Pacey soaks up some sunshine!

The other day I made a post in which I sort of made light of the fact that Pacey was being cranky, but there was actually a lot more to it. I didn’t want to really get into it until I had it handled and he was feeling better.

Ever since Spenser died, Pacey hadn’t been acting quite like himself. He’d been moody in a way that’d been hard to describe – and then the last two weeks things got even worse. Now, this may actually be my fault since the past two weeks I had been crying all over again over Eva, just as if she had just died. He very well could have been tapping into my sadness; my daily sobs certainly weren’t quiet. He started flicking his tail all the time, he refused to eat his kidney medicine which he had been inhaling in his food just fine for like eight months or close to it (so we’d been pilling him), and he stopped playing with his favorite toy, the toy he always moves around the house nightly without fail.

I tried talking to him. Mark even noticed and asked him what we were doing wrong and what we needed to do better. When we took Lulu to her appointment last week at the super special vet, we had them give Pacey an ultrasound, one he passed with flying colors! It was a relief to hear he wasn’t sick in any way, but something was still definitely up. So I contacted my pet psychic/communicator, and she read him a few days later.

This is what she told me:

Pacey wants you to know that he is cranky about life and death and loss. He just feels it is unfair to lose part of the family. I’m certain that he is feeling your feelings along with his own.

His not eating his kidney medicine is him expressing ‘What’s the point?’ … the catchphrase of depression.

He used to notice the scent of his kidney medicine, but he could easily override it with the taste and smell of his ‘good food’. When Spenser passed, Pacey fell out of balance emotionally. It was a ‘last straw’ for him regarding loss. Once his energy balance changed, he was unable to ‘taste the good over the bad’. It is very symbolic.

He is grieving the loss of the family as it once was.

Also, Pacey feels incomplete and odd without the presence of a dog in the home. He feels ‘It just doesn’t feel right.’

I ask him what does he need, and he replies that he needs time. He wants things to go back to normal, and he understands that is not going to happen. ‘I know I must accept change.’

I see Spenser superimposed over Pacey. Pacey’s been holding on. Even as I read your email about Pacey, I saw ‘Spenser’ written over the word ‘Pacey.’ This is not ideal for either of their souls, and I encourage Spenser to move further towards the light. Not only will this create space for Pacey to shift, but it will further heal Spenser’s soul.

Spenser is at peace, but there has been a veil of his energy over Pacey that felt burdensome. This occurred due to Pacey’s feelings – about family, Spenser, loss, and also not wanting to be without dog energy. I encourage Pacey to release any energy that is not his own so that he can feel lighter. He understands this, and responds instantly. He says that he has become prone to picking up on the energy of others due to his feelings of loss. I show him that he can feel whole again by releasing all that is not his true energy. He feels tired and sleepy when I tell him this, and I encourage him to ’sleep it off’.

Spenser and Kip now appear together, to show us that Spenser has shifted his energy away from Pacey and towards Kip. This is much more ideal and simply more true. Kip has taken a place up about Pacey and is working on Pacey as he sleeps. Kip appears up high and all in white light, and this is totally different from how I was seeing Spenser around Pacey. Kip is operating from the spirit realm, which is right and true. Pacey was holding a part of Spenser in the physical realm, which was not good for any of them. Spenser becoming lighter has brought Kip in closer to you and your furbabies, in a new way. The soul continues to journey long after it enters the realm of the spirits, and this has brought Kip into more light.

Instantly after this reading, things changed – and I am obviously beyond grateful and thrilled! Pacey has been eating his kidney medicine regularly! He’s been chirping around the house more, and with that comes moving his favorite toy! I’ve found it twice now on the landing leading to the third floor! And the tail flicking is becoming less and less! I talked to him about loss and sadness and said that we will work on this together. I also told him that it was okay to be sad but that we shouldn’t let grief take over our lives – and that they wouldn’t want that for us. It needed to be said aloud for both of us. And after I said it, he stretched out his whole little body lengthwise and relaxed. It was a very nice moment between us.

no time for that

October 19, 2014 | View Comments

Lulu loves this so so so so so so so so so so so so much!

So we had been looking through the checklist of all the things that needed done before Lulu’s stay for the radioactive iodine would be approved, and we were at the final one – her T4 blood draw. The vet tech came last Monday to do that. They pulled it from her front paw, and it went super smoothly this time!

