Mutts n' More

A Random Collection of Fur-Covered Happiness

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You've happened upon a place filled with animals so cute and furry (or not) that they can brighten anyone's day. Their stories are often touching or inspirational and are sure to make you realize how important the animals in your lives are. Enjoy!

If you're looking for something a little more real and down to earth, then stay and read about the life of a lesbian couple with 14 furry and scaly kids who are just trying to make it through life's craziness together. It has its ups and downs and twists and turns but one thing's for sure: it's never boring!

To Infinity And Beyond!

Today I have an interesting article I found on dancing black holes! Isn’t that awesome? Yeah, I thought so! Check it out here.

I want to know what happens when two black holes merge. Whole new galaxy or what? It causes a worm hole? A rip in the space-time continuum? Hehe. And since I find space absolutely fascinating, here’s another story about the black hole right in our own backyard: the Milky Way! And now for the obligatory beautiful picture:

Sorry if space isn’t your thing but I just love how endlessly beautiful and amazing it is. But of course, I wouldn’t leave you without a cute picture involving our amazingness: the kids. It’s another old one from back in Ashland over last summer.

Nikki, Spunky and I Enjoying Some Dairy Queen

Nikki, Spunky and I Enjoying Some Dairy Queen

Hope everyone’s having a great day!

Oh yeah! Your cause for the day. Which unfortunately may bring you down a bit. I just cried while reading this article. If it brings a tear to your eye as well, signing their petition may actually make a difference. Let’s get that Harb Seal Bill passed in Canada!

Isn’t that a face worth protecting? I love animals so much. I just don’t understand how people could harm them deliberately. It’s just beyond me. I can’t wait until the human species has evolved to be like, well, the animals. It’ll happen, and I hope someday soon. I have faith.

Old Photo and Even Older Footprints

Slept in pretty late this morning because I was exhausted. After that I tried to be productive by clearing out most of the messages on my cell phone. Sounds like nothing but I’ve seriously had some of these messages on my phone for over a year and my messages have been full for months and it makes people grumpy. But these were messages from Nikki and my mom and grandma and dad and birthday wishes and stuff like that so I couldn’t just delete them. So I saved them onto my computer using the voice recorder thing. It took maybe an hour or more so not very long but see, I only like doing it when other people aren’t around. So yeah, I did that while my mom was out shopping and Nikki was being super good and cleaning out her car for the trip tomorrow. So yeah, now I’m down to only 3 messages on my phone and all the others are safe and sound on my computer. Which sounds like a jinx so I’m gonna do a backup onto our hard drive later tonight. After that, Nikki went through tons of trouble trying to get her online classes all set up. Northland is totally screwing her over and there’s the possibility that she might not get to take her classes which, of course, means she wouldn’t be graduating when she’s expecting to. Please wish her luck because none of this is her fault – it’s all because Northland can’t communicate between different departments and screws over pretty much every single student that goes there unless you’re a guy jock. Anyway, while she was doing that, I worked on removing and adding songs from my mp3 player and it’s got a really nice list on it now.

After that we took Akima back to the vet since I called them earlier about her wound seeping a bit and we decided it was best to just have her rechecked. We took the pups along for the car ride and because my mom wanted us to get Rufus’ nails cut too. I tried a few weeks ago but our clippers are crap and we haven’t bought any new ones yet. So we went and a vet tech looked at her and she said it looked okay but they went ahead and put another drop of skin glue in the part that was slightly open. Yeah, and we also decided to get Akima a cone which she absolutely hates. Seriously, she is so angry. Rufus’ nails got cut though he had to go in back since he was being such a baby. When he came back he like raced across the table to me. It was funny and cute. When we were leaving I also asked the vet tech if she knew anything about my flyers since we saw there weren’t any up front. I guess they all just got taken already. Yay! I really need to make more and then get out there and put them everywhere! Anyway, she said she’d tell people about me since apparently lots of people ask them about petsitting. And then when we went to pay, she told us not to worry about it. Cool, huh? Free exam and a cone and a nail clip! The clip and cone should have cost us but it didn’t. Nikki says I charmed her or something. ^_^

After that we grabbed some french bread from Kroger and then came back. I wish we’d gotten out more today because it was gorgeous! It was 50 degrees here today! Of course, I also know that it was in the 80’s in Austin. I can hear Mac whining now. Poor her. When we got home and let Akima out it was funny because she tried to back out of her cone and just looked really angry in general. I made it worse by taking her picture and Nikki even videod her. I’m going ot be nice and not post a picture of her because then she probably wouldn’t talk to me for a long time. So instead I’ll give you an old picture of her where she’s not so… pissy.

