Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Grammy has been moved into a Long Term Care Facility

Well pups, on October 1, my grammy was moved into a Long Term Care Facility.  She does seem to be adjusting to her new surroundings.  We simply cannot imagine what it must feel like for her to have to be uprooted so suddenly from what she knew before she became so very ill on August 31 of this year.  As there was no room available in the Long Term Care Facility in the city where grammy lived, she was given the first available bed that opened up in the health district.  Grammy is now on a waiting list to be moved back to her home city once a bed frees up. This might be a while as the only way a bed frees up in a Long Term Care Facility, is that someone departs if you catch my drift.  It is the sad reality.

In my last post I advised that grammy was diagnosed with Vascular Cognitive Impairment or Vascular Dementia.  This came on so suddenly that it was like flipping a switch for grammy.  The change seemed to occur overnight.  Mom had heard about rapid onset dementia, but had never known anyone with it.  It is devastating pups.  It is mom and her family that must now accept the new reality for grammy. As one nurse said, "she is sweetly confused". 

If you pups know of anyone that has dealt with rapid onset dementia, please have them send mom an e-mail.  Apparently this can be done from my blog, as we have received e-mails this way in the past from some readers, but mom simply has no idea how you do that, BOL.  She isn't real tech savvy, that momma of mine.

Mom must reiterate how important a Power of Attorney is when something happens this quickly.  Everything from disconnecting the phone, to handling financial affairs is made so much easier if this document is on file, and believe me pups, mom says you will be asked for it if you are looking after someone's affairs should they fall sick. 

A Medical Directive is also important.  Let's say your peeps don't want heroic measures taken should they suffer a sudden medical problem.  This needs to be known ahead of time and their wishes respected.  Not everyone wants someone pounding on their chest or sticking a breathing tube down their throat.  Let's face it pups, when CPR is performed it is not like on tv where the next scene has the patient wearing silk pyjamas and sipping champagne and all happy.  No, there will probably be some medical difficulties associated with their resuscitation.

Mom is still writing letters and sending out copies of the Power of Attorney and letting people know to contact her now that grammy is in the Long Term Care Facility.  It is tough pups, but it must be done.

Mom will update my blog with happier entries soon.  She has so many pictures of my summer and now fall that she simply must get them on here.  Please be patient with her and thanks so much for being such pawsome pals.

We love you all.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Things can change so quickly

Well pups, I haven't been here for a while because mom has been very busy.  You see my grammy became very ill on August 31 and was rushed to the hospital, so my momma went to be with her mom.  After many tests it was determined that grammy could no longer be on her own and needs to be placed in a long term care facility.  Mom and her brother have started the arduous task of cleaning out her apartment and mom will be back this weekend to continue with the cleaning out. Grammy is still in hospital and we hope she will be placed soon into a long term care facility.

This really has been a shock for everyone.  The peeps and I went to visit grammy on August 23rd and we celebrated her 89th birthday.  Little did we know that on August 30-31, things would change so much for us and grammy.

Grammy has been diagnosed with Vascular Cognitive Impairment.  I will let you Google that to find out what it is and how rapid its onset can be.

Mom and her brother have been busy getting lots of things in order to look after grammy.  Pups, do your peeps have a Power of Attorney or a Medical Directive stating their wishes should a sudden occurrence like this happen to them?  Believe me, mom says it is easy to have these in place than having to have the family get them after the fact.  Have your peeps stopped today to tell each other and you how much they love you?  Please tell them to do that.  As we have found out, things can change in the blink of an eye, and you may not get the opportunity.

Grammy and me, Christmas 2013

Once things settle down for mom, we will be back to try and catch up on everyone's blogs.

We love you all and thanks for being our pals.

Take care everyone.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

It Happened Again!

I just gotta say you pups are pawsome and even when we haven't been on here, because the momma is doing other things she thinks are important, we get awards.

My pal Freckles has given me an award.  Freckles, thanks for saying there is no deadline and we will get to it.  Honest!

Now I see that Charlie Downunder has given me an award.  Oy vey!

Well one of the rules is you are supposed to post your favorite song. 

BOL, enjoy!

We promise to get to the awards and update what I have been up soon.

You are the bestest pals ever!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Winter is Coming

Well apparently winter is coming to our part of the world and mom is getting prepared.  Even though she hopes we don't get snow until mid-November, she is starting to get things organized.  Like today, she thought it would be a good idea if she tried my Muttluks on me.  She only put them on my front paws and I kinda got used them.  Ok, try not to laugh when you see the video she made of me!


Now she wants to try them on my back paws, and then we will work up to having them all on at the same time.  Oh, this is so embarrassing!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

I Survived!

Well pups, somehow I managed to survive my incarceration at the pet resort.  Apparently I had a good time and was playing lots with the owner's dog.  She is a lovely girl named Emily.  I got back home on Monday afternoon and basically slept all the rest of Monday and most of Tuesday.   My stomach has been a little upset, and mom says it sounds like aliens are in there.  I think the peeps are waiting for something to bust out of stomach or possibly even my back end, BOL!  Mom is making me some rice and she tossed a can of chicken soup into the rice and she will also scramble an egg for me to have.  Hopefully the aliens leave soon.

The peeps had a good time at the wedding and they say the food was the best they have ever had!

At the reception the hors d'oeuvres were scallops in some sort of marinade.  Mom did not have these as she is allergic to scallops and no one wanted to have to use her Epi-Pen on her.  The other appetizers were seared steak with foie gras on top and a souffle served in an empty egg shell and the souffle had a sprinkling of caviar on top.  Those were very tasty!

I would just like to point out that I got nothing in a doggie bag from these hors d'oeuvres!

