Friday, April 29, 2016

Working His Way Back!

Cody went in for a recheck to his surgeon last Wednesday. All looked good. He's kept his nose moist with saline solution so no suction was needed...a relief on his part. He still has to be careful for another month to be sure not to bump or injure it in anyway.

His throat looked good also. Amen. He has cough up several stitches since surgery and he was worried about that but his Dr. said the stitches just don't hold in there very good,, and that's common.
The weird part that I was totally unprepared for and we weren't told about, we found out was completely natural.
The first few days he wanted everything cold, ice cream, jello, popsicles, juice - which was good because it helped keep the swelling down.
Then those things became too cold and he couldn't eat them. Juice became to thin, as did water. He couldn't stand the consistency of jello anymore. We switched to pudding. which seemed to do OK for a few days, then that made his tongue burn.
It's all from the nerves reconnecting at different parts at different rates.
He thought he could handle some overcooked pasta with butter. I picked up some mini shells and he swallowed it whole. It had to be room temperature, anything else hurt.

We've finally found that Capri Sun at room temp is about the right amount he can drink at one time - at room temp.
So far he has lost 14 pounds in one week.

The Dr. gave him more pain meds, I asked for pills this time so the Medicare would cover it. Told him I couldn't afford $300 for the liquid Vicodin and that we've been putting his maintenance meds, one at a time, in a big spoon of pudding and he's been getting them down that way.
He goes back in 2 weeks for another check up.
Dr. said he should start feeling belter soon.
I sure hope so, this has been the roughest recovery from a surgery I have seen and I have seen and been caretaker for many surgeries.

On the bright side, it's one heck of a diet!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Our K9 Yellow Bark Collar with Case Review #YellowBarkCollarWithCase



I have a Red Dobie/Corgi mix that is my protector ~ from blowing leaves, cars driving by, anything, nothing ~ she sticks her nose between the mini blinds and stands her guard.
She mans the front while my other two man the side and back. Quite a team, until one or the other instigate a barking chain!

So when I was asked to review Our K9 Yellow Bark Collar with Case by OurK9, I actually thought about it. At first I thought OMG I'm not shocking my dog! But after further research and reading their description I learned it's not a shock collar. Well, I like that.
This bark collar works off air pressure and not sound.

''The Our K9 Vibration Bark Collar stops barking with progressively increasing Sound and Vibration which is controlled by a Microprocessor and automatically delivers correction after each bark. It does not work off the sound of your dogs bark but from air pressure delivered through a small hole in the back of the collar. Therefore the fitting of the collar is VITAL if the collar is to work correctly… When the collar is fitted correctly IT DOES NOT MOVE… You can slide just one finger under the collar. If it is NOT FITTED CORRECTLY it will go on randomly and NOT when your dog barks…''

Bella demonstrating correct placement

The lightweight control unit has a reflective collar that glows in the dark for safety. The unit comes in a very nice case to keep the collar in when not in use.
You do have to assemble it but their website and videos are very detailed and my son had no trouble. After assembly and correct placement, your dog wear the collar without batteries to get used to wearing it. When your dog no longer notices it is there you can then insert the batteries and adjust the setting.


We adjusted it to the lowest setting. 
Needless to say I was pretty nervous.
It startled her the first few times.
Now she stops and thinks and is responding very well.
When going for walks she'll bark once, I'll tell her "NO" and she'll stop. Surprised the heck out of me the first time! She no longer needs to wear the collar during walks. I believe it's very important to follow all the directions for a successful outcome.

