Thursday, December 08, 2016

Cost of Cat Litter: $92.00

Recently we had an incident where cat litter cost $92.00.  Well, actually it was $91.73.  

Why so expensive?  Ask Trail.

not feeling well

Despite two barriers, our deaf boy Trail got into the cat litter and seemed to be fine, then two days later, he was not feeling well.  A trip to the vet, some anti-nausea medication and a few days later he was much better and back to normal. Normal being chasing the cat, playing ball and being silly. 

During the couple of days that Trail wasn't himself, the biggest change was that he wasn't his "velcro" self that he (and most Australian Cattle Dogs) are known for.  I was able to go places such as the other room all by myself. I could move more than a foot away from him without having him jump and follow like I might never return. I didn't like it. Not one bit!

Lesson learned for Trail? Hope so.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Lights But No Heat

Thanks for all your kind words during our recent power outage.  We lost power Sunday afternoon, had it back overnight Tuesday then it was out again until Thursday evening.  It was a long week. Cold and dark too!  Fortunately cooking and hot cups of tea were possible with a one burner camp stove. Solar lights, a homemade olive oil lamp and layers of blankets on crates got us through.

We're still watching the weather just in case.

Trail and Darby

In case you're wondering who Darby is...well he was a barn cat at our former home.  Prior to getting an outside space for the barn cats, they were in a bedroom upstairs. Darby was the only one who ventured downstairs and was very happy mingling with the dogs. could he be sent back outside? (I know, I know, some of you would!)

Bill has hunkered down in an old jacket, waiting for spring.

Our electrician is coming this week to install heat and hopefully next week our new woodstove will be installed.  

Thursday, December 01, 2016

First Winter Storm 2016

We had the first nor'easter storm of the season with heavy wet snow, high winds and lots of power outages.  

Of course, the dogs loved it!

Brook and Trail


You may be wondering where the others are.  Hiker and Bill are in the house. Neither of them are big fans of the cold and refused to go outside.  Not that it is much warmer inside since we have been without power and therefore no heat since Sunday afternoon.  At the time I am posting this, it was only 0C/32F in the house. 


Yes, it does look pretty. But it would look a whole prettier if we were seeing it from a heated house!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Stair Barriers

A challenge with our new (to us) house is that the layout is different and therefore the access to certain areas has to be blocked until we decide who is going to be where. Currently the three barn cats are in a bedroom upstairs until their outside accommodations are ready (we've got a school bus for them and the chickens). The barn cats are a bit upset and don't need the dogs snuffling along the bottom of the door.

For now, there is a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs and a couple of boxes to hold it in place so that none of the dogs can get upstairs.  That is the theory of it. In reality, well...along comes a very determined blind and mostly deaf Australian Cattle Dog named Brook.

Brook sat with her chin resting on the box and whined. A little coaxing and she gave up. But not for long.

About a half hour later, she was whining again and this is what she had done.

I think that the majority of the whining was due to the fact that she couldn't get down.  She reached out with her paw and there was no solid surface so she continued to whine.  Not to worry, after a picture, she was scooped up and gently deposited on the floor.

Once again, proof that a blind and mostly deaf dog is just really a "normal" dog who does things that any dog would do.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Getting Settled

We are getting settled in our new house and of course, there continues to be times when things get "lost" under and around the boxes.  For Trial, it is usually his beloved Chuck (chuck-it ball).

After a few times of having to "rescue" Chuck while unpacking and putting things away, I told him he was on his own. Yes, the fact that I told him really didn't mean anything, after all he is a dog and also deaf but he seemed to understand.

That is Trail's butt as he desperately pushes himself between boxes to get his ball.

A few days before we moved, there appeared at the barn a little kitten.  As you can imagine, this little pathetic, half starved tiny beast is now a member of our home.  Her name is Loretta.

Loretta and Arthur
Sort of a house warming gift from somewhere maybe?  Or else we're just a big soft-hearted bunch which isn't so bad.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

On The Move!

It started with a an official Keep Out barrier.

unhappy Trail

Then, for about a week, there were days when there were no dogs allowed in certain areas of the house.  Then there was chaos.

There were boxes and piles of household items. Made it a bit of a challenge for the blind dogs to navigate. But not for Trail. He managed to find a small sun spot in the midst of the chaos (with a couple of cats if you look closely).

Yup, we were moving again.