• annie,  life with dogs

    woulda coulda shoulda

    Today would have been Annie’s 13th birthday. I realize I never did a post last Monday for Jinx’s 6th birthday, but life got a little overwhelming and I forgot. Less time blogging and more time spending with Shawn and Jinx in real life. I guess that’s the best thing to do. I miss Annie so much. So, so, so very much. It hurts like hell and I can’t stop thinking it shouldn’t hurt this much for a dog. I have lost my  favourite Aunt/Godmother, Grandfather, Grandmother all in a row. I lost my best friend and her mother when I was only 18. I have suffered loss, terrible loss. And yet I can’t seem to shake my sadness over losing my Annabelle. We woke up to this huge snowstorm this morning. A snowstorm that was cancelled yesterday by Environment Canada (way to go there). I have been sick most of the weekend and I was feeling down and like crap and then we heard the weather and looked outside and I just knew I had to call in sick. I was so overwhelmed by everything and shivering and no voice, I stayed home. Shawn said, “Well, crap!” (only he might have said something stronger than crap) “Of course there’s a snowstorm! It’s Annie’s birthday!” And it made sense. Annie loved the snow. So much so that she would turn into a puppy in her enthusiasm for romping through the drifts and eating it all up. This is a dog who…

  • annie,  life with dogs

    the extraordinary annabelly

    I thought she’d live forever. I mean, I knew that wasn’t going to happen, but Annie was oddly Benjamin Buttonish as she got older she became younger. She was more playful, active and puppyish with each passing year. It seemed like she’d never get old. The only indication we had that she was “old” was right after her 12th birthday last year, she started to slow down a little. Yet she still took off like a banshee and romped through the dog park that we started going to in the spring. She hobnobbed with the Bernese Mountain Dogs and the Rottweilers. They were her kind of people. She would just hang with them as they slowly trundled through the park. Towards the end of the summer she stopped wanting to eat her dry food. We figured her teeth were bothering her so we started mixing wet with the dry after a while and she’d gobble it up. She’d try to eat anything other than her dry food so we weren’t concerned. When the snow came she perked up like she always did. Winter was her season. It was tasty and cold and tasty and cold. After Christmas however she started going on hunger strikes again. There were a couple of weeks in January where I was certain this was the beginning of the end. There were some other complications aside from the picky-ness in food. I was worried. Then it all went away and she ate everything in sight for almost two…

  • annie,  life with dogs

    things happened this week

    And I didn’t blog about any of it! What’s up with that? I did write a bazillion reviews on my book blog, but other than that? I didn’t blog at all. That was not my plan! I had a very nice, busy week off from work. There were some downsides (like Annie not doing well at all) but mostly I was content all week. I shall sum up my week in photos (apologies to J for the photo heavy post. =P) Tuesday we went out and about and I found boots! The wonderful leather ones that my mother-in-law got me in 2008 have started to give up on life. The souls are worn down and have no grips. I’m even slipping indoors. They are also starting to leak, so I thought I would just get a pair on sale for the end of this winter. Imagine my surprise when I couldn’t find anything in my size! Argh. Walmart won with a $15 pair of boots that fit and don’t leak. I feel quite sure-footed now! I am ready to tackle the steep hill that I have to climb to get to the gym twice a week for my Body Design class. We were out all day looking for boots. I almost gave up but we stopped at Walmart after dinner and I was in luck. With my new boots ready for action we went to the Ecomuseum on the West Island on Wednesday. We chose Wednesday since Thursday and Friday…

  • annie,  life with dogs

    i’ll just have the garnish, thank you

    Annie hasn’t been eating lately. This is a BIG DEAL because normally we have to keep Annie away from Jinx’s food as she’ll wander on over to him after she vacuums her own food down and try to eat from his bowl. But lately she’s not been eating any food. Any dog food that is. Due to Annie’s tendency to not chew but just suction up her food, pilling her is ridiculously easy. We put the pill in her food and it’s gone in a nano-second with the rest of her kibble. It’s been harder this last month as she’s been sniffing her food, looking at us with disgust and then waddling to the other side of the room and plopping down tragically. We’ve been trying to decide if she’s just playing the “I want something else” game, or if something is wrong. The vet checked her out yesterday at our annual appointment and she doesn’t have a fever or anything blocking her little doggy bum. It could just be her age. In fact the day she turned 12 (March 7) she seems to have just gotten OLD. That’s about the time she stopped eating her food as often. She’ll eat anything else if offered and she’s not throwing up or anything. So maybe she’s just gone back to her original ways of not being all that food-oriented now that she’s a crotchety old lady. Jinx has never been one to care much about his food bowl. He’s one of…

  • annie,  finnish lapphund

    birthday belly turns 12!