Akima Kitten Looking All Pretty in the Sunlight

Akima Kitten Looking All Pretty in the Sunlight

Now we’re watching the Daily Show with my mom and once Winnie wakes up it’s going to be Big Bang Theory – I can’t wait! Below I have some quotes from the Daily Show.

“To us bipartisanship is them being forced to agree with us after we have politically cleaned their clocks and beaten them.” ~Rush Limbaugh at CPAC

“Our founding fathers understood that the guys with the guns make the rules.” ~NRA CEO at CPAC

“So to summarize, CPAC consisted of the deriding of veterans, open calls for presidential failure and the anhialation of an American city, all to save the United States from unpatriotic Democrats. Apparently the only time we have to love this country is when it’s controlled by Republicans.” ~John Stewart

Now I have my political opinions and I’m pretty sure they’re obvious but I don’t normally say much about it but sometimes Republicans are just the biggest morons. I know we’ve had our share of stupid people on the left (Kerry was a joke) but seriosuly, they’re just utter morons sometimes. Why would they choose some of those people to speak for them? Rush Limbaugh’s quote above got TONS of applause. Are you f*cking kidding me?! He just blatantly said that they had no intention of trying to work together with the Democrats and they all just agreed with him. It makes me upset. They’re such hypocrites. What a bunch of pansy whiners. John Stewart is awesome!

And now for a cool article I just found:

And your cause for the day (Protecting our Forests) can be found here:

Make a Difference!

Hey everyone! Today started out rather tough because I was feeling sick and was in a grumpy mood but we (me, Nikki and Momma) came out to my gramma and grandpa’s and it’s been better since then. Actually, one part kinda sucked. Anyway, when we got here my grandpa went to Walmart and Nikki and I played on the Wii. I’m better at the shooting game but she and LS are better at the people finder one. Then my gramma and I played the shooting one and I beat her pretty bad but it’s cool because my gramma knows how to play the Wii! How many other people can say that? I’d bet not many. After my little cousin woke up, he and I played the tank game a bit and then we went downstairs to watch W. We didn’t finish it and so far I find it really boring. My mom and gramma like it thought.

When my grandpa came back he told me that one of my tires was completely flat. Great. So Nikki and I go out there and it turns out that it’s the valve that’s slit so there’s no way for us to fix it. So we put my spare on which is a real tire, not a donut, which is nice. My dad always gets me my tires from Discount Tire and they’re awesome because they have an 80,000 mile warranty on them. These tires are only 20,000 miles old so they’re covered and it’ll be free to get the one fixed and my tires rotated. Cool, huh? The only downside is that the nearest one to us is over an hour away but oh well. At least I don’t have to buy a whole new tire. Mine are nice. Anyway, it just sucks because I hate that so much bad stuff is happening to my car. First it gets hit sitting in a parking lot, then they don’t fix it right, then the skirt around the front tire comes out as we’re driving down the road at 70 mph, then the front light comes out of place, the passenger side mirror breaks internally, the fuel injector gets gunky and now this. *big breath* All in like 4 months. Blah. I just need more money to fix it all up again. Plus, I went out and sat in my little truck with Nikki and now I want to fix it up. I should probably just sell it but I couldn’t buy another car or truck with the money I got from it. It needs a new battery and some wires replaced in it but the tires and the transmission are pretty much brand new. If I could fix it up then I could take it down for my dad to use when we move there but then if I ever needed a truck we could trade cars for awhile. Plus, the truck has sentimental value since it was my first ever vehicle and it was my gramma’s and she gave it to me. So anyway, I’m going to have to think it through and make a decision.

Tonight we made some really nummy taco bean dip (which Nikki posted in her blog) and my gramma made chili. Spunky had lots of fun licking the mayo off of the spoons.  I stuffed myself on the dip and chili and Mexican cornbread. Now I’m on here real quick (yeah right) to share some links with you.

See, I forgot to tell everyone yesterday that I entered Spunky into the February dog photo contest at pamperedpuppy.com and while it didn’t win, it did make it into the honorable mentions. Yeah, there’s 150 honorable mentions, but they said they received over 1300 that month so I feel really good about that. The photo I sent in is one from Rock Knob in Duluth, MN where Spunky was being all super dog and I really love the shot. It’s up on my DA but I’ll post it here so you can see. Also, if you don’t believe me, you can see his honorable mention here.

Spunky Being a Super Dog

Spunky Being a Super Dog

I love this picture!

Also, I found a cool article about a bill recently introduced into Congress that could help save the wild horses of the American west.


Wouldn’t it be great if it passed?

