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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Here's to Rocky, Hunter and Squirt

First of all, has anyone heard from Jennifer lately? We'll have to email her and see where's she's been.

We've had a lot of new pet arrivals recently. First Shannon's boxer, Rocky, the Adrienne's Hunter (or should I say the Foreman's Hunter). Please keep us updated on their progress with photos and updates.

Stacey stole my topic today. Brett also e-mailed me some photos, so I wanted to include them too, but be sure to check Stacy's topic below, as he has a song contest going on!

My new nickname for Hines (Heinz 57) is Squirt, because what else do you do with a ketchup bottle but squirt it? And compared to Lucy and Charlie, well......he is a little squirt of a dog.

Hines had a grand weekend with Brett and Jeremy, as the photos show. I bet they can't wait to get back from their upcoming vacation to the wilds of North Dakota to start the new family dynamic.

Now, compare these photos to the earlier ones of Hines' first visit (a few topics down), where Hines looked a bit timid and unsure of the situation. Now it seems, he's taken over the house! I love the group shot: Lucy, Charlie and Pearl all look just a TAD jealous as the new arrival gets all of Daddy's attention! It's like "Hey, wait a minute, he's fun to play with and knock over like a Weeble, but he is taking it just a BIT to far!" I also love the one of Charlie and Hines drinking. Notice the two bowls available, but Charlie is nice enough to share with his little brother. And the one of Charlie and Hines is just great too, as is the one of Hines all worn out and comfortable in a lap.

Tidbits: I wake up this morning and let the three muttkateers out into the yard. They weren't coming back inside, so I looked out and saw them in a circle, hovering over something like paparazzi swarming around Paris Hilton. Here it was a turtle, frightened in his little shell. He was alive, so I moved him outside of the fence. I didn't think there was a space big enough around the fence for him to get in.

The cats crack me up. They have several windows to look out of in their apartment, but every morning when I got over to open the door, they run to it so they can look out the pet door. Now mind you, they don't run outside right away, because they wait for their morning treat, which each gets after I clean litter box and fill water and food bowls. It's like they think their must be a new TV show out of that little square of door, because they have a much better view from one of the windows. Do they know each provides the SAME view into the same yard? The pet door has the worst view, as it's low to the ground, but they both have to mush their faces against in first thing.

What quirks do your pets have that make you shake your head and wonder?

posted by Sandy at 7/11/2007 03:03:00 PM


Blogger Stacey said...

Jennifer was going on vacation for two weeks in July. I remember when we were trying to help her find boarding and sitting options for their trip.

Poor Sandy, the mind is a terrible thing to waste........

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 3:49:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

mind? what mind?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 4:46:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Hey--do all old blog posts just fade way or do they go into some kind of file or something? I wanted a copy of the topic and pics from the day I saw Hines to use in my scrap book.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 4:57:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Oh Brett, You surely are a doting daddy! Scrap book for Hines...?... Okay, I have tons of pictures of my babies too but not scrap books! You are indeed a proud papa....

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 6:57:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Those are some great pictures of the babies all getting along together. But Bret, Aint it about time to get a larger bed???

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 7:01:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Sandy, I found out that turtles can really dig so it probably dug into the yard under the fence. I hope the turtle makes it safely along its merry way.Y'all know I have a special place in my heart for turtles after Miss Tuttle’s visit with us...

On the Quirky topic, I would have to say Cheetahs frog issues are a bit quirky. I chatted a bit a while back about how she sits at the front door each night waiting for a green tree frog to get onto the glass of the door while hunting for bugs. She would drive us crazy with meowing at the door in anticipation of a frog which usually did make an appearance. We would have to bring the little green Kermit into the house for her to get her sniffer on for a few minutes to appease her. (Shut up Stacey)Then I let the frog back outside away from the glass door. We replaced the front door (not due to Cheetah, just needed a new door) and took the glass into consideration when selecting a new door. We went with a half oval instead of full length glass as before. This worked all spring but the game of where is the frog has entered Cheetahs mind again recently. She sits and stares up at the glass and meows and stretches her body out and paws at the door knob! The Saint wanted a neat European type door handle which is more of a lever then a handle, but I knew that cat would figure out how to open the door with that simple device so we went with an old fashioned knob. And sure enough, she plays with that knob and I know she would have been able to open the one the Saint wanted. I have to run her away from the door each night this past week. I don’t understand why things were great for 3 months and now she is starting it again. I have not seen any frogs on the glass but maybe she did one night and the memory bone is stronger then one can imagine… Just a Cheetah quirky thing I guess…. She also growls a mean growl when she sees something scary outside. She growls as she high tails it to hide! But the Brave Sheba usually comes running to the rescue when she hears the growl.

Sheba’s quirky thing is baskets and boxes. She has to get into them no matter what and at what cost. One day I was on the computer and heard a loud noise coming from the large storage closet in the hallway. I found her on top of my sewing machine box plucking the Styrofoam off the machine and trying to get into the box. With her black fur full of white Styrofoam balls, it looked as though she had been in the snow! Was truly funny but no camera around and what a mess I had to clean up afterwards…

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 7:20:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

OH MY GOD! Skeeter, you just don't know. I have seen the Lucy and Charlie birthday party scrapbooks!!!! B and Jeremy are serious about those babies, let me tell you!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 9:30:00 PM  
Blogger jdt said...

