Monday, September 30, 2013

“When love beckons to you follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him, Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth......

But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor, Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears. Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.

Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself."

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully.”
Kahlil Gibran,   The Prophet

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A place for everything and everything in its place.

Cohen putting all of his mighty machines in order.

This boy is teaching me how to organize.......
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What a difference a few weeks make...another Jane report

Can  you believe how much hair is growing in ?  This little girl is doing just fine...Thank you very much.
Jane likes to ride in the car. She walks well on a leash.  By that I mean she does not fight a collar or lead.  I can tell she has been on one before and though she doesn't heel or sit when I stop walking she will learn, I am sure.  She knows what a crate is  and doesn't mind being put in one,  except I've already spoiled her and she whines to be in bed with me.  We both stink pretty bad.  From her, not me!!! 

I do believe she almost has a smile on  her face.

See how her hair is coming in?  And,  look at her little legs.  The swelling is almost
gone.  Even her behind is  looking good! 

 She looks rather haughty here, don't ya' think?
These pictures were all made this afternoon, 9-24-2013.
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Jane report #3

This shows  the areas where Jane still  has some swelling.  She is no longer sore to the touch and acts like she is feeling better every day.  She is eating and drinking well.  Her tail seems to be the most painful place on  her  now.  The swelling at the base where her tail joins her body is  hypersensitive and slow to show change.
Believe it or not, Jane is looking and feeling much better.

See how much her hair is coming in ?  Her skin is becoming  softer as the dead skin cells continue to  slough off and it is holding some moister now too.  She how her eyes are beginning to shine?

Flowers from Sophia 

Pictures from Cohen.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tobacco, morning glories, Jane Doe

 This is how Cyrus has been greeting me since he has been sick and I've been having to force him to take his truly awful medicine.  He has allergies ( ! ) and has been ill since the week Daisy became ill.  He has been on medication and back and forth to the vet several times during August.  He even had inhalation therapy!  At home he has a children's humidifier right under his stand pumping steam almost 24-7.
 He had a sinus infection, then he came down with a secondary infection due to  being on an antibiotic. He kept the original infection because he would throw-up the medicine I gave him so he wasn't getting enough.  The doctor changed the medicine to a different antibiotic, a cherry flavored powder I was able to trick him into eating by mixing in the peanut butter from inside Reese's cups.   He is better now, no infection, but he gets horrible headaches from swollen sinus membranes. He has to take allergy medication each morning to help eliminate that.  It seems to be working and he is not sneezing or hurting as much as he did.  When his head hurts he will not eat his pellets or crack almonds because trying to crunch the pellets or crack  the nut's shells  hurts his jaw and head.  You know yourself how bad a sinus headache is!  He has lost some weight so I'll be keeping close tabs on that.
Pan to another scene....
While Cohen and I walked in the yard Georgia figured she would have better luck getting some  petting if she got in my face to meow and beg.   She made a graceful leap landing beautifully on the top of a fence post as I was walking by.  I took her picture, gave her a pat and moved on.

 Jane follows me around now.  She cries when I go downstairs to keep Cohen for the day.  She will lie down on the floor and stare under the door to the basement waiting for me to come back upstairs.
 She has been back to the "whet"  ( Cohen's pronunciation of vet. ) for another skin treatment.  When I picked her up after her examination, blood work, dip and grooming she started crying as soon as she saw me.  She had to let me know how awful she had been treated.  I felt her pain plus a lot more when I paid the bill.  And to beat all she still stinks!  I hope once the soft tissue infection is gone and the dead skin cells have sloughed off she will not be too bad in the odor department.  Her skin is softening up and her hair is growing back like nobody's business so there is hope.   She is on antibiotics and a medication to help control the itching.
Pan to yet another scene....
These next pictures are of a field Cohen and I passed on the way home with Jane.  It was early enough in the morning that the morning glories hadn't closed yet.

I couldn't get a good angle on some of the shots as I was taking them  from inside the car while we were pulled to the side of the road.
These last few shots I did take while standing at the edge of the field. 
If you look closely at the photograph below you'll see the morning glories climbing the stalks of tobacco.   A Carolina mornin' for sure.
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Jane Report # 2

2013-09-07   This is day 8 since we found Jane lying in the middle of the road while we were in the mountains.  Her 2 skin treatments at the veterinarian's and her daily Aveeno oatmeal baths have done wonders for her, she is not itching nearly as much as she was.  Her skin is softer and I think there is even a little hair growth on some of her bald spots.  She is on a course of antibiotics for her skin but was parasite and heartworm negative.  She is eating and drinking well and today began sleeping without too much interruption because of itching.  YEA! 

                        Jane wants to tell you how she is getting along.
I visited  Margaret and got some nice lovin'.  Aunt Margaret loves dogs better than anybody !   She lets me do what ever I want  when I am  with her.  She lets me on her bed and pats and hugs me.  She does not mind that I still stink a little bit.

                          I can rub my tummy on her quilt.
                      I can rest on her tummy and get as may pats as I want.
And when it is time to go back to mommy's room I can sulk and say please let me stay a little while longer.
Mommy is proud of me because I tell her when I need to  go potty. She will take me outside every time.  It is  nice to feel the sun but I cannot stay out because the heat causes me to start itching again. 
When my mommy tells me " Jane.  Come. "  I follow her right away. 
Every time we go outside Foo Kitty will follow us to watch and wait for us to come back inside.

My Auntie Anne says she has legs wrinkled like mine but I do not believe her.

And I do not believe Mommy when she says she has a double chin like mine either.  It is just not possible.