Wednesday, October 21, 2009

They're gone! (Sniff! Sniff!)

It's sad not having Hank here anymore, or Aunt Cheryl.  The house seems kind of empty with only four dogs and one mom in it.  We had to spend most of the day yesterday trying to remember what our regular life is like.  Also we had to rest up from all the excitement of having company in the house, which can make a dog feel tired.  Even Mom had to take a nap because she felt tired, too!

While Aunt Cheryl was here, she and Mom went out shopping to thrift stores and garage sales and garden centers and all kinds of places.  And when they went there, they kept buying stuff.  So when Aunt Cheryl tried to pack her car, it seemed like all the stuff she got was not going to fit, but finally she got it all in.  Here's a picture of how her car looked when it was all full.

Hank was really worried that there would not be room for him in the car and that he would have to stay here in Kansas City with us.  I thought this would be a fine plan, but Hank loves his mom and dad, and he wanted to go back home to Texas where the weather is warmer and not so rainy.  I can't blame him for feeling that way.  And in the end, it turned out that there was enough room for him and his crate that he likes to ride in, so he was happy.

Aunt Cheryl wanted Mom to take a photo of her with Barry, just to show how much Barry likes her now.  Mel wanted to be in the picture, too, because he adores Aunt Cheryl, so they all got in the photo.

On Monday, Mom and Aunt Cheryl went to a place called VanLiew's where they sell all kinds of statues and fountains and things to put in your garden.  Mom bought a rock that was carved to look like an old man with long hair that is blowing in the wind.  This carving is called The North Wind.  I guess it is supposed to make you think that there is some old guy with a long beard up in the sky someplace, and he blows air out of his mouth, and that is where the north wind comes from.  I don't know if this is true or not, but what I do know is that when the north wind blows in the winter, it is very, very cold.  A little dog could freeze to death in the north wind, which is why I am not too fond of it, personally. So I don't know why Mom bought a rock with a carving of the north wind on it.  Mom just does weird things sometimes, like I told you before.

And another thing that Mom bought was a ball with blue flowers all over it.  This is a ball that is supposed to look pretty in your garden, or at least that is what Mom said.  It seems kind of dumb to me.  If it was a tennis ball that a dog could play with, it would make more sense to have it.  At least that's my opinion, even though no one asked for it!

Okay, well, I don't have too much else to say today except that I will mention that Gabe is feeling much better now that he's taking all those pills that Mom had to buy for him.  We have not heard yet what the lab had to say about the blood and poop samples that Gabe sent them, but we expect they will be impressed by the high quality of his blood and poop!


  1. Oooohhh, sorry your family had to leave, but think how great it will be when they return!! Guess that thought is like NOT HELPFUL! Judging by the photos, looks like your mom and your AC had a good time shopping. I'm NOT a shopper at all....but some family member or friend comes to town for a visit, and I'll shop like crazy??? Wanted your mom to know that I stopped by Panera's today (actually the parking lot) to visit Wills....oh...I mean the kitten I saw yesterday - that's my temporary name for him/her. I just got to see him for a few seconds; but he showed up long enough to eat some cat food!
    Love, AP

  2. Dear Aunt Patty,
    You are very nice to feed the kitten. Maybe you can catch him and find him a home. If I come to your house, will you share your Panera's sandwich with me? My mom will not give me people food, but maybe you are more of a softie. Ha!
    Love, Piper

  3. LOL!! Yep - you can count on a bite of a Panera's sandwich (if I have one) AND if your mom turns her head for a few seconds. Per the Feral Cat Rescue website; the cats tend to live around restaurants and/or little critters, if you ask me. AND the site said to never hesitate to feed them because that's better than what they might find to eat. Guess that means I'll be spending a lot of time sitting on the sewer lid in Panera's parking lot. Guess I'll have to send my daughter over there during my post surgical recovery.
    Love, AP

  4. I love the North Wind rock (actually, he looks sort of like how I envision Old Man Winter) and the blue ball. They'd be perfect in MY garden! Good thing we don't have a VanLiew's here. ;)

    The pic of Mel is priceless - OMG, what a face!

    Glad y'all had such a nice visit!
    (Chey - who can't figure out how to use her Google acct profile here so will sign Anonymous)