cody bear's friends


and so we moved….
January 1, 2012, 8:24 am
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we’re in the new house!

spree loves the house. that surprised me. i thought the 16 year old cat would be peeved.

but no.

pickles is fin. she loves the place. and after almost a year of horrible illness, she’s romping around like a nut!

but cody bear? he doesn’t like it?  he misses his yard. his stuff.  the things he barked at.

he hates the dogs that bark on the other side of the new fence and the lack of stuff to watch out the window.

but we’re going to work him through it…..

so here’s to 12.   home improvement. healthy dogs.  more successful business and lots of loving friends!

 



rest for the bear and hgtv for me…
October 23, 2011, 6:33 am
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and so cody bear and pickles have found themselves house sitting! they’re keeping their friend hannah company while her dad is out of town.

fun for pickles who has been playing with all hannah’s lovely toys, and relaxing for cody bear who is recoving from an asskicking surgery.

we end up going home for meals, as, between the two of them, there are a great amount of pill bottles involved.

hannah enjoys watching pickle play with her toys, but she’s a little older so she doesn’t join in with the romping.

tomorrow we go home.  house cleaning and a photo shoot for me. relaxing and getting snuggled for them.  you know….much of the same for them.

moving on to the serious news…we find out sometime after tuesday if cody bear’s tumor was cancer.  i’m nervous, i won’t lie.  but i will be surprised if it is bad, i mean….this is the healthiest the bear has ever been.  it will be quite unfair if, after years of trying to get his health in order and achieving, we find he has cancer.  that just won’t be fair.  no other way to say it.

aside:  the house we’re staying has a couch!  we don’t have a couch.  and i’m sitting on it. so posh!

my feet are on the coffee table and the baby loves are laying beneath my legs.  i’ll wake them up soon…when i’ve had my fill of cable tv.  oh livin’ the high life at hannah’s.



all natural. readily available. crunchy.
October 22, 2011, 6:23 am
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oh my GOD a STICK!

should i be sad that there is nothing in this world that gets me as excited as my dogs get when they see a random 14 inch piece of tree branch?

i mean….i love a good meal with friends, an outrageous sale price is nice, a pint of guinness always hits the spot, but NOTHING gives me the wide opened eyed joyous “holy shit” look on my face that the dogs get with a stick or a piece of beef or a new squeaky.

check out pickles….

also, they’ve got the “no worry” thing down.  mommy foots the vet bill, food bill, pharmacy bill…which is high.  at the end of october vet bills will be more than….$1600/month.

so keep smiling pickles. keep grabbin’ those sticks cody bear.  just please….stop eating dangerous shit and chasing things that will bite you.  that’s all i ask. that and for cuddling and some laughs each day.

and thanks.



and then monday came and there was much wagging….
October 17, 2011, 5:37 pm
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even with the tiniest drop in temperature cody bear is back to snuggling in the mornings.  he gets so hot in the summer with all that fluff.  but the cooler temperatures mean me waking up before dawn with a very patient, cinnamon dog staring at me.  as soon as my eyes open he shifts his gaze to the exact part of the bed he wants to snuggle up in and waits for the go ahead!

so that was nice to go back to sleep to.  i haven’t been sleeping well because i’ve been worried about cody bear’s tum0r (removal thursday)  pickles’ on going weird health issues (x-rays and nutritional response testing wednesday), money and finding a renter so i can move into the new place. 

when we finally did get up there was a high speed chase…

followed by a short constitutional through the neighborhood then i was off to work.  where i sit now…still worrying.

high points for the coming week:  meeting an artist who will paint a cool graphic in the foyer of the new house. (before and after pictures in the future!) photo shoots, vet appointments, team trivia tonight, ….and who knows what else.



fine! i’ll eat your damn cookies…or, self-medicating for five dollars…
March 11, 2011, 6:19 am
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hey, i don’t WANT to eat those damn girl scout cookies!

but the little kids are standing out there practicing their guerilla cookie sales techniques.  i’ve just come from a vet appointment so i’m feeling depressed and vulnerable.  i’m looking for a pick-me-up.

