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My philosphy

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Willow's First Christmas, A Picture Story

Yesterday Todd and I went to my Dad's house to spend Christmas Eve with him and his girlfriend, and decided Willow should come along (Hudson came last year). This is her first Christmas after all, and she needed to experience...
The Tree...

She loved it!
The presents...

She tried to eat them!
Except Peanut, she was afraid of him...he talked

And somehow, these guys were okay!
Willow eventually escaped from her shirt, hid behind the couch, and refused to come out until food was offered, or the "torture" ceased....

She had fun with my Dad, even though she growled a lot!

He still loves her though ♥
I tried to counteract the moonshine eggnog with coffee!

Then Willow & I scared the hell out of each other♥
So I had to bribe her love with Kitty Kibbles!
 *Yes, I had Christmas Bows around my ears & around my head yesterday! That was long before the moonshine eggnog, and makes sense if you know me...that's just how I roll ; )

Today will be spent cooking, cleaning, spending time with some of Todd's family, my Mom, and good friends.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Kate & Todd (the people)
Abby & Logan(the dogs)
Emily, Hudson & Willow (the cats)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Box....

Last Summer, I needed a cardboard box to pack up some things. The one I happened to bring home from work had holes in it, so when I walked through the door...Todd thought I brought home a live animal! After some reassurance that the box was for packing books, I showed him it was empty and put it down. Hudson then came tearing across the room, jumped into the box, and well...the rest is history!

Willow in "The Box"

I have not been able to throw that damn box away! Every time I mess with it, Hudson gets upset. I like to just lay down on the floor, place my head inside the box, and watch his anger grow! I am not kidding at all either; he will circle the box, stand on me, stand on it, swat my face...until I get out of his box!

The box is also Hudson's "Sanctuary", whenever he gets yelled at (for beating up Willow, getting on the table, getting on the counter, beating up Emily, harassing the dogs, etc) this is where he runs to! As if we cannot see him, or access him. He also just hangs out in there, almost like a kid playing "pretend" in a refrigerator box.

Willow has also learned to love the box! She spends a lot of time in there, usually when Hudson is locked up. He doesn't like her in it either!

She *was* sleeping, until I came along...oops!
I guess I could always throw the damn thing away, but at the end of the day, it makes them happy! So what if I have a random cardboard box floating around the house, if we had would be colored all over, with stickers & glitter. At least the cats just chew on the flaps, that is all the "decorating" they are capable of!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Willow's portrait & her busy day

Last month, after a particularly stressful day, I found out I won a contest featured on a blog I follow. Peanut Butter Fingers is an amazing blog that I read daily. The contest was for a hand painted portrait of the winners choice, done by a student graduating Art School soon. To enter, you just left a comment about what your portrait would be of, and Julie (of PB fingers) used a random number generator to pick a comment.

So I was put in touch with Meredith who would do the portrait, sent her a bunch of pictures of Willow, along with her special story and a few weeks later....

...this came in the mail!
   *the picture was taken directly after dinner, so Willow was cleaning her leg and could not be bothered with picture taking. We actually tried to take this *before* dinner, but Willow was FURIOUS that she wasn't eating! She is such a character!

This picture cracks me up! You can tell neither of us are happy with the other ;)

Willow also came to work with me yesterday, she was "requested" by an amazing client of ours! Her family brought us all kinds of homemade goodies to snack on at work (cookies, fudge, cake, hot cocoa mix!) and her kids really wanted to play with Willow! They also brought her a toy, because she was spayed last month :)Willow had a blast with them, and apparently smacked the husband because he touched her back leg! She is not afraid to tell you what she doesn't like! She hits me a lot when I have to mess with her, or move her. Willow is one *independent* woman!!

Willow's newest toy!

She REALLY REALLY likes it :)
Willow spent the night playing with her toy, while snuggled up on my lap as Todd  & I watched the season finale of Terra Nova. On a side note, I am super sad the season is over, but it is prob. for the best...I tend to spend more time watching tv than studying, and next semester will need full attention!

