Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Oh Christmas Tree...


You should see my Christmas tree. No, perhaps you shouldn’t. It was cute at first, watching Harley shin up the centre knocking baubles flying while she fought with straw owls and became entangled in the lights.



Oh how we laughed as the tree swayed back and forth and bells jingled. It’s wearing a bit thin now. Like the tree. All the baubles have been moved to the top quarter of the tree and the lower branches are naked and most of them are flattened and drooping. I keep bending them back into shape, but resistance is futile.

It is the most ridiculous looking Christmas tree I’ve ever seen. But just one look at those bright eyes peeking out at me from behind a wildly swinging bauble just melts my heart. Who needs a perfect tree when we have this little cutie? Not us!



Fizz is much too ladylike to climb artificial trees (although she’s quite good at removing lights from windows). She watches her little sister with disbelief. But she absolutely loves her and now they sleep together on my bed. She keeps her in line too. If Harley tries to nick one of Fizz’s Dreamies cat treats, she puts her paw on her head and holds her back.

Harley was amazed to see herself and Fizz on the computer screen!



We've been keeping a seat warm at the vet's this month. Indy was on antibiotics for three weeks for a cough, which improved, but got to a stage and got no better. He’s now on a pill which perks up elderly dogs and acts as a bronchodilator.  He’s also on a new painkiller to have alongside the anti-inflammatory.

It has been taking me the best part of an hour and sometimes longer to get all his pills/food/insulin sorted out in the mornings mainly because he’s been refusing to eat and he can’t have some of his medicine or his insulin on an empty stomach (apart from the medicine he has to have half an hour before food). So I’ve been spoon feeding him with help from Harley.



This morning I made him porridge and crushed up some of his dry dog food and mixed it in. I didn’t have to spoon feed him, raise his bowl or anything. He dived in and ate the lot! Mind you, all this time he’s been fussing about his food, he’s still managed to climb up in the chair to pinch the kittens’ food and lick their bowls clean!

But then, Harley helps him to eat his food, so that’s okay!




But Fizzy is still his best mate!




40 comments:

  1. Perhaps Harley wants to be a fairy at the top of the tree.

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    1. She's getting there, Lynne. Hasn't quite made it to the top yet, but it's just a matter of time. She'll be demanding wings and a wand next ;-) x

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  2. I should think just having two cute little sisters is enough to perk big brother Indie up. Looks like it will be porridge for breakfast from now on then, Teresa.

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  3. Aw, such cute pictures, love your animal blogs Teresa, full of fun. Would you like to be on my blog chain link? See Patsy's blog to see what I mean. If not, it's alright. Talk soon.

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    1. Thank you, it's really lovely of you to ask, but I'm not joining in the blog chain thingy, but thanks for asking :-) x

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  4. So pleased Indy is eating again, Teresa - love the picture you paint of the tree antics!

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    1. The porridge certainly seems to be doing the trick, Rosemary - I could cry to see him tucking in and licking his bowl clean! It's such a relief :-) x

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  5. Lovely, lovely post, Teresa. It brought a lump to my throat. I love how pets help each other when one isn't too well.
    Tim 'n' Ted send licks and tail wags to Harley and Fizz for looking after their mate, Indy and woofly encouragement to Indy to keep eating.
    Have a lovely Christmas and New Year
    xx

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    1. Thank you, Pat. And funny little Fizz often walks beside or just in front of Indy as if she's guiding him along and showing him the way. It's really lovely and she genuinely seems to want to care for him.
      Lots of love to you and Tim 'n' Ted and hope you have a wonderful Christmas :-) x

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  6. I loved your post, Teresa. I've always wanted our cats to climb the Christmas tree, but it's never happened! I love the friendships your pets all have. What lovely, gentle souls they all are with each other. And it's so sweet that Indy has these very special companions. I think kittens help to keep older pets young at heart. Have you seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn2h3_aH3vo

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    1. Thank you for that link, Joanna - I love Simon's Cat and I hadn't seen that one. That is exactly what Harley does - exactly! And if it was a real tree, I'm sure it would end up in the same state! I may have to share that one on Facebook :-) x

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  7. I think Fizz need a tree of her own, decked out with little treats to keep her occupied. That first photo meminds me of an eccentric cat we had. Wilbur could be seen apparenlty asleep at the very top of our pear tree, in storm-force winds, swaying to and fro, apparently perfectly happy.

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    1. Had to laugh at the thought of Wilbur swaying in the tree top! I bought a pack of sparkly jingly cat toys that looked like baubles off the tree and they were played with for all of five minutes, then hidden under the sofa with all the other cat toys :-) x

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  8. Oh what a naughty puss cat, but oh so cute! Poor Indy and poor you! Hope he perks up in time for his Christmas dinner

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    1. He's eating very well again now I'm relieved to say :-) x

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  9. Those animals are all adorable :o) Our Molly's a bit wary of the Christmas tree for some reason, and gives it a wide berth! Hope Indy continues to get better xx

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    1. Bless her, Molly's a good girl. We've got our tree tucked behind a sofa so Indy can't get near it, but he'd probably try to walk right through it as he seems to have lost his sense of direction lately - but he's a lot more cheerful than he has been :-) x

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  10. What a wonderful post. Harley is SO cute! What a wonderful mum your animal family have got. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Teresa! x

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    1. Thank you - I hope you have a lovely Christmas too (and yes, Harley is supercute - doesn't matter what she gets up to, she melts my heart every time) :-) x

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  11. Lovely post, and lovely photos. Hope Indy is feeling better. I know how you feel - my dog Bob was at the vets this week. Touch and go. But he is better now - fingers crossed. Caroline x p.s Merry Christmas...

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    1. I'm so glad Bob is okay, Caroline. What a worry they are! Hope you have a lovely worry free Christmas :-) x

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  12. I love the picture of Harley looking at himself. I hope you and the family have a lovely Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, Maggie - I hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas too :-) x

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  13. Bet you are glad you have this playful little creature to make your Christmas even more fun! Have a lovely holiday Teresa!

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    1. I am very glad to have her, she really has brightened things for us. Happy Christmas, Jenny :-) x

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  14. Lovely pictures, Teresa.

    Glad Indy is eating again- looks like you'll be making him porridge every morning...:-)

    Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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    1. Thank you, Carol - I wish you a happy Christmas too and a great new year :-) x

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  15. The best Christmas trees have lots of character Teresa :-) Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New year! X

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    1. It is looking very sorry for itself now! Hope you have a lovely Christmas and new year :-) x

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  16. I'm glad they're all friends.

    Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, Patsy - I hope you have a lovely Christmas :-) x

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  17. You have three gorgeous cuties, there. xxx

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    1. I feel so lucky to have them, Suz :-) x

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  18. Hi Teresa,

    Oh good grief! So sorry it has taken this long to comment. Wow, it's now Christmas Eve. Penny and I do hope that Indy is okay now. Of course, enough furry friends to keep Indy's attention.

    A peaceful Christmas to you and your loved ones, dear friend.

    Gary :) x

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    1. Thank you, Gary - I wish you peace and happiness this Christmas and always :-) x

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  19. Awwww Indy!!! Sending him lots of healing hugs and gentle purrs! Glad he has his little furblings to help him on his way to getting better! Awwww little Harley totally adds to the beauty of the tree! And sweet Fizz is just gorgeous!! Have a peaceful Christmas and New Year, Teresa! Take care
    x

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    1. Thank you, Kitty - hope you've had a lovely Christmas :-) x

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  20. Awww lovely!!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family, I hope 2014 will hold lots of happy days, wonderful surprises, and even some relaxing times.

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