Sunday, February 28, 2010

5 Guys Burgers

Jeff and I were shopping in Brookfield and stopped to eat at Five Guys Burgers. I had never been to 5 Guys before, but it is a favorite of Jeff's.

The menu is very simple hamburgers or hot dogs and fries. That is it! They do have buckets of peanuts you can snack on while you wait for your order to cook. You can even throw the peanut shells on the floor.

If you like fresh juicy burgers you will LOVE this restaurant. I thought the simple fare was a little pricey ($5 for a burger, $3 for fries), but it was very good.

The burger reminded me of something I would cook on my own barbecue grill. Unfortunately, my grill is under a foot of snow right now.

5 Guys recently opened in Westport. I am sure I will be eating there again.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Camping season is right around the corner...

Friday, February 26, 2010

Snow, Snow, Go AWAY!

After 2 days of solid rain, the snow began to fall early this morning.

There is now 5 inches of snow on the ground. Cooper and Otis are happy. There is nothing they enjoy more than eating fresh snow.

I on the other hand am not happy. I miss the sun and seeing green grass.

It is supposed to snow all night and tomorrow.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Blood Tests

Norwalk Vet Hospital called and said that Oti's blood tests and urinalysis showed no problems.

Oti has started to eat again - canned food mixed with dry. We are feeding him less and I think that he is hungry when breakfast and dinner are served.

Jeff jokes that we are funding a new wing at the vet hospital. I wonder how many pets do not get medical treatment because their owners cannot afford the cost.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oti's Checkup

Dr Major examined Otis today. The good news is that she did not feel any lumps (tumors). Dr Major said there is no obvious reason why Oti is not eating. A blood sample was taken. We should get the results at the end of the week.

Oti does have an ear infection and will be getting medicated ear drops daily for a week.

Oti has put on 2 pounds and is now 82! The vet suggested cutting back on Oti's food for a few weeks to see if he is being overfed. Also, we will slowly add the dry food back into his diet with the prescription canned food.

Dr Major said that Oti seems to be healthy and it may be he is not hungry. She said some dogs go thru phases where they eat less and then go back to their normal diet.

Another Vet Visit

Oti has stopped eating.

Over the last two weeks, Oti has become a finicky eater. We mixed some canned food into the dry and suddenly Oti was interested in eating again. However, now Oti shows no interest in either the canned or dry food.

Oti and I will meet with Dr Major at Norwalk Vet Hospital this afternoon. Dr Duffy was booked until Fri afternoon and I didn't want to wait.

I am hoping that maybe Oti's loss of appetite is due to something minor like a virus or sore throat.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Cooper and I met with Dr Duffy today. Dr Duffy said that there seemed to be no recurrence of the thyroid cancer. Coop's thyroid was not enlarged and his lungs and heart sounded clear. If the cancer were to spread, it would be in Coop's lungs.

Dr Duffy said that if the cancer were going to come back, it is usually evident in 12 months or sooner. So, it seems that Cooper is going to be fine!

There are no guarantees, but I was relieved to hear the good news. Dr Duffy said he thinks Coop is about 8 years old and doing great!

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Cooper has an appointment with Dr. Duffy at Norwalk Vet Hospital on Monday.

It has been almost 1 year since Cooper's cancer surgery. This checkup is to find out if the thyroid cancer has spread.

The oncologist said that without chemo or radiation, Coop had at best 1 year to live. That statement was made in March 2009. While I know statistics can be misleading, they can also be correct.

I think Coop looks great. Let's hope that Dr. Duffy agrees.

We will be crossing paws and saying prayers for good news. I believe that a dog who has suffered so much, deserves more time to be loved.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winter Coloring

I was walking the dogs and looked at Cooper and Otis walking shoulder to shoulder ahead of me. It struck me then that Cooper is now red.

Cooper's coat is a lighter red than Oti's dark auburn, but it is still red. In the summer, Coop loves to spend hours out on the deck soaking up the sunshine. By the end of summer, Coop's coat was yellow/blonde.

I thought it was odd that I see Cooper every day, but did not notice his gradual color change.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is Valentine's Day. I hope that everyone wakes up to beautiful roses like these.

My wish is not for jewelry, but rather a Dooney and Bourke handbag. I wonder if Cupid will deliver one to my door?

Valentine's Day red makes me think of Danny and the red collar he wore. Danny's red leash still hangs with his brother's.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


The amaryllis has 2 flowers in bloom and one is still a bud.