the box is 4 bux. i hand her a fiver.  the neighboring brownie says “would you like to donate the remaining dollar to…?”  i say sure, but i have no idea what for.  could have been brain melting girl scout research.  could have been homeless pigs in south america. i don’t know.

just keep the change. i have my cookies.  i’m going home with them.

why the need for thin mints?  after years of obsessing over cody bear’s ailments and flippantly mentioning my cheap dog, my healthy dog, pickles,   she’s been costing me about 300 bucks a week.  the dogs….are killing me.  and i’m letting them.

i’ve talked about wine and beer pairings in the past.  tonight’s pairing?

well, nothing goes better with 100 dollars worth of dog pills like a 4 dollar box of thin mints.

ahhhh. self medicating.

now, back to pickles…

she is overly enjoying her patient role.  she is capitalizing on the fact that i don’t want to lose her and hopping in the car whenever she can.  “rub my head”, “let me linger”.

“and isn’t it time for medicine? and doesn’t my pill need to be slathered in peanut butter? yes? that’s what i thought.”

meanwhile, the bear is fit as ever.  you should see him.

my one wish for all of you is that you can some day cuddle him and feel how thick and plush and luxurious his fur is.  but…be warned:  if you get to close he’ll suck you in with his gaze and next thing you know…..

you’ll be giving him money for vet bills.

that’s how he got me!

jk. i love them. just venting.

good night everyone.

no really….that’s how he got me….



100 kisses before breakfast
February 11, 2011, 6:06 pm
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pickles has been my healthy girl.  my cheapie, so to speak.  from border collie rescue, for the most part she has cost no more than routine exams with clean bills of health, holistic pet food and an occasional supplement for a healthy coat.  while cody bear has averaged $2000-4000 annually in medical expenses it’s been relatively smooth sailing for the last couple years with miss pickles.

until 3 weeks ago when she became visibly lazy, slower and just looked….depressed.  on 12/31 she was fine: perky at her annual exam.  100% healthy.  weeks later she turned into a different dog.  blood test which immediately showed a thyroid condition and something else.   valley fever.  the doctor said we found it early; it would probably be another month before she started showing physical symptoms of the illness.

my last border collie mix, loki, died of complications from valley fever in 2004.  it was the worst thing that i have ever gone through.  it was a hard battle we thought we would win and it was a terrible ending.  and while every keeps telling me they know so many dogs that have survived VF…that’s fine.  my dog died.  all the stories of survival aren’t able to shake the trauma i went through when i lost loki.

we started pickles on her thyroid meds monday night.  maybe i’m imagining it, but she seemed perkier yesterday morning.  after confirming the VF with a second bloodtest, with fear and sadness i started pickles on fluconozole last night.  the doctor is positive and i am a mess.

for years my hyper dogs have taken the sound of the morning alarm clock not as a signal to get up and run and play, but as a signal snuggle in tight for cuddling before starting the daily romping.  this morning the clock buzzed, i shut it off and the dogs opened their eyes and then buried their muzzles into the covers and wagged, ready to receive their cuddles and kisses.

one dog on either side of me, they both rested their heads on me as i kissed their muzzles and scratched their bellies.  pickles followed me around while i got ready for work, always getting a kiss on the head or a squeeze.

i can’t lose you pickles.  i’ll die, i swear.



drunken scots! (jk)
February 2, 2011, 6:04 pm
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let me just preface this by saying, no dogs were given alcohol while these events took place. or ever, actually.

ok!  it was tuesday night and pickles decided to go to the bar with some of her friends from border collie meetup!  so we went to pickles’ favorite local brewery.  all 6 of us packed into rehmy’s landrover and headed to the bar to freeze on the patio!

you know pickles.  here is ashleigh…

here is frank….checking out the menu and considering my mocha java stout…

the dogs did well, but as we usually do, after a couple beers we get a little silly and take turns making our dogs do tricks at the bar.  they love it because they love treats and attention.

(last time we went out rehmy gave pickles have a sonoran hot dog.  that is NEVER happening again. what a mess.)

we got really cold and decided to put the rovers back in the rover and head home.  a fun time was had by all!