Saturday, September 22, 2018

Brompton in the passenger seat

It is not often that the Brompton rides in my truck, but when that happens I try and take a picture. Below is the outcome of one.


I see a lot of reflections and a few faint shadows inside.
If one looks closely, they might even find the photographer's reflection in this photo.

Linking with  Shadow Shot Sunday 2 .
Happy WE :)

Friday, August 31, 2018

Coco update

On Wednesday and Thursday, this week, Coco received her last two shots of her heart worm treatment.

The shot itself did not take long to give, but the prep included shaving a bit of her fur.

As I have plenty of beard left, I have told Coco that I will donate part of my beard, in case her fur doesn't grow back.

The ride from Fort Worth (where her Vet is) to home was uneventful. We were a bit nervous on both the days as these shots are serious stuff. Luckily all went well at the clinic.

Coco was nervous too, as it is her nature still. But, she was a great patient and cooperated with us and the doctor and techs.

Coco will not be permitted to exert herself too much for the next 30 days. After that she should be able to go on longer walks and such.

Coco will be retested in February 2019 to make sure there are not any more worms.

Looking forward to our fur baby being heartworm free.

Linking with Saturday's Critters

We are HERE, NOW and that's just perfect.
With deep gratitude for all the blessings-
Peace :)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

What some men...

What some men wouldn’t do to keep a woman happy? :)


Coco is reacting well to her heartwarming treatment.
We still have a ways to go, but staying positive.

I will leave you with a song by Ms. Aretha Franklin. RIP, Aretha.

Happy WE to you!

Peace :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

PSA: SURE WAY TO GET YOUR ANIMAL KILLED = Take them to CityVet, Flower Mound, Texas


SURE WAY TO GET YOUR ANIMAL KILLED


On Saturday, May 26, 2018, around 8:30, per a previously scheduled appointment, I took my daughter Chaka to City Vet for grooming.
The facility was not open, so we waited outside for about
20 minutes, until they opened the doors around 9 AM.

I was introduced to a Liz, who was supposed to groom Chaka. Liz asked me if Chaka had been to a groomer before and I told her that Chaka had been to a groomer before. However, she was too scared at the groomers that she tore her dew claw. Liz told me that she has lots of experience
grooming Chows and that she can handle Chaka fine.

I gave Liz my Mobile number and insisted that
she call me immediately, should she have any difficulty grooming Chaka. Then, I was not offered the choice to stay, so I left and went to get breakfast for my family, at the Starbucks, which is in the same
Strip Mall. I was at Starbucks for about 30 minutes and since I did not get a phone call from the groomers, I was happy to take my wife some breakfast home. So, I went home.

When I got home, a few minutes later, the home phone rang, not my Mobile. Since I was not expecting the groomer to
call my home number, I did not pick-up. However, my wife realized the call was from the groomer and played the voice message for me immediately. The message is still on our Answering Machine.

The message indicated that the groomer was having trouble grooming Chaka and that I needed to come get her. Just to make sure they do not
proceed Chaka grooming further, when they were having trouble in the first place, I immediately called City Vet to let them know I was on my way to get Chaka.

At that point, the Manager of the Grooming Department, Anne, came on the line and said, "I am so sorry, but there has been an accident". I was thinking that Chaka tore her dew claw again. But, to my dismay, Anne said, "We are so sorry. Your dog is dead. We tried to save her, but could not".

Me and my wife were flabbergasted and saddened to hear this craziness! We were in total shock. I immediately drove to City Vet, where I
was asked to wait in a room to see Anne, the Grooming Manager. Anne told me that they put 2 or 3 muzzles on Chaka and 2 or 3 groomers, including Anne, had to hold Chaka, for she wasn't having it.

Anne said, "Chaka barrel rolled". We have not heard the English(?) term, 'barrel rolled', but presumed it meant Chaka tried to flip about to get away from the tub of water she was forced into.

Our belief  is that they groomers wanted to make sure they get their $80, put many muzzles on Chaka and forced Chaka against her will into the tub, where Chaka drowned to her death in agony.

This terrible act of City Vet, which caused Chaka's death, is tantamount to Animal Abuse / Murder of an innocent animal.

Chaka, mind you, was a very healthy girl and she had at least another 8 years of life ahead of her.

Chaka was a shy Chow and was wary of strangers as any decent dog would be. City Vet killed her,
by employing incompetent employees in their grooming department, who apparently did not know how to groom a Chow. They should not have proceeded even an iota, once Chaka showed any
signs of fear and resisted the grooming/bath.