What The Bark Collar Actually does when Your Dog Barks

''On the 1st Bark ~ 1.5 Second Beep
2nd Bark within 40 seconds  ~ 2.5 Second Beep
3rd Bark within 40 seconds ~ 4 Second Beep then .5 sec Vibration
4th Bark within 40 seconds ~ 4 Second Beep then 1 sec Vibration
5th Bark within 40 seconds ~ 4 Second Beep then 1.5 sec Vibration
6th Bark within 40 seconds ~ 4 Second Beep then 2 sec Vibration
7th Bark within 40 seconds
~ 4 Second Beep then 3 sec Vibration

The collar will now enter sleep mode for 1 minute
If your dog does not bark within the 40 sec limit then the collar will revert back to number 1

The use of the warning tone followed by increasingly intense tones and vibration stimuli sets up a
pattern that your dog will quickly learn is caused by its own barking. It takes time to break bad habits.

When your dog forgets and barks again, the warning tone reminds your pet without immediately applying any stimulus. At each step, your dog gets to choose whether it's worth the increasing
discomfort to bark again. We have found this technique of progressively increasing sound and vibration is not only more humane, it is more EFFECTIVE in breaking the barking habit than
conventional shocking bark control collars.

Our K9 Vibration Bark Collar can be adjusted to control the sensitivity of your dogs bark, according to the size of dogs barking.''

1 YEAR WARRANTY - Enjoy an Exclusive 1 Year Un-Limited Warranty. Get a Top Quality Branded Product at an Affordable Price and Try it Risk-Free for 30 Days....



Our K9 Yellow Bark Collar with Case is available at Amazon 

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free or a
discounted price from OurK9. Regardless, all opinions expressed are
my honest opinions based on my personal experiences. 

Our K9 Garnet Bark Collar with Case #RoyalBarkCollarWithCase


My son has an American Staffordshire, an excellent guard dog, except when our other two instigate her into barking at any little thing ~ the sound of a weed eater, lawnmower, etc. Once she starts she doesn't stop. It can be annoying. 

So when I was asked to review Our K9 Garnet Bark Collar with Case by OurK9, we actually thought about it. Needless to say, I was very nervous about the "shocking" part of it.

''The Our K9 Static Shock Bark Collar stops barking with progressively increasing Sound and Static Shock which is controlled by a Microprocessor and automatically delivers correction after each bark. It does not work off the sound of your dogs bark but from air pressure delivered through a small hole in the back of the collar. Therefore the fitting of the collar is VITAL if the collar is to work correctly… When the collar is fitted correctly IT DOES NOT MOVE… You can slide just one finger under the collar. If it is NOT FITTED CORRECTLY it will go off randomly and NOT when your dog barks…''

Tora demonstrating the INCORRECT position

Here it is in the CORRECT position

The lightweight control unit has a reflective collar that glows in the dark for safety. The unit comes in a very nice case to keep the collar in when not in use.

You do have to assemble it but their website and videos are very detailed and my son had no trouble. After assembly and correct placement, your dog wears the collar without batteries to get used to wearing it. When your dog no longer notices it is there you can then insert the batteries and adjust the setting.


We adjusted it to the lowest setting. 
Needless to say I was pretty nervous, so we tried it on ourselves first.  We of course anticipated the shock and expected it to tingle.
Even at the lowest setting it was stronger than we expected.
We did see it through.
It frightened her the first time and she came running in the house.
She was scared and we had a hard time getting her to go back outside. I don't think this is the right collar for her.
We have had success with and will be trying the Our K9 Vibration Bark Collars with her.


1 YEAR WARRANTY - Enjoy an Exclusive 1 Year Un-Limited Warranty. Get a Top Quality Branded Product at an Affordable Price and Try it Risk-Free for 30 Days....


Our K9 Garnet Bark Collar with Case is available at Amazon 

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free or a
discounted price from OurK9. Regardless, all opinions expressed are
my honest opinions based on my personal experiences. 

Our K9 Royal Bark Collar with Case Review #RoyalBarkCollarWithCase.



Unbelievably this is something I've been
thinking about for awhile now.
Actually something I would never
thought I would ever think about.

I have a Chihuahua that has NEVER been yappy.
I love all animals, no matter what their quirks or noise levels ~
Hey, I've got a Rose Breasted Cockatoo for Heaven's sake!

