My 17 year old dog went missing 3 weeks ago yesterday. I've been hesitant to post about it, because I am certain a mountain lion (Puma) got her and I still can't really deal with it.
I'm the PumaLover. I used to work with wild cats and we moved up here to the mountains because I wanted to live among the wildlife. I've studied pumas for 11 years and knew I was moving into their territory. We took all the precautions. I never, ever thought one would grab my dog around noon in broad daylight. A couple days after she went missing, my other two dogs were going crazy in their kennel and then I saw two large pawprints in the sand on the driveway. My 6 year old niece is no longer allowed out in the yard by herself.
I've been trying to be positive and my usual cheerful self but it's been really hard, and y'all FJers are the only ones who really see who I am after everyone else is asleep.
Last week, my sweet beagle boy had his last chemo treatment for lymphoma. He was diagnosed in February, and has been on a roller coaster ever since - 18 chemo treatments, with various unpleasant reactions (including one very frightening episode), constantly vacillating blood work, weight loss, anemia - the whole nine yards.
But he has been in remission for a while, and has been bouncing back, gaining weight, turning back into his cheerful, lovey self. He didn't have unpleasant reactions to the last three treatments. I'd hoped the old guy could have some normal, happy time.
While he was there, the vet felt that his thyroid seemed swollen. She aspirated and sent the tissue for biopsy. I just found out that he now has thyroid cancer.
Besides hurting for him, and myself, I dread telling my mother. She adores this dog.
i have my birthday on the 24th and feel like garbage. i'm so insecure. i'm scared no one wants to spend time with me. i've tried to act all cool and like heh my birthday's not a big deal for like 6 years now, but it is a big deal to me.
Waiting for contractor to come give estimate on some work on our garage. Supposed to be here 55 minutes ago. And cable has been out since 3 p.m. yesterday. Cable tech was supposed to call by 9 a.m., too. Nothing. This after dealing with phone and internet issues all day last Thursday. Good thing it's summer and I'm not working.
Mike and Carol were right. Astroturf and plastic shrubbery is the way to go.
We have made so much progress ...why, why, why is weeding still a societal obligation?!
I am hot, crabby, covered in hives, and hands full of prickers that just laughed my gardening gloves.
If I ran the world plants that assault you with prickers would get to live where they will. Ditto any plant that’s ambitious enough to grow through cracks in concrete. Let’s reward their gumption and give them their hard earned squatters rights.
I work all week and have a long commute...I don’t need to play Pa Ingalls clearing land on my weekend.