My Heart Is in a Freezer

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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Patrick was willing, and the burial didn’t take long; the body was far smaller than the heart it had held itunes downloaden android. By midmorning they had begun to cover the last few miles on the long road which led to the Dark Tower.

I’ve always known that the name we chose for her was as close to perfect as you can get: just like her namesake, Kaywinnet Lee Frye, Kaylee was sweet and caring, but tough in her own scrappy way netflix movies jdownloader. (Jayne, not so much; methinks Wash would’ve been a better choice for her.) Yet when I think of her – and right now I can’t imagine millisecond when I won’t – I’ll always be reminded of the billy-bumbler Oy, and this passage in particular windows xp kostenlos deutsch. Like Oy, Kaylee had a heart far bigger than her tiny little body, both figuratively and literally; a heart that was brave – so brave! – and fiercely loyal, even to a fault music download for free youtube mp4. She was just an all-around BAMF; there aren’t enough words in the English language to adequately describe the awesomeness that was Kaylee. If we ever adopted any goats, I thought we might name the first pair Oy and ake (pronounced “ache,” short for Jake) einladungskarten geburtstag herunterladen. Now I’m not so sure. I think that name belongs to Kaylee too.

Two dogs in twelve days.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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Kaylee and I on Thursday, post-feeding tube surgery pro7 videosen.

Things with Kaylee took a nosedive overnight. She went from having trouble supporting weight on her back right leg to not being able to control her hindquarters at all tiptoi herunterladen. Nighttime saw lots of (hopefully dream; we gave her melatonin to help her sleep) thrashing and involuntary twitching and, later, seizing. The seizures could be a sign of renal failure; the legs, perhaps a herniated disc herunterladen. It’s anyone’s guess, and I’m not about to subject her to another 45-minute drive to the vet for more tests. Although we may cave and drive her out there anyway, if the euthanasia vet doesn’t get back to us soon, or is booked all morning fonts for photoshop for free. She can’t seem to move at all now, though that could just be from exhaustion, and I’m not really sure how much she’s aware of. Shane thinks her consciousness passed with me last night mac video von youtube herunterladen. I hope that’s true.

I spent the night cooing sweet everythings in her ear. I want to believe she heard me.

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Thursday, May 16th, 2013

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Kaylee & I before yesterday’s 3PM checkout mp4 dateien downloaden kostenlos.
She’s still not eating or drinking on her own, unfortunately. Stubborn old girl.

The latest Kaylee update: Even though her values hadn’t changed much (boo!), we were able to bring Kaylee home from the vet yesterday (yay!) remote desktop download kostenlos. I’m way too tired and busy to write much of anything – she still isn’t digging food, so mealtime takes a good half hour – but I copied some of my most recent facebook updates below telefon symbol herunterladen. Lazy, right?

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May 15, 2013 @ 12:26PM

Kaylee’s creatinine levels are up today, which isn’t exactly awesome news, but new vet doesn’t seem super-concerned herunterladen. (Perhaps it’s just because their situations are so different, but he seems far less fatalistic than the vets we dealt with during Ralphie’s meltdown.) He wants to see how she’ll do in her home environment, so we’re bringing her home this afternoon herunterladen! I’m crazy nervous about getting to her eat and drink, so hopefully she’ll cooperate. We spent the morning rearranging the beds in the house so that Shane can sleep in the sunroom with most of the little buggers, and Kaylee and I can have the adjacent bedroom all to ourselves spiele mit geld kostenlos herunterladen. I wanted to spoil Ralphie in this way, but sadly we didn’t have enough time.

So anyway, that’s where we’re at.

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Kaylee Update (Spoiler: It’s so-so.)

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013


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This time we went earlier in the day since it hit 90 after noon.

Went to visit Kaylee in the early afternoon because the high was supposed to hit 90 (!) ice ageen. I figured we’d better get an early start if we wanted to visit outside – which we did, for about a half an hour. (She had to be back on fluids in an hour, so.) She had a little more energy and interest in food than yesterday, but today’s visit was a bit more depressing because she was obviously miffed at me – whether for leaving her at the hospital or trying to force food down her gullet, I don’t know (both probably) unreal engine herunterladen.

Her kidney values haven’t changed any, but we’re going to leave her at the hospital for one more day just in case anything changes (doubtful, but possible) wo kann ich microsoft office herunterladen. At the very least, they can keep her hydrated and (hopefully) eating. Her latest doc thinks that these are “livable” levels, as long as she’s eating and drinking consistently herunterladen. Supposedly the staff was able to coax her into eating a whole jar of baby food this morning, but she mostly snubbed me.


