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Security Snafu = Job Change

So. You’ve all heard how my Accident turned out to be more serious than Elizabeth originally thought. Dr. Celia told her that I must take 10 days at least away from my normal duties as Head of Security on the Campbell Estate. Not only that, but she discarded the T-shirt you all thought looked so cute on me and has given me yet another “look”: Dog Grunge, complete with head gear and a zipper and pipes where the T-shirt was. And I’ve been shaved. Again.

I don’t know. It just isn’t me. I don’t want to hurt Dr. Celia’s feelings. I’m sure she did an excellent job. But the new look leaves me feeling a bit… inadequate. A bit… depressed.

Winter is coming, and my wool takes a long time to grow, so I’m also worried that I might have trouble when the temperature drops to the -30C I usually thrive in.

Most of all, though, I want to be out on patrol. It’s my favourite job. But Elizabeth says no way. We had a bit of a discussion about it this morning. I was so un-up-to taking my usual I’m Alpha Dog stance, that I grudgingly had to admit she was right.

“Why don’t you come and help me in the Kitchen, Stella? I really should have a supervisor. I think you should do that while you’re off duty for a while!”

Well… I’m good at eating.

I decided to give it a go. I usually sleep While Elizabeth is cooking, but today… Well, we did a photo doc for you!

Get ready to COOK mini

First, you need to get ready to cook. How do you like my new look, BTW? The head gear also doubles as a sneeze guard in the Kitchen, where observing proper hygiene is very important.

Elizabeth went out into the garden to get some tomatoes, then she chopped and sliced and thawed and so on until everything was ready for cooking.

Elizabeth went out into the garden to get some tomatoes, then she chopped and sliced and thawed and so on until everything was ready for cooking.

 

Here's the veggie sauce well underway. OH! She's forgotten to put the best part in - the cheese. Excuse me while I go and tell her...

Here’s the veggie sauce well underway. OH! She’s forgotten to put the best part in – the cheese. Excuse me while I go and tell her…

 

Halfway through the cooking time, you need to take the yam chips out of the oven and turn them. Yam chips are really good, although the ones I eat are usually dried rather than baked. But these smell pretty yummy!

Halfway through the cooking time, you need to take the yam chips out of the oven and turn them. Yam chips are really good, although the ones I eat are usually dried rather than baked. But these smell pretty yummy!

 

The boring bit is waiting for everything to cook.

The boring bit is waiting for everything to cook.

 

Oh, I almost forgot to remind Elizabeth when to put the eggs on to poach. Good thing she remembered to get them ready!

Oh, I almost forgot to remind Elizabeth when to put the eggs on to poach. Good thing she remembered to get them ready!

 

Now, folks. This is the reeeeally important bit. Presentation is everything so, get it right!

Now, folks. This is the reeeeally important bit. Presentation is everything so, get it right!

 

Ta Da! Hey... wait a minute! Where's mine?

Ta Da! Hey… wait a minute! Where’s mine?

 

Cooking two-legger food is a lot more work than I realised. Time for a rest!

Cooking two-legger food is a lot more work than I realised. Time for a rest!

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Am I a Dog, or a Dork?

My string of vet-free days has grown too long.

Last night, I had another. . . Accident. I don’t think it’s really bad, but I need stitches. And it hurts.

I spent the night in the two-legger house, not just with Elizabeth, but also wearing her T-Shirt under Dr. Celia’s orders. It’s my first time wearing this much human fur. I’m not sure I like it.

Me sporting Elizabeth's Louis L'Amour T-shirt. She thinks it's most in keeping with my Bookshop Dog role in life.

Me sporting Elizabeth’s Louis L’Amour T-shirt. She thinks it’s most in keeping with my Bookshop Dog role in life.

I was able to have my bedtime chicken and cookie, and I got a little watered down goat’s milk, too. But I couldn’t eat or drink anything before going to the vets’ this morning.

I'm almost never too sick for a cookie. Hey, who'd have guessed Elizabeth and I wear the same size clothing!

I’m almost never too sick for a cookie. Hey, who’d have guessed Elizabeth and I wear the same size clothing!

Kay tried to make me feel a bit better by saying I looked better in Elizabeth's T-Shirt that she does.

Kay tried to make me feel a bit better by saying I looked better in Elizabeth’s T-Shirt that she does.

By the time you are all reading this, I’ll be sleeping at the vets’ while Dr. Celia sews me back up again. She’s done that before, but she hasn’t had to make me go to sleep before. I’m a bit nervous, but I know they are all working to make me better.

Wish me luck!

Anaplasma Blues II

A couple of weeks ago I went to see Dr. Celia. I wasn’t sick or anything. In fact, I was kind of surprised to find ourselves at the vets’ place. I felt just fine, thank you!

