Ducks, Dogs, and Freddy’s Fry Sauce

We got more ducks! A friend of ours brought seven ducks to us on Friday and they are settling in well. It’s so relaxing to watch them swim around the pond. I love them!

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Gobbling up their corn!

Hopefully one of them will nest soon and then we’ll have little baby ducks swimming around the pond this Spring. How cute will that be?

The farm keeps us busy on a normal day but the last week has been busier than usual with “life”. One of the things I had to do was take my dog, Daisy, to the animal hospital at the University of Missouri (it’s about a two hour drive). She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure three years ago and has been on a slew of medications to treat it. A week ago she developed an abscessed tooth but her vet didn’t feel comfortable putting her under anesthesia to do the tooth extraction (because of her heart condition). Thus, I found myself at the UMC animal hospital on Friday so Daisy could be seen by their cardiology department so they could determine if they could do the extraction. It was a big day for a little dog!

Well, irony of all ironies, they did an echocardiogram (along with a bunch of other tests) and Daisy doesn’t have congestive heart failure! Whaaat?! Daisy’s heart disease has been my reality for three years! Making sure she gets all of her meds at the right time, keeping her on a low sodium diet, logging her heart rate and breathing rate, regular chest x-rays… the list could go on. All to treat a condition that she didn’t even have. I mean it’s good news, actually it’s great news. But, Jiminy Cricket! Apparently Daisy just has a VERY loud and obnoxious sounding heart murmur which, in reality, is pretty mild and harmless. It’s so loud that three different vets have diagnosed her with congestive heart failure. Without the echocardiogram we never would’ve known the truth. Sigh…

So Daisy had to stop her heart meds immediately. It’s become such a routine that it feels totally wrong not to give them to her. I get that panicked “Oh no! I forgot to give Daisy her pills!” feeling… and then I remember.

While I was in Columbia I had a lot of time to kill so I went to Freddy’s for lunch. I had a Freddy’s near my old house and it’s one of those things I didn’t realize I’d miss so much until I couldn’t have it! All I can say is mmmmmmm….. fry sauce, oh how I missed you.

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Did I buy a bottle of fry sauce? Why yes, yes I did. 🙂

So… back to Daisy. You have may guessed that Daisydoo Homestead might be named after her and you would be right! Her full name is Daisydoo but I call her Daisy most of the time (or Sweet Baby Daisy 🙂 ). Yes, I love that little dog so much that I named my home after her. 🙂 She’s 10 1/2 years old and is a Puggle/Japanese Chin mix, I’ve had her since she was 6 weeks old (she’s my only dog that I’ve had since she was a puppy).

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This is Daisydoo. Who wouldn’t fall in love that face?!

I’ll go ahead and tell you about my other dogs while I’m at it.

Milo is a Pug and he’s approximately 6 years old.I’ve had him for a little over four years. He’s the sweetest guy but can be a little rambunctious, my dad calls him Wild Dog.

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This is Milo. Look at those sweet eyes!

Then there’s Sir Puff ‘n Stuff (Puff for short)! Puff is a Japanese Chin and is just shy of 4 years old and I’ve had him for almost two years. His previous owner shows Japanese Chin and needed to downsize due to medical reasons. We got in touch through a mutual acquaintance and she picked me to be Puff’s new “mom”. He’s a really sweet little guy and has become best buddies with Milo.

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This is Sir Puff ‘n Stuff. He’s as sweet as he is cute!

And last but not least, there’s Samson! Samson is probably about a year and a half old and I’ve had him for five months. He’s a rescue dog so I don’t know much about his background. He’s clearly part pitbull but he’s a gentle giant, very docile and mild-mannered. He’s super sweet and is a people pleaser. Also, he can eat his weight in food! He eats twice the amount of food that my little guys eat combined lol.

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This is Samson. He wears an orange safety vest during hunting seasons, safety first!

That’s the gang, at least the dogs, I’ll introduce the cats another day.

Hopefully this week calms down a little and we won’t be pulled away from the farm as much but it’s doubtful, we can always hope though!

Cheers!

D

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