    My self-imposed promise that I would stay away from the computer this weekend to help my eyes heal is being broken just for this important event. Annie turns 12 today! Trying to snap a photo of her this morning in the lovely spring-ish sun proved to be difficult due to the fact that Jinx felt he had to be the center of every photo. Each time I snapped a photo he’d push his head in and push Annie away as the shutter clicked. Great. Thanks, Jinx. I managed to get a couple of non-blurry shots of Annie with only a hint of Jinx (just don’t look at the right side of the photo) but I seem to have lost her ears in them. Oops. It feels like only yesterday that Annie came into our lives, when in fact it was in November 2002, a week after I had my ruptured appendix taken out and had a 6-inch incision in my abdomen which was still glued together. We had our first storm of the winter that month when Linda drove up from Memphis in her huge truck that didn’t have snow tires. Annie seemed like the most beautiful dog I had ever seen. She was almost all black with only the little raccoon eyes that she still  has now and she was very pregnant. It wasn’t until the puppies were weaned that she came back to live with me full time at the end of January 2003. Now? I can hardly…

  • annie,  life with dogs,  the anomaly that is me

    not even a hint of a superpower!

    Well, my bone scan went off without a hitch. And in fact, since it was an hour earlier than I was told originally, I was all done by 10:55 in the morning! This of course put a damper on the lunch plans that I had tentatively made with a friend who works at the hospital. I was tired, Annie wasn’t doing well (yes, again! I’ll get to that) and I just wanted to get home. Since she didn’t have a lunch break until at least noon, I stopped by to say hi and then went on my merry way. I did not glow, nor did I obtain any cool mutant super powers from the radioactive dye injection. I was sadly disappointed by that. Meanwhile, when I managed to stumble down the stairs before 7AM yesterday  morning I was informed by Shawn that there was something wrong with Annie – AGAIN! She wouldn’t eat her food and had thrown up a little. Sigh. So I was anxious to get home from the hospital to make sure she was ok. The trip home was like some reality show challenge. I phoned my Mum after the test to let her know I was walking down the hill toward the metro station. She offered to pick me up when I got to the South Shore to save me a ticket. We decided I would go to the Longueuil metro station and she’d pick me up there. Except when I got off the Green line…

  • annie

    keeping the week in balance

    First off, I forgot to mention in my Week of Suck post about how it all started on Sunday night with the discovery that water had backed up into our broken dishwasher. Water that had the lovely aroma of rotten eggs. Water that we had to remove with 3 SHAMWOW!s, almost an entire roll of paper towels and a turkey baster. Yes, you read that right. A turkey baster… the water was under the bottom ring thing and there was a LOT of it, but it was too awkward to get at any other way. And, yes, the dishwasher that broke back in November is still there, in the counter. And my actual dishwasher is sitting in the kitchen being used as a table top. I don’t want to talk about it. And now, back to today. The good news is that Annie’s paw was a billion times better this morning after only one application of cream and an extra dose of her cortisone pills. She was semi-walking on it and she’s not holding it up close to her body. When I put the cream on this morning the skin was just lightly pink and not the blood red of last night. Huzzah! Shawn went to work and I sat around watching Annie to make sure she didn’t have a bad reaction to her antibiotics, which she got this morning with two more cortisone pills and more cream. Shawn phoned at 1:00 when he was leaving work and said he’d…

  • annie,  life with dogs

    oh, annie

    Do you have any idea how heartbreaking it is to watch a dog who is the complete opposite of sure-footed on FOUR feet try to hop around on THREE feet? Well, let me tell you it is so completely heartbreaking that I want to hid up in my room until this all blows over. But I can’t do that because the second I am away from Annie I have this full-blown anxiety of how she might need me and she’s all alone attempting to hop around! Last night Annie’s left paw/leg wasn’t any better so we tossed around the idea of whether or not to take her to the vet in the morning, or just phone the vet in the morning and make an appointment for Friday afternoon when Shawn got off work. When we got home last night we took her outside and put her on the patio table so I could examine her paw and leg. I couldn’t find anything wrong, she doesn’t pull away when you poke, pull, prod and so it was impossible for us to figure out exactly what part hurt so much that she  was holding her entire leg close to her body. Shawn carried her out back before he came to bed and then carried her back into the house, so she didn’t have to climb down the three steps on our deck. This morning she was limping but in good spirits. The only problem is that she gets so excited when we…