We are back! Sorry I have been gone so long...Between vacation and first trimester pregnancy issues I have not had time to post; I haven't even had a chance to read all the posts I missed yet. I did glance at pictures, and Hines is sooo cute!

First of all, vacation was awesome! We had a blast in Pigeon Forge. We must have walked miles & miles while we were there. We went to the Dollywood water park and had a really good time, even if my doctor wouldn't allow me to go down the slides.

I really missed my babies, and I did cry when we dropped them off. My hubby was really great about it though. We had them stay at the Guesthouse for Animals out in Woodlawn. They were wonderful to deal with and took such great care of our babies. My hubby decided to refer to the dogs as being at camp while we were on our trip. He was trying to make me feel better about leaving them. I guess it kind of worked because after talking to the owner while we were gone I wasn't near the basketcase I usually am. When we arrived at Guesthouse to pick them up, they were in such good spirits. Though, the owner did refer to them as the "4 Houdini's" because they kept escaping out of their room.

Abby who usually has stress diarhea after boarding came home and has had no stomach issues. I am taking this to mean she was comfortable at "camp." We are already looking forward to our next vacation now that we feel we have found a safe and comfortable place to board.

I do have a special request, if everyone could please keep myself and hubby in your thoughts & prayers, tomorrow we have a Dr. Appt to check the heartbeat for the baby. I have been such a nervous wreck through this pregnancy so far. I really feel that after I hear the heartbeat I will feel less worried. We are only a week away from finishing out the first trimester. I am anxiously awaiting the second because I hear it gets better during that time.

Thursday, July 12, 2007 9:23:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Good luck Jennifer! Glad to see you back and glad your little pups had a good time at camp.

Thursday, July 12, 2007 3:30:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Jennifer,I will keep you, hubby and your little gift from God in my prayers for all to be safe and well. We have been through this with our grandbaby so we know the anxiety you are experiencing. I have a good feeling that all will be well so hang in there girl.
Glad your furry babies had a good time at camp too.

Thursday, July 12, 2007 9:06:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Ok, on the quirky thing out pets do, Penelope scratches when you don't expect her to. Exzamples, today she ran and jumped into the sink in my bathroom then started scratching the sink like crazy. Why? Only she knows. She will also scratch near her food when she gets something she doesn't like (on her little bit of treat food )and she will scratch on the wall beside one of thier boxes after she had done her business. Now to her credit , she did cover it after she peed once today. Usually she just scathces on the wall or side of her box and jumps out.
I've told you guys before how Brittany brings us washcloths and socks. She really thinks she is pleasing us when she does this. She makes her little cry to let us know she is bringing us a present.

Thursday, July 12, 2007 9:19:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Hope you got a lot of R&R while you were away Jennifer! I am sooo happy your fluffy babies enjoyed Camp so much! There is not a better feeling then knowing your babies are doing well while you are on vacation... Been there, done that often!

Yes, Pam does have a wash cloth issue cat! After the Don Ponchos get together, Stacey, the Saint and I stopped at Pam and Flyboys house to continue our little party. Well, what do you think was at the front door when Pam opened it up? Yep a wash cloth! Pam had to pick up the trail of wash clothes to the living room. I thought that was so funny. Sheba brings us goodies each night when we go to bed. She screams the loudest meow you ever heard all while carrying whatever treat she is bringing us. The past three nights it has been the string (snake) trailing behind her. Last night I put it away in their toy wagon just before bed time and out it came for us to enjoy. The string makes it way into bed with us as do toy mice and just whatever the pick of the day may be…. I always make a point of praising Sheba for her treats….

Friday, July 13, 2007 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I was watching Emergancy Animal Vets on Animal Planet and they had a cat that had a snake string as a toy also. The cat ended up swallowing it while playing and had to have emergancy surgery to have it removed b/c it had wound its self in her intestines and was causing them to twist. Just want your kitties to be safe.

We have to take Hunter's Nylabnoe to bed with us so that if he wakes up in the middle of the night he has something to do besides wake us up. He's pretty good at entertaining himself.

Friday, July 13, 2007 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Ouch! Poor baby. Did they happen to say if the cat had been dragging it around for long or if it was a new toy?

Our string is about 3 feet long and they have been dragging it around for about 2 years or maybe longer. I would think that if they had desires to eat it, they would have already done it. But if you tell me that the show made a reference to them having this string toy for a long time, then just ate it one day, then I must take their snake away from them no matter how much they enjoy dragging it around…

I am glad I was able to make comments on the last two topics. They were both on the number 13 and today is Friday the 13th and that was just too creepy to me..... Twilight Zone music now plays….

Friday, July 13, 2007 8:36:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Skeeter, honey 13 is a very LUCKY number and Friday the 13th has always been a great day! Dtart thinking positive about it, in fact go buy a lottery ticket that day. Dang, wish I'd thought to do that yesterday, I might have been rich for sure tonight.
Our Tiger ate a string about 9 inches long and the vet said bring him in as soon as possible. They were able to just make him vomit it up since I'd caught him eating it but not in time to get it away from him. They said even a small string can kill them, as long as it is long enough to wrap around your finger so don't ever let the girls play with thier snake string without you in the room.

Saturday, July 14, 2007 6:37:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Sheba brought the "snake" into bed with us last night. I praised her and we played with it for a few minutes then I took it away and hid it from her for the night... I hate to take away their toy but maybe it is the best thing for their health! We will play string together and that is all…

Saturday, July 14, 2007 9:50:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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