After our awesome, sweet heart of a dog passed on in May, I began to wonder if its best friend Salal ~was experiencing depression? The grey, 11 year old cat from Haida Gwaii, lost his spunk & appetite in a matter of 3 weeks. Nothing we offered helped. I force fed him for weeks after our travelling vet told us it was renal (kidney) failure. (which was not a joy for my husband or myself). He bit through endless syringes and turkey basters. I was not giving up. Recently, we added the stress of moving to this list. The move went well. Plan B. We added a small dose of daily vallium to his routine. His appetite came back but he didn’t gain any weight. He also looked like a drunk at 2 am in his back legs, which was at first funny ~then sad.
Plan C! I visited our new neighborhood vet, a naturopathic and Chinese medicine based healer. She was awesome! Tree of Life Vet. I didn’t have an ap’t but she answered my questions in the waiting room. She photocopied 2 recipes for cat renal failure and I bought a tub of powder to put on it.
I went from there to the grocer and spent $25 on 2 months fresh ingredients. The salmon was a score as I got a huge tray of ends (it didn’t need to be pretty). It looked like poop, lol. Long story shorter…. Salal is wolfing down his food – both the salmon recipe & regular kibble and is off the meds. His gaunt cheeks are regaining their chub! Yeah me & new vet! I’m making another batch today & will tell you about the chicken recipe next month.
Japanese Glass Fish Floatfrom Haida Gwaii, BC. This is the one remaining fishing float from a fleet of dozens that were given away when I loved off island. I proudly gathered them after south wester wind storms, while living on Haida Gwaii, almost a decade ago. The magic of my 5 years there is still forefront in my creative heart. Just ask anyone who knows me ~I’ll blore you to death with stories of living off the grid in a driftwood cabin, surfing, driftwood, making art daily, seashells, best friends and Haida culture. I love this float and it sits proudly in every house that we rent.
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The Princess Bell Telephone is back! Truth be told ~ I had an original princess bell in my bedroom as ateenager. The ringer is obnoxiously loud like an army of machine guns going off. I love it. This one is a cheap replacement from a thrift store, as the original was sold at a family garage sale. I’m still mad at my parents for that. On Quadra ~ cell does not work so we were forced to bite Telus cult bullet and get a land line. This is our proud phone (with a wireless back up ~ thanks to Dad).