  • annie,  life with dogs

    Westside Lappie

    “Why aren’t there any musicals for dogs on Broadway, Mummy? Those silly Cats had one, so do those street gang humans. What about us gorgeous Finnish Lapphunds? I grow tired of this award show.” “Also, why aren’t we eating popcorn? And why are Neil Patrick Harris’ pants so shiny?” * photo snapped with Shawn’s iPhone, hence the grainy and dark quality.

  • annie,  life with dogs

    annie turns 11 and other things

    We went back to Petcetera today for Annie’s birthday. It wasn’t actually planned, only Shawn let me know that we were out of dog food so we had to go anyhow. Off we went with the dogs in the back of the car for another Saturday of fun in the pet supply store! So we were all, “Hey, Annie! Wanna go pick out your own birthday treat?” And Annie was all, YUM! GRAVY! So, we took that as a yes and piled into the car (which was a good thing since she was already on leash and that meant we weren’t just teasing her). So, like, can I drive? Why aren’t we moving yet? Last week’s trip, which I never wrote about, was huge excitement for Annie! She was more excited and interested in things than Jinx was – almost. She was jumping up and trying to get a squeaking tennis ball that another shopper was showing her. She tried to climb up and into the display of cat scratch-posts (she was VERY interested in those!) she loved the bunny in the cage (so did Jinx – and the chinchillas (chinchilli?) only they didn’t like Annie and Jinx very much and were trying to bite them through the bars. heh) We were going to let the dogs check out the bunnies again but there were people in the way and so we wandered through the other aisles. We also needed dog shampoo since it’s so mild this weekend the dogs…

  • annie

    learning from my dad

    My Dad posted this photo effect on his blog and I thought it was cool. Strange how I see it differently than Shawn does though. I think things look nifty and 3D and Shawn just gets dizzy. Anyhow I tried it out on my Annie photos. Though I think it works best for nature type shots like this one my Dad took. So for my father – I have Orton-ized Annie! And, though I do agree things are a little blurry, I still think it’s a neat effect! Also, as far as my Photo a Day goes – my camera batteries died and I hadn’t had a chance to get out and buy more. So, until I get new ones I have no camera. Drat.

  • annie,  finnish lapphund

    portrait of a finnish lapphund

    Yes, more photos. But I am having fun with my camera and I can FINALLY take a decent photo of Annie with this one! And these are without flash! I am even more impressed with my little Canon PowerShot A590 IS now! My almost all-black Lappie has whitened up considerably over the last year. She’ll be 11 in about 3 weeks. Time, it flies.

  • annie,  life with dogs

    maybe i should have gotten the prime rib?

    I’m getting the impression Annie’s not a huge fan of my new camera. This is one of the dopiest (dopeyest?) photos I think I have taken of her. And it was an accident. I was trying out the new camera, trying to focus and she started to jump up on my lap. Hee! This isn’t my photo of the day, but I couldn’t resist sharing it with the world. My dopey little Annabelly. PS – I don’t think Airmiles offers Prime Rib as a reward… that I know of!

  • annie,  life with dogs

    free dogs to a good inedible home

    So we got home from work this evening only to find that our dogs had eaten one CD-ROM (Paint Shop Pro 8) and my 1GB USB key (in purple). All that was left were teeny little bits of chewed plastic. Sigh. Last week one or both of them ate a part of our floor (which was coming up after being flooded by the storm that knocked our power out for almost 4 days. The week before was the kleenex. I am so not amused. I only have one dog crate, so I don’t know what to do. I don’t know which one to crate when we leave. I don’t know which one is the instigator in all of this. It’s seriously pissing me off though.

  • annie,  life with dogs

    fun with annie!

    Oh, yes. She’s totally calling the Humaine Society on us. I don’t care it was amusing. In other news, I sort of updated Annie’s page and added a Picasa Web album slide show thing, rather than just a long page of photos. I’ll add to it as I get more. Thought it would tidy up the page slightly. I’ll work on Jinx’s page next time.