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 :-(