna and savory chicken!  Yum yum!

I have to go back just to get weighed on Saturday to make sure I am not losing anymore.  Sure hope it's not a thyroid problem like my brother Manny has, but I don't think it is.  Now I just have to make sure I do not get too fat again. 

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