Friday, November 15, 2019

Nature Friday - A Feathered Friend

While we were in Venice, I was taking this picture

when the Man said, look to your right.

Standing about 3 inches from me was my new feathered friend, who was kind enough to pose for me. 

Let me show off my wings

Strutting his/her stuff!

He/She was a very tourist friendly bird, and a lot of people took pictures of him/her! 

Thanks to Rosy and the Boyz for hosting Nature Friday!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Project Hailey - Loving My Winter Girl

It was a rough summer for our girl. As most of you remember, at the end of June, she went through the wall again during a storm while we were at work. This led to us playing with her medication. It sort of felt like she was our Goldilocks - 20 mg of prozac was too little (she will still go through the wall), 40 mg was too much (she will do nothing but sleep),  but 30 mg (and the occasional Xanax) was just right!

She remained on 30 mg until the end of September. At this time, we decreased her dose to 20 mg.
We did this because we thought the kennel would have more success giving her 1 pill (she needs 2 to get 30 mg) and because we like to take her off it in the winter.

She remained on 20 mg until last week, when we reduced her to 10 mg.  (We are now currently looking at fading that out, and we can talk more about how that goes in a later post. She had a hard time with that last year!)

The world is now white

The difference in my girl with 10 mg compared to 20 mg, is very clear. On the lower dose she is far more food motivated. She begs more. She drools watching you eat more. She counter surfs more. She is in the dishwasher more. Basically, you would think we did not feed her. Interesting to note, we had to remove her slobowl when we increased her meds because she was eating so slow, she would get tired of eating and not finish her dinner. It was just too much effort. As of yet, we have not had to return the slobowl.

Other noticeable behaviour changes. She is far more cuddly (although the fact it is much colder, it was -25C/-13F this morning may also be a factor in this, but even before this week, she didn't just spend her evenings hiding). She is also more easily excited. She jumps more. She barks more. She has more life!

While I love my winter girl more, I know that being medicated through storm and firework season is what is best for her and our pack. She deserves to feel as relaxed as possible. It is not safe for her to be so anxious or to engage in such dangerous behaviours as going through the walls. We all deserve not to hear her bark endlessly out of fear. 

Having Lee be more Lee, is one of the only good things that comes out of winter!

Taken yesterday. We had a record breaking snowfall on Monday. It is now here to stay I fear. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Lest We Forget

Today we pause to thank the men, women and animals who have and are currently willing to pay the ultimate price to ensure our freedom.

We also remember all of the families effected in anyway by war.

We remember.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Nature Friday

Today we join Rosy and the Boyz for Nature Friday.

Lady took this picture in Greece. She took it for Rosy.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thankful Thursday -Treats for Us!

During her busy week last week, the Lady and one of her friends (because the Man was bed ridden), went to the SafePet Ottawa Gala. In case you don't remember, SafePet is an organization that fosters animals for people fleeing domestic violence. Most shelters don't accept pets and many people will stay in dangerous situations to keep their pets. While it is very sad that this is a needed group, the work they do is amazing. It is one of the local charities Lady and Man like to support the best. 

We hit the jackpot this year. First there were cookies in the gift bags. As Lady's friend is a cat owner, she gave her package to us!

Then there was the gift basket the Lady won in the silent auction.

Look at all the great cookies!

Like the mentalist at the show I will . . . .

Make the cookie disappear!

Even picky me loves them!

We are thankful for the Lady for picking these in the auction (even if we overheard her tell the Man this was the small basket . . . . . .)