Saturday, July 30, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I realized that Otis had an ear infection and immediately began to apply drops to his ears. Oti's ear must be very painful. I was petting Otis on the head and when I touched his ear, he cried out.
Hopefully Otis will begin to feel better in the next few days.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
The PMC grounds are gorgeous.The sporting clays stations are tucked within acres of tree lined rolling hills and lakes.
Participants included generals, colonels, retired military personnel from the US and UK, business men and PMC members. The Special Operations Warrior Fund has funded full tuition for 150+ college graduates and is currently paying tuition for 140+ college students. All awards are given to the children of deceased special ops soldiers.
Friday, July 22, 2011
When I walk the dogs, they get to the end of the driveway and want to turn back for home. I think the asphalt is extremely hot on their paws.
Coop loves to spend time out on the back deck. When I went to water my plants, Coop raced outside. When I went inside to get more water, Coop followed me in and refused to go out again.
We are all hoping for some rain and cooler temps!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The Stargazer's are one of my favorite flowers with their striking colors. They rarely survive the deer, so I truly appreciate their beauty.
Monday, July 18, 2011
According to Oti's medical records, he is six years old. Otis still acts like an excitable puppy. I think he is really only 4 years old. Otis greets me with the same exuberance whether I am gone for minutes or days. After a long day at work, it is nice to come home to Otis, who acts like being with me is the greatest thing ever.
Otis helps to keep Cooper young at heart. Both dogs love to play together.
Otis has become an important member of our pack.We thank his Maine Mom's, Bobbi and Linda for bringing Otis into our lives.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Once outside, it seems that Cooper and Otis thought the rules changed. I am not sure if it was the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers cooking or if it was being out on a beautiful evening, that got them so excited.
Coop sat next to my chair and began to bark when the hot dogs were placed on the table. Otis sat near Jeff drooling. The down command got both dogs to lay down for 5 seconds and then they popped back up.
When the table was cleared, both Cooper and Otis got a small piece of hot dog. I guess their persistence paid off.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
While we were there, Cooper and Otis got to meet some of Jeff's extended family. I was impressed by how good Coop and Otis acted. The dogs were not perfect, but after a long drive and being in an unfamiliar home with a group of strangers, both dogs were pretty well behaved.
Cooper wandered to each person to get petted. Looking at Coop, I was amazed. Was this the same dog, who when first adopted, never wanted human interaction ? Coop took an immediate liking to Berry and kept placing his paw on her. This is Coop's way of saying, pet me! Thankfully, Berry is a dog person and she patiently petted Coop.
Otis bounded from person to person wanting attention . 80 pounds of dog coming at you can be a bit unnerving. Thankfully, everyone realized Otis is just a big happy dog, looking for love.
When we arrived home on Sunday afternoon, both dogs were exhausted and slept all afternoon.
Monday, July 11, 2011
I did not know what to expect, but the opera was fantastic! One hour before the show begins, Glimmerglass has an expert discuss the composer, the opera and parts of songs are played, so you know what to look/listen for during the show. This was interesting and helpful for a first time attendee.
We had "critic's row" seats and an excellent view of the stage. I was surprised to see that the people in attendance ranged from age 16-80. Dress ranged from suits and long dresses to slacks and even a few people wore shorts.
At 8pm, the scheduled start time, the announcer said a patron had a medical emergency and the opera will begin after medical services arrive. At 8:30, the ambulance came and the opera began.
I had always pictured opera singers as large men wearing viking helmets. Imagine my surprise, when a svelete Carmen and muscular Don Jose stepped onto the stage. I did not realize that a large part of the opera was the dancing and the theatrics, not just the music. The singers were incredible and the 3 hours passed quickly.
If you are ever in Cooperstown, NY in the summer and want to attend the opera, I would highly suggest visiting Glimmerglass, I know I will never forget my night at the opera.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Medication could be used to block the hormones which are being produced. The preferred medication is safe with few side effects. Dr Duffy said if Coop's symptoms are not severe, we could wait to begin treatment.
Dr Duffy is going to speak with the Cornell vet. After Dr Duffy has all the details, we will determine what to do. I was very relieved to hear that surgery was not recommended.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Dr Duffy is back from vacation, but we are still waiting to hear from him about Cooper's treatment options.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Monday, July 04, 2011
Sunday, July 03, 2011
The dogs spent the afternoon on the deck drying out.
Saturday, July 02, 2011
It has been a few weeks since the plant was trimmed and now it is in bloom again.