Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sharing MO with My Sis, Denise

Wow - have been running around, getting up early to feed dogs and then share the sights and sounds of Cape Girardeau, MO with my sister, Denise, from Sioux Falls, SD. We had a great time, though she was a bit over-whelmed with the Pack. At home, Denise has a lovely, chatty cat named Oliver. Her favorite dog here was Justus :). I had last seen Denise when my dad died and she had last been to Cape when I was sick in 1995 - so it was high time we spent some time together.

Denise at STL Marriott checking in with hubby
I had not been to the STL airport in a long time, was coming off two tough night shifts, had 1/2 hr sleep before leaving, slept 1/2 hr at a rest stop on the way and then took the wrong interstate - I headed to Kansas City instead of St. Louis. Oy, vey - called sis after was on I-44 which I was sure was in the right direction; she had gone to a Marriott so no longer was even at the airport - whew, glad I called; got directions to that Marriott. Did you know Marriotts have different types and names? I didn't so stopped at two before finding Denise. We stayed the night - wonderful room! - and headed back early in the morning. Good weather but cooler than has been - was cool all weekend long.

Shared the dogs - a bit overload for my sis who entertains people a lot but not animals so much. Her husband keeps the backyard wildlife well fed and watered; Denise loves on Oliver.

Broke in a new pet sitter - she is awesome, did very well by my dogs and me - just starting her business - Run Your Tail Off; Deb is a runner so wants to combine her love of dogs with her running; Justus is all geared up (what, you're not? well, get cracking, baby!). She fed and cared for them Sat. eve and Sunday morning, coming back Sunday afternoon to throw the ball for Molly T., find Shiloh across the highway (bad dog) and put Sweet Pea into her house crate 'cause she seemed chilled.

Sweet Pea - small dog, big bed
Denise at the Arch
Denise is an antiquing fiend, so we spent time in those stores as well as Safe Harbor Thrift Shop.
We went to the Bollinger Mill/Covered Bridge State Park, Charleston Dogwood/Azalea Festival, and visited Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary to show off all we, particularly Alice, have done for cats and dogs. On the way to the airport (yes, knew the way this time), we stopped by the St. Louis Arch, Gateway to the West.  We had a great time! And now, back to regularly scheduled programming.
Denise at Bollinger Covered Bridge with Mill in background

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Walk The Dog

I'm going back to the future thanks to Pamela in January. I still want to walk my dog(s) - every day. This go round I'm less concerned about the training aspects of the walk than the beneficial aspects to dog and person.

Angus shared a poem by Mark Doty which so says what I'm thinking of by saying "walk the dog." Here it is:

Golden Retrievals

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention
seconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so.
Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s—oh
joy—actually scared. Sniff the wind, then

I’m off again: muck, pond, ditch, residue
of any thrillingly dead thing. And you?
Either you’re sunk in the past, half our walk,
thinking of what you never can bring back,

or else you’re off in some fog concerning
—tomorrow, is that what you call it? My work:
to unsnare time’s warp (and woof!), retrieving,
my haze-headed friend, you. This shining bark,

a Zen master’s bronzy gong, calls you here,
entirely, now: bow-wow, bow-wow, bow-wow.
So walk the dog - and let yourself be with her in this time.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Lady GoGo
Wee One

Do not let the photos fool you - at this very minute, Sweet Pea, she of the above nicknames, is tearing apart a cardboard box - by herself. 
The only thing I'm concerned about is her lack of food drive. 
She's a BEAGLE, for goodness sake; she's supposed to want to eat to the death before stopping.   
                 Tried a new food this evening after coming home to her and a full food bowl. 
She ate everything and more. Soon, will take everyone outside for last call. 
She'll have one more chance to eat tonight. 
And then, she'll do this:

Have a happy and blessed Easter and Passover!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday

Apparently, I'll be posting weekly for awhile. I need to let myself know that's OK.

Snowman has had his HW treatment; he is staying at the vet a couple extra days as I pull an extra shift and give him rest. Carolyn says Great Pyrs normally do well with the treatment; too large to crate, I will gate off the back yard, keeping him there for a month instead of allowing him access to the whole acreage. He won't be happy but he won't be crated :).

Smiling Snowman
Sweet Pea has had her first puppy shots (that I know of); she is now on track, is healthy but doesnt' eat enough, preferring to play! Oy, vey.  She discovered the allure of electrical cords :( so I am hyper-vigilant when she is out of her pen/crate combo in the house.

Sweet Pea's den - puppy pads, food/water, toys and her "bedroom"

Sweet Pea 

Danny had to be carried home
YEAH - after getting off work this morning (we decided it was a full moon last night whether or not it really was), young men and the husband of a friend doing their high school service days came over to play with and walk dogs; they hauled off limbs from the yard, removed the outside breezeway insulation which wasn't really needed this year and brought over a donated dog pen. Boys and trucks can be a wonderful combination. Thanks!

Walter loved walking out
Hickory Dock kept trying to follow Shiloh instead of his young man!