It’s with a heavy heart that I post this. Today we said our final good-bye to Minnie, aka Princess Minnie, aka Princess Crustybutt, aka Minnie – Queen Bitch Of The Barn.
She came into our lives as a six month old Boxer pup that needed a home and she was adorable. Six months old, a whopping 30lbs of tiny Boxer goodness. She has always had impeccable manners and came to us fully house trained, like an insta-dog. She fit in well with the pack and really cemented my love of Boxers. Those awful Boxer habits that the breed frequently has that you either love or hate? You know the ones I’m talking about – the energy of a perpetual toddler, the unexpected cunt punts, the general bounciness…well, Minnie was always more on the dignified side so she was good at ‘converting’ people to the Boxer side
We were really lucky to have Julie Austin come and take photos a few years back and this is one of my favorite photos of Minnie.
Of course, Minnie was a grand dame, like her name sake, Minerva McGonagall. This poster was used for a charity cabaret show benefiting some orphaned bear cubs and this is by our good friend, MTP Sudios. Over $6,000 was raised by this show!
Always one to extend an altruistic paw, Minnie also appeared in a benefit calendar. Sure, sure…..it was supposed to be a Pit Bull calendar but she was an honorary Pit Bull just by association. 🙂
In September of 2015 Minnie was diagnosed with large cell lymphoma. Well, shit. We started chemotherapy and she was never sick a day, she really sailed through the treatment like a champ. Here she is getting a cheeseburger after her first treatment.
Sadly , after three chemotherapy treatments she stopped responding to the treatment. We decided to discontinue the chemotherapy and continue with comfort care and she was a happy girl for four more months. She got to continue to go to work with me at Trupanion:
And she went for a scenic drive on the Mountain Loop Highway:
We had a brief affair with a cone due to an indolent ulcer but Minnie is a lady and took it with aplomb:
Minnie let us know that it was time to say good-bye today. With lots of tears, and a couple of cheeseburgers we ushered our girl from this life to the next. This is the final picture that we got of our beautiful girl…..just as beautiful as the day we brought her home. Keep the other dogs in line up there, girl….we’ll see you on the other side.
Jack O Lanterns. Pumpkin Carving. Grinning Jacks. I don’t care what you call them, I just love doing it each year! This year we picked up over a 1,000lbs of pumpkins and I’m not even kidding. They made us drive over to the truck scale and weigh everything. lol The folks at Schuh Farm were awesome as always, and gave me a generous discount because I’m a pumpkin junkie.
And here they are, all lined up on the porch, just waiting to be sacrificed:
I picked the pumpkin with the super long stem because he had a little spot that I was worried might turn into rot.
Carve #1 Business Cat
Carve #2-a classic grinning jack, Demi
Carve #3-Another jack, the puking pumpkin (sans guts!)
And all three all lit up on the porch:
I’ve got some exciting news for you all (and myself!). Starting September 4th I will become a staff member at August Animal Care, providing care of all sorts of critters in the greater Seattle area. August Animal Care has been around since 2005 and was founded by the most fabulous photographer, Julie Austin. She has taken some seriously amazing photos of me and the kids and I’ll share some here. Big B was a particular favorite and when I’m missing him I really enjoy looking at the photos of us together.
I was asked to write bios for the website so I thought I would share them here. Why is it so hard to write about yourself? lol Anyhoo, here is what I came up with for my ‘long’ bio:
A Seattle native, Jeanine has spent most of her life caring for animals in the great Pacific Northwest. She got her start in animal husbandry in 1990 and has garnered experience in everything from exotic animal care, wildlife rescue, veterinary assistance to dog rescue and spent the last six years managing the highest rated kennel facility in western Washington. With a knack for taking care of animals that require a higher level of care, she enjoys taking the time and using her experience to tend to special needs animals including dogs with mobility issues or chronic diseases, diabetic cats and exotic animals including parrots, reptiles and fresh and salt water fish tanks and everything in between. Jeanine also has vast amounts of experience with dog aggressive dogs and dogs on a ‘crate and rotate’ system or dogs with less than stellar social skills. She worked personally with several Hurricane Katrina dogs that needed particularly difficult rehab and treatment. Jeanine is so skilled with dogs that have special medical needs that the director of Clackamas County Dog Services calls her personally when they get a sick or injured dog in the shelter that requires extensive medical rehab. In other words, she’s a sucker for a hard luck case.