Okay, so the night before Lulu was to go for her three day stay, I had my pet psychic/communicator talk to her for the second time to help prepare her, and she really just wanted to know if she would have privacy to potty, which I thought was adorable. Then I got an email from my mobile vet that said her thyroid results were great, and she wished me good luck the next day. I took that to mean that the T4 was where it was needed to be for the procedure to take place successfully.

On the ride up, I had my cell phone ringer turned off, so I didn’t hear that the doctor at the other place we were going to had called me. She was basically going to tell us that we didn’t even need to come in, but we were already halfway there in our drive up. So we had our appointment with her which, though sort of unnecessary, was still a good thing in the end, if that makes sense. The doctor examined Lulu and met us. Lulu doesn’t have the goiter in her neck, she doesn’t have diarrhea, and she doesn’t vomit a lot (she used to be a really big puker). I think her begging for food has diminished, but she still gets hyper and excited which is what initially led us to think that we should get her a little sister. Those are basically the five big thyroid symptoms right there. So she has 1 out of 5 basically. Also, I need to keep an eye out for what her pupil size is doing, which I hadn’t been aware I needed to do. Thus, the doctor said the T4 results from Monday indicated that Lulu’s thyroid is no longer an issue right now. In fact, apparently everything was really good when she was on the medication a few weeks back too. After my appointment had just ended, my mobile vet called while I was still there, basically trying to tell me to not make the drive all the way up there. Ha! I was glad we went anyway because it was highly informative and there’s something about feeling more secure about your furbabies and their health when things are face-to-face.

So did my little Lulu cure herself like she did with her heart murmur? Is she my miracle kitty? I’m leaning towards a very big YES! At least I sure hope so! She’s getting her blood retested in five weeks with the results being sent to both doctors, of course – and hopefully she will still be fine, her thyroid will still be stable, and she still won’t need the radioactive iodine treatment! I definitely don’t want to be away from her for three days, and it looks like she doesn’t want to be away from me for three days either! Besides, we visited (through the window) what would have been her accommodations, and they weren’t as nice as I was led to believe they would be. I just was not impressed. Though I knew she wasn’t getting a suite with spa services and a butler, though that’s what she fully deserves, this was just pitiful. I hope she doesn’t have to stay there! So please keep your fingers crossed that her next blood test results turn out just as great!

they sure fit

October 18, 2014 | View Comments

Pacey & Sam love their new pet cover!

It may be a smaller photo because I stupidly cropped it, but I still think it’s so cute! Both Pacey and Sam last night were snuggling right next to each other on their new pet cover for the couch, and they look like such adorable brothers on it! Mark yelled up to me to get my camera after he spotted them there, and I was glad I came down, despite my horrid back pain. OMG! What cute little men! FYI – I took this picture after I put up my product review post, but I’m posting it right above it so it’s all related.

Sure Fit sells easily-installed furniture covers, slipcovers, pet covers, covers for the patio and grill, items for the shower and bath, and various home accents. Sure Fit provides an attractive and affordable solution for consumers who need to protect furniture from children, pets, and general wear or for those who want to quickly and cost-effectively upgrade their furniture and enhance the appearance of any room. We had the opportunity recently to product review a pet cover from Sure Fit, and it was definitely hard to choose which to get, given that they’re constantly adding new items all the time and that they have a wide variety of fabrics to select from! When you visit their website, you’ll find that they have pet covers for both the home and the automobile and that you have the ability to search by furniture type, collection, style, and color. There are just so, so many options! Additionally, after you receive your cover, their website has video tutorials to help you with it, should you need it. After all, their motto is: Every furniture slipcover should be a Sure Fit!

Here are a few photos of the pet cover, including the packaging, it out of its packaging, its pet friendly backside, its nice sized pockets, and it set up on my couch:

SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review

And here is a video where I take a closer look at the package we received:

Included in the package:
- 1 Deep Pile Velvet with Paw Print Sofa Furniture Cover, in sable

Here is some information about this particular pet cover from Sure Fit’s website:

Smart Design, Durable Construction

With its smart design and durable construction, our new non-skid Deep Pile Pet Cover makes paw prints, hair, dirt, and moisture on your fine furniture a thing of the past. And the poly-filled, plush velvet fabric provides a cozy place to kick up two or four feet. On the back, it features our new paw-printed, silicone pads for non-slip grip on all upholstery materials – including leather. With multi-compartment pockets on the armrests. 100% polyester with 100% polyester backing. Machine washable.

