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Random things that pass thru my sometimes crazy life and mind.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Alex 8-18-2003 thru 8-28-2007 R.I.P.

Sterling's Silver Alexander
Alex, Pup Pup, Zander, Alexander Graham Dog, Zander Drax and Doof

Today at 5:12pm CDT my best friend was put to sleep. He has been with me thru sooo very much. I picked him out before he was even old enough to leave his mama and eagrly awaited the day he would be placed on a plane and flown across a majority of the US to my home in San Diego. The day finally arrived and it was off to the airport. When the crate came out, it contained one TERRIFIED dirty puppy. After he was literally pulled out of his crate, towled off the best he could be, we started for home. As the first picture shows, he was all paws and no brain (so i thought). I took 6 months off work to raise him up the way i thought it should be done. Alex proved to be an apt student. He went with me EVERYWHERE. He NEVER had an accident in the house, learned all the basic commands as well as many advanced ones and was always a shoulder to lean on when i needed one, which was more often then i care to admit.

(Fast forward 3 years) One day while playing out in the back yard he yelped and picked up his hind leg, refusing to bear any weight on it. In fine puppy mom form, he was rushed to the vet and the diagnosis, a orn Cruciate Ligament. Oh no! (for those that dont know, it is basically a torn ACL) One to the specialist, after our $350 consultation we were given the news he would need a TPLO (long word for they screw a plate to one bone and attach it to another) to the tune of $4000.00 plus rehab and the knowledge he would probably tear the other one due to relying soo heavily on it. I was distraught and talking to my mom, who checked with her vet and together they found a place out here that could do it for $1200. Off to Texas we went. I left all my stuff in California with the intent to return after his 6 week lay up. One thing led to another and i ended up staying in Texas (now that is always an interesting answer, what brought you to TX? my dog....lol. Not to mention people are always amazed one would leave San Diego for the Texas Panhandle...lol)

(Fast forward a year) My son has come to live with me and i am thankful for it. It has been an adjustment for all involved, pets included. Well, alex has bad hips and knees and one day (we think) lil man leaned on him, well Alex turned and snapped at him. Alex got his arm, but did not break the skin. I explained to my son what i thought had happened and why it happened and what to do to prevent it again (stay off the dog) i also explained that for a dog to bite once it could be a fluke but if he did it again, he would have to be put down. Well this Saturday Alex had his fvorite thing (empty paper towel rolls) and lil man did something (i didnt see it) and Alex bit him again, broke the skin on his forefinger. I cried sooo hard. Alex had now learned the way to stop a child from doing something he didnt like was to bite. Tonight at 5:12 Alex was put down, not because he was a bad dog, not because he was vicious, not because of any reason other than he reacted as a dog will and it is my responsibility as a dog owner to make sure he isnt a liability . It broke my heart to hold him and love him and feel him slip away. There will never be another dog like Alex.

I love you Alex.


Sunday, August 26, 2007

You Are 82% American

You're as American as red meat and shooting ranges.

Tough and independent, you think big.

You love everything about the US, wrong or right.

And anyone who criticizes your home better not do it in front of you!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Texas Friends ROCK

Gotta love a Texas Friend

FRIENDS:Will stand by you while you piss.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Will shine a spotlight on you while your
drunk ass is taking a piss in the bushes.

FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs

TEXAS FRIENDS: Call your parents drunk as hell and tell
them about the UGLY FUCKER you tried to pick up


FRIENDS: Hope the night out drinking goes smoothly, and
hope that no one is late for the ride home.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Know some wild shit will happen, and set
up rally points.


FRIENDS: Bail you out of jail and tell you what you did
was wrong.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Will be sitting next to you saying,
Damn...that shit was fun "


FRIENDS: Cry with you.

TEXAS FRIENDS: laugh at you


FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it

TEXAS FRIENDS: Steal each other's stuff so often nobody
remembers who bought it in the first place.


FRIENDS: Are happy that someone picked up a one night
stand and leave them alone.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Will Crawl naked into the room with a
camera and hope for the tag team.


FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from


FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd
is doing.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds ass that left


FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, "I'm home!"


FRIENDS: Will try and talk to the bouncer when you get
tossed out of the bar.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Will buck up and go after the bouncer for
touching you on the way out.


FRIENDS: Will wish you had enough money to go out that
night, and are sorry you couldn't come.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Will share their last dollar with you,
drag you along, and try to steal free drinks all night.


FRIENDS: Will take your drink away when they think you've
had enough.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Will look at you stumbling all over the
place and say, "You better drink the rest of that shit, you know we
don't waste. That's alcohol abuse!!!" HAHAHAHA !!!!


FRIENDS: Want the money they loaned you back next week.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Can't begin to remember who owes who money
after taking care of each other for so long.


FRIENDS: Will say "I can't handle Tequila anymore".

TEXAS FRIENDS: Will say "okay, just one more..." and then
2 minutes later "okay, just one more!".


FRIENDS: Will talk shit to the person who talks shit
about you.

TEXAS FRIENDS: Will knock them the Fuck out!!


FRIENDS: Will ignore this

TEXAS FRIENDS: Will repost this in a heart beat!!

Friday, August 24, 2007

You're Mother Night!

by Kurt Vonnegut

Nobody knows what to believe about you, and you know least of all. You
spent most of your time convinced that the ends justify the means, but your means were,
well, downright mean! And the end is nigh. Meanwhile all you want is to travel back in
time, if not to change, then to just delight in the way it used to be. You are who you
pretend to be. Oh yes, you're the great pretender.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Friday, August 10, 2007

our newest blogger

My son now has his own blog! My mom helped with the blog itself but the pictures are 100% my son. He has been messing around with a digital camera for quite a while now and we now have pictures of something other than the back of the seat in the car and the headliner. Hurray!

Please check him out at www.capturedbycarlo.blogspot.com and you can revisit the world as seen by a 7 year old.


Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Kids say it best

My mom and I were making fun of someone with a mullet. My lil man asked what a mullet was and we were trying to explain it in terms a 7 year old could understand.......ended with "business in the front and party in the back."

Several days later, my mom and dad lost their minds at the western clothing store. In addition to the Wranglers, they bought him splendiferous cowboy boots. Black bottoms with a gorgeous red top, inset longhorns, stars - you know the kind. He loved them and proceeded to wear them with EVERYTHING. My mom was telling him how cool they were because when your Wranglers are down, they look just like plain black cowboy boots and then you could lift up your pants and voila!

And he said:

"Business on the bottom, party on the top."

We now refer to them as the "mullet boots."