Lightning: See, I told you I would hold your spot for you, Ciara.
Ciara: Gee thanks, bro. You know this is one of my two favorite places, this one and the one under the desk in the kitchen. The kitchen cubby was Thunder's favorite napping spot, so it is only fitting that I make sure it is occupied for him.
For those that wondered, Ciara's visit to the vet yesterday was just an annual checkup with vaccinations for rabies, canine influenza, and DAPPPV, heartworm test, and wellness exam. Dr. B. declared she is in good health, but could shed a few pounds. She has been fighting the battle of the bulge since the last adjustment to her thyroid medication. Dr. B. says it has slowed her metabolism quite a bit. Mom doesn't know what more she can do since she has already reduced her kibble intake quite a bit, added those yummy green beans, and restricted the treat dispensation. Now that Mom doesn't have to do a separate walk with Phantom:(, walks for Ciara and Lightning have doubled. Ciara has a very sensitive tummy so it is quite the challenge to switch her foods. Anyone who has had big success with helping their dogs lose weight - please let us know what to do. On the very positive side, there have been no more episodes of the "we-don't-want-to-say-what-scary-events-for-fear-of-jinxing-things". Her Keppra is really keeping things under control - YAY!!!
Some of you have asked how we are doing without our buddy Phantom. Things seem to be going well for both of us. Ciara hasn't had the severe reaction she had when Thunder left us so suddenly. But there is one very odd thing that has occurred. Lightning NEVER goes in a crate - he despises them with a passion. But Ciara has always enjoyed her crate for naps. Her crate and Phantom's crate were side by side with the openings facing each other along a wall in the kitchen. Since the night Phantom left us, she has not gone in her crate at all. Very strange.
Meanwhile, Spring has sprung in our area. We thought we would show you some of what is happening here.
First up, see that planter on the table behind us. Those are baby devil trumpets that Mom grew from seeds that Fenris, Tuiren, Socks, and Scylla's Mom Alasandra sent to our Mom. Mom is amazed how well they have done, and she even shared some with our human sisters. BUT they are poisonous for dogs so Mom says they have to be planted in the front yard so we can't get at them. We never bother the plants that are INSIDE, but if they are outside, we like to help care for them:)
Speaking of outside . . .
You know how we love to run the fence line with our new neighbor pups Oliver and Dodger. Well, Mom and Dad aren't too happy with the racetrack we have made in the lawn along the fence.
She decided to put up her crazy no-sibe fence, NOT in a straight line, but all sorts of zig zaggy to try to stop us from running. You can see how well that plan worked.
So on to Plan B . . .
Hmmmm, wonder what she is going to do with these five forsythia shrubs.
Yep, this weekend they will be planted along the fence in the hopes that they will slow down the race:) If the plan is successful, she is talking about going down the whole length of the fence. Sheesh - that's no fun!!!
BUT we will try to cooperate.
Woos - Ciara and Lightning