Teva The Diva and Her Yellow Friend

Teva has many things she loves in her canine life. I would say food is numero uno but not far behind that, judging from the contemplative state I see in her eyes when having to decide between the two, is her yellow ball.

The yellow ball came into her life when she was a puppy and I was trying to find something to replace tennis balls. Tennis balls can often cause dental damage if they constantly chew the balls as Teva is known to do.  I came across these chewy, rubbery finds at a boutique pet store/veterinary office in Pasco, WA. They became such an obsession for Teva primarily because of  the loud squeakers inside them and squishy sounds they made when she chewed them that eventually we had no choice but to take them away. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teva finds the cool granite hearth healing

One month down….five to go. 

After Teva’s fourth chemo treatment, a slow infusion of  Doxorubicin, she was feeling quite puny.  The most noticeable side affects were nausea, excessive drooling and belching. She had a sullen look on her face and carried her head low as if picking it up was too much to handle.   She lost some weight and her appetite was practically nil, unfathomable for a golden. The funny thing was she was very happy to eat her Cerenia wrapped in cheese and bananas and pumpkin continued to be a welcome treat.

My work schedule had taken me out of  town for the day so I put out an all points bulletin and  Teva’s Pet Advocate Dr. Janet came to the rescue (again). Janet arrived with a shopping bag full of goodies that would enhance her dining experience (uber healthy stuff of course) and on day two Teva finally began to eat and eat and eat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teva teaches Barney the Art of Anticipation: Pine cone style

Anticipation… ahhh, love that feeling.  It is what makes new love grand and new ventures worth pursuing.  I’d have to say that currently that isn’t necessarily how I  feel about that emotion. If given the choice I would pull anticipation from my bag of emotions and stick to facts and figures. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oddly enough I started this blog almost exactly one year ago.  My intentions were to document my life with my Muse, Teva Jo.  As days turned to weeks and the business of life got in the way I realized that blogging about Teva wasn’t a priority. My uncertainty about my grammar, flow in writing etc always a concern.  Until last week.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Hello readers…..it’s Me… NO  it’s ME Teva Jo. Apparently my momma cannot keep up with the Muse of me… so I’ve decided that I will take over.

So, let’s start with this hike of hers/ours…. and let’s just say it wasn’t MY idea.  I like a good long day on the trail don’t get me wrong but seriously, 40 miles?  14.5 hrs?    I’d rather meet a porcupine on a dark evening in an alley behind Safeway.  So….. as the story goes. Read the rest of this entry »

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This was written in late May….. I’m a little late on the blogging front but, with age comes excuses!!

As I stumble out of my 30 ’s and into my 40 th year of living I have decided to throw my selfishness to the way side and seek selflessness as my new mantra for the next 40.
After my experience at Blog Paws and the ever reverberating sound of their “Be the Change You Want to See ”message that I carry with me daily I finally decided to buck up and try to live the message instead of sitting around wondering what it meant to me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Postmaster Delivers!

Teva returned from her weekend river hike a bit tired but certainly not unaware of her abode and it’s usual surroundings.   When she walked in the front door, per usual,  she checked the pile of mail on the bench where we accumulate all things postal. I  don’t think she’s cognizant of mail that she may or may  not have  received  but she does notice when there is something new in the area.  Always sniffing and grunting to warn us of impending danger. In that pile of bills, magazines and all things wasteful there was a special envelope for Teva Jo. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Face only a Mother could love

 

This morning my husband wanted to make us french toast to ‘carb up’  for the busy day ahead: Hiking, yard work and work prep for the week.  An unusual breakfast choice for us we realized that we didn’t have anything but the eggs, so off to the grocery I went anticipating a quiet shopping experience in the wee hours of this Sunday morning. 

To my surprise the parking lot was packed.  Entering the store I witnessed a flurry of men and young children hovering like bees around the flower and plant display.  A cacophony of  conversations of  her favorite flower and colors, deep grumbled tones from the father’s mouths complaining of the quality and high prices.  Mother’s Day emergency shopping at it’s finest.  (Valentine’s day a  similar and often worse episode, sans children.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Balsamroot

 Today the Muse, my husband and I ventured out on one of our many weekend preparation hikes for the big day (6/24 40 miler).    This time of year in Spokane is amazing.  The Balsamroot is in full bloom reminding us of what Lewis and Clark must have experienced when they ventured through the Northwest U.S.     

 The joy of this trail we call ‘the missing link’ is that you can hike for 6 miles along the river on this perfect peaceful lightly travelled path.  Teva spends most of her time waiting by the shore side for the next stick throw. On most occasions we find the perfect stick to throw and that becomes THE STICK for the entire hike.  She will not leave it for later or let us hide it.  Nope, it’s carried from that point forward until her tired jaw cannot bare another grasping  step and she nudges us to carry it.  The problem with the BIG STICK find is that it’s usually way wider then the trail, which subsequently leads us to have to jump off the trail when she comes up behind us so we don’t get impaled, scratched or thrown off the cliff by impact.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Today is one of those epic days.  You know the ones that you remember things like the weather, sights and sounds and most importantly you remember re-learning about the power of the backspace button.

Let today be noted in my history as “My First Blog Day”.

When I opened my eyes this morning I saw what I always see first: My Tail Wagging Muse on her ottoman at the end of our bed.

In this household most dog or cat  beds are referred to as buckets but not this one.  This  is “the princess pea bed”.  This is where the Muse sleeps, dreams, kicks, drools and refreshes for the new day ahead.  As with mornings of days passed she had her head hanging over the edge, rubbery dark lips dangling down and one brown eye fixed on me.  Most mornings I close my eyes quickly and hope she didn’t see so that I could have just ten more minutes before the arrival of  “Teva Jo” on the bed.  Not so lucky. Maybe because I did say out loud, towards her ottoman, “Today, I blog!”  Within seconds the Muse is on the bed standing over me as if to say… “well, let’s get to it!”.

So, with my first post I’d like to forgo any great introductions of who I am or what I plan on writing about.  I want to just take a moment to document how I got here to Blog-town and why I think I might stay a while and get to know the townspeople.

There are three major influences that lead me on this blog’n journey:  AboutVetMed ‘s Dr. Janet Crosby, BlogPaws, and my Tail Wagging Muse-” Teva Jo”.   Read the rest of this entry »

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