Duncan greeted this solemn day with a lot of barking--squirrels were everywhere today, more than usual. One of the neighborhood outdoor cats was here too, and much to the dismay of folks around here, he barked at them. I whisked him away to go shopping, and peace was restored. Guess he was a little unsettled today.
My thoughts are with those who lost their lives in the Twin Towers that day, and with their families.
Stupid me took Duncan to a pool party yesterday, and was so focused on keeping an eye on him & keeping cool in the pool, I didn't take a picture, not even with my phone! He met 2 lovely Chihuahua ladies. He didn't grumble once or try to be bossy--yeah!!! He is really growing up. He got snarled at just twice, and she had every right to express concern--it was her house. But he really behaved himself, we were quite proud! And no, he didn't swim, Westies are not good swimmers, they say...
How I missed Duncan! It was a little comforting to have a distant (and I mean distant) view of the Golden Gate Bridge. One of my colleagues lives in California, and knows the area well, but the way these meetings go, there isn't any free time to see the sights. So I never got to see the bridge & walk across :o(.
Just thought I'd depart from my normal boring pet ranting and post a home-made gallery wrap I made. It's a painting I did in 1986 when my Dad was sick, in & out of the hospital. Thought I'd post it! I have a new set of oils waiting to go. Sadly my mind is full of EANs & Excel spreadsheets, it's hard to focus on true emotion....
Happy Birthday, Duncan! It's been a very hectic 2 years and you were here for all of it! You are my best buddy! Even though this picture is out of focus, it shows Duncan squirrel-hunting. He's trying to jump over the fence, but can't quite make it lol!
Duncan went to the vet this morning to get a six-month kennel cough shot, and I also decided to give him the canine flu shot. I can't let anything happen to this little guy! He is in perfect health, even his ears were perfect. Thanks to this rotten weather, he is at his maximum weight of 19.7lbs! I didn't think he'd get past 19. If it ever stops raining we can run again! He is so active and I am careful to give him the right foods and no bad treats. I think with 6 of us here, someone slips him a piece of meat now & then that is too big for a little dog. So I made sure to tell everyone to cut back. With the rain outside, he jumps & runs in the house, and still sleeps ALL night long! What a good boy! Oh, and one thing I read--the serving sizes listed on dog food packaging are intended for dogs that are not neutered, so dogs that are fixed need smaller servings. Makes sense! And the vet is always surprised--that he goes all year, even the spring, with no allergy symptoms. No itchiness, no sneezing, no skin irritations. Yea!!
Alright, so Mike Huckabee must be too busy to respond to a nobody like me. The other night I saw Arnold Diaz confronting a deadbeat dad, so I had to write him as well. I figure someone handed him the address on a PostIt because in real life, deadbeats don't open the door or hand out business cards. I gave him the spiel in a nutshell, about how Mutual of Omaha should have been INDICTED and how RIKER'S is not an address--but if Santa can prove his address in court, if the U.S. mail recognizes an address, shouldn't the U.S. government? Oh, that's right, that's just a movie lol! Today I mentally thanked my ex, for without him, I never would have had my kids. And no matter what challenges they present, they are the best!
Mike Huckabee says "Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care." Mike, we single moms don't wake up and say hey, I want to have a family all by myself. We usually are divorced, widowed, victims of rape or of deadbeat dads--and who can the kids count on--their MOMS, their SINGLE MOMS who actually care about them! I for ONE of the many single moms have a COLLEGE DIPLOMA hanging on MY OFFICE wall; I am EMPLOYED; I have provided HEALTH, DENTAL & VISION INSURANCE for my children; I have even provided a PAROCHIAL SCHOOL EDUCATION for them. And I raised my kids ALONE for 11 years! Now they are almost grown & I am happy to say do not lie, cheat, or steal like MOST POLITICIANS and MEDIA-HUNGRY TV PERSONALITIES do! Wait, was that a bigoted generalization I just made?
Another loss this year, time Miss Kazia, a gorgeous Samoyed who wasn't just a wonderful companion to my sister, she was a therapy dog who brought joy to many. Her lungs had bulla of varying sizes and they would give way & allow her lungs to basically collapse & leak air....Very sad, it was happening so frequently it was becoming so dangerous for her to be alone for any length of time. Our thoughts are with my sister!