Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thankful and Thoughtful on Thursday

Today is a day to give thanks for good friends. We always get so much joy and happiness from our many readers and from the many blogs we try to visit regularly. We are so grateful for the love and support you extend to us every day, and most especially in recent days for Phantom. It means so much to know that there are peeps and pups out there whose friendship is true and sincere and constant. Without getting too mushy, we just want to say . . .

Today we want to acknowledge some awards we received this week from two of our newer furiends. We received these Versatile Blogger awards from Pip and Miss Molly.

We are to tell you seven things about ourselves. Hmmmm, let's see what we have to share that you don't already know.

  1. We are currently living in H-E-double-toothpicks. It is like an inferno here in the KC area with no relief in sight. And so that means we get very little time outside, no walks unless the Momster will take us very late, and lots of naptime.
  2. We have one human brother and two human sisters and they all have spouses and kiddos. There are six nieces and nephews - Momster and Dadster's grandbipeds. And this week the human brother and family are visiting from the LA area - our house is FULL of peeps, big ones and little ones. And that isn't a bad thing - lots of extra treats for us.
  3. We all hate baths.
  4. BUT Thunder and Ciara love to stay outside in the rain.
  5. Mom is thinking about getting us one of those exercise balls like Mango and Dexter have.
  6. We are all excited for the big wedding between Frankie and his girls Ruby and Penny.
  7. We may not be around much for a while to be able to visit all of you:( But we will try to do our best and hope to be back on track in a bit.
We are supposed to share these awards with 15 of our newest blogging furiends. We are going to break the rules - it goes along with being a sibe - and offer both of these beautiful awards to anyone who comments on this post. And many thanks to Pip and Molly for sharing them with us.

We also want to show you something special that the Momster got in the mail - AND it came from ROYAL Mail - does she have some secret royal ancestry connection that we don't know about?

The handsome Ginger Jasper and his very lovely Mum sent a package for our Mom "just because" - something to let her know that they were thinking of her. Wasn't that just so thoughtful? Here is what she received:

Look at that beautiful photo card of Ginger Jasper - he really knows how to strike a pose. And then there was a beautiful scarf for Mom.

Here is a closer look. Isn't it just beautiful - look at all those pups on there? Thank you, Ginger Jasper and Mum. You are very special friends.

Many of you have been asking how Phantom is doing. A few of you commented on how he looked sort of sad in the video yesterday. Some of you may remember how stressed he was last year when he had to wear his shirt for so long. Well, we think part of his sadness now is because he really doesn't like his cone at all. He is only at the halfway point today. He has to wear it until he gets his stitches out next week. Mom has tried to let him go without it while she can watch him, but he immediately tries to scratch it or rub his face on the floor or furniture. And he has one mean paw when he scratches. So she has to be firm and make him wear it. He also isn't eating very well at all. He is Mr. Picky, but his appetite has been poor. The vet thinks the antibiotic may not have agreed well with him, but he is done with it now. We are hoping to see an improvement in his eating now. Mom has tried everything to get him to eat. But he is not only picky, he is downright stubborn. So here's hoping things get better. At least his incision is healing well.

This is what he does all day long:(

Not the face of a happy boy:(

One more week, the cone and stitches will be gone, the household will be back to its normal insanity, and maybe the weather will get cooler.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Pee Ess, note to Martha and Bailey. We haven't forgotten about our PIF, but we are going to wait until things settle down a bit.


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Maybe Khousin Merdie and I will sneak out to OP KS and do some zooming!

KhonGRats on the pawesome awards - and fur sharing stuff!

What a lovely skharf! GJ has great taste!

Poor poor Phantom - paws khrossed the weather will be khooler to help cheer him!

Khyra and Khousin Merdie

Anonymous said...

i know he's always been a picky/tough eater. but do you think he's extra picky maybe cuz he's sulking over the cone? when we're bummed, our appetite does weird (and weirder) things than usual...

i hope it's the cone that's causing his more than his normal picky appetite...

T. Maxx said...

Hi woos!! Kongrats on your awards. Thanks for
The updates, hope Phantom gets back his appetite
And recover well on no time soon.
I'd be feeling lousy too if I had to wear
That coney thing for that long..

Meanwhile stay happy cheery and pawsitive!!!


Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Congrats on your awards!! And that scarf is fantastic - we even saw a Scottie on it.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Anonymous said...

Ifs I had to wears a lampshade I finks I would be off my grubs too, I hopes Phantom feels better soon as it can't be much funs for him with that on his noggin. My ikkle bruvver Doogie has to wear one once and he was a nuttycase with it on it drove him potty.

Getting better soon licks

The Thundering Herd said...

We still have our paws crossed for you, Phantom. Regardless of how much more comfortable that cone might be, we agree, we don't like them.

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Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Aw Phantom! Just a little while longer and you'll be good as new!

That GJ sure can pose!

Enjoy your family's visit and work it for all the treats you can, while it lasts!

The Daily Pip said...

Oh Phantom, I am so sorry about that cone. I am rooting for you - only one more week!

