Saturday, October 1, 2022
Friday, September 30, 2022
Hello, friends! We're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Are you? We'd love for you to join us. My wonderful co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.
1. I'm usually _________ but sometimes I can be _________.
(Though I know it sounds blasphemous to some, I love being awake and productive early in the morning, when the rest of the world is still asleep. When it comes to nighttime, I'm usually too tired for my brain to fully function, especially on work days. Sometimes I'm even asleep by 7 or 8 pm, though that's usually if I've fallen asleep on the couch while watching TV. That happens more often than I care to admit, but I digress. That said, every once in awhile there's a night when I'm wide awake, and sometimes I'll even find myself wildly productive past midnight. That happens something like once a month, and it never fails to shock me.)
(You might very well be tired of hearing about it by now, but pup Astrid is having her torn CCL repaired on October 11. After that, she'll have a number of weeks on varying versions of strict crate rest. By the time we've finished all the stages of her recovery and she'll be fully allowed to return to normal activity, it'll be December. And incredibly active Astrid is going to hate every second of that forced rest. That's why I'd love to be able to just skip all of that and just be at her fully recovered state. I know she'd like the same thing.)
(When the pandemic hit, I started doing most of my grocery shopping via Instacart or other delivery services. My primary reason for this was that I kept trying to do my shopping at the end of a work day like usual, but by the time I'd get to the store at 5 pm or after, much of what I needed was out of stock. And since most of the stores in my area get their trucks in early in the week, I learned that going grocery shopping over the weekend was no more successful than weekday evenings. So, I started ordering my groceries to be shopped while I was at work, when the store was most likely to be stocked. And then I just never stopped going that route. After all, as someone who prefers being home rather than going out into a social setting, the ability to have my groceries delivered to my house is very enticing.)
Lastly, we're going to finally catch up on all the weeks we've missed of Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.
All that to say, here's a weird little poem in some way inspired by all of the above photo prompts, and also somehow inspired by the wacky doodle you'll find below.
Let me tell you what my living conditions are all about.
I'll put it right out there and disclose,
That, well, I'm none other than a ghost in a cloche.
You know those little glass display domes?
Yeah, that's what I get to call my home.
One day I just woke up and there I was,
A ghost made of cloth with my own personal moon above.
I lived in a bright store with gawking faces and tile floors,
Specifically in an aisle labeled Halloween Decor.
I sat up on an uncomfy shelf that existed way, way up high.
It was like living on scaffolding, and that's no lie.
And did I mention that I'm afraid of heights?
I thought I'd found freedom one particular day,
When a strange lady picked me off the shelf and for me did pay.
But you know what became of my life after that?
I was placed on yet another shelf, just now in a new habitat.
And this time I was in the reach of a killer orange cat.
That whiskered beast has tried to knock me to the floor many a time.
I think he wants to turn my glass house into shards in a most heinous crime.
I really must—oh no!—here comes that murderous feline!
Really, truly, this isn't any sort of fair fight.
That clawed beast is more than a frightening sight.
He's far from small, this orange feline thing.
His belly is so big that as we runs toward me it jiggles and swings.
You might think that a rude thing to say,
But with a mouth full of teeth he's now headed my way!
Another simple way to help a pained furbaby feel some relief and comfort is by way of their beds and blankets. You can offer extra soft and thick beds, and in easy to reach locations. Some forms of pain are also alleviated by heat, which means that safe, pet-friendly heated blankets or heated beds could also be of use. Of course, you would need to take all necessary safety precautions when using any heated or electric products.
In more extreme cases, your furbaby might be in need of direct assistance with their mobility. If need be, you can use various forms of slings to help your kitty or pup ambulate. You can use a towel or blanket to create a makeshift sling, for example. Another option is to purchase a sling, or a harness with handles, which are indeed available on the market.
It is not easy to see our furbabies in pain. At the same time, it is not easy for them to feel such pain. That's why it is important to do what you can to alleviate your kitty or pup's pain, even if that means a bit of redecorating within your home.
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Hello and happy Thursday, friends! After an emergency at work and then an emergency with my car, it's just a quick post for today. Tomorrow's post will have far more to it, and will probably be far too long. That said, we do still have some cuteness to share today.
Thimble is of course here to share some gratitude for Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.
