Pets Open Thread

Just getting some work done for my family tonight:

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This is my godson’s dog, Tulip, who returned from obedience school and appears to not have been properly inflated:

This is my sister Devon with her current foster pup, Milton, who is approximately 62% ears:

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He’s very sweet, and his coat is like Boghan’s (my brothers wire haired pointing griffon), but softer and jet black. He is available for adoption if any of you are interested.

I think I speak for everyone when I say we could use some more pictures of Pearl.

Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

Here’s Badger seated at the kitchen island counter. He just hops up on a bar stool and watches me cook.

I had some misgivings about this behavior at first, but since he’s been well-behaved and never attempts to put his paws on the counter, I guess it’s okay.

A Badger-related story: I was having lunch at a local diner yesterday. The restaurant occupies a long, narrow space, and we were seated near the back. The place was mostly empty, but there was an elderly gent seated near the front. I was wearing a t-shirt that said “Boston” with a logo like this on it:

After the elderly gent paid his check, he made his way toward us rather than the door. It took a while because he was using a cane and walked slowly. I had plenty of time to hope he wasn’t coming back there to ask us if we’d accepted Jesus Christ as our personal savior.

Finally, he arrived at our table and said to me, “So, are you really from Boston, or did you just go to Boston University?”

I replied, “Neither. I have a Boston terrier.”

He said, “Oh, well I didn’t expect THAT” and walked away. I was vaguely sorry to have disappointed him.


At the risk of turning this blog into an AOC fanzine:


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Respite Open Thread: The Lion Escapes Tonight

The best part of this is the actual lions looking on, completely unimpressed:

Here’s a little Bixby update, with bonus Scout:

Bixby had another PT appointment yesterday (he’s sitting there very still so as not to dislodge his needles). He’s down to once a month. The vet is really pleased with how much mobility and stability he has regained and retained.  He loves going there and loves Dr. Deb.

This happy girl is doing very well home alone when we are at the vets (about ninety minutes). And her reward is a walk with just me. She’s hit her teenage phase, I watch her weigh doing what she’s supposed to with the fun of misbehaving. Misbehaving wins out a lot more these days.  But seriously, with that face, she gets away with it. More photos at the link.

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Bixby Update

Bixby turned five today. I’m a terrible pet person because I don’t necessarily remember or celebrate birthdays or adoption days. This year, was of course, different. So grateful we have this day. Emma turned 16 this week, too. So big week here.

Again, thanks for going on the journey with me – both his puppy adventures and this past April. I was so comforted by your comments, emails, phone calls and offers of financial help.  Could not have gotten through it without you guys. I cannot emphasize how close we were to losing him.

He’s down to PT once a month and we are almost walking our normal distances again.

The rest of the crew is doing great too. For the Penelope/Pearl fans – she’s STILL growing. I keep telling her she’s the Great Dane of ducks. And she’s found her honk – OMG, has she found her honk. Hopefully, that will diminish as she gets older.

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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.