balivatn: multicolored lily in a vase (lily)
( Apr. 19th, 2011 10:28 pm)
Today we put my parent's 15 year old dog to sleep. It took a while to find his vein for the shot, but it was over fairly quickly after that. Then we took him to a nice farm that their friend owns, and buried him. He was wrapped in a comfy blanket and buried with his favorite pink ball.

Goodbye, Buster.
balivatn: (pic#587612)
( Sep. 16th, 2010 09:50 pm)
OK Pocket, we need to talk. You're definitely at that horrible hyper aggressive psychokitten stage. I was going to try reintroducing you, but you yowl way too much when you're in the bathroom. In fact, you seem to yowl whenever you can't reach me. Which is endearing, but sweetie, if you harass Atia, she gets growly and hissy and you two wind up fighting, and then I definitely won't sleep.

I'm going to try some of the other things I've read about - distracting you with another toy when you start to get pouncy seems like it might work. I just hope I can get to a toy fast enough.

Atia, lady, feel free to slam his fuzzy little butt to the ground if you have to. You are a lot bigger than he is, you should be able to take him. Show him limits, don't just run into the closet.

The one who can open the tuna cans
balivatn: animated icon of bunny wiggling nose and blinking (bunny)
( Jul. 3rd, 2010 08:49 pm)
Fishing for kittens:

balivatn: (anger)
( Jul. 2nd, 2010 10:19 am)
Pocket has found his litterbox, which is good. Atia is still not thrilled with the whole situation, but she's moved from sulking behind the dresser to sulking in the living room and hissing at the door from time to time. I guess that's improvement.

I had one of my shirts in the bathroom with Pocket last night, and Atia had slept with another one (apparently I smell good to cats, I'm not sure what that says about my deodorant and such). Today I brought out Pocket's shirt and left it in the living room, and Atia's shirt is now in the bathroom with Pocket.

After Dan gets back from work stuff today, we're going to go get a babygate so the bathroom door can be cracked some.

I'm going to need to do laundry.

Atia is sulking behind the dresser again. But at least she ate her dinner and came out for a quick petting. And with having toys in the bathroom, Pocket should be a lot happier until we can take him out for longer introductions.
( Jul. 1st, 2010 12:02 pm)
So this is our new kitten. He's currently chilling in the bathroom (not terribly thrilled about it, but we're making sure he and Atia only see each other in tightly controlled situations for the time being). He is three months old.

So far, we're going with Pocket as his name. He is wriggly, so only one picture so far:

Atia did hiss once - we had them both in our arms and showed them to each other. Then she went and hid behind the dresser. Currently she is lying by my desk, so I'm hoping that in a few days we'll be able to make them a bit more visible to each other. I have an old cloth shower curtain that I cut up and will tack up to help keep them separate. But for now, there's a door between them.
( Feb. 10th, 2010 05:11 pm)
So the cat is still growing on me. Fiance is out of town for the next few days, meaning I'm primary cat caregiver. She spent most of Sunday hiding behind the dresser, eventually moved out to under the blankets by the bed. She has since found a better spot to hide, and I may not see her except for mealtimes for awhile. I'm assuming she does feel comfortable around me, which is weird to see from a cat.

( Jan. 20th, 2010 05:45 pm)
Again, if you have a facebook, you've probably seen these, but feels like I should post them anyway.

Pictures of cat )
balivatn: animated icon of bunny wiggling nose and blinking (bunny)
( Jan. 20th, 2010 09:30 am)
Not that anyone will read this, because it's not Facebook, but hey.

Nothing really going on worth posting, really. Still unemployed, still having flashbacks/dissociation/other crap, experiment really doing nothing but masking issue because circumstances weren't really changing. Had doctor's appointment, have to go to another clinic to maybe have anything covered.

But there is one thing that's not about all that, and I realized I hadn't posted it here, although I've mentioned it on some communities.

We have a cat. Which is odd. I'm not really a cat person. I like all animals, by and large, but I've always kind of been uncomfortable around cats. Maybe because most of them have hated me, and the ones I've been around the most doubly so. And I still would rather have a dog - I grew up around them, their tendency to want attention helps distract my brain from things. But dogs aren't allowed, and it doesn't look like we're leaving here in the immediate future. And cats are fuzzy, and since I'm by myself fairly often, it's something else in the apartment. I'm not anti-cat, just prefer dogs.

So Dan and I used to go (and I will continue to go once I have a legal car) to the shelter every so often to look at the dogs there. And Dan is a cat person, so we'd look at the cats and the bunnies as well. We found the cat we wound up getting at the shelter. She was taken in in November, and she is at least eight years old (no birthday on her records, so I don't know if she would have had a birthday this month). She was very affectionate, and Dan fell in love with her (apparently he has a thing for blue eyes). She was already spayed and negative for health conditions, and her shots were up to date. We used the gift certificates for Target to get kitty stuff, and brought her home.

Unfortunately, she had an upper respiratory infection and was on antibiotics for that when we brought her home. Those are done, but when we took her to the vet, she does have a touch of conjunctivitis and constipation, so I have to give her eyedrops and stool softeners, which she's not thrilled with.

I may not be as big a cat fan as Dan or Lisa or a lot of the other people I know, but I don't dislike them, and I took responsibility for her, so I dose her with medicine, give her treats afterwards, and give her brushings and pets and toys. She responds by head bonking me when I'm at the desk and sleeping on the bed at night and licking my head when I've gotten out of the tub and am curled up on the beanbag. Which isn't too bad for an older cat that had been at the shelter for a bit.

So we're getting used to each other. It'll be interesting to see what happens when I don't have to chase her around the house to give her yucky medicine and don't have that association for her. She's very pretty, more affectionate than I've had cats be to me before (I guess, Im not an expert on cat body language), and because she's older doesn't have quite so much crazy energy.

She's been renamed Atia, because I watch far too much Rome. She had the name Cashmere before. She ignores pretty much any name anyway.

Eventually she'll forgive me for trying to make her eat gooshyfood and better quality kibble.

And now it's time to torture her with eyedrops again.
Got a new camera for the holiday. Took it out to the zoo to play with it. Some really good shots, overall easier to use. Need to poke at the manual a bit to see about custom settings and then play with them. I particularly like the big cat pictures, the giraffe pictures, the Meerkat Justice League, and the tortoises. I would have taken a different sifaka jumping video, but I had stupidly forgotten to give the camera battery a full charge.

LA Zoo )
( Jun. 1st, 2009 09:58 pm)
Animal park in upstate NY with baby lemurs which are hard to get decent pictures of )

I just thought this was a neat face in the wood.

( May. 22nd, 2009 08:01 pm)
If I'm going to walk around, there might as well be animals. This is the sister to the park I posted a few entries ago.

Aminals )
( May. 4th, 2009 08:17 pm)
I tried out another animal park today - smaller than the zoo, but nice. Interesting advantage that you could feed most of the animals, including the lemurs, various monkeys, the wolves, and the bears. Lots of domestic animals to pet and feed, as well.

Peektures and videos )