not_hathor: pic from Shelter web page (Jethro Chow)
Well, it's been an exhausting week -- who would have thought that feeding two prone-to-squabbling Chows soft canned food three times a day would be so much work?  Jethro can't have dry kibble until the vet clears him (this coming Monday! Yays!), and BOTH dogs have developed 'messy bottom syndrome' from the constant diet of canned.  Since Wednesday, I've tried mixing kibble in with Bel's food and have to watch them both like a hawk until both finish so Jethro doesn't eat contraband.... Oh yeah, and the Canned Food feeding instructions read: "Feed one can per 15 pounds of Dogs' weight..... okay, two 60 pound dogs, that's ---- 4 EFFING cans  A  PIECE Per Day, PER DOG!!!!    Not happening, folks, not made out of money.... another reason for mixing kibble into Bel's bowl.  And I discovered first hand how FEW  commercial brand doggie treats are available that AREN'T hard and crunchy!!!

***HEAD DESK***

I've been feeding an average 3 cans each per day, on the theory of neither dog is particularly active, and Bel at least could stand to lose a bit of weight (less strain on that damaged leg joint).

I will be damn glad when I can start setting out the self-feed kibble again!!!!

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Mom and Odyssia came out for Easter; we had a nice pre-cooked ham (frozen since Thanksgiving, when the grocery store had their hand-dandy  'Buy a Turkey, get a Ham FREE' deal , and re-baked).... Sometimes I wish Odyssia would be a bit more discreet when borrowing DVDs and Manga, especially when Mom is around (Mom does not approve of some of our 'frivolous' hobbies).

*******

Both Daughter and I  have confirmed Mediawest*Con memberships -- the check FINALLY cleared on Thursday!  and I have made my Room Request -- hopefully at the host hotel (Ramada Inn, Lansing) -- Ratzenfratzen 'room lott-- er, reservation system').  I've looked at the lists of proposed Panels and am SHOCKED that there is absolutely NO listing for a HIGHLANDER panel, of any kind!  This year was the 30th Anniversary of the first (and BEST, IMHO) HIGHLANDER movie, with my Best Beloved Connor MacLeod ---

I want to hold a 30th Anniversary Party for the HIGHLANDER  -- but I can't make any plans until I know if I have a room at the Ramada -- It would be REALLY nice if I had any notion that any one else would be interested....

*SIGH*
not_hathor: (Default)
Rrrrg... I keep receiving Manufacturer's Recall notices regarding various pieces of Adric's autonatomy  -- so far, it's been the steering column, gas pedal,  gas gauge, and something else that evades my memory at the moment -- makes me wonder if anything has a NON-defective potential  on this particular model ---  but here's the kicker!  Every letter includes a paragraph about how the repair parts are NOT AVAILABLE at this time...and  I will be notified by my dealership when they are, in order to schedule repairs..... WTF,  Chevrolet-Whatever CorporateConglomerate???  The gas gauge thing is more annoying than anything -- I figured that last winter's extreme cold froze the sensor, and that's why it was doing that annoying 'drop to empty even though I just filled the tank'  thing, but the rest are potentially hazardous -- I guess they're covering their butts, legally speaking.... but c'mon --- tell me my car has defects, and then in the next breath say, 'sorry, we don't have parts to fix it?' ?!?!

Beldandy is on her fourth week of 'twice a day anit-fungal spray and twice a week bath'  ring-worm treatment -- the Vet looked her over last week and said she saw improvement, and keep it up for another couple of weeks.... poor Bel cries and moans and groans, and Jethro... well, we gave him a preemptive bath two weeks ago, and I think we figuratively 'broke' Mr. Happy Tail --- Jethro's tail is more down than up these days.... used to be, all we had to do is LOOK at Jethro, and the Tail would start wagging.... *sob*  ... He hates us......