For the past ten years Jeanine has also been performing as beloved local burlesque performer, Hottie McNaughty-The Rhinestone Housewife. Known for her irreverent and cheeky style, Hottie approaches everything with a wink, a smile and a joie de vivre that has made her popular with local and international audiences around the world. Always using her powers for good, Hottie has produced several benefit shows including Bearly Naked Cabaret benefiting PAWS and Animal House benefiting Clackamas County Dog Services. She also produced Toys For Ta-Ta’s (I, II & III) and Beach Blanket Bimbos both of which benefited needy local children. Hottie has also appeared in several benefit calendars with her canine companions, Buford T. Justice, Doogie Howser and Minerva McGonagall and is a popular local model.
You can find Julie Austin’s photography page here: http://jaustinphotography.com/
And you can find August Animal Care’s page here: http://augustanimalcare.com/
It is with a heavy heart that we announce we had to say good-bye to Fergus on August 1st. Fergus was struggling with heart failure and had also recently been diagnosed with renal failure. The two are difficult to treat together at best and Fergus fought hard until he was just too tired.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with his story, you can read about Fergus here:
And also an update post here:
We only had a year and a half with Fergus but it feels like we had him forever. He came into our lives right after we lost Big B and I think we crossed paths because we both needed each other. It’s almost as if Big B sent him to me in my time of need and grief. He fit into our home so perfectly it’s hard to believe we didn’t have him forever. A couple of weeks ago, we had some photos done by Julie Austin and Fergus charmed her and everyone he met. Always one to roll over for a belly rub he broke down stereotypes and preconceptions of everyone he met. He did good work but it was time to rest. RIP Sir Fergus Of Bravo, thank you for letting us love you and loving us back.
I would like to thank Clackamas County Dog Services for trusting us with his care, Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care for always being there for us and Julie Austin for the fantastic photos.
So this weekend Chris and I drove down to Mount Rainier National Park and stayed at the Cedar Creek Treehouse, a tree house that’s 50 feet up in a tree. It was awesome! The tree house itself is three levels. There’s a sitting/patio area that has a hammock and is open for the most part. The next level is the main living area that had a little table and chairs, a sink with a gas stove and a sun room and a bathroom of sorts. The top level is the sleeping loft and it featured sky lights that let you star gaze as much as you want. And yes, the trunk of the tree is the center feature of all the rooms!
We stopped at Crystal Mountain and rode the gondola on the wait to the tree house.
When I told the owner of the local coffee shop that I go to where we were heading she asked me to take the cow from her lobby and get some photos. Well, here we all are, stuck in traffic. They are repaving the mountain road and it was one lane in many places.
On Saturday we took a little hike to Bench Lake. There was lots of alpine meadows and cool looking trees along the way.
Even though it’s 85 degrees, you’ll sometimes find big piles of snow!
If you are at all interested in checking out Cedar Creek Treehouse here is their site:
We have been super busy remodeling the house. We ripped up the floors in the living room, dining room and hallway as well as repainted most of the walls and ceiling (two walls will have to wait until the tiling is done) replaced the fireplace and tons of fixtures as well as added a ceiling fan to the dining room.
The tile that we have in the kitchen will extend all through the house which will be nice. We chose two brown colors that will be placed in a checker board pattern as well as around the new gas fireplace. We also had a chance to finally put up the floor to ceiling bookshelves that we had made to match the kitchen cabinets. Yay for book and DVD storage! As well as other things that I’d like to keep safe from prying kitty paws.