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16 September 2005 @ 10:12 pm
My morning will give you an indication of how my entire week was. :P  
One of the first things I did this morning was accidentally drop my favorite glass cereal bowl. :( It shattered on our kitchen floor causing me to scramble around picking up hundreds of little pieces of glass. :P Sydney came around to try to see what I was doing and I was afraid she'd step on a piece. :P I spent the next 15 to 20 minutes shooing her away and cleaning up the mess (which contributed to my tardiness at work) and then I spent the rest of the day worrying that I missed one and that poor Sydney would accidentally step on it. :( Remember my incessant worrying from my "20 Things" post below? :P

Thankfully when we came home this evening Sydney was fine and didn't even look like she remembered the incident from this morning. :)

Speaking of the fuzzy dog, my in-laws have ordered a set of puppy stairs for her since we've found lately that she's been having trouble jumping up on our bed at night. We've been noticing other signs too that she's been slowing down recently... :( She used to be pretty tenacious and would constantly bring her toys to us so we'd play with her. If we didn't play with her, she'd keep bringing different toys, until all her toys were around us (I've gotten up from several naps on the floor surprised to be surrounded by all her toys!) :) Lately, I've noticed that she'll bring a toy to us and if we don't play with her, she'll give up and simply lie down next to us. My poor dog is starting to show her age! :(

In fact, she'll be turning eight years old in exactly a week. It's so odd to think of her as being old since it seemed like she was just a puppy yesterday. :(

In non-Sydney news, I've been enjoying Reprise's new Backstage Blog... I wish they had this feature on their site during "1776," or even "Applause". There's a very cute photo of Bets and Tami with the cast of "On The Town" that I love, though. :)

And thankfully it's the weekend. :) This had to be one of the longest weeks I've ever had at work! Mark & I are going to take it easy for the next few days - catch up on some missed sleep from last weekend's trip to LA and just recharge our batteries. Hopefully then I'll be ready to go back to work on Monday and start the madness all over again. :P

I'm off to get to get some sleep. Hope you all have a nice evening. :)
Current Mood: sleepycompletely worn out...
Current Music: "Misty" - Earley Standards :D
ex_angeldove677 on September 17th, 2005 08:28 am (UTC)
For some strange reason I thought Sydney is only 4-5 years old. If she's 8 years old now, that's 56 years old in human age. I'm glad she didn't step anything on the floor. Funny how you describe Sydney playing her toys. Kahlua doesn't bring all the toys around us, she would pick one of the toy and starts running around the house, back & forth like a lightning speed!! Gosh, she makes me laugh. She's running around with the toy in her mouth. She'd be crashing down the floor, mess up my rugs, run around the coffee table, run back to my office then back to the living room...haha!! Crazy girl. I can tell when she's pretty happy coz does it every time; she initiates "play" by herself. Well, Sydney might be getting old but I don't think he's that old.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on September 17th, 2005 08:46 am (UTC)
Awww! Kahlua is so cute! I can just imagine her running around the house with her toy!! :D And I can hardly believe Sydney is going to be eight. :( It feels like just yesterday she was the tiny puppy we brought home from the pet store. :( They grow up so fast!
Tony: triquetradudepower1982 on September 17th, 2005 08:55 am (UTC)
Why didn't you pick Sydney up in your arms, and put her in another room with the door closed until you'd had the chance to throw away all the glass and scrub the floor thoroughly?

BTW, your pic with Sydney is absolutely adorable! :-)
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on September 17th, 2005 09:02 am (UTC)
You know, I thought of that and would've done it - except that once I told her to stay away, she was pretty good about keeping her distance. It's also almost impossible to catch her sometimes when she knows we're trying to pick her up and I didn't want to risk her running into the kitchen any further. Thankfully it all worked out.

Thanks for your comment about the photo, Tony. :)
Blancheblanche on September 17th, 2005 09:39 am (UTC)
Hmm. My Bee (sheltie in user pic) lived to be 15 and I noticed her lack of playing right around 6---more like the Walks (Oh boy, walk! Oh boy!) replaced playing. It's very disconcerting when you notice things like that. Puppy stairs are a very nice thing. My little Roo's going to be 5 this April Fool's---erk! Tempus fugit!
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on September 17th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
I agree - puppy stairs are a wonderful thing! And it is sad to see your cherished fuzzy babies start to age. :( I wish they didn't have such a short life span. :( :(
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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 17th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Sue! I've swiped the hubby's bowl this morning - helped to ease my loss a little. ;)
Shannonbourriquet76 on September 17th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
Awww, poor Sydney.

