On today's edition of Adventures with Astrid, this pup wanted to show you all how Mother Nature tried to be a tad bit festive during one of our walks recently.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
It's Tonks Tuesday, and today you get to see what the calico does within a minute of the Christmas tree going up. Pretty much every single one of these photos is in the form of a blooper, because Tonks moves fast when she's excited, but they're pretty darn cute anyway.
I'm sure there will be plenty more photos of Tonks in the Christmas tree. Maybe I'll even get some non-blooper shots. Maybe.
Monday, November 28, 2022
Hello, friends! I'm going to apologize again for absent and late posts these past couple of days. There was a work emergency over the weekend, and a work emergency this morning. I work as a laboratory technician in a chemistry lab, and the recent emergencies all involve broken machines required for the day-to-day life of the lab. Anyway. I don't want to complain, as I'm very grateful to have an income, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't about to pull my hair out when it comes to my full-time job. That's enough of that, though.
All that said, I'm trying to prep posts to make December on our blog all shades of festive with consistent posts. That's in no small part why this post is late, because I've been focusing on posts that you won't even see for at least a few days. Well, that and work stuff.
Anyway, here's an Evan supervising me as I put lights on one of our Christmas trees.
Don't worry, come December, you'll be seeing Evan in far more festive photos that don't involve rogue light strands or tree branch eating. Probably.
Festive Flashback Doodle of the Day
Part of the December posts I'm prepping are new Christmas doodles. For today, though, I have this flashback doodle that pretty much depicts what it's like to put up our Christmas trees with some of the kitties at my house. It's all shades of wild and crazy, and I love it.
Saturday, November 26, 2022
After spending all of yesterday decking the halls at our house, today is a catchup day. In addition to doing the ever so festive task of mowing up the leaves in my yard, I'll also be working on the many Christmas doodles I hope to share this season. In the meantime, here's a festive flashback doodle starring all the furbabies.
That is actually the image of one of our Christmas cards from years ago. Since one of the Christmas doodles I'm working on is this year's card, this seemed fitting.
Friday, November 25, 2022
We hope all of our friends in the US had a happy Thanksgiving with lots of food! We're stuffed, and now we're also ready 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. I would like a _________ of my own.
Thursday, November 24, 2022
That is, admittedly, not the Thanksgiving doodle you're supposed to be sharing. However, this here human got home from work yesterday and went straight to baking pies, and she forgot to finish today's post. I forgot to even scan this year's Thanksgiving doodle, and so you'll be seeing it in the next couple of days. But, this one is actually one of my past favorites. It's a 2018 doodke, and it stars my angel Rosie, a guest of a turkey, and in the background a giant Santa float from a certain Thanksgiving day parade.
Many Thanksgiving dinners include bread, rolls, biscuits, or other doughy goods. That being said, be cautious and aware when baking bread around dogs and cats. If a pup or kitty consumes unbaked bread dough, especially that which contains yeast, serious side effects could result. For example, unbaked break dough can expand inside the warm intestinal tract, which can in turn result in life-threatening bloat, twisted stomach, and other potential issues. Yeast in unbaked bread dough not only can result in bloat, though. It can also ferment. Such fermentation produces alcohols, which can then be absorbed into a cat or dog's bloodstream and result in alcohol poisoning. Needless to say, unbaked bread dough can be very dangerous, or even deadly, if consumed by a cat or dog. So, never leave unbaked bread dough unattended. Keep your kitty or pup out of the kitchen, or do whatever else you must to keep your kitty or pup from giving that dough and other dangerous Thanksgiving feast foods a taste test.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Astrid loves walks in the autumn. Not only does she love the weather, but she also loves all the piles of leaves we come upon as we journey the neighborhood.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Tonks knows I'm getting her Tonks Tuesday post up late yet again, and so she's looking a bit cantankerous today.
That's fair, Tonks. I deserve that glare.
This may have been a quick post, but we're still wishing you a happy Tuesday, friends!
Monday, November 21, 2022
After a weekend of crashing computers and dying appliances, we are here. I truly, truly hope that is the last missed weekend on our blog. Weekend posts are some of my favorite, and the past few weekends have just been duds here on our end.
Now, though, it's Monday, and that means Mancat Monday. So, are you ready for you some Evan?
I'll probably have to wake him up from a nap just to shove him in that dreaded carrier and cart him off. Sorry, Evan. I promise it's for your own good.
I always get nervous before my furbabies' annual exams and bloodwork, as I always fear what could but hopefully won't be found. Evan has been having slightly increased vomiting lately, especially after he drinks. He only vomits something like once every one to two weeks, but given that he vomited all of two or three times in his entire first 8 years of life, the fact that he does so on somewhat of a schedule now does concern me. He also started having bowel issues earlier this year, which I believe I mentioned way back when. He was seen for it back when it all started happening and underwent all sorts of tests, but nothing abnormal was found. He's still occasionally having these issues, though, so I'll be continuing the discussion with our vet on Evan's intestinal issues.
All of the above said, I do have to remember that Evan is my hind limb paralyzed boy. Things have never been what you call normal with him. He used to never have urinary incontinence, but he developed that a couple of years ago, very likely as a lingering result of his hind limb paralysis. As he gets older, there are things that might just start arising because of the things that make him so special. I can handle that, as long as it's something he and I can deal with together. I'll stop the nervous rambling now.
Happy Monday, friends!
