Monday, April 22, 2019

Easter Bunnies, Teeth Fairies, and Santa Claws

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss!  Did the Easter Bunny leave you a quarter under your pillow last night?

KATIE:  No, Waffles. That's the Tooth Fairy.

WAFFLES:  The Easter Bunny left you TEETH? 

KATIE:  No, Waffles. The Easter Bunny brings eggs and the Tooth–

WAFFLES:  You got EGGS under your pillow??? That must've been messy.


KATIE:  You've GOT to be kidding me. Is this how the conversation is going to go?


WAFFLES:  So what about Santa Claws. Does he ride with the Easter Bunny and the Teeth Fairy? Who drives?


KATIE:  Are we really having a conversation about whether the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, or Santa Claws have a drivers license?


WAFFLES:  Sheesh, this holiday stuff is confusing. At least I'm clear on the Great Leper Can.


About Today's Photos
Today's photo sare from WAY back in 2014. Waffles was only two years old and still had that kitten look about him. Even now, years later, there is still a lot of kitten in BOTH Waffles and Katie.

Wishing you and your furry families a Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and a very Happy Spring! 💕


Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Cat Daddy Weekend!

WAFFLES:  So when's Gloman coming home, Boss? We need to talk about man stuff. 


KATIE:  Any minute, Waffles. But Gloman and I have important conversations to catch up on. And I was here first.


WAFFLES:  But I was the first one out of our carriers when we moved here, Boss. Doesn't that make ME first?


KATIE:  That just means Glogirly unzipped your carrier before mine. A tactical error on her part for sure. But it has nothing to do with who was here first. 


WAFFLES:   You mean on account of how you're way older than me?


Happy Visit!
Our Cat Daddy is popping in for a long weekend visit. We're having some friends and neighbors over to celebrate TWO whole years in Colorado.

We'be also got plenty of nap time and Netflix scheduled in.


And of course plenty of quality Cat Daddy time.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Art of Bed Making

Before.



During.



More during.


Still more during.



After. 



WAFFLES:  After is totally overrated. 


The Best Part
Waffles and Katie may not agree on much, but they're certainly in agreement on bed making. Before and during are WAY more fun than after.

It was laundry day yesterday. Which on its own, is worthy of celebration. But a little bird told us that a certain special someone is coming home to visit.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Spring Snow Cats & a Special Thank You

WAFFLES:  What do you smell, Boss? 

KATIE:  You mean besides an orange cat?


WAFFLES:  There's an orange cat outside our window???


KATIE:  Spring, Waffles. I smell spring. 

WAFFLES:  But there's still snow outside, Boss. How can it smell like spring?


KATIE:  That's the magic of Colorado, Waffles. 


WAFFLES:  It might be spring, but I don't want any of that white stuff touching my toesies. 


Spring Snow
While other parts of the state was getting blasted with another bomb cyclone storm, we were enjoying a beautiful spring snowfall up here in the mountains.  We got about 9", but the day after we woke up to the most spectacular day. Blue skies and sunshine, snow kissing the trees, and a weather phenomenon called an "inversion."

An inversion is when the clouds are below us. Up here at 8,000' we can see the sun, but down below in Denver it's all clouds and overcast. Sometimes when the clouds are smooth, the mountain tops peek through and look like islands in the water.

This was the view of our driveway out our kitchen window. The snow on the road didn't last long though. By noon it was completely melted.

One of the most magical parts of spring in Colorado is how there can be snow on the ground, yet the temperatures are so warm, you barely need a jacket in the sun. It was warm enough to have our windows open too. There's nothing quite as fresh smelling as spring snow!


 A Special Thank You
We were positively overwhelmed with the incredible outpouring of heartfelt comments and wishes here and on Facebook from our friends and readers last Friday and over the weekend. We thought long and hard about whether or not to share our experience of Katie's scary incident during her wellness exam at the vet. And how to share it.

