Backyard to the Universe
Dawgs - 2008
Wow! It has been a year since we have written any notes. Let me give you a quick update.
Last June Tess went home. Her family is in a trailer now and she is able to be with them. Don and I really do miss her. It is quiet without her. Helen has seen her a few times and says that she is doing well.
Last summer Krista move home. Don, Maggie and Morgan are really glad to have her here. Between Helen and Krista, we get lots of walks, so we are keeping our weight down.
When Patches had her visit to the vet last fall, they were concerned that she had lost weight. They took her in again in February and found that she had lost even more weight and was showing some kidney problems. You see, monitoring how the catz eat is really hard. Their food and bathroom are in the room that was Erik’s. In fact, Dick put a chain hook on the door so the catz can go in and out but Don and I can’t. So no one actually sees the cats eat. People have been trying to keep Maggie from eating, but, big as she is, she can actually squeeze through the hole the same size as for the other catz.
But there were other things going on with the catz. Morgan and Patches were the ones who were always competing. The vet put Patches on a special diet, gave her some medicine in case she had an infection, and Helen took her down to Ocean Park to live with Erik. When she went to the vet about three weeks later, her blood work was much closer to normal and she had gained over a pound. Dick says that he found articles on the internet about catz becoming anorexic due to stress. Erik says that Patches is just loving having the whole house to herself. And Morgan now tries to hassle Bear, but Bear just ignores her, chases her, or swats her back. Hope Morgan can be comfortable with her place in the family. Well, she is working in that. She now waits for Helen to finish her breakfast then licks the milk from the cereal.
One more thing. Last fall Helen started going to the Kennebec Valley Humane Shelter to walk dawgs that were there waiting for new homes. So when she comes home, there are new smells on her clothes. She would tell us about the dawgs. Some of them did not seem to have a home and had been brought to the shelter, and sometimes their families had given them up for adoption. And she comes home excited when they find new homes. There are other animals there, also. Plenty of catz, and Krista sometimes goes in to clean them, but does not bring home the same smells as Helen does with the dawgs. I guess that that there are also rabbits and guinea pigs – we cannot envision those, as we have never seen any. Sometimes Mahler and I do get a bit jealous with Helen spending time with the shelter dawgs, but between Dick and Kris and Helen, we do get plenty of attention and exercise, so have decided that we can share. As long as she leaves them there.
I think that that brings you up to date on how things are here.
June 8, 2008
This has been a really bad year for turtles.
A week or so ago, Helen came home and said that she had moved a turtle from the middle of the road. We hear these stories every spring, but do not get to see the turtles. Helen talked about painted turtles, and snapping turtles. She says that the snappers have strong shoulders and necks, and can really bite.
Anyway, in the spring, they come up from the water to the gravel by the road to lay eggs. A few days ago we went for a walk by the bridge. Helen was really sad to see several – I think that she counted 5 – places where eggs had been dug up and eaten. She thought that it might have been dawgs or raccoons or maybe even kids. But she figured that about a hundred eggs had been destroyed, and we have not seen her that sad in a long time.
Then early this morning we were walking toward the bridge and she saw a snapping turtle at the edge. It had been hit by a car and a back leg had been almost torn off. She tied us to the guard rail and went to put the turtle back into the water. I got loose and went to help her – mainly just watched as she edged it to the water. It slid down the side and got caught on rocks, so we went down the edge to turn it back over and ease it toward the water again. When it swam away, she gave me a big hug. We went to untie Don, and had a very quiet walk home. The turtle did not look very frightening, just a big blob, but I had not gotten in front of it….
Hope the turtles survive.
September 1, 2008
Labor Day, so it is a holiday
Helen really went and did it! Friday all of us – Dick, Krista, Helen, Mahler and I – went to the shelter to meet Chow and Mein. They are two small hounds, one is the mother and the other the daughter. They have been at the shelter for a long time, and Helen wanted to have them visit us for a week or so – foster care, she called it. They seemed docile enough. Helen brought them home Friday afternoon. Things are going OK. Mahler says it is easier having them around than it was with Tess. But I know that he was upset the first night and took a tennis ball and went under Helen’s computer desk. And sometimes one of them will take over his bed. We are trying to be good sports about it. And we are also getting some added attention and certainly lots of walks.
And it’s only for a week.
September 15, 2008
October 3, 2008