A man from Little Rock, Arkansas was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbors beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owners fenced-in yard, as was the man. The award was less than sought because the jury felt that the man who, at the time, was shooting the animal repeatedly with a pellet gun might have provoked the dog.

‘Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.’ Albert Einstein

‘Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.’ Albert Einstein

‘I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I’m more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.’ Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)

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Feline Friday

My buddy Steve of Burnt Food Dude started this meme because he wanted everyone to know that he doesn’t hate cats. I’m still not convinced that he loves cats, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.  So come and join us in Feline Friday.
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2. Margs Animals
3. Mike Golch
4. Comedy Plus
5. Laika
6. Kathe W.
7. bethere2day
8. Uncle Skip
9. Animal Shelter
10. Kitty Par-TAY
11. messymimi

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The information below was written my my husband and sent to all our boating friends and our family. I had written about this, but hubby said it all so much better.

The Saga of Old Dogs

For those who don’t know, Little Bit had two seizures while boating to Stockton with the club on Friday, so when we got tied up we called our Vet in Turlock and made an appointment as soon as we could which was Tuesday at 4p.

We had taken Bit for her annual in December because we knew she wasn’t feeling well. Her behavior was off, following us around unusually and such. Turned out that she had a urinary tract infection and high liver enzymes. The alphabet soup enzyme starts with the letter A and has several letters, so I don’t know which it is but more to follow. This liver enzyme is supposed to be in the 1000 number and hers was in the 3000’s. Meds and sonogram to follow.

The results of the sonogram showed cysts on her liver and we were to stop high protein treats which we did.

Dr said that the elevated liver enzymes can cause seizures so another blood test yesterday. This time the enzymes are in the 4000 level, so it is increasing which is not good. We go back in a month for another test.

Dr was very gentle in talking about what we can do, including a biopsy of the liver, CAT scan on the brain to see what is going on there etc.

Finally we said, “We know we have a very old dog. Our objective is to give her the best quality of life we can and make her as comfortable as we can.” With that he changed, showing relief and we talked about the reality of very invasive procedures that reveal problems that we can do nothing about.

Although he did not say it directly, the feeling that we got was serious liver trouble. We don’t want to say the “C” word, but we are afraid that is where she is headed.

Our instructions then from the Vet are to watch for behavior changes, come back for monthly blood tests and savor every day.

We have noticed Little Bit staring at us with increased frequency as she contemplates her mortality and exit.

So each time you see her, relish the mystery.

Wednesdays Question

It’s Wednesday so that means it’s question time. It’s time to ponder and then answer just one question. Okay, you can add all you want as a reason for your answer too. We’d all like that.

So here’s this weeks question: Texting and driving is deadly. Do you text and drive?

When I was working I spent my time driving from one meeting to the next with my phone in my ear. That was bad enough. I don’t even have a cell phone now. Hubby does, but disconnected the text feature because of all the ads we were paying for. I have never text in my life. I find the current cells phone a huge distraction. Don’t people talk to each other anymore?