Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thankful Thursday


We are just so happy and grateful that we have so many wonderful friends.

We don't have enough words of thanks for these two special pals, Princess Leah (from Princess Leah's Blog) and Maggie Mae (from The Three Little Pugs).  You know they are BFFs and can really concoct some great plans.  Look what they have been up to now.







Princess Leah and Maggie Mae met up in their secret lab to work on a special potion for warding off those nasty seizures that plague Ciara.  How special is THAT!!!  They filled their various vials with some magical water and then added some special ingredients to each.  Cotton the kitty donated a fur ball that would for sure do a number of that "S" monster.  They put in some ground up milky bones and a generous slug of puppicino.  Sweet Princess Leah shared the one olive from her olive tree and even found some of Ciaras favorite chicken jerky treats.  The Three Little Pugs- Stella Rose, Gussie, and Maggie Mae - went to work to put in some ground up squirrel fresh from a big hunt in their yard.  And Leah said that they couldn't forget some buttie pillar wings.  And finally, just to be sure this potion would be so powerful it couldn't fail, they each topped it off with many drops of precious love.  What a magnificent magical creation!!!



Thank you, my dear friends.  I will be sure to put this excellent elixir to use as we get closer and closer to the noisy weekend.

Woos - Ciara

Pee Ess: Thanks to Princess Leah's sweet Mum for helping Leah with the special graphic.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wordless (NOT) Wednesday





Hey Ciara, can I borrow your pocket knife to cut my s'mores so we can share?


Two new toys from our latest BarkBox - a giant s'mores and a pocket knife - now all we need is to go camping.



Thanks to Steve, Kat, and Gus for our Camp-themed BarkBox - we got some yummy treats too.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning


Monday, June 27, 2016

Napping for Bailey and a Bit of Mischief on Monday




 Today we are joining our pals around the blogs in honoring Bailey from Sheltie Times.  We didn't know Bailey, but we thought it would be nice to join in.  He sure seems like a great pup.



A little bit of reverse synchronized naptime:)

Meanwhile, Mondays aren't just for napping, although it is a great way to start the day.  There should always be time for a little mischief too:)


So yes, we do share our toys, but who do you think is the mischievous one?

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Ciara Update:  Things have been quiet since the last seizure on Saturday - thankfully.  Mom found out this morning that the neurologist is on vacation this week - bummer - so we will hang in there and rely on our regular vet if things start up again.  It is going to be quite the challenge through the long holiday weekend.  Thanks for all the POTP.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Supportive Sleepy Sibe Sibling Saturday


Yep, that's a lot of S alliteration.  But there is a reason.


Mom says she jinxed Ciara with our upbeat Thursday post.  The evil "S" has reappeared for the past two days.  We are disappointed and discouraged, but we are trying to remain optimistic the phenobarbital will still work for her.


I, Lightning, am doing my best to comfort her and keep watch, but it is so hard for all of us.

Here's hoping for a quiet day.  We plan to talk to her neurologist on Monday.

Any good thoughts and POTP are most welcome.  We are sorry to keep posting about bad stuff.  Trust us, we would much rather be sharing lots of good happenings.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning (and Mom)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Torrid Thursday


Actually it is a bit cooler here today than it has been for days and days.  It's only 93 degrees (F) instead of 98-100 that it has been.  Here is how I am spending my time in this heat.


Just chillin'

Mom says she is so happy to see me relaxed enough to just let it all hang out:)  Today is day #15 of my transition to my new seizure medication.  All in all, it wasn't too bad.  Yeah, I had lots of very deep sleepytime, some disorientation, some stumbling, lots of hunger and thirst, but I survived (and Mom did too:).  I still am experiencing one concerning side effect.  Mom says I am dragging my back legs.  She can hear my nails scraping on the floors.  She took me to the nice vet place last week to have my nails trimmed as she thought maybe they were too long. But even with them trimmed, I am still dragging my feet.  Dr. C., my very nice neurologist, says he is pretty sure this will go away with a little more time.  It is not a side effect that he commonly sees, but it is possible it is related to the phenobarbital.  I am still weaning off my Keppra and zonisamide.  I have gone from six Keppra a day and four zonisamide a day to just one of each daily.  One more week and I can stop taking those completely.  Just in time for the Fourth of July.

