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  • Not All Fun And Games

    Posted on by Rain Dog
    Mimi

    Mimi

    Rain has really been enjoying her freedom here on our friend’s property. We have been staying here for about three weeks. During that time, she has been able to hang out with her old buddy Blue, her new friend Lady (coming soon), and a couple of dogs that are being cared for by Dogs With Manners Rescue.  She also learned that not all cats are evil and that some can even be playmates. In fact a sweet, little orange and white tom cat named Mimi would come over to our camper and play with her daily.

    Mimi hasn’t come over to play in more than a week. No one has seen him. Two days after Mimi disappeared, Rain’s cat sister Hunter vanished.  We hear coyotes nightly out on this forty acre plot.  I assume that both of then are now scat.

    Hunter the slayer

    Hunter - The Slayer

    I had thought it was safe. Mimi had lived on the property for about four months without any problems. There is also another cat named Nutmeg who has been here for almost two months. Both were indoor/outdoor cats. We started letting Hunter and Cat out during the day. Hunter hated the first two days but then she started running out on her own in the mornings and coming back at night. She always stayed close to the camper.

    On Sept 29th 2011, Hunter didn’t come when called. We searched for her for a couple of hours but found no trace. She is gone.

    I never thought I would miss that evil cat so much. She was with me for nine years (and tried to sleep in my hair every night of them). I wanted to get rid of her after 5 months when I learned what it was like to have an inside cat. I never could though. The bond she had with me was incredible. She didn’t really like anyone else. As much as I wanted to get rid of her, I thought that it would be too much for her and as long as she was with me, I knew she would be taken care of. So with me she stayed.

    Hunter and her step-sister Cat

    Hunter and her step-sister Cat

    Even though she didn’t like other people or animals, she was a very adaptable and trusting cat. She was also very gutsy. A couple of nights before she disappeared, we were sitting around a campfire and she launched out of my lap and chased a dog that was  about ten feet away from me. While I admired her bravery in all things, I am sure it led to her demise.

    I sure do miss my chocolate covered sugar kitty.

     


  • The Date Has Been Set

    Posted on by Rain Dog

    Embarrassing Stuff

    Rain will be going under the knife in one week. After talking with six different vet offices, an appointment was made. The veterinarian is located near a dog park, so Rain will be getting a ton of exercise and stimulation the day before surgery, we hope. The staff was is nice enough to let us in their parking lot for the night before surgery. I am not sure how we are going to keep a dog that does good with one, rare day of inactivity but gets pretty restless with anything more than that, entertained.

    There appears to be a great, little free campsite about three miles out of town that has a three day limit. We will stay there during the days following surgery. We want to be close in case something goes wrong.

    Wish us luck!


  • Egag!

    Posted on by Rain Dog

    Enjoying a present from Grandma.

    We sure got worried about Rain, today. All of the sudden she started trying to eat every plant in sight. Then, she would extend her neck and make a swallowing motion multiple times while extending her tongue a little.. She would move away from us as we got near and wasn’t listening to commands. She never does that anymore. After about a minute, seemed like forever, I was able to sit next to her and talk her out of eating plants. By then, she was making that swallowing gesture every 15 or so seconds. I told my partner, The Male Alpha, that we had to get to the vet ASAP. Poor Rain seemed so distressed.

    After a minute or two of sitting with her, I was able to coax her back to the house with play. Once we got to the back door, she panicked and ran off about 8′. It took two commands, but I was able to get her to stay. Once I got up to her, she listened to the “inside” command.

    Once inside, I made her lay down by the door where there was a breeze. Her swallowing had already slowed down a lot. We decided to give it a half hour and see if it got better. There were a lot of bees outside, and we thought she might have gotten stung while eating one. I gave her a 1/2 cup of milk to coat her throat. I know dogs can’t handle lactose. I thought that, if she was going to vomit, it would help. After the milk and a 1/2 cup of chicken broth, she had almost completely stopped gagging.

    It has been about 5 hours since she last made the exaggerated swallow. We are so relieved. Damned dog. Scaring us like that. Bah.. I am sure it was even scarier for her.

    I guess I will chalk it up to yet another trust building moment.



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