Because I want to save this for a story seed.
This is Sammi.
Because of this lanky galoot, I have found myself saying some things I never expected:
“Stop eating the rocks!”
“Don’t chew on the floor!”
“Quit swallowing the string!”
Not the smartest dog in the world, but means well. Sort of. 😳🙄
Kizu stands on a sand bank in Buffalo Bayou Park with the sunlit Houston skyline behind her.
We are going to miss this view, this park, the birds, and the people we know and love here. 😢
A Brown Pelican (large water bird with white-and-black mottled wings and orange patches on its head and beak) flying low across gray, lightly wavy water. Its wings are on the downbeat.
Brown pelican in flight, from a Galveston trip in early March. I’m particularly proud of this photo, given I had no tripod and was following the bird by hand. The rest of the shots in this series? Not so much.
Monte has been having some digestive issues, so we are currently at the vet’s ofc for the second day in a row. We waited, snuggled together tightly on a vinyl couch in a frigid office, for almost two hours waiting for the ultrasound doctor to come. Now they’ve taken him in to get the procedure, and I’m left with the residual guilt that I can’t explain to my poor roo what’s going on, why he’s here, why he has to go hungry for so long. All I could do to console him is give him my hand to cuddle around and make soothing, apologetic noises.
I recall this same feeling, unpleasantly, from when our pup Amelia first got badly ill and needed subcutaneous fluids. The annoyance of the needle; making her lie relatively still while the cup or so of coldness slowly sank into her. Even being blind and struggling with degenerative myelopathy, she still wanted to roll and play, so it was extra painful to have to prevent that in order to treat her… so that she could continue to feel good enough to roll and play.
The good news is that now that I work from home, I can cuddle with him while working and be able to repay the discomfort of now. That doesn’t change how helpless I feel, nor does it change how I would drop everything in an instant to do it again.
A single white egret with a bright orange bill and neck curved into a S shape, walking “ankle”-deep in bayou shallows
Seriously, we adore these birds so much.
A great egret standing on an oval-shaped cobbled platform, surrounded by green water and trees
They’re such beautiful birds. This is a terrible iPhone pic, but I loved the stance.
Grey heron standing on a streambank in the shadows of Tapley Tributary in Buffalo Bayou Park
There’s some gorgeousness to be found just 5 minutes from downtown Houston.