Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wow.. It's been since May!
What a crazy warped week!!!
I need to get out of cars every 3 yrs based on mileage I put on (400 a week) in order to get any worthwhile trade in and not have to pay for repairs down the road. While I used to run my cars to 120,000... we sat down and did the math and this is the best option. Last time I traded in a car it was about 80,000 miles and they told us if it's a GM, then get it in before 75,000 and they can factory certify it and will get a better trade in value.
Well... that now is about 2.5 yrs vs 3. So I am casually going thru the car options of my choice and decided on a few features. Then I quickly started getting close to 70,000 on my car and supposedly the 2015 Encores could start to be ordered, yesterday actually. But we were not going to make it till delivery. Then our buddy the salesman said they just pushed back the delivery of the 2015s, seems too many dealers still have a lot of 2014s on the lot. We also figured with it being 2.5 yrs to get to mileage, there will be a year for the lastest model, and a year for not. This is the year for not.
So...last Tuesday I had my lesson, horse was good!
Wednesday I test drove an Encore and liked it. Salesrep said he wasn't pushy. He lied. Sheesh. They have nothing on the lot I wanted and besides, we have a friend that is a rep, he's just an hour + away. So yes.. I used that dealership just to drive the vehicle to make sure I liked it.
Thursday I had to go grocery shopping. On the way home, the adopter of our foster dog from November called, they are having problems. Put her in touch w/ the rescue lead.
Friday I had to go to storage and pull food out for a good customer.
Saturday we went to the dealership and got the new car. Check email and the adopter is wanting to bring the dog back, so making arrangements for Sunday. Love the new wheels!...but didn't get home till 1! oh, did I mention we are having this HUGE family picnic at our place this coming weekend? Sat for my family and Sunday for his family. So spent a few hours pulling weeds and raking the sand around the pond. Then went to a play. Got home after 11 and noticed a tear in my dog Taite's side. Didn't look bad, needed stitches but not actively bleeding.
Sunday, I call vet, they no longer come in for emergencies, I have to go to a 24 hour care that's an hour away... great. So we hike over there and wait almost 2 hours before the vet see's her. States it's been open too long for simple stitches, she needs surgery and a drain tube. Great. Thank DOG I have insurance on this one dog! Leave dog and head home to work on pond.
On my way home, foster dog from November is dropped off. He is not happy. My BF is not happy as he is not the friendly happy go lucky dog we adopted out. He's now snarling and threatening to bite. WONDERFUL... We are in the revaluation process to see if we can figure out what happened and see if there is any hope for him to go to a single active person or even be able to stay here. BUT we already got a new dog (Onyx) earlier than we were wanting a new dog!
Friend came over and we switched from pond to horse trailer to clean up, take pictures.
My friend ignored Onyx, foster dog from February that is now ours that is scared now of people, she thinks they are going to take her away. She dropped treats and eventually Onyx was taking them out of her hand to going to her to be petted after the treats were gone! I was SO happy to see this. And we forgot to take a picture...dang it.
So then I was working on the pond again. Get a call to get Taite from vet, so that's another 2 hours. By now... I am exhausted. I cook dinner and go to bed.
Wake up Monday to a dead cell phone. plug it in. 30 minutes later I see all these texts from brothers and sister. My parents 79 & 77 were in a car accident Sunday, car is totaled. augh.
Monday I check with them after work. Parents are sore, but mostly ok. Mother is worse than my dad based on seatbelt brusing, etc. Cancelled my lesson for Tuesday night as I knew I'd be working late.
Foster dog Baggins is doing much better.... there is some hope. We will have him evaluated by a dog trainer and test him on sheep in August. Maybe find him a home w/ one of her students, we'll see. I know my BF would like to keep this dog...I don't think Onyx wants him to stay though... we can't do dog introductions right now, I have paid enough in vet bills!
So .. now we have Wednesday... hopefully I'll get out of work on time today. I have a friend dropping off Noah the Rottweiler for the weekend, oh yea, really packed house! then another friend coming to borrow our truck and go to dinner... then I am off work till next Wednesday!
Thursday and Friday will be last minute shopping and removing remaining weeds around the pond. Sat and Sun will be kick back and enjoy family! Monday will be my recovery... Tuesday AM I'll be off to do hound exercise with ! Speaking of which, I hope to swing by tonight and check on him, make sure he's okay.
WOW.. what a busy last week! I'm running though! Have been really good this month and getting out 3 times a week. Didn't go last Monday due to being so tired and having many dog shifts to let out. Did get a run in Tuesday... now that my consistency is back, I just have to wake up earlier to get in more miles!
That's all peeps! Hope all is well out in Sparkland for my friends.
Monday, May 05, 2014
This is driving me NUTS... I think it's hormones or something because this hasn't happened to me before but has happened twice now.
First, I was in a friends driveway, down hill slope and sheer ice. I was stuck and could not get out. I was praying as my car was sliding sidewise not to hit her house! Then I burst into tears realizing I was really stuck and needed help. What the Heck?
