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Sleeping dogs

Kitty, zonked. I was thinking of going to the Blanco lavender festival this weekend. It sounds like with the drought there isn’t as much lavender, though. But a dip in the river might make up for that.

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Snow!

It snowed yesterday in Austin. Big, beautiful, chunky flakes were floating down. REAL snow. It was beautiful. At work, lots of people went outside to taste the snow and make snowballs. Fun! And then we got the afternoon off. Even better! I went to Northwest Park after the snowfall was over. And  ...

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Pepper, 199?-2009

Pepper was affected by a brain tumor and started displaying symptoms around Thanksgiving.  He passed away today at the vet’s office. Pepper came to live with me around 1999, from Town Lake Animal Center. He was in a kennel with another dog and seemed perfectly friendly. The other dog got  ...

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Good news

Good news!  Pepper is feeling better.  He is not quite himself, but he seems a lot less confused. The really good news is that Kitty is taking some steps on her own and has made enough progress that the vet thinks she doesn’t need surgery.  So they still have her for observation, but we  ...

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Dogs

Darned dogs. I knew having a bunch of old dogs was going to be bad news at some point. We are now at that point. Last week Pepper started stumbling a little, and Friday he was diagnosed with a brain or spine lesion. He can still walk, but he is very slow. He is on steroids, but I don’t  ...

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The jaywalking wrap-up

I went to the municipal court on the 13th to deal with the jaywalking ticket. I should have known I was in for it when I got a really good parking place in spite of it being the first day that the legislature meets. I got there early and waited. The judge arrived, explained the procedure, and  ...

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It worked!

Hey! It worked! It rained 1.5 inches here! I did something for the first time this week: fertilize the yard. I have never fertilized grass before. Skip Richter made me do it! Well, after watching CTG, I looked at the back yard where the dogs have worn it down to a brown thatch with a few green  ...

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Hiking with the Pea

Yesterday Sweetpea and I went hiking at Emma Long Metropolitan Park on the Turkey Creek trail. I didn’t take my camera, which was for the best since it rained on us the entire time. It got a little muddy, but we had the trail almost to ourselves and the rain felt so nice! There was lots  ...

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Champ

My parents’ dog Champ passed away yesterday.  He was a standard poodle, who was somehow both majestic and goofy.  My brother bought Champ from a backyard breeder 10 years ago as a Christmas gift for my mother.  He was lucky to end up with my parents, who fixed up his major overbite and  ...

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