Animal Updates

The miniature-but-still-incredibly-fierce wolf will live to die another day.  Times two.

My dog has returned.  He is as cute as he ever was if you ignore his ugly paw paw.  Two paws on purpose, to me dogs have paw paws instead of paws.  He does not have cancer.  He will be around to sneakily eat tissue paper and create hidden spots to pee in throughout the apartment for a good while longer.  He did forget all of his manners while living with my parents and I am not happy but a few weeks of horrific abuse should take care of it.

We did have a recent scare involving the Animal Medical Center.

Some important additional things I may not have covered.  I have a cat, pretty sure I covered that one.  My friend moved back to NYC and I am watching her two dogs for her for an eternity while she gets settled in.  So there are other animals here.  Plus one more coming for a short stay tomorrow.  My brother is also staying here.

He came back in the middle of the week.  Sunday I came home from work with a horrible migraine and passed out.  I woke up because the migraine was so bad.  My brother had a friend over and I was being social (always a bad idea) when I noticed my dog wasn’t coming when called.  He always comes when called.  Got up to see why.

My brother left out a huge stash of chicken bones.  Cooked ones.  The kind that make little white fluffy dogs die terrible deaths.  In a cab to the Animal Medical Center we went.  Dog is fine.  Brother is just getting over how terrified he was and how bad he felt.  Luckily I was pretty much incapacitated with a migraine so I wasn’t angry.  Still not angry.  Brother felt very bad and paid for everything and I didn’t even feel like yelling once my migraine went away.

So dog is/was eating disgusting prescription canned dog food that is horrible quality but will prevent a blockage which will cost thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars to fix.  So boring low quality dog food it is.  We are now working roast duck and fried chicken back into the mix because I am a horrible pet owner who did a ton of Chinatown grocery store shopping and who has a brother working at a soul food/BBQ/good ol’ Amurrican food restaurant.  And yes, the food is amazing and he brings me home free food from time to time and I love it.

Again, Animal Medical Center was the bestest ever.  If you remember that is the same place I took Romeo to.  They had a record of that visit and asked if my dog was Romeo.

I also have a new computer.  My mac is seriously starting to die so I got a huge external hard drive to transfer everything.  Can’t lose pictures of cranberry coconut bird dishes and my adorable dog doing absolutely nothing.  I now have a Google computer.  A Chrome one.  The one that costs $199.  I have never had a computer that was not a mac.  I was very nervous but spent a lot of time talking to the wonderful guy working for Google and he assured me that while it is not a mac and is not pretending to be he thought it would be a great computer for now.  And I love it.  I really do.  It’s small and the lightest computer ever.  Doesn’t heat up when I use it for hours.  Nice battery life.  Everything works intuitively like macs so I can figure things out easily.  No having to upgrade anything or do virus protection or any of those things I never do.  So far I haven’t used any of the space on it at all.  I do miss having the ability to sync my music on my phone but when I get desperate I can force my mac to work.  I haven’t used my mac since getting this super fun and super cheap computer.  Even if it dies in a year or two it is worth it.  I can do all my paperwork for work on it and all that fun stuff.  I haven’t bothered to figure out all the cool things it does.

I’ll post pictures of my newest furry family member.  Miss Kitty is very cute and not allowed in the bedroom.  She will never be allowed around the birds.  I do not believe in cats and birds coexisting without great risk and stress to the birds and I refuse to allow it to become an issue.  So dog gets free run of entire apartment and cat gets free run of everywhere but bedroom.  Again, she is really cute and really tiny.  I have a itty bitty Shih Tzu coming to stay for a few days and they will be about the same size.

