Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Minx!!

Sweet li'l Minx, I can't believe its already your first birthday!!

Minx noticed Glugster outside the kitchen door on the grass!

We don't know exactly when you were born, so we gave you August 30th 2010 as a birthday since the vet guesstimated your age at 6 weeks old when you came to live with us!!

You are still the littlest cat in our household, and you are the sweetest little personality.
Your long legs and tail are almost always curled up under you and one of your favourite places to sit is on the counter around the kitchen sink!
When I take a picture of you with a flash your right eye closes in the photo- as if its more sensitive to light than your left eye and it always looks like you're winking at me!

Turk and the Dogs

Proof that Turk is getting closer and closer to sleeping with the girls! Thelma and Louise are still wary of him as I have taught them they're not allowed to touch the cats at all, but he's definitely worming his way into their space!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Today Would Have Been...

My precious Taxi cat's 7th birthday.
I don't actually know when his birthday was as he was a foundling, I gave him a birth date that kinda matched his age when I adopted him, and today was that day.
Hells bells I miss my sweet Tixanax... I still catch myself looking down the passage from my bed expecting to see him strolling towards me, his tail popping straight up into the air when I say his name.
I love you my sweet Taxi, and I miss you so very much.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Turk Takes Over

I had a real giggle today!
Thelma and Louise have been sleeping inside overnight and spending time inside the house with me in the day time for about 6 months now, and whilst the feline furkids no longer lose the plot when Louise comes haring in the front door- they're not exactly cosying up to each other either!
Turk is the one who spends the most time going up to where Thelma and Louise sleep, either sniffing noses or trying to sneak up on them, or taking a swat at one of them, like he's making it clear who's boss.
Thelma and Louise no longer snap or bark at the cats, they responded very well to my training that the cats were out-of-bounds, they will sniff Turk's nose if he goes right up to them without making a fuss.
This morning I was tidying up the kitchen and the girls were inside, and I happened to glance over to where their bed is and lo and behold- there was Turk, curled up and sleeping in the doggy "donut" right next to their bed cushions! I was astounded!
And then a little later in the afternoon I was cooing and squeaking at Diva- 'coz thats how I roll- and Louise heard me, walking over to see if maybe I was talking to her too.
The next thing I know - Turk is running across the living room and chases Louise back onto her cushion!
It was hysterical!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back To Normal

Louise I mean.
She's on medication for kennel cough- cough mixture twice a day and a daily tablet- but she's completely 100% Louise again.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lunatic Louise!

I don't know what got into Louise today but she was really behaving strangely!
Thelma and Louise are very obedient dogs, but today it was like Louise forgot everything she's ever been taught!
Louise is such a character. If you so much as glance in her direction she's ready to jump up and say hello and get cuddles. She's not a puppy- she's already going grey around her muzzle- and she and Thelma were both spayed long before we adopted them.
I first noticed it when I had to pop out to the supermarket early this morning and as I pulled away she was trying to squish through the bars of the gate to get out! She's never done that! I immediately stopped the car to see if there was something she was trying to get to and she took to whining and wiggling her whole body and yapping at me. I walked back into the garden and she made a mad dash to get out the gate behind me! This is so not like her! I called her back in and then after a short wait to see if she would calm down, I called her and Thelma outside with me to see if they could show me something I couldn't see, but they both just ran around sniffing excitedly and aimlessly- like they do when we go for a walk- so I sent them back inside. Louise just wouldn't listen. She was jumping up on me and yapping and barking and throwing up little bits of the food she'd had for breakfast, and when I got back in the car she again took to trying to push through the gate!
I phoned as I pulled out the driveway and asked my hubby to have a look at her to see if she was perhaps hurt, and I went to the shops.
Glugs couldn't find any injuries or marks on her, so he tried to put them inside on their overnight mattress to see if she would calm down- no go. She wouldn't stay on their bed like they usually do, she was all over the place and whined and whimpered until Glugs let them outside again.
I called the vet who assured me that any kind of poison would have the opposite effect to making a dog all excitable, but suggested I try to keep her somewhere quite and calm.
After a bit of a stroll around the garden with both dogs I called them inside again, to see if I could get her to stay still and calm on their mattress. It worked to a degree, but she remained very fidgety all day.
I don't understand her behaviour at all. The girls have been with us for a little over a year now, but I've never seen such a huge switch in her mannerisms.
She did her busies as normal. She was eating and drinking water. Thelma behaved exactly as she does all the time- well behaved and obedient and calm- but Louise was bouncing all day like she'd been sipping Red Bulls on the sly!
Monday morning update - we went to the vet this morning. She gave Louise a thorough once over, checking her temperature and everything, and diagnosed her with kennel cough!
The irritation in her trachea is what's making her drool and gag so much foamy spit all the time, and her sore throat was making her behave so strangely. This all comes before the coughing actually starts. She gave Louise a shot of some anti-inflammatories and I was given some cough mixture and tablets for her to take every day.
And because its contagious we have to keep an eye on Thelma too.
Louise most likely picked it up from another dog whilst out on a walk, and like with most diseases some dogs are more likely to catch it than others.
I am so glad its treatable and that we caught it early.
It pays to know your dog well and be able to tell if something's up.