Last week I went to the eye doctor and had a 'diabetic' eye exam like my doctor  and the insurance company recommended.... Eye doctor said that while the Diabetes hadn't affected my eyes, it looked like the High Blood Pressure had a bit-- How can they tell, I wonder? different types of damage? The diabetes we'd been kind of watching for, since it runs in the family  but the HBP blind-sided me when it was diagnosed ten - twelve years ago .... I'd gone to the walk-in clinic for something minor (I don't even remember what - sinus infection, maybe?) and the next thing I know I'm getting IV's and drugs and doctors saying my BP is through the roof and I have to stabilize before they can let me go home and who is my family doctor --- um, don't have one, that's why I'm at the walk-in?  But I remembered the doctor who'd lanced a nasty cyst on my side the winter before because I liked his attitude, and he's been my doctor ever since (wonder if he remembers?) -- ANYWHOO --  Today I went back and ordered new glasses - bifocals - not as pricy as I'd expected.  And when I had my 6-month check up, the doctor gave me a manufacturers' coupon for one of the more expensive diabetes prescriptions....

Still haven't made a decision re: TARDIS-Con vs DAICHO-Con.

Want a nap.
not_hathor: (Joy of Ledger)
Like the label says, the month of July had its downs and ups:

b*tching, fan-girling, family matters, and chows ahead )

I hope August is better.
not_hathor: pic from Shelter web page (Jethro Chow)
What is it with our Male Chows and 'possums?  First Orion adds 10 years to my age because I'm afraid that he's killed the neighbor's cat (not a cat, not dead, thank heavens), and then last night Jethro drags a 'possum out from under the back porch and gives it a vigorous shake before I can drag him back inside! An hour later 'possum is gone, but this morning we noticed blood on the snow, so clearly Jethro did some damage to the 'possum (wasn't Jethro's blood, obviously -- first thing I checked after dragging idiot Half-Chow inside).  Frankly I'm amazed that the beastie  maintained it's 'Possum-playing'  so long, because that really was quite a vigorous shake Jethro gave it.  Poor thing.  I'm hoping it wasn't the Mama 'Possum from last summer and that it wasn't too badly injured.  Thankfully, the squirrels and rabbits have all been too fast for Jethro to catch so far -- I rather dread what might happen if he does...

Speaking of squirrels, they appear to have discovered an entryway into the garage -- we will see a squirrel scampering along the snow filled rain-gutter, it stops, and then hey! Presto! it disappears!  Husband looked around the inside of the garage the other day when he got out the snow blower, didn't see anything obvious other than a half-eaten ear of corn.  The birds aren't happy with the squirrels either, because the greedy things hog  the bird feeders.  We have a bunch of sparrows, several pairs of cardinals, a couple of blue jays (!), and I've seen a red-headed woodpecker as well.  And of course, the Bald Eagles that nest near the river (about a quarter mile away )-- we can see their preferred tree from our back porch window.

Then this morning while I was eating breakfast I saw a flight of Canadian Geese crossing our airspace.... they were flying rather low. Wonder why?

Stupid 'Possum.  Stupid Jethro. Now I'm wondering if I should take idiot Half Chow in to the vet for a rabies booster....
not_hathor: (Default)
I keep forgetting to check my DW account for posts, which I really shouldn't because there ARE a few of my friends who only post here/there these days....sorry, will try to follow the plot a little better....

Not a whole lot happened during July -- Bel was upset with me most of the month due to the twice-a-week anti-arthritis treatments PLUS two weeks of ear-drops and pills to clear up a nasty ear infection -- Daughter got to make use of the animal restraint training from her Veterinarian Assistance class. Jethro was a bit of a nuisance, as he kept trying to nibble/lick said infected ear.

My elder sister *Oddyssia* came to visit the first weekend of August, and we spent lots of time & some money at the used bookstores... She brought along several shopping bags of books to trade, and ended the weekend with a hefty credit at The Book Rack. I spent a bit much on books myself -- a couple of sf-fantasy books, manga, etc. Visited Popcorn Charlie's and hooked Big Sister on their Black Licorice and French Vanilla flavors. Watched a good chunk of DW S6 together and SH:Game of Shadows. Good times.

September. No one I've talked to can remember the Indian Summer Festival/Labor Day Parade being rained out before, but thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac it happened this year. Sadly, it seemed appropriate since the church's beloved Vacation Bible School director Jane passed away August 30th. The brain tumor turned out to be inoperable, and chemo really didn't do much. She was such a cheerful, out-going energetic person, barely 60....