I never thought I’d say it but cats are super cute pets and even though dogs are obviously the superior pet I am learning to enjoy feline destruction.  Dogs still rule though.  My dog would never shred entire rolls of toilet paper and paper towels at lightning speed.  My dog would never shred a leather couch.  My dog would never rip up expensive shoes.  My dog would never try to eat my headphones.  My dog doesn’t bite toes.  My dog doesn’t bite throats.  My dog doesn’t pull bathroom window curtains down when people are naked.  My dog doesn’t attack you through the shower curtain while you have your eyes closed.  My dog doesn’t hide behind corners and leap out at your feet.  Cat no longer does this to me after she realized I am basically an animal who never evolved to full human so if something attacks me I am likely to fling it across the hallway.  Similarly my dog only woke my ex boyfriend up by fake morning attacks.  He tried it with me once and I freaked out in my sleep and threw him off the bed.  So cat has learned she can attack my brother and my roommate but not me or she dies.

My dog and cat love each other.  I didn’t mean to keep her.  Have I written about my coming into a cat story yet?  If I haven’t I will.  I see videos of cats not letting dogs pass them in the hallway or they swat them.  That would never happen here.  I rule with an iron paw paw and all the other paw paws are made of a softer metal.  My life goal is now to get a picture of them snuggling together.

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The Old, The New, The Borrowed, The Blue

Apparently there will be no “right time” to discuss this.  Not horrible news first.

 

I found a cat on the street.  Thought she was a kitty but the vet told me she’s almost an adult, just severely underweight.  I found her exactly two weeks before Juliet died.  She’s had all her shots and tests and is a much healthier weight now.  And no, she is not allowed in the same room as the birds.  She was quarantined and is getting along with my dog very well and it is super cute.

 

At some point I will go into how I found her and how adorable she is but right now I am consumed with worry.

 

My dog may be unwell.  This is HungryBird and all but to be honest my dog is everything to me.  Simply everything.  I love him more than I’ve loved any other pet.  By miles.  I even love him more than my black GSD, which I feel bad about admitting but now that it’s come down to it I know it’s true.

 

I don’t know for sure if my dog is sick or not.  If he is it could be manageable or he might die.  He is only ten years old.  The concern is cancer.  I’m so unhappy I alternate between crying in public (something I really hate doing) or just walking around like a soulless zombie trying not to cry in public.

 

So basically I don’t really care about anything else until I find out what’s going on with him.  When I adopted him as a teenager we made a pact that he would stick around until I was at least 30.  Which means he’s not close to the end of his contract so he’d better stick around.

 

It may very well not be cancer.  He is going to the vet soon.  They will most likely remove the little lump either way because it seems to be bothering him. This all happened yesterday.  I cried at physical therapy and my body ached more than usual.  I cried on the street.  I cried on the train.  I cried before I left the house and when I came home.  And by crying in public I mean tears in the eyes, not actual crying.  I’ve only cried in public twice once because I was a dramatic teenager and once because I ran into someone who was dying who I cared about.  I saved my dramatic sobbing for the house where I could bury my face in his soft white fluffy fur that always smells good no matter how long it’s been since a bath.

 

I always thought I’d get a second dog so I would never be without a dog but I don’t feel that way.  My mom had to put her dog down suddenly and it stunned our family.  Or at least it stunned my mom and myself as we still mourn him.  If I hear the worst news possible and he has to be put down soon I don’t feel that I have the heart to get another dog while he is dying.  I will resent that dog for being healthy and new and not my dog.  So now I’m just lost.  He is supposed to live at least another five or six years.

 

I’m going to give him a bath and a brushing before he goes to the vet.  Kind of like making sure I shave my legs before I go to the doctor.

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It Seems She Hangs Upon The Cheek Of Night

Juliet died Tuesday morning.

 

I knew she was dying when I saw her in the morning.  I don’t really know how I knew but I did.  I immediately called the vet a few blocks from my house but she died as we were about to leave the apartment.

 

I’m pretty upset about it.

 

She will be buried with Romeo upstate.  Now they can bicker and squabble forever.

 

I had other things to write about but they will have to wait.

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Cut Your Hair And Get A Job!

We moved. We are back in the city. My dog likes this new apartment and neighborhood.

I just renewed my domain name so now I have to write since I paid for another year. At some point I’ll try to pay for five years up front.

Need a new cage for Juliet. Need to order some pellets.

