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posted by [personal profile] rinalia at 07:50am on 11/05/2009

Here Mina is pretending her tennis ball does not exist.

This takes absolute concentration.

Mina IS absolute concentration.

This is why she rules.

And her tennis ball doesn't.

So there.

This photo highlights the difference between Celeste and Mina.

Celeste is crazy blur, focused on her Dinosaur of Doom.

Mina is sniffing a blade of grass.

This is Celeste's face when she wants her toy.

That is Mina.

I love them both very much.

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posted by [personal profile] rinalia at 02:42pm on 04/05/2009
Mina's surgery was successful, though now there is a two-inch incision site on her chest and, holy crap did you know how long canine teeth are? Like an inch long underneath the gumline. They showed me her tooth and I was like wow! I politely declined keeping it.

They couldn't find anything on her radiograph either at the shoulder or elbow. The vet is thinking it might be neurological or spinal, so we might try acupuncture.

She is so wonky and groggy right now, it breaks my heart. And when she woke up, she immediately freaked out and started chewing on the bars, cutting her tongue. It bled so much the vet staff thought she had done major damage so she was anesthetized again. I hate that that happened.

It ended up being a $100 cheaper than the estimate, so yay for that. I'll find out about the cyst biopsy in a day or so, keep your fingers crossed.

My mom was kind enough to hang out with me for the day, keeping me sane. I love her.

Anyway, the little pink nose of doom is finally settling into Celeste's bed and might even deign to take a nap. I don't know how people with multiple unhealthy animals deal with this, it just sucks.
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posted by [personal profile] rinalia at 08:51pm on 02/05/2009
Had the dogs out for a potty a few minutes ago and the neighbors were out on the porch hanging out. It was dark and I really thought Mina wouldn't want anything to do with them (dark is scary for Mina). But after they both pooped and peed, Celeste made a beeline for ZOMG! PEOPLE WHO WILL PET ME and Mina followed.

Mina's a bit shy, though she's incredibly tolerant and stoic. She was a little nervous about one of the guys, but I was utterly shocked to see her literally plaster herself to my neighbor's brother. She just about fell in love. Her butt was waggling, her tail shaking gently from side to side, and she plastered him with Mina Kisses (tm). It was beyond precious.

Also, cute/weird story from earlier in the day:

I had the dogs out for a potty break. One of my neighbor's approached me and this conversation ensued.

Neighbor (N): Is that a red nose?!?
Me (Me): Huh?
N: A red nose.
Me: Oh, she's a pit bull, if that's what you mean.
N: No, no, no, I mean a red nose. You know, RED nose. I have one, with a red nose.
Me: *gazes fondly at Mina* Well, to be honest, it's actually pink.
N: What?
Me: Her nose. It's pink.
N: I haven't heard of a pink nose.
Me: *shrug*

I used to just say yes to the "is she a red nose" question, because I get it so frequently and "yes" is less taxing on my nerves than a discourse on nose coloration not being an indicator of a separate breed. I feel like I should have Mina wear a sign, "Why yes, my nose *IS* red, do you want a cookie for that observation?" Mina is a pit bull. With a rose-pigmented nose.
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posted by [personal profile] rinalia at 04:01pm on 02/05/2009
Celeste's obedience class uses clickers, which will be interesting with 9 other dogs in the room all eagerly waiting for their reward after each click.

I have like ten clickers lying around. Mina thinks they're rather silly devices and prefers me to just give her the cookie instead of marking a behavior.

Anyway, the clicker has now been charged for Celeste. She hears it and comes a running, staring deeply into my eyes, glancing suspiciously at my hand for the cookie, back to my eyes, to the wall, back to my eyes. She's an odd one, that Celeste.
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posted by [personal profile] rinalia at 06:32pm on 01/05/2009

Willow looking noble
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posted by [personal profile] rinalia at 10:00am on 01/05/2009
Someone on my friend list posted this video of a cockatoo dancing to the Backstreet Boys. Seriously, this video rules. Watch it. I post it to highlight a recent study that shows parrots and other mimicking birds can actually synchronize with music, that is they can carry a beat or rhythm. And what did these Harvard University researchers use as their data? YouTube videos of birds rocking out to music. :) Good stuff, people, good stuff.

