Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Just for Allison!

After reading Allison's blog about AW's catastrophe, I thought I'd show off the goose egg that Kate got this afternoon when she fell and hit our bed. The pictures aren't the best, but the point of impact is above her left eye, at the hair line. Did I mention that Brooks also fell OFF the bed yesterday and has a carpet burn on his forehead?
Not at all to take away poor AW's mouth... Poor baby! I know that she will get some extra spoiling now!

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

What dog breed are you?

OK, so I had to do this quiz after seeing it on Leslie's blog. Isn't that funny? I've never owned a poodle - I love my herding dogs! Maybe I should have been a fashion designer? LOL!

What dog breed are you? I'm a Poodle! Find out at Dogster.com

Our Saturday

We spent the entire day yesterday doing yard work. I got 2 new outside lanterns and wired them myself on the back porch! (I just took the old ones down and put the new ones up) Then, we got a new mailbox post and box and replaced the old one - which was rotten and rusted. I also got some Carolina Jessamine planted behind it, so that it will really look pretty by the spring next year.

Scott spent the day putting up the mailbox and cutting, cutting, cutting the shrubs. The previous owner did little besides cutting the grass the 6 years they lived here, and it really shows. Our neighbor, who built the house, was helping Scott with what needed to be cut and how far back.

And, the clincher..... Our property survey done prior to our purchase last year and the original survey done for Jimmy when he built the house are different! Ours shows our property a bit smaller than his does. So, now I have to call the courthouse and get that straightened out - especially before we put our fence up!

Friday, April 25, 2008


Here are some pictures of the kids at Chickalay from Tuesday.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Client "knowledge"

I have been meaning to do this for a while.

