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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Another Leg Of The Trail

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Wasn't that a great shot of Cammie yesterday?  I had Mom take that while we were on our morning walk.  We were having such fun!  We got to go on a leg of Hudson Trail we haven't been on for a very long time!

Our walk started out normal enough, going up a bunch of hills ...

"I wonder which route we're taking today?!"
"I feel like taking a long one!"

Cam gets to decide those things!  We took the part of Hudson Trail that goes behind our friend Murphy's house. At the end of that segment, instead of turning to make a loop or back-tracking, we kept going!

"So awesome!  What a great hill!"
"I love hills!  Engage your turbo-boosters!"
"Boosters engaged!"
"Onward and upwards!"

We walked part of that section (it was already getting toasty out, and Mom and Dad didn't want us to over-do!), then turned and headed back.

"If we're on the way back, how come we're still going uphill?"
"One of the benefits of this route, I guess!"

When we got to the top of that hill, we paused  to have a look around:

"What a view!"
"We should walk this section of the trail more often!"
"I agree!  But only on cool mornings!"

It was great fun!  I can't wait to take that leg again soon!

Yours sincerely, 
Margaret Thatcher

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

I Left Something Out

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  When I told you how my mom makes Prescription Diet Treats for me, I left out an important step!  After you've let the boiling water soak into the kibble for a few hours, it's critical to give it a taste!

"Oh, fork-tender!  Perfection!!!"

Once it has reached that tender stage, you can give your biped the green light to mush it up, then freeze it!  But you HAVE to try it first!  I love that part of the process!!

And licking the bowl out after she's mushed it up and put it in the freezer tray is very helpful, too!


Monday, June 17, 2019

About That Closet!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  The other day, I showed you the ever-so-interesting closet in the Studio.  Mom was unable to get video of me opening the closet door, but trust me, it's a piece of cake.  You might be wondering what's so interesting in there.

Some of Mom's friends who know I've been checking out things in the closet wondered if I'm getting interested in fabric like my great-brother Dave.  Our mom is color blind and he worked very hard as her Guide Dog For The Color Blind.  He had a remarkable affinity for putting colors together.  But me?  No.  Let's take a look at what I find so fascinating ...

"Oh, hey.  Look at that.  The door popped right open!"

Can you see them up there?  They used to be on a lower shelf, before I learned how to open the doors.  Take a look:

A bunch of Siberian stuffies and a Koala Bear

I mean ... do they all look interesting, or what?!?  Our great-brother Zimmie's girlfriend Sitka sent him the little Siberian holding the purple heart.  Is that sweet?  I just want to see it.  Reeeeeeally.

Let's see what else is in there ...

"Yeah.  Further to the right!!!"

The closet goes the length of the room -- look down the line a bit!!!

It's Roger and Ted!!!

My mentor Teddy Westlife's great-sister Huffle Mawson sent Roger the Rat to Zimmie -- all the way from Australia!   For some reason, I've only gotten to meet Roger one time, and that was years ago when I was a puppy!  Even Cam doesn't get access to Roger.  Why?  I had to check the archives.  Apparently she wanted him as badly as I do.

Ted is a friend of Mom's from when she was a biped kind of puppy.  He gets a really high shelf and hasn't made an appearance in the Studio itself since ... well, anytime I can remember!  I'd just like to say, "Ha roo!" to him!  Honest!

So then, we have ...

"Can I help you, Mom?"
"Maggie, would you please stop opening the closet doors?!?"

Not any time soon, no.  Too many interesting things in there.  Maybe I'll get to meet one of the special stuffies now that I'm a really good puppy!

I'll keep you posted.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Today, I thought I'd show you around our gardens just a little bit. We have some really pretty blooms going on.  Ready to take a look?

Let's start right here by the Bee Garden.

"Yeah, whatever.  Let's move along ..."

Really not too exciting, but everything is much bigger than when Maggie showed you last time!

You can see the Wildflower Garden from up here -- take a look:

Our Wildflower Garden

Beyond that, you can see some Butterfly Weed (I'll show you a different one in a sec!) and the Creeping Red Thyme (that's the pink stuff).  The really tall plants in the center are the Maximillian Sunflowers!  On the left, the yellow flowers are Moonshine Yarrow.  Behind the sunflowers are these coneflowers:

White Swan Coneflowers

There are more coneflowers in the Friendship Garden. Let's move over there! How about these ones?

Glowing Dream Coneflowers

Here I am, sitting next to them:

"Wait ... what's over there?"

Up behind me, beyond the fence on the middle tier is our Butterfly Garden. Take a look at the Butterfly Weed growing in there:

Butterfly Weed

We have a few doing really well this year!

Here's another shot of me in the Friendship Garden:

"I feel so relaxed now!"

There are a couple other coneflowers doing well - and even though the Sedum plants aren't blooming yet, they are filling in nicely!

I hope you enjoyed your tour! Do you feel nice and serene now?  Have a wonderful Sunday!


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Even More To Celebrate!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  This was a big week for us here at Ao4 Headquarters.  Not just Flag Day and the US Army birthday, but I had two vet appointments.  First up was my big Oncology re-check!

In addition to a thorough exam, the lovely people at Oncology wanted to redo x-rays and an ultrasound, to make sure no cancer had popped up anywhere.  After my appointment with my very favorite Oncologist Dr. Coffee, I needed to wait until Radiology had an opening.  Mom stays there with me, so it wasn't a problem at all.

"It won't be too long, Cam.  And I'm right here, OK?"
"No problem, Mom.  My, those puppers sure are making a lot of noise ..."

We just chilled in the waiting room.  I get to visit with lots of nice people, plus since we knew it would be a while, we took a nice walk-break:

"Ah!  This is nice!"

It was still nice and cool out, so I enjoyed that very much!

After Radiology, we waited to do Discharge stuff with Dr. Coffee. Since my ultrasound was behind me, I was able to do this:


I had to fast beforehand, so Mom brought my breakfast for me! She forgot my bowl, so she hand-fed me. I liked that!

So, anyway, it was all good news from the wonderful people at Oncology! (Pending official Radiology readings.)

The next day, I had an appointment with my "routine" vet at Pet Health -- just for a vaccination and a titer test. Mom could have scheduled both for the same day, but didn't want me to have too much all at once. I was fine with that, since I didn't have to fast!

I decided to wear my special bandana to celebrate the prior day's news:

"It's a bit quieter in here today!"

One of the Oncology vet nurses saw me in the exam room and came in to give me hugs.  How nice is that?!?  

I saw my favorite routine vet Dr. Nelson and my favorite vet nurse Beth from Pet Health!  They gave me treats.  Oddly, they seemed very much like the prescription ones Mom gives me at home and came in a snack-sized Zip-lock.  Hmm.  Anyway, I got my shot and they took blood - easy, peasy, we were in and out of there in no time!  AND what a bonus - I ran into Dr. Coffee in the Discharge area and got to get hugs from her!  

Here's a shot of me out front afterwards:

"Cammie!  You are SUCH a good girl!!!"
"Thanks, Mom!  And thanks to all the wonderful people at the KSU Vet Health Center!!!"

Two trips to the vet's in as many days, and such great reports both times!  We are so thankful for the wonderful, caring professionals at Kansas State University's Vet Health Center!  Now - LET'S CELEBRATE!!!


Friday, June 14, 2019

Lots To Celebrate!

Happy birthday to the US Army AND happy Flag Day!!!

"Lemme see your war face, Mags!"
"On it, Cam!" 

We're pretty sure this calls for lots of treats.  Like ... maybe two hundred and forty-four of them!!!

Cam and Mags!