Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Big Sister Clover

Hi everybody. Thank you for all your very nice comments about Clover. We are still feeling sad around here. We miss Clover. I have been trying to do a good job of cheering up my parents by bringing them a bunch of toys to play with each evening. Usually I just pick two to play with, but for the last few days I have been bringing them at least five. I really want them to feel better.

This is the last picture we have of Clover. It was taken on Friday, the day before she died. I think it is nice that the last picture is of my big sister and me together.

Mommy keeps thinking she sees Clover behind the curtains and curled up on the bed. But she's not there. It was all so sudden. Clover had a heart condition: early stages of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and also an irregular heart rhythm. Mommy got up on Saturday morning and said hello to Clover and petted her and carried her around a little bit, and then put her down and went in the other room. A few minutes later, Mommy heard Clover scratching on her post, and then there was a thud. Mommy ran out to see if Clover was okay, thinking that she had fallen off the couch again--she does that sometimes with our new couches. But she was just lying there on the floor next to her post, breathing funny. Daddy got his stethoscope and tried to help, but it was too late. She died in Daddy's arms. It all happened so quickly.

Mommy and Daddy rushed her to the vet, but it was too late. We think she threw a clot to her brain or had sudden cardiac arrest. Either one could have been caused by her heart condition.

We all miss her a lot. Here is Mommy's favorite picture of Clover:

This is another great one of what we call(ed) "Double Happiness." That was when both Clover and I were on Mommy or Daddy's lap at the same time! Mommy and Daddy already miss this.

Bye for now,
Poppy the Little Blonde Chihiahua

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A sad, sad day

Our Fuzzy Orange Baby
2002 to January 24, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Snuggly Sunday

Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. I am having a good time relaxing and snuggling.

On Friday night I had a void-fest in the middle of the night. I woke up suddenly and projectile vomited all over Mommy and Daddy's comforter. Oops. I was very sorry about that. They weren't mad because they knew I didn't do it on purpose. It was a lot of throw-up. Daddy had to change the sheets and the blankets in the middle of the night. While he did that, Mommy took me out to the kitchen where I immediately ran to my box and peed for a long time. After I was done with that, I got out of my box and left a huge poop on the floor. So I voided all of my bodily fluids/solids in the space of two minutes. Wow, what a night. After that, I felt better. The rest of the weekend has been filled with snuggling!

Yesterday Mommy and Daddy wanted to take me out in the car to get lunch. When we went outside, I tricked them into taking me for a walk first! I just pulled Daddy right past the car and onto the sidewalk. Then Mommy felt sad about just putting me right in the car, so she said we could go for a little walk before we went for lunch. Ha ha, I tricked them!

Here is what I have been doing the rest of the weekend--snuggling:

When Clover is on Mommy's lap I get this sudden uncontrollable desire to be on her lap too. Mommy says it's jealousy, but I don't know about that. I just know that I want to be on her lap tooooooo!

I was being so cute and snuggly that Daddy wouldn't stop taking pictures of me. Here I am saying, "Daddy, enough with the flashy thing! It's hurting my eyes!"

Clover really loves our new couches. She sleeps on them like this all day and all night practically. So it has been a snuggly weekend for her too.

Bye for now,
Poppy the LBC

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Safety First!

My Mommy and I think it is very important to be safe, so we made our first PSA (public service announcement)!

Buckle-up your pup! I always ride in a carseat! :)

Bye for now,
Poppy the Little Blonde Safety Chihuahua

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Day Was Great!

Last night was very low key, but today was awesome! This afternoon we went to Fort Funston, which is one of my most favoritest places ever! It was very cold today, so I had to wear two jackets, and Mommy did too.

And yes, if you look carefully, you will notice that I am not wearing a leash so much as a pair of earphones with a long cord. That is because my parents are silly and they completely forgot all of my stuff when we left the house. No leash, no harness, and no poo bags! Luckily I always have a harness with me because of my seatbelt car harness. And we had some napkins to pick up my poo, but they reeeeally had to improvise about the leash. The ended up tying the connector end to my harness and Daddy made a hand loop out of the earphones.

They were a little nervous about it pulling apart, so they were extra careful with me near other dogs and cliffs and stuff. They have decided, on my advice, that from now on they will keep a backup leash and some extra poo bags in both cars. That way I will not have to wear earphones ever again.

When we got home Mommy started packing my overnight bag (more on that later), and she put two of my freeze-dried chicken treats in a little container. Then she threw the package in the trash and the paper insert that was in the package into the recycling bag. That was a mistake. For her. Not for me.

The end of the video is a little cut off, but what she said is, "Okay, maybe you can have it." And then she gave it to me! It was just a little piece of paper, but it smelled and tasted so great! I licked it and then shredded it into tiny, wet pieces.

Now more about my overnight bag: Mommy and Daddy are leaving me with Grandma and Grandpa OVERNIGHT because...well, mostly because Mommy needs to practice leaving me. It is very hard for her. It used to be easier, and they left me with Grandma and Grandpa for weekends several times before my injury. But this is the first time they have left me overnight since my injury. It is very difficult, but they need to do it. You always read about dog separation anxiety, except with us it's different. I don't have it, but my Mommy does!

Bye for now,
Poppy the Little Blonde Chihuahua