And, if you feel like making a difference yourself, you could sign this petition about saving monk seals:

Also, I must say that I’m proud of myself for getting all these “fancy” picture links to work, with Nikki’s help of course.

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

*dances around in her chair to the Kool & the Gang song in her head*

So today is an absolutely marvelous day! You know, that’s a really funny word. Anyway! You want to know how my day began? Well, I was woken up at (*checks phone*) 8:03 this morning by a phone call from the president of Northland College. You want to know what she told me? She said that she was very proud of me for sticking with my capstone even through all the adversity surrounding it. Don’t know the story? Here’s a brief synopsis: no matter how hard I tried to find a way to get my capstone done and change my psychology minor to a major, the school blocked me somehow. First it was the teacher, then the dean then it was the registrar telling me to pay for the class for a third time which would have come to a whopping $1300! Obviously I don’t have that, but I’ve been working with the teacher and completed my experiment on the dogs at work in the hopes that I could find a way to get the class paid for. That’s pretty much the story thus far (though with tons of ups and downs thrown all around in there). So she tells me she’s proud of me and – THAT SHE’S GOING TO WAIVE THE COURSE FEE FOR ME! So all I have to do is kick myself into gear, get my paper written, make a powerpoint and poster and present on Friday and I will have completed my undergraduate education! YES! So I can not screw this up. I need to get to work on finishing my paper and fast! I can do it! And isn’t that an amazing way to wake up? I thought so!

Onto the next super awesome, amazing thing of the day: WE FOUND SOMEONE TO SUBLET THE ENTIRE APARTMENT!!! That’s right, the day after that woman said she couldn’t and Nikki was crying because she was so upset – we got someone to take it for sure! You want to know who? My boss! Seriously! I walked into work and started chatting about how the woman we thought was going to take the place called and said she wouldn’t so we didn’t know what we were going to do. My boss casually asked some questions about the place and then said that if the people that came to look at it tonight didn’t want it that maybe she would take a look at it. I told her she could look at it whenever she wanted because we have no idea how long it would take them to make a decision. So then I go in the back and clean a bit and then I come back out and she asks if we can go look at it right then! I semi-panicked because Nikki had planned on getting off work a little early to clean for the people coming at 7. That, of course, meant that the house was pretty much a total mess. I asked her if she could look beyond the mess and she said she could so off we went! Man, I was so worried she was going to take one look at the piles of crap and leave but she looked through everything, asked questions and just like that we were headed back to work. I told her some about our utilities and cable and then we sat in silence for a bit. Then she said “Well. . . I’ll take it.” And I just stared at her for a moment and was like “Really?” And she said YES!!! I wanted to just squiggle and squirm in my seat! When we got back I asked her again if she was sure and she assured me that she was! So I ran into the back and called Nikki right away. Now I’m the sneaky sort so I just nonchalantly told her that she should message the people coming to see the house and tell them not to come. She said “what?” and I repeated myself and said there was no need for them to come. Another, trying-oh-so-hard-not-to-get-excited question of “why?” “Because Cyndi’s taking it!” So then Nikki was off crying again but this time it was because she was so happy! Just like that we had our apartment problem solved! I was so happy that I went around and did a ton of cleaning today!

So you know how trouble comes in threes? Well I’m guessing that blessings do too because we had one more really happy thing happen today – MY CAMERA CAME! I checked the tracking at work and found out it had been delivered so I called Nikki and she rushed over there to pick it up before the post office closed. Then when we got back home I rushed right to the box and we unpacked everything right then and there in the middle of the living room floor. Nikki took a video of me opening everything and oh man – it is BEAUTIFUL!

My Nikon D80!

My Nikon D80!

It’s so perfect and shiny and black. And the lenses are amazing and my hard case looks so professional and, and, it’s just awesome! I am SO happy! I got an amazing package and an amazing deal too!

Look How Much I Got In My Package!

Look How Much I Got In My Package!

I was feeling bad about the money I spent on it but now that I can look at it it just makes me beam with pride. I love getting new gadgets and this one is so cool and can be the beginning of something big for me and my family! If I can get this pet photography thing going, it could help so much with our dreams of taking care of our family and taking care of the world as a whole (as much as we can).

So that was my day! My wonderfully positive day. Now it’s time for all of your dreams to come true! It can happen. We still have a ton of work to get done in a very short amount of time but we just have to keep plugging away and we’ll get it all done somehow. You can do it too! Just stick to it! And since you all have been so supportive of us during this difficult time, I hope you know that we’ll be here to send you good thoughts and be someone to listen to your problems and try and give you inspiration. Really, we’re here for you!

If Looks Could Kill. . .

If Looks Could Kill. . .

