My little Walter

My little Walter
Walter, Pedrito and Dulcinea

Friday, March 31, 2017

Musical blankets

The dogs mainly stay in the covered area by the kitchen door.  There they can be sheltered from the sun and inclement weather except  if the rain comes with gusty winds out of the north or east as was the case a couple of days ago.


I have two cuchas for them and a little area with pillows and a blanket for Tammie.  All the bedding was soaked and stunk to high heaven.  Our clothesline is not strong enough to resist the weight of it all so a light bulb went off in my head.
 

I decided to dry them on top of the weeds and suffocate them with the help of the dogs who are now playing musical blankets.


I will try anything to keep from doing yard work :-(


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Musical "Cuchas"

In the mornings when I go feed the dogs, I get a kick out of seeing who is sleeping in what cucha (Spanish term for a bed).


Up until now, Tammie had not shown an interest in sleeping in one but that has since changed. She saw Oscar get up from his and she quickly decided to try it out and fell asleep. He is a docile dog, so he let her as he took his place in the grass (weeds).


We have made a couple of trips to San Antonio this month so we have had no choice but to eat at fast food establishments.  Mother can never finish a complete meal so we bring the left-overs to the dogs. I, on the other hand, have no problem eating my portion but the doctor has potatoes in particular french fries banned from my diet.

We brought back so many french fries but I finally ran out of them today.  I am sure they will miss them, in particular, Pedrito.  That dog is getting fat though I have cut down on his portions.  I figured now that he is no longer tied up, he would take to the streets and loose weight but that has not happened at least not during the day.

Last night before turning in, I looked in on them as they sleep in the cover area by the kitchen door...they were nowhere to be found.  Came back an hour later and they were still missing in action...geeze some watch dogs I have!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 2017 Critter Update

I can not believe I have not made a post in 2017.  We had rain about two weeks ago along with cold temperatures and since I have yet to purchase a doghouse for Pedrito, I did not want him exposed to the elements.

It was on Friday afternoon after the school kids had already made their way home that I finally decided to release him.  The first thing he did was run out the back down fence to the street behind the house.  I could hear the dogs on that street go crazy but what could I do?

I do not like to have him tied up but I do not want to face any lawsuits either. Though he is more bark than bite.  I moved his cucha to the covered area by the kitchen door but he paid no attention to it.  He installed himself behind the old washing machine where Oscar up to know slept.

He tried to bully Oscar but I quickly straighten him out.  I think he realized that he preferred to be loose and decided to mind me. Things never go as expected...then Oscar started to bully him!

The cucha went unused for a couple of days.  Then one morning as I came out to feed them, to my surprise Oscar had taken over it and up until today that remains the case.

Oscar with a swollen right jaw

I am worried about Oscar, he sleeps a lot and his cheek continues to be swollen.  I have been giving him the medication for swelling but it does not seem to be working.  I am going to somehow have to fit in a trip to the vet in my already full agenda.

I am surprised that Tammie continues to show no ill effects of her encounter with the porcupine. Unlike Oscar, she has a good appetite and now eats his food much like he used to eat hers prior to the attack.

Tammie

Pedrito seems to have a problem with itching, he scratches himself raw.  I get a lot of e-mails from 1-800-Pedmeds and I am surprised at all there is out there for pets.  I saw a shampoo but that would involve a bath...I do not think either one of us is ready for that step...at least not in winter.

The shampoo and other things for itching are on the expensive side, can only wonder how much more they sell for at the Vet's.  I was at Dollar Tree the other day and saw a dog oatmeal shampoo and almost bought it as the cheapest one I found online was $8.99 plus S&H.

Thinking perhaps he might have some allergies I gave him baby Benadryl but that does not seem to have helped him either.  Since I can not possibly take two dogs at once...in particular these two that do not like each other...I will have to program a separate trip for each to the vet :-(

Friday, December 30, 2016

Critter Update

Both Tammie and Oscar have been doing well. The only thing I noticed is that Oscar lost his appetite for a while and would only eat half of what I would give him.  I figured that perhaps his jaw was still hurting when he chewed.

Tammie has had no appetite issues but last week her right cheek was swollen like she had a small ball inside her mouth.  For the past couple of days have been giving her the medications I got for Oscar from 1-800-Petmeds.

Today that I got up early to give her the medicine hidden inside of a hot dog, she and Oscar were nowhere to be found.  When they got back he ate but she ate very little. I do believe she still frequents places where they would feed her in the past.  My only issue is that I do not want the medication to go bad inside the wiener but I also do not want Oscar to eat it since he does not need it anymore.

Pedrito who is always feisty and active seems to be depressed.  Wednesday I was raking the leaves around the two trees where he is tied up and he turned his back like he was mad at me or something. He didn't even try to lunge himself at me.  I do not think its serious as he has not lost his appetite and probably never will :)

I made him a cucha this time using an old water container as his prior cuchas which I have made out of cardboard boxes do not seem to hold up. Lined it with an old blanket so the metal will not make contact with his body. With his pillow some old flannel pants, old towels and a blanket he manages to keep warm.

I would like to buy him a doghouse but I would have to purchase it online and then assemble it. When I was a teenager I was always in charge of assembling things my parents bought and quite frankly I do not want to do it anymore.

Went to Sutherlands (it's like Home Depot) where I have seen them for sale in the past. Though they are ugly and look homemade, they only had one small one.  The guy in charge told me that they are made by a local man but he is backed up on his orders. The good thing is that delivery is only $15.00 since there is no way I can possibly get one inside my car...better yet get it off my car!

Walter, Dulcinea and the new horse seem to be doing fine. Hope the vegetation dies off so I can go check up on him without fear of encountering a snake.