Such sad news

First picture of Duncan (OHS 2008) I have such sad news to share with you. Duncan Donut, the Glorious Dogcat, the big old Puddin’head, the best cat ever…Duncan died on Thursday afternoon. I know some of you were very fond of Duncan, and I’m so sorry. He was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease a couple ... Duncan meets his match

We have a bird perch in the shower – Simon showers with me, Kazoo showers with GC, and Oboe is versatile. Anyway, yesterday, after Simon and I finished our shower, we saw that Duncan was crouched in the doorway looking profoundly disturbed. A few weeks ago, a hinge for one of the mirrored panels on ...

Cowichan Conversations: Towards Community Commonsense Or Chaos

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes – Political Blogger Cowichan Conversations received a lengthy email from Mr. Glen Spicer and a number of supporting artists regarding the “Community Mural.” I appreciate you stopping by and welcome you and your comments in the future. Due to its length and strong assertions I have elevated it from the comments section, ...

Cowichan Conversations: North Cowichan Budgeting Should Be Participatory

Rob Douglas is a Cowichan Valley activist very instrumental in organizing a series of meetings regarding Cooperatives in the Valley. Here is his latest column written for the Cowichan News Leader and reproduced here with his permission. Participatory Democracy has been practiced in many areas throughout the world and was the foundation of the Rossland ... Duncan’s twice-yearly annual checkup

There has been a cluster of cat deaths among my friends lately. Several good friends have lost beloved cats, and they’re grieving. It doesn’t seem to matter if the cat was old or sick or the writing was on the wall…grief is grief. It’s hard and it hurts and my heart goes out to them. ... A long hard week with a happy ending

Thursday was one of those days. I’m still figuring out the buses on my commute to and from work, and I somehow got myself turned around at the Billings Bridge Transitway and ended up taking the 148 in the wrong direction. And then, when I got to work, I realized I’d forgotten my security pass ... Duncan’s business trip

I think Oboe has turned the corner! He seems a little brighter and livelier today, and he ate a little breakfast on his own. He’s still spending all his time sleeping in his cave, and he’s still breathing hard and can’t fly, but I sense that he’s stronger and happier today. I’m feeling guardedly optimistic. ...

What to do when the Minister is a moron?

Well if one works for a Conservative cabinet minister you attempt to hide the evidence that’s what. As Jorge Barrera over at APTN National News tells us that is precisely what officials at Aboriginal Affairs planned to do in response to one of John Duncan’s idiotic utterances re Residential Schools last year. The internal government documents ... Oboe’s in the hospital

Oboe’s luck ran out tonight. Duncan finally caught him. We took him to the vet and they admitted him. He needs pain meds, antibiotics, tube feeding, x-rays, and I forget what else. He might have a broken wing. He’s got rattling sounds in his airways. His breathing is rapid. He’s in pain. I always knew ... Everybody wants a piece of Oboe

Duncan tested negative for hyperthyroidism, so now we’re treating him for irritable bowel syndrome. If he responds well to the treatment, then that’s probably what he’s got. If not, we’ll be looking at lymphoma, which is a kind of cancer. (It killed my last cat, Flea, but he was 19 years old. Duncan’s only 11.) ... Ravenous cat refuses to cooperate

Good old Duncan. He likes going to the vet because they have good treats, but he doesn’t relinquish his blood or urine without a fight. The vet actually had to anaesthetize him yesterday, just to get some samples. We were there for two hours. It was one of those crazy days at the vet’s, with ... The pee-free dog and the insatiable cat

Something’s wrong with Rosie, and something’s wrong with Duncan, too. We took Rosie to the vet yesterday because she started making this awful honking coughing noise while we were out walking, and it continued intermittently. Dr. Google said it was kennel cough (bordetella), and the vet agreed. She’s on antibiotics for it now, and the ... Duncan Dogcat goes to the drive-through

The other night we decided to stop in at the Tim Horton’s drive-through for a Boston Cream donut. Duncan was along for the ride, because he loves riding in cars. He was in the back seat, standing on his hind legs, with his little pink nose pressed up against the window. The cashier handed GC ... Duncan and the Diabolical Genius

Sometimes Duncan seems like his perfectly normal old self, hopping in the car to go for a ride to the donut shop, catching a mouse or having a 17-hour nap punctuated by occasional stretches, yawns and visits to the food bowl. But then he’ll wake up and decide he cannot rest until he catches Oboe ... Duncan’s Bucket List

Learn to fly. Time-space travel to Australia in 1993. Find out if lovebirds taste like chicken. Get my driver’s license. Get fat again, but not so fat I can’t squeeze under the garden gate. Go salmon fishing in BC with the grizzly bears. Go birdwatching in Scotland. Have a little friend, like Mr. Peebles. Digg ... Mostly good news

The morning after I wrote that last post about all the things my birds have destroyed, I was sitting on the couch with my laptop on my lap, and Simon was standing behind it playing peekaboo with me. He’d poke his head over the top and I’d say peekaboo and he’d look all pleased with ... Love trumps freedom

Logan is practically blind now from the diabetes or the insulin, I’m not sure which, so he moves very slowly. After returning from a walk one day last week, he was taking a long time to step through the back door. As a result, Oboe, the winged speed demon, managed to slip outside. Suddenly the ... Cowboys and Dogcats

The awesomeness of The Baseline Cowboys, who I blogged about in their early days, is spreading far and wide! Tomorrow is GC and my GC’s and mine GC’s and my’s our third anniversary. We’re going to celebrate by cruising past the Baseline Cowboys (1605 Baseline Road) on our way out to dinner. Maybe we’ll even ... Duncan the Dogcat, living the good life

Duncan and his Vet, January 2008 Ever since I adopted Duncan from the Humane Society, I’ve referred to him as a Dogcat. Half dog, half cat. Right from Day One. He was dog-sized, and he’d come when he was called, and he’d shake his whole body vigorously like a dog, and he’d lick my face, ... The family that showers together….

Here’s a video of Kazoo, Simon, Oboe, Duncan, Logan and me happily sharing a shower on a hot day. Digg this! Share this on Facebook Email this to a friend? Stumble upon something good? Share it on StumbleUpon Tweet This! News from the Zoo

Kazoo and Oboe I got all the birds’ vet tests back last week, and everybody’s healthy. The big news is that Kazoo was DNA-sex-tested. With most parrots, including Double Yellow-Headed Amazons, you can’t tell the boys from the girls by looking – even by looking very, very closely. Even a vet can’t tell. They don’t ...