We have been so busy lately taking care of Mr. Nick that we have been neglecting our birds. Well, actually the birds, the flowers, and the housekeeping. Keeping an energetic Shih Tzu calm and quiet as he begins to feel better is a tough job. We hate to crate him all the time so we try to give him some “out on the carpet time” and some outdoor time when we are home.
Anyway, this morning I noticed that most of our feeders were empty or nearly empty. We had also noticed recently that we have some visitors at our feeders. Yep, they are passing through and decided to stop for a good meal and visit. The beautiful Rose Breasted Grosbeak has taken up a temporary residence in our backyard. The male Grosbeak is the one with the most color…black/white with the bright red breast. On our last count we had at least five visiting with us. The Rose Breasted Grosbeak migrates through this area for their breeding grounds up north. They are just a traveling through!! It is so nice to have them stop by. They are just beautiful and fun to watch, and all these pics were taken within the hour we were out.
So this morning I decided that I needed to be a better hostess and place some food in the feeders. I filled the tube feeders, the platform feeder, the dome feeder and the hopper feeders. I spread the Birdacious Bark Butter on the little feeder for that and then filled up the peanut tube.
Mike and I sat back in our recliners and watched the show. Our friends must have missed us because they all started flying and swooping to the feeders. We saw the Hairy, Downey and Red-bellied woodpeckers, the Grosbeaks, Titmouse, Cardinals, Brown Thrashers, Mockingbird, Purple Finch, Wrens, Chickadee, Nuthatch and I’m sure there were some others. We sat and watched this beautiful show for almost an hour.
Mr. Nick is improving!!! Our last Vet visit on Monday had him showing some significant improvement. In fact, on this visit he only had the chiropractic adjustment and not the laser treatment. We are beginning to come off the Prednisone. You have to come off this medicine slowly. He is still confined to the carpet area in the living room and is crated when we go out and at night. We actually brought him into the bed with us early yesterday morning and he did fine. He actually laid down and went back to sleep….not so this morning so we had to take him back to his crate. Poor baby!! The Vet told us Monday that it would be another couple of weeks of calm, quiet confinement. We are so thankful he is improving!! It has been so sad and stressful to see him in pain and not feeling his self!! We are beginning to see our little Nick again and it is getting harder and harder to keep him calm and quiet. A mixed blessing!!
Wishing all our blogging friends a wonderful weekend!!
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. - Unknown