We were offered a necropsy, which I turned down, because I was in severe shock, heartbroken because of my lovely daughter's death. I did not want Chaka to be dissected. I felt Chaka had
suffered enough by that point in time.

Knowing Chaka's story, will you want to go to City Vet for Grooming or other services?

Please share with pet lovers everywhere. Thank you!

Linking with Saturday's Critters

Friday, August 3, 2018

Assortment 

Coco posing for me.

Some shadows around the bike. 
The bikers are at work

Flowers from our garden.


Linking with Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and Saturday's Critters
Peace :)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Shadows from the trail and elsewhere

Photo of Lea and BK from our days in Saint Louis.


Found a new shortcut that offers some shade for torrid summer day cycle commuting.
The asphalt is in disrepair in some parts of this Multi User Path (MUP), but I will take it.

Lastly a view of the shaded MUP off Edmonds Road. Not a soul on it most days, but then they all might have gotten smarter about the heat :)


Linking with Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and Saturday's Critters

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Brooks on Brompton

Possibly a tiny bit of shadow in this picture ๐Ÿ˜Š


Linking with Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Explorer

During our recent R&R in Johnson City, Texas, the cabin where stayed had a loft and a spiral staircase to get to the same. The first two days of our stay there, only the 2-legged family members ventured up to the loft.

On day three however, we saw BK go up the stairs and pose valiantly.


Rambo did go up the stairs the following day or perhaps even later during the same day, but was too scared to come down the same stairs and so he sat on the bed in the loft and wailed. Until one of us went up and brought him down.


Coco (our new Chow daughter) liked to lay on the bed next to the portable AC unit in the bedroom and just chill. Why not? That's what R&R is supposed to be you know? :)

Linking with Saturday's Critters

Have a Happy WE!

Peace :)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018

Another page in the book of life

It has been two weeks since we lost Chaka because of some craziness that took place at the City Vet in Flower Mound. This too is part of life. Not easy, but a part of life. Part of the pain that one suffers due to attachment.

Fully realizing that attachment causes pain, we took our chances and adopted our new family member, Coco from North Texas Chow Haven, a Chow rescue agency. Coco is 3-5 years old and she is undergoing treatment for Heartworms. We will do everything in our power to give this child a good life.

Coco is a joy to be around and loves to sleep, part of which may be due to her medications. The cats are a bit confused (aren't we all), but have accepted their new sister. Coco is exploring, learning and adjusting to her new fur-ever home. We are adjusting to loving her.

That's all the news for now from our neck of the woods.

Linking with Saturday's Critters

Have a Happy WE!

Peace :)


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Chaka - 

My dears-

I have some sad news. 

Chaka passed away at the grooming salon. We are both heartbroken. 

Just lost. 

I hope to be back later. 

๐Ÿงก

Finches and the Cat Trainer

Recently some of the Finches that visit our bird feeder in the front yard have been coming around to the side yard to have some quality time at t he feeder there. May be some of them prefer the solitude. Who knows? The bird photos are very tricky to take when they visit because of the location and the blinds, which if we raise the birds fly away...so, y'all please pardon me for the poorer quality :)



Pictured below are me and my Cat Trainer. Oh no, I am not the Cat Trainer, but my Trainer is a Cat, namely, Rambo. Making sure that I get plenty of exercise and also cheering me along the way.



Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend, if you observe the holiday.


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Have a Happy WE!

Peace :)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Winter coat

Recent visit with friends in the neighborhood.


Seems some are getting rid of their winter coat.

I will leave you with some melodious music by Carlos Nakai.



Linking with 
Saturday's Critters


Have a Happy WE!

Peace :)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Father Goose

Father Goose and Goslings seen at a lake near work. You can see the goslings if you zoom in.


The video below is about another Father Goose. I have spent many a evening, in the good company of Leslie Caron & Cary Grant :)



Linking with Saturday's Critters

Have a Happy WE!
Peace :)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Roja

Roses from around our neighborhood.


Linking with Macro Monday 2.

Peace :)


I will leave you with a Tamil film song from my teen years.
Have a Happy Week ahead!

Peace :)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Vulture



Not sure if this is a Turkey Vulture or a Black Vulture, but I saw him/her on my commute into work yesterday. I had to edit this iPhone photo to make things pop.

Quite the bird, don't you think?

Linking with Saturday's Critters

Have a Happy WE!
Peace :)

PS.
Easier to pull over, when you are riding a bicycle :)


Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

Riding on a Bobtail

Picture from the archives for this post.
Our dear boy Shaggy watching me go for a Bobtail-Back Ride in this shadow.


