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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Leave Me Alone (and Tweety update)

We all know the Southeast has been suffering from drought which has affected farmers adversely, as well as our own trees and plants.

But one thing I didn't miss with dry weather was dogs traipsing and digging in a muddy back yard, requiring me to give at-the-door foot baths on a daily basis, mainly for Scooter, who is always the one most interested in digging and getting wet.

Winter is my favorite time for yard duty and picking up doggie diamonds. The turds are chilled and stiff and easy to scoop up. Spring and summer is more difficult, because if The Boss doesn't cut the grass often enough it's tougher to spot. Also, the hot weather makes for soft scoop.

But the fall has to be the worst time. It's still warm, so no easy frozen turds, but the yard is covered with brown, curled up dried leaves. Try to find land mines in that mess! I really have to tip toe around being careful, because it's the season where most step-ins occur!

Before I went to work full-time, I loved the fall (and still do weather wise) and enjoyed raking leaves. The Boss always told me he'd mulch up the leaves with the mower, but I told him NO, I love to rake. It's good exercise for one, and it's good for the mind as well. Quiet, cool, time to think and enjoy the lovely weather.

But now I don't have time to rake (or do a lot of the things I used to do more of like bake, read, draw, etc.). And now it's a scavenger hunt every time I'm in the back yard. They say a dog will poop from one to five times a day. I think I have three who go five, so you do the math!

So what is your favorite time of year? What time of year do your pets like best? Scooter loves the winter, the season he wants to spend the most time outside.

UPDATE: The Dragon and Lady Guinevere came to visit Tweety today to see if she'd fit well into the Dragon's Kingdom. I think it went well and Tweety was very personable and sweet. I think they will be taking Tweety home after their Thanksgiving trip for a trial run to see if she likes the other beasts of the Dragon fold. I'll let them tell you more about the visit!

posted by Sandy at 11/18/2007 03:07:00 PM


Blogger Pam said...

I do so hope it all works out for Dragon and Gunievere to take Tweetie into thier loving home with all of thier critters. It would be so nice if it is that she will be a a good buddy to thier indoor sweetie. Oh please please let it work out, Then Sandy will be rellieved of all the pressure and Tweetie wil be safe and loved and all will be good there. It's in my prayers.

Sunday, November 18, 2007 5:41:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

My favorite time of year is SUMMER! Not sure what the dogs like because they frolic in the snow, and also enjoy laying out in the sun. You can use cats as a thermometer.....if they are curled up, it's cold, and if they are stretched out, it's warm....the further they are stretched out, the warmer it is!

So far we had 7+ inches of snow today. This is the time of year the dogs like to get out of their doggie beds and sneak into bed with us.

As for Tweety that sweet little girl, I sure hope it works out in the home of Dragon and his Queen!

Thanks Pam for the phone call today. It was nice chatting with you. I feel like I've known you for years! Hope Jon has an easy day at work....keep us posted.

Sunday, November 18, 2007 9:00:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I'm a fall and winter person. When you're cold you can always put more on but when you're hot you can't take enough off!

Does anyone have any good ideas for getting rid of the pee and poop smell out of the back yard? I have noticed the odor lately when I open the back door. I have poured white vinegar on the more common spots, but it only helps for a day or two and them it back and in the mean time all you smell is the vinegar. I'm not sure which is a worse smell.

We have also been having problems with Hunter's anal glands clogging. That is a smell that is indescribable!! Did some research about it and learned that most of the time it is caused from having too soft poop. Adding more fiber to the dogs diet is supposed to help. We have added cooked plain oatmeal to his food (which he loves) and so far it has helped. I HATE expressing anal glands. Thank god for rubber gloves. I would freak out if it actually touch my bare skin!

Monday, November 19, 2007 2:55:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Lady Guinevere???? Where did you get that?? Her initials are BFH. I try to give her the appearance of being civilized by referring to her as Guinevere on the blog.

Sandy, I can see where you have issues with introducing cats to each other. You wouldn’t leave the damn cat alone! We go over to the “apartment” and you and Guinevere won’t let the cat be. You kept pestering it, trying to drag it out to put on a show for us. Puh-leeeze. I’d hide under the damn table to if I had you two women badgering me for attention. I met the cat, the cat bit me, I called it butthead, and we were instant friends. She understands the cat – person dynamic, unlike you. Tweety is a cat, I’m a Dragon. She and I understand the difference. No problem. Besides, after having the chance to feel her weight and evaluate her size, I can properly adjust the new CAT-a-pult for the most optimum trajectory. It will be awaiting her arrival. I believe I may have to alert Guinness so that they can be on hand. We may be into world record territory here.

