Sunday, January 14, 2018

History Repeats Itself

Long time readers of my blog might remember that Wilson had a best friend Chocolate Lab. They met when Wilson was just a pup and the Lab was just turned three, and the friendship lasted until Mousse (the lab) passed away of old age in 2015. Wilson logged many miles with Mousse. Just as I love Cardigan Corgis, Mousse's ma Lynn loves Labs. After a full year of doglessness, she found a new Lab, Tank, to share her heart with. With Wilson now the old man and not up for long walks, Jimmy's walking buddy is....you guessed it....Lynn's new Chocolate Lab! At ten years old and sporting short  corgi legs, Jimmy is no match for a one year old Lab, but he gives it his best! Tank is a retrieving master, but surrenders to the pressure of a bossy herding dog!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Stalagmites

On our walk the other morning during our arctic blast, I noticed these weird ice "growths" in one of the tunnels that lets rain run-off channel into our neighborhood lake. Always on the look-out for new photo-ops, I thought these qualified! Another cell phone pic so not the greatest but better than nothing! The weather has since warmed up so they are probably melted away.



Also seen on a walk recently, and posted on FaceBook, was this cute little fox. I took a couple steps closer so I could steady the camera on a tree and off he went, taking no chances that I was a threat.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Just a Dusting

This was taken a couple of weeks back, and with my crappy cell phone camera. But I liked the scene so cell phone it was! There was just the slightest bit of snow and it painted our trails white for a short while.


We have been having quite the cold spell lately and we will all be happy for the milder weather coming these next few days! Last night we had an ice storm that has made walking on pavement impossible. Just to get the boys out for a quick potty break, I had to lay towels down wherever we needed to cross cement. It was still very slippery this morning and to reach our usual walking trail that is gravel, I had to cross the paved section first. I actually sat down and scooted across on my butt! I may have looked silly, but better that than a broken wrist or hip! The sun is out so hopefully the ice will be gone soon!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 Pet Blogger Challenge

I'm seeing lots of my favorite bloggers stepping up to the plate for the annual Pet Blogger Challenge. I don't think I've participated in several years. Not much changes here on A Tail of Two Cardis year to year so talking about my blog seems sort of silly.

Just in case you are new here, I'll give a little background blurb......I'm Taryn and I live in the Northern Virginia, suburban DC metro area. I have two Cardigan Welsh Corgis....Wilson at 14.5 years old (somehow he got old along the way) and Jimmy at 10.5 years old (forever young in spirit!).

Jimmy on the left...so guess which one is Wilson :-)
 I have been telling their stories since June of 2009. Crap! That's a long time. I pretty much blog for myself because I enjoy my dogs and I enjoy photographing them, and this blog serves as a place to store it all. Heaven forbid Google ever drops this platform! I would lose a huge chunk of my life! What I never expected was the friends I would make along the way. My life has truly been enriched by a good number of the blogs I discovered and the people behind them.

I used to post much more frequently than I do now. For some reason I haven't quite figured out, I've lost some of the drive for this. I don't know if it is a been there, done that problem or changes in my personal life outside my blog, or the dogs aging (shouldn't that make me blog more?!), but I could almost see this coming to an end. Some of it I blame on social media. FaceBook gives such instant gratification. Post a picture there and within minutes the "likes" are flooding in. It's just easier there. I also have a sense that blogging in general is becoming a bit passé. Does anyone else have that feeling?


My only goal for 2018 is to keep plugging ahead. Post when I feel like it and not worry about the rest. With Wilson's age and health issues, this may very well be a difficult year. Maybe that's why I've been dragging my feet. I know before too long there's a post coming I don't ever want to write. If I'm no longer here, I won't have to write it.

But enough of the doom and gloom. I hope that 2018 is another year of finding the fun and humor of spending time with my dogs, and catching it all on camera to share here (or on FaceBook! LOL). I've even got my eye on a new camera to get my creative juices flowing once again.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!





Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wilson Was a Wee Woozy on Wordless Wednesday



Not only did I wake Wilson from his nap, but he has been trying a new arthritis medicine, one that is easier on his kidneys than an NSAID. Its side effect is drowsiness , and it definitely hit Wilson. From what I've read, he will adjust after the first few days or so and not seem so out of it. I could tell he was feeling sore without his usual Deramax pills, so I really hope this drug will ease his joint pain.

We did receive good news on his latest blood test results. The phosphorus levels in his blood (and the stuff that makes him feel like crap) are quite a bit lower than a month ago! YAY! With the phosphorus lower, his overall kidney function is a bit better. YAY again! While there is no beating kidney failure in an old dog, improved function makes him feel and eat better. We will take what we can get! When first diagnosed, I really didn't think he would make it to 2018. So seeing even a small improvement in the new year is pretty amazing!
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