I was ushered into the metal platform room, and I went directly to it and sat, just like I’m supposed to. “Good girl, Stella,” said the vets’ assistant. I turned my head and looked at her. I’m always good at the vets’.

“112.7 pounds.”

Well. That’s a bit disgruntling. I was 108 last time I was in.  ~:o/=

Dr. Celia came in armed with a bunch of little bottles and stingy pricking things. She wrapped her arms around me and gave me a friendly tussle. “What a beautiful coat!”

I glowed inside. I think I have a lovely growth of wool, too, and it means so much to me when people notice….

“But you’re feeling a little bit fatty here, Stella.”

Kay would say that’s just like a cow to give a good pail of milk and then stick her foot in it.

I got all my shots up to date. That was it. No other poking and prodding, no glass tubes stuck into unmentionable places, no lights shone into my ears, no prying my jaws open ’til they felt about to unhinge…. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Stella healthy before,” Dr. Celia continued. “It’s so nice to see you when you’re not sick, Stella!”

Elizabeth says Dr. Celia must’ve jinxed me.

Thursday morning, when Elizabeth let me out of my run, she found my giant cheese and bacon flavoured cookie from the night before lying on the floor outside my house. I’d tried a couple of times to eat it. I LOVE my bacon & cheese cookies. But somehow, I just couldn’t bring myself to eat it that night.

Nor could I bring myself to eat breakfast. Or to drink.

I took my bacon & cheese cookie from Elizabeth at lunch so she wouldn’t feel badly. But I couldn’t eat it then, either. She found it when she went to lock the front door at closing time.

So, she called the vet. “Wait and see how she is tomorrow,” the assistant said, after asking Dr. Celia.

Worried, Elizabeth decided I could stay in the house overnight. She thought it would be better to keep an eye on me. So, while she was in the bathroom getting ready to go to bed, I snuck into her room and went where I knew I’d feel best, lay down and waited for her. When she came in, I didn’t have the energy to move. I stayed there all night.

I really didn't think she'd mind....

I really didn’t think she’d mind if I slept on her bed with her….

Elizabeth was a bit cranky the next morning, but I felt a bit better. Even though she was being a grump, Elizabeth made a fuss over my breakfast – she soaked it in water used to poach their salmon and added some canned chicken . I made a real effort and ate it. I even licked the bowl a little. It was all I could manage that day.

Ozzie is a neutered male mixed breed that was born around June/09. He is a very gentle mellow dog that presently weighs about 80 lbs. He needs to put on about 5 lbs. He also is recovering from from wounds (from either another dog or from a wolf/coyote) He has just come into care on Jan19/13 so watch for updates as DA Dog’s Life gets to know him better. – photo & text courtesy It’s a Dog’s Life website

Ozzie is a neutered male mixed breed that was born around June/09. He is a very gentle mellow dog that presently weighs about 80 lbs. He needs to put on about 5 lbs. He also is recovering from from wounds (from either another dog or from a wolf/coyote) He has just come into care on Jan19/13 so watch for updates as DA Dog’s Life gets to know him better. – photo & text courtesy It’s a Dog’s Life website

Saturday morning, Elizabeth dropped her things off at the shop and Kay drove us down to the vets’. I sat on the platform like always. “108.6 pounds,” read the assistant, and we went back to the waiting room.

Holly, a Shih Tzu, tried to coax me to play, but I didn’t really feel like it. I supervised her play with Sparky, a hound/husky/shepherd mix whose parents are sled-racing dogs. I was ready to step in if Sparky got a bit too rambunctious for Holly – Sparky’s still just a (big) pup.

Then Ozzie came out. Ozzie is one of the dogs from It’s a Dog’s Life who is looking for a new home. He was abandoned on the highway to Winnipeg and attacked by a wily wolf. He looks much better now although he still had a shaved spot on his back. He’s a lovely brindled dog, and I hope he finds a forever home soon. I told him so, and he waggled his tail stump and said he hoped so, too. He loves two-leggers and just wants to settle down somewhere homey, he told me. He’s very grateful to all the two-leggers of Kenora who have donated to help pay his big vet bill. If you’d like to offer a bit to help – there’s still some left to go, and he isn’t finished his treatments yet – you can follow the It’s a Dog’s Life link and click on their ‘donate’ button.

Dr. Celia gave me a thorough check-up. She and Elizabeth talked together about me for some time, and they decided to treat me for anaplasmosis again.

So, I’m on the heavy antibiotics for another three weeks. The good news is that I feel much, much better again already. I’m eating my food, and last night I was excited to taste a giant bacon and cheese cookie once more. I lay out under a starry sky, and when I wasn’t dreaming about saving Ozzie from wily wolves, I was thinking about what a wonderful life I have with my own house and run and a whole bunch of wonderful two-legger friends to hang out with, look after and be looked after by. Life is good.

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