We are all doing well. Just busy. Working and working and looking for more work. Considering going back to school but unsure about cost and time required and all that. Plus I hate school.

I’m a godmother now. It’s actually disgustingly exciting. My friend had the most adorable baby girl in the universe. She is so cute and obviously intelligent. I love seeing high levels of intelligence in young kids because I’m weird like that. I just went to my childhood bookstore to buy her some of my favorite childhood books (Goodnight Moon!!!) and I can’t wait to watch her clumsily attempt to unwrap them.

Boyfriend and I are no longer together. Not sure if I mentioned this already. It’s been a while. Personal and all that. Don’t hate him and am not dating anyone. Not looking to be honest. Trying to focus on getting myself stable health and career wise first.

The more I think about education the more I want to throw up the more I think I should probably get a stupid degree. Ugh. We don’t need no thought control. I hate school so much but I suppose I have to march to the beat of society’s drum.

I also need to get a credit card since I have no credit history at all. And I need a new computer. I have used Macs since I was a tiny little thing and I refuse to change because I like the familiar. A new computer will be significantly more than one month of rent though so it is something to save for. I can’t decide whether to get a laptop or a desktop. Laptops are convenient but desktops are so great. Haven’t had one in years and the Mac desktops are amazing. I would of course clamp it to a desk so it can’t possibly fall. My laptop still technically works but it is going to die someday and, like dogs, I need to have a backup. Haha, I’m a terrible person for saying that!

I don’t know if you remember but last time we moved the birds adjusted immediately while my melodramatic dog had a rough time for two weeks. This time was a little different. I moved in for two nights before bringing the animals, who stayed with my family. My dog was very aware of the fact that I was sleeping elsewhere, maybe even with another dog! My family said he would walk around looking for me. When I finally came to get him and bring him to the new apartment he was so overjoyed to be reunited that he immediately adjusted to the new apartment and has had absolutely no anxiety. So obviously every time I move I need to abandon him for a few days. The birds thought moving was a fun adventure and happily chirped away the entire time.

In the next three years I will have to get another dog. A backup dog. My little man is ten years old and I don’t want to spring a new dog on him when he is ancient. I must admit I will be choosing a dog for him as well as for me. He will accompany me to pick our future buddy out. I might even get another dog just like him because they are fantastic dogs. I never imagined I would have small dogs.

This means I need to get my life in order within three years. A second dog is a huge commitment and another sixteen years of responsibility. Totally not ready for this yet but trying to plan ahead. Also, I should really have my life in order in three years anyway because I’m not 18 anymore. Grow up, shape up, move out, move on, move up. As my Nana would say, cut your hair and get a job.

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Phoenix Foraging Rolls Special!!!!

Phoenix Foraging Rolls is having a wonderful deal today so I went ahead and placed an order! I got a bag of their UnPellet Mix (so amazing, everyone should try it!) and I also got two bags of their new UnPellet Mix for small birds! Suuuuper excited about the small bird mix even though I must say my small birds devoured the regular one with no trouble!

I’m also going to place another food order at some point. Probably pellets. I’m going to be moving around and going crazy and the birds may stay with my parents for a bit while I move (Mom, Dad, hope you aren’t reading this site right now!!!) so I want to make it easy to care for them.

I’m going to use my Fauna gift card this week and get them dry food. Probably some of their special blends. Have Phoenix Foraging Rolls stuff arriving at some point so between all these things they will be fine.

Looking for a place to live! Cheap place, near train station. Any train as long as it goes into the city. Ideal if there were multiple lines to choose from. Cheap place, cheap neighborhood, cheap groceries. Don’t need to live in a cool, hip neighborhood because I’m not cool or hip and I work a lot anyway and just want to save money.

Sending in a job application today for a job I want to get. Hoping everything works out!!!

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Brief Update In May

I’ve been so busy. So very busy. Don’t have time for half the things I want to do.

Looking for a place to live. My animals are not the best thing for finding a place. All I want is a place near a train station in any borough (except Staten Island of course!) in any neighborhood as long as it is cheap.

