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CGC Test

June 15th 2009 7:11 pm
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Well, I did it. Only 5 yrs in the making mom says. Hey, I know I'm not perfect but I'm as close as it comes, right? And this will prove it even more so.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. I wouldn't lay down for them but the floor was cold and my arthritis was acting up. Cut me some slack, I'm 11 for pete's sake!

Mom says now I should be able to do some therapy work, which she wanted to do with me when we lived in Ca, but it just didn't work out. Hopefully here mom will have more time.

Gunther's supposed to take his test on Sun. I bet I get a higher score than him. After all, how can you beat a perfect score?

 

Goodbye Tater.............RIP 1/07---2/6/09

February 19th 2009 4:19 pm
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Mom is sad. This is a late entry, but last Fri mom had to put to sleep one of her pet rats, Spud (Tater). He had cancer and had lost the use of both rear legs and at that point mom said it was time.

I could really care less. Heck, I could have put him out of his misery, he would have made a good snack (shhhhhh.......don't tell mom).

I think Posey is missing him though. She used to play "hide and seek" with him. They would poke each other thru the cage bars. Sunny doesn't do that with her.

Mom brought his body home so we could all smell him and understand. Sunny, his brother, mom thinks he already knew Tater was dying so he didn't really react to his body. Gunther, Nigel and Posey though were very interested in him. I say, if you've seen one dead body, you've seen them all. :P

Mom will bury him in the spring, along with his brother, as Sunny also has cancer and will probably be needing to be put to sleep in another few months as well.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All! Many updates.

December 31st 2007 5:42 pm
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Yo!

Thought I should say what a nice holiday season it has been here. I love Minnesota so. I wish I could stay here but we are moving to Illinois. Yup, we're still not there yet after 1.5 yrs.

Mom and dad did finally find a house and buy it in Oct. Took them a long time to find a town that would allow 4 doggies to live there, be liveable (you should have seen some of the houses) and still be an okay commute to work for dad. Which probably doesn't matter now b/c dad lost his job last month.

We have several new additions to the family since I last posted. Mom got a job working at Petsmart in Aug '05. It was only supposed to be temporary b/c we were supposed to be moving to Illinois shortly but that didn't happen. It was hard for mom to adjust b/c she doesn't like selling animals to people.............especially since most people are stupid and shouldn't own animals to begin with. Mom did her best to steer them in the right direction and give them as much info as she could on whatever they were purchasing. Most of the time they didn't want to listen. *sigh* poor mom.

Anyway, back to the new additions. One guy purchased a female rat from the store last Dec. He then returned it in Jan with a litter of 8 pups saying it had gotten pregnant at the store. Impossible b/c they only sell females there, and that particular rat had been there quite some time (and apparently the guy had recently purchased a male rat). So 8 babies had to find good homes. When brought to the store, they were only the size of jelly beans. As they matured and got fur, mom saw that 3 of them were different than the ordinary colors of a rex rat (breed of rat). 2 males and 1 female. Mom wanted the one male and female but after speaking with her vet and finding out that it would cost $80 for a neuter, she decided to go with the 2 males. One blonde one named Sundance (Sunny) and a black tuxedo named Spud (Tater). They lived in a 20 gallon long aquariumm for awhile, but mom got them a brand new giant ferret cage for Christmas so we may be getting more rat brothers after the move.

In the spring, a shipment of reptiles came in. Mom loves reptiles, so she always takes special care of them. One little chinese water dragon though didnt do so well. He didn't eat much, was lethargic, started getting ulcers and later started open mouthed breathing. Mom finally convinced them to let her adopt him this Oct. Mom immediately took him to her vet in Sioux Falls (Dr. Dayton Williams, you rock!) and he was diagnosed with a bacterial infection causing respiratory distress as well as having coccidia. First we treated him for the bacterial infection. After we were done with that he went back for a recheck and we treated him for the coccidia. He also has calcium deficiency which we may have to treat later. He just started perking up last week and is now eating fairly regularly. He will probably be dwarfed and a bit sickly his whole life but he appears much happier now. We named him Francis (we're still not sure if he's a boy or girl, although mom suspects a male). He is enjoying his new Christmas present of a 20 long aquarium (not the same one the rats were in, that was moms' sisters and she wanted it back) with a brand new waterfall fountain and adjustable temp heat lamp.

