Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Top Cat and Tails

Saturday night was Top Cat and Tails. Attendance seemed to be down a bit, but hopefully the economy didn't effect the money donated....the animals could really use it (looking at the LHS' website there are lots of cats there right now). Also, from what I heard all the animals in attendance were surrendered, although I am not entirely sure if this was due to funds in their original families.

There were a lot of local celebrities in attendance. Mike Nelson, Chris Kelly and Ryan Kramer all helped out during the Live Auction. Big Rob also attended the event, it seemed like he was enjoying the food donated by Drunken Monkey for the volunteers more than the catered food for attendees.

My date was a 6 month old neutered male cocker spaniel. He actually was adopted by Kirk Montgomery, Kirk fell in love with him when he was taken down to Channel 9 to advertise the event. I also handled a spayed female dilute calico (this image is not my date) who was just over a year old during the Live Auction. Due to the fact that my original date was mostly spoken for, I also walked around with a 5 month old yorkshire terrier/dachshund mix, or dorkie (this dorkie look more like Anna).
Big B's date was a 2 month old puppy. He was supposedly a aussie mix, although I think he looked and acted more like a husky/pit.

We also were "models" at the Live Auction. I will post pictures or a link as soon as I have some.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What Is It With These Men?

Why do some men go from friendly to creepy after a few drinks? Also, why do some men think it is entertaining to scare women? Ahhh, the fun of Vegas. Or more accurately big cities and conferences.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sadie and the Cats

Sadie is finally learning how to hang out with the cats instead of obsess about them, with a little help.

The last few times Sadie has stayed at my house she has focused on the cats the whole time, which lead to lots of issues.
Mars used to be so laid back when it came to dogs, but due to the last incident with Brewster she isn't such a fan of those big, furry things anymore. Because Mars isn't as tolerant of dogs she now is more vocal when Sadie crosses the line. She used to just hiss, but the lately the hiss is followed by a pretty good swat if Sadie doesn't retreat quickly.
Clover doesn't know what to think when Sadie follows her around and stares at her. This means that Clover goes between spinning, to circling the perimeter of the room, to hiding. Haley is pretty protective of "her" cats, so she usually "herds" Sadie away from the cats. With this reinforcement Sadie is slowly learning how to behave appropriately.
There has only been one incident this time....Mars was joining me on the couch and Sadie was in her face. Mars hissed and then followed up with a good swat after a few seconds. Sadie backed off and laid down. In the meantime Haley came over and gave "her" cat a quick check-up lick and peace was restored. After about an hour the dogs are laying down nicely on the floor and the cats are resting next to me on the couch, without fear. Yay Sadie!!!

Clover and Haley on my left

Sadie and Mars on my right, not quite as close

(I had to take the picture with my cell phone so I didn't disturb anyone.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Vegas Baby!

I found out that I am going to Las Vegas next week. I am leaving Monday late morning and coming back around the same time on Thursday.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Homecoming 5k

My sister, brother-in-law and I ran in the Homecoming Race this Saturday. Unfortunately the weather was not as nice as last year and they moved the Parade to Friday. We used to run and then sit and watch the parade for a little bit. Although I don't know how much fun the parade would have been in the weather we were having. I ran my fastest 5k ever (although I think I ran faster ones in the middle of my longer miles in the Wild West Relay).

I will post the results from this year as soon as I have them, but I took about 3 minutes off my time. A good start, but still lots of room to improve.

Here were my results from last year:
1158 40:15 12:58 AMANDA JONES

Results from this year. I had different time on my iPod, but my time started when I started running, not when the race started...it was hard to tell. My iPod also had my splits as averaging under 12 minutes. I think I am going to have to go with the iPod : )
1229 37:55 12:13 AMANDA JONES

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Clover is doing much better! I am no longer force feeding her and she is eating on her own.
My theory is that she is just super sensitive to chemicals. So, next time I go on a cleaning rampage she is getting locked in my room with the windows open.

Clover and Hiking

This last weekend was great and stressful in many ways.

It started out on Friday. I have been watching "chick flicks" on Friday nights. I decided that I should invite my friends in on the good time and it will help me keep my place clean at the same time. I hurried home from work because I was a bit late and walked into my apartment and immediately noticed the smell. It turns out that Clover had gotten very sick while I was at work and was hunched over her water bowl with her face almost in the water. I cleaned up, tried to get rid of the smell and set Clover up in the bathroom. My sister came over and we watched the movie, it was a nice break from the worry.

On Saturday I woke up early to check on Clover and decided to make a vet appointment. After the appointment I didn't know much more about what was wrong, but had some medicine to try to help her out.

After getting home I found Big B waiting for me and ready to go for our planned hike. We met two friends at the Green Onion and then headed up to Estes. It was Elk Fest so the town was fairly busy. We started hiking up to Mills Lake, but decided to go The Loch (more information towards the bottom of the website, http://www.rocky.mountain.national-park.com/hike.htm#win. Beautiful hike although my friend and I agreed that the leaves might have been a bit prettier the week before.

Just above Alberta Falls

Near The Loch

The Loch

The rest of the weekend was spent force feeding Clover and spending more time with my sister and Big B.

Interesting Political Quiz

I found this on the Alice 105.9 radio station's website. I thought it was pretty cool even though I didn't learn anything new.