Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The landlord and the dog

The landlord was back home pretty quickly; we've heard him pottering about up there.

From what I understand, he hit his head as he fell and got a mild concussion, causing temporary confusion and memory loss. But he seems to be fine now.


We're working on clearing out clutter, so we had Music Magpie pick up a box with a couple of old games consoles in on Monday. We'll have a bunch of movies and games for them soon too, but we need some boxes.

Because we did that though, and I didn't want to be in the middle of bathing Kero when they came for the box, I ended up not giving Kero his other bath and flea treatment. Then it didn't get done today because of food shopping. I'm hoping to do it tomorrow. He's not scratching as much as he was before though; still scratches a fair bit, but not as much.

I mean, I could have done him after those things, but the nights are so cold - not as cold as they seem to be in the US and Canada, but still pretty cold - so I don't like the idea of doing him at night in case he's still wet when he has to use the yard and ends up catching a chill from it, and I'm sleeping during the day right now so don't have much day available to me at the moment.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Platypus story progress update

I'm still working on "Filicity The Musical Platypus" (the fourth story I was working on for NaNoWriMo). The cover is ready when it's done though... Thanks for doing that for me, Iggy; hope you enjoyed the challenge of drawing aplatypus?

Anyway, it just needs a few bits of description fixed/padded out, then it will be ready for the editing phase. If I finish it in April or later then I'll release the book as soon as it's done, but if it's done before the end of March then it will get pre-released for April.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Of itchy dogs and confused landlords

Kero's still scratching, though not as much.  We're going to give him another bath in a few days and give him more flea treatment.  Hopefully that will get rid of the last of the fleas, and hopefully he'll then stop scratching so much.  There hasn't been any obvious flea activity on him since the last flea treatment (a couple of days ago) so fingers crossed we'll get to skip the vet trip, eh?


There was an ambulance outside our place just now.  It was for the landlord (he lives above us).  He fell, and though he's physically fine he's confused about what time and day it is and can't remember his own name, so they've taken him in to hospital.  I hope he's OK!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

They've re-homed Cara!

It was January 9th we dropped Cara off at the Blue Cross (see the "About Cara" post if you missed it) and January 17th by the time she was listed up for adoption on their website. But, guess what? We found out this morning that she already has a home!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Itchy Kero

Kero won't stop scratching and biting at himself, and he's making himself really sore again. I'm getting flea shampoo and stuff to treat him just to make sure it's not just something as simple as the flea stuff we usually use not being enough right now, but if that doesn't do the trick then we'll have to take him back to the vet. It could be the start of one of the many skin problems Westies are known for; his groomer said she thought so when she came to groom him at the start of December. He's actually done well to get to nine years old without having them. But I want to try some extra flea treatment first. I hate having to take him to the vet, especially with how much he hates it. I don't blame him for hating it though; I'm not a big fan of being pulled about by doctors myself! To be honest, I should have taken him sooner, but I was hoping after we bathed him, and then he had another bath with his groomer, it would stop him biting and scratching at himself, and get rid of his sores. I thought it might have helped; it seemed to at first, but it's not helping enough, so - as I said - I'm going to try some extra flea treatment, and failing that he's going to have to go to the vet.

Friday, January 10, 2014

About Cara (kinda R/WP)

Back in October we took in Cara from my Mam.

We weren't entirely convinced it was a good idea what with having Kero and the degus, but my Mam couldn't keep her and I did miss having a cat. So Cara came to live with us.

We had a few behaviour issues with her, but managed to sort most of them out - eventually.

Unfortunately, what we couldn't sort out was the fact that no matter what we did to try and stop her she would not stay out from under my feet. The result being that I was constantly stepping on her and falling over her. I was also constantly shutting her in doors, since she'd come out of nowhere just as I was shutting a door.

We put a collar on her with a bell on it, but she moved so fast I couldn't track her properly with the bell, so most of the time I had no idea where she was until I fell over her, or heard her cry out in pain as I stepped on her or shut her in a door or something.

