“A person should always choose a costume which is in direct contrast to her own personality.”

“Rain, go away. Come again another day.” I’d say that over and over, but I know it won’t help. It has been raining for three days, a nor’easter. Yesterday I got a police alert about high winds, as high as 60 MPH. When I woke up, I could see the tallest branches of the oak trees bending. The small branches, still covered in green leaves, are being whipped back and forth. When I went to get the papers, I saw yellow leaves strewn all over my lawn. I expect that when this storm is finished the lawn will be covered. The prediction is the rain will keep coming through Saturday.

Poor Henry! We went to the vets yesterday. I got him in the car, but he got nervous as soon as we parked. We went through the first door, and he peed on the rug, a short squat from nerves. I sat down and he got between my knees and was shaking. I tried to calm him, unsuccessfully. The technician took him, and it was only a few minutes before Henry was back. I asked how he did. The technician said he was terrified. When we got outside, I couldn’t get him into the car. I was glad I had put a looped leash around his neck or he would have been gone. It took a few minutes, but I was finally able to get him inside the car. I gave him a treat when we got home, and he forgave me; however, he needs to go back in two weeks for the second flu shot.

When I was a kid, Halloween was my second favorite holiday, right behind Christmas. On lots of mornings before the big event, my friends and I talked all the way to school about what costumes we might wear. One day it was a ghost, and on another day it was a witch. I remember toying with being a cowgirl, a sort of Annie Oakley, or a hobo. The key to my choice was what I could find around the house. We never bought store costumes. They were too expensive, but I don’t remember really wanting one because my mother was a wonder in designing costumes and applying make-up like the hobo’s black beard. The only things my mother bought for us were masks like the Lone Ranger wore.

I have a Halloween fascinator which I will wear when I answer the door. Henry has a grey spawn of Satan suit, a grey squirrel suit for the uninitiated, but my hopes are not high he will wear it. I’ll just have to be happy with his Halloween bandana. I hope he will be too.

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6 Comments on ““A person should always choose a costume which is in direct contrast to her own personality.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Poor Henry. Does he like peanut butter? Piki Dog will do anything for peanut butter. Even let me stab him in the butt with a hypodermic needle. I bring a small sample cup of peanut butter to the vet and that distracts him enough so that he’s not a complete ass.
    Ask the vet if you can go in the exam room with Henry. That might go a long way to calming him down. If he’s that flighty afterwards, it might be safer to use a body harness along with a leash and perhaps even a second leash attached to his collar. It’s sort of a belt and suspenders tactic, I guess. There are harnesses which are super easy to put on even dogs that are objecting.

    I’m on the very edges of that storm. There were little spats of rain yesterday and a bit this morning but it’s mostly wind. It’s very dark and damp. I did have to turn on the heat this morning to get the cold and damp out.
    My lawn is covered with walnuts and there are a lot more yet to fall.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      He was fine with the technician, too scared to move. He even stood still to have his nails cut. I had the vet call me later, and we discussed something to calm him, both for short trips like to the vets and for long trips like to visit my friends in New Hampshire. I do go into the exam room but not out back where he got his shots. Even when he was clinging to me while we were waiting he was shaking. I felt so bad for him. I do have a halter but he has chewed through 2 of them so I didn’t put the newest one on him. I like the idea of a second leash, but I worry as he wiggled out of his collar when I was in New Hampshire. I’ll hunt down an easier harness to put on him. Gracie wore hers all the time.

      I just turned on my heat. I was feeling cold. It was no wonder as the house was down to 65˚. We still have wind and rain.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I’ve been watching baseball all week as I can’t watch the crazy news. Who knew that the Kurds didn’t help us at Normandy in WWII and deserve to be crushed by the Turks? Yesterday, the Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first inning at Atlanta and the Dodgers lose to the Nationals in the eighth inning after an early three run lead. Houston just beat the Rays to play the Yankees. Baseball is a very unpredictable and wonderful game. I’m rooting for the Astros because rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the old Soviet Union. 🙂

    A cold front is approaching with the accompanying thunder and lighting. We were in the low 90s today but the low tomorrow morning could be 48 degrees.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I haven’t been watching baseball, but, like you, I could never root for the Yankees. We, here in New England, call them the evil empire, a well deserved name. I just watched the Patriots play the Giants. My home team is now 6-0. The last two games they were slow in the first half but broke out and scored many in the second half.

      We will have rain again tomorrow into Saturday. It has been in the 50’s. My house got down to 65˚ so I turned the heat on until it warmed then turned the heat off. My sister in Colorado got snow.

  3. olof1 Says:

    The only time we’re not with our dogs at the vet is during surgery, otherwise we’re there all the time and I think that helps in calming them down. Sune never minds going to the vet and Albin goes nuts when he see other dogs so he’s usually in the car when he gets his shots 🙂 🙂 🙂 Nove isn’t happy at all and she has the look of a doomed dog about to die 🙂 🙂

    We’ve had a little rain now and again so far this week but from now on we’ll get plenty they say. It will be windy as well during the weekend but not close to storm, then agasin it is after all our weather services so it might be warm and sunny or armageddon 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      They took Henry out back for his shots. That is where the cages, the sick animals and the surgical rooms are. At the time we were there, all the vets were in surgery so I understand why I was asked to go back with Henry. When he is there for anything else, I am with him in the exam room. He is still nervous even with me there. Gracie and all my other dogs never ended the vets. I think riding in the car sets Henry off as he hates riding.

      We will have rain today and tomorrow. That is five days of rain and wind. It is a dark day.

      Enjoy your day!!

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