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Yucky-poo And Freddie’s Better Too

Still under the weather but doing better

 

Just a quick update on Freddie, he is better since the ear has scabbed over but it hasn’t fully healed yet and we try to get him to not scratch as much on his rugs since that is what started this whole mess. At least he hasn’t had to make a trip to the vet yet and we hope to keep it at that.

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This Wonderful Winter Weather

This weekend was proof positive that winter is not done with us yet though I am hoping and praying that this weekend was the last go around. We had quite the winter storm on Friday night/Saturday morning and then blowing cold and snow for the rest of the day Saturday. Today it is sunny and clear but darn cold. I am seriously hoping to see no more snow and just increasingly sunny and warm weather from here on out.

 

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Pic shot through the blowing wind and snow

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So how is the winter weather doing in your neck of the woods? Oh, and Noemi, I don’t want to hear about how tough the weather has been in the Philippines. You know I’m gonna show up on your porch one of these winters, simply to beat the cold.

 

Have a great time with what is left of the weekend and have a great week as well!

There Was That Much Blood???

I have a quirky little dog that is a strange puppy but thoroughly adorable. His name is Freddie  (for those of you that don’t know) and he is full of silly things he does on a regular basis that we have just become accustomed to.

He has severe allergies and is itchy all the time. He loves a couple of throw rugs we have and he uses them to scratch all his itchy parts. He will get to going on one of these rugs and all you will hear is little piggy grunts of contentment as well as all the scratching noises.

On top of this he does the dreaded ear flap. Most dachshunds can do this, or at least all of the dachshunds we have had have done it. It can be pretty deadly if you are in too close of a proximity to the ears during the ear flap. This is a very rapid back and forth movement of his head in which the ears flap back and forth at a very high rate of speed. Stings like hell if you are too close.

This past Sunday, Freddie was particularly aggressive in his rug/ear flap combo and had been all evening. This is nothing to be concerned about usually but I did find myself hollering at Freddie to “knock it off.”

Freddie jumps up on the couch and I don’t think anything of it until I glance at him and notice blood on his neck. I grab him and holler “OMG!” Then I notice blood on his face – OMG! Then I notice that there is blood all over his back and side – OMG-OMG-OMG!!!!!

I now have a death grip on Freddie and Hubby has run over to see what all the fuss is about. We are now checking out all the bloody areas and can’t find anything. Then we notice his ear.

Freddie has one ear that has a notch in it and he has had this since we rescued him and we have never thought anything about it. Well, this notch is what has opened up during his rug/ear flap session.

I cannot believe the amount of blood that came out of this little dog from just the tip of his ear. I also can’t believe how freaking difficult this was to stop. Of course he is still ear flapping and blood is flying everywhere. Can’t talk to a dog and tell him that ear flapping with an open wound is not a good idea. Well, you can but I guarantee he wasn’t listening.

Hubby tried a couple of different ways to wrap up his ear but that is a strange place to bandage and rug rubbing tends to work the bandage off. After the second or third attempt we got it stopped.

This lasted for about 2 days.

He got the bandage off and we were good for about 12 more hours and then he opened it up all over again. Now my house has blood absolutely everywhere. I am still finding blood drops I missed. This is a 20lb dog that is about 18 inches tall and he managed to get blood slung up to the top of my glass sliding door.

Let me tell you, those CSI guys on TV would have loved the spray/drip  patterns  that were everywhere in my living room.

We have had a couple of days with no carnage but I just looked at his ear and it is trying to open up again. We may have a trip to the vet in store if it opens up again.

Anyone know a good haz-mat team?

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We’re Back!

Had a great time on vacation but it is great to be back home again, especially since both Hubby and I have colds and have for the last few days. This sucks even more since yesterday was our 32nd anniversary and neither of us have felt like celebrating much. We are hoping that we both feel better before the weekend is over so we can at least go out to dinner someplace nice.

We took some photos of our trip and the one day we rented a pontoon boat and went out fishing for the whole day which just happened to be the last day we were at the lake and it was overcast and 60 degrees. Figures. The days prior were lovely – sunny, not too hot with nice breezes. We spent the first part of the trip fishing from the bank which isn’t too bad except that Stockton Lake doesn’t have a lot of areas that are accessable for bank fishing.

Anyhoo, we had a great time and here are some of the pics just don’t laugh too hard :0)

This is the Orleans Trail Marina, Campground and Hotel

This is the Orleans Trail Marina, Campground and Hotel

The actual marina area

The actual marina area

Our Love Nest for 12 days

Our Love Nest for 12 days

View of Lake from the boat

View of Lake from the boat

Me perched on the back of the boat, fishing

Me perched on the back of the boat, fishing

the smallest fish I caught which I sent back to get his bigger relatives

the smallest fish I caught which I sent back to get his bigger relatives

Biggest fish I caught - not a whopper but fun

Biggest fish I caught - not a whopper but fun

We called her "Lucky Lucy" for being a 3-legged wonder dog
We called her “Lucky Lucy” for being a 3-legged wonder dog

Lucy is a sweet natured old girl that was dumped off at the campground area and has been living at the marina area. She lost her hind leg at the knee and she gets around there okay but she is old and it is very laborious for her to get around. She slept outside our room each night and as you can see we let her in to give her fresh water and some food everyday. She is such a good dog. She doesn’t lick you she offers you her paw instead. She wouldn’t come in the room unless invited and she stole our hearts. It was so difficult to leave her there when all I wanted to do was bring her home with us and spoil her rotten for the rest of her life. All she wanted was a bit of love and attention and she was content. Leaving her there was one of the hardest things I’ve done. I am such a sucker for lost souls.

