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November, 2014:

The $1k Pet

Most of you know that I own an expensive dog. Not because she’s some amazing dog that comes from a long line of champion labs. Not because she’s a highly trained hunting dog.

No, I own an expensive dog because my dopey, lovey, awesome 80 pound lap dog has had both of her ACLs replaced. That’s $6k people. For a pet. (In my defense, the was only 4 at the time – too young to not fix.)

You also know that we own a horse. A happy, healthy, fun, awesome, horse. So yeah, he costs us some moolah. As a matter of fact, he’s getting new shoes tomorrow! I WANT NEW SHOES!

But neither of those are the $1k pet I’m talking about.

Nope – I took Tonks, Princess’s almost 7 year old,  8 lb rescue, domestic short hair cat to the vet for her vaccinations today. Turns out, the poor thing has 3 absessed teeth – THREE! I can see the roots! Poor kitty!

So Miss Tonks will be getting 3 teeth pulled (extracted according to the doc – I think they use that word cuz it sounds more expensive and they can charge more!) on Wednesday.

To the tune of almost $1k.

Seriously.

For a cat.

What we animal lovers won’t do for our kids and their pets!

Ugh!

She’s a Bitch, All Right!

I’m sitting down to my computer about 9:00 a.m. this morning, after dropping the kids off at school and running a couple errands. I’m a bit peeved because Princess left her tennies in the car on PE day.

Then I open my calendar and see that I totally spaced off taking Tonks to the vet for her 8:30 vaccination appointment.

Yes, Karma, you really can be a bitch sometimes!

But thank you for reminding me that we all forget sometimes :-)

Four Seasons of Horse

It’s finally happened! Winter has arrived in Colorado. Which means we’ve officially owned a horse through all four seasons.

We think we bought the last seasonal item last fall (turnout blanket) that we need for Cowboy . . . so all the bigger one-time expenses (blankets, buckets, brushes, fly masks, lead ropes, halters, etc.) should be taken care of.

But with the cold weather yesterday, I actually had to go shopping for myself and Princess! Tuesdays are our Muck Day at the barn. We help Amara by taking on responsibility of mucking all stalls and pastures, cleaning stalls, adding more shavings (especially in this cold weather), feeding and watering the horses, sweeping the barn.

We needed winter barn gear.

Let me tell you – Big R is almost as bad as Target for me!

Princess and I are the proud owners of our first Carhartt jackets :-) Woot! (Never thought I’d say that!)

MAN were they worth every penny! We were toasty warm in our jackets, which made mucking stalls in freezing temps much more tolerable.

We also got barn beanies, winter work gloves, and winter mucking boots.

NOW I really think we’re finished buying things for this whole horse ownership thing!

******At least until Cowboy comes to live with us sometime WAY off in the future. Then we’ll REALLY need to buy some big things!

Love This Kid!

So many reasons I love my Dude. He’s so kind and awesome and amazing and fun and loving and funny and eclectic and laid back and optimistic.

And he laughs – a lot – even when his 100 lb self is carrying a 42 lb. backpack on a 10-day hiking trip.

Here’s to hoping he keeps his awesome sense of humor and optimism. Mwah!

One of My Favorites

This is one of my favorite photos from this past weekend’s horse show. Princess was so excited about the show and wanted to do the walk/trot/canter classes. She’s been working so hard! I knew it would be a challenge for her once she got in the arena with 10+ other riders. She’s still nervous around other horses. Cowboy was amazing. He was calm and knew what to do for her.

After the first class, she placed 7th out of 10 and rode over to me. She was almost crying and said she didn’t want to do more. She wanted to be done.

I said no. Go back out there and do the next class. We’ll see how it goes.

She turned around and went back out there.

If she REALLY didn’t want to, she would’ve protested, but she didn’t.

She took 5th in that class.

She came over and said she wanted to be done.

I said just do one more and see how it goes.

3rd place.

2 classes later, this was what happened.

A smile and a blue ribbon for 1st :-)

So proud of her for sticking it out and overcoming her fear! She so loves her horse and riding and even the shows . . . and I couldn’t let her run out after the first couple of classes (even though I could see the stink eye of other show moms thinking I was such a terrible person!). She was supposed to ride in 4 classes Saturday. She asked to be in every class she could after that, which meant 10.

Many thanks to my friends, MS and QT, and her trainer, Amara, for understanding why I made my daughter go back out there when she was begging to be done.