Your love and concern for all of us touched us more than you can imagine. You are family to us.

Love,
Glogirly, Gloman, Katie, and Waffles


Friday, April 12, 2019

The Day Our Hearts Stopped

We've waited a couple of weeks to share this post with you. Before you even start to read, we first want you to know that we're all ok. A routine visit to the vet recently turned our world upside down. And it's taken us some time to figure out the best way to tell our story. 

Please know that Waffles is ok, Katie is ok, and Glogirly & Gloman are ok. ❤️

WAFFLES:  Boss? I'm really glad you're ok. You scared me and Glogirly.



KATIE:  I'm glad I'm ok too, Waffles. And I'm sorry you were scared.


WAFFLES:  I'm glad you came back on account of I would have missed you. Like, really missed you. A lot.

KATIE:  I'm glad I came back too.

WAFFLES:  So what did you see, Boss? Was there a rainbow bridge with bright movie lights and funky music? Was there popcorn and catnip?


KATIE:  It all happened so fast, Waffles. I don't really know for sure. I remember seeing Dr. Fern and all the vet techs. I saw Glogirly and Gloman. I saw their smiles. And I saw you too. 


 
WAFFLES:  Really? You saw ME, Boss?

KATIE:  Yes, Waffles. But don't get all mushy on me.

WAFFLES:  Mushy like mashed potatoes and gravy mushy?

KATIE:  You know what I mean, Waffles.

WAFFLES:  I know, Boss. You have that reputation thing. But I really do love–

KATIE:  I know, Waffles. Me too.



And then our hearts stopped
It was really just an ordinary day. It started with a Jeep ride to the vet for Waffles and Katie's annual exams and blood work. There was the usual car ride drama. Waffles sang the song of his people and Katie provided backup vocals. Both Waffles and Katie have been doing so great in terms of health. We had no concerns going into the exams.

Waffles went first. He had a few hisses for the techs in the beginning, but he warms up quickly and even turns on his charm.

Katie went next. Vet visits have always been very hard for her. She's not a fan of being in strange places and doesn't like being around people, other than Glogirly and Gloman. She doesn't like being touched or held by anyone other than them as well. In order to make her blood work and exam less stressful, her vet has been giving her a fast-acting, mild sedative for as many visits as we can remember. They take her back to their lab area in her Sleepypod so she has her "safe place" and are very gentle with her.

On this particular day though, something went terribly wrong. 

After they'd completed the exam and blood work, and while Katie was still sedated, Glogirly sensed something wasn't right. She had her head pressed against a small narrow window in the door at the back of the exam room she and Waffles were waiting in. She could see the lab area where Katie, the doctor, and the vet tech was. Suddenly Katie was surrounded by five or six vet techs. Glogirly could sense the urgency and tension, but didn't know what was happening. She could hear Dr. Fern calling out Katie's name.

Through a narrow window in the door to the back of the exam room she and Waffles were waiting in, she could see a team of techs surrounding Katie. She could sense the tension. She could hear Dr. Fern calling out Katie's name.

Though it seemed like an eternity, it was just seconds later that Dr. Fern came to the door she could see Glogirly was glued to. Glogirly could barely breathe. The first words gutted her. "Katie went into cardiac arrest." The nanosecond in-between those words and what came next seemed even longer. "She's alive."

Katie's heart and breathing had stopped, but within 30 seconds Dr. Fern had been able to bring her back. It didn't require full-on CPR. Just some very fast thinking and fast action. Dr. Fern immediately massaged Katie's chest area and was able to get a heart rhythm. A few seconds after that Katie began breathing on her own.

Had it not been for our Vet's extensive training and experience in emergency veterinary medicine, things may have gone very differently.

So what happened?

Moments later, an x-ray revealed what appeared to be a severely enlarged heart and fluid in the lungs.  the fluid was a result of the arrest and Katie was give a medication that quickly extracted fluids from the lungs and into her kidneys. The heart required an electrocardiogram (ECG) to determine what was going on.

