Thursday, May 15, 2008

1 down, 4 to go!!!

Angus has a home! He will be with me for 4 more weeks until he is old enough to leave his mom, but the greatest girl is adopting him! I am so happy about this adoption, and I have a good feeling that the next 4 will be equally perfect.

She is naming him Jack :)

Monday, May 12, 2008


They were still opening their eyes in this photo - 2 weeks old

3 weeks and playing like crazy! Angus (R) and Elmer (formerly Pearl but he's officially a boy)


Delilah (still a girl)

Toulouse (now Juno, a girl!)

I could watch them do this for 8 hours straight. From L-R: Angus, Juno, Elmer, Delilah.

None have definite homes yet. I plan on taking them outside for some really good natural-light photos this weekend when they're one month old. It's so hard to photograph them, especially the dark ones, in that dark room! When I have the photos I am going to make flyers of the "miracle babies" and pass them around my neighborhood and put one up at the vet.

Mom o' Mine

My mom is obviously pretty great. Anyone who has met her, laughed with her, eaten one of her fabulous meals, or cuddled with her (and yes, some of my friends have) know that she is pretty darn special in many people's lives. My mom and I talk every day, probably for at least an hour when you add up all the calls. I don't know how I would get through it all if I didn't have her to verbalize every thought in my brain. She is so supportive of every decision I make (even the not-so-good ones), and she is equally supportive when I suffer the consequences of my mistakes. She trusts me in everything I do, and she respects me for who I've become. I came to Florida to be near her, and I don't plan on leaving until she does. We have our own language, even though we don't really understand what the other is saying! No matter how old I get, the best way to end a week will still be with a big Mommy-hug.


We had a great day yesterday. Mom said she didn't want us to do anything for Mother's Day, but of course that's silly. Plans were already in the works. She said she wanted to see the kittens so I suggested she come over Sunday afternoon. She invited Ashley but Ashley never returned her call. When mom pulled up to the house, Ashley and I were standing in the driveway with our "I <3 Mom" shirts on (3 years running we've worn these all day on Mother's Day). My mom was totally shocked! She understood why Christopher wasn't there (he has been avoiding the kittens in fear of wanting to take one), so we went on in the house. While she was putting something in my fridge, Christopher comes around the corner and is standing behind the fridge door. When mom stood up, there he was! She screamed so loud, out of both happiness and sheer terror. It was great -- I live for those moments :)

We gave her gifts and took her to Chipotle. Then of course she and Ashley and Chrisopher played with kittens to their hearts content! Kitten update is next!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

This just in

I just got my grades and I officially have a 4.0 in the program! Perhaps even more victoriously, I received flowers and a card -- and a coupon for a free hug -- from each of my students. This was such an incredible experience, and I am really looking forward to next semester. I just wish it could start in two weeks instead of next Tuesday :)

In other news, Ava is doing great! She was very sore last weekend, and was walking totally on three legs! But by Sunday afternoon she was back to her old self and wanted to play rough with Gabby. As a result I ended up leaving Gabs at my parents' house for the week as I foresaw those stitches ripping right out during their tumble sessions. Ava has been content for the most part with lying around while I work. She doesn't have to have her cone on as long as I'm watching her, which is most of the time. The saddest part of the day comes when we're cuddling close at night, and then right before I turn off my light I have to wake her up and slip the e-collar on. It's so pathetic, but it's better than taking the chance on her chewing the stitches out! And she still manages to sleep completely under the covers WITH the collar on, which would be an interesting sight to see if anyone walked into my room in the middle of the night! Anyway, the stitches should be coming out on Monday.

Lastly, there is still plenty of house drama going on. If it's not one thing, it's another. If it's not one disaster-house, it's another. Sorry to be so cryptic, but what's the point in getting excited or unexcited right now?

Friday, May 2, 2008

Poor little Ava

Well, they say when it rains it pours, and sadly my little tot pup forgot her umbrella.

While frolicking with her sister outside this morning, Ava ran under a bush and came out whincing in pain. He leg was split open right up the side. After nearly getting sick from looking at it and panicking a little, I drove her to the animal hospital with one hand on the wheel and one hand applying pressure to her boo-boo. It was gushing blood, and she was so calm and so brave. I carried her into the vet and the sweet girl at the front desk was sure to find me MY doctor immediately (if Leavengood had walked in I would have said "'s not THAT much of an emergency!" He probably would have suggested I euthanize her!) So my vet made me feel much better, said it looks a lot worse than it is. He wrapped it up for now and will put her under and stitch it up this afternoon. He was just so great. Not to mention my front-desk friend (we see a lot of each other!) moved my car for me, which I had left on with the door open, blocking everyone in because there were no spots!

I should be able to pick her up this after 4:30. I'll keep my blog updated with pictures of her bandaged up in her e-collar. Here is a preview of what it will look like (aka Gabby in the same situation 3 years ago :))

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Never mind :(

Didn't happen, it failed inspection in every critical area. Who knew that what lurks behind the walls can ruin everything?

I'm not the happiest right now. Hopefully I'll feel better soon and be able to give a more positive update.