Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all our fellow Canadians!

We are thankful for all of our wonderful blogging friends.  We are thankful for our wonderful mom and dad who take good care of us.  We are thankful that Merlin has outlived his prognosis and is still doing well.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Caturday Art: Happy Thanksgiving

Monday is Thanksgiving here in Canada, so this week, for Caturday Art with Athena, we have a digital scrapbook page that celebrates giving thanks.

If you would like your own digital scrapbook pages creates, check out the information here.  The money raised by making digital scrapbooks will help pay for Dragonheart's CT scan, which is not covered by pet insurance.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Vet Trip Thursday

Update 1320 EDT:  So I have a temporary reprieve!  Our car broke down, so our mom had to cancel my vet appointment.  Our dad is with the car, waiting for a tow from CAA to the car dealership.  Then he hopes to rent a car.  So I will still be going to the vet soon, just not today.

Original Post:

Hello all!  Devi here!  So today I have the misfortunate of being the first of us kitties who has to go see a new vet in our new city.

Devi at the hotel
You may recall that I had some skin lesions a while back that turned out to be eosinophilic granulomas.  To treat the lesions, I was put on a steroid, prednisolone, and since it's not good to be on steroids for too long, I was on them for two weeks (1 pill a day), then we tapered down for two weeks (1 pill every other day), then we were supposed to taper down further for two weeks (½ a pill every other day).  Well, after about five days of ½ a pill every other day, my lesions started to return.  Now this was just before we were going to leave our old city and drive to our new one.  So our mom called our vet and asked her what to do.  She said to go back to 1 pill every other day, since I didn't have any lesions on that dose, and then see a veterinarian when we could in our new city, as there are other medications to try, and we don't want me on steroids for a long time.

So, our mom found what looks like a good vet practice in our new city, and I have an appointment this afternoon.  Of course, I'm the one of us three who doesn't like visiting the vet the most, and who doesn't like being restrained at all.  As I'm a rescue, my mom and dad don't know what happened to me before they adopted me, they just know that, for whatever reason, I do not like being restrained at all.

Our old veterinary practice emailed our files to our new vet, and our mom gave them the old practice's phone number as well, as our regular vet there said she would be happy to talk to our new vet and give them a summary of us and our health conditions.  So hopefully they managed to talk.

We will update you all later and let you know how things went.  We miss having a world-class veterinary college right down the street.  Our old veterinary practice was affiliated with the vet college, and we would be seen there by one vet student as well as an experienced veterinarian.  It was also easy to get referrals to the specialists at the veterinary college, and the college was our after hours emergency vet as well.  Hopefully our new veterinary practice will be a good one.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Eight Months Since Merlin's Cancer Diagnosis

Hello friends!  Merlin here!  Today marks another milestone in my cancer fight.  It has now been eight months since I was diagnosed with large cell lymphoma of the GI tract and given one to three months to live.  So I have now outlived my prognosis by five months!

I'm still doing pretty well.  I still play a little bit, at least when Devi is not hogging the toys.  I'm eating and drinking normally, and continue to gain weight due to the steroid I'm on.  I still purr pretty much all the time and curl up under my dad's chin to sleep at night.

There is sometimes blood or mucus in my stool, but not all the time, which is good.

In ten days, I'll get to see our new house!  I'm very excited!  I'm told we'll have THREE levels to explore!

Thank you all for your purrs, prayers, and positive thoughts.  I know that they are all helping!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Mancat Monday: Dragonheart's Report

Hello friends!  Dragonheart here.  As those of you who follow Merlin's Facebook page know, we made it safely to our new city, and are now in a hotel until October 14th.  It's another suite, but this time it's just one big room, except for the bathroom, with a separate living area, kitchen area (with fridge, microwave, and just an element to cook on).  We are quite comfortable here, except that the hotel internet is the slowest and spottiest we've ever experienced.  We do have a mobile hotspot, but it is very expensive to use, so my mom is mainly using it for things like job applications and online banking.

Anyhow, our mom and dad bought me a new toy - it's a YEOWW catnip toy, and those are my favourites!  But, as you can see in the photo below, Devi, the toy hog, was trying to move in on it!  She is such a big toy hog.  You can see Merlin watching her try to take my toy!

Anyhow, our dad had to go to work today, but our mom is with us in the hotel, although she'll be going out for a run later.  She's busy looking for work as a registered dietitian, and in the meantime she's doing a lot of digital scrapbooking.   If you would like your own digital scrapbook pages create, check out the information here.  The money raised by making digital scrapbooks will help pay for Dragonheart's CT scan, which is not covered by pet insurance.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Adventures

Hello friends!  So today we are hitting the highway, and heading to our new city.

This is what we travel in, which is securing fastened with seatbelts to the back seat of the car:

It's called a Car-Go and it's made by Sturdi Products.  Dragonheart and Merlin travelled across most of Canada, twice, in it!  (From Ottawa, Ontario to Edmonton, Alberta, staying each night in a new hotel, and then doing the same thing from Edmonton, Alberta, to Guelph, Ontario).  Devi has never travelled in it, so we'll see what happens!  It's also a much shorter trip today (about 5 hours on the highway).

Then we will be staying in a new hotel for about two weeks.  Our new home won't be ready until October 13th, which is our closing date, so we won't move in until October 14th.  Our dad will be going to work most week days while we are in the hotel in our new city, but he'll be with us in the evening and on weekends, and our mom will be with us most of the day (when she's not out running, or sorting things out for us, and the like).

So forgive us if our posting continues to be spotty.  We will visit our friends when we can!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuxie Tuesday: Loading

Hello all!  Dragonheart here.  So today the movers are at our house again, this time they are loading.  Once again, our dad is there, as he needs to check off the boxes on a list as they load them onto the truck, and our mom is here with us at the hotel.

As you can see, I am enjoying getting some of my Sphynx oil on the nice white bedsheets on the hotel bed.  But I also have my nice blanket from home to burrow underneath, and you can see Merlin's special fleece blanket in the corner of the photo.  It's a little out of focus - sorry about that!

Here are two digital scrapbook pages our mom made, one about selling our old house and one about buying our new one!

Made with House & Home by Clever Monkey Graphics

Made with House & Home by Clever Monkey Graphics
Interested in a digital scrapbook page?  Check out the information here.  This will help pay for Dragonheart's CT scan, which is not covered by pet insurance.