Little did we know, one of the top veterinary cardiologists and a colleague of Dr. Fern, was just a few blocks away. Once Katie was stable, Glogirly had her and Waffles back in the Jeep and they were at the emergency clinic in less than 5 minutes.


Waffles and Glogirly waited in another room while the cardiologist did an ECG of Katie's heart. About 30 minutes (another eternity) passed and the cardiologist came into the room. Her first words were, "Katie's fine." Immediately Glogirly felt like she was getting her breath back. "In fact, Katie's more than fine. Her heart is healthy and normal."

She went on to explain that Katie's heart is surrounded by fat. Apparently, this is quite common in some cats. It can be very misleading in x-rays and look as though the heart is significantly enlarged. The ECG though, gives them much more information and can help determine the health of the heart.

Glogirly responded, "So this is good news, right?"
"Yes. This is GREAT news. The BEST news." 

So back to the cardiac arrest. Its cause is something of a mystery. The cardiologist gave it a long and complicated name, but essentially it translates to a fluke. It's possible Katie had a reaction to the sedation. It's possible Katie's stress level was a contributing factor. We'll likely never know. To be safe, Dr. Fern has put together a great list of alternatives to make Katie's future vet visits as calm as possible, without using the same sedation medication we've been using.

One thing is for certain. Our Katie Girl, for as beautiful, ladylike and soft-spoken as she is, is one tough kitty. And we couldn't be happier that she is still a part of our world. In fact, she's not just tough– According to her senior blood work, she's as healthy as can be. Every single lab result is purrfection. And that's saying a lot for our 14-year-old girl who has had more than her share of health problems in the past.


Pause
We'll never know what went through Katie's mind during those 30 seconds. Just like we don't know what happens when we leave this life we know so well. We'd like to think that it's calm, peaceful and that we are somehow reunited with those that we've loved. This has certainly given us pause and has served as a reminder to love every moment we have. It's reminded us to take time to smell the trees, listen to the birds, and show those we care about how very much we love them.


Two Very Heartfelt Thank Yous
We want to thank our veterinarian, Dr. Fern Slack of Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center and Hospital, for having the strength, knowledge, and experience to do what needed to be done and do it FAST.

Fern was in touch with us that evening and through the next day, making sure we were all doing ok. We're like family and this shook her to the core. Glogirly wasn't the only one who shed many tears.

Thank you also to Dr. Karen Sanderson, of Alpenglow Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center. Within minutes of Katie's arrest, Dr. Sanderson had Katie in her care and was able to give Glogirly the best news ever.


Don't go anywhere, Katie.
We plan on loving you for many years to come.



Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Waffles' Has a Brand NEW Bag

WAFFLES:  What?


KATIE:  What do you mean, what? You've got a pretty guilty look on your face, Waffles. Are you sure you're supposed to be hiding that bag under the fridge?


WAFFLES:  I'm not hiding it.

KATIE:  Well, you're clearly hiding something.


WAFFLES:  I'm not hiding anything, Boss. There's no secret treasure or anything like that in here, honest. 



KATIE:  Yeah, I'm not buying it.


WAFFLES:  I'm not selling it.


About Today's Photos
In order to distract Waffles from all the bags of groceries Glogirly was unpacking on the kitchen counter this afternoon, she tossed a shipping envelope from today's mail onto the floor.

Glogirly got a pretty blouse in the mail and just like that, Waffles has a new favorite toy. If cardboard boxes are a 10, this floral-printed mailing bag scored at least a 15. 

Glogirly didn't have her nice camera handy, so she grabbed her phone to catch Waffles in the bag. Even though that last photo is blurry, it's just too funny not to share!


Monday, April 8, 2019

Waffles Has It in the Recycling Bag


KATIE:  You know, Waffles...that's Glogirly's recycling bag. She's got lots of leftover papers from doing taxes. If I were you, I'd look out. You just might end up in the recycling. Which by the way would really screw up things for the recycling people. Pretty sure orange cats can't be put in with the single-stream recyclables. 

