Monday Morning Open Thread

Here is a video of Rosie snoring so god damned loud I can not even think:

The video does not do justice to how loud she is snoring. And for those of you who might be inclined to call me a monster for waking the precious baby up, she was back asleep and snoring twice as loud out of spite before I even got this video uploaded.








Ducks in a Row (Open Thread)

Since this is a full-service blog, TaMara provides video of domestic duck baths, and I’m in charge of wild duck bath videos. (Sorry about the Twitter format, but that’s the easiest upload these days — long story!)

That’s their pal the juvenile white ibis hanging out in the background. It’s weird how some bird species get along just fine, even when they’re competing for the same food, whereas others get all huffy.

There’s a great blue heron who hangs out here a lot (he of the frog stuck on his face, I’m almost certain), and he doesn’t mind ibises or little blue herons or limpkins hanging about, but if a great egret stops to visit, he’ll charge it and keep charging until it flies away. Even if he’s not in sight and an egret lands (a great egret, not a snowy — those are allowed!), he’ll fly back to defend the turf!

Well, today, three great egrets landed on the strip usually occupied by the blue, who was away at the time. Honest to Christ, I think the great egret who kept getting chased off went home and told her older sisters to come help her stand up to the blue bully! I never did see the blue while the three greats were fishing. When they flew off, the blue came back.

In other animal news, I took Badger to the vet for his vaccination updates on Wednesday morning. That afternoon, he was really listless, so much so that I got worried and called the vet. When the vet tech answered the phone, I guess I must’ve said, “I took my Badger in for shots this morning, and he’s really listless this afternoon — is that normal?” Because she paused a long time and said, “You brought your…badger…to this office?”

I had to explain I meant my DOG, whose name is Badger, not an actual mustelid. She assured me he’d be fine, and he is. Good lord, I felt like a fucking idiot. Anyhoo, open thread!

UPDATE: A friend on the Twitter pointed out that there IS a gator in the video — sneaking up on the ducks to the left of the screen! Just a little ‘un, and no ducks were harmed, but sorry, Mnem!








NY City Pet Bleg: Keith Olbermann Puts Up the Doggie Symbol for Helios!

I’m sure we don’t have the reach of Keith Olbermann’s twitter feed, no offense to Cole, but I figured putting this on the front page probably couldn’t hurt.

Here’s the details from the shelter’s page:

Helios

Hello, my name is Helios. My animal id is #62815. I am a desexed male white dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years 1 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a agency on 14-May-2019.

Helios is at risk for medical reasons. Helios was diagnosed with canine infectious respiratory disease complex which is contagious to other animals and will require in home care. Behaviorally, Helios has exhibited poor impulse control and would benefit from some behavior modification.

Let’s get to know each other a bit more…

A volunteer writes: Helios is a radiantly happy guy who’s tiny in size but mighty in spirit and it seems only fitting that he’s named for a sun god as he lights up any room he enters and spreads sunshine wherever he roams. Full of good-natured energy, bouncy hugs and sweet snuggles, he’s always thrilled to get out of his den and go for a walk and extremely friendly with dogs and people alike. While he does pull slightly on leash, he’s a smart cookie who responds nicely to direction, seems house trained and already knows how to come, sit and stay on command and he’ll play enthusiastically yet softly with both toys and people. Helios is a natural athlete but his NBA-level jumping skills make him better suited to a home with older kids who are taller than he can bounce and his perfect match would be an active family who can provide ample play and snuggle time. Bonus points for those willing to teach him some new tricks! Helios is waiting at our Manhattan Care Center and he’s ready to be your sun, your moon, your stars, your everything. Will you be his?

“Helios has exhibited poor impulse control and would benefit from some behavior modification.” Helios is definitely jackal material!

Look at that face!

Anyhow, if you might be considering adopting a rescue dog, or you know someone who is, and you’re in the greater NY City area (I’ll let everyone decide that for themselves), give a thought to Helios.

Open thread!








Finnish Laphund Bleg

From Aleta:

Do you happen to know personally anyone in the northeast who would be a good, very stable home for two female Finnish Laphunds (6 and 8-9 yo) who just lost their person, my friend. They are not aggressive herders, gentle but very alert to change. Bark a short time, then quiet. The current hope is to find someone w/ no other dogs right now. They been living w two cats. If needed, can be separated. Thick overcoats that shed. I’ve known them for years.

Aleta, if you’ve got photos, send them to me and I’ll update this post with them.

 








Respite Open Thread: Bixby Update

Look at that face

It’s Monday, so I’m swamped with work stuff (okay and gardening stuff – one of my clients gave me a gift certificate to the local garden shop and I HAD to use it today, and then of course plant stuff, too). But I wanted to give you an update on the Big Guy, since I hadn’t in a while.

It’s mostly because things are pretty much back to normal. He gets stronger every day. His gait is almost normal, most of the sway is gone and he’s stable on all four legs. I pinch myself at how lucky we are and the nightmare of a month ago is fading. We are down to treatment every two weeks. I caught Scout literally standing with her front legs on his back yesterday and he was completely steady. Unheard of just a week ago.

And I cannot thank you enough for giving me a space to share it all – I was so overwhelmed with sadness and fear and leaning on you guys helped get me through the weeks.

So you good people get bonus Scout:

I will try and get you some Pearl photos tomorrow. She’s doing well and has pretty much fully integrated with Mabel and Maddie – though I have some funny stories about that. Also, I could use more pet photos if you want to send them to me. I’m determined to keep up these respite threads – if only for my own sanity.

No-politics open thread