Sunday, March 31, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Harry update

I thought you might like to know how Harry is doing.  (Thank you, Lois, for the information about the supplement you give your dogs that is also available for cats.  I'll look into it.)

After four days on the medication and in the Cone of Shame, the plaques are slowly -- very slowly -- clearing up.  The itching must be going away because when I give Harry supervised time without the cone, he doesn't seem as interested in licking the area. 

I know he doesn't like the cone, but he is such a sweet cat, that he stands calmly and lets me put it on him.  He is getting much better at wandering the house wearing the cone and he rarely gets the cone stuck anymore.

This creature...

is still VERY interested in the cone.

and the contents of the cone!

So far, no one has hissed or barked.  When he's had enough, Harry just shakes his head which rattles the cone and makes the pest jump back.

While it seems Harry is getting used to the cone, I still find him every now and then looking very dejected.

I wonder if he is day-dreaming about a time when he will again be able to quickly and easily climb to the top of the kitchen cabinets to escape the girls!
Poor, sweet Harry!

Friday, March 29, 2013

{these moments}

{these moments}

a friday ritual.

photos - no words - capturing moments from the past month.

simple, extraordinary, (or ordinary) moments.  

moments I want to pause, savor and remember.

inspired by Soulemama and Domesticali

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cat Content

I promised Corgi Content and there is some, but I hope you don't mind that this post is made up of mostly Cat Content.

Poor Harry! He has to wear The Cone of Shame! 

He has eosinophilic granuloma complex -- specifically eosinophilic plaques. 

This is the second outbreak he has had in the last three years and it is by far the worst. 

The vet gave him a cortisone shot on March 16th and this past Monday, when the condition hadn't cleared up, prescribed an oral medication -- and some time spent in the Cone of Shame to keep him from continually licking the area.  I also switched his food because it's very possible the problem was caused by an allergic reaction to a new food I started feeding him in January. 

The girls are very interested in Harry and his cone.  While they are following him everywhere he goes and sniffing the cone, they are being very gentle with him and haven't chased him even once!  Just like after my surgery a year or so ago, they seem to know when someone is ailing and they need to be on good behavior. 

Daisy, Bella and Roxy, the following two photos are specifically for you. I thought you girls would get a kick out of seeing a haughty cat in an embarrassing position -- although I know you would never wish itchy eosinophilic plaques on anyone, not even a cat.  (Would you??)  The cone obscures Harry's sight and seems to disorient him causing him to continually get stuck on things -- a stair step (see the 4th photo from the top) or as in these next photos, on the legs of a chair or the edge of a cabinet.

When the cone gets stuck, the poor guy just stands there for a minute or two, then backs up and tries moving forward again.  As often as not, he just gets stuck again.  It's comical and pathetic at the same time. In fact, while Erika was shooting these photos, the two of us alternated between sympathetic "Poor Harry!" murmuring and peals of laughter!
Poor Harry!  I hope the medication and the cone clear things up quickly. 

I'll bet Darby and Pumpkin are hoping the same thing so they can drop the good behavior and go back to pestering him! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

She's gone!

It feels like just yesterday that I was proclaiming "She's on her way!" and now she -- they -- are back home in Virginia and our house is very, very quiet.

We had a wonderful time with Erika and Christian.  So much so that I can't do just one word this Wednesday.  But, trying to say much more than one word right now when I am still missing her very much is difficult.  Glenn and I so totally lucked out with this child of ours -- cheerful, calm, smart, responsible, funny, enthusiastic, never an ounce of trouble (well, maybe a few small things, but nothing of any consequence at all.)  We couldn't have asked for more.

Yesterday morning, she and Christian woke up in her old bedroom here in our house in California and last night they fell asleep in their home in Virginia.  And, we are here missing them.


Missing them very much!

(Corgi content tomorrow...I promise!) 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Like Lay's Potato Chips

I couldn't choose just one!