Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thankful TJ Thursday

This is going to be a bit of a mish mash post, but it's all good.

Lightning said we HAVE to show that Santa is alive and well and standing - and Lightning is so happy you believed him.

This was how Phantom spent most of Monday after he got home from his annual checkup at the V.E.T.  He got all his shots and the vet said he was looking pretty good for a 14 year old guy.  His teeth are a bit on the nubby side, but clean.  His joints are all doing pretty well.  His eyes seem to be looking better since he started the daily ointment treatments (that he really does not like at all).  And yes, there are a few more lumps and bumps, and the old ones are a bit bigger, but everything is "on watch".  His senior blood panel came back yesterday.  Without going into a lot of detail, it was just OK.  Some of the numbers that were too high last time are a bit higher again, and the ones that were too low are a bit lower again.  But we don't want to dwell on the bad.  We are thankful for each day he is with us.

As some of you have commented recently, you can see that Mr. Phantom has a new best pal.  He has always chosen to be on his own.  He much prefers quiet solitude.  But for some reason over the past several months, sweet Ciara has been worming her way in.  She is often found lying pretty close to him.  In the past he would get up and find another spot if one of the others came too close.  In Easy Sunday's pic, you can see how she was just about leaning on him, or was he leaning on her?  And now above, amazing, she is almost but not quite on the bed with him.  What is going on? Is this a maternal instinct coming into play?  Or does she know he is aging?  Beats us, but Mom sure does love seeing it.

Awww, c'mon now, enough of all that mushy stuff.  Let's get to the good stuff.

Yep, the Momster surprised us with some goodies from TJ's - after trying a couple of times to get those special gingerbread treats, the third time was a charm - she even bought FOUR boxes!!!  But wait, what else is there???  We spy another package.

Whoa - chicken breast strips!!!  And they are made in the U.S.A.!!!

Yes, we are all pretty serious-faced here. But when the Momster has gingerbread treats AND chicken jerky in her hand, we all have to concentrate.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning


chicamom85 said...

Phantom I am glad your check up went well, you are looking as handsome as ever. I am glad you are letting Ciara comfort you at times. You all got yummy treats, I am gonna bug my Mommy for some of those gingerbread snacks.

Loveys Sasha

24 Paws of Love said...

Glad to hear Phantom is OK. Love that he's letting Ciara get close to him.

And thank goodness Santa is OK!!

Prancer Pie said...

We think even WE could focus for chick-hen treats! heh-heh

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! WOW 14 that great! Oh My TASTY Treats Woof! Woof! Enjoy! Maybe will see you guys again on Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

scotsmad said...

Ciara is so sweet to try to get close to Phantom. We're happy he's a relatively healthy 14 year old.

We hope the pack was got some of those awesome treats after that fantastic pack portrait!

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

T. Maxx said...

Hi hi!!
Bravo Phantom!!! Thanks for sharing the updates!! Happy that all went well at the vet!
Those treats look yummylicious!! I'm drooling already!
Mommy has a huge smile when she checked her mail today!! Awesome greeting she received from a handsome and regal group of Huskies!! ;-))
Happy holidays to you!!!


Cotton said...

I'm so glad Santa Paws is alive and well :) I'm glad Phantom is doing good

Molly The Wally said...

Great news about Phantom and maybe Clara is just sensing he is old and keeping him company. How sweet. My Pippinpumpkin is 15 and we are just taking it a day at a time and grateful for every day we have her. Have a terrific Thursday.
Best wishes Molly.

Jeanne Pursell said...

We are very glad to hear that Phantom did well at the vet!! Each day is a gift!! Glad to hear that Ciara is taking care of him...maybe her maternal instincts?? Either way, it's all good!! The treats look awesome! Wish we had a store like that here. We will have to check and see...maybe we can order online?? We knew that Lightning didn't hurt Santa and that he would be ok! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

♥Mona + Weenie + Mommy, too♥ said...

