Confession: I have had my cat, Xyla, for a year and a half. In that time I have never once given her cat nip. Not because I am opposed to it, but just because (honestly) I have even once thought about it. I think about treats for the dogs almost constantly… but sweet Xyla just sort of gets overlooked. Bless her.
What can I say– Xyla is, more or less, the equivalent of the forgotten ‘middle child’ around these parts. Literally, sometimes I see her and jump because I forgot that I even HAD a cat. If she didn’t meow and chirp so much, I’d probably forget to even feed her….. Just kidding!
…. Kind of!
Anyway. Today while picking up some dog food, I saw little pre-sewn fabric ‘pillows’ of catnip being sold at the check out. On impulse and an thoughts of “Oh yeah! Why haven’t I ever given Xyla cat nip?!“, I grabbed one for my dear, unloved & neglected pussy cat. I was not sure HOW she would react (some cats, supposedly, go nuts for it.. and some don’t so much as flick a whisker at the stuff) but had my iPhone camera ready just in case…
Let’s just say… She liked it.
It has to be said.
The Groomer that Oslo & Jersey goto is SWANKY. Very swanky. It’s nicer than most places that *I* go to have my own nails done.
We come by here every 5-6 weeks for a nail trim, and every time I walk in the door I have a little laugh. Today they have ‘Sex & the City’ edition chihuahua dresses for 30% off. I mean, seriously! It’s all just a bit much.
But you know what? I love it. I love it’s ridiculousness and it’s unapologetic-cheesiness. I love that they remember my boys every time we come in. I love that everyone is friendly and all the dogs who are there for ‘doggy daycare’ wander around happily and freely. I love that they are SO FANCY but still only charge $10 for a nail trim. I love that I called today to see if they could squeeze us in, and they said, “We close in 10 minutes but we’ll stay open for you!” … But above all, I love that they love dogs and don’t give a crap whether or not you think they they’ve lost their minds a little bit. This place rocks.
As some of you know– I will be going away for the entire month of January. My boyfriend and I will be spending 5 weeks exploring Thailand and we are VERY excited. A very lovely friend of ours was willing to stay at our place while we’re away, to dog-cat-house sit…. Which is SO lovely and generous! Knowing that the dogs will be in their normal, familiar environment with someone we know well really makes all the difference.
This morning our friend came by to go over the dog’s ‘care instructions’ and get a run-down on how things typically go around these parts. Fortunately my four-page instructions didn’t scare her off!
I have to admit– I’m nervous about leaving them. I am not at all concerned about the quality of care that they’ll recieve (I trust S* completely!) but I just worry about something happening while away and not being here to control it. *sigh* I’ve done everything I can do, though… Informed the Vet of our travel/sitter plans. Assembled a team of friends who are ready to be ‘on-call’ in case S* should need help. Left cash to pay for any impromptu medical bills (*knock on wood!*) and left a detailed list of care instructions… I’ve crossed all my T’s and dotted all my I’s and done everything I can do! The rest is up to fate.
And now to push some of that worry aside (worrying about what you can’t control really is illogical!) and instead focus on being excited about this amazing, 5-week long vacation!
Jersey has been home for a few days now, and he’s getting better and better every day.
His appetite is growing at a steady pace, and he now eats about 90% of what I put in his dish. At this point he’s still on a pretty bland diet of a boiled meat and a boiled carb (like rice or yam)… He takes his medicine (wrapped in cheese) happily and is generally just LOOKING better.
I will be bringing him into the vet in a couple of days to have his liver enzymes checked again and to make sure that those are continuing to go down and maintain at normal levels.
It has been a very scary, stressed and EXPENSIVE week… but I can now optimistically say that I think the worst is behind us.
A reeeeally quick post because I am desperately needing to go to bed.
Jersey seems to be doing MUCH better since coming home. He’s been eating all his meals today (3-4 small ones) and has brightened up considerable! He’s getting out of his crate to greet me at the door when I walk in the room, and even taking time to chew on his nylabones. He’s still thin and a bit slow.. but with time and some extra TLC, I think he’ll be okay. More details tomorrow!