With us being back I will finish putting up the final few giveaways that I have so stay tuned and get ready to enter.
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Life With Fred and Marvin

I decided to write about Freddie and Marvin after a particularly interesting evening with both of them. Since they travel with us and stay in the motels, I am in close proximity to them on a daily basis. They are both characters and can be a constant source of amusement or consternation depending on their mood for the day. I can’t imagine my life right now without them though.

So here is a little history and back story on the boys. Pictures used are of their stunt doubles as we don’t have any current photos cause Mom can’t seem to use the camera correctly. 🙂

Freddie is a reddish brown Dachshund (Doxie) that we rescued about 2 years ago. Freddie was about 3 yrs old at the time and his owners were going to just let him loose out in the countryside if someone didn’t take him. A woman I worked with at the time, took him and then came and talked to me about him. I was known around work as the “soft touch” and was known to rescue animals. She told me about Freddie’s plight and basically talked me into taking him.

What I got was a round sausage with 4 legs sticking out of it. Poor Freddie. He is classified as a miniature Doxie but he was anything but that. He weighed 30lbs! He had been stuck for about 20hrs a day in a small animal crate that was big enough for him to either go in face first or bottom first and then just lay down. He couldn’t turn around in it and from being in it so long every day, he had worn off all the hair on his belly and chest areas.

They obviously fed him but that was about it. I got a dog that had no clue what toys were or how to play. He is a very sweet dog and is very well mannered. He has never destroyed anything in the house except plush toys. He can’t get the idea that they are to play with. Neither can he really get the concept of fetch. The only thing he got on a routine basis was rawhide chews so everything to him is to be chewed. We have taught him to play “chase” or “tag” with us but he still prefers chew toys to anything else.

They just didn’t want to bother with him and when they discovered that he has major allergies, that was it. I am happy to say, it was their loss. Freddie is a sweetie. He is one of the most loving dogs I have ever had.

He now weighs about 21 lbs and he will probably never get below that but he is a very muscular Doxie as apposed to the usual skinny framed ones. We deal with his allergies and he is doing fine now. The biggest problem we have with Freddie is we can’t get out of his sight without him having separation anxiety. This is why he travels with us. If we go on vacation then Fred goes over to our son’s house and stays with him, so in the 2 years we have had Fred, he has been with us almost 24/7.

This is Marvin's coloring, just not so "smushed face"

This is Marvin's coloring

Marvin, as regular readers (I do have a few!) know is a kitty that we rescued at a motel we were staying at about 2-3 months ago. Well let me tell you, he is a hand full now! This is the most curious kitten I have ever had. You cannot do ANYTHING without Marvin being right there in the middle of it to see what is going on. I told Hubby that he is our supervisor in charge since he is always there making sure we are doing whatever we are doing correctly.

Marvin is also extremely loving. He loves to lay on me while we travel and he just purrs and purrs. Marvin also loves Freddie to distraction. He has got to be next to Freddie as much as he can. He loves to curl up on him or next to him to sleep. Marvin does that typical cat move of going back and forth, rubbing up against you motions, typically done against your legs thing…well, Marvin does that to Freddie’s face to get him to pay attention to him.


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Freddie's usual expression when dealing with Marvin

Freddie' usual expression

Freddie isn’t quite fond of this show of affection. In fact, if he is on the floor when Marvin does this, then the battle is on. That is his clue to start chasing Marvin around the room which is why I think Marvin did it in the first place! If Freddie is on the bed and Marvin does it, Freddie will immediately get under his blanket. This does not deter Marvin any more. He is now big enough that he can muscle his way underneath the blanket and go after Freddie. This is not good news for Freddie…or me. If I am on the bed as well, then Freddie buries his face against me so Marvin can’t get to him. This usually sends Marvin out from the covers and onto me. It’s like having 2 small children again!

They do really love each other though because if either of them squeaks then the other one is right there to ensure that they are okay. They do sleep next to each other for at least half of the night and they don’t fight at all or over anything including food. I do get a kick out of them though as they go through this journey with us. They love us, we love them and they definitely love each other.

They are BFF’s until the end.


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Our Home Away From Home

We are out in the Boonies again for the week and made it into our bigger room, yea! When you have 2 people, 1 dog, 1 kitten, enough goodies to get you through at least a week, 2 duffel bags, 2 laptop bags and accessories, plus all the odds and ends it becomes a major production. And we do this every week. Wonder why I decide to stay home once in awhile?

Pet update: Marvin is getting bigger and more ornery as each day goes by. He loves to travel though so that’s cool. Freddie is healed up from his surgeries, finally. Lilly is still being kitty-sat since her fracture is still not healed.

Here are the newest pics of Marvin and Freddie 🙂

Freddie waking up from a nap - yes that's his blanket

Freddie waking up from a nap - yes that is his blanket

My boys taking a nap

My boys taking a nap

Marvin's favorite place

Marvin's favorite spot

Marvin loves to play with his buddy in the mirror

Marvin loves to play with his buddy in the mirror

The motel we are staying at has its own menagerie.

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