Sunday, October 28, 2012


When I was maybe five or six years old, I had something unfairly taken from me.  At least, that's how I remember it.

I was on vacation in Michigan with my parents and some family friends.  We'd stopped at a small farm to buy some fruit and vegetables. In addition to produce, the farm also had a few knick-knacks for sale, including a ceramic Siamese cat with a hole in its back.  Apparently it was a planter or something, but at the time I didn't know that - I just knew I liked it.

One of the other kids saw me holding it, and demanded that she get the ceramic cat because she had seen it first.  It was obviously a lie, but the adults sided with the other kid and made me give it to her.  I was extremely upset.  In an effort to placate me, the adults found another ceramic planter for me... a rooster.  I didn't want the rooster.  I wanted that stupid Siamese cat.

I have literally been bitter about this for over twenty years.  I'm sure the girl that stole that ceramic cat out of my hands doesn't remember doing it, and probably doesn't even have the cat anymore.  Who knows - maybe if I'd gotten the cat, I would have broken it or lost it too.

This past weekend, I went to Sioux Falls, South Dakota with my friend Aryn for a dog show.  On Saturday, Aryn's mom and aunt came with us so we could all go to a craft fair and get some shopping done.  Before we went home, we went to a few antique stores.

... and there it was.

Or, most likely, a ceramic cat just like the one that was stolen from me two decades ago.  Five bucks.  I bought that ceramic cat, and it's sitting on my dining room table right now.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but the important thing is that it's mine.



    don't let that cat go. ever.

  2. This may sound odd but I was sent your information from a friend. My cousin has an APBT with Pancreatitis. He's on a low fat content food, pig pancreas and pancreatin which is a pill he gets everyday. They have done this for about 6-8 months and he has done great...until recently. Now, he won't eat, seems to be in pain. One vet tells them to NOT feed him any human food, including RAW. They said he's becoming immune to the diet he's been on and there's not much more to do, other than a transplant or expensive IV fluids. They love this dog to death but cannot afford anymore treatments. I was told you have dealt with this before so I am looking for any information or advice you could give me on this subject. I thank you for your time and hope you are able to help!

    1. Hi Tiffany,

      Revy has exocrine pancreatic insufficiency - different than pancreatitis but obviously still involving the same organ. I had to take Revy off raw, since she kept getting SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) - her system simply could not handle the extra bacteria in raw.

      EPI dogs can have mid to high fat food though. If your friend's dog is on enzymes, I'd suggest the powdered ones - sometimes the pill form isn't really effective. You sprinkle it on the food, soak in lukewarm water for awhile (I soak for 45 minutes) and then feed. In pill form, I'd crush the pills. Pancreatin is a lot cheaper if purchased through

      As for food, I'm not sure if it's the same for pancreatitis dogs... but we make sure the food is grain free and low fiber. That makes it easier to digest.

      If the dog is in pain, I'd ask the vet about SIBO. SIBO Is relatively easy to treat with Tylan powder. Since he was doing fine until just recently, my money would be on SIBO.

  3. Well after you're done with it you can rehome her to me, I will add her to the other 50's Siamese thingies I have around the house!! Funny how certain things come back in to our lives

    She's not stupid.....she's a Siamese....


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