Saturday, January 22, 2011

No Basement cat in this house.

Hello readers. I know you have all been biting your nails waiting to hear news about the Hank/Oscar experiment. Things are moving slowly - but they are moving forward. Oscar is going through several stages:

1. Terror and wtf-ness. Although, he is much too proper to ever use the phrase wtf. Or it's shortened version. I think he would, in his loudest, yet most proper british accent declare: "hWhat in god's name is happening here??" (The extra h in front of what is for emphasis - Oscar always says h before a wh hwhord). Night one - Oscar was extremely disgruntled. I told one of my friends that if Oscar had thumbs, he probably would have made a tiny noose that first night. For a moment I thought he had thrown himself down the stairs... but no. He didn't.

2. Super scared takes over mildly curious. By the morning, Oscar decided it was time to tentatively take over his house again. One tiny paw step at a time. He was fine in the kitchen, a little jumpy, but generally willing to be around the family (the human family). As the day progressed, he tiptoed into the dining room, but stayed away from the doggie gate. But looked from a far at the beastie within. Then, Oscar stared at him from the gate!
3. Shock and awe. After Tim and I returned from our dancing lesson, we began our night time routine - well, new night time routine. Hankus needed to go outside for bathroom time and general awesome snow romping. To avoid any shock to Oscar's system, we carry Hank past Oscar. At first, Oscar would run into the basement screaming. This time however, he simply looked up at us as we carried the beastie out side. And then began to sratch on the door as if he wanted to go outside too! During dinner with a friend, Oscar actually hung out with us in the dining room (purring, cleaning - normal cat things).

4. One step back - but not in a bad way. After Mr. Hank ate, we took him outside for another bathroom break and snow romp. When we bring him in, we keep him by the door to wipe of the snowy paws and face. Well, he got a little excited because Oscar was actually still in the kitchen...and Hanks wanted to be friendly. And Oscar did not... nothing major here, just a friendly puppy who is just a bit bigger than the cat running up to him with every intention of making a new friend only to be hissed at and swatted across the nose. Hank didn't flinch. Oscar looked ridiculous as he tried to escape and become Basement cat once again, but was too freaked out to open the basement door. So he scuttled up stairs. Good news here people - Oscar did not puff up - no puffy tail, no puffy back, nothing. I think he was just more offended than anything. So this is good.

5. Snuggles! While Oscar is still cautiously dismissive of all things new beastie, he did eventually make it into the living room for a very nervous snuggle down time. I was shocked. It has only been about 24 hours since his life was kind of turned upside down and here he is, taking such slow steps that the wood floor creaked underneath him - was making his way to the loveseat for some quality snuggledown time. Ah, progress.

6. He is currently sitting next to me as I write this - not totally relaxed, but the Hankopottamus is in the crate pretending to sleep, but occasionally stirring. Oscar is keeping an eye on him. I'm hoping that he'll be sniffing the crate soon.

As for Mr. Hank, I am happy to report that we haven't had any accidents - he's going to the bathroom outside, eating all his food, having a lot of fun during supervised play time, loves the snow, and is sleeping through the night (one little wake up last night, but for 2 minutes. Maybe more of shift that a wake up). We couldn't be happier with him. I know Mr. Kits will grow to love him too. Best Friends!!

More pics soon. Maybe a video if I can figure it out on my phone. It may be time to get a simple digi camera...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Just a quick introduction...

We adopted Hank tonight. He is a delightful Newfie/Lab mix (or at least that's what we're guessing). I'll have a million more pictures tomorrow, but here is a little tease. Enjoy!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Some old but new photos

Hi readers. I have a cold which means that I will finally plant myself in front of the computer and fill you in on life in Ohio. Needless to say, it's been busy. Lots of fun kinds of busy! We celebrated Christmas here in the new casa with the Snider clan as well as with Linder, Mimi, and Keith. He has provided the photos of Christmas - thanks Keith!

I had some issues decorating. Tim and I had our tiny apartment to decorate and most of the decorations we had were gifts given to us from former students or hand me downs and who not. I love all the ornaments that Linder generously donated a few years ago - they're all mostly hand made ornaments from when Tim was a wee lad. But we were definitely lacking in around the house decorations. What to do? Well, luckily we have oodles of coniferous trees on our property and are close to a Crate and Barrel and a Target. We wanted to keep things simple, so I bought two boxes of Christmas balls (50 silver and 50 red), two spools of ribbon, some snowflakes, and a whole lot of fresh pine branches from our yard. Made 10 ball clusters and trimmed everything with pine branches! Turned out to be quite nice!

In other news, we bought a couch. I should be delivered in oh, another 4 1/2 to 8 1/2 weeks. While we made it through Christmas with limited seating, we had a Winter Classic Party (one of the best hockey events of the year for all you non hockey fans) and that proved to be a bit of an issue. That and our rabbit ear television decided to wonk out during the game, so I had to sit on the floor next to the tv and be the human signal conductor. I didn't mind since the game was kind of sucky this year. It was way more about the company and food and bringing new people together. The r on the keyboard is broken and is beginning to drive me crazy.

I would say we've settled in quite nicely. We've had wonderful evenings in front of the fire place for the past few weeks, Cleveland is blanketed with snow, and we've put the flannel sheets on the bed. We're making plans for spring, Tim has his seed savers catalog on the coffee table and we've been pouring through it to decide what to plant. I've been making calls to places to see how much it will cost to rent a wall paper steamer (to remove the olive paper in the dining room). We're gearing up for projects and cannot wait to begin. However, potentially big news, our next project may be a new puppy!! We're going to take a look at some newfie puppies tomorrow, right before our Swing dance lesson! Yes, we're quite happy.

I'm also adding some photos of our time in Canton, Mass. our last trip out there befoe we made the big move to the mid-west. We had a great time with the Geaghan-Vieira clan for Halloween. Tim and I dressed up as Sushi. He was tuna and I was salmon. Yum.