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~~~Puppy Pilgrimage~~~

~~~Puppy Pilgrimage~~~

We had to take Willow’s litter for their first round of puppy shots… Yesterday was our designated puppy-pilgrimage-day… Seven, squirming, damp fuzz-balls… But my younger daughter and I did make it with all seven… …..there was one…….long…….extended…….moment in the vet’s parking lot where I could only count six puppies in the truck’s back seat……. …..life was frozen in space & time….. …..bile & stomach-acid was immediately in my throat….. …..one of the back windows was cranked down further than what…

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Oscar’s On His Way

Oscar’s On His Way

A couple days ago my younger daughter and I loaded up the dually with five (now 25 pound a piece) Irish Wolfhound puppies for their continued puppy shot series and up-dated health certificates. All of the necessary vaccinations, paperwork, pokes & prods were completed when we re-packed the pups back into the truck and wove our way back home. Paulo’s sub-compact would no longer be the vehicle of choice for five Wolfhound puppies…….now it’s just gotta be the entire back…

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Mission Accomplished ~~~Puppy Proofing The Christmas Tree

Mission Accomplished ~~~Puppy Proofing The Christmas Tree

We finally got the tree up AND we got it lit! It’s not pretty…….but it’s (fairly) puppy-proof… Let the games begin!                       Tra!  La! My younger daughter and I went to our special tree farm and picked out our tree…….(we’ve been going to the same Christmas Tree Farm since my girls were in diapers.)   ***Lazy Lay Acres Christmas Tree Farm*** …..Paulo gives us ceiling height measurements ahead of time.  We…

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The Tree

The Tree

Well…….it’s up… …..but you can’t move forward decorating without the @#$%%$@ lights working……. …..so that means it’ll be a Walmart run today…….augh…….just what I love to do during the frenzy of December’s holiday shopping……. …..it brings out the best in me……. …..plus I’m armed with a mobile-welded-metal-projectile…….a shopping cart……. Heh…..heh…..heh….. …..Christmas spirit takes many forms……. So, the tree sits in darkness…….because the lights have to come first……. …..only one strand is working…….out of ALL of the boxes that I dug…

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The Puppies Are Growing

The Puppies Are Growing

It will be a while before we have puppies again… I am THOROUGHLY exhausted… I can do most things without whining…….but raising two, back-to-back litters of puppies……. …..I’ve become a whiny, whiny weenie……. . ….I really can understand the use of sleep deprivation as a form of torture……. …..it’s painful and super-disorienting…….I’ve done some really stupid things…….cell phone in the freezer type stupid……. The last couple nights I’ve actually gotten about six hours of sleep (on the couch)…….so, I’m starting…

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~~~~~Step #2~~~~~

~~~~~Step #2~~~~~

…………………the little veterinarian technician scooted back into the clinic……. …..never to be seen again……. …..but two burly, seasoned, grizzled, matriarchal vet-techs emerged…….with a can-do attitude……. …..(they were a little scary)…and away we all went with a whoosh……. …..and we were succinctly & firmly ensconced behind two latched doors. I requested a stack of paper towels……. …..and we waited……. …..and we evacuated……. (Dr. Russell has some very nicely absorbent paper towels.) …..and we waited……. …..sooner or later the pups would start…

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An Outing With The Puppers…….Step #1…….

An Outing With The Puppers…….Step #1…….

Well…….that happened yesterday……. …..we survived……. …..don’t worry, the puppies are just fine…….what I am saying by “we” is that my younger daughter & I survived……. …..I still have an on-going/ringing headache…….but that could just be a compilation of two months of chronic lack of sleep…….fueled by large chunks of hastily hacked cheese (I’m still Atkins’ing & Paleo’ing). …..probably not an ideal combination……. …..BUT…..the puppies are on schedule and they are all healthy……. …..Tra!   La!….. Try to visualize getting six…

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It’s Finally Cooler…

It’s Finally Cooler…

The weather has FINALLY gotten cooler…!!! Tra!  La! I don’t know how long this is going to last though… It’s been hot and sweltering and humid for so very long. I’d forgotten what pleasant weather felt like.. …..I’m used to moss and mold growing on everything…..including me… …..late summer here is much like swimming through terrarium-scum….. But I recently had to dust off the heat lamp and put it on Long John Silver (our geriatric Umbrella cockatoo) for the last…

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Drooling On The Couch

Drooling On The Couch

The babies are over one week old now… There are still seven of the little boogers… But, we’re still not out of the woods yet… Fey’s lost litter last February is still too raw and recent. *****Fey’s Final Litter***** (I’m a worry-wart…….I have good reason with Irish Wolfhound babies) …..consequently, I am still sleeping on the couch, right by their RubberMaid bin, right next to Willow… The other night I woke up between feedings (keep in mind, there’s not much…

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All Disney Names, and No Oscars

All Disney Names, and No Oscars

Remember when I explained how we give temporary names to all of our puppies (prior to their new owners giving them their forever names)? Sleep deprivation always plays into the naming-lottery. With Killian’s recent litter, we had Alice, Betty, Joan, Rachel, Bruce, and Oscar… I don’t know where the names come from…….they just pop up in my head. …..(just like my series of Astronomer and Mathematician names for the cats)….. …..I actually thought that Killian’s baby (who I named Oscar)…….was…

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