I’ve officially lost track of what I’ve actually posted and what I’ve let languish in my drafts folder and elsewhere. I am finishing what appears to be a 4-parter on domestic violence that started as a Tales from the Infusion clinic post on June 1st. I’m debating posting that biggun serially. Might discourage endless editing and encourage finishing…
Meanwhile, June 30th infusion clinic topics were a)Dogs and Fireworks and b)Patients and Infusion Copays. As to the latter, insurance companies are doing their usual shenanigans and claiming inflation is forcing them to burden patients with more than their fair share. So, many patients are canceling and going without. Was lonely last week. As to the former, we got both herbals and pharmaceuticals for the comfort of our canine pals!
Makes one unique, very sweet* and exuberant puppy dog!
36% Australian Cattle Dog
13% German Shepherd
11% German Shorthaired Pointer
9% American Pit Bull Terrier
6% Golden Retriever
5% Australian Shepherd
3% American Staffordshire Terrier
3% Siberian Husky
3% Chow Chow
2% Labrador Retriever
2% American Eskimo Dog
Mix and match the 14 breeds above to exact specifications, somehow, someway, over who knows how many generations. Abandon black pup with white bib at approximately 7 weeks of age. Season liberally with ticks. House at Albuququerque Westside shelter. Add parasitic infection for extra early hardship.
At 8 weeks Rood Boy will look like an Australian shepherd mix of twice his age.** In a good home with proper nutrition, exercise, a plethora of toys, and a pughuahua playmate, he will grow exponentially and start looking like a … ? Um … I mean, maybe … By 5 months RooPert will have acquired various nicknames and will resemble a German shepherd crossed with a pointer in a fur tuxedo. With an extra long, white-tipped tail.
At very nearly 7 months, más o menos,^ Scooby-Roo won’t be fully cooked yet, but teething promises to be a thing of the past (Hallelujah!) and his growth rate will have slowed considerably. DNA test results from WisdomPanel.com will prove what a truly mixed blessing is Sir Roo Longtail! Endowed with a rich, deep bark and a comic falsetto, he will continue to develop into an excellent watchdog, despite (in tandem with? because of?) his devotion to playtime. His goofy demeanor may belie his intelligence: He will teach himself to fetch the newspaper and to open the back door via the lever handle. At times he will move with the grace of a fox. Other times … not so much.
At one year of age, Roo will have matured^^ into a long-legged, active, handsome, log-loving cuddle-monster exhibiting several shepherding, retrieving, and guarding instincts. He will stretch as a dancer and stand at the kitchen counter as if a human kid ready to help with the dishes. (If only!) He will be absolutely obsessed with his toy squirrels, which he will toss, catch, retrieve until a human cries, “No more!” He will relate to the high-def TV as an interactive device.
*Sweet in a loving sense. Do not eat! He will protect you! If you haven’t gone vegan amidst the zombie apocalypse, your doom is imminent!
**Truth by teeth be told!
^More or less. Approximately. Thereabouts. Close as makes no difference. As good as it gets based on the information we have.
^^Yeah, I said it and I’ll say it again: Matured!Matured, matured, matured! We estimated/decided on June 13th as Roo’s birthday.
We interrupt our irregularly scheduled programming to bring you this week-old breaking — or at least actively trying to break things — news.
Actually, it’s been a day over a week now, but 8-day-old news just doesn’t flow the way week-old does. Data has been accruing for over 6 weeks now. Or seven? Those formerly supervising the whole project affirm a startup date of March 1st … which they insist was over 7 weeks ago. The calendar confirms those folks are worse with linear time than I am. (At least in this case. Could be a pandemically exacerbated or induced chronological disorder?)
So, last week we adopted a Great Pyrenees mix puppy, after his mother’s sudden death. Nearly 3 years ago we adopted a small, black, cute but funny looking, pughuahua* at age 5.5 weeks, when her mother rejected the runt. After weaning The Artist formerly known as Super Puppy Draymond,* I declared we would never again adopt a puppy so young, but that’s exactly what we did with big, white, classically adorable Data. Apparently, we are in our puppies with mommy abandonment issues phase.
I now present Data, pronounced day-tah, like the Star Trek TNG character.** Other similarities to the fictional android: he looks white, but he’s also got a creamy, pale yellowish tint — way more attractive than it sounds. While he is friendly and wants to fit in, he is hilariously awkward. His strength and ability to take a fall are impressive. An intrepid explorer, he is generally calm, yet emotionally immature. Even when he’s being really annoying, it is impossible to not be in love with him.
We are a family of D’s: The dogs are Duke, Draymond, and Data; plus Daddy and I’m Deb. (Dogs prefer Deb to Mom. Remember those aforementioned mommy issues?) Data has already earned a few nicknames: Mr. Big, Soft Paws, Whitey Bargers [right in], Young Sheldon Chewbacca.^
For you First Contact fans: Yes, I totally feel as though I am the Borg Queen when yelling Data! in moments of urgency, such as when Mr. Big is chewing on an electrical cord or furniture or lamp or window still. Sorry, my guy, teething rings arriving soon; now, stop gnawing on the wall!
Now, for the autoimmune angle. May 31st is our eldest dog Duke’s 14th birthday. And I think Data might just help him make the party! Duke was diagnosed with Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis back in 2011. He’s had some rough spots in 2021. There are no guarantees, and while I have had more than one thought of am I healthy enough for (this) exercise, I clearly see the positive impact of Data on old man Duke’s health. On the other old man, too, minus the bite marks. And Draymond, Data’s currently same-sized play partner. And tired, but happy me. He is so soft!!^^
*Also known as Chug, Draymond is half Pug, half Chihuahua. We will celebrate her 3rd birthday May 1st. At 6 weeks I could hold her in one hand! Read about The Duchess Draymond Pugbelly’s first 3 years on her Facebook blog at MyUglyPuppy.
**Star Trek: The Next Generation — starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Series began with a god-like nemesis called Q, short for Q Continuum — no Anon. Q is omniscient and omnipotent and usually took the form of actor John de Lancie, across franchises. And yet again!
^ Yes, I be mixing my Starry Wars and Treks! O, forsook! Yeah, no. Like Chewie, our Data has a very unique growl. And whine. And combo. Whrowl?
^^ There is a joke to be made about hard data v. soft data, but I can feel the brain fog rolling in on big cat paws … much like our new puppy’s paws!