Great news for sweet Phantom. He is always in my thoughts. I have to agree with your Mom about Ciara looking out for him. Mona does it with Weenie all the time.

Love to all......ther Mommy

Mitch and Molly said...

Every doggie needs a bestest friend. Bless you, Ciara!
Your treats look so yummy! Lucky you!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

NevFUR underestimate GIRL power ;-)

This was a furry nice mix 'em up post with lots of special sharings!

PeeEssWoo: Once again, Mom wishes we had a TJ's but her wallet says she's glad there isn't!

Priscilla Phang said...

Yay! Santa is fat and happy again!

So glad to hear that Phantom did well at the vet; he is a sweetheart.

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Dogs know......Ciara is guarding her pack leader. How awesome to find those treats gingerbread or anything with ginger in is especially good for tummies. If you have a pectoral near by check them out ...thet have a whole new range of dried chicken duck and venison that is all made here in the USA and all natural. I think it was called Colorado naturals

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Yum! We haven't had the chicken strips yet but now I'll have to send Mom back to Trader Joe's! I hope you keep introducing us to more TJ treats because it works out well for me!

We are glad Phantom is doing well, considering he is 14. He looks like he's looking forward to Christmas, with the Christmas tree. That is very sweet that Ciara has decided to become Phantom's buddy.


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

GOOD fur YOU Phantom.

We just KNEW that Santa Paws would be FINE.

Go Ciara. Keep it up.

easyweimaraner said...

...ahhhm I'm afraid you haven't leftovers?
It feels good to read Phantom is doing well ;o)

GOOSE said...

So glad Phantom's check up was pretty good. I think Ciara is just being the loving comforting dog she is. She understands. I lovfe love chicken strips. You know I am all drooling now.

Susie and Sidebite said...

Glad Phantom is letting someone share his life, Good work Ciara. Yeap, when there is treats anywhere around, serious actions are required, even Phantom!!!

Your Pals
Susie & Bites

Casey said...

Wow, chicken breast AND gingerbread?! You guys must've been super good!

Elyse and Riley said...

Glad to hear Phantom is doing well! Our Chloe is 14, too, and her teeth are worked down to nubs practically...of course, she broke 3 of her canines while she was boarded and putting up a fuss trying to pull on the crate door with her teeth...sigh! Crazy dog.

Those treats look nommy! Riley and Chloe are totally jealous! We don't have TJ's around here.

Happy Thursday! It's almost the weekend!!

Elyse and Riley

Marg said...

Oh Phantom, we are so glad your check up went well and we are so glad that Ciara has decided to keep you company even if you don't want any. Love that last picture of you Phantom. You are looking good. We are so glad the peeps are enjoying lots of moments with you. Have a great day.

Remington said...

Happy to hear things went well.... You certainly do look serious, my friends....but with treats waiting for you -- you must stay focused!

Two French Bulldogs said...

That is really cute about Ciara watching over brother. Sounds like a good check-up too
Benny & Lily

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Glad to hear Phantom is doing well and that he and Ciara are becoming besties:-)
Those gingerbread treats look super tasty!

Mollie said...

So glad to hear Phantom is doing OK :) and that Santa is alive,coz we'z waz worried, wez might not get any pwesents. :) Youz just looking after your Brudder Ciara. Have a fantastic Thurzday xx00xx

Mollie and Alfie

The Websters said...

Ciara is a very sweet girl. Phantom is so nice to let her be so close to him!

We are hoping for more and more and more good days with Phantom.


Madi and Mom said...

Ciara has a pack full of handsome bros!! Each with his own special talent...Phantom's talent is to show her how to be calm and reserved all the while being beautiful. He has most certainly a dapper gentleman.

Woos it is times like this will all the good snacks that I wish I were 1/2 k9 1/2 feline best of both worlds.
Hugs Madi and thanks for all the Christmas pictures.