Then again yesterday. I was so happy to finally hook up to the gooseneck horse trailer and take it out for a practice drive and learn to back up etc. Well it really has a mind of it's own and learning to back up a trailer that drifts to one side and being a novice trailer 'operator' it was very frustrating that it wouldn't do what I wanted! then I didn't think my BF was being very supportive. He was not yelling but kept saying no, wrong, wrong, no.. and the tears just started coming down. After a few minutes he looks at me and is like 'Oh, are you CRYING?'
I got over it and felt better when he said that it takes more than one time out to learn how to haul a gooseneck and I mentioned an area that would be tight to get out of and he suggested I measure it out and then we'll practice at the park w/ cones.. then he apologized later that night that he was sorry he made me cry. I accepted it, even though it wasn't just him, it was a bunch of things.
anyone else have this? I am not near my period, so don't think it was that. I'm 48, on birth control, Dr said that keeps my hormones in check, but I'm still thinking it's hormones!
Rode on Saturday. it was very blustery! First time on the trail this year, he was AWESOME. We trotted practically the whole time, we were out for 1 hr 45 minutes. I am so sore...
Rode Biff for an hour on Sunday. We just walked. I was totally fine with that as I was still sore from Saturday! Biff didn't really want to trot much either, his feet were a little tender. Hopefully he'll toughen up as the season wears on.
These were the neatest flowers. Only found them along water.
These are his two pasture buddies. That is Biff's ear in the bottom corner..love 'ear' shots.
And this is the *$] that made me cry later on Sunday.
Friday, April 11, 2014
For my friends going to MidWest Horse Fair
If you go to the Midwest Horse Fair, be sure to wash your hands, change clothing and change boots/shoes before going into your own barn,to prevent the spread of EH-V-1:
EHV-1 UPDATE 4/8/2014--this is copied from Irongate Equine clinic
We received word today from the State of Wisconsin that the case in St Croix County, WI came back with positive PCR test results (whole blood/nasal swab). This horse is recovering.
It was also reported by Anoka Equine Clinic in Minnesota that there is a new case that was tested yesterday (4/7/14) and is being treated in Isanti County, Minnesota. Results should be back by Thursday/Friday.
We direct you to the Wisconsin State Depart. of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection:
"The Wisconsin state veterinarian recommends that horses with a fever and symptoms of contagious respiratory infection should be kept at home and not taken to shows, competitions, clinics or public trail rides. Horse owners should also be aware that transportation of horses to competitions, shows and clinics may increase the risk of exposure to infectious organisms. Although humans canít be infected by EHV-1, they can aid in spreading it to their horses. Therefore, owners of affected horses should wash and disinfect their hands and change their clothes before coming into contact with healthy horses to prevent the potential spread of these infectious organisms.
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
Monday, March 10, 2014
Onyx went to her new adoptive parents on 2-16. Shortly after she arrived in their house, she jumped their 6' wooden fence and was gone. I saw the fence and saw the tracks. There was a bit of snow, so the fence might have been more like 4'. This was a Sunday.
There was a huge storm coming in on Monday. I went out there on Tuesday with Taite, my Border Collie. We saw Onyx and I got out of the car with Taite and walked towards her. This was a mistake as she had been chased for 2 days of people trying to catch her, that she just saw a person and ran. I was devastated. I was positive she would come to Taite and I.
The adoptive parents never stopped looking for her, I give them great kudos for that. Onyx was moving in the direction to our house. The last 4 days there has been signs of Onyx, where she sleeps at night and hangs out. Sunday morning I went out there with Taite again.
When I arrived, Onyx woke up, started rolling in the snow. I could not see her from the road due to snow banks. I got out of the car and started to walk up the driveway with Taite, parallel to her. I saw her right away and I acknowledged her with a 'hi pup' and looked away, that was VERY hard! I gave Taite treats, but she wanted to explore. Looked out of the corner of my eye and Onyx was sitting. I slowly got up and walked further up the driveway thinking Onyx could not see Taite. Once Taite jumped over the snow mound, Onyx ran to her!
She was 15' from me, laying down. I casually just said again, 'hi pup, it's ok' and she crawled to me crying. I never held onto a dog so tight in my life! She was crying and gave me kisses as I tried to figure out how to secure her, as in my haste for her not to leave, I didn't grab her leash!
I put Taite's leash on her and walked them to my car. They both jumped in the front seat and Onyx just loved on Taite. And Taite locked them in. Good thing I had my keys!
This dog is not the right dog for the adopters, but they really want her but I believe it's just because they kept looking for her. They really need a dog that is outgoing and loves everyone, they do not know how to handle a shy dog.
My BF and I learned a lot about fostering shy dogs with this ordeal and thankfully Onyx is non for the worse. He told Onyx last night that she could stay as long as she wanted. And I just heard from a friend today, that he told her yesterday that the dog wasn't going anywhere again. Obviously he admired her courage to get home too.
Monday, February 17, 2014
I'm beside myself. I feel sick, guilt, etc.
I adopted out my shy foster dog on Sunday. They live 1.5 hours away. They had her home for about an hour and she bolted over their 6' fence and disappeared into a forest preserve
When I found out, it was too late to go there as it was dark.
Today we are having this huge snow storm. I can't stand it.
I hope she is found and doesn't get hit by a car. We have her listed on lost dogs of IL, lost dogs of IL/Rockford. the microchip company was contacted, police, shelters, forest preserve.
My poor Onyx.
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