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The Saga of the Forgotten Water Cup

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"Should I run back inside for your water?" I naively asked my almost 4-year-old human while leaving the house.  "No," Jasper answered (lied? said truthfully but soon forgot?).  A happier car ride with room temperature water 5 minutes later, he shrieked, "Mommy! I'm thirsty!"  I handed him my ice water and he predictably exclaimed, "It's too cold!" Hanging out my car door at the drive through throwing the ice into the planter, cold water sloshed into my lap and into my phone case. I tried not to scream in surprise into the ear of the poor person trying to take our order.  I grabbed a towel and drove to the window, but couldn't get the app to open because the phone was wet. Dismantling the phone case and drying the phone, I finally paid for our food.  My pups batted their low maintenance eyelashes sympathetically.  I'll drink from a puddle

Beepocalypse aka Bring Benadryl EVERYWHERE in Case of Jalapeno Sky Raisins

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We parked near the trailhead, and docile bees immediately swarmed our tailpipe. Turning off the car didn't dissuade them, so we shooed them out of the car (we hoped) and tried to convince the dogs they should not eat the flying jalapeno raisins.  We shimmied down the wash into the slot canyon. Is Maya part gazelle?  Jasper (3 1/2 years) was delighted by the many toddler-size caves, and happily looked for bears.  Cypress (8 months) babbled at the siltstone that ranged from gorgeous wind and water-formed passages to a boulder suspended Indiana Jones -style above our heads.  The scene I picture while trying to transfer this sleeping baby into his crib Back at the car, the bees continued their love affair with our exhaust pipe. Several of them tried to hitchhike back with us, but obligingly flew back out as the dogs playfully tried to eat them. Why o why didn't we bring Benadryl? Everywhere? Always?* *no one was stung during this adventure...it was a small children and fur kid mira

I Love Anal Glands...said no one ever; luckily our pets are cute

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"There seems to be an extra...opening... on my dog's butt," reported the concerned pet parent. A happier day...Fiesta Island! Sure enough, there was! Eleanor Puppington's anal gland was ominously red and swollen.  She had been scooting and licking, and her human was very worried. As we sedated her and flushed out the contents of the abscess, putrid material shot out several feet, almost landing on someone walking by. Is this what the Bog of Eternal Stench smelled like?  We filled the offending gland with soothing medication and woke up her royal pupness. She gave the opening one last relieved lick, and snuggled up to head home.  #turquoiseanimalhospital #tah #pets #iloveveterinarymedicine

Covid Testing , Modern Cars, and Motherhood

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As we sat in the car waiting for our toddler's zillionth Covid test, his eyes fluttered closed. Should we drive around and come back later? Would they do a test on a sleeping kiddo? Would he stay asleep? pretend this picture is of a sleeping three-nager... Watching people in PPE dart between the other parked cars, we realized there would be a wait. This was good. Would it be long enough for a nap? Eventually a kind gentleman in a gown, face mask, and face shield approached us. We explained the situation and he said he swabbed a sleeping baby today and they didn't even wake up. It was worth a try! After the first nostril, Jasper's hands flew up around his face and he rubbed his nose, but he didn't open his eyes. Halfway there! He slept through the second nostril as well! O happy day.  envision me sleeping in the car... We drove home, stopping to grab the mail. My human deliberately didn't close the car door all the way in case the sound woke Jasper up, but the car di

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Eat Ribs

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Mona pranced past the pile of saucy rib bones on the ground outside the supermarket, pausing to try and grab one. We hurried on our walk, wondering who was faster. Would she would need x-rays? Surgery?  They look so innocent when they're asleep On our way back past the scene of the alleged bone devouring, we were comforted by the many rib bones still laying there. My human happily forgot the danger, and went back to work. What do we have here? Five minutes to closing, Mona's muscles clenched. She started salivating. Then the retching began. As quickly as it disappeared, a rib bone hurtled out of her mouth.  You going to eat that? Shocked, we put the bone in a bag of water and put it on the x-ray table with Mona. The rib showed up distinctly, and no more surprises showed up on the radiographs of her cute little body! The moral of the story? Any time we think she may need one, just take the x-ray. Mona's mouth would rival Superman for speed.    Title: quote by Nora Roberts  #

Are There Any More Snakes in the House?

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Screams erupted from down the hall. My Mom rushed out of the bedroom where my grandparents were staying holding one of our missing childhood garter snakes. She didn't answer my grandma when she asked if there were any more loose snakes in the house. "I'm not lying to your mother," she whispered to my dad.  Cuddles with Mustard the albino Burmese python He reassured my grandmother that the other snake was a few doors down, their usual location when they would visit. We hadn't meant for them both to escape right before their stay!  A couple days later, our other snake slithered out between the cereal boxes. Relieved not to be caught in another lie, we ran our missing pet down to the neighbor's!

Coffee Game Show

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Seven paws danced around the steaming, delectable travel mug of coffee. The melee intensified when the harnesses came out. Would the sacred beverage survive? Did we really really need a table by the front door?  I hope we're having a puppy... Welcome to...the Coffee Game Show! How do you keep score, you ask?  Instant WIN if you get out out of house and into the car without spilling Minus points for partial spills, including if you pour it out yourself when putting the coffee and the dogs in the car (hint: put the coffee down first...it's too easy to forget about gravity early in the morning) Whammy if a leash freakishly wraps around the coffee cup and knocks if all over, or if your coffee is forgotten at home Bending down to leash up the pups, my brew and their frenzied paws were at eye level.  Mona the tripawd almost stepped on the drink, nestled in the corner. Darting away from her own lead touching her, shy Maya nearly knocked it over. Scooping up leash handles, car keys, an