I hope you are
all out enjoying this gorgeous weather we've been having.
I have been thrilled during all my outings with you walkers
that the sun has been shining & the birds are singing
& the sky is so
blue & the temperatures so warm ! I think
we probably appreciate Spring much more than people where
it's always warm. During the past few weeks, I was watching
Chewy while Bob & Lynn were on a 2 week vacation. So
I thought to help cheer Chewy up, I would let Max out of
the truck to go on her walks with us. They did so good together
on their first outing, then came the second trip & the
black Labrador next door-7 mo. old Angus came out &
decided to join us also. From that point on, I had to have
all 3 when we went walking or listen to the crying!
The first time we went THAT---Angus's Mommy wasn't home
to let him out, he was whining & barking & I could
still hear him when we were waaayy back in the woods! &
Max didn't like that at all-he kept turning around looking
for his Angus Buddy! So when we got back, I
took a chance &
tried the door & sure enough-it was
unlocked! So I snuck in-(I felt sooo guilty &
sneaky!) - & let Angus out. Then of course, we had to
do the whole walk again! When I got Angus back in
the house, I figured I better leave some sort of note in
case Erika could tell someone had been in her house. The
real problem was where to leave the note? I noticed
Angus's empty food bowl near by & decided that was a
good place. The next day, Erika told me she never saw the
note in the bowl-but when she got into bed that nite, Angus
came in the bedroom with the note in his mouth & handed
it to her !! This is Angus who chews up his toys in
less than 30 seconds !!! The 3 of them had a
blast! Running in the woods, chasing the deer, playing
in the creek! Not my favorite as they were total mud-feet!
I had the highest heart during those walks watching the
3 enjoy every little sniff & every step they took.
It occurred to me that here we had a Labrador, a Chowchow
& a German Shepard yet never once did their differences
cause any hatred or violence to each other. They were
inseparable & truly loved each other. If only people
could be more like that! If all would take a lesson from
the dogs & look at the inside & not
the outside what a glorious world this would be!
One early morning
we were in the woods & there is a huge hill that we
sometimes climbed over. We did that AM but as I was coming
down the hill I realized Max did not come over with us!
I called & called & he did appear on the top of
the hill but then ignored my "come" & disappeared
again. By now, I was pretty upset (which Max can tell by
the change in my voice), so he finally came bounding over
the hill with another black Labrador right behind him!
Now I had 4 dogs with 1 that I have no idea who
he is! Max was just overflowing with pride & happiness.
I kept telling the newcomer to go back home but he kept
following. When we all got into the backyard, Max &
new-comer decided now was time to see who was the dominant
dog. The fight started innocently but soon escalated to
a wild growling match! I
have Max by the leash now
literally dragging him up the yard which is about 200 ft.
with an upgrade. I keep telling new-comer to go home but
he still won't listen! When I got back up to the house, thankfully,
Erika-(Angus's Mom) was out after hearing the commotion.
I got Max into truck & Erika was able to read new-comers
tag & give me the address so off him & I & Chewy
went to take him home. As we were getting closer down the
street I noticed a lady standing in the middle of the road
& as I figured, she was looking for her wandering dog!
As it all ends, I find out the new-comers real name? ------
Max !!!!! No wonder he kept following-I kept
saying "Max Come" !!! I told the lady I
wanted to blame my dog for all of this but I suppose I have
to take 1/2 the blame-but at least her dog listens well
!! The next morning doesn't Max go right up to the
house & start to walk IN their door looking for
his new buddy Max !! I can't believe he did that-I
was soooo embarrassed! Many times after that,
as we walked in those woods, Max would start to drift off
in the direction of Max's house hoping I wouldn't notice.
It was great 2 weeks of walks & Chewy seemed much less
lonely this time around. They were all pretty exhausted
after the walks-well, except Angus. I know there are 3 awfully
sad doggies right
now since they have not seen each other for a few days.
After Chewy's Mom & Dad came home, I was to start sitting
for Spike & Lady who happen to live right across the
street from Chewy !! When we get within a mile of
Chewy's house, Max is jumping around crazily in the truck
with excitement so how was I to explain to him that we weren't
going to see Chewy & Angus? So before visiting the kitties,
I took the 3 on their walk in the woods!
I have some
other news-sort-of unrelated to buddies- I had laser
surgery done to one eye to
vision!! I am tentatively scheduled for the beginning
of June for the other eye. It is really wild that I can
see without contacts or glasses! I have been wearing
glasses/contacts since 2nd or 3rd grade! I decided
to go ahead with it because I am always getting pet hairs
stuck in my contacts which, because I wore hard
lenses, made my eye clamp shut & water like Niagara
Falls until I could pop the contact out & it usually
happened while I was driving-especially on the expressways
!! Not a great thing let me tell you :)
I'm so glad that it all went well & the vision is clearing
& now I just can't wait til the other one is done.
We have a couple
sad news to report- I learned that Maddie Mae passed away
recently, our prayers go to her mommy Linda that she left
behind. I will always remember Maddie as the Houdini dog
that was outside when I pulled in the driveway one evening!
She got up on the back of the couch & popped the screen
out & jumped out! I was in a total confused
haze when I got out of the car & saw her running down
the walk towards me. It could've been very serious
tho since she had no water out there & it was a very
hot day in the sun. She hid under the bushes I think
but she did drink loads of water when coming in so I know
she had been out there awhile. I also got a note from Diane that Muffin
passed to Rainbow Bridge.
:( Seems that the money-grabbing pharmaceutical
companies caused that one since they stopped making the
insulin that cats need as it wasn't "profitable".
Muffin could not become stabilized on the human insulin,
y was attacking
it as if it was a foreign substance. After trying unsuccessfully
for 3 months to get Muffin regulated, they finally had
to say their goodbyes. I am so angry when I hear of situations
where we loose our buddies because of money-making corporations
that will not make available the resources we need to treat
& help our pets. I'm sure they make more than enough
money on their other products to offset the minor loss they
may endure on beef insulin.
I have been
having an awful time with Shaney the past month or so. Remember
he had an urinary infection-well he is now on his 4th one!
Seems within a week of when I stop the antibiotics
he is sick again. Now the Doctor tells me they think he
has a condition where his own immune system is attacking
his bladder. He may have to be on medicines the rest of
his life! I also had to get special food that he has
to eat. I can no longer buy the food at the store with coupons!
I have to feed all 6 the special food since it is almost
impossible to keep them from changing dishes during feeding
time. The biggest culprit being Sammy who loves to try to
get to everyone's dishes fast & get as much canned food
into his tummy as he can! I sure hope I stay skinny
as crawling under the waterbed every day to give Shaney
his pills will get difficult if I get too fat! Just
the other day, I got stuck under there because my arm got
wedged under my body when I was trying to maneuver &
just that extra little got me stuck in the archway
!! I suppose I
should take a phone with me so I could call someone if I
ever do get stuck!