March 8th, 2007
Someone dropped this box full of puppies off at the clinic today. I was the first person there this morning and I found them outside the door. There are eight total. They look like lab mixes, and they're pretty young, probably not two months old yet. I didn't bring them home with me, but we don't have room to foster them at the clinic either. I looked in the phone book for no-kill animal shelters but it seems like there aren't any in this city. If we can't figure out what to do with these puppies in a few days, we're going to have to take them to the humane society, where there's a chance they might be euthanized. While I doubt they'd put down such young puppies, it's difficult for shelters that don't have enough room to make space for a big litter like this.
If this were back home, I know we could find places for them, or even foster them at the farm until we found forever homes for them. I might even take one or two of them out there, since there's always room for more dogs on the farm.
It got me to thinking that maybe I could use some of my resources and connections to open a local no-kill shelter. I know it's a lot of work, but it's something that's crossed my mind before. I'd just have to do a fair bit of planning before actually opening a shelter. Does anyone have any comments, or ideas?
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February 24th, 2007
This week's been pretty good so far. It's alternated between sunny and rainy lately, and even though I don't particularly care for running in the rain, the dogs still love it. I have to dry them off before letting them back in the house, though. They're like big walking sponges. Knowing them, they'd come in and shake off right next to where all the electronics are, or roll around on the couches. And there aren't many things more unpleasant than coming home after a long day of work to find that your couches are not only covered with fur, but also sopping wet.
The clinic has been having a spay/neuter drive this month, which always means a lot of work. I've fixed about fifty animals in the past twenty odd days. I just wish more pet owners would be responsible enough to fix their animals, because it kills me every time I see a stray cat ducking into the sewers or a stray dog eating from a trash can. We take in a lot of animals back on the farm, but I don't really have the space or resources to do that here in the city.
Anyway, I bought some potted plants to brighten up the apartment some. Ino, you might be interested in going to see this greenhouse that I found. It's close to the hospital, had all kinds of plants and flowers. I got some stargazer lilies, and a few other creeping vines that would look nice in the corners.
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Current Mood: busy
February 14th, 2007
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. Whether you're single or in a relationship, make sure that you let the people you love know you care.
A girl came with her mother to the clinic today to have her kitten checked up on and she brought cookies for the vets and techs. It was so cute.
I called my family and talked to them for a while. It's nice to hear from them, even though I was back home this last weekend for Papa's memorial. Mama brought out the photo albums and we talked about what we remembered of Papa while he was alive. I take after him a lot, while Kiba resembles Mama more. Funny how that works.
Current Music: The Beetles - We Can Work It Out
February 4th, 2007
|04:09 pm - It's that time of the year again...|
And by that, I mean Singles Awareness Day. Or Valentine's Day, if you rather. I think I will send myself a card telling me how great I am. And maybe some chocolate, too.
Pretty soon I'll also be heading home for a weekend for our family's annual memorial, on the anniversary of my father's death. Not exactly fun times, I'm afraid, but it'll be nice to see them and the farm again.
Shuuhei, you mentioned video games in your last post. We need to play bust-a-move again, it's been a while. Have you been practicing? You didn't even have to sit on my arms last time to almost beat me.
Chouji, I restocked the fridge. I picked up a little extra for Ino, too. I've got dinner duty tonight, right?
January 18th, 2007
The dogs are going crazy because it's snowed recently. They were bred for this kind of weather and so they want to spend pretty much every waking moment out in the snow. It reminds me of when I was young, and Kiba and I would build snow caves and play outside for hours and hours. We'd always be warm because about six dogs would pile in there with us. Good times, good times.
Of course, the snow is a pain to drive in, but I've got chains for my tires so it's okay. If you think driving on snowy city streets is dodgey business, just imagine snowy/slushy dirt roads. It's even worse when livestock gets out onto the roads. I nearly hit a cow once when the weather was bad. Not so good times.
Kiba sent me a cool jacket for Christmas. It has a parka hood and is nice and warm. It also looks exactly like one he owns, but what's a hand-me-down or two between siblings, right? It came in late because the ink on the label got smeared, but that's all right.