As we mentioned yesterday, September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, and so the last days of this month will include tips relating to that very topic. Yesterday's tip was about some of the signs and symptoms you might notice if your furbaby is in pain. Today's tip relates to, of course, taking your kitty in for a veterinary exam should they be showing signs of pain. By way of examination and other potential diagnostic tests, a reason for any pain your furbaby is feeling might be deduced.
Moreover, if or when your veterinarian describes medications to treat or regulate your furbaby's pain, always monitor them closely. This is often especially important after the first doses of a new medication. Depending on the reason for pain, as well as depending on the individual animal, different medications can vary in their efficacy and side effects. Of course, some pain medications will, by nature, cause drowsiness or other such side effects. In some cases, though, there are other things to look out for. For example, some animals have noticeably adverse reactions to certain drugs, such as respiratory distress, hives or swelling, vomiting, or diarrhea. There are also cases when an animal might have a hypersensitivity to certain medications, making typical side effects, such as drowsiness, even more pronounced than anticipated or safe. Therefore, after giving your kitty or pup a pain medication (or, in truth, any medication), be sure to observe them carefully. If you notice any concerning or abnormal side effects in your cat or dog, of course do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
As we mentioned last week, poor pup Astrid isn't getting her usual walks right now. And she won't be getting her usual walks for many, many weeks. After all, she's waiting for the surgery to repair her torn CCL (like a human's ACL), and after the surgery she'll be on cage rest for 6 weeks. She'll be allowed short, controlled walks 2 weeks post surgery, but Astrid has informed me that's not good enough.
For now, Astrid is surviving on short trips down the street as well as lots of time in the back yard. She's also living vicariously through photos of some of her recent walks, like this one from once upon a time.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Today is the last tip in our disaster preparedness series, and it is one that we have repeated many times, on many different occasions. This tip is to always ensure that your furbaby has some form of identification. In the unfortunate event that your furbaby becomes separated from you in any form of disaster or emergency, some form of identification could more easily bring them back to you. A collar with an ID tag as well as a microchip are the most common forms of ID for our kitties or pups. In addition to ensuring this identification is on your cat or dog, also make sure that the information is up-to-date. If you have moved addresses or changed phone numbers, for example, make sure this is reflected on your furbaby's identification. No one ever wants to consider being separated from their kitty or pup, but should this happen in an emergency or any event, your furbaby is more likely to find their way back to you if they are wearing some form of identification.
Monday, September 26, 2022
Hello, friends! We didn't mean to disappear for the entire weekend again, and to yet again not have a post prepared first thing Monday morning. Life is just happening all over the place these days, but here we are. And we're ready to get back to the blogging fun.
So, it's Mancat Monday. You know what that means?
Today's disaster preparedness tip is a rather specific one, and it is to consider using a pet rescue alert decal or sticker at your house. These decals or stickers are meant to alert rescue response teams as to how many and what kinds of animals are in the home. They can be placed on a screen door, on a window near a door, or somewhere similar where rescuers can easily see it. This type of information on what animals are in the home can help in the case of a house fire or any emergency evacuation, especially in cases when you are in any way unable to inform response teams as to how many and what kinds of animals are in the home and in need of rescuing. There are a variety of these decals or stickers available online, but one easy way to get them is through the ASPCA, as you can visit their website and order free pet emergency alert decals for your home.
Alerting emergency personnel of the animals in your home can help them to more quickly rescue your companion animals in the event of a fire or other emergency. This being said, though, please do ensure that any such decals or stickers are kept up-to-date. Not only is this important for ensuring that all animals in the house are properly accounted for, but is also important for the safety of emergency personnel. For example, if one of your furbabies has passed away but it is still included on an displayed pet emergency alert at your home, then emergency crews might put their lives at risk looking for an animal who is not even present. So, while these pet emergency alert bulletins can indeed benefit your pets' safety, also ensure that you use them properly in order to keep emergency personnel equally safe.
Friday, September 23, 2022
Hello, friends. I am very, very sorry for this late post, especially given that it's Friendly Fill-Ins day. It's been a couple of wild days around here, and now it's going to be a couple of wild months. See our fill-in #2 for why.
That said, it is indeed time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. We'd love for you to join us! My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.
1. _________ should come with _________.
