Sunday, January 14, 2018

Not As Cold...But Still Winter!

Well, the deep freezer loosened its grip last week, for a couple of days. We were into the mid-upper 50'sF. All the snow vanished. And um...even though petcretary does clean up duty each day, under all that melted snow, she still found lots of 'buried treasures'. It filled up a whole bag, BOL!! Then on the 12th, we had freezing rain...followed by more coldness and 4 inches of snow. It was a slippery mess, and there were lots of drivers who could not get up hills on some city streets. So the police closed them until things could be remedied with salt and sand. The schools around here had a day off! Add that to the fact that most schools will have the 15th off for MLK Day, they got a super long weekend!
We had 3F last night, while not nearly as cold as some places and a lot warmer than last weekend, its still plenty cold and more so when you get out there and feel the wind.
At least we are all warm and cozy in our den, with warm soft nests to relax in. Would that all could have those pleasures to indulge in.

Well, it is Selfie we will show ourselves to you...but not outside in that cold, thank you furry much!

 MrJackFreckles, while not completely off his food, is getting to hardly eating at all. Some days he eats half a day's serving, sometimes less, sometimes more... He'll go to his bowl, have a sniff or even pick up some tasty morsel, but then that is all...or he just walks away. Yesterday petcretary succumbed and added about 1/2 teaspoon of burger drippings (unseasoned, but cooked), and then he gobbled up about 3/4 cup of Stella & Chewy noms. Tried that again today, but he decided not...sigh...maybe he wanted a whole steak, BOL! It can't be left out for indiscriminate grazing because Dalton will vacuum it up before anyone has blinked! Sometimes he will eat if we give him Dalton's noms, Tee-hee. He eats grain free, but not the same as MJF. That raw/freeze dried food is hard on the he does get a bit of it now and then, but not full servings like MJF.
But there is nothing amiss with the treat appetite! BOL! He would eat a whole boxful if given a chance...

MJF is spending more and more time sleeping the hours away. And sometimes running with Dalton, but its hard to do that in the cold and snow for an old-man-pup...esp with the balance issues he has...but he still seems to be enjoying himself, more or less. He comes into the kitchen for crunchy veggies, and barks at things he perceives as threats...which of course gets Dalton to add his opinions as well. It can be super noisy here sometimes, BOL!
How could *I* be a naughty pup???
 Dalton was super naughty this past week...pawppy left him corralled in the kitchen area when he left for work. When petcretary came downstairs a bit later...he had found a loose part of our old (30years), kitchen flooring...and chewed and ripped it. There is a hole there now about 2x2. Pawppy saw it and said...hmmm, Dalton is a very expensive pup. Petcretary has never heard of any pup who did anything like that:( 
So since we are not able to finance a new floor (which we actually need...), we will try to patch it up as best we can...and hope there are no more temptations like that for Dalton the dog from Hell.
MJF says Dalton makes a good pillow...sort of!

I am going to paw you to beg for a scritch or two or three...
Pipo just waits for a clear path through the dogs, and then he finds his place by the window to indulge in sunpuddles and burd TV. (Sorry Tabbies!) We sure do have a lot of hungry burds here of late! They go through sunflower seeds, peanuts, suet, mixed seeds and mealworms in great quantities. The colder and snowier it gets, the more they visit our burd buffet. Pipo chatters away at them, maybe he is inviting them to find our doggy doors to come in to the warm den and play with him:)
At night when petcretary sits at her desk, he will either come and sit on the chair behind warm her back, presumably and get scritches that way, or he goes into the cubbyhole in the desk, (a converted shelf), then he paws at her from that vantage point until she reaches down and does the scritching ritual. He sure love him his scritches!! Or belly rubs! When he gets bored with all of that he will go and dig a pom-pom or a mousie out of his toybox and whap that around...or he plays 'trying to catch my tail'. Then he rolls and rolls, MOL!
He hisses Dalton who tries to entice him to play...but Dalton runs off ky-y-ing when Pipo whaps that game is noisy but short lived. Dalton has not actively chased Pipo, nor has MJF, but Pipo is not friendly, though he does tolerate them to a certain degree. Maybe if a wee baby pup came in here he would maybe get more friendly, who knows! He does go up to sleeping dogs and sniff them until they move, then whoops he is gone!

