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Cajun Painting

Jun 30th, 2011 Posted in Papillons | no comment »

Our 10th Anniversary (!) was the 23rd.  We had a pretty mellow day, as we are still having a bit of a rough time over the recent loss of Pippi.   We went out to eat (Golden Corral, John’s favorite new place.  It only took me 14 years to get him to try it.  lol) and watched a movie (The Rite).

I got John the by now, probably expected, Nancy Pinke pet portrait!    I had planned a bit of a different schedule for the paintings, but Cajun’s passing moved him to next in line.  Nancy is so wonderful to work with.  I quickly sent her pictures the day Cajun died and said something like I don’t need this for a few months, but won’t be able to look at pictures, so I’m sending them to you now.

I think this is perhaps the best one she has done for us.  John says the Zach one is still the best.  They are all very good, but the Zach one really captured the Zach-a-roo.  I think this one is very close, if not on the same level as the Zach one.

Pippi is at the Rainbow Bridge

Jun 29th, 2011 Posted in Papillons | no comment »

We had to let Pippi go on June 18th.  This was completely unexpected and a total shock to us.  Pip has been fairly healthy given her somewhat rough start.  She was in a “rescue” in Texas that was letting her have puppies and we were unable to get them to release her to our organization for quite some time.  Eventually, we sent someone down to do an adoption to get her out and by then she had heartworms.  She was flown up to our area, went through the heartworm treatment, which in itself is a very risky treatment and was eventually adopted out through the organization (she was not fostered by us originally).

Her adoption fell through a few months later and she was returned to the organization, so we were asked to foster her temporarily.    When time came to move her, I told the rescue chair (who was my friend) that she was going to have to be the one that pried Pippi from John’s cold dead hands because I was not going to get in the middle of that 😉  She decided that Pippi had already found her forever home.    It turned out to be a good decision because Pip started having seizures soon after that, though they never got bad enough to need medication.

So Pip had been very healthy for the 8 years we have had her and we have only had her in for 1 non-routine vet visit (a slab fracture of a tooth which abcessed, which likely happened before we got her because I don’t allow the kinds of chew items that would normally cause a slab fracture.  It can also be from chewing rocks, but she never did that here either).     Saturday, she was a bit “off,”  nothing really big, but John was off and wanted to take her to the vet.  Our regular vet was off, so was our back up vet and our back up, back up vet.   The girls at reception were nice enough to give us an “urgent care” appt. which is $40 cheaper than the emergency walk in fee, but we did not get the vet we were supposed to, which was a bit annoying.  We got the ONE vet at our practice that I am not fond of.

I figured that Pip had hurt her back because her tail was down and she wasn’t too interested in moving around, but she was still eating/drinking and generally acting fairly like herself.   She was trying to follow John around, but you could tell she wanted him to just stay put so she didn’t have to move a whole lot.   Everything looked like “back” to me.  I figured it would be a metacam script and 2 weeks of crate rest (which we have been through with various dogs before).

What is was, was multi-system organ failure 🙁    The prognosis was not very hopeful and at that point Pip was not suffering so we decided it was better to let her go before it got bad.   We just lost Cajun in February to heart issues (one of the systems that was failing) and watching him slowly die was horrible for us and I’m sure it was no picnic for him, either.

We got her a memorial stone from Adirondack Stone Works, like we have with everyone else.  They really do such nice work and they ship the stones out very quickly.

We got her remains back in a lovely wooden box with her name on the side.

Our vet did the paw print thing again.  Pip’s is a bit different than Cajun’s was.   They did both her front feet and she got different charms on her’s.  It’s nice that they seem to put some thought into them when they make them.   Pip’s was also in a little pink net bag for storage.


9/1/99 – 6/18/11

You will be missed!

Ruthie Painting

Feb 28th, 2011 Posted in Papillons | no comment »

I had Nancy Pinke do another painting for John.  This time for Valentine’s Day.  This one was a bit tough because I didn’t have a whole lot of pictures and the ones I had were not very good because we didn’t have a digital camera for much of the time we had Ruthie.   Nancy, did a great job and really captured Ruthie’s expression in the painting.    I called it “dim”, but she was not a dumb dog at all.  She just did not have a “bright” look about her.   In her defense, she was almost 17 years old!

Ruthie has a somewhat interesting story, in that she is one of the few dogs that came into rescue for what I considered to be a pretty legit reason and her owner did what people who surrender their dogs, while crying always say they are going to do, but *never* do. She kept in touch with us to see how Ruthie was doing.

Ruthie was turned in to rescue at the age of 11 because her owner was going to Siberia to be a missionary.   This is clearly not something that a Papillon would survive doing and it wasn’t a case of her not matching the furniture or a new baby coming or the dog just being too old now.   Her owner really wanted her to be stable in her last few years because she had been leaving her with people for periods of time while she was doing missionary work and now she was going to do this long-term time in Siberia.

Ruthie fell in love with John at first site.  I think it actually hurt her owners feelings a little bit because once she saw John she never even looked back at the owner.  She was ready to go with him and that was that.   We didn’t even bother trying to place her, given her advanced age and the fact that she thought the sun rose and set over John.   Her prior owner wanted to keep in contact and that worked out for her as well.    She and John did communicate up until Ruthie’s death and John took Ruthie to visit her at least once when she was back in the area to visit family a few years after we adopted her.

Ruthie did not care for me very much.   She did not dislike me.  I just wasn’t John.   If you were not John she did not care for you.  If you talked to her and you were not John, she had no time for you.   She would look at him like “it’s talking to me again..can’t you make it stop that?”   She would actually turn her head when I talked to her.   I did not take it personally.  I understood, I was not John 😉

She would tell him when it was time to go to bed.  If he was late, she would stand in the hallway and bark at him to let him know it was past his bedtime!   She would continue to bark until he went to bed.  Weekends included, usually.   I’m not really certain how she determined what time his bedtime was, but I’m pretty sure it coincided with *her* bedtime 😉

Ruthie was our first Papillon to cross the Rainbow Bridge in 2006.   She was there to meet Zach, Otter  and now Cajun.   We didn’t meet her until she was 11 years old, but she was a good dog and we loved her and we still miss her.

Christmas Miscellany

Jan 4th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

A few miscellaneous things from my camera 🙂

John got me this Agent P (a/k/a Perry The Platypus).  I am ALL about Phineas and Ferb, so was very thrilled by this gift.

I was sort of surprised that John asked for this one.  While it does have the old “kitty paw” logo vs the new Bobcat logo they use now, he usually isn’t much for when the colors aren’t the normal team colors.   Last night he was wearing this shirt and he said he really liked the shirt, but he did think it was weird that it was purple.

My friend Ashley sent me a skein of Lion Brand Wool Prints yarn, in Autumn Sunset.   I had never used wool yarn before.  I’m not a big fan of wool myself, so I had never been keen to try any of the wool yarns.   This yarn was great to work with though and I will absolutely get more of it, when I’m allowed to buy yarn again 😛

These are not the best pictures, unfortunately.  It was kind of dark in here when I took them, so they are a bit dark and the one with the flash is kind of bright.  I decided to include it so you can see some of the detail a bit better though.

A couple obligatory pet pictures 😉

Bun, who someday we will conquer his allergy issues and he will be freed from his head gear, laying in the cat bed on the table behind my desk (next to John’s desk).

Orion, a/k/a  Office Cat taking a snooze on John’s “reader”.    Usually the cats just sit on there and throw all John’s stuff on the floor one item at a time, but I guess she was tired on that particular day.   If you enlarge the picture and look close, you can see she has her paws folded over her face.  So cute!