  • Several years ago, we had a client that could afford to have 4 cats, but couldn't afford to have the females spayed. So, the males go neutered and she hoped for the best. Of course, one night one of the female cats got out - and we got the phone call: "Do cats have loud sex?"... because... "She had heard a lot of screaming last night, and she was wondering if her cat was pregnant?"
  • I once had a client call, after hours, that something was terribly wrong with her cat. It was rolling around on the ground and crying "in pain". After asking the age of her UNSPAYED cat, she quickly realized that she was in heat.
  • Last week we had a client come in with an incredible breed of dog! This breed is apparently more intelligent, hardy and wonderful, that I'm not sure if she will need a regular veterinarian anymore. I would STAKE A YEAR'S SALARY that she learned this stuff from an e-mail. Here are the specifics:
  • a) This breed of dog isn't susceptible to ANY illness except for Parvovirus.
  • b) It NEVER will "get worms" because it NEVER sleeps in the same place twice.
  • c) It uses it's dewclaws for FIGHTING, so she was ecstatic that the breeder didn't take them off...
  • d) After whelping the pups, the mother dog kills all the puppies except the strongest male in order to keep the bloodline strong. Begs to wonder how this breed has survived.
  • e) They can acclimate to ANY climate, from -20 degrees F to 100 degrees F.
  • Another veterinarian (whom shall remain nameless!) was speaking with a client and her grandson about flea control. She was only interested in the flea sprays. The doctor, being his usual accommodating self, offered so spray a few so that she could smell them. Wouldn't you know, the first one he sprayed triggered an asthma attack of the grandmother. As she started hyperventilating, the Dr. got very worried, begging that he should call the ambulance - and her grandson (very bored) just looked on. He (about 8 years old) just sat there, saying, "Oh, she just does this all the time..." She recovered fine.
  • We have several cats that live at our clinic. Yesterday, while Petrone was sitting on the counter in the pharmacy, Jessica spotted a needle on the side of his mouth. She pulled on it, and out it came, along with 14 INCHES OF SUTURE MATERIAL that he had swallowed.
  • This is a funny from an old neighbor... Our doorbell rang around 11:30pm on a Saturday night, and Scott found our neighbors at the door. It seems that their cat had caught a baby bunny and it had been pretty injured. As I looked at it in the shoe box, I suggested that since baby rabbits don't do well when injured and get sick so easily, I would put the lid on the box and put it into their closet for the night (somewhere dark and quiet). If it was still alive the next day, they should take it to their veterinarian and have it put to sleep. My neighbor looked me squarely in the eyes and said, "But if I put the lid on the box, how will it breathe?"
  • I had a client tell me recently that her dog didn't need it's shots because it never got sick.
  • After asking another client if his dog was still taking his medication to prevent seizures, he said that he didn't give it anymore, because when the dog was taking it, it never had a seizure. Why should he give it if he wasn't seizing?
  • This week, after having a talk with a client about her pet having either pneumonia or lung cancer, she asked if I would have time to trim her dog's nails while she was there.
  • I had another client in last week, with her dog in terminal heart failure (he ended up dying over the weekend), wanting her dog to get it's rabies shot - it was overdue.
  • Another lady called, complaining that her cat wasn't losing weight on that expensive cat food she was buying from us. When asked how much she was feeding the cat, she didn't know, because it ate from an AUTOMATIC FEEDER.
  • Can I forget the client that told me that if her cat acted up at the office to tell him I would call his Mother, so he would act better?
  • Another client told me that his dog didn't need to be on heartworm prevention in Mexico because there were no mosquitoes in Mexico. That was new to me.
  • One guy (a widower) called and was worried that his dog wasn't producing enough milk for her puppies, so he fed her some cream so that she would make more milk.
  • I can't TELL you how many times I have had a client ask me if feeding their animal milk would give it worms.
  • Can I forget the little old ladies calling, frantic that their fru-fru poodles would get West Nile Virus? I told them I was much more afraid of THEM getting WNV.
  • Dr. B had a client tell her once, after asking them if they planned to neuter their cat, that they didn't believe in interfering with the reproductive rights of their animals. Give me a break.
  • Almost EVERY client tells me that their pet doesn't bite. I had one client tell me after their dog just tried to bite me (and wasn't playing).
  • We had a beagle at the clinic acting like it had gotten into antifreeze (acting drunk). 2 days later the teenage son fessed up that the dog had eaten marijuana cookies he had hidden behind their house.
  • I had a lady once in tears with her dog in the exam room. She said that the dog was standing in the street when she came home -TRYING TO COMMIT SUICIDE - because she had been promising to take him in for his shots, and hadn't done it.
  • One woman once brought in her 2 new poodle puppies carrying them in "over the shoulder newborn baby holders". I don't think she had any children.
  • The meanest beagle I have ever seen was named "Gracie" and she came in carried with a baby blanket and toys every time she was at the clinic.
  • A client found a bob-tailed kitten while at work and called to ask how big it would get considering it was part bob-cat.
  • (for Sarah) A client had a Great Pyrenees that had bone cancer in his leg. He was spending HUNDREDS of dollars on this supplement that had PURE GOLD added that would CURE his cancer. Yep. He saw it on the Internet.
  • Another client has a dog with cancer in it's mouth (it looks like it, but we haven't biopsied it). She had read on the Internet that there is a "Dr. Blah Blah Blah" that uses a chemo injection that is injected directly into the lesion once weekly for 8 weeks, and it would CURE the cancer. She was ready to try it. I explained that while we were not opposed to trying things, many chemo drugs are cost prohibitive, and we also needed to biopsy the lesion to confirm exactly what it was - so that we would know if the chemo would work on it. "How much is the biopsy?" she asked. I replied, "Maybe around $100.00 for everything". "Oh I don't think my husband will go for that" she said, "But please check into the price for the injections". Guess how much they are??? Try $2,300 PER INJECTION. I left her a message at home about the price and she never returned my call.
  • There is a dog at the clinic recovering from bladder stone surgery. After telling the owner that the dog could go home today, she (very seriously) replied that she had an important meeting tomorrow, and that she just COULDN'T SLEEP ON THE FLOOR with the dog tonight, could she please just pick her up tomorrow?
  • Another person called (not our client but probably will be) today and said that her dog was having seizure because it ate chicken bones. Every time the dog strained to poop (because of the bones) it had a seizure. She called her regular veterinarian, who told her that it was a brain malfunction, but she didn't believe him. She is certain it is from the chicken bones and she wanted a second opinion - yeah, we'll be seeing her tomorrow...
  • I had a client in an exam room this summer that had an itchy dog. And, she was itchy. This particular client, I believe, is like Sophia Patrillo on the Golden Girls. She has lost her ability to censor what comes out of her mouth. Anyways, she went on a tirate of profanity that got me so tickled that I had to leave the room. Meanwhile, while my assistant was in there (left to the wolves by myself, I might add), she procedes to ask him what the bumps were on her that were so itchy: bedbugs or fleas. He didn't know (he is only 19 for goodness sakes). After I regained my composure, I went back into the room, and she then asked me what I thought the bumps were (after lifting part of her shirt up in different ways). I told her I thought they were flea bites, seeing the fleas on her dog. She then turned around and slapped my assistant on the back and said, "Why didn't you TELL me they were flea bites!!!"
  • I had a dog come in that was limping on it's back leg. In fact it wouldn't put it's leg down. When I told her what was wrong, I said I would get up some pain meds for it. The owner then told me that the dog wasn't painful - that she had pushed and prodded on the knee and the dog never cried. I then told her that if the knee didn't hurt, she would be walking on it, right? She reluctantly agreed.

