Friday, April 17, 2015

A Little Less Floof!

If you live in the north end of Tacoma and downwind from our house, there's a very good chance you spotted tufts of Charlene and Wylla floof wafting in the air yesterday afternoon.

I took both girls out to the back deck for a serious brushing with the Furminator, and removed a shocking amount of hair. It was too windy to gather it all so I just let it go, but the first time I Furminated Charlene, I collected a gallon-sized ziplock bagful of hair.  I'm guessing I brushed out that much, if not more, of just her alone. Her coat is much denser than Wylla's, but Wylla still had plenty to shed.

They both enjoyed the brushing at first, but got a little restless near the end when a few rowdy crows began taunting them from the power lines above.

The girls both feel so silky and soft and look so pretty! Though they appear a little grumpy in the photos below, I think they are pretty happy to be wearing their spring jackets instead of their winter coats!


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shedding Season

I was sitting on the couch and the girls were in the living room window.  In the stream of morning light,  I watched their hair floating in the air.

It's shedding season.

And they're a hairy pair.

This afternoon we'll be heading out to the back deck with the Furminator for a little de-flooding.  Here are the "before" shots.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Vintage Bean!


I plugged in the external hard drive to back up some items and ended up getting lost looking at files of old photos. In one of folders I found a collection of vintage Bean movies that I barely remember taking.

I know the quality isn't the best - they were taken with our very fist digital camera - but it's so fun to see this lost footage of our Charlene when she was just an itty bitty Bean.

It's hard to believe she was ever that small and so frisky!




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pound by Pound

I went through the records last night because I was curious about the pace that Wylla has gained weight. She started off on course for the first month of her life and was right where her brother and sister were at when they all moved in with us, but once she started on solid foods and her issues began, she started getting behind.

It was slow growing for quite some time and during most of her first year she weighed literally half of what she should have. Since she started doing so much better around the start of this year, she's been putting on weight at a pretty good clip.

The photos below were taken on the days she rolled past these weight milestones.  Here's our girl, pound by pound.




One pound: Feb 4, 2013 (one month old)

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 Two pounds: April 25th, 2013 (three and a half months old)

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 Three pounds: July 8th, 2013 (six months old)

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 Four pounds: September 20th, 2013 (eight and a half months old)

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 Five pounds: January 23rd, 2014 (one year old)

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 Six pounds: August 1st, 2014 (nineteen months old)

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Six and a half pounds: December 15th, 2014 (Almost two!)

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Seven Pounds: February 23rd, 2015  (two years and two months)

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Seven and three-quarter pounds: (today!)

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Monday, April 13, 2015

No Soup for You!

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Since Wylla's ability to process food has improved drastically, I decided to try changing the consistency of what she's been eating to something slightly more solid to see if she can handle it just as well.  Normally I combine one can of wet chicken paté with a third of a can of water and blend them together using a stick blender until they're smooth.  This weekend I tried adding water to the wet food, but not blending it into "soup".  Instead, I stirred it and left it somewhat lumpy.

Wylla happily scarfed it down.

I watched her closely, and nothing indicated she struggled one bit to process it, so every meal she had this weekend was "solid" and not "soup".  She seems to prefer her food this way, so as long as her body is fine with it, we will continue it!

I know I've been going on and on about how well she's doing, but it just so remarkable to me that after two years of struggling, all of a sudden things are SO much better.  It's really like a switch inside of her was suddenly switched.

When we first decided to keep this girl, things were much different for her. We we were feeding her 6  to 8 meals a day, and after each, we would hold her vertically for ten minutes to help her digest. I thought that's what life with her would always be like, and we were fine with that, but it is so nice that she's grown up to be kind of "normal" and her care is so much easier than it once was.

It feels so good to see her feel so good! Hopefully all her days of struggling are far behind us now!

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