I think these flowers seem small compared to previous bulbs. Jeff says that for $5, I can't complain.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Not So Tough!

These "tough" toys are not so tough! At least that's what Otis thinks.

Oti and Coop are so sweet, that I often forget just how powerful their jaws are. The dogs can crack an ice cube or rawhide without even trying.

They can also gently take a potato chip or piece of popcorn from your fingers.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


The amaryllis is finally in bloom!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

5:00 PM

Still snowing, wind is starting to howl. The trees are bending. Will we lose power tonight ?


Snow is still falling! Have at least 6+ inches on the ground.

I am thinking it would be nice to be in a warm, sunny place right now.

7:00 AM

The snow started falling around 5:00 AM. It is predicted to end at midnight!

14 inches!

The weatherman is predicting 10-14 inches of snow today as a Nor'easter hits Connecticut!

There is already a long list of school closings. Even Metro North is canceling trains. It seems that any snowfall greater than 10 inches causes problems for the rail lines.

The ability to work from home means that there is no concept of a snow day :( However, not having to drive in the snow means I can't complain too much.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Any time now

Here is the latest amaryllis photo.

I expect that one night this week I will get home from work to find the flower completely open.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Training Day

On Saturday, Otis and Cooper had their first training session with Patti. Patti was recommended by Jeff's friend, Andrew. Andrew has a Labrador that likes to jump on visitors and Patti corrected this problem. Since Oti has the same bad habit, we felt it was worth hiring her.

Patti said that 10 minutes of training (mental stimulation) is a tiring for a dog as running outside for 30 minutes. The pictures show just how Oti looked after a one hour session.

We learned "Leave it" and "Drop it", in the hopes that Oti will stop running thru the house with laundry and shoes, "Meet and Greet" and "Basic Recall". Patti said that it we practice ten minutes every day for 6 months to 2 years, eventually Oti will learn what these command mean!

Since Coop does not have these same bad habits, Patti focused on Coop's light and shadow obsession. Even she was flummoxed at how to break his concentration, since Coop has no interest in treats and quickly shredded his new squeaky toy.

It seems that the training is for us more than the dogs. Practice, practice, practice is the key.

Sunday, February 07, 2010


Each day the amaryllis bud opens a little more.

We are getting closer and closer to finally seeing it bloom.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

New Hats

Today there was a large envelope in the mailbox from Oti's Maine Mom, Bobbi.

A big THANKS to Bobbi for sending these two new hats to Jeff!

While I was holding one of the hats, Oti jumped up and grabbed it from my hand. The chase was on. Obviously, Oti has not yet learned that hats are not toys.

It is hard to stay angry when Otis looks at you and grins with sparkling eyes that plead come play with me.

Friday, February 05, 2010


If you look closely, the bud on the amaryllis is finally starting to open!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Bulb Watch Wednesday

If it's Wednesday, it's time to show the latest amaryllis photo.

As you can see, the bud is now taller than the leaves. However, there is no sign of the bud starting to open.

I read that amaryllis flower within 6-8 weeks of planting. We are now in week 9.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Jeff and I were walking the dogs in the snow when I noticed that Otis was limping. I looked more closely and saw Oti's rear leg was up and not touching the ground.

I was sure that snow was caught in Oti's paw and making him uncomfortable. I took off my glove and brushed off the sand and snow. Oti happily put his foot down and walked away.

One step further, I noticed Coop was limping and staring at me with his big eyes. I sighed, brushed off his rear paw and he trotted away.

It was then that I noticed Oti was now holding his front paw in the air! I had enough, so ignored both dogs and we kept walking.

Once Otis and Cooper realized, they were not going to get any sympathy, they both trotted along on all four paws. Fakers!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Secret Snuggler

When Coop first arrived, it was clear that he had little interest in human companionship. As long as Coop's food and water bowls were full, he was satisfied.

Over time, Coop learned that sleeping on the bed was a VERY good thing. If he had to share the space with us, then that was a sacrifice worth making.

Lately, I have noticed that Coop has become a secret snuggler. When Jeff's parents were visiting, Coop would approach them and put his paw on their leg. This is Coop's way of saying. "Pet Me!".

When I work, Coop will come into the office and nudge me to pet him. In the morning when the alarm goes off, Coop loves to snuggle on the bed and be hugged. If I am stretched out on the floor, Coop will lay against me in hopes of getting his back scratched.

After years of abuse, I think that Coop may be finding his inner Golden!