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Oh, that is so sweet that Ciara is taking such good care of Phantom.
Wow, chicken fillets, we would kill for them (and Bridge almost did).
Sorry, someone has a terrible sense of humour!
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Hey Phantom! How cool that you are letting Ciara be your friend!

We know the creeping years are not always fun but we think you look great and whatever the years total up to, the only way to live is to savour each and every moment of each and every day!


PS: Those treats look yummy. A store we go sometimes had TJ snacks the other day, Maybe they'll have dog treats some day?

Ruby said...

That's great news Phantom!! I am sure glads your letting Ciara look after you! (Probally keepin' my buddie Lightning from jumpin' on ya!)BOL
Oh, I didn't know TJ had the gingerbread treaties back!!Oh, Ma was JUST THERE! Nuts.


ZOOLATRY said...

Does my heart good to see Ciara offering her "maternal" instincts to Phantom; truly love Phantom ... he is so special.

Ginger Jasper said...

Zoolatry said what I was going to.. That Phantom is one special woofie and Ciara is giving him a lot of loving.. Just special.. Hugs GJ xx

Clive said...

We are so happy to hear that Phantom is doing well and that his check-up went well. Murray loved that Ciara is looking after him, as he said when he saw the two of them together!

We hope all continues well for Phantom - 14 is a great age.

Murray loved all those treats too and how everyone was sitting so intently waiting on their treat! Great photo!

take care
Clive & Murray

Sagira said...

I am glad that Phantom got a passing grade at the vet. You are so lucky to still have him. I miss Samick and Harley so very much. Ciara is the sweetest girl. I love that she just warms her way in to everyone's hearts.


We're glad both Santa and Phantom are doing well. It's always nice to have a furriend and we think Ciara is being a good pal to Phantom.

Those treats look yummy. Mom wishes we had a TJ here.

The Florida Furkids said...

My sister before me, Mischa, was a very active lady Sibe...and lived to a very ripe elder age for a lady long as Phantom give us his blessing of his presence and he is feeling great...there you go...another blessing for sure...paw pats, soft and gentle, Savannah

Wyatt said...

Gingerbread treats!...the peeps just came back from Trader Joes and there were no Gingerbread treats in the bag. We will have to do something about that!!

Wyatt and Stanzie

P.S. Glad you had a good check up, Phantom :D

Berts Blog said...

Love to see you all sitting together in your pictures. And so glad that Phantom did good at his visit to the vet.

Are you loving your grass?

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I loved reading your posty about being thankful--- for today..
yes it is important for all of us.
We are thankful with you- for each day that Phantom feels good.
Bonds happen- sometimes we don't understand- but like you say- its all good. We have bonded with all of you.
Treats from the U.S.A--
good for all of you,,,,
such lucky pups you all are.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Gotta look for those gingerbread treats! Your Phntom warms my heart!

KB said...

This post made me smile and smile and smile. Yes, focus on the good.

And Ciara - I am so happy that Phantom is finding a buddy in the pack. It brought tears to my eyes.

What sweethearts they all are... but I have a real soft spot in my heart for Phantom.

Jo's World said...

It is just wonderful that Ciara is carefully getting closer to Phantom. Soon I bet she will stay right by his side.

I have loved Phantom and his
one-of-a-kindness since I have known your pack. He and Tsar were so much alike in many ways.

Cheers and hugs,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Roo said...

Lightning I am glad you were cleared of flattening Santa ;)
Phantom that is a pretty decent report card you got from the vet. Keep it up pal :) So nice of you to let Ciara enjoy your company more too :)
Mom and I are wondering if the Made in the USA chicken jerky came from Trader Joe's too. We just had one open up in Sarasota and Mom's been lookin for a reason to check it out ;)

Waggin at ya,

FiveSibesMom said...

Glad to hear most of sweet Phantom's news is good...he is such a beautiful boy. I just love his photo in front of the tree! Now that's a portrait for sure!

Treats are very serious business indeed! (And great props for getting good pics in this house too!)