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Dog maintenance

We were in Glenwood Springs last week and while we were there, we visited the Petco. It’s great because Piper gets to sniff new stuff and stare at the ferretts (she can’t quite figure out what they are) and Spouse gets to look at the turtles. It’s better than the zoo!

At any rate, the reason for stopping (besides stocking up on dog food, ferretts, and turtles) was to pick up a Pedi- Paws. Piper is a black dog,with black nails, and I’m paranoid about nicking the quick and making her bleed. She also doesn’t love people touching her feet to START with, which does nothing to assuage my Piper-maiming anxiety. Enter the Pedi-Paws, which is essentially a portable sander for your dog’s toenails. They give you a whole step-by-step guide to acclimating your dog to the sander which I promptly ignored. My reason? There is nothing in the world that cannot be cured with lots of petting and treats in Piper’s world. Plus, nail trimming involves full body contact with Piper.

She seemed okay with it. She didn’t love it, obviously, but that’s why the brilliant people at Purina make Beggin’ Strips.

 

Recovering.

Recovering.

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Piperbath

This is your daily Leadville.

Pipe hasn’t had a bath since we got here, so tonight I wrangled her into the shower, bathed her and, insult to injury, took photos.

My favorite part is how she displaces her BathHate energy into eating the ass out of the fake mallard she picked out at the pet store last week. And yes, despite what Spouse thinks, she picked it out herself. I wasn’t even going to BUY her a toy.

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Pretty much covers it

Pretty much covers it

 

 

 

More pet torture here.

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Beer

I really enjoy beer. Post-practical, Carly and I went out and had a couple dollar drafts and potato skins. Potato skins are tied with chocolate as my favorite thing to eat with beer. It was a nice semi-celebration. I let it settle for an hour or so and then I took Piper for a 2.5 mile run.

Piper had considerably less fun than I did because my sprint intervals have gotten longer. Right now she’s passed out on the floor breathing helicopter breaths – the rapid fire respiration that shakes her whole body and makes her sound like a helicopter. I am probably going to serve as Shane’s designated driver company for a little bit later on.

It’s weirdly quiet in the house without Spouse. Not that he’s loud, but he takes up space in the rooms and it seems less empty. He’s back on Thursday. I am a mushy dork.

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Yesterday I went outside to show Carly the empty bunny nest and who was looking up at me but three little bunnies. I’m not sure who was more surprised, me or them. One by one they scampered to the back of the garden but I’m pretty sure they came back to the nest to sleep. So Piper is still on Bunny Watch.

I have been gushing about how awesome Ariel Tweto was on Wipeout because she was hilarious and upbeat and had a great sense of humor. And then she commented on my Ariel is Great entry! Crazy intarwebz!

I’m on a break before my anatomy practical and I’m very proud of myself for not wasting all my time on the internet yesterday. Hopefully it will pay off.

My class this morning was good, even though I was a bit discombobulated. I’m also finalizing my schedule with the Township so that my students will have some other options.

I was thinking I’d go out for a mid-finals celebratory beer tonight but I’m tired enough that I may just pass out. I can’t believe it’s only 1:30 in the afternoon!

Spouse is safely in Colorado and said the drive was spectacular. Potentially more details later. It’s so weird sleeping in a bed without him (though Piper tried to keep me company). It’ll be nice when he’s home.

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Apparently

Bunny fur must contain a toxin that causes dogs to have HORRIFYING GAS if they pick them up in their mouths.

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Peektures!

I took Piper outside this evening and she went back over to the nest. Since I moved the baby bunny, I wasn’t overly concerned. She snuffled her nose in the bush again and then all of a sudden I heard a “MEEEEEP!” She’d picked up ANOTHER bunny!

She dropped the bunny and I put her inside. I went back out and found TWO MORE baby bunnies in the nest. Mama doesn’t seem to be returning, so I moved them over with their sibling (shaded, sheltered area with plenty of grass). They were clearly happy to see each other and began furiously grooming one another before snugging down for a nap.

So I took pictures.

*Edited to add: I moved the bunnies back to the nest once the sun went down, in case the mother comes back. With any luck she’ll claim them in the next couple of days and move their nest.

With my fingertip, so you can see how tiny they are!

With my fingertip, so you can see how tiny they are!

Snuggles!

Snuggles!

Baby Bunnies make you use exclamation points!

Baby Bunnies make you use exclamation points!

Close up baby bunnies!

Close up baby bunnies!

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