Friday, October 19, 2007

Halloween... pictures!

Whoa. I have NOT updated this thing in a while. I guess I got too caught up in Halloween and Jason coming home (after being in the field for a week). Well anyway, this year I went all out on Halloween... probably because it's my first significant holiday with my new family - Jason, the dog, and the cat. 3 of us got costumes (I DOUBT the cat will let us put a costume on her.) We decorated (about 100 dollars worth of decorations) and we bought 30 dollars worth of candy in the form of king size bars (can you tell I REALLY want trick-or-treaters?!)

Here's pictures of Loki in his costume. We ordered it two weeks ago, and just got it today. I'm very happy with it =)

I got the costume here if anyone is interested. I'll just add that their customer service is GREAT!

Onto the pictures:

How cute =)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A joke to cheer me up (after realizing my puppy lost his spunk)

To all Pet Owners

To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height.

Dear Dogs and Cats:

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The
other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw
print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for
it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically
pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack.
Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help
because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry
about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to
ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when
they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other
stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that
sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other
end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If
by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it
is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, and try to turn the knob or
get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must
exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the
bathroom for years -- canine or feline attendance is not required.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's
butt. I cannot stress this enough!

To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following message on
our front door:

To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit & Like to Complain About Our Pets:

1 They live here. You don't.
2. If you don' t want their hair on your clothes, stay off the
furniture. (That's why they call it "fur"nature.)
3 I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter
who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.

Remember: In many ways, dogs and cats are better than kids because

1. Eat less
2. Don't ask for money all the time
3. Are easier to train
4. Normally come when called
5. Never ask to drive the car
6. Don't hang out with drug-using friends
7. Don't smoke or drink
8. Don't have to buy the latest fashions
9. Don't want to wear your clothes
10. Don't need a "gazillion" dollars for college.

And finally,

11. If they get pregnant, you can sell their children.

Energy loss

This is really weird. It's almost as if Loki has lost all energy. He doesn't pull on his leash like he used to do, he spends more time lying on the floor than he does running around the house, and he seems to sleep alot more. I don't know whether it's the effects of the neuter, or if it's the change in his diet... I'm going to monitor this for the next two days before calling the vet. I gotta say though, this is a huge change. I was just getting used to my hyper monster too...

Monday, October 15, 2007

I think I should be glad

I'm really grateful that Loki likes to clean up his crate by himself after he eats (i.e. licking all the juice off his pan).

Thanks pup, but I still have to clean out your pan after you're done!

Vet visit

Well, big surprise - my vet doesn't support raw feeding (or at least that's the official position of Banfield Animal Hospital). Salmonella dangers and all that. Well, if she could give me a better alternative to having my puppy constantly diarrhea, then I'd love to hear it. I don't see the merits in spending $2 a day feeding Loki "prescription" food (where's the medicine in the prescription food, huh? The main ingredient is egg yolks - great. I'll give Loki egg yolks as part of his raw diet), and I definitely don't see any benefits to keeping him on kibbles and having him puke at least three times a week and having him come down with diarrhea every other day.

Just my rant.

I didn't even get a chance to speak with the vet today - they were too busy. There were at least 5 walk-ins when we got there for our 2:00 appointment, so they just took Loki to the back. They said he looked "great", which makes me really wonder... didn't they just say he had an INFECTION 4 days ago?! How does an infection look great?! I mean, I can tell the infection is there so it's not as if it's cleared up. So again. How can an infection look great. The least they could've done was tell me that the infection was still there. If I didn't clarify with them what they meant by "great", I would've just gone home and stopped feeding him the antibiotics. Hell, if he's great, he doesn't need them.

I'm thinking we need a new vet. I'm going to ask for suggestions when we start our new training class in January. I wish we never signed up for this Banfield Wellness Plan. It just makes my pet matter less to them because they know I'm bound by contract to pay, regardless of if I use their service or not.