“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground”
 -Jalaluddin Rumi

Linking with Saturday's CrittersShadow Shot Sunday 2

Have a Happy WE!
Peace :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lights

Lights at the Main Street Bakery and Cafe in Grapevine, Texas.


Aren't lights are magical, often?

“If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.” 
--Rumi

Have a Happy Week ahead!
Peace :)

Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring Rains

Last week, we were blessed with a lot of rain in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The rains brought some flooding along the path I ride. I wised-up and chose not to ride this route on my way back home, as the forecast had more rains for the rest of the day.
Here is a quick video of the same.
As a consequence of the rain and the blossoming of Spring, the scenery on my bicycle commute route was quite nice. I saw several birds. Blue Herons, Cormorants, White Cranes, and quite possibly even a Pelican (hard to tell from a distance without a telephoto lens).


Since last Spring and Summer, I did seven days of consecutive bicycle commuting last week.
It felt good to ride the bicycle.
The fact the Catalytic Converter was sawn off my Honda Element was also instrumental.

As I was crossing Denton Creek, I saw a nice Spider Web on the bridge.


There was a little mist/precipitation on the web, but the web was quite intact.
Spiders are incredible builders of almost indestructible webs.
Lastly, here is photo of a cyclist seen riding home from work. 



Linking with Saturday's Critters, Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Happy Easter to all those who observe the holiday.

Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Making the connection 

I ride by a farm that has Buffaloes. Today one Buffalo let me pet his head, communicated with me and licked my hand - a kiss. I am happy to admit I was very moved by the lovingkindness of the Buffalo. 

Below are photos from the very special occasion.

Here is my buddy. Not sure if he needs a name or not, but he seems to know me.

Are we brothers from another birth?

How could you say no to these inviting eyes?

Such a beautiful head. I petted the forehead and the Buffalo reciprocated by making his own noises and licking my hand. For a moment, I was almost teary eyed. Had I cried, that'd have been okay too.

There he stands looking at me.

I took my bicycle closer to the fence. The Buffalo wasn't sure of what I was doing. So, I backed off a bit and let him get used to me and give him his space and the respect he deserved. Just as he treated me with kindness.

Who knew commute to work could be this fun? :)

My buddy Buffalo was joined soon by another friend.

I have been pondering about this encounter.

It feels like it was meant to happen.
Personally, apart from our categorization of "human" v. "animal", I didn't feel the Buffalo was, as a "person" anything different than "me, the human".

Who am I? Who are we?
Are we all not connected?
Perhaps more connected than perhaps our rationale will help us understand?
Perhaps more than how much some of our egos will let us admit?

I will leave you with a song by The Allman Brothers, while I ponder some more ...

Linking with Saturday's CrittersShadow Shot Sunday 2

Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all those celebrate the day!


No new critter photo this week, except the Chow on my T-shirt :)

Linking with  Saturday's Critters.

Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Little bit of this and that

First off, all is well with all of us.
I have been a bit busy with work and also more involved in Instagram than writing blog posts.
Hence, the less frequent blogging.
So, now that I have come out and admitted that, we can move on :)

Rambo continues to practice Yoga and now is reading the book by the famous Iyengar of Iyengar Yoga as shown below .


Chaka has mastered the art of begging for Chapathi and is very successful at getting one.


I took a few days off to recharge.
Hence, we were able to visit the neighboring city of Grapevine, Texas, for a stroll down Main.
Where we found some delicious offerings for the Furry Family members {beard hair does not qualify}!


I went around the neighborhood for a bit yesterday in search of interesting things to photograph.
I found a nice Pear Tree with a lovely sky background to go with it.


The HOA has done a great job of maintaining the garden around the swimming pool.
I saw a good collection of Winter Pansies (I think that's what they are) by the pool.
I think the yellow flowering vine on the fence around the pool is a variety of Jasmine.


Later that evening, we were at Salata in Coppell, Texas, for dinner. Salute offers great many salads.
The interior of Salata was very pleasing and I saw some cool shadows there, such as the shadow that looks like a cross in the picture below.


Lastly, I wish to share with you some reflections I saw in a mirror at the Main Street Bistro & Bakery in Grapevine, Texas. Great food and great ambience!


I will leave you with a song from Santana's Shaman album, a song by Michelle Branch.

Have a Happy Weekend!
Linking with  Saturday's CrittersShadow Shot Sunday 2Weekend Reflections and SkyWatch Friday.

Peace :)