But in her ripe old age of 12 she has decided to become that yappy  Chihuahua. Maybe it's because she is now hard of hearing or because she has become more protective of me, which I appreciate.
But she does not need to bark during the day just because the neighbor is mowing their lawn or just sitting in their backyard.
She even barks while going for a walk.

So when I was asked to review Our K9 Royal Bark Collar with Case by OurK9, I actually thought about it. At first I thought OMG I'm not shocking my dog! But after further research and reading their description I learned it's not a shock collar. Well, I like that.
This bark collar works off air pressure and not sound.

''The Our K9 Vibration Bark Collar stops barking with progressively increasing Sound and Vibration which is controlled by a Microprocessor and automatically delivers correction after each bark. It does not work off the sound of your dogs bark but from air pressure delivered through a small hole in the back of the collar. Therefore the fitting of the collar is VITAL if the collar is to work correctly… When the collar is fitted correctly IT DOES NOT MOVE… You can slide just one finger under the collar. If it is NOT FITTED CORRECTLY it will go on randomly and NOT when your dog barks…''


Katie demonstrating correct placement

  The lightweight control unit has a reflective collar that glows in the dark for safety. The unit comes in a very nice case to keep the collar in when not in use.
You do have to assemble it but their website and videos are very detailed and my son had no trouble. After assembly and correct placement, your dog wear the collar without batteries to get used to wearing it. When your dog no longer notices it is there you can then insert the batteries and adjust the setting.


We adjusted it to the lowest setting. 
Needless to say I was pretty nervous.
It startled her the first few times.
Now she stops and thinks and is responding very well.
When going for walks she'll bark once, I'll tell her "NO" and she'll stop. Surprised the heck out of me the first time! She no longer needs to wear the collar during walks. I believe it's very important to follow all the directions for a successful outcome.


What The Bark Collar Actually does when Your Dog Barks


''On the 1st Bark ~ 1.5 Second Beep
2nd Bark within 40 seconds  ~ 2.5 Second Beep
3rd Bark within 40 seconds ~ 4 Second Beep then .5 sec Vibration
4th Bark within 40 seconds ~ 4 Second Beep then 1 sec Vibration
5th Bark within 40 seconds ~ 4 Second Beep then 1.5 sec Vibration
6th Bark within 40 seconds ~ 4 Second Beep then 2 sec Vibration
7th Bark within 40 seconds
~ 4 Second Beep then 3 sec Vibration

The collar will now enter sleep mode for 1 minute


If your dog does not bark within the 40 sec limit then the collar will revert back to number 1


The use of the warning tone followed by increasingly intense tones and vibration stimuli sets up a
pattern that your dog will quickly learn is caused by its own barking. It takes time to break bad habits.

When your dog forgets and barks again, the warning tone reminds your pet without immediately applying any stimulus. At each step, your dog gets to choose whether it's worth the increasing
discomfort to bark again. We have found this technique of progressively increasing sound and vibration is not only more humane, it is more EFFECTIVE in breaking the barking habit than
conventional shocking bark control collars.


Our K9 Vibration Bark Collar can be adjusted to control the sensitivity of your dogs bark, according to the size of dogs barking.''


1 YEAR WARRANTY - Enjoy an Exclusive 1 Year Un-Limited Warranty. Get a Top Quality Branded Product at an Affordable Price and Try it Risk-Free for 30 Days....


Our K9 Royal Bark Collar with Case is available at Amazon 

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free or a
discounted price from OurK9. Regardless, all opinions expressed are
my honest opinions based on my personal experiences. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Surgery Finally Done

After Cody recovered from his bronchitis and I from the flu.
Which I still don't understand how I got. I received the flu vaccine in Oct. as usual. When I got sick I thought it must be a different strain from the shot. My Dr. ordered testing to see what strain it was. It was this years flu, the same I received the shot for! I was so surprised by his answer when I puzzling asked how? He said the vaccine is good for only a few months. This was big news to me. I had always thought they were good through the flu season. He told me to get it in Dec. this year. Am I the only one that remembers the vaccine shortages? But you know the kids never got it. They kept getting sick and didn't receive their shots until Dec. last year. Frustrating I tell ya! It took about 2 weeks for me to get my energy back, and I'm still not up to par.