Oh yeah, and when I left, I was so flustered by the visit that while putting Loki in the car, I left his lead on top of the car. Imagine my surprise when halfway out into Western Blvd. which I guess could be called the main shopping strip in my town (think, 55 mph, 3 lanes each direction, multiple traffic lights), I heard a loud clunk and saw something greenish flying into the middle of the street. I had to stop, turn around, park my car on a slanted shoulder, and run into the middle of the road to grab the leash. No way was I leaving that thing there. That's our second $15 lead. Needless to say, I got it, but I also got a number of strange looks from other drivers.

No more kibbles!

Well, we got rid of the last of our kibbles today. Gave away the rest of the bag of Farmstand Selects to someone who lived in our area.

Loki's really enjoying the raw food. It forces him to eat slower, which is great because he LOVED to inhale the kibbles (and puke it all up afterwards). The bones in his food actually lessens how much he teeths on everything else... The only problem I'm having is getting him to eat his liver. What I'm doing right now is cutting it up into little bits and slowly introducing it to his food. I force him to eat it because I pile all the little chunks on top of the chicken. For some reason, Loki's not smart enough to push the liver aside, haha. So, he'll just eat it all before starting on the chicken.

I don't know what to do about his neutering cut getting infected though. He's been on the antibiotics, and we've had the e-collar on him, but it's still infected and won't clear up! I'm afraid that we're going to end up spending another $20 or so on medicines today... Ugh. The last time we went to the vet, she guilt tripped me about putting the e-collar on him. Now, I'm probably really gonna get it from her.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Intermediate class

Well, dog training classes are starting to get a bit more fun, haha (and funny now that we're friendlier with the trainer). We've been working on commands with distractions, which is really fun because the trainer just goes around throwing balls, squeaking toys, tossing treats and whatever. We also get to go out in the store with people passing around, carts rolling, and other animals not being trained crossing in our paths while training.

We learned yesterday that we can train Loki with a ball instead of with treats. Which actually works a bit better now that we've switched him to raw and can't use the processed treats anymore.

He did really good yesterday, most likely because he was so tired out from the afternoon walk. He listened to everything we said, stayed close with the loose leash walking, and started learning the other things quickly.

I guess he's only a bad dog when he's hyper.

Expenses - To be Updated

Loki - $670

Weekly Expenses

Raw chicken, organs, etc. - $10.00/wk

Monthly Expenses

Banfield Wellness Plan - $21.95/mo
Heartworm/Advantix - $21.00/mo

Quarterly Expenses
Training class - 8 weeks - $109
2 Classes Paid For - Puppy Kindergarten, Intermediate Obedience

Random Expenses - To be Updated - Estimates, Not Exact
Initial puppy package including small bag of food, week of canned food, crate, leash, collar, treats - $150.00
Purina Puppy Chow - $20.00 (waste - couldn't settle in Loki's stomach)
2 Doggie Seatbelt - $20.00 each
Dog Bed - $50 (Jason picked it out.. not me..)
Gentle Leader - $21.95 (not used. Loki can't stand it.)
Toys, toys, and more toys - $30.00 (most of Loki's toys are recycled stuffed animals from my childhood)
Towels - $10.00
Doggie shampoo - $10.00
New collar - $9.99
E-collar, new bone, new 6' lead, treat pouch - $55
Puppy "Cologne" - $10
Turtle Costume - $40 (I had to! It was too cute!)

Medical Costs
Neutering, Pain Meds, Microchip, van Willebrand test - $60
Antibiotics - $20 (his neutering cut got infected)
Tapeworm medicine - $40.00
Stomach medicine - $20.00
Ear medicine - $20.00
Ear cleaning kit - $20.00
Prescription I/D food - $40.00 (2 weeks)

Loki's Damages
Laptop A/C Adapter - $40.00 (and an electric shock to me)
Cheap part of Laptop A/C Adapter - $10.00 (probably a blown artery due to anger on Jason)
2 Motorola Chargers - $20 each
3 stuffed animals - $10 (a cow and two stuffed dogs... only money was spent on the cow. The dogs were already mine)
2 pillows - priceless - a gift from a friend
1 Leash - $10
1 Doggie Seatbelt - $20
1 freshly printed homework (not a big deal. I just reprinted it)
1 set of handwritten class lecture notes (I was ready to cry)