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The Joys of Pets

4 Aug

Last week I posted “Somebody’s Sick, But Who?” which was about the mysterious blood splatters on our floor from one of the animals.  The mystery of which animal was sick took a couple days to figure, but in typical fashion my imagination of potential illnesses had been a bit extreme 😉

Turns out that our dog, Yeager, does not have cancer and the cats don’t have AIDS!  Yeager had a little cut on the side of his ear that no one had noticed. He kept scratching at it and every time he did it would reopen the cut and blood would get splattered on the floor from his fast foot scratching action.  So thankfully it didn’t even require the vet and our pets do not have incurable diseases 🙂

I heard on the radio the other day that pets can actually lower your blood pressure just by being around and making us happy.  My pets have given me some very good laughs over the years. I will never forget the time our old dog, Onyx, had gotten in the habit of jumping on top of the hot tub and chillin up there. Well one day my brothers and our friends were all in the hot tub and Onyx came running full speed from across the room and launched into the hot tub. Poor thing! He went face first into the hot water and the look on his face was priceless when he came up!  It was of complete and utter shock…haha! He never really liked going on top of the hot tub anymore after that.

Here are some great clips I found.  Hope they make you smile.

You don’t ever have to feel unloved with a talking dog like that 🙂

I love this cat conversation, neither of them would make the first move..haha!

This is the best cleaning crew that I have seen yet!

Have a great one,

Jessica

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Somebody’s sick, but who?!

27 Jul

In the past couple of days I have noticed splattered tiny red droplets on the floor.  I spotted the first one on Sunday afternoon by the front door and when I bent down for closer inspection it really looked like blood, but I figured maybe it was nothing.  Yesterday, however, I noticed another foot long splattering of these little red droplets and I knew something was up.  One of the animals must be coughing or sneezing up blood from the look of the marks on the floor, but I haven’t seen any of them coughing and they don’t seem sick.

I thought that maybe it was just that they ate something sharp since animals often eat random things (and its not odd to find nasty cat puke with all kinds of creatures in it).  However, this morning I awoke to confirmation that there is something wrong with one of our pets.  There was a new splattering of blood on the living room floor but this one was about two feet long with tons of little blood droplets.

What makes it even worse is that I still have no idea whether it is one of the three cats or the dog!  I feel like I can narrow it down to either the Siamese cat, Vivi, or the dog, Yeager, because they are the only two that are allowed in the house. Tricky thing is though that there is a dog/cat door that they use and while I have never seen the other two cats anywhere near it or use it, who knows if they have figured it out and are coming in at night!

One of our cats, Pretinha, (Portuguese for “little black girl”) showed up at our door about a year ago and was obviously a stray, with a couple of dreadlocks and a crazy hissing streak.  I felt bad for her and so I started feeding her and she has now become a super friendly pet.  I am wondering if she has feline leukemia or aids and passed it to the other cats, because my mom said that she saw Pretinha coughing outside the other day.

On the drive to work I was debating what to do, since taking them all to the vet would be super expensive, I was thinking about waiting a couple days and trying to figure out who is the sick one.  I know that as pets we are responsible for their care and some people are gonna say that I should take them all in right now.  But I feel like  a couple of days of investigating should be ok since they don’t seem sick, but if anything major happens I will go right away.  So, as my mind was going over the possibilities I thought about how if they have feline aids or leukemia then we will have to put them down cause it is super contagious to other cats and has no cure.

As I was still thinking about this I opened the bible at random and my eyes fell onto 1 Samuel 20:32 “But why should he be put to death?” Jonathon asked his father. “What has he done?”   This made me feel totally convicted and reconsider my thoughts of euthanasia for the cats.  Hence, I prayed for Yeager, Vivi, Pretinha, and Wizard as Psalm 36:6 states, “You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.”  If you feel so called please send out prayers for my animal companions too.  I will give an update on the mystery sickness. I am hoping for a full recovery and a long life for my four-legged friends.

Jessica

Could I be sponsored by Swiffer?

18 Jul

I have been seriously pondering how our dog Yeager is not bald considering the massive amounts of short black hair that cover our tan tile floor every single day.  Do dogs suffer from male pattern baldness?? I mean we are talking ridiculous amounts of hair. I could clean the floor twice a day and it it still looks furry within hours.  My first attempts at tackling the issue were with a broom, but sweeping is futile! It just blows the hair around and its still dirty after! The mop isn’t much better, it just makes black hair cakes! Its just no fun when you sit down to relax and all I can see is fur around me, so I had to find a solution.

I momentarily considered a bubble boy fix, however, I don’t think making Yeager run around in a clear plastic bubble would fly well with the neighbors and anyway he wouldn’t be able to see where he was going cause the whole thing would be blacked out with fur!!  Shaving him bald would also be unacceptable cause he would look like a skinny rat dog!

So what then? SWIFFER PADS!!  The commercials don’t lie man, that is one fur grabbing ingenious design!  The things are so furry from doing just a quarter of the living room that it reminds me of the movie “Forty Year Old Virgin” when he gets his chest waxed and they hold up the hairy wax strips!  I could go through a box in a few days, so if you run into someone from Swiffer please let me know cause I seriously would love to get sponsorship 🙂