(We've mentioned over the past couple of days how poor pup Astrid very recently had a leg injury that was diagnosed as a torn CCL, which is like a human tearing their ACL. We had a surgical consult yesterday, and her surgery is now scheduled for October 11. Astrid isn't getting her usual walks right now because she's hopping on three legs and that's just not great for her. It also puts her at an even greater risk of tearing her other back leg's CCL, and that's a great big no thank you. Even better—and please note my sarcasm there—Astrid's surgery recovery will entail strict crate rest for 6 weeks. We'll be giving more details on this as hyperactive Astrid lives the crate rest nightmare. SOS.)
(None of you cat blogging friends of ours think twice of my kitty obsession, but I don't often meet people like you all in real life. When people learn about my multiple cats, one of the few topics on which I can and will talk endlessly, most people look at me like I'm nuts. Especially when they find out one is hind limb paralyzed and all that jazz. People don't know what they're missing out on.)
Obviously, evacuating feral furbabies may not be anywhere nearly as easy as relocating your tame, indoor kitties or pups. However, do still do all that you can to ensure that you include ferals or strays under your care in the event of an emergency. Especially if there is a known threat of a disaster, try to find a way to access traps or other means of capturing and transporting ferals. And, of course, do your research ahead of time regarding safe areas that would be willing to take in ferals or strays in the event of an emergency. There may indeed be organizations willing to help with this feat. Therefore, also do your research in this regard and reach out to various animal rescue organizations to determine if they can offer assistance.
Another consideration to make are animals such as horses and livestock. As best as absolutely possible, try to always think ahead, even before a disaster is even on the immediate horizon, and make sure that you have access to trailers and other necessities for relocating large animals. And, again, do your research ahead of time regarding where you might be able to safely relocate animals such as horses or livestock.
Trying to orchestrate the relocation of numerous animals in the event of a disaster can indeed be very daunting. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, time or resources are short. In the end, though, you have to simply do the absolute best that you can. The best way to indeed do the absolute best you can is to always think ahead, be prepared, and have a plan. Make sure that you take the time to research safe options for all creatures under your care, and then, accordingly, make plans that could be implemented in the event of a disaster or other emergency.
Thursday, September 22, 2022
As we're sure most of you already know, today is Remember Me Thursday. The Remember Me Thursday website has often explained this day with one poignant sentence: "Remember Me Thursday is a global awareness campaign uniting individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world as an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them." Just like most of you, around here we are huge proponents of adopting cats, dogs, and other companion animals from shelters and rescues. That's why our post today is indeed centered around this significant topic.
I am of course a huge advocate for adopting shelter and rescue animals. Going one step further, though, I myself am also a huge advocate for adopting special needs—or specially abled—animals, if you are able to do so. They have so much to offer, as I have learned with my extra special Evan and Eddy.
Now, it seems perfectly timed that Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop always falls on Remember Me Thursday, given that both take place on, well, Thursday.
We'll see you tomorrow, friends!
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
We mentioned in yesterday's post that pup Astrid was at the vet getting evaluated after refusing to use her back right leg. Most of us thought it would be related to Astrid's hip, since this has been her leg with a problematic hip for pretty much her entire life. Instead, it would appear the girl tore her cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL. This is essentially the same as a human tearing their ACL.
That's one of the last walks we took the other day, soon after she suddenly stopped using her back right leg. You can't really see it in the photo, but Astrid is hopping on three legs there. Maybe you can tell, though, as a closer look might let you see that both of her back legs are off of the ground in that photo, because she's in the middle of a three-legged hop. And she's still hopping on three legs as we speak. The day of that photo, Astrid was begging to go more than just down the street despite her condition, and I made the poor decision of letting her convince me to take her farther. She happily made it, smiling the whole way, but boy did it make her tired to hop on three legs the whole way. It was difficult to see her so worn out from one of her usual walks. Now, the poor girl gets no more walks until she has had her surgery and is done with recovery. Sorry, pup Astrid.
You heard that right. Astrid is going to have surgery to fix her leg. Given that Astrid is an incredibly active and mobile girl, even at 9 years old, her vet heavily recommended surgery as the best treatment for her torn CCL. Cage rest can help some dogs, but in active Astrid's case we'd probably end up in this same boat yet again in a couple of weeks or months if we don't get it surgically repaired. So, surgery it is.
Our usual veterinary office does not currently have a surgeon on staff who performs this particular surgery. So, we were referred to another local vet who specializes in it. We have the consult at that vet tomorrow, and we'll get the surgery scheduled after that.
Astrid wanted you all to see that she can still sniff other dogs' pee even when she's standing on three legs. So, there you go.
Thank you all for the purrs, woofs, prayers, and good thoughts you've already sent us! You all are such wonderful friends, and we're so very lucky to have you.
Flashback Doodle of the Day
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Given that it's Tonks Tuesday and yet we're asking for purrs and prayers for pup Astrid, I tried to find a photo of both the little calico and the dog. All I found was this old one of Tonks checking out Astrid's beloved dental treat.
Those photos are deceiving, as that's Astrid's front right paw. It's her back right leg that's the bad one. After some scheduling issues with our vet, Astrid is finally there today getting looked over. They're trying to figure out if her hip is still the main issue, if she tore her ACL, or if it's something else altogether.
So, if you have any purrs and prayers to spare, pup Astrid could use them. We'll let you all know in Astrid's post tomorrow what's going on with her leg. Right now we still don't know, but we're crossing all of our fingers and paws that it's a simple answer with a simple fix. We'll see, though, and we'll let all of you friends of ours know tomorrow.
Wishing you all a terrific Tuesday!
Flashback Doodle of the Day
As we mentioned yesterday, we're in National Disaster Preparedness Month. Our newest series of tips, therefore, relates to this. Today, we're here to discuss having emergency supplies and travel kits prepared, should you and your furbaby need to evacuate suddenly. After all, destructive hurricanes, tornadoes, and other such disasters can, sadly, put people and their pets in the line of danger, as well as without a place to live. Therefore, especially if you are in an area where disasters might lead to evacuation, but also of course simply to be prepared for an emergency, do consider having an emergency kit prepared for your kitty or pup.
When preparing an emergency travel kit, think of the things your pup or kitty might use or need on a daily basis, or even weekly basis. Anything that they need on a regular basis can, of course, be included in an emergency kit. For example, an emergency kit for your furbaby would do well to include a week or so worth of their food, water bottles, bowls, and any medications they require. That is often not all that can or should be included in a cat or dog's emergency travel kit, though. If you rack your brain for anything that might be useful in your furbaby's emergency kit, you might consider a blanket or two, a spare leash, a carrier, a transportable litter box, litter, toys, your cat or dog's medical records, pictures of your cat or dog, and even cleaning supplies, such as paper towels and dish soap. All in all, consider anything and everything your furbaby uses or needs on a regular basis, and then create a travel kit based on that. In the case of an emergency, having such supplies already prepared can allow for you and your furbaby to evacuate and get to safety in a timely manner.
Monday, September 19, 2022
Our weekend hiatus was not really intentional, but a good amount of our unplanned time off was used prepping for some future blog posts. Not only did I finish and actually scan some of our new, upcoming doodles, but the furbabies even agreed to some early Halloween photo shoots. Given that it's Mancat Monday, none other than mancat Evan is here to give you a quick little preview of what we were up to this weekend.
Does anyone recognize that ghostly little friend of ours? It's pretty much an annual tradition for him to pose for some photos with the kitties and pup around here, and this year has proven to be no different. You'll be seeing a lot more of that friendly ghost coming up very soon.
Happy Monday, friends!
Flashback Doodle of the Day
Friday, September 16, 2022
Hello and happy Friday, friends! We're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Are you? We'd love for you to join us! My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.
1. _________ news is _________.
(I've never really liked when people say that "no news is good news", because I'm pretty sure everyone has lived through a time or two when this has proven to be nothing but false.)
(There are days when I'm just in the mood for some really lighthearted entertainment. One second I'm watching a gory horror movie, and the next I'm happily sitting through How to Train Your Dragon.)
(I didn't know how else to word this. I work jobs that I sometimes don't enjoy to give my furbabies the best life I can, I decorate my house in all sorts of weird ways to fit their needs, and all that usual jazz related to being a cat and dog mom. My world revolves around my kitties and pup, and I wouldn't have it any other way.)
(I almost put speaking to animals as my superpower of choice, but then I realized that being able to speak to animals could potentially be a very sad experience. Being told in animals' own words what they've experienced at the hands of cruel humans would be devastating. So, I'd perhaps rather be able to heal, and that of course includes healing the furry friends and family in our lives.)
It's also worthwhile to note that certain items associated with candles should also be considered dangerous and off-limits to furbabies. This would include matches and lighters, for example. These items should be kept tucked safely away, just as lit candles should.
Thursday, September 15, 2022