New blog!

May 23, 2010 · 8 comments

Welcome to my new blog. I started a cooking and baking blog at thelittlekitchen.net last December and soon quickly found myself wanting to write about more than my cooking and baking adventures so I started this blog. With this blog, I’ll be sharing whatever I feel like. :)

I’ll start by my introducing you to my pets!

This is Charley, our 5 year old dog. He is a rescue and we adopted him at 4 weeks old (not knowing that he wasn’t 8 weeks old)! He has Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), which means his pancreas do not make the necessary enzymes to digest his food. He requires expensive medication that has to be taken with each meal. We’re not sure what breed he is, he has a purple tongue and is black and tan. I don’t know…we think a little bit of German Shepherd, some kind of terrier and maybe even Australian Kelpie (a sheep herding dog). Recently, we have been dealing him losing a little bit of weight and being a little sick. I think we are finally getting it under control after worrying about him for a couple of months.

This is Roswell, our little silver classic tabby. She is about 13 or 14 years old and ever since I have known my husband, he has had her. She was adopted by him and an old friend (Sean, they used to be roommates) at a Walmart near their college. She is a mammary cancer survivor (5 years) but recently we found out that her cancer has returned to her lungs and one of her feet. We were told that she may only have months. :(

This is Clone. He is our 5 year old, orange mackerel tabby. He is also a rescue, as all of our pets are. We adopted him from the Space Coast Feline Network. You might be wondering why he is underneath plastic…well we had to cover our sofas in plastic because he has been peeing on them! I got a picture of him sleeping underneath the plastic the other day…defeats the purpose!

Here’s a picture of one of our couches:

We have been having a lot of pet stress lately, basically dealing with a one or a couple of problems with each of our three pets. A few weeks ago, we realized that someone was peeing on our sofas. We assumed it was Charley but we were wrong! It was Clone. We have added and changed a bunch of things in the house and we’re wondering if the stress involved with that and Roswell being sick. We have instituted some more changes as recommended by our vet. Anyways, he has gone a couple of days without peeing on the couches and we’re crossing our fingers that we’ll be able to remove the plastic soon!

Sorry for the poor quality in the photos too, they were taken with my iPhone.

Also, please go over to the little kitchen and enter into my latest giveaway, it’s a breast cancer related giveaway so please be sure to share with anyone you know who has been affected by it. Hurry, the giveaway ends on Friday, May 28th.

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robyn May 24, 2010 at 12:38 am

Hi Julie. I already love this blog! Pets are such a great addition to any family. You little Clone may have diabetes. They pee without even knowing they’re doing it, because the sugar levels are so high their bodies are just trying to get rid of the sugar. It happened to my very favorite cat. He never peed anywhere but where he was supposed to, then suddenly began peeing on furniture or just about anywhere. Have Clone checked out soon. It’s not a fun disease for a cat as they have to have their levels checked daily, which means a blood draw. Usually a prick to an ear. Then insulin shots.

Goodness pets are expensive! But hey, we didn’t really want to travel anyway! ;-)

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karenbove.com May 24, 2010 at 6:35 am

Congratulations! The new site is looking good. I’m sorry you’re going through all the pet troubles though. Those are always difficult.

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Julie (thelittlekitchen) May 24, 2010 at 8:22 am

@karen – Thank you and thanks for the kind thoughts.

@robyn- Clone has had two urine tests and even bloodwork, everything came back normal. We were very worried that it could be diabetes. It could be behavioral or stress or maybe the beginnings of crystals in his urine or stones in the bladder. We’re not sure. You’ll definitely hear more about it on the blog. :) Yes, pets are very expensive. I have dealt with a lot over the years with our pets but this one was definitely new to me, dealing with all three pets being sick/having problems. Ugh. How are you doing and holding up?

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Ellen @ Dfs Pet Blog May 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Julie – So nice to get to read about your pets and see their pictures – awesome looking crew! My heart goes out to you as you care for all your pets – especially Roswell as he gets ready to cross the rainbow bridge. I lost our dog to cancer just about 1 year ago exactly. It’s so difficult to lose a faithful friend.

Congrats on the new blog-looking forward to more of your posts!

Ellen (@DFS_Ellen)

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Angie June 1, 2010 at 11:43 am

We had an old cat too that would pee wherever she landed when she got really old. It was miserable I was constantly cleaning with vinegar. Now my old male cat gets mad from time to time with the new puppy. I got dressed this morning and ran out of the house. I started to smell something. I went back home and changed my shirt. Then the clean shirt I had on started to smell. He got my bra. I guess I was loving on the new puppy too much. Cats, can’t live with them, and they never run away! LOL just kidding, I love um.

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PeacefulGirl June 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Greetings fellow nerd, I’m lovin’ your blog. Sorry to hear about your kitty Roswell. I recently lost a kitty to cancer, it’s never easy. Take care, and thank you for the kind words you left on my blog, I appreciate it :)

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Julie (thelittlekitchen) June 2, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Thank you, PeacefulGirl, for coming over to my blog and your nice comments. I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty. It’s definitely not easy but it’s good to talk to others who have gone through the same thing.

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Julie (thelittlekitchen) June 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Angie, your cat can definitely be stressed by the new “intruder”. Sorry about your bra! :(

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