I've been away from the diary
for too long! I'm sorry... I've been very busy
working on my new Pet Duck Guide Book. I've also
been very busy out in the pens. The grass is coming
in beautifully and I put in the three new ponds in
The Courtyard pens. Everyone is very happy. The
piping for the ponds can't be installed until our
parts order comes in, so for now I have to drop the
house into each of the 3 new ponds and flush them
out for a few minutes in the morning and evening.
The ducks LOVE them!
In sad news... my cat Nephilim
is very sick. Not eating. Wanting to eat... I
brought him to the vet on Friday and we did blood
work, but it won't be back until Monday. This
morning I rushed him to our local emergency vet and
had x-rays done. We could see that he has to go
potty and appears constipated, so she rehydrated him
and gave him painkillers. His heart appears enlarged
(although it could be just line with fat because he
used to weigh 16 pounds and is now down to 14. And
his intestines are not evenly distributed in his
body cavity. They don't know why. So we have to wait
for the blood work. If that comes back normal then
we might have to do an bi-cavity ultrasound.
The ER vet tried to get me to
pay another $155 to repeat the blood work, so we
wouldn't have to wait, but I told her Nephilim is
still bright eyed and walking around and I can't
afford to do the same test twice, nor do I want to
put him through that again. She's talking about
degenerative heart disease, but it seems strange to
me that this would have happened overnight. I don't
buy it. And then she started rattling off tons of
options to examine him, including ultrasounds and
cardiograms that cost hundreds and hundreds of
dollars. I asked her if they find something wrong
with his heart, what our treatment options are and
she said there are none, we would just know that
there's nothing we can do. I told her, I am not
putting him through all that; he's scared enough.
And if diagnosis doesn't offer him any course of
treatment, then there's no point in it. She was a
very doom and gloom vet trying to sell big tests and
trying to scare me into it. But I look into
Nephilim's eyes and he said, "I just want to go
home, Momma." So I took him home. Aside from not
pooping, he is still bright eyed and very
responsive. We'll take him to All Friends Animal
Hospital on Monday. Dr. Melgey is very good at only
ordering the tests we need and knowing just what we
So... that has kept my mind
away from the website too for the last few days...
Now back to ducks:
Can you believe how Gulliver
has grown! WOW! He is so big! He shares a pen with
Aladdin while the ladies and Benny are on the big
pond and watches them. I let him out for a swim with
them in the late afternoon. He gets along well with
everyone, so it hasn't been a problem... yet... I
just love the way he fluffs up the little feathers
on his crown. He's so cute!
And here he is again, coming
over to tell me something!
And below is Deirdre, Jezebel
and Vida (back to front):
Isabel's teacher and husband
came over for a visit recently. Isabel was giving
her the tour and said, "That's Deirdre, but Mommy
calls her Deirdre Dear Heart."
And how sweet is this...
And how funny is this one of
Young Jeffrey & Young Matthew and Benny in the
"Hey, we see all the girls over
there. Open the door, Benny! Open the door!"
Timmerlane watches Aladdin: