Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Gino and The Wrens

I saw the wren in the garage about a week ago when I was leaving for work. I checked the top shelf, and sure enough, back behind the small chain-saw, there was a nest. Thinking it was a "new-nest-construction" I decided that when I got home I would knock it down.

I decided this only because our mostly outdoor kitty Gino living in the garage doesn't make for the best of neighborhood to raise a family of birds. I know the picture below makes him look innocent and like a real marshmallow. But trust me, Gino has a wildlife-crime record. Unfortunately. But he is a cat and an outdoor one at that. Last year we had another family of wrens build a nest in the same spot and Gino (somehow) managed to get onto the shelf one night and well....you know.... I really enjoy the wrens and was really sad when the lives of the nesting birds came to an end. And, I know it goes without saying that I don't want that to happen again.

So, when I got home from work, I decided I was simply going to just knock the nest off the shelf with a broom. Carl said he'd take care of it with a gentler approach and just put it into the trash. When he took the nest off the shelf, inside were 3 little wrens with barely any feathers.  I was glad he'd not done it my way for once. He put the nest back and we hoped that our disturbing it wouldn't be an issue. It wasn't.

And so now I'm watching the parents fly in and out of the garage. We're opening the door first thing in the morning, and close it after dark which gives the wren time to get settled in for the night.
And the air is now filled with the wren's loud shrill-rattling-warble-warning of danger. The danger is of course Gino.

I just hope they heed their own warnings and stay safe and leave the neighborhood soon!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Finish Line!!

I had a hectic, crazy and busy past week because I worked every day - And it reminded me of why I don't want to work every day. But with my counterpart at my office gone on vacation, and the doctor I work for getting ready to leave for a 2 week vacation, it created the perfect storm for my putting in more than 40 hours at the office.

With that all behind us, the pace of the next couple of weeks slows down for us.  It will be a welcomed break and a much needed one too.
~The sunflowers are in bloom - Photo taken last year~   
Not that there hasn't been some fun in the past week.  Last Saturday my friend and I attended a dog show.  It's was great fun to see all the different breeds of dogs.
And of course it was fun to see the favorites. 
And the ones hidden under a lot of hair.
Then of course there are the Golden Retrievers. How do the judges decide when they seem to be cookie-cutter images of one another?

Back at our house where all the dogs are different and unique - It has been a mostly quiet weekend for us.
~Chip~
We did however take time to just sit on the porch.
It was nice to just sit and soak up the hot afternoon sun.
~Ginger~
I think Todd liked it too.
And I think that I am practically giddy that I am only working 2 days in the next 2 weeks.
Let the needed recharging time begin!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Alf the Yeti

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤Happy July 5th from all of us!
The photo above is (of course) Rhett.  I'd taken the picture for a little best 4th of July photo contest that the rescue had for its Facebook page. Rhett got the honor of being the cover page.  He's very photogenic, so how could he not?  
It has been a busy past week. My counterpart at work is on vacation so I filled in for her this week, and I'm working every day next week too. 

Finally, I have to tell you what happened to Alf....  I don't know about you, but I sometimes get some pretty good ideas in the middle of the night. But this time, maybe I didn't.  It began because I'd been trying to figure out what to do about Alf's thick coat that had gotten really matted around his face because he kept rubbing it on the rug.  But its been a little bit of a challenge to manage because his coat has 2 kinds of fur that is fine, curly and thick on his top half, with a more Golden like and thinner coat on his bottom.  I decided to just have the thick, poodle part of him clipped, which was the top half.  Alf can be a tiny-bit moody, and being a senior boy and not able to stand for a length of time, I thought it was the best thing to do.  The groomer tried to talk me out of it, saying it wouldn't look right. But I wasn't worried about that, and I told her to do it.  Below is the end result.
Ooohhhh noooooo.....  Alf is going back on the 15th to be fixed.
I'll admit though, I couldn't help but laugh at Alf - And I really needed a laugh.
But the moral of the story is, to trust your groomer and don't always trust any ideas that you get in the middle of the night.  I think Alf looks like a Lab in a Yeti coat.
Poor Alf....

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Living No Other Way

To start, I want to thank you for your sympathy and support on the loss of Bailey.  And also for sharing your own experiences. It really does mean a lot. Your words have (again) helped to fill some of the emptiness from losing Bailey.

Several times I've heard, "I don't know how you do it."  Honestly, I don't know either. What I do know is that I'm a bit of a crumpled mess right now. The tears are just under the surface. When I was at work yesterday and today as well, I really tried to keep my emotions from bubbling up at an inopportune time -- like when I was with patients, or picking out produce at the grocery store. And of course what has gone along with all of this is that I am eating all the wrong things. Can you go through the drive-thru twice at McDonalds? 
~My heart-stopping breakfast this morning~
I've decided that taking in the senior dogs has allowed grief to shadow me in quite the same way as Bailey did - It's always by my side, touching me at unexpected moments, chasing me until it catches me and forces me to look it squarely in the eye. I can't get away from it. However, despite the sadness and heart-break I'm feeling right now, the words of the Irving Townsend Quote still ring true.

We who choose to surround ourselves
with lives even more temporary than our own, 
live within a fragile circle;
easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps,
we would still live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only
certain immortality, never fully
understanding the necessary plan.”

― Irving Townsend
As hard and sad as it can be and is, I would live no other way. 

Thank-you again, friends, for sharing the loss of Bailey as well as Cissy and Joy too.  
You all are truly the best!