Sigh.

Someone told me the other day that 55 is the new 'Middle Age' ('Old' is 75, apparently)-- does that mean it's time for my Mid-Life Crisis?

*contemplates the 'Stars' tattoo design*

Nope, still not keen on pain....

Happy Shared Birthday, Youngest Sister!
not_hathor: (Chows)
Yah, it's been a while since I wrote a substantial post here; the reasons being at least three-fold:

1) Lent/Easter is the second busiest time of the year here at work, and the boss has kept me busy Busy BUSY!!!! Plus we're doing our 165th Anniversary (?!?) in a few weeks, which has also been busy-making... not much spare time at the office since mid - February.

2) Still recovering from recurring cold nasties, meaning as much home time sleeping as manageble; evenings spent watching TV and finishing up my Knitting Project: since mid-November, 10 handknitted hats for the Homeless Teen/GLTB shelter, three sets of handwarmers, two scarves. Also a hat & scarf set for Step-Granddaughter's birthday in January.

3) And an addition to the family: Jethro, a sweet, affectionate, lovable Chow-Mix that came home with us from the over-crowded County Animal shelter at the beginning of March. We weren't trying to keep him a secret, just wanted to be sure things would work out between him and Bel before we made any formal announcements. Jethro (named for the N.C.I.S. character) was brought to our attention by our friendly vet, who remembered our efforts (futile, unfortunately) on the behalf of a pair of elderly female Chows last summer and asked if we could help, because of the over-crowding at the shelter (Chows being notoriously slow to be adopted, as a rule). One look at that adorable face.... and Bel didn't seem to object at the time, although they've re-enacted the Tong Wars throughout the house on a nightly basis since -- pretty sure they're playing, even though it sounds horribly vicious (no bloody stumps yet!)

We aren't certain what other breed is involved in Jethro's make-up; we suspect either German Shepherd or a retriever. Definately something more than Chow, especially in the ears, tail and back legs. He's rather vocal for a Chow, and he nibbles; the vet thinks his age is under two years as he seems to be still developing his adult teeth. Plus, he developed a few bad habits while he was in the shelter, so we've had to be extra vigilant about meals and 'walkies' -- 2 am, ugh! Jethro....

It's getting better, though this morning he jumped at the mudroom's screen door and jammed it shut; had to bring him in on a leash through the front door -- Welcome to Tuesday....good thing we've got the back sliding door as well. Needless to say, he and Bel have been keeping us on our toes. When they aren't trying to chew each other's ears and tails off (it's a dominance thing: Bel thinks she's the Boss, and Jethro wants to argue the point) they're actually sort of sweet together, swapping rawhides and letting us know that the Evil Squirrels are OUTSIDE conspiring with the neighbor's cat to TAKE OVER THE WORLD, bark bark bark bark!

So, that's been life at our house for the past two months.... what's new with you?
not_hathor: (Chows)
Yah, it's been a while since I wrote a substantial post here; the reasons being at least three-fold:

1) Lent/Easter is the second busiest time of the year here at work, and the boss has kept me busy Busy BUSY!!!! Plus we're doing our 165th Anniversary (?!?) in a few weeks, which has also been busy-making... not much spare time at the office since mid - February.

2) Still recovering from recurring cold nasties, meaning as much home time sleeping as manageble; evenings spent watching TV and finishing up my Knitting Project: since mid-November, 10 handknitted hats for the Homeless Teen/GLTB shelter, three sets of handwarmers, two scarves. Also a hat & scarf set for Step-Granddaughter's birthday in January.

3) And an addition to the family: Jethro, a sweet, affectionate, lovable Chow-Mix that came home with us from the over-crowded County Animal shelter at the beginning of March. We weren't trying to keep him a secret, just wanted to be sure things would work out between him and Bel before we made any formal announcements. Jethro (named for the N.C.I.S. character) was brought to our attention by our friendly vet, who remembered our efforts (futile, unfortunately) on the behalf of a pair of elderly female Chows last summer and asked if we could help, because of the over-crowding at the shelter (Chows being notoriously slow to be adopted, as a rule). One look at that adorable face.... and Bel didn't seem to object at the time, although they've re-enacted the Tong Wars throughout the house on a nightly basis since -- pretty sure they're playing, even though it sounds horribly vicious (no bloody stumps yet!)