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posted by [personal profile] rinalia at 02:17pm on 30/04/2009
My town has had its first PROBABLE case of swine - oh wait, I mean H1N1 - flu. PROBABLE, people. That's like practically actually having swine flu.

Well, I'm off to purchase a respirator, a haz-mat suit, and duct tape (cures all woes, I think). Maybe a year's supply of chickenless chicken soup. And saltine crackers, because those always go well with chickenless chicken soup. That's a fact, Jack.

That is all, people.

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posted by [personal profile] rinalia at 08:50am on 30/04/2009
Read lots of books in April because I don't know why.

21. Simply Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/1/09)
22. Patiently Alice - Phyllis Reynolds naylor (4/2/09)
23. Including Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/6/09)

24. Greywalker - Kat Richardson (4/6/09) - ended up really liking this book (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] yesididit ). Centers around a private investigator who dies for 2-minutes, wakes up and can now see the "grey", a sort-of "middle space" where ghosts and other creepies inhabit. I liked the main character a lot, action was pretty decent, though sometimes the author uses unusual words in places where a "normal" word would do. :)

25. Simply Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/12/09)

26. Poltergeist - Kat Richardson (4/13/09) - 2nd book in the greywalker series involving murderous poltergeists and more vampire action.

27. Dangerously Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/14/09)

28. The Face on Your Plate - Jeffrey Masson (4/16/09) - Crap, I think this is my first nonfiction of the year - how embarrassing is that? Masson is the author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love. In this book, he talks about factory farming and, more importantly, our denial when it comes to who our food comes from. There's a chapter on aquaculture, which is great (eels can live for a 100 years, people!) Overall an easy to read, accessible book.

29. Underground - Kat Richardson (4/19/09)

30. Wake - Lisa McMann (4/20/09) - Story of a girl who can enter other people's dreams and her progress in controlling when she enters dreams (sometimes she does it while driving, which can be a bit of a problem). Liked the main character and the main boy character too. Sometimes a bit unrealistic but hey, still fun.

31. Almost Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/20/09)

32. Lord of Misrule - Rachel Caine (4/26/09) - 5th book in the morganville vampire series. I like this series, and I think this was one of the better books.

33. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman (4/27/09) - Gaiman at his best, I think. Still cannot believe this won a Newberry, it's more of a ya or adult book, imo. Follows story of Bod who's entire family was killed. He's being raised by ghosts and a guardian who can only come out at night and doesn't eat normal human food. Read this book in a couple hours, so enticing was it. :)

34.The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan (4/28/09) - Trying to describe this book might make it sound campy - it involves zombies, though they're never called by that name. It's a post-apocalyptic world and it isn't a really happy one. Can't say I'm thrilled with the ending, but I liked the character study of how we all react differently to that which threatend our livelihood. I rec'd it...though I warn you, it is not a "let's all hug, make up and go on our merry ways" type of book.

35. The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices matter - Peter Singer & Jim Mason (4/28/09) - This has been on my "to read" shelf for, like, three years. Finally grabbed it and made my way through it. My second nonfiction of the year, go me! Follows the source of three families food and discusses the ethical implications of each one (and the most ethical choices may not be what you think). I liked it, though I'm more of a hardliner and this book is more for the general public, so it was a little frustrating to see them sometimes skirt the issues. Still, lots of good info.

36. Lost It - Kristen Tracy - Holy crap, this is a funny, hilarious book. Follows a Idaho high school junior as she struggles to make it through the year with a best friend who wants to blow up a poodle and parents who have taken to following an exercise guru in Utah. Tess is paranoid that she'll be killed by bears, wolves, elk, moose, or possibly raccoons and she's dating a guy who's biggest dream is to have the gameshow Password revived. Much hilarity ensues, though yes, this is a coming of age sort of book so there are some morals and crap. But with 10x more laughing! :)
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posted by [personal profile] rinalia at 05:38pm on 29/04/2009

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posted by [personal profile] rinalia at 08:24pm on 28/04/2009
I wonder if this whole "swine" flu business is just like that Belgian coca-cola business.


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