Blog Topic: Holiday

Cherishing Our Pets

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | December 30, 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Cherishing Our Pets

This past August, my cat Ted turned 17. He is – and has been for some years now – an Old Man Cat, although I prefer to think of him as a Distinguished Feline Gentleman.

The past year and a half have been his roughest. He’s endured dental surgery, two hospitalizations, multiple ultrasounds, countless trips to the vet, too many blood draws, and a months-long bladder disorder, resulting in anemia, weight loss and a very poor appetite. Early this year after having exhausted several rounds of painkillers and antibiotics, I began to resign myself to his passing. I did not think he would last the calendar year.

Younger Ted basking

Younger Ted basking

After all, Ted has a triple threat of a heart murmur, chronic kidney disease and hyperthyroidism. His once robust 13 plus pound body is skinny and frail.  Strength and athleticism have been replaced by ginger and sometimes stiff movements due to arthritis. He no longer jumps up onto anything. His explorations of the urban wilds of our yard are a thing of the past. He has become even grumpier and even more vocal, meowing loudly, persistently and obnoxiously when he wants something.

And yet. . . Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | December 29, 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Happy Holidays!

I hope you’re all enjoying your holiday season and getting lots of quality time with family and friends, two-footed and four-footed alike.

I leave you with a few holiday images of my own critter crew. Introducing Vinnie as Reindeer, or the “Vin-deer” . . .

Vindeer

Here’s Ted hanging out under the Christmas tree, one of his favorite spots to perch during the holidays. (I think he’s particularly fond of his lair under the tree because it’s a Vinnie-free zone!)

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Here’s one more of Vinnie all set for some serious fun with his new doggy Frisbee, a very welcome gift from Santa Paws. This Kong Frisbee is super tough and seemingly impervious to the teeth of Vinnie, our resident power-chewer!

vin with frisbee

Happy New Year!

Giving Thanks for Dogs, Our Everyday Miracles

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | December 23, 2009 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Giving Thanks for Dogs, Our Everyday Miracles

The other day a young boy asked me if I believe in miracles. After I said yes, he asked if I’d ever witnessed one. I told him I’d think about it and get back to him.

I have thought about it and yes, miracles surround me every day – they’re called dogs! Dogs help people in a myriad of ways and have done so for eons. Continue Reading

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Happy Howl-o-ween!

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | October 30, 2009 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Happy Howl-o-ween!

Happy Howl-o-ween! Hope you and all your loved ones and critters have a festive and safe one.

Here’s a picture of Vinnie in costume. Note his “natural” black mask . . .

To the Bat Cave!

To the Bat Cave!

. . . and one of Ted, who needs no adornment to look perfectly ghoulish. . .

Don't even think about dressing me in costume!

Don't even think about dressing me in costume!

No Halloween parties for us this year. My husband, Vinnie and I are taking a few days off for some much-needed R & R in one of our favorite haunts in the universe, Mendocino County in Northern California. Although we’re just a few hours north of San Francisco, things are very different here. The air smells cleaner and sweeter, the light is often an eerie pearly lavender, and the landscape’s mostly wild and unfettered. Some locals say this is a place of ancient spirits. I’ll let you know if I run into any. In the meantime, here are some suitably spooky pictures of the natural landscape around here — no costumes necessary:

Ghostly Cypress Trees

Ghostly Cypress Trees

What lurks in those dark depths?

What lurks in those dark depths?