Thursday, November 28, 2013

My Reason - a walk down memory lane

This is Jazz, Reason's mother. She and I had a long night back in 1996. I got settled on the couch in the living room so I could keep a close eye on her as she was starting to go into labour. As you can well imagine, I was so excited that I got to whelp out her litter by myself. My Mom, Heather Logan, had to leave for a conference. She certainly got a much better night's sleep than I did! I know that the office manager, Tracy, of the vet clinic I worked at doesn't remember May 11 as one that was extraordinary but it was for me.

It wasn't until about five in the morning that I climbed into the whelping box with her to have a talk. I really needed her to start having pups. Well, as I settled down beside her, she leaned against me and started to push. It was a long day but what a beautiful litter of puppies.

You have no idea how hard I had to work to get Reason. My Mom thoroughly put me through the hoops to make sure I wanted her for the right reasons. That is actually how she got named. I was telling one of my coworkers all the reasons I told Mom why I wanted a pup from this litter. Tonya smiled and said that was the puppy's name, Reason.

This is the first time she got up on the bed by herself. I had been in the kitchen and when I couldn't hear anything, I went looking. She didn't move when she saw me. It was like, if she didn't move, I wouldn't see her. So adorable! The three of us had a blast in that apartment.

Reason absolutely adored Magic (who was her aunt). I have so many pictures of her laying, sitting, playing, sleeping in the same way that Magic would. At times, it looked like Magic simply had a smaller shadow.

I have this picture on my wall. Magic was so patient with this little monkey.

Reason sure made Magic feel like a pup. The stuff they would get into in my bedroom at vet school was incredible. I'm just going to let you imagine the picture I have of them laying in the remains of two toys that had been stuffed and a newspaper that I had been planning on reading. All I could do was giggle at how happy they were.

Magic (right) and Reason loved to pose for the camera. So proud of my baby girls.

Her loss has left a huge hole in my heart. Not only was she an amazing dog, she was also the last dog from my mother's breeding program. My sister and I will never forget being woken up in the middle of the night when we were kids by the smell of a puppy being held by my Mom.

I will miss her but I know she is waiting at Rainbow Bridge with Magic and my other babies. I also like to think of them as greeting all of my patients, making them feel more comfortable.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Power tools? Uh oh...........

I want to start this blog by saying no animals or people were harmed in this story. As for the wall......I'm so sorry wall! I will back up a bit so this story makes a bit of sense. I have an amazing client who was not only taking care of her pets, she was doing her best to take care of a family member's two cats. Long story short, I insisted the two cats come stay at the hospital until I could find them a home. Whenever I would attempt to make introductions to a potential new family, Willow would hiss. Three months later, they are still with me.

What is a girl to do but revamp the home office into a forever cat room? Hit the internet and found some "easy to install" wall cat shelves. Not so much! I ended up buying out most of Home Depot's wall brackets. I wasn't taking a chance on the girls getting hurt. It was both frustrating yet very fun to get it done.

My supervisors did not seem to think I could do it without their help!

Pretty sure Cardinal was wondering if I had lost my mind. It may have been what I was muttering......

Woohoo!! Finally finished.

Hoping they think their new digs are pretty cool!

So today was the day, I brought them home. I had food out in a variety of places and some well placed pinches of catnip.

The shelves are holding!!!! Huge relief! : )

Willow is certainly more confident in my carpentry skills than Sadie!

It could also be because she was having a blast with the catnip!!!

I think they are happy and I am absolutely thrilled!