Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Diva's Dilemma - Part 1 (The Crisis!)

Diva's Dilemma - Part 2 (The Happy Ending)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Ruby has Bladder Stones

Bless her heart. By the time I got her to the vet today, she was moaning, very softly, and looking at me like "I feel like $hit".

(And Ruby is one who doesn't show pain.)

Anyway, yes, bladder stones. They are like kidney stones, but not spiky. She had them once before. They are smooth, like river pebbles. Unfortunately they are fairly large and have to be removed surgically.

Our vet bill for the month of December will top our over $1,000 between Diva's spay and Ruby's surgery.

What can you do though? When you love your pets, you take care of them. They are part of the family.....

Ruby is Sick

My sweet sweet Rubester is sick. She's having a hard time urinating and is looking generally miserable today. Luckily our vet is open today so I have an appointment for her this afternoon.

She had this problem once before and it turned out she had bladder stones (just like kidney stones).... and required surgery. I have a feeling that will be the case again.

My poor sweet girl.

Of course, Diva wants to romp and play and can't understand why her BFF is uninterested.
Bless her little furry heart.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Diva Dislikes Christmas...

....judging by the fact that she shredded 4 WRAPPED presents today while the kids and I were out and about (and she completely destroyed a nice necklace in one of the packages).

(Humorously, one of the packages she SHREDDED was the Pedi-Paws that she and Ruby were giving to Hubster, as "their" Christmas present.)

Sigh. It's a good thing I love that dog so much....

Friday, December 19, 2008

Diva did GREAT!

She is a bit sore, and a bit cranky.
But all in all, she did fine.

She has been sleeping more than normal (I doubt she got much sleep in the kennel at the vet... and judging by the mark on the side of her snout, she tried to use her snout as a battering ram to get OUT... no surprise there!)

The vet said to keep her activity level low for the next couple of days (ha!) but other than that, she is fine and "good to go". :-)

Ruby sniffed Diva from stem to stern when Diva got home. They are now napping on the (flipped, double mattress-covered, and re-made) dog bed in the guest room. :-)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ruby Enjoyed the "Diva-Free" Day

Ruby got lots of 'quality snuggle time'.... and didn't have to share the love with any other pets.
She loved it. :-)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Diva, Queen of Destruction (New Video from Yesterday)

UPDATE: Diva's surgery went FINE today. She is resting comfortably and spending the night at Casa de Veterinarian tonight. Tomorrow she will come home and I'm preparing Chicken & Kibble (per KBL's instructions) for both Diva and the Rubester.

However, for your viewing enjoyment, I have video of the DESTRUCTION I came home to yesterday. Keep in mind I was VERY irritated at what I found (you'll hear it in my voice). The bed they sleep in IS "their" bed.... it's in our guest room (also my office) and the mattress is old and crappy and simply NOT suitable for humans anymore. But what Diva did to it is..... well, I'll let the video speak for itself. :-)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Big Week Ahead for Diva

Diva get spayed (spaid?) - FIXED - on Wednesday.

My kids are NOT happy.
They want puppies and cannot understand WHY I'm being so cruel. I explained to them the world already has PLENTY of puppies... we don't need to contribute to the problem....

(And then there's the issue of the amorous German Shepherd down the street who has been coming by the house with chocolates, flowers.... and ulterior motives..... It really is just a matter of time before he gets her alone and - voila - we WILL have little pupsters running around.)

So, Wednesday is the day. I know the vet very well (actually he goes to 12Stone).
I'm sure it will all go off without a hitch. :-)
Full report to follow.....

Sunday, December 14, 2008

And in Other Dog News....

The New Biden Puppy.... :-)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ruby, the Reluctant Reindeer

Diva's Christmas Goose

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


We are having monsoon rains today in Atlanta.... it has been coming down in big sheets all day (which is wonderful... we're still in a horrible drought).

Anyway, Diva let it be known she needed to go outside and tinkle so I opened the back door ... and Diva saw the monsoon that stood between her and the grass. She looked at the rain, looked at me, looked at the rain, and just sat down.

What a delicate little flower my Diva is.

(Ruby wisely has stayed upstairs on the doggie bed - ie. the queen size bed in the guest room - what spoiled girls those two are!)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Sweet, Sweet Rubester

Especially after yesterday's "mattress attack", Ruby's sweet docile nature deserves much praise. She really is the sweetest dog I've ever known (and I've known a lot of dogs!)