Thursday, October 31, 2013

Kero's World, book 4: Kero Celebrates Halloween

"Something strange is going on, and Kero doesn’t know if he’s more confused or frightened. All he knows for sure is that the humans are calling it Halloween. Will Kero be able to make sense of this Halloween thing? Or is it just too scary and confusing for a little dog to understand?"

Today is the official release date for this book. It's the fourth in my "Kero's World" series.

"The “Kero’s World” stories are all about the adventures of a West Highland White Terrier named Kero; read his stories, and see the world from the point of view of a little white dog."

The ISBN for this book is 9781301689095.

It's already available via Smashwords in all formats they offer, plus a couple of other retailers (such as Barnes And Noble and Apple) and will be available via other retailers soon!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Random questions: zombie and vampire dietry requirements

Two random questions today...

If a vegetarian became a zombie, would the zombie's need for flesh over-power the previous instinct not to eat meat?

And...

Does it matter what blood type a vampire drinks like it matters what blood type a person is given during a blood transfusion?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Carl's visit and Tamara's birthday (FD)

Carl was here for the weekend. We carved pumpkins, made pasta with pumpkin sage sauce and cheese, made pumpkin pie and pumpkin juice, made cheese and potato pie with sprouts and peas, and ordered pizza. We also watched "The Craft" and "Practical Magic" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "The Hunger Games" together. Oh, and we played Lego, I beat him four times at Scrabble, we won a game each of Battleships, he beat me twice at Snakes And Ladders, and I beat him once at Ludo. He was meant to go home yesterday (Monday) but we had a really nasty storm Sunday night/Monday morning and trains weren't running for most of Monday. Some still aren't now, but he was able to get home today at least.

While he was here we were going to do Halloween photos of the furkids, but only Kero would co-operate. The degus wouldn't stay still long enough, and it turns out Cara is afraid of pumpkins. I know I shouldn't laugh, but having her leap back in to my arms and cling to me shaking with fear just because I tried to put her beside a pumpkin is a bit funny... Well, actually, it's VERY funny, LOL!

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It's our niece Tamara's 20th birthday today. Hard to believe that she's already out of her teens, but it's true! I hope she's having an amazing birthday!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Kero health update

We took Kero to the vet again Tuesday because there wasn't much change. His temperature was up again and everything.

The vet gave us some anti-inflamitary stuff and some powder to put in his water to make sure he stays hydrated. We also got a couple more days of antibiotics for him.

They're sure it's just a nasty viral infection, but if he doesn't improve soon then he has to have blood tests to check for anything worse. When we called to change his grooming date his groomer said there seems to be a nasty doggy virus going around though, so maybe it's that?

I mean, Kero's a lot better; eating and drinking now and not shaking unless he gets himself worked up about something.

His back legs still seem weak though, but that could be his age, right? I mean, he's almost nine and a half...

The vet said to take him back tomorrow if he's no better, but since he's so much better we aren't taking him. We'll take him if his health slips though.

A couple of family friends said I should take him to a different vet since our vet wasn't rushing to do blood tests and said he weighs enough that not eating for a few days wouldn't hurt him (he's not terribly over-weight, but he could stand to lose a pound or two). But I've ignored them. For one thing we did actually talk to two different vets, and for another thing our finances are part of why the vet is delaying the blood tests... In hopes we can avoid the expense. Don't get me wrong, I don't begrudge Kero a penny, but funds only stretch so far, you know? Anyway, it looks as though he's getting better, so maybe we can avoid the blood tests completely? This time at least!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Kero is sick and I'm worried (kinda R/WP)

Kero is sick.

He's been off his food for almost a week and shaking violently since Thursday.

We took him to the emergency vet early hours of Friday morning after he came to me, whimpered, then just lay down beside me panting heavily. His temperature was 40C (112F)) and his heart rate couldn't be measured because he was shaking so. We took him back that same afternoon and his temperature had dropped to 38.7C (109.4F) but there was no other change.

Also, his back legs seem weak and we have to help him on and off furniture and up the steps to the street. Plus he seems to get confused sometimes.

He's on antibiotics and has to go back tomorrow if he's no better.

I'm really worried about him and so scared we're going to lose him. I'll do what's best for him, but if what's best is to let him go then I know it's going to hurt like heck! Just the thought of maybe having to let him go makes me ache so much it's all I can do not to crumple up in a heap and cry.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Adopted Cara

So, we adopted a kitten yesterday.

She was my Mam's kitten, but she was too much for her, so now she's our kitten. Well, my kitten actually.

Mam had called her Kiera, pronounced "Key-rah" which is a pretty name, but because it was so close to Kero, which is pronounced "Key-row" if you don't know, we've changed it to Cara. It seems to fit her, if nothing else because it means "friend" and she's very friendly.

She's also very tiny; she only weighs 1lb 15.5oz.

Kero seems to absolutely love her; they sleep together already.

Luna is trying to make friends with her; Luna talks to her through the cage bars.

Jacob, Jasper, Jenks and Joshua aren't as impressed though. One of them especially got angry and squeaked and hissed at Cara.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Kero's September 2013 medical update

A couple of years ago Kero had a lump thing that was something like a wart above his left eye, and the vet removed it. Last year we noticed one below his left eye, but the vet left it alone at the time. But recently it's started irritating his eye, so we all agreed it should be removed.

He went to the vet for his shots on September 19th, which was when we decided to have them remove it. He went in to have it removed on September 23rd, and all seemed to have gone well, but when he went back for his post-op check up on September 25th the vet told us the stitches were irritating his eye. He was also given a cone to wear just in case it was more because he was pawing at it than because of the stitches. Then he went for another check up on September 27th, and while he was there ended up going back under anasthetic to have the stitches sorted out. Then we were told to bring him back on September 30th, which we did. Once again all seemed fine, but the vet said to bring him back on October 7th (today) after his antibiotic ointment ran out.

He finally has the all clear, which I'm sure he's relieved about... So am I!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Stopped the tablets (kinda FD)

I'm not taking the tablets any more.

Well, actually, I stopped taking them about two months ago.

Why?

Because I was having side effects and the doctors were blaming them all on my weight, despite the fact that some of them (like the extremely bad headaches) couldn't be weight related. Not to mention the fact that the tablets were actually causing much of the weight gain.

I wasn't 100% sure it was the right thing to do at first, but all the side effects disappeared within a few days of me stopping the tablets, and I've ost 8lbs since stopping taking them, bearing in mind I'm not exercising as much as I should be due to trying to get my strength back after a year of essentially spending most of the time laying on the sofa feeling sorry for myself.

I'm also wanting healthier foods again; fruit and veg rather than chocolate and pizza.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Luna turns 2 (FD)

Today is Luna's 2nd birthday.

We weren't sure what to give a degu as a birthday present, so we gave the degus a couple of little peanuts each but gave Luna an extra one. She seemed happy with that.

We've had her a couple of weeks now, and she's really settling in well.

She absolutely adores Kelly and will let him pet her for quite some time. She isn't as fond of me. She doesn't hate me, but will pick Kelly over me any time, even if I'm holding food and he isn't (I know because we tested it). So I guess she's decided she's his degu. That's fine by me since I have the four boys anyway, LOL!

Anyway, happy 2nd birthday Luna!