Washingtonians Come Together! Washington Peeps

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Nifty-Chicken, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Shyla-C

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    I love the Grange! It's only 15 minutes from my home...VERY dangerous! My DH said he is going to take my car keys away starting Friday, because that is when they get their first chick shipment. I'm a sucker for those little fluffy chicks!
     
  3. SadieSue

    SadieSue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Umm... Because you're the winner? Yay for you!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. SadieSue

    SadieSue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: When my DD was still in grade school and had to do a science fair project we picked up different carpet samples, poured red wine on them and used different remedies to get the red wine stain out. The best solution we used was a combination of Dawn dishwashing liquid and hydrogen peroxide. Let me google that and see if I can find the proper solution. It's been a long time since she was in 6th grade.

    Oh, that was an easy find!
    Gently blot up the excess liquid. (Blot, don't rub!) Then mix equal parts Dawn dishwashing liquid soap with hydrogen peroxide. Pour the mixture on the red wine stain and let it soak. Then wash. Note: Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent, so this works best on light-colored fabrics.

    Good luck! And I also wanted to say I'm very sorry to hear about Demon. I hope he continues to serve you and keep you company for a good long time. Dogs can be such special friends.
     
  5. sarahkatie

    sarahkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Edited.... The naked pic screen shot was already posted..... Lol


    Anyway.... Hi all, I get to resurface for a few days and then back to what is turning into a cleanup/renovation of an in laws house.... Mostly it is a lot of dump runs.... And I have fast pitch starting soon as we'll, so I will be lurking for the most part :)
     
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  6. SadieSue

    SadieSue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So other than a few short posts here and there I haven't been around much. I've been lurking though trying to keep up with what's going on with everyone!

    Yes, I have been busy with theater stuff. We had auditions and callbacks for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS which will be running through May at Tacoma Little Theater. Oh My Gosh. What extremely talented singers we've got cast for that production. It's going to be a fantastic show!

    I've also begun rehearsals for Reservoir Dogs in Olympia. This is going to be such an interesting show in so many ways and a great challenge for me as an actor. I feel grateful for the opportunity to learn and do things I've never gotten to do before onstage playing a character unlike anything I've played before.

    Also, because we are playing professional criminals, (me being the crew boss) one of our rehearsals will involve spending a day with a guy who will show us how to hold and shoot guns. That will be my first time even holding a gun. Then I had an offer from another friend of mine who told me he'd take me to an indoor shooting range and teach me to use a real gun for the price of the bullets. I think I'll take him up on the offer just to aid my comfort level. I don't want to look like a newbie onstage...
    The process for this show is truly amazing. I also have to learn to -
    "die" onstage since I get shot at the end during a big shootout. Awesome. I hope my brittle old bones learn to handle the fall correctly during lessons with our fight choreographer!



    So I didn't post much since before the holidays. It was a busy time, but then right after the holidays our beloved Golden Retriever, Gryffin, got very sick very fast. We noticed right after Christmas he wasn't eating, but I got ill myself for over a week and was in bed nearly all that time. I told my husband to get canned dog food for Gryffin because that would typically prompt him to eat and when I could, I was up cooking rice and boiled chicken for him. When I could finally get out of bed, I made a vet appointment for our boy. He was at the vet's on a Monday where they ran a multitude of tests for him because by this time he was very lethargic. Gryffin, at only 5 1/2 had always been a very happy, energetic dog so it was clear something was wrong. On Tuesday they called and said "you have a very sick dog". His red blood cell count which was supposed to be around 50% was only 20% and we were advised to take him to an emergency clinic for an ultrasound to determine what might be going on with him. He was given a ton of meds and we were to bring him back to our vet on Friday to see if the meds had made any difference in his red blood cell count.

    On Friday morning he collapsed twice. His legs just went out from under him. DH and I had to roll him onto a blanket so we could carry him down the stairs to my car so we could get to the doctor. When he got to the front lawn he was able to walk slowly down the slight bank to where I had pulled up my car.

    At the vet clinic, they took another blood sample and said his red blood cell count had gone down to 8%. He had a condition called AIHA, or Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia, is a disease where the body's own immune system fails to recognize red blood cells as "self" and begins destroying these cells as if they are foreign invaders. Not only that, but he had Evan's Syndrome which attacked his platelets as well.

    They suggested the possibility of blood transfusions but said that even with those treatments there were no guarantees he would get better. DH broke down and said he couldn't stand to see Gryffin so unhappy and confused as to why he couldn't do any of the things he was used to doing. And all this time my sweet golden boy wagged his tail every time someone new came into the examining room, and then would lay his tired head back down. These were painful moments. His decline had been so rapid and so thoroughly wracked his body, we chose not to put him through any more treatment. His ashes came home two days later because my daughter who had been home for Christmas when he seemed perfectly healthy, never got a chance to say goodbye. Over spring break, we'll take Gryffin to our favorite ocean beach and send him down the creek that runs out of the woods and into the sea.

    It's been a difficult process to let him go. He was always such a HUGE and happy presence in our home that the void left is like a vaccuum. Even when we hadn't seen him for 20 minutes and would find him out in the yard watching over the chickens and I would call him in the house for a "cookie", it would be a celebration because we were together again. He was a wonderful companion, a great working dog, and effective protector of all that were part of our household. He did a fantastic job keeping our home perimeter safe.

    We'll find someone new to love eventually because I think the best way to honor a well loved dog is to welcome another into your home, but I will tell you, when I go out at night now to close up the coops, the nights are a little darker, a lot more threatening and more lonely than they ever were before when I had my "urban farm dog" to accompany me.

    Here are a few of my favorite pics of our beautiful Golden boy. Thanks for letting me share.

    At 8 weeks -
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    First time at the beach - 4 months
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    How could we ever say "no" to that face?
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    DD Lily playing with Gryffin at the "secret" beach
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    Loving the snow -
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    This past Christmas
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  7. Hinotori

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    [​IMG] It's so very hard to say goodbye and he was so young.
     
  8. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

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    That sucks. I hope he has no more issues and it was just a one time thing. I hope you have many more years of him.
     
  9. Sweetlilbaby

    Sweetlilbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes and no. if i get a pup now it would likely stress demon causing more heart attacks. I don't think i could live with that guilt.
     
  10. ChickAudie

    ChickAudie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh SadieSue, I am so sorry [​IMG][​IMG]
    He looks like he was a sweet boy. I hope your family is doing ok, such a hard time to go through.
     

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