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Dedication And Appreciation For Sascha’s Veterinarians

I’m still mourning the loss of my German Shepherd Sascha, but I left work a little early for a couple of reasons. One, I wanted to donate Sascha’s leftover medications and food, as well as to give all her toys to a locally owned pet store. My purpose in this blog post is to formally […]

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I Lost My Dog Sascha Today

I’m going to keep this brief, just because I’m so mentally and emotionally exhausted right this moment. I had to say goodbye to my 11 year old German Shepherd, Sascha.  In short, she had to have emergency surgery yesterday (Friday).  Got a call from the vet yesterday and today saying surgery went fine and she’s […]

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Raising Monarch Caterpillars in Winter

Someone asked me to post an update to this since I made reference to it on Facebook.  A couple of weeks ago, until just yesterday, it has been very cold and rainy in Houston.  On a few of those days it was supposed to be below freezing so I moved my Milkweed plants to the […]

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Cold Weather And Monarch Caterpillars

I was asked recently about Monarch Caterpillars and cold weather. Generally I have found that the caterpillars do just fine as long as it’s above freezing, but if it’s supposed to be below freezing I take some extra precautions. I have several of those small containers that you get at the pet store that house […]

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Butterflies, Dragonflies And Hummingbirds Getting Nectar

I’m a little tired tonight, but not much detail is needed. Pulled out the camera again, and despite the horrendous afternoon light, took some pictures of Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, Dragonflies, and Gulf Fritillary Butterflies, and a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly laying eggs on my Lemon Tree. Can you find the Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird in the […]

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Butterflies, Dogs, Lizards, and Hummers

I’m back after a long hiatus. I finally decided to pick up the camera again, after using my iPhone to take just random shots. The afternoon light was horrendous, but I still had fun.

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German Shepherd Day 9 After Spleen Removal: Miracles Happen

I first got the call from the vet surgeon on Thursday. I think she said something like, “well, we got the pathology results back for Sascha.” I had prepared myself mentally for just about anything the vet would tell me, except for what she actually told me. Sascha did NOT have cancer and Sascha does […]

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German Shepherd Day 4 After Spleen Removal

Well today is day 4 since Sascha had her spleen removed. I’m still awaiting her pathology results from the surgery. In the interim, let me share the latest. Sascha is back to her crazy self.  I didn’t do a post on day 3, but this photo below explains it all. See the cute German Shepherd […]

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German Shepherd Day 2 After Spleen Removal

Before I forget to mention it, thank you to all the folks who wrote to me personally on my first post regarding Sascha’s cancer. I appreciate all the thoughts. So today is day 2 since Sascha had her spleen removed because of three tumors.  We don’t know if it was benign or malignant, and as […]

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My German Shepherd Has Cancer

Well this is certainly not a post I want to do, but perhaps through my blogging about it, perhaps it may help someone else, perhaps I will learn something to pass along, or perhaps a miracle will happen. Let me first offer some background. About three weeks ago Sascha, my 10 year old German Shepherd […]

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Ruby Throated Hummingbirds And Monarch Butterflies Arrive

I guess it might be pure coincidence, or perhaps something related to the wind and weather, but both the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds and the Monarch Butterflies were sighted today.  I saw 3 Monarch Butterflies (no pictures unfortunately as I was driving), and when I got home, I noticed a familiar sound I haven’t heard since […]

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Purple Martins Are Settling In To Their Housing

I haven’t been able to get an exact count of the number of Purple Martins in my two housing structures, but I think there are around 20.  When they fly in for the evening it sounds very strange as you see these diving birds all coming to the housing at one time.  They haven’t started […]

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