Your pal, Pip

jen said...

Congratulations on your awards.
I just love that scarf!

The Ladies of Beaglebratz Manor said...

ARROOOOOO -that's Beagle speak fer Good Morning. Thoze awards are super nice an'it iz so nice of u'all tu share. Thoze prezzies your mom got are boo-ti-ful - r mom lovez the scarf. An'Phantom - we r so very sorry u iz bummed out rite now. We r sorrry but we haf never bin piky eaterz - 'bout the only thing we won't eat is the leafy green stuff. U just need tu hang in there - r mom tellz us that good thingz come tu thoze who wait (may-b that iz true but we don't like waitin'either - we want it NOW!)
And pees - more outdoorz hot here tu - mom sez heat warnin'will last thru tumorrow.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I LOVE that scarf! How sweet.
Congrats on your TWO awards.
A week seems like a long time.. when you are the one in the cone zone. Butt it is for the best.
Perhaps some CHICKEN would taste good. My mom fixes that for me when I get in one of my fussy Food Moods.
we will miss you while you are away being busy. Have FUN.

Ms. ~K said...

Such a thoughtful gift, I love the scarf!
We're counting the days until Phantom is cone-free!
Don't you wish you could explain to him that it's not going to be forever?
Enjoy your family's visit!

Unknown said...

We hope Phantom will be back to normal soon. Congrats on the award and thanks for sharing so we get to learn more about the dogs.

Fred and Haylie

Mack said...

GJ is such a great shopper! That scarf is beautimous!
We hope Phantom gets his appetitie back. Mom hates to see any of us with poor appettites. Hang in there Buddy, only one more week left!!

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

Love that beautiful scarf!

Looks like woos are going to be furry busy entertaining your houseguests and getting petting and getting treats from them. Have fun!

Phantom, we just want to go there and give you lots of hugs and kisses. We know it's no fun at all but you have to eat. I(June) is like that. When I don't feel like eating I just won't eat. Mom even tries to handfeed me sometimes but I just turn my head away.

Stella said...

I suppose maybe Phantom's stitches are healing AND starting to itch. Maybe some gentle fingertip pressure would help a bit right now. At least he doesn't have to wear that old hard plastic cone!

Your scarf gift is very beautiful and well deserved!

Stella and Jo

Fred said...

Poor Phantom! Wearing that cone is no fun! I hope he is all better, and the weather is cooler for all of us soon!

Wyatt said...

Hi Phantom! Cheer up buddy..only a few more days.
When the crazy cone comes off, maybe you will feel more like eating!

Love ya,
Wyatt and Stanzie

rottrover said...

Sometimes pro-biotics can help with that upst tummy from the meds. One of my boys has a sensitive tummy and they helped a lot. Feel better, Phantom :-)

Tee said...

hello there!

Thanks for sharing. We enjoyed learning about your pack.

Great looking cone Phantom. Your momma's legs won't be bruised when you bump into her.

We hope you get well soon!

licks and wags

The Dog WOods Pack

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

So glad you liked.Come on my sweet woofie friend start eating and cheer up. I hope when it cools down you feel a lot better.. Hugs to all GJ xx

BeadedTail said...

Oh Phantom, it won't be much longer and the cone will be gone. We hope you start eating though - maybe you can have extra treats to fill your tummy!

We enjoyed learning more about you - I hate baths too! Hope you have fun with all the visiting bipeds!

The gift from GJ is beautiful! That was very thoughtful!

Sychoberians said...

Hang in there Phantom, we are all still thinking about you and sending you our best Husky thoughts for a full recovery.

You are very cool, even though it is so hot there and wearing your cone does not diminish that.

Remy and Flash

Martha said...

What a lovely present - that was very thoughtful.
Congratulations on your well deserved awards too.
Enjoy your break - we will be thinking of you.
Martha and Bailey xxx

George The Lad said...

Congrats on your awards, and that's a lovely gift you got, come on Phantom eat your dinner.
See Yea George xxx

Sue said...

Watching the news this morning a reporter in Billings, Montana was wearing a jacket. I immediately announced, "We're moving to Billings, Montana today." Trouble is it's too hot to move.

Mrs. JP said...

Nice gift. Poor Phantom,,,we all feel so sorry for him. Those cones are a wonderful good thing for protecting them from themselves but they are a bummer for sure. Come on next week!!!

Amy & the house of cats said...

Wow congrats on the award! That is so awesome!

And it was so sweet of GJ and his mom to send you that stuff - they are so super thoughtful!

And oh poor Phantom - we aren't surprised at all he looks a bit sad with the cone and not feeling good from the antibiotics (which wouldn't surprise us at all - it happens to us sometimes too). We are still sending him lots of purrs and prayers

Remington said...

Great present! Hang in there Phantom it will be better real soon!

sprinkles said...

Congrats on your awards! I just got the butterfly one from George the Lad and was going to pass it on to you. Since you already have it though, I guess I won't.

Those are some nice gifts from Ginger Jasper. I love that scarf.