To cut a long story short, we decided it would be best - for both my safety and hers - if we rehomed her.

We couldn't find anyone who wanted her though. Well, we could, but the people who wanted her weren't in the same country as us, and although cats can be given special pet passports these days nobody actually had the money for it. So we did the only thing we could think of... We called a shelter.

She was dropped off at the Blue Cross yesterday (Thursday) around lunchtime.

She gets a vet check with them today (Friday) and a seven day behaviour evaluation, and as long as she checks out OK with everything she'll go up for adoption at the end of next week. I see no reason why she shouldn't, since we haven't seen any signs of any health issues, and she's now no more mischeivious than your average kitten.

She's young (just coming up for five months) and very friendly, cute and pretty, so she should find a place really quickly once she's available for adoption.

I feel so guilty and cruel.

I did what I thought was best for her, but that doesn't stop me feeling bad about it.

I feel like I let her down; like she trusted me and I betrayed that trust.

Kelly keeps telling me it was for the best, and I know it was really - I wouldn't have let her go if I didn't think it was best for her - but that doesn't stop me feeling really guilty about it, and it doesn't take away the feeling that I let her down.

Every time I think of her sitting there waiting for a home it's like someone's twisting a knife in my heart, and I feel like I did something really cruel.

I'm sorry, Cara!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Degu Days, Book 1: The Great Degu Round-Up

"Jenks the degu lives in a cage with his three brothers: Jacob, Jasper and Joshua. It might seem like a strange place to live, but they call it home and feel safe there. So you can imagine how scary it is for them when they are forced to leave their cage.

Sure, they regularly leave it briefly for a bit of attention from their human caretakers, which they don’t mind, but the thing the human caretakers are calling “The Great Degu Round-Up” is different, and they find themselves in a giant sandless sand bath with no way to even look out at the world. They’re confused and frightened and wondering if they’ll ever see their cage again.

Will they find a way to escape the giant sandless sand bath? Will they get back to the cage they call home? Will they figure out why the round-up even happened?"

That's the synopsis for the first book in my "Degu Days Duo" series; the series about my own degus, which is written from Jenks' point of view.

And today is the official release date for this book.

You can already buy it from Smashwords and Barnes And Noble, and will be able to buy it elsewhere very soon.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Made my blog public again

I decided to make my blog public again.

I don't know if anyone will notice, or if any of the people who notice will care, but I did it anyway.

If you did notice and stopped by, thanks and hello! :)

Also, if you noticed and stopped by, you may be interested to know that I put a thing on the sidebar where you can follow by e-mail if you want.

I don't know how often I'll put anything up for you to read, but the option is there for you to read whatever I put up again now.

As you can see if you look back, I've actually been posting at least once a month. I'm not expecting you to go back and read my posts though. I mean, you can if you want, but you don't have to. Be warned, I had a bit of a pitty party once or twice. Not a huge one, but a bit of a whine, if you know what I mean. But, anyway, as I was saying, you don't have to go back and read the posts I did in this last 16 months if you don't want to, but if you do want to then feel free to do so.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

2014 reading challenges

Happy New Year!

A few days late, but whatever.

It's a whole new year, which means a whole new Goodreads reading challenge, LOL!

Yes, I signed up again this year. Last year my goal was 250 books and I read 290 (as I mentioned the other day). This year my goal is 300 books.

I also signed up for both a new A-Z book title challenge and a new A-Z character challenge on one of the Goodreads groups I'm a member of (and will sign up for them on the other if they do them this year too). The title one is to read a book for each letter of the alphabet, and the character one is to read a book with a main character for each letter of the alphabet.

Also, the quarterly reading challenge on that same group for the first quarter is to read at least 12 books that have been on your to-read shelf for three months or longer, and since I was already planning to go and read some of the books I've had waiting to be read for some time I signed up for that one too.

I have a lot of reading to do... Not that I don't already read a lot anyway, LOL!