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19th-Jun-2011 01:07 am - Rascal
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I know, I never update. I never feel like I have anything of substance to say. So the first update in a year is of a new kitty!

His current name is Rascal. Rascal is the name he came with and I can't think of a good Hallowe'en name for him, so Rascal he'll probably remain. I'm told he was named for his personality. (With the exception of Spook, I know lots about each litter of all of my pets, and I've picked the troublemaker in each litter...there's just something about them that draws me, even from pictures. :) )

And speaking of pictures, here are a few of him:


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His reception went almost as I predicted. Boo hissed at him and hid. Spook hissed/growled and then had a 15 minute staring match. Winter cried and barked inconsolably for an hour (during which he got 4 bloody noses and a bloody tongue (and that's with being held back), ate a bowl of kitten chow, and brought 3 cat toys out of the bathroom (where Rascal will live until I trust everyone enough for him to be loose without supervision) for Rascal - though Rascal wants nothing to do with the loud, drool-y, overly-excited dog, can't say I blame him). I finally crated him in the basement.And he and Summ sniffed noses through her crate and the baby gate, before she took off for the bathroom (accidentally stepping on him in the process) and stuffed as many toys of his in her mouth as she could (6) and made a beeline for outside. (My prediction was that he'd get a cold reception from Spook and Boo, an overly enthusiastic reception from Winter, and a predatory reaction from Summ. I'm pleased to be wrong on that last account, though still no unsupervised interaction.)

My neighborhood had its big yard sale today, and Rascal was quite content to be carried (on leash) around to all of the different yard and get pets from about 20 different people. Only stopped purring once, and that was when a loud dump truck barreled down the street. And he was just as good in PetsMart. Just sweet, attached to my clothes with his claws, and purring away. He was nervous, but well behaved.

He's big for 12 weeks. My friend, M, who rescued their mother a few weeks before the litter was born, was at the vet with me (in fact, that's where we did the ownership transfer, because he had to test negative for FIV/FeLV for me to consider keeping him), and my vet kept asking if M was sure on their birth date, because he's already 4.3 pounds and maturity-wise is closer to 16 weeks, but M is sure of their birthday, as they were born while she was a her mother's birthday party. I'm happy about that, because his size makes him less fragile and less vulnerable to damage from the dogs. His paws are bigger than Boo's, so I get the feeling he's going to be one big cat.
28th-Jun-2010 12:21 pm - Winter :)
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I normally have the blinds closed on this window, unless the windows are open. Winter is loving having the windows open for the summertime. He gets a nice comfy spot to people watch.

winter people watching
10th-May-2010 05:06 pm - Random puppy pictures (repost)
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Puppy Pictures:
(okay, puppy is probably the wrong word considering Summer turned two! in January and Winter will be four in October. They can't possibly be that old. Who is messing with the calendar?! Put it back! Put it back!)

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7th-Apr-2009 05:53 pm - Doing okay
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Surgery recovery is going well. A minor setback a couple days ago when in the heat of the moment I forgot my lifting restrictions and picked up Summ and tossed her outside (she decided to pee next to the door, bad girl!). So things were painful for a day, but am doing better today. Don't have too much to say, it's been a quiet few days. I've been doing 15 minutes of light housework separated by half-day breaks. Won't be able to get away with that after I return to work. Been taking more pictures of the pups. Feel very guilty that I can't really walk them. Today would have been perfect, but Winter's extremely strong on a leash and I need all my strength if he finds something he shouldn't.

The dogs have been doing really well and for the most part, decently behaved. Summ seems like she's on the verge of coming back into the season, and has been having her witchy moments with a capital "B". Winter scraped open his nose the morning A brought him back home. No one knows what he did, but he bled most of that day off and on. It's getting better, though.


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2nd-Apr-2009 09:32 pm - CH Winter!!
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Can't believe I'm this slow in posting this. Winter became Champion Winter on 15 February 2009! Here's his show career puppy to champion. All pictures by Kohler & Associates unless specified.
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Finished! Finished!

President's Day 2009. A year after his first major. The major this day broke by one dog, but it didn't matter, he only needed the two points. I love this picture!!

4th-Feb-2009 04:35 pm - "Hey, wait a minute!"
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"Hey! Wait a minute!
No fair! I distinctly remember saying that I didn't need a bath."

But, you look so much better, Winter. Pardon, the wet feet, I was still drying him. He's actually still dripping from his ruff and butt in this picture, as well as his feet. But the drier he gets, the less he stands still. :)

(Don't have much energy or time to be posty right now. But need to show off puppy pics somehow. :) )
28th-Jan-2009 10:26 pm - Puppies
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Summer graduates obedience class tomorrow. Figuring she ought to at least be clean for the occasion I gave the little crazy girl a bath. She so snuggable right now! Winter, not so snuggable. His bath is coming this weekend, and then show season will be starting up and he'll be getting them more frequently and things will get crazier around here. I just put my entries in for one of the biggest shows of the year coming up Presidents' Day weekend. Wish them luck!

Summer says,

I'm adorable!
I'm adorable

..........Even when I'm not smiling.

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17th-Jan-2009 11:20 pm - Long time, no blog
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Spook says, "Wow! Haven't seen this page in a while."

Picked up a new hobby...spinning! I need another fiber hobby like a need a hole in the head, but have found it so relaxing, I've just jumped right in.

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25th-Aug-2008 10:26 pm - Wizo
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Wizo got out on Saturday. He's normally an indoor cat, but really wants to be an outdoor cat. Today I got a call from a neighbor. They found this in their front yard before they mowed it:


I'm still hoping he comes home safe, but knowing the wild animals in this neighborhood and the state of his collar (it's leather and was in good shape), I don't know how realistic that is.

