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Leo Ignatius Bittendorf

21 Mar

My lover Leo.  He was diagnosed with diabetes, and at at least 17 years old with decreasing mobility, I decided it would be more kind not to treat him and prolong things.


I could have done the shots twice a day, but he would have hated to be shut upstairs by himself because of the diet requirements.

I brought him home from the vet and I make sure to snuggle with him every evening.




Abscess Season

28 Feb

I swear we’re in the midst of abscess season.  It happens a lot when you have thistles in the hay.  They get poked and then is abscesses up.  It looks like Haley had a small one on her nose that’s healing now.


I noticed Hilda has a bump on her jaw (you can see it below).  It was really hard, and I checked it again on Sunday, and it was soft, but I couldn’t get it to drain.


It’s so hard to notice these things unless you’re looking just right.  When Aurora went outside on Sunday, she was actually fairly friendly and came to stand right beside me, so I noticed she has a huge abscess on her jaw too.


It was open, and she even let me drain it a bit.  It’s still big, and I’m sure her immune system isn’t as good since she’s been really sick.  This poor girl just can’t get a break.

I hope by the time you’re reading this (scheduling ahead because of parent-teacher conferences this week) I’ve consulted with the vet and we have all this taken care of.


You’re Watching Me

23 Feb

I admit it.  I’m always checking on Aurora and watching to see if she’s eating.

Lily and Aurora

With her cranky personality, she’s not happy with that.  She would much prefer I just deliver her room service and then leave.  You’ll notice Lily doesn’t even lift her head to say thank you.

“You’re still watching me.”

Okay. Okay.  I’ll leave you two to eat your hay in peace.