A very very rare (well..not really) look at the
She had just had a bath.....
This is Sparky the pumpkin and her growth over the past week or so.
She has been gaining anywhere from 16-20lb. per day.
I have high hopes for Sparky.
She is named after Sparky The Gourd Lady.
Here she is in her infancy.
Disregard that angry model....she was mad because I asked her
(very nicely, I might add) to leave the pumpkin alone.
Sparky gaining ground.
This is around the time that my main pumpkin model started to give me more attitude.
Closing her eyes at just the wrong moment and standing right in front of Sparky.
Hey.....Smudge..turn around so that we can see your smiling face.
Come on...I will give you a biscuit.....
This is much, much better.
I will just have to revert to my stand-in model...Zippy The Destroyer of Toys.
Just look at that! What a great model he is.....
By the way...you can find Zippy in the 2013 Pet Prints Standard Breed
Bull Terrier calendar. Photo taken by Close Encounters of the Furry Kind.
Zippy is a professional model. He has even been on the cover and centerfold of
Dog World magazine. Of course he never lets any of that go to his head...
Well...maybe he does...
Zippy would not get out of bed on this morning for his photo shoot.
So....I used my coffee cup.
I guess that I will have to revert back to my original model..
I don't know if you can tell in this shot, but Smudge was stung by a stinging insect of some
sort and her face and nose are really swollen.
This is the same day....after we got back from yet another vet visit.
This is also after the swelling had gone down.
She was having difficulty breathing, and I had to rush her in to see our wonderful vet.
With the epilepsy medications that she is on, I was unsure of what to use to stop the swelling.
Luckily it went down very quickly.
Two days later....we were at the vet again for seizures.
I could not get them to stop and had to take her in for observation.
I gave her one Valium immediately after the first seizure and then another an hour later to get them
to stop. It was scary and I am so glad that my vet was there to help us.
We have now added Potassium Bromide to Smudge's list of medications.
I am hoping that it will help.
We will also be going in for a CT scan as soon as monetarily possible.
Before this episode, it had been 20 days since her last seizure.
Hey....does this pumpkin make my butt look big?
Ha ha ha..
Smudge stole Oracle's Jolly Ball the other day and has really been enjoying it.
She was upset in this shot because her bone was stuck under the chair.
Really loving the Jolly Ball
The front garden is looking very nice this year.
Except for the smallness of everything and the Viburnum that was
burned by the late freeze that we had....Better than I thought it would look though.
Miss May the donkey....such a sweet girl.
Danza....she is a little camera shy.
I can't tell you how much we are really enjoying our new deck railing.
It has been great in keeping the dogs out of trouble.
One dog in particular....
Zippy and Smudge.
Screen damage by Merle.
The cat uses it for a cat door.
My last spiral planter.
Zippy standing with his concrete dog head.
Surprisingly he does not bark at this one.
Another view of the front garden.
This is the first spiral birdbath that I made.
I made it a bit too deep for the stand that it was going to fit into.
So....I kept it.
I am going to make more of these with a matching stand.
This is the second one.
It fit much better.
This was a commission and the stand was one that the client had and loved.
The basin that was in it broke and she needed a replacement.
Have a great week everyone!!