We aren't certain what other breed is involved in Jethro's make-up; we suspect either German Shepherd or a retriever. Definately something more than Chow, especially in the ears, tail and back legs. He's rather vocal for a Chow, and he nibbles; the vet thinks his age is under two years as he seems to be still developing his adult teeth. Plus, he developed a few bad habits while he was in the shelter, so we've had to be extra vigilant about meals and 'walkies' -- 2 am, ugh! Jethro....

It's getting better, though this morning he jumped at the mudroom's screen door and jammed it shut; had to bring him in on a leash through the front door -- Welcome to Tuesday....good thing we've got the back sliding door as well. Needless to say, he and Bel have been keeping us on our toes. When they aren't trying to chew each other's ears and tails off (it's a dominance thing: Bel thinks she's the Boss, and Jethro wants to argue the point) they're actually sort of sweet together, swapping rawhides and letting us know that the Evil Squirrels are OUTSIDE conspiring with the neighbor's cat to TAKE OVER THE WORLD, bark bark bark bark!

So, that's been life at our house for the past two months.... what's new with you?
not_hathor: (Chows)
.... I know it's pathetic of me, but PLEEEEEZE!!!!! don't be a fluke!!!!!

A-hem...

And in other news, it appears that Bel's surgery for a ruptured ligature in the left rear stiffle is temporarily on hold. The only Veterinary surgeon in the area who performs that operation has been called out of town due to unspecified affairs of a personal nature. So right now we're looking at mid-September. In one sense this is good, as it gives me more time to make advance payments so there is less wear and tear on the Shiney (aka The Credit Card) -- however, Pretty!Bel does NOT like the joint supplements the Splendid Vet recommended, and I don't like giving her the PetAspirin too often as I am not convinced it was the lunchmeat that gave her the runs.

We had a helluva time keeping her immobilzed for two weeks when Beldandy had the Operation, I don't know HOW we're going to manage two months!
not_hathor: (Chows)
.... I know it's pathetic of me, but PLEEEEEZE!!!!! don't be a fluke!!!!!

A-hem...

And in other news, it appears that Bel's surgery for a ruptured ligature in the left rear stiffle is temporarily on hold. The only Veterinary surgeon in the area who performs that operation has been called out of town due to unspecified affairs of a personal nature. So right now we're looking at mid-September. In one sense this is good, as it gives me more time to make advance payments so there is less wear and tear on the Shiney (aka The Credit Card) -- however, Pretty!Bel does NOT like the joint supplements the Splendid Vet recommended, and I don't like giving her the PetAspirin too often as I am not convinced it was the lunchmeat that gave her the runs.

We had a helluva time keeping her immobilzed for two weeks when Beldandy had the Operation, I don't know HOW we're going to manage two months!
not_hathor: (Chows)
Never thought I'd be glad to have a finicky eater for a pet!

Bel has NEVER liked the 'meat chunks in gravy' style of dogfood; it would sit in her bowl until it got all dried up and crusty and I got tired of looking at it, and dumped it while grumbling about wasted money and finicky Chows....

Then came the Deadly Pet Food Recall last week, and while we did have several cans of the recalled brands, none of them were the 'meat w/gravy' style or carrying the batch numbers. WHEW! And there was talk of having tracked the tainted food to a specific wheat-gluten supplier, and today the talking heads on CNN are saying "Rat Poison" and wondering how it happened?

Well, duh! just ask anyone who grew up in farming country! Wheat gluten comes from wheat, which is grown and harvested and stored in grain silos before being shipped off for processing. Grain silos attract rats and other grain pillaging/eating vermin, and what gets rid of/kills rats? Not exactly rocket science, people!