Haha, this is from the other night when we picked up boxes that turned out to be quite large. Heh, so we had to shove them in back and they took up pretty much the entire seat so Spunky was squashed against the other side. He pouted so bad! And after this picture I tried to get a picture from the other side but he refused to look at the camera because he was so indignant. Man, what a hilarious pup! Good night everyone! I hope something good happens to you very soon!

Too Cute!

Today went by way too fast. It really sucks. I had to waste so many hours at work when I needed to be here packing. We have people coming to look at the place and right now we can’t even walk!!! How is this supposed to happen? No matter how much we get done, there’s still too much left. And the house just keeps getting more and more messy! Two of the closets are semi clean but that means that all the things that were in them are now scattered around on the floor! How can trying to be organized be so messy? I’m trying to keep everything together with like things and trying to go so far as to write on every box and bag what’s in it. And my mom suggested putting stickers on everything and numbering it and making a master list on my computer about what’s in it. Good idea, and we’re gonna try, but that means even more to do! AAAAAGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!! So yeah, sat at work and wasted my day. Okay, okay, I was actually good and after I was the only one there I pulled out my laptop and worked on my research paper. I got my methods section done which, when formatted correctly, came to be just under 2 pages! Awesome huh? My paper has to be at least 6 pages so that’s a nice chunk. I’m still avoiding the intro like the plague but I need to stop doing that since it’s the hardest for me. I hate researching. I already did the experiment. Why do I have to go find other people’s work and tell you about it in my own paper? Gah! So stupid and a waste of my time (of which I have none). Anyway, work was okay. Some awesome dogs were there today (Tazz, Reggie, the Twins, Belle, Tutty, Stella, Bubba, all of them!) and I’m really starting to realize how soon I’m going to leave them. It’s enough to make me cry (I already did one night last week). I love these dogs. I really, truly do. I can fall in love with animals fast and this is going to be so, so hard on me. Oh man, new subject. So after work we went and picked up boxes at the school and then it was off to Walmart (after leaving the poor, mistreaed pup at home for more room). Turns out he could have come because the people at Walmart forgot to leave us boxes. Great, we were counting on those. Still, we got packing tape, garbage bags (for packing, not trash) stickers, and some cloth for the inside of the bag Nikki’s knitting. Then we came back and Nikki made food and I, well, I made a huge mess. Why can’t this just be over with? Why does me trying to pack make everything worse? I’m trying to be good! And it’s turning out bad! HELP!

More Mess!

More Mess!

This is what happened AFTER we worked for a couple hours! Why? What am I doing so wrong? Oh, and if you look really hard, you can see a puppy in the back, being dwarfed by the massive pile of crap in front of him. >_<

Now we seriously need some cheer up time. And, I know you want to see that last picture of Spunky modeling over Thanksgiving break, but today is Wednesday! Which means you get a video! Because I had time to do it again! Yes! So here is a video of Merlin when he was a kitten. And it looks like he’s bugging the crap out of Spunky, but don’t be fooled. Spunky loves his kitten!

Get Down Tonight!

So someone on Facebook just updated their status about how they were happy about Christmas break – IN 10 DAYS! I am so freaking out! How can we do all this with just 10 days left? That’s write my paper, pack everything, move, show the house, take care of the mold in our house, get my car fixed, take care of my traffic citation, take care of getting my capstone approved. . . AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In other recent news, I contacted the health department today to see if they would come look at the mold in our bathroom because I thought that might be a way to get out of our lease. It was actually a cool story because towards the end of our conversation the woman said “Do you work at the kennels?” and I said “Yes.” and she said “Hey, this is Barb, Tazz and Bubba’s mom.” Since I haven’t introduced my work dogs yet, I will just say that Tazz is my absolute favorite dog. I love that boy so much! So yeah, small world, huh? It sure proves how many people you can meet because you take care of their dogs. Anyway, I’m not sure if we’ll have to go that route because 2 people have inquired about our place. One is a girl from school that we know. The other we have no idea about but she called and wants to look at the whole place so we’ll see. So yeah, we still have no idea what Wendy is doing but it doesn’t matter. I called the landlord (And he answered! Apparently he just refuses to talk to or return Nikki’s calls) and he told me that if Nikki and I find replacements that we make an addendum to the lease that says that those people are now responsible for our part. In other words, if we find someone to take our places, then even if Wendy up and deserts the place, we won’t be held responsible. So that’s good. I’m trying to look up about things. Maybe it’ll work out. Makes me feel bad about feeling down – does that make me a bad person? Am I allowed to moan and complain and feel like the world is against me sometimes or would a good person not do that? *sigh* I just can’t help it sometimes. Anyway, we need to pack and I need to write and I don’t know which one to work on first. And I have a huge list of things to pack but I still freeze when it comes to actually packing them. It’s things like this – huge projects – where my ADD really kicks my butt. I have no idea how to overcome it, either. If someone tells me what to do exactly, I can do it, but other than that I pretty much have a panic attack and do nothing. Then I feel like a completely useless piece of crap which never helps. It’s horrible! Here’s hoping I can get the ball rolling. Please, please happen! Let us get this all done! Oh, and if you think I’m exaggerating on how much we have to do, well…

It's One Great Big Mess!