Everyone is still doing well.

A good friend of mine sent me a surprise gift card to the bird store! Very happy! Going to stock up on their favorite seeds.

Don’t have much time, got to go to work soon. Just wanted to let everyone know I’m still alive.

Potential new job…very exciting. Actually several potential new jobs but one more imminent than the others. If I get a third job I will have more flexibility when it comes to rent money.

So hard to find a place that will let me bring my animals, that I can afford, and it not on the top floor of a walkup. Found one place but it’s a bit more expensive than I would like. Fine neighborhood (in fact 22 blocks uptown from the block I grew up on) and the roommates seem cool but I just don’t know about the monthly rent. New York is disgustingly expensive in case you were wondering. And I have low standards right now, I don’t want anything fancy or a nice, cool neighborhood. Just cheap rent and not a long walk to the subway.

Haven’t been reading Avian Avenue at all but I glance from time to time and found out Quaking Canopy is back!!!!! Also hoping for a Sidewalk Sale sometime soon but it seems to be taking forever.

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It’s Alive!!!

I’ve been bad about writing. Sorry. A lot has been going on, is going on, and will be going on.

All animals are alive and well. We may be moving yet again. I feel bad. My dog seems to really hate moving. I’m also probably entering that annoying phase where I’ll be moving every year for a while. Or maybe not. I’m going to have to be extra nice to my dog when we move.

My knees are okay. Still walking. Having troubles again but trying to work it out. Thinking about (finally) committing to taking two or three yoga classes a week to stretch out my muscles and hopefully build new ones. No hot yoga, just regular gentle yoga. I’ve seen two places that look promising, one in Harlem and one right by Dykeman. Since I may very well be moving to one of those neighborhoods it will work out well.

I’ll be living with at least one roommate. Not sure yet. They want to live in Manhattan with some interest in Queens or Brooklyn. I was specifically told “not The Bronx!!” so I’ll refrain from looking at all the listings for big, beautiful, cheap apartments up here.

It will be nice to be free. Interesting to be a city gal again. I love The Bronx and wouldn’t mind living in my old neighborhood (I’d love it actually) but at the same time I love the city. West side, uptown, love it. I’d enjoy living in Inwood and have my eye on an awesome apartment up there.

We’re also looking at one of those modern marble kitchen counter apartments in Harlem. Right next to the train station, which is important. All we insist upon is an elevator building (or possibly first or second floor apartment) and being close to the train. I don’t ever want to be more than two blocks from the train. And this apartment is one short block from the train.

I still have my two jobs and am looking for another one. Ideally one where I’m not as mobile so my knees can rest. I’ve been applying to a lot of different jobs and once I get my new Manhattan address I have a good shot at a permanent position in the city that would pay well enough for me.

My birthday is coming up. A big birthday for me. Low key celebration though because money is super tight. Thinking of having a friend of mine show me how to make Korean oxtail. I love oxtail and she says she wants me to try her Korean oxtail to see if I like it as well. I am quite confident that I will because it will be a meal made out of the tail of an ox.

All my time has been taken up with work, physical therapy, fighting with insurance companies, looking for another job, and looking for an apartment. Sleep too, very important. Haven’t been super social but in my own way I am, which is to hang out with one person at a time. My dog and I are the same, we don’t do well in large groups. Once I move I’ll be much more social though since my roommate(s) are going to be going out and I suppose I will as well.

My best friend is getting married this year. Best friend duties require me to be maid of honor. Which means I have to wear a stupid dress and get my stupid hair done and wear stupid makeup. None of which I EVER do. I’ve worn makeup once in my life. I suppose we all must make sacrifices. I already went with her (she dragged me screaming and crying) to try on dresses and we picked one out. A cute little-but-not-too-little light green dress that makes me feel like a Greek goddess. Going to have to get pictures of me in grown up clothes! This is the type of thing that will only occur when my friends get married and make me dress up for it.

Time to go check Avian Avenue and see if any Sidewalk Sales are coming up soon.

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