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Hopefully tonight will be her last in the hospital.

If this anorexia persists, we have the option of inserting a feeding tube in her neck, but that makes me hella uncomfortable windows 10 home german. Plus there’s that old adage that you know it’s over when a dog refuses to eat. Of course this isn’t any dog – Kaylee’s got a history of being finicky, is slow to respond to anti-nausea meds, and she’s maybe still a little depressed over the loss of Ralphie kaspersky antivirus kostenlosen. It’s entirely possible that his death is what precipitated this downward spiral.

As for her long-term prognosis, no one really knows. Once we bring her home, she could last a few days, a few weeks, or a few months herunterladen. The good news is that her heart is no longer much of a concern; new vet doesn’t even think we need to bother with her heart meds. He did find a growth on her spleen which could be cancer, but really her kidneys are the primary concern free and legal music.

Kaylee’s a tough old broad though. That’s what I need to hold onto.


5/14/13 – Hot but breezy. The wind kept blowing the edge
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Monday, May 13th, 2013

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Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook or in real life are already hip to the meaning of this post’s title, but for those who aren’t a quick update iphone app downloaden.

A few weeks ago my eldest dog kid Ralphie went into renal failure; after a 4-day hospital stay, it was determined that there was nothing we could do to save him powerpoint formen download kostenlos. We brought him home last Monday afternoon and, after giving him 76 wonderful, pampered hours, he was euthanized on Thursday (incidentally, my birthday) windows 7 32 bit iso kostenlos.

Two days later we rushed our second-eldest dog Kaylee to the same ER for a snake bite, which turned out to be the least of our problems schriftart alex brush kostenlos download. The vet ran her bloodwork “just in case” and found that she, too, is in renal failure. She’s currently undergoing the same treatment as Ralphie, which will hopefully lead to a slightly better outcome – a few weeks or months vs word 2013 herunterladen kostenlos. a few days. Currently they’re trying to flush out her kidneys with IV fluids, which should get her values down; after that, they’ll try to wean her off the fluids to see if/how her kidneys function under more normal circumstances youtube musik kostenlos downloaden. Complicating matters is her heart murmur; push the fluids too hard and they could send her into congestive heart failure. Luckily that hasn’t happened – she’s got a strong heart, that one epic games store! – but it does mean that her treatment is more conservative and will take longer. We should know more tomorrow morning.

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Our very last photo of Ralphie ard mediathek video herunterladen. We somehow managed to take over 900 in the last three days of his life, but I haven’t the heart to look at any of them yet.

(We had our other dogs checked out in case there was some weird environmental cause – they all managed to walk through a puddle of antifreeze at the park and lick their paws clean without my noticing, for example – but the five youngest are all in great health amazon music playlists. The vets are fairly positive that the timing is just a coincidence. A horrible, horrible coincidence.)

Anyway, I had a bunch of posts scheduled in advance – everything published last week was written well before Ralphie fell ill, and the twitter digests are generated automatically – but the queue has mostly run dry. Probably you won’t hear from me in a while.

I plan on writing more – much, much more – after the crises have passed. Until then, hit me up on Facebook if you’d like to follow Kaylee’s progress; I’ve been more active there this week than in the first four months of 2013 combined. If you could, please send positive thoughts/prayers/positive energy/good vibes my way. These dogs mean the world to me; to lose one is difficult enough, but two in as many weeks? Unthinkable. I could use all the extra strength you can spare.




A few of the many photos we took during today’s two-hour visit with Kaylee. We were able to take her outside, which was awesome. We spread a blanket out in the shade (next to a vacant office building – you take what you can get) and got some quality cuddle time in. While we were gone the staff set up a “buffet” for her in Exam 2, where I tried to coax her into eating. I got her to lick the tongue depressor a few times, but mostly I had to trick her into eating by plastering baby food to the roof of her mouth.
She was pretty annoyed with me by the time we left.

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

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The sun often sends me off into dreamland along with the dogs, usually in the most ridiculous and uncomfortable positions. (I’ve turned into my own mother; I can fall asleep anytime, anywhere praxissoftware kostenlos downloaden. She once dozed off on a class trip she was chaperoning, to one of those old-timey schoolhouses. Drooling on a log table!) It’s not super-obvious in the photo, but Rennie’s draped atop my legs, length-wise, and my body’s bent sideways at the waist at a 45 degree angle millimeterpapier downloaden. I have no idea how I drifted off like this, but I sure felt it a half hour later. Gonna pay for that in yoga tomorrow.

