Category: Pets

Happy New Year!


Sending you all good wishes from Northport. We had a nice time at the cabin, but decided to come home before the New Year’s crowds ascended. We would have stayed if the forecast was for a lot of snow, but that was not the case!

We did get a touch of snow last night, which put some snow on the tree branches for a short time this morning.

Our drive home was uneventful – the skies were clear all the way into Belfast, when we encountered some fog. The Princess registered her displeasure with being forced to sit in the back seat:

As we pulled into our driveway, I was pleased to see there was no 3rd story added to the SHED. It isn’t quite done, but they have made good progress.

Sending Happy New Year wishes to family and friends. We are not sad to say goodbye to 2021, but we do want to remind you all – 2022 is pronounced ”twenty twenty too.”

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Morning Walk

I took the dogs out for a decent walk this morning. They have been suffering from cabin fever and have been particularly annoying these last couple of days. We had a nice walk, and they enjoyed the outing. Of course, we got back, and within 20 minutes Natasha had to go check out the front deck. There must be some set patrol times they are following.

This first gallery shows some of the surroundings. The first photo is the path to the golf course. I need to venture up there to get some comparison photos with the fall shots. The fourth photo is the neighbor’s house across the street. I have to take photos of other houses, since you can’t see ours through the trees. And we can’t see much of any other houses while cocooned in front of our cozy fireplace.

That is an accidental selfie. I was trying to capture the dogs (who refused to look at me), and snapped myself. It is fun trying to operate the iPhone camera while wearing gloves and wrangling two mischievous pups.

You may have also noticed the lack of snow on the trees. We had some heavy winds during the past two days, but we are hoping for more snow this weekend.

We will be back with Christmas Eve wishes this evening. Gotta go – someone is ringing the bells. It must be patrol time!

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Stitch goes Hunting

We had a nice day, sunny with snow to look at, but no new flurries.

I don’t have any new photos, so here is a video of Stitch playing with a new toy. You will see Natasha wandering in and out. She does not have the same food drive, and she is not going to battle Stitch for a crummy little biscuit.

LoL – I wasn’t at a very good point of view to film this event. Maybe I can get lessons from Catherine and Beth. This also wasn’t a very ”elegant” find-the-treat toy. I will look for better ones, although Stitch will no doubt stick to the brute force method.

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Advent Update


Just a quick update today. Our patients are both doing better today. Lou still has a problem getting comfortable, but he is walking much better. Stitch seems to think his path to healing requires a cookie every ten minutes. He is responding well to his medications and hopefully healing.

I am slightly behind on the Advent Calendar for the pups due to all the excitement this week. These photos are from earlier this week.



However, this is the best photo. I have been keeping the tabs from the calendar – Lou asked why I skipped Day 3? I responded indignantly, ”Of course I didn’t skip a day.” Oops …

Stay tuned for more Advent fun later this week. Gotta go catch up now, and practice counting as well.

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Stitch gets a Surprise!

We had snow flurries throughout the night, but it was sunny and clear this morning. Deputy Dawg Stitch seemed a little surprised when he went out on the back deck.

It was funny, because the dogs haven’t paid much attention to the shed when they are on the back deck – I guess the addition of the roof and second story caught their attention.

Other News

Spent 4 hours at the emergency clinic on Tuesday night. No, not with Lou – he is doing better every day. Stitch started acting very odd late afternoon. He was hanging his head, kind of dragging his foot, and just really seemed out of it. Given his history of seizures, I was concerned he might have had a bad one, or maybe a small stroke.

He actually had a vet appointment for the next day to update his shots, but I knew we wouldn’t get any rest during the night because we would be worried about him. I called the animal emergency clinic and decided to take him in. It is about 30 miles, and it was a dark and rainy drive. We get to the clinic, and then had to wait two hours in a cold and dark car before we could be seen. Covid 19 protocol means you don’t get to go inside. Please get vaccinated!

Stitch was mostly sleeping, still acting like he was out of it. The technician finally came to get him, and she carried him into the clinic. Within 30 minutes, I got a call from the vet. She said he had apparently done something to his neck, as he totally froze when she touched it, and he whimpered (awww, poor boy). But she said he could go home after she gave him a shot for the pain, and we decided to follow up with x-rays at our regular vet in the morning.

I took him in early to the vet yesterday morning. They sedated him and took an x-ray. The radiologist could see nothing obvious, so no signs of arthritis or a disc issue. We came home with a bag full of medications – prednisone, muscle relaxer, and a couple meds for his stomach. He was comfortable last night and only cried once when he tried to run, and ended up sliding around the corner. He is eating good and slept soundly. As you can see from the photos above, he is walking fine today. We will monitor him and then decide if he needs a cat scan or MRI. Hopefully it was just a strain and he bounces back! Our biggest problem now will be trying to keep his activity level down. He is, after all, Deputy Dawg, and feels obligated to investigate every noise, inside and outside!

Natasha had a good check-up, although she was treated for an ear infection. Other than that, the girls in the house are staying relatively healthy.

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Advent Calendar for Dogs


Something new to entertain the pups – I picked up this Advent Calendar with dog cookies. I’m not sure what I thought i was going to do with one cookie a day, and two 🐶 🐶

I solved my problem by forgetting to open the calendar on the 1st. Tonight, when I gave them their surprise, I opened 1 and 2. That leaves 3 and 4 for tomorrow.

Stitch was the first to investigate. He wasn’t quite sure, but he didn’t spit the cookie out.


Natasha gets the green one:


That’s it for today, guys. Stitch wasn’t quite sure. He had to check a few times to make sure cookies weren’t falling from the sky:


Each of the dogs sneaked back when they thought I wasn’t looking. Even Natasha had to take another look. Let’s see how they react tomorrow.


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