Katie Dog

Just got off the phone with C a little while ago. She took Katie to the vet today
Looks like she has cancer, or at least that’s the Vet’s gut feeling. Katie is our middle dog. She’s a Border Collie-Labrador Retriever mix. Truth be told probably the best dog we have.

She’s as old as Maggie, which would put her at 10 to 11 years old. She’s not a big dog, more like medium around 60-65lbs or so. Or I guess you could say she was. She’s gotten down right skinny and is now down to 45 lbs.

We didn’t notice it at first because we put all the dogs on a diet for Comet’s sake. He’s our Golden who is 13-14 years old. He’s been a good old dog, but not without his faults. His arthritis has kept him down and he had put on a lot of weight. The vet had us cut back on his food to take weight off him, so we cut back on all the dogs food. The loss of weight has made Comet a new dog. Katie however hadn’t stopped losing weight.

The last two weeks we really started noticing her having some problems. Problem standing, getting up, etc.

Except for the time when she was about one year old and ate some dental floss which required $800 worth of surgery hasn’t ever caused us any trouble.

She’s always been there. Quiet around the house except for when she wants in. She’s never made a mess, never torn anything up, and never barked at anyone.

She’s a herder and has always made it difficult to play catch with the other dogs. She gets in there and spoils the fun, trying to herd the other dogs. She’d bite at their ears and ankles and convince them they shouldn’t be doing it.
Katie is a special dog and will be missed. I’ve always joked about not liking her and threatened to give her away. She’s been thick at times, and sneaky about the electric fence. But all in all she’s been a very, very good dog.

Turtles – Red Ear Sliders to be exact.

Nice, what a wonderful idea this was, and my wife is reminding me that it was my idea. Someone at gymnastics had posted a flyer about three free turtles complete with aquariums 20 gallons each. I asked Molly about it because Michael has a fish tank already and the girls have wanted one for a while. Molly and I talked about it but it was late in the day and there are 1.2 million gymast at CGA so I figured they were probably gone.

The next day Michael found the flyer and called, of course the weren’t gone. He adopted 3 turtles. Nice. So we had to explain to him that the girls get at least two for their room.

So we think we know what we should know about aquatic turtles, and attempt to set up the habitat. Apparently we don’t know squat. The tanks are 10 gallon not 20 and are too small for even the smallest turtle we have.

It’s nice that there are sites like Red Ear Slider.

Now we’re on the quest to build the perfect or as near perfect little habitat as our budget will allow. More updates later.