Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As we approach the beginning of all the festivity and fun of Christmas Day and New Year's Day. we pause from the all the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holidays to thank all our furiends from all over the world for the beautiful holiday cards and sentiments and love we have received.  As you can see from the photo below, we received many beautiful cards.  We also were blessed with more than 25 e-cards from more of our furry pals.  

We are so grateful to have so many fantastic friends.  We send you wishes for very happy and peaceful holiday celebrations with family and friends.  We  did e-cards this year, thanks to the beautiful work of that very creative lady and friend Ann of Zoolatry.  We tried to send one to everyone for whom we could find an email address.  If you did not receive one from us, please know that we send you the same warm greetings and do feel free to accept the card below from us with love.

Blessings to all during this beautiful season of love.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, Lightning and Mom Kathie

Please forgive us if we don't get around to all of your posts for a bit.  Life is going to get crazy around here again tomorrow.  Mom says we may be MIA for a while.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tasty Chewy Tuesday

We keep seeing all these boxes arriving at our door with lots and lots of presents for Christmas.  But we finally saw one that is for US!!!  It is time for our December taste test for

Like several of our blogging pals, we selected the Merrick Texas Toothpicks since Mom thought they would be a nice supplement to the teeth brushing to keep our teeth sparkling white.

Mom was very happy to see that these goodies are MADE IN THE USA and have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  

They are all natural and delicious beef tail treats.  They are high in protein and low in fat - those are all very good things.  The description says they have a puffy texture but Mom was a bit surprised at how hard they actually are.

Most of the toothpicks in our bag are long like the two on the left but a few are smaller.  Mom tried to break the big ones in half, but she was unsuccessful - YAY!!!  Bigger is better.

OK, we are ready to taste test them NOW, Mom.  Mom decided they were way too hard for Phantom so he was offered some pumpkin treats instead.  He was quite happy. 

Hmmm, this is a bit different.

Ciara must have jaws of steel because she broke hers into bits very easily.

Yep, it's all gone already.  But it was really very good.

Still deciding the best approach.

Let's try the straight on two pawed approach.

Maybe add a little head tilt.

And a tilt to the other side.

And a short video to show you how much we really enjoyed these Texas toothpicks.


Thank you so much, Chewy - we give these Texas Toothpicks 8 paws up and would definitely order them in the future.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Monday, December 15, 2014

What good is it?

Hello, my friends.  It's Phantom here today.

Every Monday our morning paper carries whole page advertisements for these things:

Small, convenient, hardly visible at all.  I think they are called hearing aids.

They say they only require an occasional battery change.

Mom says they actually cost lots of dollars and don't always work very well.

Have you noticed that I seem to have one of those odd contraptions in my left ear?  

It started growing there about two months ago.  Like those hearing aids above, it used to be almost invisible.  For some strange reason it keeps getting bigger and bigger.

I think I have to agree with Mom that it really doesn't work very well for me either.  I can't hear much of anything these days.  I am not sure it really is a hearing aid.

Hmmmm, maybe I need to take it out and get some new batteries???

What's that, Mom?  I can't hear you.  It can't come out?  Well, what good is it?

Oh well, Mom says no worries, that I seem to be able to understand lots of hand signals.  

My favorite is the one that has the cookie in it:)

Woos - Phantom

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday SelfEyes

Sunday Selfies has just become Sunday SelfEyes for The OP Pack.  Can you recognize them?

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning (with guest appearances from Angel Dakota and Angel Thunder)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Mea Culpa Belated Celebration Friday

What happens when the holidays roll around, Mom gets a bad cold, and age creeps up on her????  She forgets a very important day!!!!!!  She missed letting us celebrate Ciara's Fifth Birthday with everyone this past Wednesday.  For some reason, Mom has always thought of Ciara's birth day being 12/12/09 when in fact it is 12/10/09.  We are pretty she goofed a couple of years ago too.  But all is good, it is never too late to celebrate!!!  So join us in wishing our sweet girl a very big happy birthday.

And many thanks to Ann of Zoolatry for the pretty graphic.

We are also happy to report that she is doing so much better the past few weeks. After a one month change in her thyroid medication dose, her levels have come down to an acceptable level (although Mom is hoping they come down a bit more) AND most importantly, no new seizures after starting her anti-seizure meds again.  By circumstance, both medicine changes happened on the same day.  The day that she had her thyroid blood draw as part of her routine care was also the day her cluster seizure episode began. We can't tell for sure if the new and improved Ciara is due to the thyroid med change or the addition of the anti-seizure meds. Mom thinks the thyroid issue has a lot to do with the seizures.  No worries, she is doing well and that is all that matters.  It is so wonderful to see her so much more relaxed, no more of that terrible anxiety.  As you can see, we have lots of reasons to celebrate her special day.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning and the forgetful Momster