Monday, April 21, 2008

More pictures...

OK, so I SO posted this out of order. You will see why in the next post...

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Matching outfits

I love it when people dress their kids alike, but I am just too frugal to do this regularly. I have 2 matching outfits for the kids, and these are one pair. I couldn't resist the HORSES, and I did get Kate's used. I took 168 pictures and you are about to see the E-I-G-H-T pictures that are half decent.

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Have you seen anything sweeter?

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Lovin' that candle

The girls at work added a cinnamon scent to the mop water this week, and it smelled so good!

So, today I got out my apple-cinnamon scented candle from Christmas and lit it up. Although she may not look like it, Kate really loved smelling it - and especially blowing it out!
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The finished product

Fresh hand prints! Kate's on the left, Brooks' on the right (don't their hands look similar in size?)

Just finishing the plate at the store, before firing

Finished product in our kitchen!

I did the polka dots in colors that will match our kitchen so that I can display the plate often. I added flowers to the sheep's mouths and upside down "v's" to mimic hooves.

Scott said he loved the plate and he would love it if I did some more for other holidays! :) Music to my crafty ears!
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HER pants

Kate is at that point where everything is hers. The house, Bullet, her bed, her couch, etc....

Last night I was about to put her to bed, and she had gotten her pullup and met me in her bedroom. I told her to take off her pants so that she could put her pullup on. Her reply was this:

"Mama, it's not her pants, it's MY pants"

Another funny - She and Scott were running errands this morning and Kate dropped her Care Bear in the parking lot. Scott picked it up, and she replied, "Thank you, Daddy!" Scott said, "Say, 'Daddy's awesome!' " and she said it. Then he said, "Say, 'Mama's awesome!' " and she replied:

"No sir, Daddy, Mama's a GIRL". (can you see the "yes ma'am and no sir discussions we have been having?)

On a side note, Brooks and I are going to the dr this morning. He has had a cold for a week today and he is getting more cranky. I just want to see if he has something else sick now. Will keep you posted on that...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Busy Busby

Not much has been going on this week. I worked Monday and Thursday, and I get to work tomorrow. I am always nervous when I am by myself, scared that something may come in that I can't handle. But, today went fine, despite being incredibly busy!

Brooks has had a runny nose since last Saturday. I may be taking a trip to Dr. S's office on Saturday. I'm about ready for this thing to get cleared up, and so is he! Kate is doing fine - she loves saying her memory verses (all 3) all the time.

Her latest is: "Worship the (Lord) Word with gwadness. Come before him with joyful songs"

Last week, Kate was "reading" a book, and I asked her to count the cookies on the page. She lazily counted 8 (when there were only 6). I told her to try to count again, and she started, "Uno, dos, tres, quatro, cinco, seis...." I started laughing - good old Handy Manny. It really was funny, though, that she can count to 8 in Spanish!

Another thing: Kate was crying about something (I don't even remember now what it was) and she looked at me and said (while still crying), "Mama, I need to calm down! I need to calm down!" I had to turn my head to keep from laughing...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Baby, it's cold outside!

The first thing Kate wanted to do this morning was put on her hat and gloves and go OUTSIDE! We said that it was too cold for that, and knowing that, did she still want her SANDALS on? :) She said yes - so here you go. Warm hands and cold feet.
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Flowers and crying

I have wanted to take some pictures of the kids in the wildflowers since last year, and coming back from Kim's shower I spotted a great area. So, we loaded up the kids before church and went by for a few pictures. Both of them were as uncooperative as they could be. It wasn't their day - so frustrating when they are little! As you can see, Brooks is OK in the first pic and crying in the second.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

OK - a few more! :)

I have already posted about Reed (see below), but as I flipped through some more pics, I liked these, too! I love giving and getting kisses from him!

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Happy Birthday, Reed!

I can't believe that I've waited this long to blog about Reed. Well, I guess it is because my life isn't centered around horses like it used to be. Doesn't mean that he means any less to me, though!

Reed is in the center (Bama is to the left and Peacock is to the right)

I got Reed on Sept 26, 1987. Can you believe that? I have had this horse since I was in the 8th grade. He was 3 years old and I was 13.

I just told Scott to keep taking pictures and hopefully one would turn out. This one is my favorite!

April 13th is HIS birthday, and Reed will be 24 years old! I hope to share many more years with this horse. He is indeed my special boy.
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Kate and Brooks with Reed

Kate loves to give Reed carrots

Don't you just love that expression?! She was laughing her head off!

As you can see, Brooks still doesn't want much to do with Reed...
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