Category: Pets

When Cute Dogs Sleep

I got a chance to dog-sit Lilo and Stitch again for a few hours during of the day. In between tummy rubs, Pup-peronis and fetchings, they spent most of their time just looking really cute.

Warming My Cockles

Apparently I’ve bonded with the neighbor’s two female cats that I’ve been watching. They are named Faith and Hope. (Insert your own ironic adult humor here.)

Pet Day

Had me a full day of some good, ol’ fashioned pet-sittin’. Lilo and Stitch, Theo and Gordon, and Faith and Hope. A surfing troublemaker, an alien without a family, a Huxtable, a Flash and a couple of religious optimists. It all sounds like a Disney movie. Just not a very good one.  

New Cat-Sitting Gig

Another neighbor asked me to watch her two really pretty cats, Faith and Hope, while she’s away for a few days. Apparently I am slowly becoming the neighborhood animal-sitter. Must be my lower functioning brain. This will be much easier than my other cat-sitting stints because it’s only two cats as opposed to eight and …

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Hangin’ With The Tapias

Had a much-needed afternoon of distractions with the four Tapias in Chula Vista. It began with a great lunch from Los Panchos followed by a Starbucks run for my usual tall, decaf, Caramel Macchiato with extra caramel. We stopped to briefly harass the Vander Schuurs before taking a leisurely drive along by the South Bay …

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VS House-Sitting: Day Three

Other than the regular alien abduction and prerequisite probing, day three of house/pet-sitting for Heather brought no surprises. No cats disappeared, no birds flew away, no FBI agent knocked on the door, no two-foot wide tarantula crawled out from the fireplace, and no neighbor came over to “borrow a cup of sugar” from this virile …

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Tapias’ Garden Harvest

I was at the Tapias’ house when they harvested some vegetables from their amazingly fast-growing garden. The bounty included three Cherokee Purple tomatoes and four pickling cucumbers. Even Lilo, who showed amazing self-control since she absolutely loves tomatoes, joined in on the home-grown excitement.

VS House-Sitting: Day Two

Started my second away-from-home day with getting some shots of both Gordon and Theo before they disappeared into the Chula Vista wilderness, a.k.a. the neighbors’ yards. Ended my day by partaking of some fantastic trifle that Heather had made for me to enjoy. I shared it with the Tapias when I visited with them. And …

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Back Home And Cheap Food

Took Lilo and Stitch to pick up their parents, Rodrigo and Sylvia, after a late night arrival at the airport to officially end their first-ever trip to Hawaii. The dogs were so good and patient as we sat in the cell phone lot waiting for the “we’re out on the curb waiting to be picked …

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Tapia House-Sitting: Day Six

Lilo was feeling so much better when we got up this morning. Although she was still being very careful about not jumping around like she normally does, she seemed not to be in any pain. She was even sleeping upside down on her back. Plus, her appetite had returned with a vengeance so I decided …

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Tapia House-Sitting: Day Five

After the nerve-wrecking morning with Lilo at the vet, the remainder of the day was spent very calmly and quietly resting. Lilo slept the remainder of the day on the mattresses I placed on the floor in the living room so she wouldn’t have to jump up on anything. Stitch really didn’t seem to mind …

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Lilo At The Vet

So on day five of house/dog-sitting for the Tapias while they were enjoying a much-needed trip to Hawaii, something unfortunate happened to poor little Lilo. After jumping off the bed she yelped in pain and seemed a bit afraid to move very much. I couldn’t find anything obviously wrong with her but noticed she was …

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Tapia House-Sitting: Day Three

My day started off with a fantastic blueberry muffin for breakfast. (For what happened after that please see my other blog posts about going to the Zoo with Heather (work in progress), lunch at Phil’s and the Venus Transit.) The evening brought a nice surprise in the form of a video chat with Sylvia and …

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Tapia House-Sitting: Day Two

My day started off with a breakfast of champions: a bowl of Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch, Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch and Honey Nut Cheerios, all mixed together in a Kellogg’s cereal bowl. Watching the dogs was more enjoyable today since I stayed here all day. They did come out with me a few times, …

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Introducing…Oliver

Ladies and germs (literally), may I introduce you to the latest addition to the hairy side of our family. He is the recently ejected son of Enzo, Stephen and Jeri’s feisty, four-legged child. He is…the adorable Oliver.