Bailey is a cone head…

…poor girl…

Took her to the vet today because she had this big open sore on her foot and even with it wrapped up she would not leave it alone. They told us that she has a tumor on one of her toes and we have to treat her foot for a week or so to get her skin more healthy before they amputate the toe. Once they take the growth/toe off, they will send it to the lab to see if it is benign or malignant.

So until she can learn to stop licking and chewing her feet and until all this gets healed, she gets the cone…

🙁

– peeps

Darwin dyed his hair

Rae is gonna kill me for making this public, but here it goes! 🙂

I wanted to share this little story about Darwin.

On Monday morning, it was storming pretty bad and also the night before, so none of the dogs wanted to go outside to do their business, so they were all holding it for quite a while. On Monday evening, I got home from work just a bit before Tasha. She had to run some errands, so I beat her home this day. As I walked into the house, it smelled a bit like poo. At first, I figured it was Jester since, as I approached his crate, he was cowering like he had done something wrong. It wasn’t Jester, so I turned towards Darwin’s crate and OMFG! This little white powderpuff was a little brown shitball! Apparently, he was having some stomach issues and since he had not really gone potty since Sunday afternoon, he couldn’t hold it any longer and shit all over his bed and crate. Now usually, dogs will do that in 1 corner of a crate and just hang on the other side until they are let out. Not Darwin! He must have thought it would just go away if he rolled around in it. Either that, or it would keep him warm!

Just as I was beginning to wrap up my laughter, Tasha got home and her shocked reaction was priceless!!!! As we finished enjoying the humor of the moment, we realized we had to face the horror of the situation. I grabbed Darwin with a towel and carried him to his first of what would be 2 baths in 2 separate tubs for the evening. The first bath wrapped up with Darwin dropping a runny load in the bathwater, hence the second bath in the other tub. His bed went promptly into the trash and his crate got the hose!

Our shock from the situation made us forget to snap some pics of the little guy, but believe me. Your mental image is EXACTLY what we saw!!!

Well, his tummy seems to be better now as he seems to be more chipper these last few days. We picked him up a new bed while we were out this morning and hopefully, this little episode never occurs again! 🙂

Sorry for the infrequent updates…I guess I just don’t have much to say…

– peeps

So how about an update?

So, here is what we have been up to the last couple months.

August
We spent a couple days tubing the Guadeloupe River (actually the Comal one day which wasn’t as fun) with some GTO buddies. It was fun to do 2 river days back to back and now that we have tubed the Comal, I can’t say we will ever try it again. The Guadeloupe is just SOOO much better. Natural rapids, less developments around, etc. After a weekend tubing the river, we spent a day or so in San Antonio checking out the Alamo, Natural Bridge Carverns, and the Riverwalk since it had been a while since we were down that way. From San Antonio, we headed towards Galveston (despite tropical storm Edouard hitting the area at the time. We killed some time on the way there at the Spoetzel Brewery where the lovely Shiner beers are brewed. If you have never been, I suggest you take the trip down to Shiner next time you are in the area to check it out. They give you 4 little cups of free beer and the tour is pretty cool too. We spent the rest of the week and weekend in Galveston at BJ and Jim’s beach house on the Bolivar Peninsula soaking up the sun, chilling out, and celebrating with friends. It was great to get away for such a long time and enjoy what would turn out to be probably our last trip to that beach house (thanks alot Ike! We enjoyed that place!!!!) More on that later… Rae and Hugh came back and spent the following weekend with us and we went to a place in Denton and saw a cool old man sing the blues!

During that trip, we “adopted” an addition to our family. With Rae and Hugh heading on a couple month vacation around Central America and then headed to Asia for who knows how long, Rae’s little doggie Darwin (a 7 lb Crested Malt) needed a place to hang while they were out gallivanting all over the world. We of course welcomed him in. So far, he has been a trip! Watching him and Jester play just cracks us up and the way he barks at ANY animal on the TV is always worth a laugh.

