Thursday, May 20, 2010

Faithful service dog and friend need home

I received a forward today from a puppy-raiser friend of mine. It seems a lady, a quadroplegic, passed away. She was dead two weeks before anyone knew. She had two dogs, an 8 year-old Australian shepherd, her service dog, and a 7 year-old cocker spanniel. They both stayed by her side for those two weeks, with no food. They survived the ordeal and are now on hold in Lancaster at a shelter waiting for her family to claim them. But the family doesn't want them. What! How could they not want them?
Well, the brother is willing to set up a time to transfer ownership of the two dogs to someone interested to adopting them. Please don't spam me, but if you're interested, send me an e-mail at so I can send you the neece's contact info and pictures. The dogs only have until the 29th before animal control gets control of them, and then they could be put down if not adopted quickly.
So, please, pass this along and don't let these faithful companions go without a home and even die. They've already lost their person and lived through that and almost starving to death. Don't let them die now.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Woo hoo, I passed!

Woo hoo! Woo hoo! Woo hoo! I passed, I passed, I passed! Yes! I passed the qualifier! No more worrying about that. Now, its buckle down, finish a paper, two stats assignments, correct the other stats assignments and turn in the portfolio, and study my behind off for my ethics and stats finals. That sounds like a lot still, but I'm so relieved I passed the qualifier! Woo hoo!

Friday, May 14, 2010

All done

Well, I'm finihshed with the qualifier. Actually I was done earlier but just have been chilling out and napping. It took me the three and a half hours, but I think I passed. If not, I've got to be close. So good. I'm tired. I was studying until 5:12 and got up at 7:00! Ugh. So, I still have some more studying to do and a bit more work for my other classes for next week, but I'm just so done for today, none of it is happening. Unless maybe late tonight. Sleepy time, and I just woke back up. Just wanted to update.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! My qualifying exam is tomorrow! I've got to pass it to graduate. Mind you, I get two tries but I'd really rather get it the first time. So aaaaaah! I'm starting to panic because its going to be really long with theory, research methods and stats. And I'm doing a stats assignment and am all confused. Uh-oh. Not good. I need to not be confused. I need to know this stuff.
I don't think I'll be sleeping much tonight, that's for sure. Breathe, breathe. Don't panic. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! No, don't do that. Don't panic. Just breathe. Study. Try to sleep. Wake up. Drink coffee. Take test. Concentrate. Don't rush. Concentrate. Don't fall asleep during test. Think. Remember stuff. Finish. Breathe a sigh of relief, eat, drink, pass out for a nap and hopefully go out with a friend. Monday, get results and pray I passed. It'd be a nasty birthday present if I find out I didn't. Cross your fingers for me!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pasta's getting a little brother!

So, I checked with my manager, and I can only have one kitty. Bummer. However, I can keep Pasta, whether she is working or not. So that's definitely good news! So, decision time. Well, it ended up being a very easy decision who I wanted. Tofu just won my heart.
I don't have him yet since I'm not all moved yet and so haven't had my home visit, but it looks very promising. And yes, its the kitty with the vision problem. I went with the foster mommy to the eye doctor Wednesday and asked about the long-term care needed for his eye and if I'd be able to do it properly. My main concern was that I wouldn't be able to do his eye drops and ointment he'd been getting.
Well, it turns out, the vet thought the eye drops and ointment weren't necessary on a regular basis afterall. Since he had the herpes virus, the eye gunk he'd get from time to time was it reemerging, and the ointment and drops were more for if he got a bacterial infection as a result. They wouldn't help the virus, and all that would is giving him an L-lysine capsil with his food, which is being done. I can do that easy! I asked how I'd clean the eye if he got a break-out, and he said just to flush it out with eye wash. Heck, I can do that! The vet said he saw no problems in me adopting him and thought he'd be very low maintenance. And, it turns out, while they had thought he has some vision remaining in his left eye, they now believe he doesn't. When a light was shown in his eye, his pupil did not constrict. So, they said it may be best for him to remove the eye so he doesn't have to worry about outbreaks returning. He'd be lots more comfortable without the irritation of it, and he can see perfectly fine out of his right eye. And since he can't see out of his left anyway, he wouldn't be missing anything.
So, right now, the foster is talking with another vet she's worked with before with another non proffit to see if he can do the surgery cheaper than this vet quoted. If so, she wants to do it at the end of the month. If it happens, I wouldn't even need to flush out the eye, since it wouldn't be there. I guess they'd just take it out and suture the eyelid closed and that it'd heal very nicely, as I am told.
So yay! After the vet left the room, the foster mommy gave me a big hug and said "Yay, I'm so happy." When Pasta hears yay, she gets happy, too, so she stood up and wagged her tail. The foster mommy said "Pasta, you're going to get a little brother!" So woo hoo! I know I haven't had a home visit yet, but I'm feeling good about this, especially since she said that about Pasta getting a brother and since she didn't want me to put any money down for his adoption now. She seemed very touched when I told her I already bought a pet carrier and a cat tree.
So yes, it looks like Pasta's going to get a little brother. Yes! I love this kitty. Oh, by the way, his name is Tofu. So how funny; both my animals will be named after food! He is a boy, obviously, and is about nine months old. I'll have to see if she knows his birthdate, but I know its in July. It looks like he'll be a big kitty, so this carrier I have won't fit him long since I bought a small. He has some Siamese in him because he has the kink in his tail, blue eyes, and is quite a talker when he wants food. He doesn't seem to be a lap cat, but he loves attention, to be close by, and to play. His fur is creamy colored with grey around his eyes and ears and tail, and it is long, fluffy, and very soft. Can you tell I love him yet?
I'm just so excited, I had to share. I'll let you all know once I get all settled in and have my home visit, when/if he gets his surgery, and of course, once I get him home!