Only six of the seven dogs are represented here facebook downloaden kostenlos deutsch. Jayne started off with us but after five minutes of too much closeness, she retreated to the dog beds on the other side of the office. Lemmy’s over there too, sunning himself on his new cardboard scratching lounge thingie spotify musik über mobile daten herunterladen.

Thanks to Shane for taking this pic – one can never have too many photos of oneself sleeping, don’t you know!; at first sight of the camera, Fin fled to my side of the couch, where he promptly stole my pillow herunterladen. Back to my book, I guess?

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"That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet." *

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

After last year’s elaborate space pirates fsmas theme – complete with canine Firefly cosplay and a tree full of handmade pirate ornaments – I decided to take it easy(ier) this time around free movie ipad. (At least with the decorating. The baking is another story!) So this year’s fsmas card theme was a little rushed and last-minute, but awesome just the same: Carl Sagan Download the complete folder from icloud. More specifically, Carl Sagan quotes.

Truthfully I just really, really wanted to use the starstuff quote on a holiday card. It’s my favorite and I get choked up and leak strange, salty liquid from my eyes every time I think of it Super mario games for pc free. To think that our bodies – hearts, hands, heads – are constructed of the remnants of long-dead alien stars. Such a strange and beautiful and wondrous idea diagramm herunterladen. Yay science! (Adam’s rib or fallen stars? No contest!)

This year, Mags served as our coverdog, both because she’s never been and, perhaps more importantly, her pictures came out quite nicely icloud fotobibliotheek download windows. This main card is the one I sent to friends and family but, as per usual, I made “alternates” for each of the dogs (and Lemmy too!). I can’t stand to leave anyone out and besides, I welcome the thinnest of justifications for spending the day with Photoshop herunterladen. For each of the animals, I chose a different Sagan quote – mainly for consistency, but also because he’s an eminently quotable guy.

As much as I love how the main card came out, I think Kaylee’s is my favorite of the bunch routes voor tomtom downloaden. There’s just something about her face and the way she’s addressing the camera. And the apples and the apron! It’s all just too perfect herunterladen. Like she’s ready to bake a motherfucking apple pie and you’d better get the hell out of her way. NOW PASS THE EARTH BALANCE PLEASE! and thankyouverymuch herunterladen.

Finnick was surprisingly well-behaved during the photo-taking; turns out his fear of the camera almost dissipates when there’s food around karaoke herunterladen kostenlos. We dressed him in a pirate tie that we originally bought for the cat (OH THE SHAME!); it was the only piece of clothing we thought he’d tolerate. And he did! I might make him wear it 24/7 now, just for my own amusement. His look is reminiscent of Cartman the fetus salesman, I think.

And for Lemmy, I couldn’t help but make an extra-snarky version of his card, just because. (By which I mean, just because he’s been snacking on the garland and batting my ornaments off the tree all month. CATS.)

Unfortunately, I forgot to include each dog’s name on the card (doh! me) – but if you hover over the image or click through to flickr, they’re right there in the file names. Easy peasy!


2012 Holiday Card - Mags (Main)

“The nitrogen in our DNA,
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The iron in our blood,
The carbon in our apple pies
Were made in the interiors
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We are made of starstuff.”

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(Against the backdrop of the aurora borealis:)

May your star shine bright this holiday season!
Best wishes from all of us in the Garbato-Brady Pack:
Kelly, Shane, Ralphie, Peedee, O-Ren Ishii, Kaylee, Jayne,
Mags, Finnick, and Lemmy (otherwise known as “The Cat”).

I printed these out on 4×6″ sticky labels and affixed them to the back of the main card.
Way easier than handwriting on 50+ cards!

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Shiny Happy Spaghetti (It’s FSMas decorating time!)

Monday, December 24th, 2012

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For several years now I’ve been meaning to do a “31 Days of FSMas” series, with tips and tutorials for giving your holiday festivities a flying spaghetti monster flair songs mobile phone. (Two words: pasta and pirates!) Between Vegan MoFo and real life holiday chores, I always run out of time. Sigh. Maybe next year? (Famous last words.)

