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The Trials and Tribulations of Darius

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Where to Start

February 23rd 2007 10:58 am
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I've been pestering Mom to start my diary and she told me this morning that she would start my page!!!!! I really don't think that my being last is fair, after all I am her favorite boy. Of course I'm her only boy, but that shouldn't matter, should it?? I'm having a hard time adjusting to life with Kea. She wants to play all the time and when I go to get in Mom's lap Kea comes running over and pushes me out of the way. Mom does her best, but since Kea is so much bigger than I am I haven't quite figured out how to get to Mom first just yet. Kea does have her advantagest though. Two in particular - I get more treats and I have someone to play with. I get more treats because Mom thinks Kea responds to food, so when we all come into the house and sit on the rug we all get a treat. We also get treats now when we go into our "houses" or when we sit down. I don't know why I didn't think about being more stubborn when I was younger. As for playing, I'm out in the yard lots more now and we run and run and run. The only problem is when we try to fetch the floopy disc. I just can't seem to catch Kea and snatch so Mom will throw it again. Kea seems to want to keep it and then Mom gives up on playing that game. I have to figure out a way to distract her because she's lots faster than me. Maybe it has something to do with how long her legs are. She can actually walk over the top of me (and Yoda) without hitting us!! I have to remember to remind Kea about skunks too. She didn't know any better and we all had to get baths because Mom said we were stinky.


Why Me??

June 7th 2007 1:54 pm
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It sure was nice when I was the only one who liked to sit on Mom's lap and play with squeaky toys. I just can't figure Kea out. She seems to be perfectly content to lay on one of the rugs and chew on her bone but the minute that I go over to get on Mom's lap Kea is right there!! Mom says that Kea is just looking for some attention but I don't buy it. I know that Mom loves me, but it just doesn't seem fair that Kea is stealing my attention. At least she gets to hot on the bed at night and hops off so I have Mom all to myself for a little while. I also need to get Mom to sit on the couch more because Kea hates the couch and then I get Mom all to myself (or at least I just have to share her with Yoda). It is nice when Mom tells me what a good guy I am because I don't bark as much as Kea. Mom wants me to be a good example for her, but its really hard because I don't want to be a role model. Who knows what will happen, but I'm sure that I'll get Kea under control sooner or later.


Something in the air

June 9th 2007 4:57 am
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I know that something is up, but I can't put my finger on it. Mom seems to be acting normal, but she is starting to act like she does when she is going away for a few days. I wonder if I'm going with her or if I'll be going to the "doggie hotel". Part of me wants to go to the doggie hotel because then I'll be able to run and play with my other doggie friends during play time, but then again if I go with Mom that means that I'll be able to go for a ride, sleep on a new bed and probably go for a hike in one of the parks. Of course I'd have to share the time with Kea, and she still isn't as good as I am when were out in public and she doesn't share the bed very well yet.


Where's Yoda????

July 12th 2007 1:32 pm
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I just don't understand what is going on. I can't find Yoda and Kea doesn't seem to know where she is either (not that she's that smart anyway!!!). Mom left with Yoda a couple of days ago and when Mom came home Yoda wasn't with her any more. Yoda's dish isn't there anymore and when we go outside I look back for her and she just isn't there. I can still smell her, but I can't track her down. I'm really frustrated by all this and spend most of my time either looking for her or laying here missing her. Kea is trying to get me to play with her all the time, but it just isn't the same. I want Yoda back!!!


Kea isn't so bad after all.

August 8th 2007 6:55 am
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Well I've (we've) been without Yoda now for almost a month. Mom is still crying and she hasn't been able to bring herself to put Yoda's kennel, bed, and stuff away yet. When she goes into the spare room she comes out crying and there isn't much that I can do about it even though I try. She doesn't seem to realize that I miss Yoda sooo much. At least I've been able to play with Kea. She isn't as bad as I thought when Mom first brought her home, but she still tries to steal Mom from me. I'll go over to spend some time with Mom and if Kea notices, she tries to get in my way and steal my Mom from me. Of course when Kea does that Mom tells her to back up and lets me get up in her lap. Then Kea puts her paws up on the chair and the three of us have some good family time together. Kea might just turn out to be fun to be with after all.


What's Glaucoma??

August 14th 2007 2:13 pm
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Yesterday Mom and I went to see Dr. K at his office. I've been having problems with my left eye and Mom was a little worried about me. Well when we were in Dr. K's office, he checked my eyes with this funny device he called a tonometer and said that my left eye had a high pressure inside but my right eye was normal. He suggested that Mom and I visit an opthamologist this week because he thinks that I have something called glaucoma. Mom is taking off work tomorrow for us to go visit this new vet and then we'll have a better idea what's up. I'm not so sure this glaucoma thing is good because I'm having trouble seeing out of my left eye and Mom is really worried about me. I know this because she's hugging on me more than usual and she has a sad look on her face and not just because she misses Yoda.


Recovering from eye surgery

August 18th 2007 5:19 am
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Boy has it been tough the last few days. Mom took me for my visit with the veterinary opthamologist and he told her that I had cancer in my left eye and that the best thing for me would be to have my eye removed. He also said that I was already blind in that eye and because where the cancer was a fake eye wouldn't be possible. I couldn't believe it when Mom left me there on Wednesday and did't come get me until Friday morning. On Thursday afternoon they came and put me to sleep and when I woke up the left side of my face really hurt and I had something around my neck. I keep trying to itch my head but I run into this plastic thing that seems to be around my neck. It wouldn't be so bad, but it makes it hard to walk around the house without bumping into anything. Kea keeps sniffing at me and this thing around my head, but I'm hoping that Mom will take it off some time soon. Until then I'll just have to "get used to it".


This e-collar is a pain

August 27th 2007 5:41 am
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I can't wait to get this thing Mom calls an e-collar off my neck. I want to scratch my head and may paw runs into this plastic thing. I itch all the time around my ears and where my eye was and I can't do anything about it. At least Mom is nice enough to help me out and scratch behind my ears and around where my eye was. I'm trying to get her to take some new pictures of me. She thinks I should be a pirate, what ever that is, for Halloween this year. I guess I'll have to find out what pirates are and let her know if I'm o.k. with that.


Missing Yoda

August 28th 2007 6:00 am
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Boy do I miss Yoda. She was the one who really helped me when I was a baby. I was with her for over 10 years and now she's not in my life any more. I'm glad that I have Kea to play with, but I miss Yoda so much. I know Mom misses her because she still hasn't put her house and things away yet. I just wish Mom would talk to me about why Yoda isn't here any more. I just don't understand. One day she left with Mom and then she didn't come back. Now I worry everytime that Kea goes places with Mom without me because I really want Kea to come back. She's actually a lot of fun. We're starting to play lots more than we used to and Mom has even smiled and laughed at how we're playing together.


No More E-collar!!!!!!

August 30th 2007 7:09 am
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Yea, I don't have to wear that stupid e-collar any more!!!!!! Mom took me to the vet yesterday afternoon and he took out my stitches and took the collar off for good. Of course he told Mom that if I started really scratching where my eye was that she might have to put the collar back on, but I'm going to try to be good enough not to get resentenced to wearing that darn thing. I was soooo happy yesterday that I almost couldn't sit still on the ride home and Mom had to scold me a little bit. After we got home, Kea and I went out and played for such a long time until the rain chased us back into the house. Now I just have figure out how to tell Kea not to sneak up on my blind side and everything will be fine.

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