April 5, 2014

Life Musings

I believe the last time I posted was when I lost my beloved cat, Jasmine. It's been far too long.

This weekend I'm alpaca sitting while my Aunt is away at an alpaca show and Uncle is up North at a show selling alpaca products. I have a few minutes before my Mom gets here so I figured I'd post while I had the motivation.

Well first off I'm waiting on three babies to be born this weekend. It must be the animal lover side of me but I've always wanted to deliver a cria on my own, of course as long as it's an easy birth. Thankfully I've learned not to panic in stressful situations and I have our wonderful vet on speed dial so if something goes wrong or I have a question I won't hesitate to call him. Of course I would love if all three dam's had their babies but I'd settle for just one. I do plan on posting a bunch of pictures from this weekend so prepare for some adorable photos since we already have 5 rambunctious babies walking around.

I might as well get this next part out of the way, I've been seeing a wonderful guy for over 6 months now. I'm not sure if he'll get upset about me posting about him but meh oh well ;) We met at work and it just bloomed from there. He has to be one of the most supportive people in my life. From day one he knew that I was going to MN for 13 weeks this summer (more on that later!) for an internship which made me hesitant to get into any kind of relationship but he assured me that if we lasted that long we could make it through. Even to this day when I mention the possibility of me going out of state to finish up my schooling he reminds me that he just wants me to be happy and he'll support me no matter what. Oh and he's a complete nerd (sweetie I mean that in the nicest most adoring way possible!). Which is completely opposite from what I am like, but I try to play some of the games he loves and although I just fail (it's a disgracing to the gaming community I'm certain) he seems to enjoy me at least trying. My goal when I go to MN is to get him on a horse.

Okay Minnesota time! 13 weeks this summer I am going to back to the U and work there full time following around vet-techs and helping to manage the veterinary school horses and the old herd I use to work with. Seriously I wish I could go back in time and tell the younger me that one day I will be getting paid to ride horses!

I GRADUATE May 10th! I'll be graduating with a bachelor's degree in animal science and I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing to do after (I really want to be a large animal vet tech) because I've recently decided that I don't want to go to vet school. But that hasn't gotten me down or discouraged. In the fall I need to complete 1 or 2 more classes but after that I will be done for now!

Mom should be here soon, cross your fingers for some alpaca babies!
Thank you for reading :)

October 7, 2013

Saying Goodbye.

When does saying goodbye to a beloved pet get easy? Oh wait, it doesn't.

Today I said to say goodbye to my feline best friend, Jasmine. If any of you read my blog a couple years ago, Jasmine got really sick after contracting ulcers in her throat from an unknown virus. I remember it being so scary coming home from Minnesota and getting hit with this news.

Since then my sister moved in with her two dogs and I moved to Orono which I think added more stress in Jasmine's life. She hates other dogs and cats. When my old dog, Ginger, was alive they were best buds. You would see Ginger chase Jasmine down the hall and then see Jasmine chasing Ginger back. It was hysterical to watch. When we got Louie and Sissy, Jasmine would tolerate them and everyone in a great while play but it wasn't the same. She also never really liked other people that didn't live in the house, other than my Pep'ere.

Since sometime this year I had really noticed that she had lost a significant amount of weight and brought it to Mom's attention. She said that she had noticed it too and we started monitoring what she was eating per day. Some days she would eat a whole 3/4 cup of food, other days she would eat nothing. I brought up the idea of trying some soft cat food, maybe she had lost some teeth or maybe her throat was having some side effects from the ulcers.

At first the wet cat food was a hit and she loved it, but slowly she stopped eating that also. *Chuckle* I even suggested to Mom that maybe she needed a variety. So, over time we bought numerous flavors and kinds of cat food to switch it up every day if that is what Jasmine wanted. One day she even had lobster and shrimp (yes, spoiled cat indeed!).

