Strawberry

Strawberry lowreaz 3Wednesday I got a new fur baby. It’s been six months since my Dear Bogie passed. I keep telling myself I know he had a happy last seven years of his eighteen year live.

Strawberry mostlymutts I’ve grieved but now that is not so bad and I miss not having a companion so I rescued Strawberry from Mostly Mutts. They called her “Peppermint Patty” but by accident I found out she answers to Strawberry so that is her name now.

 

Apparently she was abused when she was younger because she walks in circles a lot and I’ve found out she is really scared of guys. I can’t understand how anyone can hurt such an innocent and wonderful dog.

I have to leave a leash on her even in the house so I could catch her when it’s time to take her out. I sleep on a love seat I have with her beside me. I think she is calming down now and realizes this is her forever home because now she doesn’t walk in circles so much.

She needs to lose a little weight. She weighs as much as Boogie but is smaller. So do I, hopefully we can do it together. I enjoy cooking so I’ve put a bed for her in the kitchen.

Strawberry DesktopTo say she’s stolen my heart is an understatement. This is now my Desktop image.

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Office BedI spend a lot of time in my home office. So I put a bed for my fur buddy in here so she can be comfortable. She seems happy just to stay on her bed while I work on my computer.

RIP Boogie Buddy

RIP Boogie Buddy

Its been over a week since I lost my buddy. At least I was holding him when he died.

It really affected me.  The depression didn’t really hit me until I came home and he wasn’t there to greet me. Since then all I did was wander around the house with audio novels playing on my laptop. My home is small and has a very open plan so I can hear it from anywhere in the house.

I know the last eight years of his eighteen-year life were filled with love. He was a rescue so I don’t know about his first years. But he did have a long life so I guess I did something right.

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Yum Mommy

I got up each morning and cooked him breakfast. He liked bacon and soft scrambled eggs with cheese.

Spring is here, fast food, finicky buddy, and Facebook

deck pollen lowrezWell Spring has officially started. I have to blow the pollen off my back deck daily or track it into the house. 😦

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An occasional fast food about once a month never bothered me. UNTIL Tuesday when needed a fast lunch. I couldn’t even eat more than a few bites then threw most of it away. I still tasted it all afternoon! 😦

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I get up before him letting him sleep while I go in the kitchen and and get ready to cook our breakfast. Mine is usually coffee and some of what I fix him. He has gotten very finicky. I have to cook his steak rare or at most medium rare then feed it to him bit size pieces by hand or he will drop it on the floor. I have to admit it is hard to smell his meat cooking and not sneak a piece of it myself. (I grew up in a culture that had meat every meal so I’m indoctrinated. 😦  )

BTW After the hard work of eating breakfast you do need a nap. I think my buddy has conned me well!

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WARING WARNING! Avoid Facebook! My Facebook account was actually in the name of my fictional virtual world avatar. After I saw how Facebook let Analytics scam them and steal my friends list I had even less trust it in their privacy and honesty. So, I canceled even that character’s account. Let me warn you Facebook will invade your computer. I still get junk from them. I’m spending a lot of time hunting down the malicious junk they put on my computer because I still get notifications from Facebook that one of my Facebook friends wants me to friend someone. So I haven’t found everything and I doubt I ever will.

Whewwww Boogie does NOT have cancer

Listless Boogie lowrezHe isn’t out of the woods yet. His liver is still very inflamed. He will only eat little pieces of streak I cook for him and feed him by hand one piece at a time. He stays in his bed in the Florida room at my feet all the time. He is still very unsteady on his feet. When I take him out the front I have to keep him on a short leash or he will walk off the porch.

Cross your fingers – Cheese-it Crackers, and Parmesan-Crusted Steak with Pink Lemon, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli Day 2

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Happier Days

These pictures of my Buddy Boogie may seem like a strange way to start a cooking post but it has a surprising and nice purpose.

I have been working on my new kitchen for the last month. So yesterday when it was finished should have been a joyous day in my life. But last weekend things took a very troubling and unexpected turn.

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Listless Boogie

My pal Boogie lost a LOT of weight and got very listless. I took him to Animal Medical and Surgical Center Monday and the prognosis was not good. They did an ultra sound, a biopsy, and other tests of Boogie’s bad liver. It was either cirrhosis or cancer of the liver.

I finally got to bring Boogie home Friday about noon with a lot of medicine and special dog food. What the vet told me to watch out for was whether Boogie would eat or not. This is where Cheese-it crackers and Parmesan-Crusted Steak with Pink Lemon, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli Day 2 come in.

I was very upset so to take my mind off the sickness of my best friend I decided to cook a Blue Apron meal. It almost worked for me but then Boogie would not eat that evening. I eventually went to bed but not to sleep.

Saturday he still wouldn’t eat and I couldn’t even give him his medicine. He just turned up his nose at the vet supplied dog food. I even tried warming some of the liver food up in the microwave to a little over room temperature. (You want to smell something that stinks. Try that!) Out of desperation I tried some Cheese-it Crackers. Boogie has always liked them. Surprise, surprise he would eat them as long as I gave them to him one at a time and not too many at once. I could even give him his liquid medicines by putting some of the medicine on the crackers and letting it soak in.

Parmesan-Crusted Steak with Pink Lemon, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli 1 (1) lowrezThat still left his pills. I warmed up some of the left-over Parmesan-Crusted Steak with Pink Lemon, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli I had fixed the day before for my lunch. That gave me an idea! It turns out making a little ball from peanut butter along with the pill and a small piece of steak works great for giving solid medicine to a fur baby. They don’t notice the pill if there is a small piece of steak in the peanut butter.

My buddy must join me for Breadfast

My Buddy Boogie lowrezRepeat!

Repeat!

Repeat!

I don’t spoil my Buddy!

I don’t spoil my Buddy!

I don’t spoil my Buddy!

 

 

Boogie's Plate lowrezWhen I have Breakies each morning I must fix a plate for my Buddy Boogie. I’m not sure if being gluten free matters much to him. He would probably prefer a nice greasy piece of sausage but one of us needs watch what we eat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boogie get that Chex lowrezHe’s pretty good at finding the Chex when I give him some. He likes Cheerio’s too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alert Boogie#2 lowrezHe doesn’t see very well but I never take him out except on a leash. He is seventeen years old!