Sandy, about the cat and the table. See, animals like to have a safe place where they feel secure. The table with the floor length tablecloth is Tweety’s safe place. But, when you constantly pull the cloth up to expose her, or pull her out for no reason other than your personal amusement, she will no longer feel safe there. If the cat wants to go there, let her be and allow her to go there!! Oh, and that wind up mechanical mouse—trash it. If you kept forcing that on me, I would get a complex. She didn’t like it; don’t torment the poor thing. You were much more amused by it than Tweety was. Maybe the Boss needs to get you one?

Thanks for the home cooked meal. When I first started dating wifey poo, she was trying to impress me with all her great cooking. Now, it seems like I haven’t seen a home cooked meal since June, other than the ones I cooked myself. Your meal was plain and simple, but tasty: chicken, beans, mashed potatoes, and even homemade cornbread. It turned out good. Just hang in there on the cornbread. Just keep trying and remember to listen to the Boss when you are cooking it. He is the southern boy after all. It is hard for you Yankees to make real cornbread.

Monday, November 19, 2007 8:37:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Dragon you are a hoot! Wish I could have been a fly on the wall at the Tweet Meet and Greet!

Adrienne do you spray the poop and pee areas with the garden hose? When we dog sat a friend’s dog, it had really soft stinky poo and I would spray it with water to dilute the odor. It seem to work but he was a small beagle and not the big babies you have.... Bless your heart for the squeezing bit, the things we must do to keep our babies healthy. Grosssssssss..

I had a fun one this morning. I woke up to barf in the hallway, barf in the sunroom and the best yet, barf on the desk! Still not as good as the barf in the Saints shoe one time! LOL.....

Daisylouu, it was close to 80-degrees here today! Calling for more of that tomorrow too!

My favorite time of year is spring. I love it when Nature wakes up from a long winters nap and puts on a show of beauty with blooms!

Monday, November 19, 2007 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

When you have 4 dogs, hosing out the yard on a weekly basis is a must. But the smell permiates the ground. I know Nature's Miracle has a yard spray, but I have never used it and don't want to spend the money on something that won't work.

It would be nice if the Foreman would express Hunter's glands, SINCE HE IS HIS DOG!! But as usual the wife must do everything.

Puke in the shoe is about as bad as diapoo in the shoe! Lesson learned... DO NOT FEED CANDY HEARTS TO DOGS!

Monday, November 19, 2007 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Adrienne, I think lime would be the best thing. That's what they used in the old days for outhouses. I don't think it's harmful to pets, but I don't know, you'll have to check it out. I guess you have a smaller yard and they have to go in a more confined area, concentrating the waste.

As to the anal glands. Most pets don't have a problem, but my dog Tramp had to have her glands removed, as they kept getting infected.

The vet tried to teach me how to "express" them, but I could never get the hang of it. Peanut gets clogged up sometimes, but usually expresses them himself (you know when that happens because as you said, it stinks!) but whenever I take him to the vet I have them do it.

Dragon, Tweety didn't go under the table for "safety," she is not a fraidy cat, she goes under there to hide and then pounce and play.When she lives with you you can ignore her all you want!

AS to the cornbread. The only issue is with my oven and its temperature, which I found over the years runs hotter. If a recipe says bake for 30 to 40 min, I find it's often done in 25. That is the cornbread problem--getting done on outside and not on inside. Instead of baking longer to get inside done, I will now do a lower temperature. That is what I was discussing!

And if The Boss is such an expert, he can make it from now on and then YOUS can't blame the Yankee!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 9:35:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

My favorite time of the year, when it's warm, not real hot but warm, hate the cold!

Kathy I enjoyed chatting with you too, oh wait that remends me of that doll, chatty Cathy,ha. It does seem like we've known each other for a long time, we have a kinship for sure.

Ya'll say a prayer for my girls, Brittany and Courtney. Both have UTI's and have to get shots. I had susch a time getting the med down Brittany last time we went to shot route this time. She has to ahve 3 total so one more, We found out today Courtney also has the UTI so has to get the shots too. My poor babies. Taking Penelope in the next time when the other two go for thier shots to get her checked too. We think the Eukanuba food they were switched to may have caused it. That would be unusual since it isn't a cheap food but--- it's the only thing different that all three have been exposed to. Anyway I'll keep you posted.

Dragon, I cannot believe you confessed that you cooked something! Now you have to admit you really do know where the kitchen is and you just whine and roar to get Guinevere to cater to your every need. Shame on you boy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 3:09:00 PM  

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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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