At 70F with no humidity I thought it was a lovely day for a walk. Rion, with his tarnished silver coat, didn’t agree: “it’s okay, Mom. I’ll wait here until sunset.” (We have new (to us) phones! With cameras! And Bluetooth!)
The web site GoPetFriendly.com Pet Travel allows you to find hotels and other accommodations that allow pets. Ideally, I think vacations are to give me a break from taking care of critters, but not everyone feels that way. I did find Red Roof’s policy of allowing pets very handy when I drove three cats and an elderly Golden Retriever from Plano, TX to Colorado Springs. Dairy Queens were also very useful, because they were spaced about every sixty miles in Texas, allowing me a break from driving, a refill of coffee, a bathroom (needed after all the coffee) and a chance to walk the dog.
8/24/96 – 11/3/09
Lody has been becoming increasingly frail this past year, and had one bad spell this past summer. Today, when I got home after being away for five or six hours, I found her collapsed in the great room. I used a sling to get her outside, and when she started trying to walk again, it became apparent that something had gone wrong in her back end. I was able to get hold of my vet, who came out to the house and euthanized Lody while I held her.
Lody, a tri-color Smooth Collie, was five years old when she came to live with us. She was an AKC champion who was the companion of an elderly woman who had to go into assisted living. Lody went back to live with her breeder, but did not care for life there, so her breeder, the friend of a friend, decided to find her a more suitable home. Lody came into our house, looked around, and decided she was home. She was such a sweet dog.
Orion, a miniature schnauzer born on October 20, 2008, is one year old today. He came to live with us from the Pikes Peak Humane Shelter on December 18, 2008.
I would have taken him for a haircut to celebrate his birthday but there is a dog flu epidemic in Colorado Springs right now, and I want him fully inoculated before he goes to the groomers’ again. Besides, I don’t think Orion thinks going to be groomed is much of a celebration.
His favorite things are eating, playing with his packmates, riding in the car to play-dates with his BFFs Cheney and Brody, playing with his squeaky toys, playing “Where’s Jack,” and giving Puppy Wakeup Calls. He is much stronger than one would expect of a dog his size, and quite athletic. I don’t pick him up very often, since I am not into carrying dogs, but whenever I do I go “oomph.”
He has been a very healthy puppy. I was concerned at one point because his permanent teeth came in and the deciduous (baby) teeth didn’t fall out. His vet recommended waiting and seeing what would happen and the deciduous teeth finally fell out about two months later. This was a big relief: I didn’t want him to undergo surgery to remove the teeth, but it was disconcerting when he would yawn and remind one of the movie, “Jaws.”
I hardly ever call him the demon puppy anymore.
Meanwhile, back in Colorado, Rion had a good day:
Rion Normandy-Heneghan spent the day at Old Ranch Stables. There was a open play session, a roll in the sand event, freestyle tug toy pull, an observation class on cat behavior, cookie time (a real favorite), and naptime (when the counselor left to get her hair cut). He and his cousin got kicked out of the photo session; whenever the camera came out they would not even begin to do anything interesting (other than jump on the photographer). As a result no photos of the event are available. I will say Rion looked pretty much the same when he left as when he arrived, except dirtier and quieter. A very nice day. The counselor had to stay home most of the day to wait for the guy to come clean the portapotty, while the Nanny left to help paint trim on her dad’s house.
Jack said I had to upload a photo with Cheney and Orion so viewers could see how much smaller Cheney is compared to Orion. I think Orion was blinking from the flash during this photo. I decided to go with it anyway, since it is very difficult to keep two terrier type dogs sitting at the same time. I tried to photograph Cheney next to a soft drink can, but Cheney was deeply suspicious of it.