Mid-August, I took another trip to Indonesia that I covered while on my way there, so you can read all about that below. Jakarta was quite different than the places I had stayed before in Indonesia, but not different enough… 😀 Traffic is INSANE there!!!!

At the end of August, our friends Doug and Renee had their 3rd child…Cade Carson! We went up to the hospital to visit the day after he was born (since I was flying back in from Indonesia the day he was born). I’m sure he will grow to be just as fun as his siblings!

September
We spent a weekend in Austin and Burnet a couple weeks ago for Sara’s baby shower and Lisa’s birthday. I got to see Byron, who informed me that he and Christy are expecting! We chilled at Sara’s house for the shower while enjoying good food an good company. For Lisa’s birthday we drove into Kingsland to eat at the Junction House. While we were out that direction we drove out to see the Rybaski lake house…not sure if they still live there, but it still looked nice!

Last weekend was Kai’s 1st birthday party (son of our friends Charity and Greg). He got all sorts of cool toys! Ahh to be a kid again!

This coming weekend we are doing the Texas Motor Speedway Laps for Charity again! It is always fun! Hopefully they give a bit more room to stretch the Goat’s legs this time!

In sad news, Hurricane Ike let loose on the Bolivar Peninsula and wiped out much of the area. After scouring the web, I found the aftermath photos of BJ and Jim’s house. It looked like it was still standing, but likely had lots of roof damage and no telling what else. They will head down there once they are allowed to check things out and gather whatever they can salvage. I guess that is always the chance you take when owning Gulf property, I just wish Ike had chose somewhere else! Good luck to them while getting through this.

I am loving that football season is here now, although I know Tasha isn’t nearly as excited. She pretends to like it to humor me…she is a trooper! That’ why I love her! 😀

Well, that’s all I have for now…Hook ’em! and Go Cowboys!

– peeps

2004: A Year in Review…

2004 brought lots of excitement and a bit of sadness. Overall it was a pretty fun year. Hopefully 2005 is just as fun.

Let me give a quick summary…

January 2004 Sara Seeman and Caleb Studebaker set a date for their wedding. This is when the pressure to get married increased. 🙂
February 2004 Rae Jackson and Marshall Sanchez got engaged. This is when the pressure to get married SIGNIFICANTLY increased. Little did Tasha know that the plan was already in the works when this news came… 😀
  We got a new puppy from Sara and Caleb. We named him Jester because he acts like a goofball, just like his daddy Shorty.
April 2004 Tasha and I got engaged.
May 2004 Sara and Caleb got married.
August 2004 We took a mini-vacation to The Big Easy.
  Rae and Marshall got married. This was the real reason for our trip to New Orleans.
October 2004 Tasha and I got married.
  We took a week long honeymoon in Mexico.
November 2004 News comes that Byron Norwood, a friend of ours that we went to high school with, was killed in action in Iraq.
December 2004 Almost every part of Texas gets snow. Some places get snow for the first time in 100+ years.

Did you have a good year too? Tell me about it…

– peeps

Snow!

We were just a few days short of having a white Christmas. We had snow most the day yesterday and today the wind chill is 3 degrees F! It has never been that cold in Texas as long as I remember!

– peeps

Pit Bulls…Are THEY the problem?

Tasha found this link today in a magazine and thought I should watch it…

After watching it, I felt I should share this with everyone. As most of you know, we have an American Staffordshire Terrier named Jester (most people will call him a pit bull) and when we got him, many people gasped and thought we were crazy for wanting such a mean, evil dog. After researching the breed, educating ourselves about all the urban legends, and knowing a couple of Pits, we were more than excited about getting him. Jester has been nothing but a great dog for the 11 months of his life and everyone who meets him agrees…

Spread this to all the people you know that spread misinformation about these dogs. The link is below and please note the disclaimer…

Pit Bull Video

– peeps

Poor Jester!

Poor Jester! We are so mean to him. He had surgery this past Thursday and is now sterile. Hopefully someday he will forgive us….

He sure is getting big! He was up to 30 lbs last weekend (at almost 4 months old) when we took him to the vet for his last round of shots.

– peeps