But I digress ~

Cody had his surgery on the 19th and this house hasn't been right since! He had a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, uvula shaved, airway widened, and a septorrhinoplasty. All to help with his breathing.  Surgery went fine. Recovery was a bit rough.
He came home the same day.
Poor guy, he was is so much pain, his nose was swollen.
The Dr. told us it would get worse before it got better.
Hmmm, O.  K.
He was prescribed liquid Vicodin, liquid antibiotics, and dissolvable nausea medication. Thought we'd be good to go.
I made pudding, jello and had popsicles and ice cream at the ready.
I was told everything had to be cold to keep the swelling down.
Got it! 
 He was still sleepy when we arrived home, so he dozed off in his chair. I had to wake him up 30 mins. later for pain med.
Every night since I've set my alarm for every 4 hours to keep the Vicodin on schedule, (as per the Dr.), most of the time he's already awake.  He wakes from a dream yelling for me.
The Dr. also said the 5th day would be the worse.
I thought he was joking until the pain keeps increasing each day. Today was day 3. Last night his tongue turned black.
Bruised from the clamp used during surgery. He thought it was bad when the swelling from his pallet touched the swelling from his throat, but now that his tongue has swollen and is hurting twice as bad as his throat ever did, Lord help him!
Opened the 2nd bottle of Vicodin this afternoon.
We're climbing to day 5,
when we get there I may just push him over!  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I Almost Missed My Spring Blooms!

Dad started this rose for me from Mom's

Right after Easter I came down with Bronchitis,
C did too. :(
His surgery had to be postponed.
Then I got the flu.
Yep, I was batting a thousand.
This can't be - I NEVER get sick!!
After going to the Dr. I went to bed,
stayed there for about a week and a half.

BandT gave me this gorgeous tree Rose

For the first time in my life I listened to my body
and that's what it said to do, so I did.
Rose started by Dad for me from Mom's

I ventured outback yesterday for what seemed
the first time in months.

Iris from Mom

Everything was either in full bloom,
or just about finished!
Very disappointed to say the least.

Dad started this rose for me from Mom's

I snapped away as quickly as I could,
feeling that all the blossoms were all going to fall
with every step I took!


My Lady Banks Rose decided to climb from it's
ladder into the Cherry Plum


which was fine, but very few blooms were left.
The ground was covered in yellow petals.


But at least I didn't miss my Cecil Brunner!!
My FAV!
Brings back memories of my Mom ♥♥


It has just about covered the arbor
and most of the gazebo ~


the scent is intoxicating.


Cecil Brunner bloom.
BandT gave me another Cecil last Mom's Day for the
other side of the gazebo
so it would fill in faster ♥♥

Cecil Brunner bloom

Remember the succulents I planted in the strawberry pot
here and here?
Here they are, the pot is in there somewhere!


I lost most of my Lilacs to the drought.
So upsetting, they were older ones from my parents farm.
I only have a few left of ones I have bought.


The Fig tree already has figs!
Turkey Fig from my parents original.


The garden from a different angle


Too late to pick the Asparagus :(
Hand me down from Dad.


3 in 1 Apple, given to me by Dad,
 just about done blooming.



Variegated Pittosporum (Mock Orange) in bloom,
smells heavenly


Wild area under my bedroom window, full of Calendula.
Someday it may look a little more tamed.
You can barely see my edging of blue bottles along the railroad tie and walkway the Calendula has overrun.


Oxalis getting ready to die down for the Summer.
When we we're little my sister and
I would pick a stem and suck on it.
Mom always called this "Sour Grass".
I was an adult before I knew the actual name! LOL
Another plant from Mom.


Sea of Forget-Me-Nots already going to seed.


Rosemary in bloom















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