Here are some photos of Mark lounging on the new pet cover as my furbabies investigate it, use it to hunt things outside, and then eventually relax on it too:

SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review
SureFit Pet Cover product review

And here’s a little video of our Sam resting on his new soft pet cover from Sure Fit:

The verdict? We all absolutely love our new pet cover from Sure Fit! Right away Mark drooled over it, commenting repeatedly over and over about how soft it was. He even plopped down right away to take a nap on it. I tried to impress upon him that the point was that it’s easy to remove and that we were only going to have it out for the pets to use, but with each try I was just breaking his heart! This particular pet cover comes in five colors and also has a matching chair cover too. I really think the generously sized pockets and paw print grips on the back of it are nice touches. And our cat Pacey, who is usually a hider, has been spending lots of time out in the open right in the middle of the couch now – I think he approves! If you purchase any of their pet covers, please let me know what you think!

(Full disclosure – Sure Fit provided this item to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)

We took Lulu and Pacey to the vet today, and I’ll write more about that later on. Thankfully, they are both just fine! Anyway, while they were there, they were greeted by the most adorable office cat. See?

Vet's office cat says hello to my Lulu and Pacey
Vet's office cat says hello to my Lulu and Pacey

Also, at one point, he almost ran off with a toy we brought for Lulu, but I turned around just in time. Whew!

little fluffball

October 14, 2014 | View Comments

Basia in the middle of a bunch of toys?!

Basia has shown an even sweeter side towards me the past few days! I love that she greets me when I come downstairs in the mornings by walking over to me! The other day when I was on the couch and Mark was on the chair, she jumped up and came all the way over to me for a bit first before going to him! And just today she let me kiss her on the head before jumping down after her lunch! We’ve come a loooong way, baby!

cranky cat

October 13, 2014 | View Comments

Photogenic Pacey Man

I’ve mentioned before that Pacey and I cuddle together every night at bedtime. Sometimes after I stop petting him and after I wish him his “sweet dreams” and tell him “night night,” he will leave to play with a toy, potty, or get a drink of water really quickly. When he comes back, he always climbs on me to get back into his cuddle spot. He never goes around me or over me, and I never mind because he’s usually pretty gentle and quiet. Sometimes he will announce himself, but that’s rare. But two nights ago when he came back to bed, he freaking stomped all over me! It was both sooo shocking and sooo funny! He must have been in a mood! And last night I had to use the bathroom and actually decided to go. See, I usually just don’t get up because I don’t want to disturb the furbabies who are nestled in around me. As soon as I started to move, he really voiced his issue with that. What a little crank!

SwiPets is a pet hair cleaning product that is taking the pet industry by storm! SwiPets is the only product that swipes away pet hair without having to wrestle with sticky rollers or heavy vacuums. The SwiPets is a glove that has a special coating and texture on the palm that is patent-pending. The formula and fabric create an electro-static charge while ‘grabbing’ the pet hair and ‘clumping’ it so you can simply pull it off and throw it away. SwiPets solves your pet hair nightmare problem by effortlessly removing pet hair from furniture, fabric, and hard-to-reach places that other products cannot reach. Simply rub your hand on the surface in a circular motion to pick up pet hair and then toss the hair away. It will even pick up the dirt and dander that’s left behind. This product is machine washable and can be used over and over. To ensure continued use, air or line dry the glove after washing. Also noteworthy is that it comes in the colors white, light blue, and light green. SwiPets believes that pet owners ought to be spending their time enjoying their pets and not spending too much time cleaning up after them!

Here are photos of the SwiPet box, of it fresh out of the box (front & back), and of it on Mark’s hand (front & back):

SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review

And here’s a video where I take a closer look at what we received:

Included in the package:
- 1 package of SwiPets, in light green

Here is some information about Swipets from its website:

What Makes the SwiPets Gloves so GREAT?