Earlier this month we adopted 2 red factor canaries from a fellow employee who needed to rehome them. They are with dad right now, along with Pasta (our cockatiel). Mom figures birds are fairly easy to care for so dad can handle them. She named them Edgar and Elliot.

Last Oct, mom also set up a small 5 gallon aquarium in her bedroom. She really got into fish after working at Petsmart and has learned alot. Right now, it is full of live plants, has 1 betta (Simon II........first Simon got bloat and died after 10 months), 1 albino cory catfish (Albert........resembles Einstein with his whiskers), 1 rubber lipped plecostomus, 1 japanese algae eating shrimp, 2 glowlight tetras, 1 cardinal tetra, and 1 fancy guppy. In the past there was a sunburst wag platy, 2 other glowlights, 2 other cardinals, and numerous otocinclus (mom loves them but they just didn't fare well) and when the guppy passes mom will get more cardinals. The guppy currently picks onthe one there is.

Next summer we are hoping to add a russian or some other kind of tortoise. There is also a sick lizard at work right now and mom left her email with them in case they want to adopt him out. He ha a special place in her heart as well. He came in the same shipment as Francis. She also for sure wants to add one more cockatiel and possibly some finches or a small parrot............or both.........lol.

Over the next few weeks, mom will be moving our stuff from here out to Oswego where our new house is. Hopefully it won't take more than 2 or 3 more trips. Still need to make another trip to Sioux Falls so Francis can have a recheck, I can get my annual blood workup and Nigel can have his anal glands checked.

Check out Gunther, Nigels and Posey's page for how our holidays went.

 

Moving again?!

April 24th 2006 9:14 pm
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Oh no!

I'm moving again! As you can see from my bio, I've moved alot in my 8 yrs. More than most people move in a lifetime.

Sigh. Oh well, I guess there's not much I can do about it. We are moving to someplace called Ill-annoy? What kind of a name is that? Do people get ill there alot? Or worse yet, do doggies get ill there alot? Does their illness annoy them? Or are they annoyed by something else?

Hmmm.........guess I'll just have to find out when we get there. Mom thinks I will like it there b/c they will have snow. Ah, snow. I hardly remember thee. It's been so long since I've romped in snow.

Gunther's been asking me alot of questions. He doesn't remember his move out here from Mishagain. He also doesn't remember snow. Mom says he will have to wear a jacket in Ill-annoy b/c Gunther gets cold easily. He's even had to wear sweatshirts here! Can you believe it? In Kal-ifor-neeuh. What a wimp! You'd never catch me wearing clothes. Well, other than the occasional bandana that is.

Chow for now.

 

Another Gunther?

April 24th 2006 8:56 pm
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Uh oh.

I have overheard mom mentioning something about "new additions" soon. We did have some puppies come visit a few months ago. I hope it's not them. They peed on the floor..............alot! And they got in my way................alot!

Hmmmmm.............I'm not sure if I can survive any more puppies. I'm getting old, ya know. I'm not a young whippersnapper anymore.

I'm not sure why mom needs any more dogs anyway. Aren't I and Gunther enough? I mean, comeon, Gunther is the size of 2-3 dogs at least! And he's not done growing yet!

I guess I will have to wait and see. Maybe it will give me a break from Gunther and they will play with him instead so I can sleep.

 

Happy Birthday to Me!

April 24th 2006 8:49 pm
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Okay, so I'm a little bit late. My birthday was officially on the 8th, but I've been partying so hard that I haven't had time to get in and post. Yup, that's right, us 8 yr olds still know how to get down!

It was a nice birthday. Mom took me and Gunther for a walk in a new park and did a small photo shoot with us. Mom says we were very good and the pics turned out great.

Then, the next week we had my birthday party at the dog park. No cake like at Gunther's b/c mom knew he would just steal the cake. So a friend of hers made doggie cupcakes instead. They were yummy!