It's One Great Big Mess!

I swear to you that we do not try to be messy people. Now we will never be the immaculate sparkling white floors and counters type people. I’m not that crazy about cleaning. But we hate how disorganized everything is. Still, we can’t seem to help it. This place is tiny and we have next to no furniture. It’s hard to keep things off the floor when you only own 2 bookshelves, 1 computer table and an entertainment center. There’s no place to put anything! It’s hard to keep things nice and neat when it all has to be crammed onto tiny bits of shelf and still spills over onto the floor. It sucks.

So you want some more laughable Spunky modeling? Good because that’s what I’ve got for ya’!

Spunky, Queen of Disco!

Spunky, Queen of Disco!

Great, isn’t it? We’ve got one more to go and I saved the best for last. Don’t forget to come back and look!

Home Sweet Home

Howdy everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates. It was near impossible to get pages to load on the dial-up and photos were not happening at all so I didn’t even bother trying after that first night. The rest of the trip went well. On Friday we went to Kenosha to visit 3 different museums – a Civil War Museum, a dinosaur place, and the Public Museum. I guess my favorite was the Civil War one, which we went to first. I liked seeing all the artifacts and tried to take pictures and the stuff I read was interesting but there was WAY too much to read. I am an extremely slow reader, so I gave up after awhile. There were also the creepiest mannequins there that talked at you if you got close to them. Yeah, freaky! After that museum we went to the lakefront to have lunch. After lunch we walked along the rocks lining the lake, but not before I fed a whole flock of seagulls my crusts! It was so fun! I love birds like seagulls and pigeons, believe it or not. I think they’re beautiful. All birds are. So that was awesome! Skipping around on the rocks was fun, too, and I got to walk on them with everyone. We also climbed up a little blinky-light tower thing (I wouldn’t say lighthouse, I dunno what it is) which was cool, but I’m afraid of heights too. Yeah, after that we went to the dinosaur place which was pretty disappointing since it was only one room with like 20 skeletons (casts) all crammed onto this tiny platform. And this one dinosaur that was in “feeding position” just looked like it had toppled over. LS liked it, though, so that’s good. She was cute getting all excited over all of it. She’s adorable. In fact, here’s a picture of her with a not so furry or scaly beast.

"Get A Picture of Me With My Dinosaur!"

"Get A Picture of Me With My Dinosaur!"

One cool part of it was that downstairs you could see parts of the baby Tyrannosaurus Rex that the guy that runs the place helped discover out in Montana. They call it Little Clint and it appears to be the youngest T. Rex ever discovered. Neat, huh? After the dinosaur place we went to the public museum, which I must admit, pretty much bored me. I was sick of looking at things through glass, so seeing some fossils and really fake mammoths didn’t do much for me. The upstairs was better because we got to see artwork by the guy who drew “Catwings”. I remember reading some of those books in Singapore and I loved them! Nikki knows a lot more about the stories and has read books in the series I didn’t know existed, but I still enjoyed it. They also had a section of mostly ivory carvings from Asia which I would have taken more interest in had I not already been museumed-out, as it were. Plus, my house is filled with Asian antiques, so it takes quite a bit to impress me. Still, it was a good day. Yesterday we pretty much sat around the house, did laundry (Nikki did, anyway) and then played Cranium at night which went ok. It was the fastest game of it I’d ever played. Note: I suck at sculpting “North Pole”. Oh well. Over the whole time I was also trying to look at the cameras on eBay and talking to family about them. (Random question: Why “eBay”? I get the e part, but Bay? Anyone know?) Anyway, today I went ahead and BOUGHT MY CAMERA! Awesome, huh? Oh, if only it were that simple. I believe this needs its own paragraph, even.