- They’re Machine washable!
- They remove pet hair from hard-to-reach areas like around cushions, stairs, and carpeting
- There is a special coating on the fingertips which means you can get into tight spots and pull pet hair from cracks and crevices where it collects over time
- No ongoing expenses to replace sticky rollers and products that don’t work
- Our gloves reduce allergens in your home by removing dirt and dander
- They work on hair left behind by cats and long-haired dogs

Here are some photos & a video of us cleaning a reupholstered chair with a SwiPet:

SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review

The verdict? SwiPets is indeed a great little product that does do exactly as it is advertised! It can take the places of lint rollers and vacuums, and I think it’s great that it allows you to get into tight spaces and spots with the fingers of the glove. If you watched my video above, my chair has that ridge at the top that is perfect for dirt and hair to fall into and just perfect for gloved hands to get out! Since I have chronic back pain and no longer enjoy tidying up between visits from my cleaner, I like to find things that make cleaning up after my pets easy, and this is something I can add to my box of tricks. My only issue is that I was surprised that there weren’t two gloves in a package; it was weird (less efficient even?) to do things with just one hand. If you purchase this product, please let me know what you think!

(Full disclosure – SwiPets provided this item to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)

Sam champions Fire Prevention Day

Sam champions Fire Prevention Day! Make sure to check that all of your various fire safety items are in good working order and that you have an exit plan should a fire start in your house. If you haven’t done those things, it’s never too late to start. Your furbabies will thank you!

My chronic pain has been kicking my ass for days now. Sheesh. It’s never a walk in the park, but some days are much more intense than others, and I’m in the midst of some of those days right now. It started late Friday night/early Saturday morning when the pain woke me up out of my sleep. That’s never a good thing. Then a few hours later I awoke to find Lulu sleeping on my legs which is something she rarely, thankfully, does. That certainly didn’t help me out any, as you can imagine. And at night I take Trazadone to help me sleep, but it’s as if that’s not kicking in fully lately, and I’m just up and hurting unnecessarily longer. I guess I need to start taking two of those if that trend keeps up. My pain pills aren’t working on days like these either which really sucks. So, yeah, I’m struggling.

The other night just as I was about to fall asleep, Basia decided she wanted to play all night long. My sound machine was just out of my reach, so I heard her each of the times she decided to chirp and play. The other three kitties were tucked into bed all around me and were happily snoozing – and I was jealous.

Two nights ago we watched videos of our passed pets, and it really is a fantastic thing to have these photos and videos like we do. It’s just wonderful. What’s not wonderful is how terribly sad I am. I miss them all so much, and I cry everyday. I imagine I always will. Speaking of, last year we reviewed several Halloween costumes, and this year we were approached by the same company to review some more. Mark wanted me to decline because he’s too sad to do it without Spenser. Besides, I’m not sure if they were even aware that we lost our dog model. If they want just cats reviewing their costumes, maybe we can work together next year. And, surprisingly, Mark ended up buying a pumpkin dress for our girl kitties and a pumpkin shirt that lights up for our boy kitties! At the same time, though, it makes me sad because we used to always tell Eva she had a pumpkin in her belly because she had such a big tummy.

When I really hurt like this, I again think about phasing out product reviews and only updating this site every other week if at all. Everything but watching tv seems highly overwhelming.

I’ve noticed that since Spenser died that I have no reason to go to the first floor anymore unless I decide to straighten up after the cleaner leaves each week, though I’m less motivated to do even that these days. I only went down there to put him outside to potty and then to carry him back upstairs. He’d put his cute front paws on the first step, and I’d kiss both of his ears before picking him up. That was our little routine.

So a few weeks ago Mark hurt his back after he pitched for four innings. He couldn’t just stick with being an umpire. He had to get back in the game, and he’s been paying the price ever since. He claims he knows his limits now and will only pitch for so many innings and run so far and so on. Sigh. Last year he really, really hurt himself and got that shitty diagnosis, but he thought four innings was taking it slow enough. Why can’t he just stick to umpiring and stop tempting fate? He loves that stupid game so much. Ugh.

And I decided to stop babysitting entirely. Though we had plans last weekend to take her to this kid’s fall festival thing, I decided I didn’t want to pay the price for it for two days afterwards with so much pain, no matter how badly my insides were screaming baby! So I gave her mom all the toys we had for her here and also got rid of all the other stuff we no longer had use for, like the changing table and bumbo. Giving away things for free on Craigslist was a ridiculous hassle. People would email and then not reply back or reply a bunch, stop, and then be surprised when I ended up giving the stuff away to someone else.


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