Instead of a series, a big old roundup featuring pictures of this year’s decorations wetteronline kostenlos herunterladen. I didn’t go all out with a theme like last year, when I made all the holiday tree ornaments by hand (to match Kaylee and Jayne’s Firefly-inspired costumes) – but luckily I had enough existing decorations to deck the house in swag just the same herunterladen. (…is the understatement of the year.) Lots of sparkle, but not much organization. Just glitter. EVERYWHERE.

So here are my principles of FSMas decorating, in no particular order:


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Baked Chai Apples (use as a topping, or for straight-up snacking!)

Friday, December 14th, 2012

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If you thought that I’d have become sick of baked apples by now, that makes two of us avast kostenlos herunterladen deutsch! But I found myself with eight juicy red apples on my hands after concluding this year’s Carl Sagan-inspired fsmas holiday card photo shoot

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Admittedly, many cereals – especially my go-to bran flakes – can be pretty dry, but save for the heartiest of cereals, putting liquid on ’em just results in the opposite problem: a nasty, soggy mess affinity photo herunterladen. Baked apples, it just so happens, provide the perfect workaround: they add a little needed moisture without grossing out your cereal!

In chai flavor because Christmas dwg file download for free! I almost went with pumpkin pie spice, but changed my mind at the last minute. Next time maybe?


Baked Chai Apples, Redux *


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* I totally forgot that I made a similar dish last year. Doh!

Kaylee rocks the dirty dishes.

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

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If you look at her chin, you’ll see that Kaylee’s got some brown gunk stuck to her fur herunterladen. I’m 99% sure* it’s dried cinnamony apple juices from licking an empty pan of apple pie insides audio von websiteen mac. Not only have I failed to clean it off in the week since this pic was taken (she keeps running away from me! and I don’t push ’cause she could stand to have a full-on bath anyhow!), but yesterday a smear of cherry sauce appeared above her right eye ballerspiele kostenlos herunterladen.

The girl, she loves to eat.

* I’m 100% sure it isn’t poo, ’cause that isn’t Kaylee’s style. Peedee, on the other hand…

Kaylee and Jayne: Six Years, Twenty-two Things

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

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Six years ago today, we adopted Kaylee and Jayne herunterladen! Actually, wait, that’s not entirely true: we brought them home on this day in 2006, but we met and adopted them about a month earlier. We’d already scheduled a trip to NY, you see, so we had to wait until after we’d returned to pick them up herunterladen. It was a difficult month, I tell you what.

Anyway, I’m starting a new blogging tradition this year. I’ve already written about how we came to adopt the dogs – all seven of ’em amazon movies to! – so rather than rehash the details every birthday/adoption day, this time around I’m going to celebrate with a list of “little things.”

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With one little thing for every year of age, but in no particular order. (This works to my advantage because I admittedly have fewer Jayne things to share wlan zum herunterladen. She’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a taco, that one.)

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The Mags & Finnick Post

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

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To date, this is the only picture we have of all seven dogs netflix niet meer downloaden. Left to right: Jayne, Kaylee (back), Mags, O-Ren, Finnick, Ralphie (back), and Peedee.

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We – Shane and I – we were going to stop at five musik auf handyen android. Kaylee and Jayne were “planned,” in a manner of speaking: when we adopted them, we specifically set out to find a bonded pair of dogs who might be considered hard to place – not just because they came as a packaged deal, but preferably due to additional “special needs,” such as advanced age, ongoing medical issues, etc backup & sync herunterladen.

In Kaylee and Jayne, we found all of these and more: though her age was anyone’s guess, Kaylee seemed to fall into the senior category, and her sad, sorry teeth demanded a small fortune in repairs herunterladen. Jayne was just recovering from heartworm. Though much younger than Kaylee, she was (is!) rather aloof, difficult to get close to, and more interested in chasing small animals than tennis balls witze downloaden. Unlike most dogs, Jayne isn’t a much of a people person. Both girls have issues with anxiety, possibly due to past neglect or abuse. (Of the neglect, we can be sure: along with a third dog, Kaylee and Jayne – or Grace and Penelope, as their foster mom named them – were abandoned in a rental until when their owners moved out herunterladen. It was three weeks before the landlord found them.)


