Sunday, August 18, 2019

BAD DOG .....owner

For the 3 days a week that I work, I do my best to stick to a morning schedule that starts around 5:30. I have until about 7:15 to get all the dogs out at least twice, medicated, fed, watered, settled, house tidied up, and get myself ready for work.
~Waiting for breakfast~
With the dogs it's easy to get behind, which sometimes happens - When I leave, usually in a rush, I always give all the dogs treats, grab a snack for work, make sure outdoor kitty Gino has a bowl of food and water for his day outside. When I pull out of the garage, I glance at the yard, and make sure everyone is inside.
Okay that's how it's supposed to work on a perfect morning. Because after the dogs have all eaten, I get them out again, and Todd stays outside until I get ready to leave for work. And when I leave, I always get Todd inside and give him a "Kong" when he goes into his crate.

I'm not sure what exactly happened on Tuesday. But I know I was running my usual late. And the note below was left by our dog-walker.

Thank-goodness that she's reliable. It was a cloudy day, and there was only a little bit of rain, but of course I felt bad that he'd been left alone outside. Some friends had this to say about it when I posted about it on Facebook: .

  • Bonnie  - I’m sure Tod had a Great time!❤️🐾❤️
  • Jane - Scottie Todd is a hearty Scot.
  • Lynn -  In true highlander spirit, Todd probably had a blast in the rain!!
  • Vicki M - ...I’ll bet Todd had tons of fun in the rain! 😘🐾🐾❤️
  • Wendy - Are kidding!!! All that free time to run and play all alone. Even dogs need ‘me’ time! 😊
  • Vicki S in a text said - He ate his extra cookies, had a nice long drink to wash them down and slept the sleep of a guardian of the castle until You came home.
They're right of course. Todd was safe and totally fine. He just needs to be groomed. Which will probably upset him more than being left outside for a few hours.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Vet and Nostalgia

A pretty non eventful week has passed with the dogs all being in good spirits.

On Thursday I was off to the office of mobile vet with Charlie, Sunny and Chip. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I made the appointment for the 3 of them together.  It took me nearly 10 minutes just to get Chip into my van. He was nervous, but he relaxed once we got there. By the time we left, Chip was feeling confident enough to take treats from Mobile Vet, and he just hopped up into my van when we were leaving.
~A nervous and unsure Chip~
Sunny however, being our problem child was a bit of a handful. He snapped at Mobile Vet a couple of times. But he has a really ugly ear infection. Of course Mobile Vet was very gentle and understanding about his grouchiness and was patient with him. We did put a muzzle on Sunny just to keep everyone safe.

Then of course, there's Charlie, who is good no matter where you take him. Back at home he enjoyed another bowl of ice. Judging by how he acted, I'd say it felt good on his face.

One thing that I did at the end of the week was to go through some old pictures of Charlie. I remembered that I got him from the shelter in late July. But I had a question in my mind about the year. Was it 2005 or was it 2006? Not that it really matters.

I found the pictures I was looking for, which are the first ones I took of him. They confirmed what I thought. Charlie came to us in 2006. Thirteen years ago. Wasn't he a cutie?

I loved seeing the other pictures of those familiar faces that were on the disc too. They all made me smile and made me feel a sense of nostalgia.
Aside from Charlie, all of them are gone. So yes, the photos also made me grieve, grieve a little over their losses all over again.  It's like looking through a window into those past memories.
~Charlie, Kasey and Josh with Abby (center) and a glimpse of Tucker~
But I felt a little warmer around and inside my heart for having the chance to have them as part of our lives.
~Who I called my "big girls," Kasey (left) and Wendy~
Have a good week, my friends!


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Hello August!

Well, Friends, it's August. Quite frankly, I can't believe it. How did July pass by so quickly? I know, I know, I say this all the time, but I literally blinked and the month was gone.
A patient at my office said, and I totally agree, that July was an unusually "hades-type-temperature-month" in Northern Virginia.  Charlie, in the video below, totally agrees as he enjoyed a bowl of ice on the last day of the month.
In the 13 years we've had Charlie, he's always enjoyed bowls of ice. And it's the one thing he won't share.
~Charlie enjoying a bowl of ice in Tennessee~
But I wonder what August will bring? Will it bring a forever home for Ginger? (below)  I've no way of knowing that, but what I do know is that I'm not ready for summer to be over.
We all know that we don't have a say in any of it. So all we'll do is try to make the best of our time that keeps passing me by all too quickly.
~Todd (in Tenn) always has something to say!~

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Back Home in Virginia!

I'll say it again...My trip, as I've made no secret about, was wonderful, although a day or two, too short.
The time away allowed me to unwind, step back, evaluate, and spend time recentering.  In the process, priorities have been realigned as well as readjusting goals.
Our drive home was uneventful. Todd, Max, Rhett and Charlie were totally worn out.  It was a "good tired." They all slept nearly the entire time for the 7 hour drive.

