It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Yikes! Where have I been? Distracted. That’s where. I have been knitting, too. I guess the cooler temps have inspired me to pick up my long lost hobby.

I am currently reading:

The Dead Kid Detective Agency by Evan Munday 1222 by Anne Holt Virals by Kathy Reichs

The Dead Kid Detective Agency by Evan Munday – I am technically still reading this, but I am afraid it may be a quitter. Unfortunately, it is just not compelling me to pick it up.

1222 by Anne Holt – This is a Galley Grab read of a new-to-me author and series.

Virals by Kathy Reichs – I am late to this young adult series. I love the science kid-centric plot. I would definitely like to hang out with these kids! I am listening to the audiobook version.

During the past month I finished reading:

The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child Light from a Distant Star by Mary McGarry Morris

The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast #3) by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – This is my first venture into the world of FBI Agent Pendergast. I am so glad I finally dove into this series. This was a lengthy book, but the length was not unwarranted. The plot included a natural history museum, archives, research, a couple of serial killers, and even some science fiction. I can’t wait to get my hands on another in the series. I have already put #4 on hold at the library. (5 out of 5 stars)

Light from a Distant Star by Mary McGarry Morris – I finally decided to quit this book. First, a dog attacked a child and was killed violently. Then, there are some jokes made about revenge based around poisoning dogs. That did it. I decided I was done. Light from a Distant Star was a win from Read It Forward. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t finish it.


SnugglesDuring the past month, I took in and re-homed yet another dog. This time I found his owner thanks to a microchip, but the family could no longer properly care for him. Fortunately, I found the little guy a home. He was pretty adorable!

There have been five or six loose dogs in our neighborhood over the past two months. I think it is time to start a campaign in the ‘hood to encourage folks to keep dogs on leash and inside securely fenced yards… and possibly even to discourage dumping dogs. It’s nuts!


Clifford’s Heartworm Treatment


About a month ago, around the same time that the wildfires started and things went a little nutty in Central Texas, a stray dog was seen roaming our neighborhood. He kept running back and forth across a fairly busy road. I knew I would feel terrible if I later saw him squished on the side of the road. I spent about three days working to get the dog to trust me because he was very skittish and ran when a person got near him. I would slowly walk away from him while dropping food behind me. Over the course of three days or so, I began to earn his trust. He got closer and closer, then tentatively took food from my hand, and finally tolerated me touching his head. I lured him into the backyard of the (empty) house next door, and an hour or so later had a leash on him and got him into my backyard. It wasn’t easy, but we got the stray guy off the street.

The amazing thing was that the once skittish dog became a mostly normal dog within 24 hours of us corralling him into the backyard. I say mostly normal because he likes to JUMP! A LOT! and he also pees on his front legs sometimes.

I should take a moment to say that of our seven resident pets, only two were adopted. The remaining five were strays that we took in. We are suckers. So this stray guy made number eight in our house. We immediately went into panic mode, wondering what we were going to do with this dog? Our dogs already had some behavior kinks we were working on, so a fourth dog would cause all kinds of problems. A few days later, we took him to the vet. It turns out the guy we had been calling Clifford was heartworm positive. Crap.

Two of our resident animals were ill when we found them. Callie, our pit bull, had sarcoptic mange and a bacterial infection. She spent six weeks getting nasty lime dips and we had to handle her with gloves. Today she is a spoiled, healthy dog. Meep, our youngest cat, was severely anemic when we found her. We had to force feed her every few hours. It was touch and go for a few days, but she pulled through and is a cute, healthy cat today.

But heartworms? Dang, this was a new one for us. A very scary new one after I consulted the internet. To add to the scariness, I learned that there was a shortage of heartworm medication. The only option was to give the dog antibiotics and heartworm preventative until the medication was back on the market. Fortunately, in the past few days, our awesome vet has secured some medication and Cliff will begin treatment on Monday. I am kind of terrified. He’s a hyper dog, and we need to keep him as calm as possible while he undergoes treatment.

This all brings me to something I am somewhat uncomfortable with. I have been encouraged to begin a donation page to help raise funds for Cliff’s treatment. If you are so inclined – $1 – $5 – anything will help get us through this treatment. It all adds up and I will be forever grateful for your assistance!


P.S. We are still hoping to find Clifford a home after all this. If you are in the Austin area and looking for a dog, maybe Cliff is your doggie soul mate. Give him a couple of months and he will be ready to go! 🙂

P.P.S. This dog business is why I have not written a book review in ages, but I hope to get back on the review wagon within the next week.

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

I am currently reading:

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams

The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 – Yes, still.

The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams – So far, I like this one quite a bit. You know the drill: A private investigator, who is a recovering alcoholic and former FBI profiler, is called in to help catch a serial killer. The PI is female and Asian, though, for a bit of a twist on the traditional private investigator.

During the past week I finished reading:

Absolutely nothing because this guy showed up.

We are still looking for a foster or permanent home for this goofy dog. We are (currently) calling him Cliff, and he’s an approximately one-year-old Staffordshire Terrier mix.

Happy reading!

Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.

Clearly, I have a lot of pets. So the last thing I needed was to take in another dog, right? So what did I do this past week? I took in a stray dog, of course.

Clifford the Stray

This guy spent a few days wandering our neighborhood. He was super skittish but very hungry. I spent a few days luring him with food and slowly earned his trust. It took a lot of patience, but I finally secured him. He has been staying in a kennel in our garage, which is less than desirable. With all the pets needing homes after the Texas wildfires, fosters are in very short supply. The little man is likely part staffie, maybe mixed with ridgeback or hound. We found out yesterday that he is likely heartworm positive. We expect full results in a few days.

Clifford the Stray

We have been calling him lots of names, including Clifford, Navin, Buster, Puppers and Lemont. I hope we can find him a new home soon.

What these photos don’t show – I need to take better photos – is that while he spent his first few days running around acting shy and skittish, he turned into a regular puppy dog once in our home. He is very playful and pretty much a big lovebug full of puppy energy.

P.S. If you are reading and live in the Central Texas area, please consider donating supplies to the Austin Humane Society. They are taking in all of the animals recovered from the Bastrop wildfire. You can view the list of supplies that they need. I plan to drop some items off today.