So my family and Nikki helped me decide which one I should get. I really needed to get it before tonight because I had a coupon for 10% off that expired today. So I finally decide this morning to go ahead and spend the $800 to get my camera. Only problem is, the dial-up means it takes an hour and a half to get through the 10 pages it takes to confirm everything. Yeah, then I see that even though I changed my address to make it match my card and therefore be a confirmed address, Paypal didn’t register that change and so it is the wrong, and therefore unconfirmed, address. The seller I bought from won’t send to unconfirmed addresses so I’m screwed. Yeah, an hour and a half was all for nothing. Plus I’m now out $800. *sigh* So we get in the car and start driving home and when my dad calls to ask me if it all worked out, I tell him. He tells me to call Paypal and see what they can do. *another sigh* So then I call my mom to get her to find out the number for me and I call Paypal. I listen to stupid ads about Paypal and eBay for like 10 minutes and talk to the dumbest woman ever. I tell her the problem is the address and she tells me she deleted the whole transaction. Thanks, how helpful. . . I then call the seller and this guy is actually nice and tells me that we need to do a mutual cancellation and he’ll send me the directions on how to do that. Okay, not so bad, I’ll just do that and then buy it again with the right address. So I call my mom back and ask her if she can go into my accounts and rebuy the camera. She tries to and everything goes smoothly until we discover the coupon doesn’t work anymore since I already used it on the now-cancelled camera. *wince* So then I have to call Paypal again. The stupid automated woman asks me who I want to talk to. Now I don’t know how many ways there are to say “Coupons and Special Offers” but apparently I can’t say it right – even when I mimic how she says it exactly. On my last attempt I just yelled it and got transferred somewhere. A few minutes later and I’m talking to a woman who can’t speak English who tells me that she can’t help me and she’ll transfer me to the Coupons and Special Offers people. Great. Okay, now I kid you not! I sit there and call off the timer on my phone as time goes by: 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes. . . At 47 minutes I use Nikki’s phone to call my mom. Actually, I call and get some old woman telling me it’s a wrong number so I have to call my sister, have her give the phone to my mom and then have my mom call me back. See how this day was going? So I call her and ask her to try cancelling the first one and maybe that will give me back my coupon. As I’m talking to my mom, someone at Paypal finally picks up so I hang up with my mom. Now, the guy was really nice and said he was sorry for what happened and that he can help me. He also tells me that Paypal doesn’t have to ability to cancel transactions so the first woman I talked to had no idea what she was doing. He also sent an email to the seller on my behalf just to make sure they cancel it. He then resets my email address so my coupon will work again. Yay! Nice guy! Still, when I got off the phone, I had been on it for 58 minutes. Don’t believe me?

Insane!

Insane!

So after all that, I call my mom back, the coupon works and I have my camera ordered – again. I still have to call the place tomorrow and confirm this new order and make sure the old one is cancelled and then I have to do some legal crap through eBay so they know that it was a mutual cancellation and I don’t get a non-payment mark on my account. Whatever. The important thing is – I’m gonna get my camera! And in time for the holidays! I can take amazing pictures of everyone I love now! I wish I’d been able to get one sooner so I could have had pictures of up north, the lake, Spunky at the parks, and the dogs at work, but it just didn’t happen. At least I won’t be missing out on even more time. Yay! Nikki is so happy too. Now I need to start working on something for her for Christmas. I want her to be happy and she’s special so she needs something really special. *gets excited about ideas*

Okay, so I know that this post really had nothing to do about animals and I’m sorry, but I’ve been thiking. My original idea was just to post a picture of an animal everyday and maybe comment a little about it. But I’ve found myself wanting to talk more about my life in general. And the title of the place is Mutts n’ More. I thought that was just because it wasn’t dogs I was going to post pictures of but it can also be that while this is about animals, it’s also about more. It’s about me and Nikki and the crazy things that happen in our life. A lot of that does have to do with our kids, of course, but sometimes things just happen to us like this and I find it funny so maybe that could cheer people up too. I don’t know, what do y’all think? Do you wish I’d just shut up about me and only post cute pictures like so many other places do, or do you think it might interest people to read about our family – all of it and not just the kids? I mean, you can always just look at the pictures and leave if you want, but if you want more truth and detail then it’s all right here, too. I hope you don’t mind reading the things I blab about. Anyway, I’m not going to leave you longing for something cute and cuddly to “aww” over. I’ve always got that, never fear!

Bindi Sue!

Bindi Sue!

This is Bindi, the Jeske’s nearly 2 year old golden retriever. And this picture just makes me laugh because she’s got crazy eyes and her smile is just awesome. Seriously, can you look at that picture and not crack up laughing? I didn’t think so. ^_- I hope all of you had great holidays and I’m happy to be back and making you smile again!

How To Describe Today?

You want my day summed up in one picture? Here.

My Poor Car!

My Poor Car!