Fast forward to Sunday at 2PM, I was woken up by my cell phone (I worked an overnight shift and didn't get to bed until about 7AM). Mom said that she had some cruddy news for me and a part of me just knew what she was going to say. "We are going to put Jasmine down tomorrow". Well that started the waterworks and the stupid "Why" question. I knew very well why but nothing seemed to make sense, sure she had lost weight but nothing drastic had seemed to change, and I was JUST there on Saturday. I was told that she had stopped eating and drinking all together and something happened to her foot. She wasn't sure if it was broken because she could walk on it, but it seemed "detached" towards the foot. Needless to say I called out from work that night and rushed home, crying all the way.

I got home and was told that she was hiding in my room with the door closed so the dogs wouldn't bug her. I ended up spending the rest of the day/night with her.

Fast forward to today. I drove us to the vet and Jasmine sat on my lap the whole time. Any other time this cat would not be sitting still in the car, but I turned the heat on and she snuggled right into my arm and started purring. It almost caused me to turn the car around and baracade us in my room, because that always helps right?

Well I'm sure you all know how the rest went. I can't remember the last time I cried so much over a period of two days. With my heartbreaking and my world seemingly crashing around me, I said goodbye to my cat of 14 years.

No matter how many times she attacked you during the night when you got up to go to the bathroom, or tried to bite you because you weren't petting her the way she wanted to be petted, or sat on your laptop while you were trying to be productive...she was the most wonderful cat ever.

Goodbye Jasmine.

September 21, 2013

One Word..


If you could see me right now you would see a 21 year old giggling like a little girl in excitement. The last time I had a lesson was in the spring and it is much needed! Of course another post will follow after the lesson :)

September 8, 2013

It feels like Fall!

The past two days has brought the feeling of crisp and clean air. It has felt like fall and I LOVE IT! Fall is hands down my favorite season not only because it makes riding more bearable but it means I can sleep with my window on in a sweatshirt.

Since school has started two more roommates have moved into the trailer that I live in. One is a girl that also rides horses! We are a lot alike mostly that we talk non-stop haha, which is nice because the other roommates rarely come out of their bedrooms. Yesterday I decided to bring B to the barn and ride Ali while I ride Feather. I love having someone to ride with so I was ecstatic.

Well come to find out it was probably a day that both of us should have stayed in bed! I rode Feather in her western tack believing it would fit better than the only English saddle available at the farm and had B ride Ali in the English tack. After a while we decided to switch horses. The BO had come back with her friends after going on a trail ride. I had to readjust the western saddle because it had moved too far back (Feather is so pudgy she has no withers and I have decided that the western saddle did not fit her nearly well enough). I moved the saddle up and regirthed her for B. As B went to go mount up the girth wasn't tight enough and the saddle rolled over and B fell on her back. In the process doing some damage to her ankle. I won't lie I was a horrible friend and busted out laughing at first but then stopped once she said she hurt her ankle. She stood up quickly and walked over to the gate where she fainted. I ran over with the BO and her friends to help B. I was already thinking "Yup lost my riding buddy". We got B up and sitting down and I gave her my water bottle to drink and she felt better. I still felt horrible but B said she was fine, and she looked so much better and stayed to watch me ride Ali some more.

By the time we were done B was back to normal and we were joking around while we untacked. Then came my turn...I was just standing around with Ali when Star (a 30 year old cuddle horse) came up to stand on the other side of Ali. B went to go shoo her away and in the process something must have bitten Star because she bolted in front of Ali and proceeded to run me over, in which I went flying back three feet and landed on my back, hitting my head on a log that was on the ground (thank GOD I was wearing my helmet). Thankfully I didn't get stepped on and Star was fine, but I had to bust out laughing. I've never had so many horse accidents happen in one day, hopefully this isn't' a bad omen of things to come.

In other news school started last week and it looks like it's going to be a great semester! It won't be easy, but it's going to be manageable and I really enjoy all of my professors.

On a completely random note just heard a little girl across the road yell "MOMMY" and the Mom said "Hey baby!" adorable :)

Thanks for reading!