Friday, October 31, 2014


First up - let's see why we don't do costumes:)

Wizard Phantom who wishes he really had the powers of a wizard.

ME - Lightning???????  A devil?????  Surely you jest!!!

The Good Witch Ciara who has no smile for us with this headgear on!!!

Don't you think I make a better Viking than a devil?

The only one who could really deal with getting dressed up was Angel Thunder.  Here is a bit of a Flashback Halloween Friday Foto:


Things work so much easier for us when Mom gets to play with picmonkey:)

Happy Howl-oween to all from

Boos and Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Long overdue on posting about this, but we needed to wait for the right opportunity for this photoshoot.  We won a great book from Sugar and her Mom when Sugar was celebrating her birthday.

"Sugar's Furry Friend" is all about Sugar's adventures with her little pal, a chipmunk named Fred.

As you can see, I too have a little pal.  "C" isn't very furry, but she IS very sweet - in face, her nickname is Sweet Pea.  I love her so much.  She came to visit yesterday after she had to have two of her baby teeth pulled.  Mom was watching her until all the bleeding stopped so she could then go to school.  Whenever she comes over, I am always right there with her.  She is definitely my favorite of the grandbipeds.

I didn't want her to keep bleeding but I also didn't want her to go to school.  She told me she would have storytime with me and read Sugar's book to me.


It was so much fun to read about how Sugar and Fred first met and then go on to have so much fun together.

And then it was time for "C" to go to school.  I was so wishing she could stay longer.

Mom tried to convince me that a nice nap is a good thing to do after storytime.

But then I heard Mom say that "C" and her twin brother and big sister were coming back after school for a few hours.  I finished THAT nap quickly so I could start the watch-and-wait game.  I thought the clock would never move.

Today is Thankful Thursday and I have so much to be thankful for:

Thanks Sugar for the great book.

Thanks, "C", for being my friend.

Thanks to the anti-seizure gods for warding those nasties off (although Mom thinks I have had several itsy bitsy ones).

Thanks to everyone for all the good ideas and thoughts for my bro Phantom.

And thanks to all who still visit us regularly even when we aren't so good about keeping the blog up to date.

Woos - Ciara

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday with Two Woos

We got Mom up extra early today and can't wait to get outside!!!  Too nice a day to waste sleeping.

Here he is (finally) - meet Cassius, our puppy neighbor!

We think he is about three or four months old now.

Now, can we please go out and look for Cassius?  Maybe we can get him to come to the fence to do some snooter sniffing:)

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Pee Ess, thanks for the suggestions for boots for Phantom.  We may start with baby socks and see how he does.  Mom is a little worried about irritating the bump or getting it infected after some of the comments you left (much appreciated too).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday's Earworm

"Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees, and toes!"

Wait - that's not right - let's try it this way:

"Head, ears, tail, and toes, tail and toes!"

The woeful tale of my tail has now expanded to the top of my head, inside my ear, and on one of my toes.  Ugly, nasty, very bad, fast-growing lumps galore.

"Head, ears, tail, and toes, tail and toes!"

Mom, please don't gross everyone out with photos of the ugly buggers.  They don't need to see the evidence.

"Head, ears, tail, and toes, tail and toes!"

Then to make matters even worse, I have a bad ear infection deep inside each of my ears.

"Head, ears, tail, and toes, tail and toes!"

So I am getting some goopy stuff squirted in my ears once a day.  That isn't so bad.  Mom says it is a lot better than having to clean my ears and wipe them out with cotton balls.

"Head, ears, tail, and toes, tail and toes!"

Here is the new stuff I am getting:

Mom isn't sure how new it is because she can't remember when any of us last had an ear infection.  It is so easy to use.  Just place the applicator tip in the ear canal and one pump of the pumper - voila, DONE!!!  I don't mind it at all.  And we only have to do it for five days.

"Head, ears, tail, and toes, tail and toes!" 

Now about the other lumps.  One is on the top of my head, one is just inside my outer ear, and the really bad one is just above the nail bed on one of my back paws.  They all have the same appearance as the bad boy ones on my tail.  The one on my toe is fire engine red and the one of the biggest concern because of its location.  The vet is not anxious to aspirate any of them, but especially that one as he is very concerned about some bad bleeding.  As Mom says, when you are three weeks away from your 16th birthday and have all these bad probabilities, there isn't a lot of point in getting a diagnosis that you already know won't be good news.  The vet says surgery really is not a viable solution for me.  Fine with me, I can live with those bumps.  That one on my paw is annoying though - I want to bite it and lick it.  So Mom is using that Bitter Orange cream on both my tail and my toe.

This is the face I make when I lick that orange stuff - ick!!!

But as long as the jerky and treats keep coming, I am good to go.

And of course, I am always willing to share with Ciara and Lightning.

Question from Mom:  I know many of you have used booties on your pups for various reasons.  The vet has suggested putting them on at least Phantom's back paws so he isn't scraping that toe on the ground - he tends to drag his foot under as he walks.  Do you have any suggestions as to which ones are the best for both indoor and outdoor use?  I don't mean outdoor in the sense of snow, but more just as a protection in generally decent weather.  I have no idea if he will even leave them on, probably not, but I am willing to try.   Any suggestions would be so appreciated, either via a comment here or via email: theoppack AT gmail DOT com.  Thank you.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Special Visitors on Sunday

A little bit of a Black and White Sunday!

The full color version.

A closeup!

Whoa - what ARE those things????
There are voices calling down to me???

I'm outta here - those things are skeery!

Woos - Lightning