Flossie Update

She has now fully recovered from being spayed.  In fact she thought she was fully recovered the day after and thought nothing of tearing around the garden at top speed which resulted in her getting an infection at the surgery site, which resulted in her having to go on anti-biotics and some heavy duty tranquilizers to keep her calm,  still, all better now and more’s the point, no puppies in her future.  She now weighs 45lbs, and is growing like a weed.  She absolutely adores being out in our huge back garden.  When we are not home she has access to a small patio area and the deck but a gate keeps her from the main area of the back yard.  When I come home at night I let her out into the yard and she does a 100 yard dash and then circles the yard at break neck speed (much as Cueball used to do) until she is exhausted. She also loves chasing the cats but as cats have the ability to climb trees (a trick she will never learn of course), they tend to sit on a branch and torment her for her trouble.  She has also noticed that Mommy carries a black box thing around with her sometimes and points it at her at which point any pose I was trying to get invariably results in this

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OMG OMG SHE’S GOT THE BLACK BOX, THE BLACK BOX IS THE DEBBIL, I MUST EAT IT!

Eventually though she will tire herself out and find herself a shady spot by the back gate and chill out chewing on a lump of grass.

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You will notice the muddy feet,  did I mention that she is particularly adept at finding any wet spot in the yard and paddling through it?  No?  Well she is. She is also getting to know the next door neighbor’s dogs and again much like Cueball she takes great delight in running along the fence line to torment them.    I am sure during the barked introductions Raven and Grecko said to her “what’s your name?” and she responded “Not sure it’s either Flossie Don’t Do That or Flossie No!”

This weekend when I was working in the front garden and she was gazing wistfully at me through the living room window I took pity on her and put her harness on and brought her outside and attached her to an extending lease tied to a tree.  I thought it would be nice for her to be with me while I worked.   It didn’t work as well as planned, first she wrapped her leash around three trees, then she attempted to chew through the leash, then she tried to run away from the leash, and eventually ran so forcefully that she busted completely out of her harness, shattering the clip until she was free of it.  Her foray into the front garden lasted all of 30 minutes until she was corralled and once again looking wistfully out of the living room window.  I think I may have to stick to gardening in the back yard from now on.

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One of these days she’ll grow into those ears

Ms. Flossie is at the lanky teenager stage, she has learned to use the doggie door (after trying to follow Harry Potter out of the cat door) and now has a new sense of freedom whereby she can go outside whenever she pleases to frolic on the deck and the back patio.  She cannot get out into the yard as the gate is closed but it does not seem to bother her that she has yet to gain full control over her entire domain.

As she frolics outside I am struck by the fact that she has the most perfect ears, which as any Boxer owner will tell you is quite the feat.  In normal circumstances a boxer will invariably have one ear that goes one way and the other which goes the other.  In other circumstances you will have an ear that will almost always turn itself inside out.  However, in Flossies case she has the most perfect ears.

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I have absolutely no idea why any Boxer owner would even think about having those ears clipped.  It seems to me that a Boxers folded ears are the thing that endears them to us, why anyone would think of clipping just completely befuddles me.  I mentioned this to the Vet this past weekend and she agreed with me, if you don’t like a Boxer’s floppy ears, then the answer is simple.  Don’t get a boxer.

If you feel the need to have plastic surgery on your dog without the dogs permission then you really have no business having a dog that you feel requires such surgery.

Edited for clarity:

I understand that docking the tail could be considered plastic surgery, and I certainly hope that the practice is outlawed or discontinued in the future (as it is in the UK), the Vet explained to me that docking a tail causes little or no distress while ear clipping is a painful and potentially dangerous surgery.

Flossie and Harry Potter = Besties

Having kittens and a puppy in the house at the same time is an ideal situation because basically they grow up together and form a type of bond.  Having no other dog in the house to interact with Flossie has bonded with Harry Potter.  The two of them wrestle, chase each other (well to be honest Flossie does most of the chasing) but at the end of the day they are the best of friends and seek each other out when it is time for a nap and snuggling is on the menu.

Whether it be with me on the recliner while I am watching TV or on the blanket stolen from my knee while I am on the computer, they find each other and snuggle up.

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I am glad that Flossie has a friend.  With me and the DH at work during the day it is nice to know that she has someone to play with (as well as a million toys of course).  As they both grow I am sure that Harry Potter will use Flossie as the bodyguard in his life.  Cats and Dogs living together.  Who’d a thunk it.

Happy Christmas Everyone

Of course because I am completely insane I had to dress up the puppy for the occasion.  It went quite well to begin with.

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Then she decided to eat the hat

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Then she was like OMG!

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Then she decided to eat her own foot, at which point I decided it would be wisest to remove the costume.

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So I took it off her and let her open her stocking.

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She was happier than a puppy has a right to be on Christmas Morning.  I next thought that I would try my luck with the kittens.  Harry Potter was a little bemused.

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But Tigger’s pose was worthy of a Christmas Card

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Sooty however was having none of it and got an assist from Tigger to remove the headgear.

