Sunday, July 20, 2014

Old Dog Haven Walk for Old Dogs 2014

Prepare yourself for an avalanche of photos. The Old Haven Walk For Old Dogs never disappoints.

But first, a quick photo of Nim's eye injury from working this morning. Thankfully below the actual eyeball.

And now, back to the dog walk! I love their bags. I have all three years now. They are super strong and people often comment on the artwork.

Today was our first "cool" day in over a week. It even threatened to rain a bit. Perfect for old dogs on a walk. As you can see, Bellevue Park added new sculptures. The tents for the Walk for Old Dogs event are in the background.

I spent more time in the tents this year. Some I wish I had gone back to.

Nim got a fluffy and a goody bag from the Community Cat Coalition. What is interesting about this organization is that it is a coalition of several other rescue groups in the area which probably works to their favor. The feral/roaming cat situation in this area is a big problem and this coalition promotes the Trap-Neuter-Return program in the area. When I took in Leela and her siblings as babies the deal was the family had to trap the feral mama (who had already had at least one litter they knew of), fix her, and release her back on their property. Last I heard she continued to have a long life and they kept her fed and safe. She wasn't initially their cat, but they took responsibility for her and ended her cycle of reproduction.

On to the dogs!

They had such a great turnout this year! I want to thank the people that sponsored me specifically and supported the cause in general.

The parade of dogs took over the entire park! This guy in the wheel chair is almost 13.

This pup was trying to will Nim to bring that toy over.

Someone thinks if he walks fast enough he will not have to go back in the stroller.

Buddies hanging together.

Resting by his stroller.

Someone has a cookie.

Guess who was making the noise this year.

Cruella de Vil costume presumably for the Owner Lookalike contest.

Nim all grown up. 3rd year with the old dogs. :)

The pugs knew how to live it up.

My mom came with Maggie. After we participated in the walk Maggie did some Nose Work training on the edges of the park. Talk about training with distractions! She did well.

Nim and Maggie were both so darn tired by the end.

Nim barely made it out of the parking lot before he was sound asleep.

I hope you enjoyed just a fraction of the photos featuring some of the beautiful dogs from today. 

Big thank you to everyone that came and for Old Dog Haven for running this event. I could just sit there for hours and watch the dog antics.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tired Saturday and Baby Deer

What a long and hot week! Today it feels like finally (at almost 5pm) it might cool off a bit. I think all I did this week is sweat. And sadly the majority of the time I was behind a computer working or studying.

Gardens are in high bloom right now with the heat. What little I have left alive I have been watering morning and night.

Even Nim seems tired today. He had a bath to get ready for the Old Dog Haven Dog Walk tomorrow in Bellevue! I can't wait to see the group. It would be nice if it isn't too hot for everyone.

It is baby season out here. Baby elk, baby snakes, baby bunnies (gosh do I have a lot of bunnies) and today, baby deer.

She either has twins or acquired a second one.

It was hard to get really good photos. I have to stay pretty far away from them and my neighbor is on a 5+ day tractor running binge and they don't like all the noise.

I wasn't able to switch fast enough to record, but there was some metal tractor noise and they bolted. It was incredibly cute to see them bouncing side by side with mom rushing to keep up.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


My new job is in the Georgetown area of Seattle. Everyone who knows me knows I swore I would never work in Seattle. :)

It is kind of a neat area actually. This photo is taken outside the Original Rainier Brewing Building. Nim wants to know where the city dogs poop. We have to search far and wide for grass.

We are in a bit of a heat-wave right now. I can't keep the cats off my study/sewing table and it drives me nuts! For whatever reason they think the table is cool to lay on.

Oh! In other news our holter test came out well! Next up we get the echo done. I am counting on good results.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Nim Goes To Work

I hope everyone had a nice 3 day weekend. I know I needed the three days (wasn't even long enough really). Nim had a good training day on Sunday.

Happy dog with his toy:

Currently Nim is sound asleep with a partial chewed bully stick in his mouth. That is a first. He sometimes sleeps with stuffies in his mouth, but usually not his chews.

Nim had a LONG day and he is pooped. Today he went with me to work.

He was shockingly well behaved. He would sneak off an investigate when he thought he could get away with it, but generally he was at my side.

Tomorrow the kennel goes in with us. This was a short day so I didn't bother, but for longer days I want the option to kennel him.

No news on his holter test. In fact I am going to write them right now and ask about the results.

By the way, all of these photos were taken on my new phone. I don't love the quality or the process of getting them off the phone, but they work good enough. I am also pretty sure I am not doing everything correctly on my phone yet (including answering it) so I am willing to say some of the quality issue might be user error.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July and RIP Dumb Phone

Happy 4th of July! It is loud out here. Between being a Friday and a nice weather day the noise has been pretty constant.

My new job has created some urgency around my cell phone situation. We tend to be a mix of telecommuters and odd working hours that has made it necessary for me to more available using all different types of media (especially text).

I have had this phone for about 6 years. It even fell off a moving car once and had the battery run over and I was still able to use it once I replaced the battery.

That is Chloe on the case screen.

And Odin as my wallpaper.

Today my soon-to-be-21-year-old sister escorted me on the cell phone buying process. She was like having a personal shopper. I may have continued to put off this agonizing purchase without her support. It is a Motorola Droid Maxx + the toughest case I could find in the store (OtterBox Defender).

Time to stop playing with this phone and go back to studying. Have a good 4th!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Happy Friday!

We all need a Leela to lay our head on.

Leela purrs so loud when Nim squishes her. It is pretty funny. I never hear her purr except with Nim.

Happy Friday folks. I am TIRED!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nim's First Holter

I am long overdue for a gardening post. I am so terrible this year with my gardening. I keep buying plants but not actually planting them.

I finally got many of my starts in the ground yesterday so that I would have more room on my table and ate my first edible item from plants I got in the ground a few weeks ago. 

That is about all the gardening for this post, the rest will be about Nim's first holter monitor experience.

In my mind, the single downside to Dobermans as a breed is their crappy health problems. After Odin died young from Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) I really thought long and hard about ever owning a doberman again it was such a rough experience.

And yet here I am, with my perfect little Nim. :)

Nim is completely healthy and symptom free. He is also 4 years old, extremely active, and has recently had two close relatives die: one definitely from cardio and one most likely. This means despite lack of symptoms I need to screen him. I request my holter from WSU. The vet helps me get it on, and then I will mail back all the equipment and their cardiologists will analyze the results.

As you can see, Nim was sort of grouchy about the holter monitor. He was way less easy going about it than Odin ever was. Fortunately I got it on him and immediately took him to obedience which he loves so it took his mind off the apparatus for awhile, but once we got home, he did some serious sulking.

Eventually he did go to sleep but he was in a snit the rest of the night.

Underneath that jacket there are 5 sticky attachments to shaved areas around his chest which is then hooked up to a digital monitor. I am sure it is not entirely comfortable.

In the morning we both begrudgingly hit the trail to get some excursion on the monitor. Neither of us slept well so we were both tired, but as you can see it was a beautiful morning. I think the jacket was warm for him. I will try and not do this again in the summer if I can avoid it.

I was going to take a picture of all the wiring and the attachments once I got the jacket off, but he was so grouchy with me we will try it next time. The monitor information will be downloaded and read for any arrhythmia.

At least the hair will grow back fast. :)