WAFFLES:  Single-stream what? 

KATIE:  You know, single-stream recyclables. Paper, cans, plastic food containers–


WAFFLES:  What kind of food containers are we talking about?


KATIE:  The EMPTY kind.


About Today's Photos
Glogirly finished up her part of the taxes last week. With all the papers and bags strewn about the office, Waffles was having all sorts of fun sorting paperwork.

Taxes are a little untraditional for us. Glogirly puts together earning and spending reports that she mails to Gloman back in Minnesota. He did all of his prep this past weekend. Then Gloman brings everything with him to a meeting with the tax man. Glogirly calls in and does the meeting via conference call. In her cat pajamas. And slippers.

We're pretty sure Gloman doesn't wear his cat pajamas to the tax man meeting.

P.S.A.
No cats were harmed during the taking of the above photos. And no cats were left unattended while the paper bag still had handles. If your kitty loves to play with bags, please be sure to remove any handles so that they don't get their heads caught in them.


Friday, April 5, 2019

Cats-N-Coffee

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss! It's Friday morning. Have you had your cuppa George yet?

KATIE:  George??? Don't you mean Joe?

WAFFLES:  Joe? Who's Joe? I don't know any Joe.


KATIE:  Cuppa JOE. You know, coffee?

WAFFLES:  Cats don't drink coffee, Boss. Even YOU know that.

KATIE:  Of course I know that. You're the one that brought up Cuppa George. Which, by the way, makes absolutely no sense at all. I'm just trying to explain that it's Cuppa JOE, not GEORGE.


WAFFLES:  Boss?


KATIE:  Waffles?




WAFFLES:  Maybe you should switch to decaf.

KATIE:  Maybe should switch to decaf???



...15 minutes later



About Today's Photos 
(...or rather, that last photo)
Sometimes the camera freezes an expression you just can't see with the naked eye. The beginning of a yawn or meow can turn a seemingly ordinary cat into ... well, into what you see in that last photo.

Of course in the case of Waffles, this kind of expression is far more common than you might think. He's definitely a cat that can go from lazy to maniac in less than 60 seconds.


Cuppa Waffles
In case you're wondering what that cool 'cup' is that Waffles is lounging in, it's his sporty Sleepypod convertible. (a.k.a. his Sleepypod with the top down.)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Waffles Wednesday Flashback and a Cat's Career Path Dream

KATIE:  You want to be WHAT???

WAFFLES:   A Goober driver!

KATIE:  You mean an Uber driver? ...not that an Uber driver is any less crazy of an idea than a goober driver.

WAFFLES:  Uh yeah, that.

KATIE:  So where did this come from? What happened with the whole chicken ranching thing?

WAFFLES:  I still want to be a chicken rancher, Boss. But I need to save up some green papers for chicken ranching school.

KATIE:  Let me guess. The University–

WAFFLES:  – of Chicken Ranching.

KATIE:  You know, you have to have a car to be an Uber driver. They don't just give you one. You'll need a valid drivers license, insurance...


WAFFLES:  I'm just going to borrow Gloman's car.

KATIE:  Does Gloman know you're going to borrow Gloman's car?




WAFFLES:  I've been practicing too. Like looking both ways for chickens crossing the road.


 WAFFLES:  I even have a travel mug for my riders. They can have milk or chicken gravy. 

KATIE:  Waffles, most people don't drink chicken gravy. Don't you think you should offer coffee? A Cappuccino or latte would be nice. 


WAFFLES:  I just have to figure out how to punch the gas and paw the steering wheel at the same time.

KATIE:  And perhaps watch the road?

WAFFLES:  Oh, yeah. That too.

KATIE:  People of the world, especially you with cars. You might want to consider alternative modes of transportation. Like just staying home.










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