Yeah. Makes me want to cry. This is what happened to my pretty little car today. Now I’m perfectly unharmed. Want to know why? Because my car was parked when this happened. Yep, just sitting there all innocent like then wham! The problem is, we only have a certain number of spaces in the parking lot at my work and they were all filled so I had to park back and off to the side of the rest of them. My coworker went to leave and her truck wasn’t moving because of the snow so she gunned it. Well, then when she tried to brake, it didn’t work because of the snow/ice on the pavement so she ran into my car and her truck’s back bumper did all this. Seriously, she had supposedly left and then came back in, looking dazed and just motioned for me to come to the back. Then she told me that her truck slipped and she hit my car. Okay, I remain calm and figure she just dented it in the door or something. Then I go outside and I still remain calm but only because of the shock. My beautiful car was all smashed up. Okay, now I know we’re not talking a ferrari here. It’s a 1995 Mazda Protege with nearly 150,000 miles on it. But it’s MY car. My dad gave it to me. It’s my first car (my grandma gave me an old Ford Ranger that I haven’t parted with either that’s down in Tennessee.) It’s the car I’ve had my entire time at college and the one that has safely taken me across the country (from WI to TX) and back several times. I love my car. Ask anyone, I get upset when I find a new scratch or ding on it. Then this happens. I’m still in shock, I think. My coworker was really nice about it (well, she couldn’t really blame me, right?) and she drove it over to an auto repair shop to have an estimate done on it. Later on she also took it back to get the wheel hub pulled up a bit since it was rubbing on my tire. So she’s being very helpful and all but it still sucks, obviously. The worst part about it? She has no insurance. I have insurance, but only liability – my car isn’t “worth” it to insure since it’s so old. Yeah, you want to know how much it’s going to cost to fix my car? $1700! They have to completely replace my right fender, my bumper, my grill, and my right headlights. They have to hammer out the crunched corner of my hood. They have to make sure that my passenger door opens freely again (since right now it gets hung up on the busted fender). They may or may not (depending on if it’s salvageable or not) have to replace my windshield wiper fluid container. Then they will have to repaint all the replaced parts and put on my pinstripe and DX decals. This may sounds silly, but I got really happy when I saw that they thought to replace the decals because details like that matter to me and it made me feel like they really cared. Another thing that may make me look silly but I don’t care? I want to ask them if I can keep my grill. My car means a lot to me and I’m sentimental. My car has the old Mazda symbol on it, which I like better than the new one. So maybe I’m weird but if it makes me happy, why should it matter? So yes. That was how my day began. Now, I feel really bad because $1700 is a huge amount of money for my coworker to come up with – that’s the total amount of money I’ve been able to save for the 5 months I’ve been working! But it’s also not my fault. And I can’t help that she doesn’t have insurance. Seriously, people, let this be a lesson. ALWAYS insure your car! Hell, try to insure everything you can. It’s worth it. Makes me wish I had renter’s insurance. When we move to Austin, we will DEFINITELY do it! People may think “it’ll never happen to me” but you never know. Okay, consider this – it costs me less than $150 to insure my car for a whole 6 months. Fixing my car from a 5 second accident costs $1700. Wow. So yeah, I feel bad but there’s not much I can do about it. The coworker that hit my car as well as another one asked if I should just get a new car. Umm, no. $1700 would not get me a nice used car and I wouldn’t have a clue what was wrong with that car ayway. We’ve put $1000’s into my car fixing it up over the years, it has brand new tires, and, well, it’s my car. I’m not just going to replace my perfectly good car just because it got smashed. Anyway, I stayed pretty calm throughout though when I talked to my dad, Ted, I started to cry because I was upset. He helped calm me down, though because he told me what I should do. My other dad, Ricky, also gave me advice on what to do and he told me that he thought the estimate was good. Still, very stressful situation.

I’m sorry that I wrote about my car for so long, but this is my life. Also, my bad luck was not over at that point. I also got bit by a cat today so I have to watch that for infection and then later on I had a 10 minute nose bleed that left me feeling light headed. Yay day! So I need another cheer up post – they seem to be in high demand right now, don’t they?

I Have No Idea...

I Have No Idea...

Haha, check out the background! I think I’ll stick to that one picture for tonight. Spunky is funny enough on his own. I seriously have no idea what he was doing, but this is hilarious! I’m off to eat my Chinese, lay on the comfy bed Nikki made me on the floor, and watch Charmed. *sigh* So much for productivity. My drive is shot – too much happened today for me to want to do anything but lay here. I hope everyone else’s day went better!

Something’s Fishy Around Here

Oh man, today was very tiring. We had 22 dogs come in today and I did much the same as yesterday but today was also my 11.5 hour work day which just kills me. Okay, you can already tell. My writing sucks tonight. I’m sorry y’all. Don’t expect much from this post.