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All of these factors conspired against them – that is, until we showed up mp3 von youtube herunterladen pc. We who viewed these hardships as reasons (just a few of many) why Kaylee and Jayne should be given a second chance at happiness, rather passed over as damaged goods sims for pc for free. Damaged souls. I guess it was our way on atoning for all the highly adoptable dogs we’d taken in up to that point: young, healthy, wanted. Relatively speaking, that is. (The rep we worked with at DRNA – whose name, more than a decade later, escapes me – joked that she’d love to adopt Ralphie herself: “He’s the most well-behaved dachshund I’ve ever met!” This after just a four-hour transport ride with him.)

I could go on and on (trust me!), but suffice it to say that our decision to adopt Kaylee and Jayne – and O-Ren, Peedee, and Ralphie before them – was not taken lightly. We pondered, we discussed, we researched. Renting at the time, we ran it by our landlord and even had her sign a contract agreeing to the increase in canine tenants. (In exchange for a heftier deposit, of course!) We searched for months before finding Kaylee and Jayne – and then had to wait another month+ before bringing them home due to a previously scheduled trip.

In contrast, Mags and Finnick were spur of the moment; a complete accident. They started out as (unofficial, wishful) fosters and quickly became family members.

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Dehydrated Zucchini Chips (A 5 for 1 dealio!)

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

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While Shane was away at TAM, I spent the week tearing up the kitchen: Triple batches of granola herunterladen! Marinara sauce made from garden fresh tomatoes and frozen for later! Homemade ranch dressing, with homemade sour cream! (The silken tofu? Store-bought hp bios. Not a level 5 vegan, I.) Banana ice cream as far as the eye can see! And zucchini chips, too! Stacks and stacks of dehydrated zucchini chips, in a futile attempt to deplete my zucchini stockpile tipico android herunterladen. (Within two days of using up nearly all the zukes, my produce drawer was full again. Cue: existential crisis.)

Though these Baked Zucchini Sticks retain the title of Best Zucchini Recipe EVER, the zucchini chips are a close second pc programme kostenlos downloaden. Not only do they use up a ton of zukes – seven zucchinis yielded about 18 cups of chips, which at the current rate of consumption will be gone within the week – but they’re freaking delicious, too xbox one updates automatisch herunterladen. Especially the salt & vinegar ones, if that’s your thing. (I’m not just a member of the fan club, I’m the president!)

After poking around the interwebz, I came up with five flavors sims 3 kostenlos möbel downloaden. So far I’ve only tried the first three (Salt & Vinegar, Salted Celery – aka Celery Salt, and Salt & Pepper), but the other two are on my to-do list herunterladen. The Lemon Pepper should be interesting, and I’m sure Shane will get a kick out of the Spicy Cumin & Cayenne Pepper version. For an even simpler chip, stick to just the olive oil and/or salt – or omit the oil entirely for a lighter snack kann man excel kostenlos herunterladen.

Don’t have a dehydrator? Try baking these in the oven d3dcompiler_47.dll download kostenlos. Sure, it’ll be hotter and you’ll have to process them in smaller batches, but baked zucchini chips are the bomb. I’m not sure how the vinegar will affect the baking process, but the other recipes should work just fine.

I have a Nesco Gardenmaster (reviewed here), which is big and bulky but also not super-expensive when purchased new. Sometimes you can score ’em at Goodwill for a fraction of the price. If you grow your own fruits, veggies, and/or herbs, they can be incredibly useful. Use it to make your own fruit leather when autumn rolls around and you can score apples on the cheap. It costs a fraction of the price of the store-bought stuff, and you can create any flavor you can dream up.

My sister actually puts my homemade fruit leather on her Christmas wishlist now, for serious! Plus it’s good for distracting dogs whilst you stab at them with needles. (Ralphie needs a shot of antigens every few weeks. I’m not a sadist, sheesh!) The more you know!

And now for the zucchini chips. The instructions are basically the same for each recipe, but I repeated them five times in case you’d like to copy, paste, and print one or two recipes in particular. (You’re welcome!) All the instructional type photos are in the first recipe.

Pro tip: While the general consensus seems to be that you should stick with younger, seedless zukes, I prefer the mega-ginormous overgrown ones. Not only do they produce a more substantial chip (when dried, zuke slices with a diameter of 1-2″ shrink down to practically nothing!), but the seeds aren’t really a problem – they dehydrate easy peasy.

Pro tip #2: Of course, this works best with veggies fresh from the garden – but in a pinch, dehydration is an excellent way of preserving older zucchinis that have started to shrivel a bit. Not that we ever let it get to that point, nudge nudge wink wink.

Ready, set, dehydrate!

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