We made a Birthday card for Caster, from KittyCatChronicles, he turned five!
We have to tell you of yet another kitty who left to be with her angel furblings, Tundra, from Catster. She was the sisfur of Cooper, who left for the RB in December. Her Mom is heartbroken and it just has to be really hard to loose loved ones so close together. If you wish, petcretary can give you the contact info...let her know by email at:  ingrid (at) rickmar (dot) net

We are hopping along with The Kitties Blue, the weekly hosts of this fun feature.
Kitties Blue could use some, they have had their share of issues since we turned the calendar to 2018.


  1. I am purring for Jack Freckles to eat more! Being an older doggie can be hard sometimes.

  2. please Jack eat a little bit more... and maybe a steak can really do the trick? we have this freezing rain today, it is like a cold shower and totally uncomfy ;O)
    btw: our two huskies were fourlegged floor strippers once too, the mama was angry furst but she found a 100 francs bill under da ole floor... not bad ;O)))

    1. BOL, Dalton did not uncover any treasures as compensation for his deed:(

  3. We purr MJF will eat more and Dalton will stop chewing things.
    We really like your selfie Pipo :)
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

  4. Sounds like MJF just loves those treats and I bet they have a really strong enticing flavour, a bit like cream an mice are for me, MOL Not that he wants to start eating them!
    You all have a lovely and safe week and praying that snow and ice go soon.
    Toodle pips and purrs

  5. Those are nice selfies. It is hard when they get old to try and entice them to eat. I had the same problems trying to get Flynn to eat.

    1. Thanks. It was a hard and frustrating task.
      It was much easier to help Minko eat, and petcretary accomplished that for almost three years...

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    1. Scritches are easy to get from passing by peeps here:) Or pawed by me to get them given!!

  7. Hope it has warmed up for you guys! We got snow here today -- for the first time in like 5 years!!! But it's already almost all gone by now. We got outside to enjoy it for a little bit though.

    MJF - eat your dinners! We know you must be worrying your mom. Our Lucy dog (who is also a jack russell like MJF) is losing some of her energy too. She will be 18 in just a few months. It's hard to watch them age!

    Sending love to you all!

    1. We sure hope Lucy will achieve 18! Wow! Aging itself isn't that awful, its when the issues come on all at once and get overwhelming...

  8. We hate the colds too. Sorry your mommy's havin' to work so hard and clean up so much. We're sorry MJF isn't doin' great. We're sendin' big hugs and lots of purrayers. Ya' look very handsum. Stay warm and toasty.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

  9. We are sending tons of POTP to MJF....I know how nerve wracking that is so hard! OMG about Dalton....will he maybe grow out of being so mischievous? Since we are in Michigan as you are, you KNOW we are sick of this bitter weather! xoxo

    1. Thanks Caren.

      We sure hope Dalton gets over this destructive stage. Its like he is a baby pup...

  10. MJF sounds a lot like Joey dog with his appetite. We used to cook special dinners for him. He gladly accepted treats, and he did a lot of sleeping. We're sending lots of POTP!

    I hope you all keep warm and don't catch that nasty bug that's been going around. Tell Dalton that I used to chew things up too when I was that age. There is a big hole in the carpet on the stairs, and another one on the arm of the chair in ghostwriter's office. Hopefully he'll grow out of that phase soon.

    1. Hi, Chester. Dalton ripped apart his bed which he has been in since arriving here...sheesh. He can't grow out of this mouthy stage fast enough, BOL!

  11. Sorry about the kitchen floor. Lee's father had a doxie that chewed the stair treads off every step, he even pulled out the tacks that held them on. He tore his teeth out doing the job. The doxie had a sister who chewed an entire pedestal off a table and the owners came home to find a table top on the floor. So I guess be glad it was just a 2X2 spot. That is why never got a doxie. Three Scots and never anything chewed. Pray Mr Jack Freckles feels like eating again. They are so loved and it is sad to see them getting older.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

    1. You know we wouldn't be surprised if Dalton had some doxie in him...sometimes he looks like one, except the ears are wrong, BOL! MJF was a cuckoo pup too, but to a way lesser extent. And he had confidence which Dalton lacks, so it was much easier to redirect him and teach him what was not appropriate to chew...