05-17-2012 10:52 PM
My, my. Already another week gone by. Here we are....12:20 AM on another Friday.
We've been kind of busy....so I haven't been on here much recently. We moved in here 6 years ago. Back in our computer room I pretty much just threw stuff on any convenient shelf or into any empty corner. FINALLY....I'm getting around to cleaning it all out and putting things in some semblance of order.
Some of you will remember my 7 yr. long project of committing all our photos, slides and home movies to digital format. Belatedly I realized that I did not have any 35 mm slides scanned and saved....after about 1983. Of course I knew there were many photos taken during the years after that date. But where the heck were they? WELL.....today I opened a box (originally a box that contained a product from HeathKit) and what did I find but approximately 400 to 500 more slides waiting to be scanned and saved. Yep....the dates fit right into that empty spot. Thank goodness my Minolta slide scanner still works.
Sure hope Charly's leg can be fixed, Uni. Poor pup. Those are the situations I hate most. When my little guy hurts and I can't do anything to give him any relief. When Alfie feels badly he picks up his favorite ball in his mouth and paces the house endlessly, whimpering as he goes. Fortunately it doesn't happen very often. We were out of town this past weekend....attending a college graduation over near St. Louis. So Alfie had to be boarded. The place we took him has a play period every afternoon when dogs of similar sizes are put into the big play area for a half hour or so. The girls told us that our normally playful Westie did not seem to be interested in getting involved. He would sniff around and check out the area and then just kind of "hung out" and watched the other dogs romp. Of course, he's 12 yrs. old AND I think, more importantly, that he was suffering from separation anxiety. We rarely board him out when we travel....so it had been about 4 years since the last time. Normally around us he is very playful with both humans and other dogs.
We are lucky with dentists. We've been going to the same very nice fellow since 1985. I don't mind the drilling or cleaning. But, as I've grown older, it has become more and more painful for me to sit there and hold my mouth wide open for any length of time. Pretty soon the muscles in my neck....below the jaw....begin to cramp. Gee. I must be getting old, huh? He has given up the old x-ray film equipment and processing. Now he uses x-ray digital imaging and everything is displayed, generously enlarged, on a TV screen. A lot better than those tiny film x-ray images he used to have to peer at.
OK....I hope you all have a nice weekend. I'll be getting back to the computer-room-cleaning job in the morning. I'm throwing a bunch of stuff away. Don't know anyone who needs a floppy disk drive do you? Oh yeah then I also found my external Wi-Fi adapter and plug-in external modem for laptops. Heck....today's laptops don't even have that (what'd they call it....PCMIA or something?) slot where I would plug those adapters in. Those features are all built-in now days. And also an old video card with only128 mb of memory on it. Into the trash they go.
05-24-2012 7:29 PM
Poor Alfie. We had to board him out for two nights a couple of weeks ago while we went to St. Louis for a grandson's college graduation and dinner. Yesterday.....after the usual 10 to 12 day incubation period Alfie came down with kennel cough. Now he is getting a dose of cough medicine every 6 hours and some antibiotics to prevent complications. Then we just wait it out. It's caused by an airborne virus which is super contagious. The Dr. called the boarding place and they called me to offer to pay the $76 vet bill and to assure me they are performing a complete disinfectant wash-down. Wish they had done that before Alfie came to visit. He turned his nose up at his breakfast AND his dinner. After a while I just opened a small can of moist dog food and he ate that ok. Got to keep some food in his intestinal tract so we are not awakened in the middle of the night by the roar and grind of his guts. Should show improvement within another 48 hours I was told.
Alfie is current with all his vaccinations but "kennel cough" is pretty much a generic term which covers a whole list of respiratory infections. Some of which they do not have any vaccinations available for. 1st time in 4 years that we've had to board him while we traveled somewhere. He gets along OK with the other dogs during playtime but suffers from separation anxiety so he doesn't play much.....just kind of "hangs out" and watches the other dogs.
05-24-2012 7:35 PM
Bummer. Maybe keeping to himself kept it from being even worse.
05-24-2012 7:41 PM
Would be nice if you could find a pet sitter that you trust; that way he could stay home. I recently read about a flu vaccine for dogs that has finally been proven safe. Maybe that's just something down here? It mentioned that it is strongly recommended for dogs who are boarded, go to dog parks, or just around other dogs.
Give Alfie get well wishes from TX.