Have you tried Glucosomine (sp?) suppplements for her? Ted is 6, so I will start him on them in the next year. My mom has her older collieson them too, at her vet's recommendation. They're all natural, but help with all the joint soreness of old age.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on September 17th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
You know, I've heard of it, but never tried it. I think on her next visit, I'm going to ask the vet about them. We suspect that her inability to be more active might've had something to do with joint pain... Thanks for telling me about this!
karmastyx: Brock made by careleswhisperkarmastyx on September 18th, 2005 07:55 am (UTC)
Brock has to take two pills a day for the rest of his life. Now I don't know how picky Sydney is about pills, but the pet form is very expensive. The dr. who preformed Brock's secons surgery said he could take the human form, as long as it met the same levels. It is cheaper that way. Make sure to ask your vet though. They may say differently I guess.
karmastyxkarmastyx on September 18th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, I forgot that I am referring to the Gulcosamine comment.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on September 18th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks for the heads up, Laura! Sydney's due for another vet appointment next month, so we'll be sure to ask the vet about this. :)
karen: garden statewakedistracted on September 17th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
I still think of my dog as a puppy. :)

Have a great weekend!

P.S. I loved your 20 Things list, btw...I think I forgot to comment on it! :)
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on September 17th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hope you're feeling better this morning, Karen! Thanks for your comments. :) And I think our babies will always be babies in our eyes. :) *HUGS* to you and Sarah. :)
karen: coldplaywakedistracted on September 18th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
Thanks again, Sheri. *hugs* I think I have a full-blown cold. :/ But at least I have the weekend to get over the worst of it; I think tonight, I'm going to just get cozy in my bed and watch a movie or something!

It's funny you were talking about this, because after dinner, my family was looking at some old photos, and we found all of these pictures of Sarah as a baby! She was soooo little and adorable!
chandra on September 17th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)

Franklin (the cat) is going to be 16 years old in April. And I notice the effects of aging on him all the time. It's a painful reminder that life is not a forever thing. SADI is going to be 5 in February. Hard to believe. Time does fly by so fast. It seems like I've had Franklin forever. But, it seems like we just got SADI a couple years ago.

"constantly bring her toys to us so we'd play with her. If we didn't play with her, she'd keep bringing different toys, until all her toys were around us"

SADI does the same thing. hehe If only I could train her to clean up her toys and put them all back in her toy box.

I think this was the crazy busy nutso week for a lot of people. I'm ready for some R&R myself. I have nothing planned this weekend and I'm looking forward to lots of it. :)
Sheri: Please?shutterbug93 on September 17th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
hehe If only I could train her to clean up her toys and put them all back in her toy box.

Haha! I've always told Mark that if Sydney can bring them out it shouldn't be too difficult to teach her to put them back. ;)

Franklin really looks good for 16!! I grew up with my childhood cat and had her from the time I was four to when I was 21.

Have a nice weekend too, Chandra. Big *HUGS* to you!
queenstacey on September 17th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
YAY for teh puppy stairs... I knew that idea would work out!
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on September 17th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks Stacey for the idea!! It was a great one!! :D Sydney sends you some *HUGS* as well! :D
queenstacey on September 17th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on September 17th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that Sydney did not step on anything. Neither Lauser nor Micki now ever brought me a toy to play even if we played together in the apartment. Thinking of dog age, I always thought that one human year would be seven dog years but some time ago I stumbled over a website what said that that would be wrong. It told that American veterinarians found out that dogs shall get older this way:

dog age / human age
5 month / 10 years
8 month/ 13 years
1 year / 14 years
2 years / 16 years
4 years / 32 years
6 years / 40 years
8 years / 48 years // and so on. What means that after the second year one human year would be four dog years and that Sydney would be 48 years old soon. Well, even if there is a difference from 8 years when you see it this way, I think that they are getting older too quickly. Thinking of the last pictures of Sydney, I only can say that she looks like a happy dog and I would not think that she is 8 years old. I hope you will tell if she likes the puppy stairs.

I wish you a nice and relaxing weekend and also a wonderful time with your friends!

Big *hugs* and love to you, Sheri.

Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on September 18th, 2005 07:14 am (UTC)
That age chart is VERY interesting!! Thanks for letting me know - I always thought it was the 1 dog year = 7 human years. It's good to know that Sydney's only almost 48 and not 56. :)

And I will be sure to let you know how the puppy stairs go over with her. :)

Hope you're having a nice weekend, Sabine. Big *HUGS* to you and your fuzzy babies. :D
Arjaycrazyarjay on September 18th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
I couldn't believe that the other day, Hannah turned 5! It seems like just yesterday that she was a tiny puppy who would romp and play with me and then just flop on the floor when she got tired....flop and then refuse to budge. :)

Sydney has had a wonderful life with you, and I'm sure she appreciates everything you do for her. :)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on September 18th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)
Oh, Hannah is in the prime of her life! :) But I know what you mean, they grow up so fast! :( Thanks for your sweet comments, Robert and I'm still looking foward to seeing some recent pictures of Hannah. :)