Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tasty Tuesday - Sunday Morning Treats

First, happy first day of spring! It sure hasn't felt like spring here. We got 20 cm/8 inches of snow last week and the temperature was very cold on the weekend (-15C/5F - Ottawas was the coldest capital in the world for 2 days at least). We look forward spring coming.

In the mean time, this is what Sunday mornings look like in our house (Lady took this picture on her phone sitting at the island).

Why are we sitting so intently? Sunday morning is pancake morning in our house, and we have Man well trained. He makes us a pancake to share, and puts it in our bowl. We wait patiently.

Can you blame us?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fried Day!

For those not on Facebook, Phod has been suffering an ear infection this week.  Phod is happy to report that his ear has cleared up, he is not itching it, and the cone of shame is now a thing of the past . . . for now! He loves to make snow angels in the snow, so we are wondering if that is what caused it or if it is a new treat. He is back on his Reactine and we will monitor him more closely.

This is the sad picture of him I posted on Facebook. I had to leave him in the cone Monday and he cried when I left. It broke my heart a little. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

At An Emergency Vet Clinic

The clinic we use (because I am friend's with one of the vets) is a 24 hour emergency clinic. It is one of those things I like about it. There is a vet there 24 hours per day. So if your pet stays overnight they are not alone.

Over the years, I have seen/heard some interesting things. One time when our angel Loki was dying and we were at the clinic about every 2 weeks for 11 months, they were coordinating the airlift of a dog from Northern Ontario who had accidentally been shot. There was a very funny time I was there with angel Bagheera and two young men had brought their 21 year old cat, who died peacefully in her sleep, for cremation. When asked if she was long or shorted haired, the pair burst out laughing that she had been long haired but they had shaved her because she could no longer groom herself.

On my visit with Lee last week, here are some of the things we saw/heard.

-There was one 4 month old puppy there for a normal check up.
-A Lady came in to get the cremated remains of her pet and was presented with a lovely box, she slipped into her purse and left quickly.
-Two young guys, who had fairly severe developmental disabilities, were sorting out the pick up of eye drops for a pet.
-There was a Lab who could not stop barking, that it sounded like had some sort of seizure.
-There was the crying lady, with an animal in a crate, Bailey, they didn't even wait for a tech to come for triage, they ran it to the back and whisked the lady (and shortly after a man) to the back room.
-There was the family (girls aged about 6 and 8)  with a small dog, who had cut his lip in the morning on a toy and they thought it looked bigger and swollen. They were not impressed they were told the wait would be up to 3 hours. The tech had suggested, as the dog was eating and did not seem like he was in pain, to make an appointment for tomorrow and go home.
-There was someone who refused more treatment for their pet, wanted the bill and wanted to go home.

Who knows what else happened, that we didn't even know about. I have spent hours over the years in this waiting room and must say, it has never been boring.

Veterinarians and vet techs have one of the highest suicide rates. I recently listened to a podcast by Death, Sex and Money, on this problem. They see and deal with death more than any other profession, including hospice workers. You can check out this podcast HERE.

As a crazy dog owner, I know they also have to deal with us when it is not life and death. If I had been in the place of the family I described above, I likely would not have gone to the vet that night for a small cut. I likely would have waited and watched. However, I don't judge them for making that choice. They were clearly distressed. While I am confident that there story likely has a happy ending (unlike maybe the crying lady's), it was stressful, emotionally and maybe financially challenging.  My guess is if they waited another 3 hours, they may have been even less happy. The vet they saw may have just had to tell a family to say goodbye to a beloved animal, and now has to deal with a person who is angry. I don't envy their job.

Today, I solute all the men and women out there who dedicate their lives to helping ensure our furry family members receive the best care possible.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Annual Checkup - by Lee

Dear friends,

In the exam room
Last Thursday was the worst day ever.  Lady always says no good comes from a Thursday and she is right! It started off fine, with a nice walk and a good breakfast. Then Lady made me get out of bed, left Emma and Phod to sleep with the Man and put me in the car. I was a bit nervous, but I wasn't scared until I realized I was at day camp.

I was terrified going into day camp. I put on a real show as they dragged me to the back. I refuse to agree with their observations that I was great with the staff and had a wonderful time in the small dog room with Valentino and Buddy. I refuse to say I wrestled and ran and had a great time. 

After 87 million years, Lady picked me up and we drove to the vet. Lady's plan was to get there early and go for a little walk, but there was no parking due to some construction, so she had to park in another business' spots (although it looked closed) so she had us stay in the car until it was time to go in. 

I was terrified in the waiting room. There was a very upset Lab, who kind of scared me. I was happy to sit on the scale. I am 16.4 kg or about 36 lbs. Once I was in the exam room I started to relax a little. It wasn't long before my vet, Woody, came. Lady and Woody have been friends for 24 years. This is why she drives so far to see a vet. Woody sat on the floor and checked me from head to tail. He gave me lots of cookies and I hardly noticed the shots. While he and Lady were chatting I kept looking at the cookie container and at him, but he wasn't getting the message so I barked at him. He then gave me all the cookies that were left in the container. It was a lot. I even got to lick the crumbs out of it. 

Then we had to leave. We waited 87 million years for our bill (likely due to some emergencies Lady will blog about later). We came home. Phod and Emma were very excited to see me. Even though Woody said I didn't need dinner, my peeps gave me a little.

Lady said I did a good job and she was proud of me.

I was angry with her and refused to go for a walk with her on Friday. She says she doesn't think it is because I was mad, but more because I was tired from my adventures. I told her Lee's don't get tired. I am young and full of energy.

I am happy I don't have to do that again for a year.

your pal, Lee

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Sparks - Time

In honour of Day Light Savings Time, we thought a quote about time would be appropriate.