There was a case back in the '70's-80's where cattle/poultry/etc. poisoning was traced back to preservative/insect deterrent-treated SEED grain was accidentally sold as FEED grain.... I'll bet that this ends up being a similar incident.

Now, the MAD: Why is it that banks always post Debits immediately, while CREDITS aren't posted until the 'next banking day'? Because of this and the stupid same day deducted NSF/checking fees, I had three checks posted NSF on Thursday and of course the bank immediately deducted an additional $75! which puts my account in the hole by $100+ and which I found out TODAY via smail mail after writing a $30 check for cash -- thing is, according to MY records there should have been enough(barely) to cover those checks, if not for the bank's policy of deducting checking fees/service charges as each check comes in.....

CRAP!!!!!
not_hathor: (Chows)
Never thought I'd be glad to have a finicky eater for a pet!

Bel has NEVER liked the 'meat chunks in gravy' style of dogfood; it would sit in her bowl until it got all dried up and crusty and I got tired of looking at it, and dumped it while grumbling about wasted money and finicky Chows....

Then came the Deadly Pet Food Recall last week, and while we did have several cans of the recalled brands, none of them were the 'meat w/gravy' style or carrying the batch numbers. WHEW! And there was talk of having tracked the tainted food to a specific wheat-gluten supplier, and today the talking heads on CNN are saying "Rat Poison" and wondering how it happened?

Well, duh! just ask anyone who grew up in farming country! Wheat gluten comes from wheat, which is grown and harvested and stored in grain silos before being shipped off for processing. Grain silos attract rats and other grain pillaging/eating vermin, and what gets rid of/kills rats? Not exactly rocket science, people!

There was a case back in the '70's-80's where cattle/poultry/etc. poisoning was traced back to preservative/insect deterrent-treated SEED grain was accidentally sold as FEED grain.... I'll bet that this ends up being a similar incident.

Now, the MAD: Why is it that banks always post Debits immediately, while CREDITS aren't posted until the 'next banking day'? Because of this and the stupid same day deducted NSF/checking fees, I had three checks posted NSF on Thursday and of course the bank immediately deducted an additional $75! which puts my account in the hole by $100+ and which I found out TODAY via smail mail after writing a $30 check for cash -- thing is, according to MY records there should have been enough(barely) to cover those checks, if not for the bank's policy of deducting checking fees/service charges as each check comes in.....

CRAP!!!!!
not_hathor: (Chows)
Back when my Husband and I were active in the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (approx. 15 years ago) I planted an herb garden. Today the sole remnant of my interest in herbology (other than my continued preference for using herbs & spices instead of salt as seasoning when cooking) is a rather magnificent sage plant, which every summer from mid May til early June erupts into a mass of silvery-white blossoms. Needless to say, the local bees LOVE our yard -- somewhere in the neighborhood, I think there must be a hive loaded with sage-flavored honeycomb, yum!

Saturday afternoon after a stressful morning of dealing with funeral directors, well-meaning parishioners, and my shell-shocked father-in-law (yes, Husband's mother passed away very early Saturday am), Husband and I took a breather and settled down in our patio swing, with Belldandy on her leash looped around a support and some bottled water, and vegetated. After a while, we noticed that Bel was gazing very intently at the sage bush... she made a little jump back, then lunged forward and bit at the sage blossom nearest. She did this several times, and we realized that she was chasing the big yellow and black bumblebees that were busily harvesting sage pollen.

We had to laugh; it was very funny (yah, we're easily amused!)to watch Bel snap at the bees, even though it wouldn't have been so funny if she'd caught one (ouch! sting-ees!). I think it was the intensity of her expression (yes, Chow faces have expression--you just have to be able to read them, and we have almost 20 years of practice); she was just bound and determined to catch those flying whatsits!

Silly Belldandy!

(PS. Daughter insists on calling her 'Yufie-Bell' -- we can live with that!)
not_hathor: (Chows)
Back when my Husband and I were active in the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (approx. 15 years ago) I planted an herb garden. Today the sole remnant of my interest in herbology (other than my continued preference for using herbs & spices instead of salt as seasoning when cooking) is a rather magnificent sage plant, which every summer from mid May til early June erupts into a mass of silvery-white blossoms. Needless to say, the local bees LOVE our yard -- somewhere in the neighborhood, I think there must be a hive loaded with sage-flavored honeycomb, yum!

