Adventures in Parenting – Pet Edition?

My dad and I both love this stupid movie called The Replacements. It is a football movie, but not your classic football movie. The players are all washed up “has been’s” who get called upon when the pro’s go on strike. They go through a lot of struggles to work together as a team and find their groove as players. It is very funny and worth the watch. Anyways, there is this scene during their first game together where one guy (a former sumo wrestler) has been eating eggs prior to hitting the field, only to find out that they are not sitting as well in his stomach as one might have hoped. He ends up throwing up in the middle of a huddle. When the quarterback (Keanu Reeves – I told you is was a stupid movie!) refuses to move the huddle more players end up getting sick just from being nearby.

I am totally that type of person. I don’t think I’ve ever actually thrown up from watching someone else get sick, but it definitely makes me feel pretty icky for quite a while. I know there are plenty of people out there like me, but did you ever wonder if animals are the same way? After last night I believe they are! You see, Rusty has been sick since yesterday afternoon and so he was restricted to the bathroom last night. Leila’s food dish is in the same bathroom, and throughout the night Tank frequently goes in there to steal some of her food. At about 5 this morning they were all having a “pet convention”  when Rusty came out of his kennel and started throwing up on the floor. Immediately Leila came darting out of the bathroom apparently to distance herself from Rusty. Tank however was semi trapped due to Rusty’s kennel blocking the door and his position. Not more than 30 seconds after Rusty finished getting sick Tank started to throw up as well! It was kinda funny actually. He must have been like “Oh man… Gross!”

Tank on top, Leila in the middle, Rusty on the bottom

Published in: on October 15, 2010 at 10:11 am  Leave a Comment  

A Monster under the bed

At about 5:45 this morning both girls woke up. I went in first and picked up Alyssa. What I didn’t know is that Russell was following not far behind me.  For those of you who don’t know I startle VERY easily. You can tell me you are going to scare me and I will still be startled. So, when I walked out of the nursery carrying my daughter into the dark living room and almost ran into my husband I was very surprised. I gasped loudly and even let out an “oh my God!”. Russell hurried in to pick up a still crying Kylie (he is used to scaring me accidentally). But apparently our kitty Leila had heard me freak out about him and felt a need to protect the baby from him, so when he tried to pick Kylie up Leila bit his leg. It is the first time any of out pets have seemed protective of the girls, and while Russell was mad at first after we realized what she was doing we were very proud.

(FYI- Leila’s nickname is Monster)

Published in: on October 11, 2010 at 8:13 am  Comments (1)  

A Change of Seasons

Before the first leaf falls, or the temperature drops (it’s still in the 90’s in Las Vegas) there is a sign that fall is coming. In this house that means that Tank, our cat, leaves his night-time post on his cat tower and comes to sleep on my shoulder. He only does this in the winter months… I think because it is too hot in the summer. But it is my favorite thing he does. He snuggles up with me just like when he was a kitten, and his purring lulls me to sleep. Since two nights ago he joined me (for only a few minutes) it tells me it is almost time to put away the shorts and pull out my sweaters and Uggs. Fall is on the way!

Published in: on September 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm  Comments (1)