It's also worth noting to be aware of the contents and preparation of chicken, beef, and all meats served at your Thanksgiving dinner. These can all potentially contain problematic fat, or additives such as onion, garlic, salt, and so forth. To prevent pancreatitis, gastrointestinal distress, or other issues, either refrain from giving your furbaby a taste at all, or give treats only in moderation and only when you are certain that the food contains no potentially dangerous components.
Friday, November 18, 2022
Hello and happy Friday, friends! We're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, and 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. On holidays, I usually have a second serving of _________.
(Yes, thank you, I will have another piece of pie.)
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Hello and happy Thursday, friends! After a wild and crazy week, we're ready for Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.
1. On holidays, I usually have a second serving of _________.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Today's post is a different sort of Adventure with Astrid, because it's not an adventure away from home. It's a photo from a few weeks ago, soon after Astrid had her surgery to fix her torn CCL. Especially back before she was allowed to go for walks, we set up a cage for Astrid on our back patio. After all, Astrid loves this time of year and being outside, yet for 10 weeks she's not allowed to do any running, jumping, playing, or anything else that isn't being sequestered on a leash or hanging out in her cage. All that said, here's Astrid having a staredown with the neighbor dog from her patio cage one sunny morning.
Astrid regularly asks to go out to her outdoor cage. She seems to understand that, currently, that's her only option for hanging out outside for longer than just a basic bathroom break or walk. So, she happily hangs out in her patio cage. Well, except these past few days when it's quite literally been freezing outside. And snowing.
Happy Wednesday, friends!
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Hello, friends! Sorry for yet another late post! Today and tomorrow my work place has a major audit going on. We've been preparing for it for weeks, probably more like months, with lots of extra hours put in. I even ended up working during my intended week off last week. I'll be beyond glad when the next two days are over, as life both at work and outside of work can then get back to some semblance of normal.
That said, here's a Tonks for you on this Tonks Tuesday.
I'm not going to lie, as much as I love autumn and all it brings with it, I've been itching to start drawing and sharing some Christmas doodles. I'll of course first finish at least a couple of my autumnal works in progress and share those over the next week or so, but Christmas doodles are coming very, very soon. I've already started working on the festive doodle for our Christmas card for this year, but that won't be shared here on our blog until Christmas Day. I am determined to actually get back into a routine of sharing new doodles far more regularly this Christmas season.
It's still Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, and so we have another tip today for those who might know a diabetic kitty or pup. We recently mentioned the importance of diet for a diabetic furbaby, and today we're mentioning how exercise is also significant for keeping diabetes regulated. Just as with humans, a proper activity level can help to keep diabetes under control, this especially being the case for a diabetic kitty or pup who is overweight and in need of losing weight. That being said, though, exercise and activity level also can affect blood glucose levels. For this reason, talk to your veterinarian regarding a healthy level of exercise for your diabetic furbaby, and how to best monitor their activity level, weight, and diabetic status.
Monday, November 14, 2022
After yet another unintentional weekend hiatus, we're back. Last night, I even finally spent some time prepping more blog posts so that we hopefully don't keep lacking or stalling posts. I'm trying to be a less horrible blogger. It may not look like it, but I'm trying.
All that said, it's Mancat Monday, and today mancat Evan is feeling a tad bit autumnally festive.
Do you see anything abnormal on the porch outside the door there? You know, like that pile of cat food? That's for the friendly neighbor kitty, as well as some far more skittish neighborhood kitties who often stop by but never let me visit with them. I'll just keep feeding them in hopes that they'll let me befriend them. My life goal is, after all, to be friends with all the cats.
Happy Monday, friends!
Flashback Doodle of the Day
In line with what you feed a diabetic kitty or pup, also keep in mind how things like food intake can affect blood glucose levels. If your furbaby has a decreased appetite and is not eating, administering insulin can potentially lead to hypoglycemia. This is because an animal gets glucose from their food. If your furbaby is not eating and is therefore not taking in food as a source of glucose, then administering insulin, which lowers blood glucose, can lead to even lower levels of glucose. So, be sure to discuss all such factors with your veterinarian, and be sure to hold off on administering insulin if your furbaby is not eating so that hypoglycemia does not result. At the same time, also be aware of other factors that could potentially affect a diabetic cat or dog's blood glucose levels, such as vomiting and diarrhea, or even dental or other issues. Again, discuss any such concerns with your veterinarian as needed.
Friday, November 11, 2022
Hello and happy Friday, friends! It's time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, and 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. A veteran I would like to thank today is _________.
(This is why I don't enjoy vacations. I'm more of a staycation kind of person. I neither like traveling nor being away from my kitties and pup.)
(I do a lot of online shopping, but these days it seems like I'm on Chewy's site making purchases all the time. I think this is currently because a bunch of my fubabies' food and other goods keeps going out of stock, and so I stalk Chewy waiting for it to go back in stock when we need more. It seems like I've constantly got orders going with them lately. Hopefully my shopping with them can become more controlled again when, or if, the supply chain situation improves.)
We're still in the midst of our National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month tips. On this topic, yesterday we discussed observing your furbaby and knowing visible signs of illness. In addition to this, if your furbaby has been diagnosed with diabetes, consider monitoring their blood glucose at home. This is of course not always an option, depending on the furbaby and the situation. But, if it is possible, do discuss this with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can help you learn how to safely check your kitty or pup’s glucose at home, which can be done simply by using a vein in your kitty or pup's ear and the same type of glucometer a human would use. If nothing else, it is of course advisable to take a diabetic furbaby to the vet for regular glucose and/or fructosamine checks, as well as frequent urinalyses, especially in the early stages of their diabetes treatment.