This is Wizard:


This picture was taken about 3 years ago when he was three years old. He's got a lot more freckles now, especially in his ears, but this picture really shows the essence of Wizard - he's probably the sweetest cat I've ever known. Lowest critter on the totem pole here, but the sweetest and most friendly. The most accepting of strangers of my cats, too. He always wants to be on my lap or wrapped around me like a boa whenever I used the computer and he was with me throughout grad school, so I was on the computer a lot.

Some pictures of my dogs under the cut, all during baths, which is how I like to embarrass them. I smiled at them as they came out of the camera, so maybe posting them will cheer me a little.

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24th-Jul-2008 10:58 am - Blame Puppie
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visited 42 states (84%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or determine the next president

I really need to manage to get in a trip to the northeast...
2nd-Jul-2008 02:49 pm - Winter's turn
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Winter after a bath
Winter after a bath

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30th-Jun-2008 12:27 pm - Summer, clean for a change
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Summer is such a pigpen, that I thought I had to mark the occasion of her bath. She is so cute, clean. Actually, she's cute dirty, too, just not squishable. :)

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Summer after her bath
Summer after her bath
Just two different views of her I really like.

21st-Mar-2008 10:57 pm - Hi, Summer!
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I have a new puppy. Another Sammie, like Winter. This one is named Summer. She's nine and a half weeks old and full of fire.

Winter thinks she is the greatest thing ever. The cats can't believe I had the audacity to bring home another dog.

Her primary hobbies appear to be:
* Seeing how far she can launch food out of her food bowl (an impressive distance)
* Playing with her brother, Winter
* And, chasing cats (Bad Summer!)

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1st-Jan-2008 12:07 am - Happy New Year!
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May 2008 be a great year for all!
30th-Dec-2007 08:24 pm - More Winter pictures
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Blocking the vent

(December 27)

Spook: Can you move him? His tail is blocking my heating vent.

Winter: You think it's on purpose? Me? Snow-lover purposely block your vent?

Spook: Yes. You're a brat.

Winter: Oh. Well, then it's mine.

Blocking the vent

Lovely day, better night

(30 December)

Winter's opinion:

3:00 pm: What a wonderful day. 39° and sunny.
8:00 pm: What a nice night! High winds, 27° and snow!

Mine: 3:00 pm: Nice day; 8:00 pm: blech.

Lovely day, better night

Winter and his 3-legged spider

(30 December) Tearing through the yard carrying a toy.

Winter and his 3-legged spider

Sorry I'm not saying much recently. I just don't seem to have the energy.
26th-Dec-2007 10:30 pm - Shhhh
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Winter almost never sleeps when I am home. If I turn over in the middle of the night, he's generally on his feet with a look that says, "Crate time all done?! Yay, let's go play." So, to get a picture of him sleeping is pretty special. He woke up and went tearing about a couple minutes after I took this picture. Length of nap? 6 minutes. Man, I wish I could survive on that little sleep!

25th-Dec-2007 11:43 am - Merry Christmas
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White Christmas 2007

White Christmas 2007

Have a Merry Christmas, all who celebrate it. It's a white one here, so I'm going to stay inside and knit!

18th-Dec-2007 08:19 pm - Oops...
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Next Project: Detangle!
AKA: Don't let the dog get the mail...
Next Project: Detangle!
I got this really pretty yarn in the mail exactly six months ago. I left it in its envelope on the table. Came back to a shredded envelope and yarn knotted and strew throughout the dining room. Finally pulled it out this week to see the condition. Terribly tangled, but with patience looks to be completely salvageable. I've started detangeling it... I wonder how long it will take?

17th-Dec-2007 08:39 pm - Happy Boy
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Happy Boy

"I know I'm not supposed to be here, but look how cute I am!"
Happy Boy

9th-Jul-2007 12:52 pm - Quick update
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Quick update. No pictures, sorry! It's been a hectic couple of months here.


Winter has now been in six show weekends and has done really, really, really well. He has 2 best Samoyed puppy wins, a puppy group 4 (these in Cortez), his first point (in Casper, surprised me royally...I kept waiting for the judge to say, "oops, not you"), a reserve (also in Casper) and a major reserve (in Loveland, I about died of shock. Winter was determined to have fun and did. not. behave. at. all.). He's a wonderful puppy who does have a bit of a crazy attitude, but I love him. It's hard to believe he's 8 months old already.

The cats are pretty wary around Winter still. I don't blame them. Winter's kill count is up to 3 rabbits, 2 birds and 4 wasps and a bee. Spook does have the unfortunant habit of thinking that Winter's crate pad is quite cozy and doesn't understand why I don't force Winter to leave Spook alone if Spook is in the dog crate (it's Winter's place).

Winter starts Intermediate Obedience class tomorrow night. He's been pretty good in Puppy and Basic to understand the concepts, he's just the most hyper dog in the class. Wonder if he'll settle down any. (Not holding my breath!)

Put sod in my backyard. Looks SO much better than the giant weeds I've had for the past two and a half years.

Celebrated my birthday with my family this past weekend (it was July 2) and had a good day.


Was in my first car accident in 11 years the Saturday before last. No one was hurt, but the insurance company is totaling my car. I've been on an emotional & financial rollercoaster since the accident trying to get all my ducks in a row, though. Was planning to get a car a year from now, instead of now. (Checkbook says "Ouch!")

Knitting has been pretty sparse in all of this. I'm halfway done with my swatch for Mystery Stole 3. I really want to get further, but I've been so drained that by the time I get time to myself, I just zonk out. (Can't knit lace with my cats around or the puppy. They all steal the yarn and make it pretty gross!)

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