November 22, 2008


They were almost 5 weeks old when these photos were taken:

They played:




They napped:



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November 17, 2008

Puppy update

The puppies will be 5 weeks old on Wednesday! Time has flown with them & some of them are getting rather large, except for one who is pretty tiny & thin.

She's the one in the photos (which we need to update) that we were calling scar-back, but we renamed her Saphira because my youngest said he didn't like the name scar-back. It fits her!

She's out on the bed now (I'm watching from my desktop)... Theresa is letting her nurse & I'm hoping she's actually getting some milk out of her as we didn't see any signs of any yesterday. We're trying to give this puppy some extra attention & feeding her separately so that maybe we'll get some puppy fat on her... I don't think there's anything wrong with her, she's just small... so the true definition of "runt" probably doesn't apply to her. She's smaller, but is not weaker by any stretch of the imagination (though probably gets run over more than the others because of her size). She's pretty active & was the first to do a lot of things, first eye open (just one that first day, LOL), first to run & walk & she's very alert & interested in us.
We're giving her some extra attention & have been feeding her separately some of the time so that we can be sure she actually eats. Sometimes she eats really well & sometimes she eats a tiny bit or ignores the food. We'll see what happens!

I'll try to get some new photos today. Most of the puppies probably outweigh my food scale (which goes up to 7 pounds)...

Right now she's cuddling up to my oldest son and is interested in his cracker. Time to get her a little food & see if she's interested!

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November 12, 2008

Dumbledore rest in peace

One of my favorite cats, Dumbledore, died overnight after a 1 month fight with what was either FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) or pneumonia... we had him on a week of antibiotic & it didn't help.
He was born in 2002 or 2003 and was a pretty funky, spunky boy... he loved to eat & gave me several heimlich maneuvers when he would cuddle with me (his way of petitioning for food) and then he heard someone else open the food container in preparation for feeding all the cats!

We got him in Wal-Marts parking lot (in Gainesville, when we still lived in Valley View) along with his brother (?) Liberty, who is a ragdoll cross... Liberty is still with us & likes to spend most of his time outside.

We think that Melody or Callie (strays, Callie had kittens in March, we still have the 3 kittens) had it. I hope we don't have to deal with any more FIP... it's not certain whether or not the vaccine listed on the site I mentioned would do any good or not.

I'll post photos later as TheGimp is acting up again... that program has to be the ONLY program up or else it locks up or something... arrrgh! He'll be in the same area as Opus in our backyard. My oldlady doggie, Roo (short for Hlao-Roo) is also buried there, she died in October or November 1994 from old age, she was almost 17)... Daphne, a retriever mix, who got run over in June of 1994 is also buried in that area...

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November 09, 2008

Nerd-Dork-Geek, Oh My!

I took one of those nerd-dork-geek tests and here's how I did:

Your result for The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test...

Tri-Lamb Material

65 % Nerd, 30% Geek, 52% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Nerd and Dork, earning you the coveted title of: Tri-Lamb Material.

The classic, "80's" nerd, you are what most people think of when they think "nerd," largely due to 80's movies like Revenge of the Nerds and TV shows like Head of the Class. You're exceptionally bright and smart, and partly because of that have never quite fit in with your peers or social groups. Perhaps you've realized, or will someday, that it is possible to retain all of the things that you like about being brilliant and still make peace with the social cliques around you. Or maybe you won't--it's really not necessary. As the brothers of Lambda Lambda Lambda discovered, you're fine just the way you are and can take pride in that. I mean, who wants to be like Ogre, right!?


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Compare with this, a bit over 2 years ago:

another nerd-geek test


The puppies are 3-1/2 weeks old now & have eyes open & are walking & playing & eating food & no longer look like guinea pigs!
I'm not too happy about the food eating part since they're still pretty young, but we have some problems getting momma to nurse them. If we bring the puppies TO her, she'll nurse them, and we're trying to figure out a sort of schedule for alternating puppies. We wait until we see puppies awake, bring them to her, but I think we need to make sure EVERYONE is getting time on the nipple(s)... we need some kind of system where we write down who nurses & when... and then 1 or 2 times a day, let them have some mushy kibble with yogurt & baby formula & then increase that as they get older... but for right now, I think they need more puppy-milk from mama...

Next entry ought to have some more puppy photos... I've been updating my Flickr page as of about a week ago:

Gary finally got himself a laptop & is fussing because all the operating systems he wants to play with are on my computer, which is supposed to have a RW cd-rom DVD... but he says it won't burn... it's SUPPOSED to... maybe it's a Linux issue, not a problem with the hardware. I dunno, not my department!! He doesn't seem to care for Ubuntu, which makes sense since it's a non-nerd's operating system, LOL... oh well...

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