Wednesday, June 14, 2017

CMA fest 2017

Don't we look excited?!
Here we are all packed up and heading to Nashville last Wednesday morning.  The after picture was not quite so pretty!  It was a long, hot week.  But fun.

Our first night we picked up our swag for the Miranda Lambert MuttNation march.
Then we headed over to check into the hotel.  After getting settled in and cleaned up we headed downtown for some live music, drinks, and a Jason Aldean concert.
The next morning we got up bright and early for the mutt march.  But thanks to traffic and slow shuttle service we didn't make it in time to march.  But we did meet them in time to hear Miranda speak at the end and see some adoptable dogs.  We did not take any home.
Then, after waiting in a ridiculous line for the river front stage, it filled up and we bailed for some lunch.  After noon we finally got inot the river front for some of the afternoon concerts.

In the evening we headed out for the first night of stadium concerts.

 The lineup included Kenny Rogers, Brett Eldredge (yay), Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley (pretty good), Miranda Lambert (yay), Luke Bryan (yay), and SUPRISE-Garth Brooks! No one knew he was coming so it was pretty cool when he came out.
We didn't get back to hotel until after 1:00 AM so slept in the next day.

Friday we enjoyed some of the Fan Fair events and shopping and some live music in the down town bars.  Then we got into the riverfront for a few shows including Josh Turner.  Friday night stadium lineup included Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts (pretty good), Dustin Lynch, Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini (good performer), Eric Church (didn't pick my favorite songs), and Blake Shelton (also didn't pick my favorite songs).  The show this night was good but my least favorite of all the stadium shows.

Saturday we got in a few Photo ops, more time at the Fan Fair, and some Riverfront concerts-Cam (yay).
 We got these at the food trucks!

Saturday night the stadium line up was John Anderson, Maren Morris, Chris Young (yay), Old Dominion, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett (yay-this was my favorite performance all week), and Florida Georgia Line.  This was my favorite night at the stadium. 

Finally, sunday.  We skipped the downtown crowds and visited the Grand Ole Opry and the mall.  It was nice to relax a bit.

 On the bridge on the way over to the stadium.
 Yes, our seats were up high.  I didn't climb up here every night just for the photos.

 The final line up included Tracy Lawrence, Brothers Osborne, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Keith Urban (yay) and Brad Paisley (yay).  Keith and Brad were my next favorite performances after Thomas Rhett.

Monday, we hit the road home.  We had a good time but on the downside there are a lot of lines, it was hot, Lindsay was sick the whole time and it's very crowded.  I would go again, but it's not something I would make a point to do every year.

When we hot home Legend modeled the MuttNation gear.

She also wanted this song added to her playlist. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Quick check in and then checking out

Here is a quick pic of Lollipop looking cute, acting like she is helping with the chores

And here is pup, getting cuter all the time.  His leg is actually starting to heal, and he has gained almost 5 lbs.  We hope to hear something official about all the hoarding animals soon.
Lyric had her pet therapy visit cancelled yesterday, but she still wanted to show off her cuteness.
And today I head off with three friends for the CMA music festival in Nashville.  We are super excited and have been waiting almost a year for this!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Veterinary excitement

Here are just some random cases I have seen lately that were interesting.

This is a cat in respiratory distress.  Her lungs are full of fluid.  Lungs should be more black but hers are mostly white.  This is bad.  Owners declined referral or aggressive therapy and she did not make it.  She may not have anyway, it's been a few weeks but I remember thinking it was pretty guarded.

There are "papers" from a puppy mill.  Both breeds in this high dollar mutt are spelled wrong.
This was a large breed dog having a birthing difficulty.  She has a uterine torsion-where the uterus twists on itself.  This is very rare as far as I know.  I have never seen it in a dog but I don't really do much repro work.  We spayed her and she did well.  The puppies did not survive.
The last one is a dog that got his paw shut in a window accidentally.  This was two weeks after the incident. I am waiting on the follow up to see how he does.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Indiana trip

Cheri's quest to run a race in all 50 states led us to Indiana this past weekend.  We chose a 5k trail race.  It was a nice trail in a scenic area.  It was a timed event but no awards.  I'd rather they charge a little higher entry fee and have some awards.  I may not have gotten one, but I'd be more motivated to try if there were.  I can run the trails and eat cookies afterwards anytime.  But it was fun, and the trail was well marked so that's always helpful. 
Saturday afternoon we explored the cute little town of Nashville, IN which was near where we stayed.  There were lots of  cute local craft stores and plenty of ice cream and candy places.  All but one of the non-food stores let us bring the dogs in, which was super nice.  We had Legend and Xena with us.  I think at least 20 people asked what kind of dog Legend was or is she was an Aussie.  

After shopping and ice cream eating we hit a few short trails in another local park.  Fun little weekend away!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Animal stuff

Missy got adopted-yay!

Havoc is still available-boo!

This little cutie is still trying to heal a broken leg and learning to stay calm around cats. 

Socks got bored waiting to me to open his gate. 


Legend had a lovely time getting dirty while we built fence. 


Monday, May 15, 2017

Never ending

Owning a home means a never-ending list of projects to be done. The first one we needed to tackle once home from vacation was a new pig pen fence. We wanted something that actually keeps pigs in and dogs out. While we were at it we decided to expand their area to give them more shade and grass during times we don't want them loose and also reduce our mowing!
This is the before pen. 


And here is the after. It was deceptively complicated to get this done. It could be better but it works and looks nice. 


Then I wanted to re-use some of the cinder blocks from the old pen. So I stole an idea I saw online. 
I painted the blocks different shades of brown. Added some plants and mulch and I think it turned out cute. The guy at Walmart said the cacti and succulents will live through the winter. I hope so. I just put regular plants on the bottom because they are closer to dog access and also the cacti were 4-7 dollars each. In fact, my little recycling project ended up costing almost $100. But we like it. 

Next up, painting doors, cleaning barn, and new garden area by small deck!