The last few days, the weather was nice. It was t-shirt weather. Today, we went up to 72°F (22°C). Chewbacca and the rest of the pack love this kind of weather. They all snooze in the sun. By the end of the week we will experience another cold front coming through Texas.
THE SEASON of all seasons has begun. Today, we’ve got the Christmas tree, some decorations, a 3-foot Santa, and some more German gingerbread cookies. We’ve tried to make a big D-tour around the Black Friday shoppers, and it seemed to work. Since it rained all day, the tree is wet and needs to try a little bit, before Kevin can hang up the lights and I can start with hanging the ornaments. Since Ozzy never had a Christmas before, he is quite interested in this tree. I will keep you updated, how it goes throughout the Season. I’m sure, I won’t put cardinal ornaments on our tree anymore. Chewbacca “killed” the last one. 🐦🎄😹
This afternoon, I literally had to drag our girls and some of the pets outside. The weather was just too beautiful to waste the time indoors. Not on this Mommy’s watch. The phones and iPads had to be put aside, and the sleepy pets had to get off the living room furniture. Time for playing outdoors and get some fresh air. First I’ve got the silly looks from Katelynn, Sara, Chewbacca, Luis and Zoey. But once, they all were involved in some kind of activity, they loved it. Luis chased Chewbacca, Chewbacca chased Luis through the yard. Sara threw the leaves up and made them rain onto the deck, while Katelynn and Zoey had a blast with the doggy toys. I reminded Sara to put more pet toys on the Santa list. She replied: “Mom, Santa already about the pet toys and doggy clothes.When we go to the doggy park, Luis and Zoey also need some clothes in Winter. They have short fur and need to stay warm.” Sara is very thoughtful and caring, towards our furbabies.
Happy 7th Birthday, Chewbacca!
Usually, Chewbacca likes to go with the dogs outside in the morning. While Luis and Zoey do their businesses and drive the neighbor nuts with their endless barking, Chewbacca checks out the backyard, and jumps up on top of the catio to bask in the morning sun. When I looked at him around 7:30 am on Tuesday morning, he was fine, sitting on the deck, overlooking the yard. Around 1 pm, when I let the dogs out again, Chewbacca laid on the deck. Zoey wanted to check on him. But Chewbacca was very grumpy and growled at her. Something didn’t feel right. I took a closer look and saw, Chewbacca’s left hind leg was severely turned sideways. And it seemed like, his kneecap was dislocated. I petted his leg and somehow felt like, I popped the kneecap back in position.
Since Chewbacca was in pain, I called some veterinarian offices to get him in. Tuesday, I had no chance to get an appointment. And I really, really didn’t want to go to the Pet ER. Kevin called around a little bit more, and got an appointment at a local Vet’s office for Wednesday afternoon.
When the veterinarian saw Chewbacca, he wasn’t sure, if the cat got into a fight with another animal, jumped from a high ground and landed wrong or even got into a car accident. By just looking at Chewbacca, it was also not clear, if his leg was swollen due to an infection or he has broken bones. After the x-rays, we’ve got at least one answer. Chewie’s knee joint in his left knee doesn’t line up. The bones are not broken, but shifted. Therefore his ligaments are messed up as well. The vet said, that only surgery can fix this, and I need to see a specialist for this kind of injury. Okay, I’m glad I’ve got a clear answer, how severe the injury is in Chewbacca’s leg. Chewie also got a couple of shots with antibiotics and an inflammatory medicine. Now, we have an appointment with the surgeon for the consultation, next Thursday. I’ll keep y’all updated as soon as we know more.
Other than that, he’s behaving his normal self. He eats, he drinks, he grooms himself, and he sleeps a lot. I have to encourage him to go to the bathroom and take the lit off, so he can balance his way in the litter box easier. The litter helps him to sit more comfortable, since it is softer than any ground or blankets. Yeah, we will have a long road ahead of us. But it’s so worth it. He barely left my side, when I was sick last year. It’s my turn to take good care of him, while he is in this miserable position.
Joshua is so tired of sitting in the house day in and day out. But it is still way too warm to let him in the catio outside. Chewbacca loves to spend his morning outdoors. But he stays in the yard. Joshua loves his freedom and walks around in the neighborhood, where he gets himself in trouble. Now, he meows in the house until he can enjoy the outdoors with some fresh cat grass and catnip, again.