Saturday afternoon after a stressful morning of dealing with funeral directors, well-meaning parishioners, and my shell-shocked father-in-law (yes, Husband's mother passed away very early Saturday am), Husband and I took a breather and settled down in our patio swing, with Belldandy on her leash looped around a support and some bottled water, and vegetated. After a while, we noticed that Bel was gazing very intently at the sage bush... she made a little jump back, then lunged forward and bit at the sage blossom nearest. She did this several times, and we realized that she was chasing the big yellow and black bumblebees that were busily harvesting sage pollen.

We had to laugh; it was very funny (yah, we're easily amused!)to watch Bel snap at the bees, even though it wouldn't have been so funny if she'd caught one (ouch! sting-ees!). I think it was the intensity of her expression (yes, Chow faces have expression--you just have to be able to read them, and we have almost 20 years of practice); she was just bound and determined to catch those flying whatsits!

Silly Belldandy!

(PS. Daughter insists on calling her 'Yufie-Bell' -- we can live with that!)
not_hathor: (Chows)
Well, after a month's hiatus from LJ, and a few odd mishaps, there is a possibility that this evening after running errands we will be coming home with a new fur baby..... considering the last time we went out 'just to look' Daughter and I agreed instantly that we had to bring that sweet bedraggled boy chow home from the Shelter SOON, and the time before that Husband and I drove home across the better part of two states with an eight-week old puppy on my lap. On the other hand, this one is located just on the other side of the river. will keep the fingers crossed.

Lemon Chapter of 'Shadow' going slow..... 'Still Waters' is not quite ready, 'Chiyogami' is stalled. And how are things with you all?

Edited 5/15/06 to Add:
Okay, as of tonight the new puppy is still unnamed, but it's narrowed down to 'Belldandy' and 'Yufie'.... I gave Husband and Daughter an ultimatum: name the little angel tomorrow, or I'm calling her 'Ennis'! -- this earned me a blank look from husband, and a threat of shredded manga from Daughter. We shall see.....
not_hathor: (Chows)
Well, after a month's hiatus from LJ, and a few odd mishaps, there is a possibility that this evening after running errands we will be coming home with a new fur baby..... considering the last time we went out 'just to look' Daughter and I agreed instantly that we had to bring that sweet bedraggled boy chow home from the Shelter SOON, and the time before that Husband and I drove home across the better part of two states with an eight-week old puppy on my lap. On the other hand, this one is located just on the other side of the river. will keep the fingers crossed.

Lemon Chapter of 'Shadow' going slow..... 'Still Waters' is not quite ready, 'Chiyogami' is stalled. And how are things with you all?

Edited 5/15/06 to Add:
Okay, as of tonight the new puppy is still unnamed, but it's narrowed down to 'Belldandy' and 'Yufie'.... I gave Husband and Daughter an ultimatum: name the little angel tomorrow, or I'm calling her 'Ennis'! -- this earned me a blank look from husband, and a threat of shredded manga from Daughter. We shall see.....
not_hathor: (Chows)
The three of us have agreed: the reason our house has been so cold for the past month is because there is a distinct absence of 60-pound fur-baby. So now it's a matter of finding one who needs us. Personally I'd like a little Red girl again: Chani was Red and Kahvi was supposedly a Cinnamon, which is a diluted Red; and while Chani-kins could run like a rabbit and tear through the house like a Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil and Kahvi-cakes liked to sit in mud puddles and steal (very delicately, I might add!) the cheese off unattended hamburgers, neither of them ever tried jumping out the living room window like Orion did. So we're looking, with a Red Female in mind but open to other options.

Mother Chow Goddesses without a Chow to mother are unhappy creatures...

