cody bear's friends


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.

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been at the vet a bunch. that’s all i can say
October 13, 2011, 5:36 pm
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why are cody bear and pickles smiling?

i don’t know, really.  they’ve had a rough year.  perhaps they’re smiling because 2012 is going to be a healthy and happy dog year?  sorry i’ve been absent so long.  pickles struggled with health all year.  we’re still trying to get her feeling better.  she is puzzle. 

but through it all she keeps smiling and wagging. 

as does the bear….who is having a tumor removed next week.  the 20th.  so please keep him in your thoughts that day.

now….in other news.  another reason i’ve been busy: my photography business is off the hook.  how did this happen?  i just had my first show last month and it was a great success.  i’ll get some pics and details up next. 

i’m back to blogging. thank god.



wink wink nudge nudge
March 11, 2011, 3:53 pm
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what a joker….



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….



who painted “whistler’s mother?” ha ha ha
March 4, 2011, 6:52 pm
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so goodbear has some new activities since she first started blogging.  one can’t miss activity is team trivia every monday night.  (getting excited just thinking about it and it is only friday!!)

so we have this team and….we’re pretty good.  since january 1 we have won 5 times, second place has 2 wins.  there are usually about 20 teams.  our team consists of my photography biz partner(knows many of the music and art questions), abacus (a long time dog park friend great with history and current events), a music store manager friend(knows absolutely everything about current sports and pop culture), a materials engineer (knows alot about music, science and sports) a postal worker (knows crazy amounts of stuff about diverse science categories), a retired biology teacher(has read every book in the english language) a television and non-profit professional(really knows her pop culture), an attorney(current events and geography), an attorney(baseball, movies and random stuff), an attorney(some science and geography) and me(i bring erasers and know a little bit about music)

i think the most fun for me has been trying to predict what he is going to ask each week.

all this goes down at a bar.  some people are there for trivia…some just to drink.  one night i went to the bar between questions to grab a guinness and i saw THIS:

“what IS it?” i asked.

“it’s ABSINTHE!”  some kid said with an excited look in his eyes.  he and two friends were enjoying the prep for their shots!

so that’s monday.  but for the most part, life is still mostly just full of this:

cuddling the bear!  business as usual!



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!