Shuuhei, Chouji, or anyone else who wants to, I'm kind of in the mood to go see a movie. Anyone interested?
January 4th, 2007
I hope that everyone has had a nice holiday season. Fortunately for me, my flu cleared up enough for me to go to the Christmas party at Shuuhei's work without looking contagious or grody. All his coworkers were terribly friendly, and they made me feel right at home.
Don't ask Shuuhei about the mistletoe they had tacked up in the front door.
A few gifts were exchanged after the party. It was nice. I called Mama and Kiba and talked with them for a while, too. I'd mailed their presents to them so they opened those while I was talking to them.
New Year's eve was pretty fun, too. We chilled and played video games for a bit, then watched the ball drop on TV. I got a tiny bit drunk
(don't as Shuuhei about that, either. Or Ino or Chouji, for that matter), and went to bed around three. I can't believe it's already 2007. I think this is going to be a good year.
December 16th, 2006
|06:41 pm - I could just die|
Man, there go my Christmas plans. I've been working overtime like a crazy woman to try and make sure that I had enough spare hours to go home for Christmas, and now I've come down with a nasty flu. I've basically quarantined myself in my room so nobody else gets it.
The dogs are driving me crazy. They get way too hyper when I don't take them out to run every day. Fortunately for me, the clinic I work for also runs a kennel for doggy-parents who have to leave their pets with us for a while. So, I've taken the dogs there, and they're staying at the clinic a few days. They get to play with the other doggies and will be taken for walks. I hate to leave them in someone else's care, but I just can't keep up with them right now.
I'll be in my room with a box of tissues and some Theraflu if anyone needs me for anything.
Current Mood: waaaaaah
October 26th, 2006
The dental cleaning appointment wasn't too bad. But I did go buy a bag of tootsie-pops afterwards to make myself feel better.
Orihime, I stopped by the book store today and I saw this book that made me think of you. I bought you a copy, since I figured you might find it useful in preparing for the inevitable zombie siege.
Tatsuki, how's the bike coming along? If you think it might help, we could drop by the thrift store some time and maybe pick up a bike to use for spare parts?
And speaking of auto repair, Shuuhei's friend Javier is going to be coming by this weekend to take a look at my Tank. The thing is nearly as old as I am, so Shuuhei asked his friend to check under the hood and make sure the engine's still all there and whatnot. Should be interesting.
October 18th, 2006
The dogs are starting to get restless. Huskies have an insane amount of energy (think three-year-old child on pixi-stix), and when I can't run them for a few miles every day they start to get hyper. I've managed to keep them pretty quiet, but they've only been outside for a few minutes at a time since the rain started.
I'm glad that I brought the shell for my truck back from the farm, otherwise the bed could now double as a small swimming pool.
On a happier note, I got to play with a whole litter of borzoi puppies today when their owner brought them in for their first shots. They were all healthy and energetic and cute.
On a not so happy note, I have a dental cleaning apointment on Thursday. Ew.
Current Music: Shakira - Dreams For Plans
October 11th, 2006
The date auction thing wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Mostly because I had a contingency plan (which has been dubbed "Groundhog Day Bachelor Auction Plan A") and Shuuhei saved me. The guy who was bidding on me probably wasn't as scary as the ones some of the other auctionees were purchased by, but he looked way too much like my ex-boyfriend for me to be comfortable. That is to say, he looked like what my ex-boyfriend would look like in maybe thirty years. Yikes.
I've been playing more video games lately than I have since I was in college. Nothing new or fancy, just the Genesis that Kiba left, my old Saturn, and the PS1 I dug up during my last trip home. It's been fun playing some of the old games again. I saw an ad for a used game store called Player Two. I hear they have some pretty cheap games, so maybe I'll check them out some time and pick up a few more. Could be fun.
In other news, the weather is starting to get cooler. The dogs are loving it, though I'm sure what they're looking forward to is the snow. A plus to the cold weather is that the dogs shed less, and less shedding is always good for me (and for a certain other resident of the apartment, who has purchased packing tape in bulk to remove the puppy fur from his clothing).
Apartment nine kids, I'm cooking dinner tonight. I was thinking lasagna. Any objections/comments/questions?