Had a bit of an interesting day after posting the last entry... Jessi took a bit of a nap on the couch, and I played some Roller Coaster Tycoon until a blip in the power restarted her PC, and I lost what I'd done so far (just as well, I'd forgotten a few things for that scenario that were necessary, so I can redo it when I play that one again).
After her nap, we had an appointment to bring KO in to the vet for a few more shots, boosters this go-round. Since PetSmart (where our vet is located) is just a few blocks away, we decided we'd walk KO and Krypto over there, instead of driving.
Upon arriving, we saw we were still quite a bit early, and so we wandered the aisles a bit, looking to see if there was any new dog merchandise we needed, and then made our way back to the Banfield Vet desk. Turned out they were able to fit us in a bit early, and we also got Krypto weighed (he's up to 43 lbs... taller than KO now, but still a few pounds less than her... I'd imagine within a week or two, he'll outweigh her, as well). It also turned out KO was due for a complete physical, so we left her there, and Jessi, Krypto and I walked home.
Oh, almost forgot... we had some jarring news at the vet. The one doctor there we both really liked transferred to the Vancouver facility, which we hadn't heard was going to happen. Fortunately, his replacement met with our immediate approval (we're still a bit irked he left without telling us, though).
Checking the mail after we arrived revealed that the Superman watch Jessi bought for me on eBay had arrived (the seller of that watch was quite the liar... they first claimed they'd sent it on Saturday of the previous weekend, and then claimed it was mailed on Monday... it was actually sent on Thursday. I hate sellers who lie about when they ship stuff! They'd also sent it with Delivery Confirmation, but never gave her the number it was shipped under -- probably because it would've proven out the lie).
The watch was very nice, and I'm wearing it now... the face of it is a close-up of Superman's chest as he's pulled the shirt open, so the Shield fills most of the face. It didn't come in any kind of box, other than the Priority Mail box it was shipped in, but it works fine.
Anyway... after that, Jessi, Krypto and I figured we'd head over to a friend's house, who had some curtains made for us that were ready to be picked up. En route there, we stopped at Olympic Cards & Comics, because Gabi, the owner, just loves Krypto, and hadn't seen him in a few weeks (of course he's allowed in the shop... he is Krypto, after all!). He got lots of attention from Gabi, and then we were off again.
Turned out that friend of Jessi's wasn't home, but as we made our way back home, the vet called to let us know we could pick up KO. So we did, and when we got home, the dogs started barking as we were getting them out of the car, and we heard some rustling in the big tree in our front yard, and then heard a plaintive screeching. Well, wouldn't you know it, but the dogs had somehow startled a baby squirrel (its eyes weren't even open yet), which fell from the tree. Now, Jessi and I are both animal lovers, and we couldn't just leave the baby squirrel there on the ground (there are several cats in the neighborhood), and as soon as Jessi picked it up, it stopped wailing.
We spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out what to do with it... including taking it with us to PetSmart to find out what the vet recommended! At one point, we were going to get some formula to feed it and nurse it to health until it could be out on its own again... seems that the local (local being a relative term) PAWS group wouldn't be able to take it, because they had their squirrel quota, and no other group was even close that could take it from us.
Now, it is illegal for people to keep wild animals, naturally... but we didn't want to let it loose to be killed... and the closest place we could take it was in Tacoma, which would've meant a several hours-long round-trip... and there was no guarantee it wouldn't be euthanized right away anyway.
We were concerned about its health, since it was acting hungry... I finally put some water on the towel we had it on (it was inside a plastic storage bin to keep it safe from our dogs), and it sucked the water from that. Since we decided not to buy the formula, and it didn't seem the momma squirrel was going to come down and get her baby, we had to figure out a way to get it up to where the nest was in the tree. Our neighbors, Ned and Jane, were out and about, and we knew they'd be of assistance, so we had to wait on them. In the meantime, I came up with a sort of "formula" that we could give the squirrel. It probably wasn't the best concoction -- about a quarter-cup of water, maybe a tablespoon of fat-free milk, and a tablespoon of Egg Beater -- but it seemed to help it get some strength back.
Ned and Jane made it home at about eight o'clock, and Ned volunteered to climb the tree (something neither Jessi or I are skilled in) to put the squirrel back in the nest... which was about 25-30 feet from the ground. He couldn't reach the nest himself, but he had brought over a small basket that he wedged in just below the nest, and the baby squirrel (which I'd named "Rocky" -- and I'm sure you know the reference) was placed in that.
After all that... I'm just going to assume that Rocky's momma took him back, and that he's fine, and the next time I see him will be when he's stealing seeds from the bird feeder!
The rest of the evening was uneventful, spent watching "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" on USA... Jessi went to bed at 11, and I stayed up a bit longer to read (I'm currently reading "Father of Frankenstein," by Christopher Bram, a fictionalized account of the last days of James Whale, director of the classics Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein... this book was the basis for the movie "Gods and Monsters," which I haven't seen, but still want to) and to post this!
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