May you get to spend your time with those your love the most or doing what you love the most!

Hailey hoping to get to spend time napping! 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Happy 16th Birthday Madi!

Today the Diva, licence plate collector and feisty feline Madi turns 16. To celebrate she asked us all to go for a joy ride with her.

Hailey and Emma, jumped at the chance to feel the wind in their hair and the freedom!

Phod, who is not a fan of the car, and was found hitchhiking down a highway many years ago, thought he would go back to his roots and go for a walk, with Precious.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Flower Friday - Throw Back Edition

We wanted to join Rosy for flower Friday but we are still under a blanket of snow (a blanket that grew yesterday). Lady was going through our pictures looking for flowers and found this one with Phod from last summer. The white flowers remind us a little of winter!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

This and That Thursday

Emma - on the arm of the chair

Here is a little update on our lives and answers to some of the questions that have come up lately:

-Cutting the hair between his toes didn't decrease Phod's foot licking. Perhaps he likes to lick his feet the way Ms. Bug likes to lick her bum!

-We had company last Saturday. The pups would like to report they got extra treats when the guests arrived included songs. They also got a little bit of steak. They were very well behaved.

-Hailey is off to day camp and then for her annual check up tonight. Wish her luck.

-We are doing our best to visit, but we need more time for everything! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Torture Tuesday by Phod

Dear Pals,

You know I am one of the best dogs in the entire world, so imagine my horror when my peeps called me into the bathroom and had me lay on the floor. You know no good comes from anything they want to do to you in the bathroom. 

Lady sat behind me to hold me through the torture to provide love. 

Hailey came in and provided moral support while the Man cut the hair between my toes. Apparently obsessive licking of them made my peeps have to check them out and they decided maybe I was licking because they were itchy as the hair was long. 

Emma kept her distance. I think she was waiting to see if I dropped Precious, which I did not.

It seemed to take 87 million years, but finally, Man got all the hair he wanted and let me go and gave me a cookie.

My peeps said I did a great job and were very proud of me. I think Man was annoyed that Lady kept stopping holding my paw to take a picture!

Do your peeps torture you too?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Dr Seuss Day - 2018 Edition

Today we celebrate a man,
who could rhyme better than we can,
here is our little tale,
about someone who should be in jail. 

There is fluff everywhere,
pulled from frog and pulled from bear.
It now covers the entire floor,
from the kitchen to the front door.
Lady is not happy to see,
such a big mess not made by Phod or Lee.
The culprit is Emma Mae,
she likes to keep things in a messy way.
Lady sighs and cleans it up,
knowing another mess will be made by this pup.
She loves her lots but has to say,
Uncle Chris coming home will be a happy day.
Our toys will stay whole and the floor clean,
and the house will be ruled by only one Queen.
We kind of like it we have to confess,
it is nice to have someone to blame for such a mess.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Intruder! by Lee

The peeps can't get mad at me for barking if . . . . . .

they are going to feed the enemy!

Red John at the bird feeder


I hope today comes in like a lamb because it sounds yummier than lion!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How The Girls Really Feel About Deep Snow

Emma started to follow the Lady who was on her snowshoes. 

Nope, I'm going back

Hailey after Lady called her over . . . . she really wanted to go back to the house.

Monday, February 26, 2018


Around Blogville we have seen people posting Monday Sparks. Since the only mischief we have had is not visiting blogs like we should and working too much, we thought we join in. 

I work with a family who lives in the Cayman Islands. Last week I was suppose to have a video conference with them, but they asked if they could re-schedule it because they had the opportunity to go and release sea turtles. I said, go, have fun, send me pictures.

This is not my client, but this is the sea turtle he names Michelangelo (he is 9 and has found the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles) that he did get to release.

Friday, February 23, 2018


I join Yamini for the Final Fiction Friday Blog Hop. Click on her name for the rules.

The Man's book was closest - Death Masks by Ed Greenwood

The words I will use
1. stint
2. murmured
3. dry

I am try a Haiku this month. I don't think I have written one since the late 1980s or early 1990s (I had to Google what was required)

Winter a stint of cold
Winds murmured through the tall trees
Inside is cozy and dry

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tracking - by Lee

By the time you read this, our snow may be all gone. They are forecasting a lot of rain at the start of this week. Because of this, Lady thought it would be a great time to go out and play in the snow. We haven't done much of that because it has been too cold or too icy. 

Sunday was a beautiful winter day, so off we went.

I haven't talked much about it, but I have been doing a lot of off leash training this winter. I don't really like sinking in the deep snow and can't get the speed, so my peeps have been trusting me more.

I did an ok job on Sunday, until I found evil Red John Squirrel's tracks. 

Then I went into the bush, that is still our property. Lady told me to wait, and I did. She put me on leash and brought me back to the yard.

Red John may have escaped this time, but someday I will get him (or her, we don't know the gender).

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tasty Tuesday - Belated Pancake Day

Lady was away last week so we didn't get to do Pancake Tuesday. Never fear, our usual pancake Sunday happened and we got an extra special treat . . . . .the Man made one pancake just for us! (Note: Lady was very mad because she thinks Man does not make her enough pancakes. She did not think it was appropriate for us to suggest some of that extra weight she has been complaining about may be due to things like eating her body weight in pancakes).

The pancake, with real maple syrup.

The Man cut it up, something about us not chewing it if he didn't. 

Phod waited patiently.

So did Lee.

Emma wanted to know if she could help and speed the process up!

Finally, he put the last touches on it. 

Time to dig in! Emma ate hers so quickly, Lady didn't capture it. 

Then when our peeps were done, we got to lick their plates. It was a pawsome Sunday snack!