Out like a light

Trixie has had a rough week.  She came down with something over the Christmas weekend. She was very restless and whiney over the holiday.  Monday morning I took her to her vet but the vet was closed for the holiday.  So I tried a new vet that is nearer to my house.  They checked her out and couldn’t find anything wrong. They prescribed Temaril-P for itching and inflammation.  It helped calm her down.  She’s still not completely back to normal but she hasn’t had a pill since Saturday morning, and that was half a pill.  She, and hence, we, had a rough couple of nights earlier last week.  Here, she’s taking advantage of some down time as the family was watching TV last night.



Gus at the Threshold

Gus has always had a hard time going through doorways. Way back when, he wouldn’t go through them at all. We had to carry him in and out.  He very gradually, but skeptically started going through them.  Then we got the automatic doggy door.  He did pretty well with that, he would eventually come in on his own but we always had to coax him out to go outside.  Now that we’ve converted the patio into a room, we have to relocate the doggy door. So, in the meantime, he’s got to use the people door.  

I decided today to record him coming in.  I recorded for 21 minutes and what you see above is the last 8 minutes of the recording.  He has gone in and out much faster than this in the last couple of days. But he’s always very cautious, just not usually this cautious.



Gus – 7 years ago


Google photos presented this picture as a reminder from 7 years ago.  It’s so strange seeing this because Gus never really does this.  There are only two or three times I’ve seen him carry a toy around.  He doesn’t play with them at all.  He would walk around like this moaning or whimpering as he walked.  It wouldn’t last long at all. Then he’s put it down and walk away.  Poor little guy. He’s so sweet.

Trixie, on the other hand, loves to play with toys.  We have to silence the squeakers on the toys or we would go crazy in a short time.



The Intruder

Intruder on the property

I ran some errands this morning and when I got home I could hear Trixie inside the house barking like crazy. I peeked in the window and saw that she was barking at the patio door.  She has the ability to go in and out whenever she wants so I knew she was afraid of something.  So I came in and tried to find out what she was barking at.  Of course Gus was unfazed and napping on the couch. She was sitting about 10 feet from the door and boy was she was glad to see me.  I went out the patio door and she just stayed inside which is very unusual for her. I looked around at the gates to make sure they were still locked and everything seemed secure.  Trixie finally came out slowly and I saw her cautiously creep towards a lawn chair that was sitting there. That’s when I saw the intruder under the chair.  It was eating a dried up worm that had crawled onto the concrete during recent rains. Gus decided to come out thru the patio door which I’d left open (and not the $$ doggie door) I had installed. They both cautiously inspected the intruder.  After a few moments I relocated the little fellow just outside the back yard.




Trixie loves the new pet door

Gus, not so much.

You can see Gus in the window reflection.  Trixie goes in and out all day now.  We have to set Gus in front of the door and when it opens we kind of nudge him through.  Hopefully, he’ll get the hang of it before too long.  It’s a temporary install in the sliding patio door right now.  We plan to enclose our patio into a 4 season room and then we’ll move the pet door to that wall.



Dogs of Spring

Dogs in spring snow2

Gus and Trixie enjoying the fist morning of the spring season. Of course, being the midwest, we woke up to giant snowflakes that would accumulate on the grass then melt away and another batch come thru and accumulate and melt off. This is the third batch of snow (that I saw anyway).  The dogs seem oblivious to it.  They don’t like the rain but don’t mind the snow. 

It’ll be in the 70s in two days so this will be a distant memory quick.