Sunday, January 31, 2010

More Petey and the Snow

We didn't have church service this morning because of the very bad road conditions. It was clear from the view from inside the house that was the right thing to do. Curiosity, however, go the best of John and he decided to take a walk. Petey saw John leave and had a total fit. He whined and carried on, walking back & forth across the back of the couch (which looks out into the front) the whole time John was gone. John's curiosity was easily satisfied by the time he got to the end of the driveway and he came back. That was a good idea for all three of us.

As the day has progressed, the sun has come out and the snow plow came down our street. Now the road surface is just about clear. John went out again and this time Petey didn't seem to notice. I thought I'd check out the situation too, so I put on several layers and headed to the back door. There was a white streak that passed me on the way to the back door. Petey was not about to be left alone. The three of us made it almost to the end of the driveway.

Petey was doing fine on top of the snow. It was still icy enough in most places to support his weight without breaking through. He was getting a little braver and venturing in to the yard when BAM, he stepped on a soft spot in the yard and sank all the way to his belly. WHEW!! If John and I hadn't been there to help him he probably would have been completely engulfed in the cold, white stuff and died.

We headed to the back yard, to see what conditions were like there. Petey was finished being outside and was most unhappy when we bypassed the door for the yard. It is against the rules for him to leave us, so he stayed as difficult as it was for him. He was walking in a strange way, so we had mercy on him and John picked him up. I'm sure his paws were cold. We snapped a few pictures and came back in.

The rest of the pictures are on facebook. There are a few of him standing on top of the snow. Check them out.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Petey and the Snow

We got 3 or 4 inches of snow yesterday and a nice top coat of ice over night. It is a very pretty sight to look at - sort of sparkly. Last night before the ice, Petey seemed to cope fairly well with having to go outside to do his business. Once he came in with snow all over his nose where he'd checked it out. This morning however, he is most unhappy. He is too light to break through the ice, which I think is a good thing. He'd have half of his leg covered if he broke through. His problem, I think, is the severe cold. The temps will get in to the single digits tonight even before taking wind chill in to consideration. I put his snuggi on him which was further insulting, and then John left.

John just went outside to take some pictures of the house. My picture taking was limited to what I could get from the front or back porch. Petey let John have it. John was covered head to toe, so it was hard to tell who he was, but I think Petey knew it was him. He really, really got going when John decided to walk down the street a way to check on conditions there. I think Petey was telling him to come back inside where it was warm. When John came back from his trek, we were watching out the window for him and Petey tuned up again. John got a couple of shots.

The red thing covering Petey's face is a dead rose! Be sure and click on the pictures to make them bigger. You really need to see the expression on Pete's face.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Petey's Vet Visit

Petey went to the vet on Monday for his annual exam & shots. He was surprisingly good. They didn't have to muzzle him and he didn't try to climb up on John's shoulder to get away. He was rewarded for this in only having to get a rabies shot. The vet said at his age, he doesn't need any of the other shots. He will be 13 on February 2.

He got a good report overall. He'd lost one pound which is a lot since he only weighed 12 to begin with. The vet was not concerned, so we aren't either. Nor are we surprised. She did say he had some gum infection and needed to get his teeth cleaned, which may be why he's not eating well. He's scheduled for that on the 2nd. What a lovely gift for him! In the meantime we have to give him two antibiotics everyday for the infection.

After the 2nd, we will have a teenager in the house with clean teeth. WOOT!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Plea from Petey

Petey here. I know that the humans in this house use this venue to communicate to the outside world, and I need help!! They have begun strapping this blue fleece device to me that is similar to a straight jacket. They say it is for warmth but I'm not so sure. The female has even taking to putting this vile device in the warming box in my favorite room to entice me to put it on. This is in addition to trying to keep the best blanket for herself. I wouldn't be surprised if they were responsible for the sudden dramatic drop in temperatures outdoors. They would do anything to strap me in that thing. The male moved a large portion of my blankets out of my main room saying it was to cut down on dust. See what I mean!?!

That is in addition to trying to make me eat all manner of disgusting items, but that is a plea for another time. I must make haste. I never know when one of them is nearby. Please, please send help!! I must go hide under one of the remaining blankets now.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Snuggi Update

Petey still isn't real sure if he likes his new snuggi or not. He is fine once it is on, but balks when it is time to put it on. We take it off at night. So, this morning I had the bright idea to put his snuggi in the dryer. He likes burrowing down in warm clothes from the dryer and I thought putting a warm snuggi on him would be helpful in him wanting to put it on each day. I also thought that putting it in the dryer would rid it of some of the fur that had come off on it.

I was wrong on both accounts.

The major flaw in my plan was allowing Petey to get in the bed while I was in the laundry room. He was most unhappy to be drawn out from his nice warm place int he bed to put on that infernal thing even if it was warm. I put it on him anyway.

I really don't know what it will take to get the fur off of the thing. I don't know why Petey isn't bald.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Petey rang in the new year with a new smaller doggie snuggi. He tolerates this one better, so we're going to keep it. We got the smaller one in the afternoon yesterday and he wore it the rest of the day. Just to give you a small idea of how much he sheds, here is a picture of the outside of the snuggi after we took it off for the night.

Zoom in and notice all the little white hairs. This will give you a mild idea of what just about everything in the house looks like. Notice, that I didn't take a picture of the side that was against him. That would have been to embarrassing for Petey. He can't help how much he sheds.

Even though he now has his very own personal snuggi, he still finds it necessary to lay in front of the vent. Here he is just this morning, soaking up the heat, as I type this.
Apparently that position was too tiring, and he had to relax a little bit.