Sunday, November 29, 2015

Pound Puppy

The local city animal control advertised that they were looking for temporary fosters over the Thanksgiving holiday. People could foster just over the weekend and hopefully find them a forever home.  I volunteered and picked up Louie, a 6 year old shepherd mix who had just arrived.  He was covered in mats and fleas.
But after over an hour of clipping, combing and shampooing..he was clean, tangle free and flea free.  We were OK with the bald spots and uneven places.
 He was a very good boy and did great with my dogs.  I called a friend who I knew was looking for a dog and took him over to her house on Saturday. He is there now and hopefully will turn out perfect for them. If not, I will get him and foster him until a home is found. 
Lizzie is settling in well and playing a lot with Roxi. I'm not sure who is more happy to have another Roxi playmate: Roxi or Cody!
 Cali is doing OK.  Definitely going downhill. But she is eating well and seems alert.  We are keeping her happy and comfortable for as long as we can.
I hope everyone in the States had a great Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Every year I attend a work conference and try to take someone with me. The past two years, due to government shut downs and budget talks, I haven't been able to go at all.  So this year, I made it and took my mom.  It was in Phoenix, Arizona.
It is very flat and dry there..a stark contrast to Virginia.
 We had big plans to go up in a hot air balloon over the Sonora desert.  But the winds had different plans, so this is as close as we go to the basket.  I'm all for safety and if they didn't want to go up ..neither did I, but that didn't make it any less disappointing. 
 One day we went to the Desert Botanical Gardens..a lot of cacti and succulents.
 But leave it to me to stalk the hummingbirds again. It was a little cooler (70s) the days we were there so i only saw one variety.
 The cacti were immense and we learned a lot about their structure and how they live..very neat.
 Then we went to a landmark called "hole in the rock" a hole in a rock that overlooks Phoenix.
This is the climb tot it
 And what it looks like from the front
 Once you get up there, it is really a neat vantage point.
 And the view was quite amazing
 a selfie. ;-)
 Then we went to the Phoenix zoo. I was probably too excited to ride the camel. Since the day was overcast, the zoo was not crowded. So we were able to spend a lot of time at each exhibit
 They even had a walk in enclosure with monkeys with no glass or bars between you.  IT was neat and of course you couldn't touch them.
Then we spent a lot of time watching a newborn baby Orangutan who was super cute and acted just like a human baby.
 I didn't have my camera set correctly and it was through glass so these aren't great. I should have gotten a video.
 Overall, it was a fun trip.  We ate really well, walked a lot and saw the city.  Oh yeah, and I worked some too.   

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Lizzie joins the pack

I didn't even have a chance to update the blog that we were fostering a new one before she was no longer a foster fail. Sigh.

Meet the newest addition:  Winifred Amoroso NKA Lizzie. She's 3 and very sweet.  She fit right in and just seemed to be the right one to add at this point. 
 I've always had a fascination with the white ones but beyond color and beauty..she seems to get along with everyone and understand our house.
 To celebrate her addition, everyone got chewy bones.  We got these as a gift and everyone really liked them (and they SEEMED to have some redeeming qualities and nutritional value). But most importantly..Cali loved them!
Cali is doing OK.  She's definitely weak, frail and lethargic.  But she has moments of happiness and alertness.  She's hanging in there and doesn't seem to be in any pain nor does she appear to have given in to the cancer.  Our oncologist is floored at how well she is doing.  Even though we've had to tighten her collar due to weight loss and she has a 'taxi service' down the stairs..she is eating OK.  She truly is a wonder dog.  She celebrated 22 months post amputation last week and this week it will be 8 months post-T Cell lymphoma diagnosis. Both milestones beat the odds.  so keep the good juju and thoughts coming her way. 
Cody finished his treat and went out to sunbathe
 Lizzie enjoyed it quite a bit.  We are very lucky to have found her. 
 I did go to Phoenix for a trip and have some photos. But I will post those another time.