I did have to wear a dumb hat, but it said Birthday Princess on it, so at least it got something right. Mom even made me a birthday montage and put it up on youtube. You can check it out here, along with all our other videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb5rlDEIxHg

 

Christmas 2005

December 26th 2005 6:58 pm
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Well, another Christmas came and went. Mom didn't get me as much as Gunther, but what I got was much, much better!!

I got a HUGE, EMORMOUS, GIGANTIC, MAMMOTH sized bone. It's almost as long as me, and the ends are almost as big as my head.

I wasn't sure what to do with it at first, and just licked it and then lay down next to it. But after mom told me it was okay and that it was mine, all mine a few times, I went to town at it. Mom did have to take it away after awhile b/c I was getting protective of it, but gave it back to me tonight. I was sucking up to her to make sure she wouldn't take it away again.

I played with some of Gunther's toys today, too, but mom had to take me on the other side of the house and lock Gunther out so I could play. I don't like to be interrupted when playing.

Plus, I'm almost done with my nose drops. Tomorrow is the last day for them. Whoohoo!!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

 

The Results Are In!!

December 11th 2005 9:41 pm
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I DO NOT HAVE RINGWORM!!! WHOOHOO!!!!

The vet called mom yesterday and told her the culture failed to grow. I wasn't sure what that meant, but mom explained it to me. They don't know what I have, but at least it's not ringworm. I still have to have those icky drops put on me, but me and mom have worked out a deal to keep me from licking them off.

We both lay on the floor, and I lay my head on her knee. That way I don't feel the urge to lick quite so much. Plus I get one of the big treats when it's dried most of the way, instead of 1/2 a treat (b/c of my diet................pooh!)

So we went to the park today. YAY!! I didn't play or anything, but there were so many messages that I've missed since being gone. Had to go around checking all my pmail.

Just thought I would update ya all so you wouldn't continue thinking me unclean. My perfect record remains unblemished, and I can continue on with my life's work of not just being a pretty face, but a whole lot more.

Here's lookin' at you, kid.

 

I'm Unclean!!

November 30th 2005 10:40 pm
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Mom took me to the vet yesterday to have a suspicious mark on my nose looked at. If that wasn't bad enough, she brought Gunther with b/c she wanted to weigh him. If that wasn't bad enough, the vet thought it might be ringworm.

I feel so........so.........DIRTY!! We won't find out for sure for 7-10 days, which is when the results from the skin scraping come back. But I am still being treated for it anyway. I don't like it one bit. Mom has to put these drops on my nose, which I keep trying to lick off. So mom holds my mouth shut, but I still manage to stick out my tongue................hehehehe.

I overheard mom say I can't go to the dog park until this is resolved. I have to be on the medication for a month!!! Which means no dog park for a month!!! Can I survive? I might just wither up and die. Does no one care for my sanity?

Mom is hoping the results come back negative. She's not so sure it is ringworm. Gunther is showing no symptoms. I only have the one mark on my nose. Mom has no symptoms either, and she pets me all the time. Basically, it looks kind of like a crater. Scabby type skin surrounding the outside, with a bit of a dip on the inside. It does not itch or bother me, and it's not oozing or bleeding or anything like that, thank goodness. But just to be safe, I have to stay on the medication. : P

*sigh* If word gets out, my social status is ruined. I've worked my way up in the ranks, and have sacrificed too much to get where I am just to throw it all away on some..................some...................blemish. I will overcome this. I will be victorious. As Gloria Gaynor once sung................"I Will Survive"

Just don't let word get out, 'kay? I cannot have this blemish on my until now, impeccably clean record.

Mum's the word. Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh................................

 

Halloween

November 1st 2005 9:57 pm
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Last night was Halloween. Mom dressed me and Gunther early and got out the candy. Last year we didn't have hardly anyone stop by, and we had a whole bunch of candy left over.

Gunther was being annoying, as usual, and kept crowding the door so I couldn't show off my costume!! I looked very pretty, even though mom dressed me as a prostitute (it went with Gunther's costume). A couple of people took pictures of us, but mostly everyone ignored me, so after awhile I just sat by the couch and didn't go to the door anymore.

*sigh* I'm supposed to be the princess. Everyone is supposed to pay attention to ME!! What was WRONG with those people?!

 
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