Then for the meal.  The first course looked like this.
So that right there would be Buffalo mozzarella, with roasted grape tomatoes, pea shoot insalate and Italian herb vinagrette.  Doesn't that mozza look pawsome?  I love mozza!  Did I get a taste?  NO!

Then came the next course and it looked like this.
There you have braised beef short rib ravioli, Amarone reduction, and shaved parmeggiano-reggiano!  I love beef short ribs and the cheese sounded wonderful.  Did I get a taste?  NOO!!

For the entree you could have chosen between beef, chicken or fish.  Mom choose the chicken and it looked something like this.
Yeah, free range chicken breast Beurre a l'Anglaise with toasty spicy hazelnuts.  Very, very tasty according to mom.  I know, what you are thinking pups!  Did I get a taste?  NOOO!!!

Then came dessert, mom said it was the most complex dessert she has ever tasted!  She thinks it was served in a rose bowl, BOL!  So now you pups know what to do with your old rose bowls!  Serve dessert in them.
Chocolate Blush Verrine, Chocolate hazelnut mousse, vanilla sponge cake, cherries, mascarpone creme with white chocolate glaze.  It's like there's a party in your mouth and everyone is invited!

Well, at least the peeps ate well!  I had dry kibble at the pet resort.  Mom supplied the dry kibble.  It is my usual boring kibble.  I did get a treat at the pet resort.  Apparently I got a bully stick and I liked it.  Sigh!  Don't you think the peeps could have brought me back a doggie bag or at the very least a soiled napkin with all those delicious smells on it? 

Well, mom says I have to try and eat my rice and scrambled egg now.  She is hoping that will settle my tum and make those aliens go away.  Later pups!

Me digging a big hole in the back yard and getting very muddy!  How can you have a blog entry without a picture of yours truly!?

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

I hope I see you all again!

Well pups, the peeps are going away this weekend and I am being sent to a "Pet Resort"!  Quite a few weeks ago I sent Zoe a link to the place I will be staying at, and, well, she just said she hoped I would make it out alive.  BOL!

So just in case .....

I leave my collection of beef jerky and bully sticks to Zoe and Tux.  These are prime bully sticks from Alberta and the beef jerky is made locally in my city.  It is pawsome and I hope you enjoy it!

I leave my collection of 100% Canadian freeze dried ducks feet to Freckles.  I love these duck feet Freckles and I hope you will also enjoy them!

I leave my homemade sardine, peanut butter and sweet potatoes cookies to Charlie.  These are very tasty cookies Charlie and I love how awful they smell when mom cooks them.

I also have a bunch of Dentastix, milkbones and other treats that I would like divided up amongst all my pals.

Well I hope I have a good time there and I hope my peeps have a safe and wonderful weekend! 

Take care all!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Helping Mom in the Garden

Well pups, the weather has finally turned warmer and I am helping the momma in the garden.  Lots of things are starting to grow good in the garden and the flower beds are even looking not too bad.
Mom is growing tomatillos for the first time and she is quite excited!
Mom likes to try different things in the garden every year.  This year is tomatillos, okra, and celery.
First tomato of the season!
The tomatoes are just starting to produce fruit.  Mom is making sure to fertilize them and she even talks to them to encourage them to grow.  Yup, she gets a little loopy in the warm weather, BOL!
Would you believe last year we had only 5 zucchini's!  That won't be a problem this year.  This year anyone that comes to our place better lock their car doors, or they will be leaving with a bunch of zucchini!

Like I said, even the flower beds are looking not too bad.
Bell Flower?
Ok, pups, mom thinks this is a Bell Flower.  Is she right?
That is mom's favorite flower and it is called Veronica.  Angel Abby used to always dig a nice spot for herself behind this plant and watch mom work in the yard from that vantage point.  One year it took mom 3 wheelbarrows full of dirt to fill in the spot Abby had dug for herself!
Tiger Lily
Did you know that the  Tiger Lily is the official flower for our province of Saskatchewan!?  It is a protected species in Saskatchewan so don't mess with it!

We are still going on lots of walks.  Thankfully the tick population seems to be going down a bit.

On one recent walk we went down to the river.
Looking across the river
The river is still running quite swiftly and the water level is still very high.
Looking upstream
It was a very quiet day down at the river.  Not even a pelican was seen!
Looking downstream
We hardly have any shore this year.  The water level should starting going down in the near future.

After walking around down at the river we came back up the riverbank to continue our walk.
Looking across the river at a canola crop in full bloom
Then we walked through our neighbor's fields.
Winter Wheat
The winter wheat is just starting to turn golden at the top.  A few more weeks and it can be harvested.
Neighbor's Canola Crop
Our neighbor's canola crop is just starting to bloom.  Soon it will be all yellow like the one across the river.  Once the pods are ripe it will be harvested.
Fun, Fun!
Of course, no walk is ever complete without stopping to roll in something absolutely disgusting.  Yeah me!

When I am not rolling in something horrible, I like to spend time with mom in the garden.  I do try to warn her about insects that might hurt her, but sometimes she just doesn't listen to me!
Ant bites.
Yup, apparently mom is very tasty to ants.  Who knew?

Right now there is one thing that is driving mom crazy in the garden and in the flower beds and in the yard in general.  I think she is about to go "Caddyshack" on me!
To quote Carl Shackler from "Caddyshack", "My enemy, my foe, is an animal. In order to conquer the animal, I have to learn to think like an animal. And, whenever possible, to look like one. I've gotta get inside this guy's pelt and crawl around for a few days."  This fella is driving mom nutzo!

Well that was my walk and what is happening in our world.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!
ME!!! Looking handsome as ever!!