BTW -- After watching "Rurouni Kenshin: Legend of Kyoto", I am totally convinced that Seto Kaiba's original family name was 'Shinomori'.
not_hathor: (Chows)
The three of us have agreed: the reason our house has been so cold for the past month is because there is a distinct absence of 60-pound fur-baby. So now it's a matter of finding one who needs us. Personally I'd like a little Red girl again: Chani was Red and Kahvi was supposedly a Cinnamon, which is a diluted Red; and while Chani-kins could run like a rabbit and tear through the house like a Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil and Kahvi-cakes liked to sit in mud puddles and steal (very delicately, I might add!) the cheese off unattended hamburgers, neither of them ever tried jumping out the living room window like Orion did. So we're looking, with a Red Female in mind but open to other options.

Mother Chow Goddesses without a Chow to mother are unhappy creatures...

BTW -- After watching "Rurouni Kenshin: Legend of Kyoto", I am totally convinced that Seto Kaiba's original family name was 'Shinomori'.
not_hathor: (Chows)
Our Chow Orion passed away this afternoon, around
3:45pm in his sleep. He was diagnosed with inoperable
liver tumors last October, and had been doing pretty
well up until about two weeks ago when he had a major
seizure meltdown and we rushed him to the vet's
office. She gave Orion some valium via IV and then
sent him home with a spare syringe of valium and a
warning that it would probably happen again as his
system tried to handle the toxins from the cancer.

Orion actually bounced back pretty well that time, so
when he went into meltdown again last night we hoped
for a repeat; I gave him the valium and he seemed more
or less content to sleep it off until around 11 pm
when he got restless and started making this weird
part groan, part whining sound periodly. I ended up
staying up most of the night with him, obviously not
getting much sleep, convinced that Orion was in pain
and feeling totally helpless because I'd already used
the valium.

My husband got up this morning around 8:30, sent me to bed
and called the vet, who assured him that Orion
probably(!) wasn't in pain to the extent that I
thought, and that it sounded like we were doing
everything possible to make him comfortable (since the
liver was involved, any pain medication would be next
to useless as it is the liver that processes those
drugs). When I woke up again at 11am my husband told me all
this, I checked on Orion who seemed reasonably
comfortable and inclined to snooze, so he and I left
our daughter in charge while we ran errands and got
groceries (postponed from last night due to Orion's
condition). Orion licked our faces when we got back,
but didn't have any interest in food or water.

Husband said he'd stay with Orion while Daughter and I
went out briefly to the mall since he had to tweak the
computer a bit.....when we got back, Husband was in the
bathroom and Orion hadn't moved.... I went to hug him
and realized that he wasn't breathing and his legs
were all stiff. Husband said Orion had whimpered once
right after we'd left, but that was all. He
apparently passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Long story short, we're planning to bury Orion
tomorrow in my husband's parents' backyard provided the
ground isn't too difficult to thaw. We found out with
Chani that cremation is very expensive, so we'd like
to avoid it if possible. Our daughter especially is
taking it hard-- she feels bad about insisting we go
shopping this afternoon -- but we all are pretty
broken up. For all the trouble he's caused us over
the past few years (seizures, heat stroke, breaking
windows, etc.), Orion was a very special Chow and an
important part of our lives, especially since Chani
passed.

We're going to miss that fuzzy odiferous bottomless
pit very very much.

Thanks for listening.
not_hathor: (Chows)
Our Chow Orion passed away this afternoon, around
3:45pm in his sleep. He was diagnosed with inoperable
liver tumors last October, and had been doing pretty
well up until about two weeks ago when he had a major
seizure meltdown and we rushed him to the vet's
office. She gave Orion some valium via IV and then
sent him home with a spare syringe of valium and a
warning that it would probably happen again as his
system tried to handle the toxins from the cancer.

Orion actually bounced back pretty well that time, so
when he went into meltdown again last night we hoped
for a repeat; I gave him the valium and he seemed more
or less content to sleep it off until around 11 pm
when he got restless and started making this weird
part groan, part whining sound periodly. I ended up
staying up most of the night with him, obviously not
getting much sleep, convinced that Orion was in pain
and feeling totally helpless because I'd already used
the valium.

