Month: December 2016

Santa Claus is coming…to Penny’s nightmares!

Let’s all think about this for a minute:

This was certainly the case today with our favorite puppy, who decided she did NOT like Santa. At least the one at PetSmart, who didn’t seem to like her, especially, but who was remarkably patient as she tried to climb all over him to get away from him. At home, we call that game Pointy Feet – though she’s usually not desperate to claw herself away from us, I hope – but there, it was more like Crazy Dog and Crazy Dog Parents #156 Today. Poor guy. I hope they paid them well, though I imagine they didn’t.

It was a struggle! But, thanks to my good camera, not entirely unsuccessful. On PetSmart’s end, it was entirely unsuccessful: there was a poor young girl with an iPad trying to get a picture so she could add a snowy branded overlay, and Penny wouldn’t stay still for long enough for her to get a picture! Luckily, Palmer and I pulled out our camera and started snapping away. At the very least, I’m amused by the outcome. In the best picture of Penny (well, almost every picture of Penny), Santa appears to be sending us some kind of death stare. Penny kept trying to squiggle away! I don’t even know how Palmer got her up onto that bench, but I’ll call that a huge achievement for the day.

Here’s last year’s much calmer (and tinier!) Santa photo from Your Pet Butler in Bossier:

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I really need to see if I can get a better scan of that. Penny had her picture taken at Pet Butler again this year, but I don’t think it involves Santa, and it won’t be ready to pick up until Wednesday. But soon enough!

Soooo what does one do with a feral kitten?

 

Now that I’m writing on ye olde blog again, I figure I should introduce our newest family member, Louise. If you’re my friend on Facebook or follow me on Instagram, you’re already intimately acquainted with her, but just in case you’re not:

What had happened was:

I was at work one day about a month ago, eating lunch outside, and minding my own business. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something pop up at the top of a trashcan nearby, then disappear back down into it. My first reaction, of course, was to investigate, and so I peered down into the trashcan and saw a tiny (okay, fairly large), terrified kitten. A coworker was eating outside, too, and I asked her to get our resident feral cat expert to help me in the retrieval process. I snapped the featured photo while I was waiting.

With the help of said feral kitten expert and another coworker, I somehow (very quickly) pulled her out of the trashcan and deposited her in a cardboard paper box. Somehow, in the middle of all this, I decided that I should take her to the vet and then adopt her immediately. Because that’s how my brain works when I’m freaking out, despite my best intentions.

But what else do you do when you find a kitten in a trashcan? Of course you retrieve her, get her medical care, and then adopt her!

After calling a couple local vets – first my other cats’ vet, then another one close by, both of whom said they couldn’t fit her in that day – I called Penny’s vet, who wouldn’t be there for a few hours, though the lovely receptionist said I could drop her off, cardboard box and all, immediately. Oh, how I love those people.

Anyway, luckily, I picked her up a few hours later with a clean bill of health, except for a healing wound: the vet said she had a huge fly larva embedded in her neck that he’d had to remove. Poor kitten! After all that trauma, I got her home:

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After letting her rest for a few days, we tried to play with her and to get her to eat soft food and tuna from a spoon, but she wouldn’t. (She did, though, eat out of her bowl, drink enough, and use the litterbox after we got some special walnut-based kitten training litter by Blue and a fancy covered litterbox. Thank God.) So we decided to try what I called force-lovin’:

We hoped that some good ol’ fashioned pets would win her over, but it didn’t work, so lately, we’ve been doing our best to ignore her. I gotten her to play with me a few times and she’ll hang out close to me, which is progress, but she absolutely refuses to be petted. I’m convinced we’ll get there eventually. We’re certainly trying!

Transformation: Complete! I think.

No, not the dog, though GAH she got big! The blog! The blog! It looks totally different now (as does the dog…), and I think it’s a better fit for Things that Probably Aren’t Books, which is my best stab at a topic for the moment. I’m really happy with this theme, and I’m kind of surprised I found one I like so quickly. I was expecting frustration and settling. Luckily, I found this one fast and only had to change a couple tiny bits and pieces. It’s Activello from colorlib, and it’s free! Which is better than the $40 a year I’ve been paying. Anyway. This is it! And thanks sooooo much to Palmer for the most excellent logo. It’s perfect!

We’ll see what happens next. It’ll be soon and probably a lot because it’s been a while. For the moment, though, look at that dog!

But wait, there’s more!

Awwww what? A post? Gah, it’s been a long time. Yes, this does mean your Very Favorite Blog is coming back, and SOON!

I just need a minute to sort things out.

So this page is gonna look silly for a few days until I get everything looking and working like I want it (note the new title font!) – or until I load up the default WordPress theme and call it a day.

It won’t be the old book blog of yore. I’m on a break now, but I’m still in Round Two of grad school, and I have a year left and not enough time or motivation to read much of anything that isn’t boring library essays. It’ll be more like the latest posts – photos of the dog in various places and such. I want to use my good camera instead of my iPhone (there’s a HUGE difference in picture quality!), so most posts will be photo-heavy. The featured photo is a good example. Dog Doing Things, Taken with Good Camera.

I’m also seriously considering starting from scratch – from this post, probably. The old posts going back to 2010, or so, would go away. They’d still be accessible, but elsewhere, like somewhere on WordPress.com or so. I’m not sure about that one.

But! I’m coming back! We’ll see what this blog turns into. There will be dogs and photos and possibly, even some Minecraft. I’m keeping the subject open to help me get excited about it again. I might fall back into a theme – maybe even books – but we’ll see.

Keep an eye out for new posts! The’ll start soon!

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