I hope Phantom gets his appetite back. He did look a little sad in the video and I felt bad for him.

Sagira said...

Aww...poor Phantom. I hope that he is able to get the cone off as soon as possible so he can go back to being happy and eating again.

I know some of the meds we gave Samick caused him to stop eating to.

I hope your boy feels better soon.

houndstooth said...

What lovely presents!

Awww, Phantom! Gentle nose kisses from all of us girls to you! When we have to have antibiotics, we never feel like eating, either! Hopefully you'll feel more like it when you get done with those pills!


Molly the Airedale said...

What a pretty scarf!
Hang in there Phantom! We feel for ya, buddy!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Teddy Westlife said...

That was a lovely present from GJ and his mum! Paws crossed for Phantom to feel a bit happier soon.

White Dog Blog said...

Congratulations on the well deserved awards from your new bloggie friends...GJ and his mum are so thoughtful and caring...this REALLY is a very special community! Sending positive energy and woofs to bring relief from the heat AND the torture of cone wearing. Enjoy the family visit!

Clive said...

Poor Phantom - he really does look very unhappy! Those cones are really horrible to wear.

We hope his appetite picks up a little in the coming days and that it cools down a little for you all too! Not an easy time at all ...

We're thinking of you,
take care
Clive and Murray

3 doxies said...

Awwwwe, what beautiful wardies ya'll gots. You shouldve made your mom wear her new scarf while ya'll gave out your award....hehehehe, I think i done finally lost my mind.
Dat was a beautiful snot rag you got theres. Very sweet inded. They is some good peoples out theres.
Phantom is just plain bored and wonders he ain't a happy-cone-wearing-boy. I would suggest a game of hide and see BUT I thinks I would find him withs his cone sticking out.
He be all betters once dat medicine wears off.


Lorenza said...

Congratulations on your Awards!
Very well deserved!
Ginger Jasper and Mom sent your mom a pawesome present!
Sounds like you are going to have full house! Have fun
I hope Phantom will eat more now without the antibiotic! Paws crossed!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Flo de Sendai said...

Gros bisous a toute la famille Phantom de la part de Nana, Uyanga, et Flo, au Japon !

Tweedles -- that's me said...

we left you a comment but the puter kicked us out.
Your awards and gifts are so cool.
It feel so good to have surprises come.
I bet that when it cools down Phantom will feel better.
And of course when the cone comes off.
We are rooting for him and we always sending prayers and love to all of you

Khady Lynn said...

We're finally going to cool down starting Sunday into the lower 80's. That will be much nicer than this oven we are currently living in. I sure hope it cools down there too!

Poor Phantom! He reminds me of Samuel when he has to wear his bucket. Have you tried ham and shredded cheese? That seems to work well for us!

What beautiful presents you got! How nice of Ginger, Jasper and their mom!

Have fun with the family!

Holly and Khady

AFSS said...

Phantom, we are sorry about the cone thing we wouldn't like it either. Glad to hear the incision is healing well. Purrs you get a good doctor's report.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Congratulations on your award!! The scarf and the card from Ginger Jasper is so nice too!! That is so sweet!! Poor Phantom.....I would be very unhappy if I had a cone around my neck too. We are praying that the healing goes faster and that the doctor report is good. Give Phantom and the others a great big hug from us! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Ruby's Raiser said...

Oh, Phantom, I feel for you, pal. Last time I had a cone, the minute it came off, I ripped it to shreds. That showed it!

Congratulations on all your awards! Just relax and keep cool this weekend. :)

ThePainterPack said...

Thank woo for the kind words! Every furrie and hooman wuvs woo and da family! We are always thinking of Phantom! He's such a handsome stinker!


Unknown said...

poor phantom, he looks sooooooooo sad, give him lots of love from me, and love to Ciara and Thunder aswel, :)


Anonymous said...

Great celebratory and grateful post, but my friend Phantom gets me every time. The video had me in tears and the photos today didn't help. How about some chicken soup with just rice, chicken, and a few carrots? When I was really sick and refused to eat anything (because I was both sad and pumped full of antibiotics) I only ate mommy's soup. And when I stopped eating that, I got a liver brownie recipe from a friend. I wish I had the recipe but I've lost it. If you need it for the boy though, I'll do everything I can to get in touch with that old friend. One more thing that really helped me eat was Nutrical. For some reason when I had some Nutrical my appetite increased a bit.

Unknown said...

Oh - I'm so so sorry I haven't visited in so long! Poor, poor Phantom! I feel so bad seeing you so sad. I hope the next week goes quickly so that you can get that yucky cone off soon. I guess it doesn't help also that it's so hot where you are, you can't even go outside much to check out stuff going on and maybe take your mind off the cone!

Your human has probably tried this but has she tried putting stinky fish on your food? Like tuna or sardines, with lots of juices? Most doggies can't resist the smell - and those oily fish are really good for us too.

Anyway, am sending you lots of healing slobbers and thinking of you -

Honey the Great Dane

Kari in Alaska said...

I hope the weather cools down for you soon!

Don't forget, we moved to