Monday, June 22, 2009

Relaxing With The Stud.

We've had a great day of treats and relaxing at home. Although the girls think Bend smells funny and they keep fighting. More on him once we hear from the specialist!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Oh Bend .....

(I just noticed that this photo - taken before I took him to the vet - was Bend napping while I watched Blade III)

For those of you that don't know, Bend has been having accidents for a while. This has been painful in oh so many ways. Trying to figure out what is wrong with him. Vet appointments. You might remember the ultrasound just a few weeks back. Well this past week I was talking with the vet and she decided that the best course would be to flush his bladder. Which is putting a hose up there and washing the whole thing out. I was to leave him there for the weekend.

I dropped him on Friday morning and have been missing him terribly. Saturday morning I called to check on him. Just to see how his first night away from home went. Turns out they found that he has bladder cancer. Looks like all the crap they saw in the ultrasound is actually cancer. I'm getting a second opinion (they are sending off all of the results to Colorado). But, it doesn't look good. According to the vet, if this is what he has, then we should put him down. I've been crying all weekend and can't really think about it. I get to pick the big guy up Monday morning - hopefully he is feeling more comfortable by then.

Methow has been spending most of the weekend napping (like normal) - but every once and a while she notices that I'm upset and she tries to make me feel better. What a nice girl!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Birthday Wishes.

Well today is my birthday. I was hoping for a relaxing day with rain. Hoping for lighting and thunder as well. Just a little bit ago the storms started up. Oh it is wonderful. Mike mowed the lawn and the smell of wet grass and rain is intoxicating.

On a side note Moab's bottom has been really irritated by the latest food - so another bath was in order. Mike got a lovely photo of her right after we took her out of the sink and I spent the next ten minutes trying to dry her off. Funny little girl.

Strange Habitat.

After doing the back yard bird count I got an email for strange locations of bird houses. I took a photo of the bird house out front (which houses normally more than one bird family).

The ice plant is blooming and always looks incredible. Strange how something that appears to need a ton of water, but really doesn't, blooms all summer long here!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Garden Work.

Today we spent the morning working on the garden. Here are some before and after photos. It is hard to tell but now there is a little gravel walk way and the sides of the garden are held up with wood. It was a fun way to spend the morning and VERY rewarding!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Feeling Right.

I believe that Bend is starting to feel better. He is on a regiment of vitamin C, antibiotics and hyper tension medication (talk about a lot to get down one kitties mouth in the morning). But, he seems to be feeling a bit better and is very busy paroling the house for intruders.

I went to the Farmer's Market today and got delicious pecan pastries, cherries, sugar peas and bratwurst. Our local Farmer's Market is a fun place to go in the morning before work (plus it makes the week feel like it moves much faster).

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Update On Bend.

Bend went down to Santa Fe for his ultrasound today. No cancers or stones. But, his bladder is filled with stuff (that shouldn't be there). We aren't sure exactly what that means. The vet hasn't called us yet. But, there are crystals and all kinds of other gunk in his bladder. The long and short of it is that he will need to be on medication probably - but hopefully he will feel much better.

Being around as a cat has an ultrasound is a very strange and bizarre experience.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Butt Hair

When can you ever put that as the subject to a blog post? Well - when your kitty needs to have it shaved. Here are some action shots of poor Moab having her buns shaved.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Rocks, Sun and Catnip

Court, Dirty D and I went out climbing today. It was really nice, the wind blowing and the rock wasn't too hot.

The kitties of course could care less about rocks ... catnip seems to be the taste of summer for them!

First Harvest

Around 15 radishes were in the first batch to be pulled from the garden. Is this a sign of a healthy year for veggies? I may have had more last year this time - I think the cool start to summer is causing stuff to get a later start.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Ouch Kitty - Ouch

Well we decided to take Bend back to the vet today. He is still having issues and we found out that he has crystals a bladder infection still and possibly a kidney stone. He has to go in for a ultrasound to figure out exactly what is wrong with him. When we got home we decided to bath Methow and Moab (mostly they needed a bath ... but also it makes Bend feel really good to watch them wet in the sink).

At the vet Bend was really sad and spent most of the time inside my bag. He cried a lot, got poked a lot, and had an x-ray. Poor guy is having a bad weekend already.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Cleaning Weekend.

During a busy weekend of yard work and BBQing I flipped out and did a bit of indoor cleaning (with Courtney's help of course). The room in question was the den. Dusting from the wood burning stove, cleaning up the plants (whipping them down so they can breath better), watering, cleaning the tile, vacuuming and washing the curtains. It was a huge pain in the butt. But, well worth it. I'm now very very happy with how clean it is.