Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Point of Stillness

From inspired gardener & commentor Gelfling 545:

I took this photo at 6 am Monday when I looked out to see if the rain had started. This old boy had run out of the house the night before and this is where I found him, meditating on the transcendent…and fish.

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What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?

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BJ jackal readership capture — Happy note for everyone touched by the news that Adam Serwer’s cat Butters had gone missing:

Funny how you can get emotional about a companion animal you’ve never met and almost certainly never will meet…



Pet Bleg: Meeca Needs Some Assistance

Scamp Dog and Meeca Pup

Last week, Scamp Dog contacted me and wondered if we could do a bit of fundraiser for Meeca. Turns out she’s going to need surgery and Scampdog wants to do what’s best for her, but it’s going to be a big hurdle. I’m posting this now, hoping for a quiet Friday night, but I’ll repost next week if things get crazy tonight. I’ll let Scamp Dog take it from here:

Hello Juicers! You may remember that back in mid-July TaMara put up a post  on a Husky, Meeca, who needed a new home. I’d been dogless for a while, so I went up to visit her, and decided to take her home on the spot.

Now it turns out that she’s developed a couple of expensive medical issues. I took Meeca to the vet because she was limping, and found out that she has a torn ligament in her right hind leg. Unfortunately, I don’t have any classes this semester, so I’m in a personal cash crunch to begin with. 

The next problem was that she attacked a neighbor dog. Fortunately the other dog was only bruised, and the owners were very understanding, but it still scared me, and I made an appointment with a veterinary behaviorist down in Castle Pines, south of Denver. Meeca’s been good with people, so aggression towards humans isn’t an issue. 

The vets think that part of the problem may be the pain in her knee, so they prescribed some more pain meds. The behavior part seems to be a combination of fear and predation, so they came up a fairly elaborate behavior treatment plan that I’m working on. Based on their report, I’m not as worried as I once was, but Meeca will need to have some more appointments to monitor her progress and keep her on the right track, so she and the neighbor dogs will be safe. 

The pain meds have been great: she’s been more mobile, and seems to be happier, too. I’ve been following the behavior plan from the vets. The quick description is keeping her away from other dogs, and giving her treats on walks to get her paying attention to me. We’ll be seeing them again on Monday to check on her progress and update the plan. 

To put some numbers on this, the surgery will probably be around $2,200 (there’s a more expensive version done by a specialist, but I’m confident of my local veterinarian’s office, so I think the regular one should be fine. The meeting with the behavior vets wound up being about $430, which is pricy, but we met with two veterinarians, a behavior tech, and a vet student, so I’m not terribly surprised. I’m guessing this all could easily exceed $3,000 after a series of appointments with the behavior vets.

So if you could help out a good dog and a worried human, I’d be grateful for your assistance! Based on TaMara’s suggestion, any overages will go to Big Bones Canine Rescue here in Colorado (their info herenote from TaMara: this is where I got Bailey and they are amazing, rescue both giant breeds and toy breeds, it’s adorable, and were so kind after Bailey left us -I donate to them fairly regularly.)

Here’s a paypal link where you can donate:

Paypal for Meeca

The picture at the link is the one at the top of the post, so that should let you know you’re at the right place.

Thanks for helping a sweet, 10 year old dog!  –  Scamp Dog

TaMara again – Thanks for anything you can do, as always. If you have any additional questions hit the comments or email me and I’ll pass them on to Scamp Dog. I have a business PO Box for anyone may want to avoid Paypal, email me if you’d rather do that.

Here’s my direct email: whats4dinnersolutions (at) live (dot) com








Mabel and Maddie Open Thread

I totally missed their duck-versary. But I just wrote about our summer adventures here.  It’s way too long to post here, I didn’t realize I had so much to say about a couple of ducks, lol. A lot of concern because they stopped laying eggs this week after giving me a faithful egg-a-day each for the last year. Seems they are molting and should get back to egg production in a few weeks. Phweee! My vet’s not versed in duck care. Though he does love my ducks (he’s mobile vet, so he checks out everyone when he comes for a visit).

Since it’s Sunday garden day – I prepped the backyard for fall yesterday. Put down a bunch of manure, planted some fall bulbs, pulled the dying garden plants. I still have buckets of grapes to harvest, but I’m thinking I’ll take the bird-netting off and let the critters have the remainder (I’ve harvested a good gallon already).

What are you doing this Sunday? I may have a recipe later today for you…

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Monday Night Open Thread

My new thing is to try to get good pictures of Rosie. They’re not very easy to get because she shares both my disposition and my feeling about cameras, but I got two good ones tonight:

She looks rather peaceful and happy, which lasted all of about ten seconds because I moved in for a close shot and she immediately started to look away because she was just OVER my shit:

She’s a good dog.



A Rare Treat

I had a couple packages of fish I had purchased on sale in the freezer in February that I never cooked, and portions of it were freezerburned, so I thawed it off, cut off the bad parts, and made a big fish dinner for the dogs and Steve. Rosie was very appreciative and walked around wagging her tail afterwards, and even let me point the camera in her direction without running away:

Still a terrible picture, but a pretty good one considering the unique challenges presented by trying to get Rosie to pose.

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Someone has the itis:



Meeca Update: Squeee!! Welcome to the Balloon Juice Family

So I have a confession to make. When I saw Meeca was up for adoption, I immediately thought of Scamp Dog. Glad to know my matchmaking skills are still pretty right on:

Here she is coming home yesterday.

And here she is resting after a big day of meeting new friends.

Congratulations everyone!

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Colorado Pet Bleg: Meeca Needs a New Home

Scout has cousins and one of them needs an assist. From Carrie, who is the person to Scout’s cousin Luna:

My brother is in need of some help. He’s in the middle of a nasty divorce and their poor dog is stuck in the middle of it. She’s a 10 year old Husky with a sweet temperament. I don’t believe she’s been around cats, but she has been around dogs with no problems. If anyone happens to know of someone looking for a new furry family member, can you PM me? Her name is Meeca.

Meeca lives near me, so if you are in Colorado or nearby, we can probably easily arrange a meet and/or transport. Please email me at whats4dinnersolutions (at) live (dot) com and I’ll put you in touch with Carrie. Let’s see if we can’t get Meeca the home she deserves.