August 7th, 2016
This isn’t exactly a fannish post at all, just one that I hope is helpful.
See, we recently bought a new house and just as we moved in, one of the worst ant invasions in the area’s history began. Typically there are few ants here, just like there are no fleas or ticks, but someone introduced those obnoxious black Argentinian ants and now they’re everywhere and get into everything. Pest control companies are backed up trying to get them under control. So when they wound up in my dog and cat food containers almost constantly, I got sick of losing tons of food that I thought I just had to throw out.
That is, until I found the solution.
October 16th, 2015
On the day we had to put our last dog down, one of my daughter’s friends dog had puppies. That was about 6 weeks ago and now, one of those puppies has come home, a little early, but fully weaned and ready to go.
She’s the size of your hand, literally about 8 inches long, super loving and we’re thinking about calling her Caramel. Of course, the cats are freaked out and the dogs couldn’t care less. This picture was taken right after she got her first bath and ate her first meal and at the moment, she’s exploring the house. It’s been a very long time since we’ve had a tiny puppy in the house, probably at least 15 years, and probably never this small. It ought to be fun.
September 3rd, 2015
Sparky at age 5, in better times.
A while back, I told the story of my old Dalmatian, Sparky, and how she’s getting to the point where she’s falling apart but not so bad off that we need to have her put down. She’s not in any significant pain, she’s still eating and drinking and sleeping, she still has plenty of energy and, so far as anyone can tell, she’s still plenty healthy, she’s just suffering from the common old-age ailments that most Dalmatians eventually get, especially since she’s considerably older than typical life expectancy. But she is falling over a lot and honestly, she’s frustrating me so I decided I’d find a dog forum and ask if anyone had any more suggestions than just letting her go on until she drops or taking her in and having her put down because, at this point, it would be more for our sake than it would be for hers.
And wow, people are dicks.
May 19th, 2015
Sparky in slightly younger days.
It’s sad having some really old dogs. Our Dalmatian, Sparky, which we got as a puppy, has exceeded the median life expectancy of Dalmatians and as such, is starting to fall apart. Day after day, we get to watch her disintegrate a bit at a time, but she’s not in any pain that we can tell so we just let her go. Unfortunately, Dalmatians are really, really stupid dogs which are eternal puppies, even when their bodies just can’t keep up and they never, ever learn their lessons.
April 21st, 2015
I honestly don’t write much about animals, particularly my pets, mostly because they’re not a terribly dramatic group. They eat. They sleep. They cuddle. That’s about it.
Of course, some are more cuddly than others and that’s what I’m here to talk about, my youngest daughter’s cockatiel, who was once a very tame, social bird and today, is anything but.
April 12th, 2015
Here’s a “secret” that most people don’t know about me. I love filling out opinion polls. If I’ve got nothing to do, mostly when I’m listening to a podcast, I’ll be on one of those polling sites filling out questionnaires about cars and food and electronics, etc. It’s fun to give my opinion and I get rewards out of it, why not? I have more than $200 in rewards sitting in my Amazon account at the moment, just from spending a couple of minutes here and there clicking through some polls.
Recently, one poll asked if anyone in the family had ever been involved in breeding dogs or cats and while nobody ever has, certainly I and my wife were heavily involved in breeding rabbits, rats, mice and hamsters in the distant past. It’s something I’ve never really talked about, so here goes nothing.