Leigh chose tonight’s kid and it happens to be Galileo, our other betta.

Galileo

Galileo

I know, that picture is not very good. He’s so small in the picture. I’d ask Nikki to crop it, but we’re both very tired from a very long day.

Galileo came before Aristotle, on April 4 of this year, in fact. He was a surprise to me from Nikki on a random day. Actually, I had seen him the day before at Walmart and we had talked about how pretty he was but we left without getting him. Much to my delight, the next day when I got out of a class, Nikki took me to her room and there was this beautiful betta waiting for me! She gave him to me as part of “I Love You With All My Heart Day”. Confused? Here.

I Walked Into Her Room to This!

I Walked Into Her Room to This!

Isn't She Adorable?

Isn't She Adorable?

This made me so happy! I’m not sure exactly why we named him Galileo, but I know it has something to do with another of my old bettas being named Cosmo and us starting to think of galactic type names, which led to astronomers. It just popped into my head and Nikki and LS liked it so that was his name. Anyway, I tried to find a newer picture of him because he’s grown since this picture. His fins are a lot bigger and he’s a bit more red. The last pictures I took of him (on the day Aristotle almost got eaten) turned out blurry, so this is the best I can do.

And sadly, that post was the best I could do. Blah. Forgive me? I promise to try harder tomorrow – after some much needed sleep! Good night everyone!

Miracle Fish

Aristotle

Aristotle

Seeing as the name of this blog is Mutts n’ More, I was going to start with a dog picture, or at least something furry, but the story behind this picture is what made me change my mind. This, my friends (uh-oh, McCain!), is Aristotle, one of Nikki’s and my bettas, and he is one very lucky, very strong-willed fish. You see, yesterday his life almost ended. Akima, our female cat, has a habit of trying to go fishing. I can’t count the number of times we’ve found her up on the bookshelf where the fish are with the tops knocked off of their bowls and her paws and the entire area covered with water. She knows she’s not supposed to do this but what does she care? She’s a cat. Because of this, we keep our bedroom door closed and it is offlimits to kitties. Well yesterday Akima was in there looking all mischievous like at the fish so of course when we left, we took her with us and closed the door. Some time later Nikki went into the room to look for quarters so we could do laundry and I just heard a heartwrenching scream of “No! NO!” I rushed into the room as Akima rushed out and there lying on the floor was Aristotle. He was curled up and stiff and I thought for sure he was dead. Still, being level headed as I am during emergencies, I scooped him up and put him back into his bowl. His front fins flicked back and forth a little bit. At this point I went into the living room, found Akima, grabbed her by the scruff and took her in to show her the fish and tell her “no”. She freaked out, brought up her back claws and got one right into my arm. She then wrenched away, actually leaving the outer “husk” of her claw in me. No joke.

Ouch!

Ouch!

See? Anyway, I digress. We then rushed around and cleaned Aristotle’s bowl so there was nothing gross in there to infect him and put in drops that not only clean the water but also helps promote healing of wounds and to stop infections. Still, it was very touch and go for a very long time. For awhile I had to use a Dairy Queen plastic spoon to bring him up to the surface so he could get a breath. Seriously, my emotions were back and forth and back and forth. We would get happy that he’d get a breath on his own but then something would go wrong. Sometimes he floated on his side at the top. Other times he did a nose dive into the pebbles at the bottom but his hind end was floating up towards the top. His balast must have been so messed up. At one point I finally broke down into sobs and cried over the fact that I try to save animals and yet my very own kids go and kill other animals sometimes. I know they’re just animals and that it’s their instinct but I feel the deaths are on my conscience and affecting my karma because I am responsible for my kids. Anyway, I started crying about all my kids that have passed on and asked for the universe to please help Aristotle because we couldn’t handle losing someone right now. Almost immediately, I’m not even kidding, he began to right himself. A few hours later and he was still balanced and seemed well enough that we moved him back into the bedroom (he’d been in the living room with us so we could keep an eye on him). We were hopeful but still trying to be realistic about him making it through the night. This morning, the moment I woke up I jumped out of bed and ran over to see – and there he was, swimming around like a good little fish! That picture of him is from 2 hours ago. He looks so great, doesn’t he? He has at least 5 puncture wounds (he was in her mouth!) and yet he pulled through. Amazing, isn’t it? I know it’s because of his strong will. I also know that my angel kids came to take care of him. It’s just a feeling I have. I know they were here. Probably to let me know that they are still here when I need them. I really needed that reassurance and here I have it – in the form of a tiny, beautiful miracle fish.