So this morning, while I was slowly waking up, I got some cute pictures of Willow. However, I managed to delete them instead of transferring to my computer! I did manage to get another cute one of her, and one of Emily.
Willow LOVES the fuzzy blanket, and my pink robe, just not picture taking!

Emily, my first "crooked leg" cat.
You can kinda see it in this picture, Emily's right front foot is crooked. She was hit by a car at 10 weeks of age, and was brought into the clinic I was working at. Emily is such a sweet cat, and Willow looks very  much like her, but with less white! Emily is about 7 years old now, and I have had to save her life a few times. She has already used up 2 or 3 of her 9 lives!

Of course we needed a picture of Hudson up here! I am surprised I was able to get one of him sitting still! And speaking of Hudson....there will be a Hudson only post coming up soon, with more details of everything he ate & had removed from his stomach! We also have a "game plan" for ruling out some crazy medical problem for his pica...which means lots of $$$

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A little late to posting...

My last post was September 14th....I AM SORRY!

A lot has happened since then! I will try to do a re-cap real quick, and will expand on everything in separate blog posts...I have a final today at 1pm, and my last one Monday at 3:30pm, and then I will have all the free time in the world for blogging since I will only work 4 afternoons a week & every other Saturday! So both my animal blog & cooking blog will be updated regularly.

So, here is a bullet point list of everything that has happened, and I will expand more next week...think of it as a sneak peak into my crazy life!*these are in no particular order...*
  • Cole's necropsy/histology revealed that he had NO Thyroid or Parathyroid tissue!
  • Hudson continued to eat things & stress me out
  • Willow started swimming more at Paddling Paws
  • Willow finally hit 3 pounds!
  • I did awesome on all my midterms
  • I had to do a power-point project on the animal breed of my choice, I chose the Spyhnx :)
  • I had to do a power-point project on the animal disease process of my choice, I chose Hypoparathyroidism....and probably confused the hell out of my classmates!
  • I had to do a power-point project on a disease (emerging or re-emerging), and being the nerd I am, got special permission from the instructor to do mine on The Bubonic Plague (caused by the bacterium Yersenia pestis)
    • noticing a trend in my classes....this was for 3 of the 4 classes I took this semester!
  • The brake lines went out on my car, my exhaust had another leak, Todd needed new tires....
  • Todd proposed!
  • I obviously said YES
  • We went to the Zoo on a field trip & did a behind the scenes hospital tour!
  • Hudson had his 1st gastronomy to remove 2 bra straps, the tab of the bra w/ the fish hooks, several pieces of potato, part of a dog bandana, some elastic string from Willow's toy & a leaf (stem included)!!!
  • Four days later (YES, FOUR FLIPPIN DAYS) Willow was spayed AND had part of the dog bed removed from HER STOMACH!!!
  • Emily is the only well behaved cat at the moment, *AND* she is tearing up the carpet by the master bedroom door!
  • Todd and I managed to get addicted to several different shows on Hulu Plus & Netflix
    • Eureka
    • Arrested Development
    • Fringe
    • Grimm
    • The Office
  • And on youtube, Epic Rap Battles of History
    • warning, there is some foul language...but they are FUNNY
  • And somehow I manged to pull off the AMAZING grades below!
  • I earned a 95 on my A&P final, and have a 92 in the class
  • I am still waiting on my Nutrition final grade, but made a 99 on the midterm (we only have a midterm & a final)
  • Today is my Breeds & Husbandry final, I have a 91 avg in the class...not worried about today
  • Monday is my Microbiology final, so far I have a 94 avg in the class, so I am not worried about my final :)
  • I am excited to have a whole month off of school, but am also looking forward to next semesters classes...yes I am a nerd! I think that just about sums up life! I will expand  about everything more next week. I kinda felt like getting something up here today. I guess I should shower, eat breakfast & study now!