The Fourth of July is not a good time for me. Those noisy fireworks really get me all worked up and anxious.  Dr. C. doesn't want me to get so anxious that I have a seizure so I will be taking some valium in addition to my pheno starting next Thursday and continuing for about a week until the bang bangs have gone away.  Hopefully this plan will work.

Meanwhile, I am getting my energy back and have been trying to get Lightning to play with me.  Mom caught us doing zoomies around the family room last night.  She really confused me because we usually are told to take that craziness outside, but this time she was actually happy.  I think I might try that again tonight.

Thanks again to all who have supported me through this transition and especially those who have contacted Mom by email.  It is so very much appreciated.  Here's hoping the pheno keeps me seizure-free for a long time.

Woos - Ciara

Saturday, June 18, 2016

International Box Day Flashback




We do love things that come in boxes, but we would rather not be IN the boxes ourselves.



So for today I, Ciara, thought you might enjoy a bit of a throwback when the lovely ZH lady from Zoolatry made me
Queen for a Box Day:)

Woos - Ciara

Pee Ess: If you missed yesterday's post from Lightning about his food challenge, just click HERE to see what came in the special BOX he got from Chewy.com.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Fantastic Food



Lightning here today, with my second report on the 30 day taste challenge I am doing for Chewy.com.




Remember these bags - I am giving the Stella & Chewy's Chicken Dinner Patties the taste test.  Just to refresh your memory, these patties are  a Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner from Stella & Chewy made with raw, farm-raised cage-free chicken. The all-natural meal contains no added hormones or antibiotics, just easily digested ingredients. They contain lots of good stuff like chicken Ground with Bone, Chicken Liver, Chicken Gizzard, Pumpkin Seed, Organic Spinach, Organic Broccoli, Organic Beets,  Organic Carrots, Organic Squash, Organic Apples, and Organic Blueberries.  The patties have lots of other big word things in them, but I listed the ones that really appealed to me.

I am testing this product as a topper for my kibble and veggies.  It can also serve as a full and complete meal for dogs, but Mom says for a dog of my weight, it would be too costly.  For dogs over 40 lbs., using it as a topper is recommended.  A 40 lb. dog should get about 10 patties a day if it is not used as a topper.


So here is what Mom has to do to prepare my dinner:



I get three patties added to my kibble, which Mom has reduced in amount so I don't gain weight.  You have to add a little bit of water if you want to soften the patties or you can just crumble them. Mom likes to soften mine so it is more like canned food.  But this softening works best with HOT water, and it does take a few minutes for it to work.  As the patties start to soften, you can really get the yummy aroma of chicken and liver.


Then use a fork to mash up the patties.



Add the mashed mixture to my bowl of kibble, green beans, and pumpkin.



Stir it all up together.






Then I have to sit and "wait" until Mom gives me the "OK" release to eat.  I am trying hard to keep my eye on Mom's lips AND keep my eyes on that bowl of deliciousness.




  Here it comes:    "OK"!!!!



Mom was lucky enough to get a shot of me eating before I gobbled it all up.


And if you want to see me in action, here is a video where you can see the difference between me eating and Ciara eating - I will leave it at that.


I guess you can tell that this food is a big hit with me.  I am so grateful to Chewy.com for giving me the opportunity to try this great food.

We have one more report to give in another week or so when we will give you our final assessment of my food challenge.


We will give a little hint that this product will be getting a good number of paws up with just a few negatives from the Momster.  I let Ciara join me in this photo because Mom has been slipping a mouthful or so into her bowl too:)  Thank you, Chewy.com.

Happy weekend.

Woos - Lightning