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Santa (aka my husband) brought me everything I could have wished for.   A new shelving system and a light for my greenhouse so I can garden in the dark.  Some new garden tools and garden gloves and some other bits and bobs to go with the gardening theme.  He has finally learned after all these years that when I tell him I really don’t want jewelry I mean it.  Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Why did the chicken cross the forest?

Following on from my posts about the weird and wonderful things that my animals have brought home I will tell you a story about Dweebe, my long departed Chow/German Shepard Cross.

One Saturday morning, many moons ago, I was sleeping in while my husband was working his weekend job while putting himself through college.  I woke and rubbed my eyes and heard, strangely enough, a gentle clucking sound coming from the corner of the bedroom.  It occurred to me that a gentle clucking sound is not what I should be hearing in my bedroom on a Saturday morning.   I looked over and saw Dweebe, sat in the corner of the bedroom with a live chicken in her mouth.  The chicken appeared to be in no distress whatsoever and was apparently quite content to be in Dweebe’s mouth as if being in her mouth were a normal part of the chickens day, she just looked at me and clucked.   “Put it down sweetpea” I said to Dweebe and she dutifully laid the chicken on the ground and I picked it up and checked it for any injuries.  There were none.  Apart from a little Dweebe slobber the chicken was in perfect shape and she clucked as I held her under my arm.

At this point I realized that there was a huge and gaping hole in my plan to rescue the chicken.  I was naked.   I knew I would have to return the chicken to the forest from whence it came but I had now put myself in the situation where I was cradling a live chicken under my arm naked.  As I said, my husband was at his weekend job so I could not say to him “here sweetie hold this” while I got dressed, although to think about it can you imagine that scenario?  You are happily sleeping and your spouse wakes you up, hands you a live chicken and says “hold this while I get dressed”.

I stroked the chicken’s head and pondered my predicament.  I had six cats and four dogs.  The idea of gently laying the chicken down and getting dressed was not really an option, the cats had already become curious and were looking at me warily from the bedroom door,  the possibility of the chicken suddenly attempting to escape and flapping around the bedroom would result in a four dog, six cat, one chicken horror movie which would result in me hiding under the bed in an attempt to save myself from all of the claws and teeth and fur and feathers and heaven knows what else.

With the chicken tucked firmly under my arm I picked out my clothes, jeans, long socks, a sweatshirt, boots for I knew where I would be going to return the chicken.  My subdivision was built on the edge of a large swamp.  Several years prior someone (I am assuming a marine as they are the most transient in this area) thought it would be a good idea to keep chickens and turkeys in their back yard.  They moved on and they left the chickens and turkeys to fend for themselves in the swamp.  I would be woken on regular mornings by the Cockerel crowing and it was obvious that the chickens had formed quite the colony in the swamp.

It took me almost thirty minutes to get dressed as I swapped the chicken from one arm to the other while I pushed my legs into jeans and my arms into a sweatshirt. She clucked occasionally, but seemed content and she perked up as I left the house.   I wandered out to the garden and closed the gate behind me so Dweebe could not follow me.  The cats however were not so constrained by silly things like gates and I walked down into the swamp Pied Piper like followed by a procession of cats wondering what I was about to do.The further I got into the swamp the less cats followed me, it of course involved wet feet, and as we all know the one thing cats hate is wet feet.

I pushed through the swamp and eventually came to the clearing where the chickens were living.  There were some in the low branches of the trees, some scratching about on the swamp floor, and they looked at me warily as I entered their domain.    I gently set the chicken down and she quickly fluttered her wings and landed on a low branch next to another chicken.  She began clucking and no doubt telling her fellow chicken what had happened to her.  As I turned and walked back to the house followed by the last of the cats I could hear the conversation.  “Well you would not believe what happened to me this morning”   Other chicken “what was that dear?”  “well I was just minding my own business then suddenly I was in this dogs mouth” “ooooooooh do tell”.

So that happened

This morning I couldn’t get back to sleep so I decided to get up and watch the Dr. Who episode  from last night.  As I sat there with my tea, scrolling through the DVR menu to find it, a tree frog hopped left to right, in front of me across the living room floor heading for the love seat.  Sensing a moment of “eek” in my future when I would no doubt find said frog, dead and dessicated, the next time I vacuumed under the love seat I set out after it and managed to cup it in my hands and release it onto the Canna by the pond outside.

This afternoon, as I was taking a tea break by the computer, Pootle (one of my cats) shot in through the cat door with “something” in his mouth, which he promptly lost under the piano.   He poked away at various parts of the piano and the bookcase by which it sits for about five minutes, until he gave up finding his prize and zipped back through the cat door to no doubt go and find another “something” to play with.  I took a flash light and decided to look for the “something” (hoping it was something harmless such as a lizard or perhaps another frog) but despite my best effort could find no trace of Pootle’s “something”.

My Mother arrives for a visit in three days.    I sense an “eek” moment in her future,   although considering that in the past my various and sundry animals have brought so many weird and wonderful things into the house she should be used to it by now.   Still I must remember to warn her.