But now we're back home, and time to step back into real life and our routine.
~Getting ready to leave -Max & Rhett were a bit worried~
Work tomorrow. For the first time in almost a month all of the staff (including the doctor) will be there. It's going to be a be a busy day and week too.
Carl did a great job caring for the dogs while we were gone. All was well when we got back.
I did want to show off Alf who went to the groomer (again) just before I left.  You'll recall, my middle of the night idea, had him looking like a Lab in a yeti coat.
And now he looks like this. (below) With the heat, Alf is definitely happier and looking better too.  It really was the best and right thing to do to have him "buzzed" completely down.  By winter he'll have a really nice coat to keep him warm.

Outside, there are no sightings of the wrens around the house.
~This handsome Cardinal kept tapping on the window of the cabin. My friend said this is his 2nd year he's done this
I did take the wren nest down in the garage. Inside was one egg that didn't hatch. I put the nest into the woods in a quiet place. It just seemed like the right thing to do.
Have a good week!
~Sunset, our last day in Tennessee~

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Our Last Day

Our last day in Tennessee. After a couple of days or torrential rain, the sun has come out.
~I saw a dog in these clouds....do you?~
Despite the rain, the time away has been all that I'd hoped it would be. I've decided that next time I come, I'm going to have to stay a bit longer.
Five days just doesn't seem like enough time to do everything there is to do here. Especially this time of year.
I think Todd
Max
Charlie
And Rhett may just agree.

So, today I'll take the last of my photos and head home in the morning.
Despite wishing I could stay a bit longer,
 ... it's always good to leave a place like this, looking forward to coming back again.
And I'm already looking forward to it.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Recharging in Tennessee

In the cold and gloomy days of January my mind  was already thinking ahead to warmer days and vacation. This was helped along when the doctor I work for told us that he'd be taking 2 weeks off for a family trip overseas. So, I contacted my friends in eastern Tennessee, and reserved their cabin.  We've been here several times before, but never in July.
~Todd, my sleeping co-pilot~
At the time, July seemed so far away, but here we are, at a place that I've come to love and enjoy for its peaceful setting and as a place to recharge my inner batteries --  And it's dog-friendly too.  (Carl is a left-behinder at home with the other dogs) 
~Early morning view from the porch of the cabin~
I may be here alone, but I'm not totally alone. With me on this trip is a very shaggy Todd, Charlie, Rhett and Max.
~On the way with Rhett probably wondering "are we there yet??"
And here for the first couple of days was a longtime friend who I have known since about 1975 when she dated my oldest brother.  Their dating may not have worked out, but Teresa's friendship and connection with my entire family, and ours with hers over all these years is one that without question, I truly value and treasure. Teresa lives just over an hour away from the cabin and it worked out perfectly with her schedule to come. We talked and laughed until the late hours of the night and ate too much.
~Freshly baked blackberry cobbler is best enjoyed with a friend!~
It was really great fun having her here, if only for a couple of days!
~We took a drive through Smokey Mountain National Park~
Now that I'm alone, and with 2 days left of my trip, it's time to just relax, reflect and of course recharge before I get back to my life.
I hope you're having a good week!

UPDATE on the Wrens in our garage. 

They family of Wrens were ready to leave before I thought they would be, and they did not leave quietly or without a little drama.  The drama came when one of the three fledglings appeared to not quite be able to find its way out of the garage. This really upset the parents who made no secret of their unhappiness with the situation. I think the fledgling was one that got "misplaced" when it fell out of the nest the day before -- During the day I saw it fall behind a box on the top shelf, fly and land on Gino's bed, sitting on top of the garage door, on the floor, and finally the next morning, I saw it sitting on top of my van looking in the direction of the big scary world. That was the last time I saw any of the wrens. It appears they all made it out of the garage safely!  Yay!!
~Two of the three wren fledglings out of the nest on flight day~

Friday, July 19, 2019

A Power Outage

Summer storms are nothing unusual, especially this time of the year. The one we had on Wednesday afternoon wasn't too bad as far as storms go. It passed through pretty quickly and the skies began to clear. Then, for a still unknown reason, our power went out.
It was a mostly sleepless night. I kept waking up for reasons ranging from thinking I heard a dog barking outside, (there wasn't), the power coming back on (it hadn't) and to let Gino back into the garage, (because he was meowing to be let out).  We were up early sitting on our front porch as the day began.
Sometimes it's nice just to sit and listen as the world around you wakes up.
But life has a way of creeping back in and I had to think about getting ready for work. Thinking through how we were going to manage 3 of us getting ready for work, with no power, little sleep, and a limited amount of water made for a bit of a challenge.
Thankfully our power was restored around 11 o'clock, and the regular programming of life resumed.
But last evening, we were all in bed by 9 o'clock.