My husband got up this morning around 8:30, sent me to bed
and called the vet, who assured him that Orion
probably(!) wasn't in pain to the extent that I
thought, and that it sounded like we were doing
everything possible to make him comfortable (since the
liver was involved, any pain medication would be next
to useless as it is the liver that processes those
drugs). When I woke up again at 11am my husband told me all
this, I checked on Orion who seemed reasonably
comfortable and inclined to snooze, so he and I left
our daughter in charge while we ran errands and got
groceries (postponed from last night due to Orion's
condition). Orion licked our faces when we got back,
but didn't have any interest in food or water.

Husband said he'd stay with Orion while Daughter and I
went out briefly to the mall since he had to tweak the
computer a bit.....when we got back, Husband was in the
bathroom and Orion hadn't moved.... I went to hug him
and realized that he wasn't breathing and his legs
were all stiff. Husband said Orion had whimpered once
right after we'd left, but that was all. He
apparently passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Long story short, we're planning to bury Orion
tomorrow in my husband's parents' backyard provided the
ground isn't too difficult to thaw. We found out with
Chani that cremation is very expensive, so we'd like
to avoid it if possible. Our daughter especially is
taking it hard-- she feels bad about insisting we go
shopping this afternoon -- but we all are pretty
broken up. For all the trouble he's caused us over
the past few years (seizures, heat stroke, breaking
windows, etc.), Orion was a very special Chow and an
important part of our lives, especially since Chani
passed.

We're going to miss that fuzzy odiferous bottomless
pit very very much.

Thanks for listening.
not_hathor: (Chows)
I swear.... half the grey hairs (carefully touched up with Lady Clairol) on my head have been caused by that Brain-Damaged Bottomless Mooch of a Gaseous Nebula Masquerading as a Canine we call 'Orion', and considering he's only been living with us for five and a half years, that's probably saying something.... something that's probably lewd, crude, and profane.

Orion has Liver Cancer. Non-operable, of course; and forget about treatment. If we were rich and famous maybe we'd be able to find some experimental procedure or chemotherapy.... but us lower middle class income types are *SOL*. Our vet, bless her heart, did research on holistic, alternative treatments.... and now the poor beast is ingesting vitamins, minerals, herbs and spices (KFC, anyone?), and eating a special formula dog food that is supposed to help with digestion and possibly 'starve' the nasty killer crabs into remission. This, I might add, in addition to his seizure medication.

I'm starting to think it's something in the local well water. All three of my darlings: 2-year old Kavhi had bone cancer, Chani developed liver cancer near the end of her long and mostly happy life (15+ years!), and now our dear Master Lickatongue, the Orion Nebulae.

Yesterday morning, he literally scared the snot out of me: I came out to the living room and found him sitting oddly in a very awkward location.... and he couldn't move his hind legs.... I was terrified, thinking that he'd tried to climb up on the sofa and fallen, and either injured his spine or ruptured something internally..... I managed to pull him into a more accessible location, with the thought that I'd have to call our vet and have her send the Animal Ambulance and if he WAS paralyzed or ruptured.... I was crying my eyes out because if he was, then I really didn't think I'd have a choice other than to have our Mr. Fuzzy put to sleep....

I woke our daughter up, told her to get dressed and what the situation seemed to be, then went to get dressed myself intending to call the vet as soon as her office opened..... Orion had spent roughly the last thirty minutes lying on the living room floor, every so often sitting up but apparently unable to move his hind legs....

And Daughter yelled "mom!" and I ran out of the bathroom half-naked and there was Orion standing up on all four legs, wagging his tail and looking reproachfully at his food dish as if asking 'where's breakfast, Mom?'

Long story short: the vet thinks it might have been either temporary paralysis due to pressure from the tumors, or an atypical seizure. Orion was sort of spaced-out the rest of the day but otherwise normal; and today he was his usual pesky, mooching, demanding self again -- thank God. Last October when Orion was diagnosed, the vet told us she couldn't say how long he might have -- it could be a week, a month, half a year -- but as long as his appetite stayed healthy and he wasn't vomiting, and he wasn't in obvious pain and his attitude was good, that we should enjoy him for all he's worth.....

Meanwhile, the Mother Chow Goddess worries and watches more of her hair turn grey.

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