Thursday, December 29, 2011

Our Baby Burney

On Christmas Eve, we had to make the hard decision to put Burney to sleep.

It all started with a UTI he had that would not clear up. He had megacolon in all three parts of his colon, so he could not get rid of waste as he should. 

The UTI caused him not to drink any water, since it hurt to go potty. I took him to the vet about 2-3 weeks ago and they discovered he had one. At that time he was 12 pounds. Joey and I were SO proud, since he has been sick all his life and always was underweight. That was the heaviest he had ever been. We thought the methods we were trying were finally helping with the megacolon issue. 

Then I  took him the Tuesday before Christmas to get fluids because I knew he was dehydrated. They weighed him and he was 10 pounds. He got fluids and I thought he would get better. We kept giving him medicine for the UTI. 

Saturday, Christmas Eve Joey and I noticed he didn't move much, was lethargic, and looked like he was in pain. So we decided to get him to a vet. Since our normal vet was not open, we took him to another great vet. 

They weighed him, he was 9 pounds. He lost 3 pounds in 2 weeks. The vet said he was 12% dehydrated and at 15% dehydrated cats no longer are alive. 

My poor Burney's temperature was also down to 96 degrees, where it should have been 101-102. 

The vet said that we could emergency hospitalize him, but there was no guarantee that he would make it and return to normal. 

Our baby Burney has been sick and in and out of the vet, getting procedures, all his life. So we had to make a decision. 

It was so hard to do. To make that decision. 

We hugged, held, petted, and kissed him. I told him he was such a good boy. Which he was. 

I did not choose to watch the procedure. I couldn't handle just making the decision. There was no way I could have watched. 

I gave Burney one last kiss and the vet took him.

I lost it. I just cried in Joey's arms. 

It was so hard to come home with that empty cage. 

We chose to get him cremated and Burney's ashes will be buried by his best friend, Yao. 

We miss him a lot. A whole lot. 

Burney was our little lion. 

We called him:
 - Mighty lion
 - Burnificus (not sure how that one started)
 - Burnificus the mighty
 - Burnificus the Maximus lol
 - Burney Wurney - I don't think he cared for this one!

Burney was such a good kitty! Everything he went through, every prodecure, every vet visit, every medicine feeding, he was awesome. I think Burney knew that we were trying to help. He was never mad at us for anything. 

Burney staring at me to get done with my Fruit Loops so he could drink the milk. 

Burney had such silly quirks!

- He was such a quiet kitty, such a sweet personality. After Yao passed away, Burney took to sleeping in the exact same spot as Yao did. As if to help comfort me at night. 

- He LOVED drinking milk. The above picture is him stalking my milk that was in my cereal bowl. He kept meowing at me and trying to crawl on me to get at it. 

- He loved tuna, of course...he's a cat, I know. But as soon as I opened a can, he thought it was tuna. He came running to the kitchen. He would meow like crazy. (Meowing wasn't something he did all the time)

- Burney chattered at birds. I LOVED this about him! None of our other cats did it. It was so funny, the first time he did it, we had no idea what the noise was. Joey figured out it was Burney watching a bird!

- Burney liked getting on top of the kitchen cabinets and watch me do stuff in the kitchen. Every once in a while he would jump over to the cabinets that hung all by themselves.

- He loved the ladder. We would get it out to use it and just keep it out for him. He loved sitting on the very top and looking down at everything. That earned him the title "King of the Ladder"

- Burney liked to scratch on the door frames. I have no idea where or when that exactly started. He just would reach up and scratch a little. He would do that to walls too! He had little claws, so it was really cute. 

- He was my bathroom buddy. Every morning he would stay in the bathroom with me as I would get ready. Probably because I would give him water out of the faucet. He really liked that!

- Burney was a shy cat. Each time the doorbell rang, it didn't matter where he was, he would high tail it to our bedroom to get under the bed. Burney didn't care much for Halloween. He wanted to watch the people outside but then they would knock or ring the door bell and he'd go running! It was cute!

- Burney loved to wrestle with Yao and Nemo. With Yao, they would kick each others heads. It was so funny! Nemo, well he would just jump on top of Burney. Then Burney would play. 

Burney was only 2 years old. He had some rough moments and some really great ones. If you don't know Burney's story of where he came from click here. I am still so happy and proud of Joey that he stopped and picked him up. 

Burney really was an amazing cat. I am just so happy we got to spend these last couple of years taking care of him. He was a blessing on our little family. 

Burney, our little lion, you are missed! We love you so much and you will always have a special place in our hearts!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Woo Hoo!


Tomorrow we have a guy coming to our house to start installing our new wood laminate floors (Pergo)!! :D

He will be ripping up all our carpet and replacing it with wood  while we are at work. (Don't worry, we know this guy and he is very trustworthy!)

This project was on the "one day" list since shortly after we moved in and we figured it would be a while until we got to do it.

We found a great sale on it about 2 weeks ago, bought it at .88 a square foot! Which normally it can go as high as around $2!

I am going to definitely take before/after shots. So those will be coming soon!

Meanwhile I'm gonna try to calm down my control-freak side of my personality and just go with the flow! Just being honest. I'm not proud of it. Joey graciously puts up with that ugly side and calms me down. Such a good man!

I am SO excited to get rid of that carpet though! 3 cats + carpet = yuck!

Can't wait to post the before/afters!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Wow! The last time I posted something was in September!!! WHAT?!

Well a lot has gone on since then!

I've been absent mainly because I got a long term substitute teaching job! Meaning I go there everyday....I've been in the same class since October 3rd.

It is nice to have somewhere to go everyday and know each student :)

Let's see...since last time I was on....

  • We went to a wedding in New Orleans
    • It was my husband's cousin
    • Trip was 6 hours one way driving. Yikes! 
    • However it was worth it and SO fun!
    • After the wedding, which was in a park in front of a beautiful church, we did/had a Second Line
      • Basically we walked to the reception area (some blocks away) with a band in front playing music and the guests all had hankies we waved. 
      • It was something I would never do and it was fun!
  • Thanksgiving happened of course!
    • Lots of yummy food!!
    • We went to Joey's parent's house. (I don't think that's proper grammer, meh)
    • My mom and grandma joined us over at Joey's parent's house
      • This was awesome! One big Thanksgiving with both my mom's side and Joey's family
  • Black Friday
    • Yes...I participated in that craziness!
    • At first I was only going to go to Bath and Body Works (their big candles were on sale plus I had coupons!)
    • Then I kept looking in the ads. Bad idea!
    • At 11:00 my sister-in-law came over to go with me and my mom did too. 
    • We were in the line outside of Target at 11:30. We definitely  were not the first. Not even in the first hundred. 
      • I wanted to go to Target to get the Shark Steam Mop. It was half off!
      • I got one! :) Sadly, it hasn't been tested. It's still in the box. Sad, I know!
    • After that we headed to Bath and Body. 
      • I got 2 3-wick candles (normally 19.50 each- were 2 for $20), 7 body washes (Buy 3 get 3 free...used a free product coupon to get another one free), and the bag promotion (buy $40 of stuff get bag for $20) all for $56! Yay! 
    • Then Kohl's
      • BAD IDEA! We went for those plastic tumblers with the straws. They had them for $3. I got one of their big throws. We stood in the line for almost an hour. I only had 3 items! I seriously thought about just leaving. We didn't. I am glad I got the stuff. The blanket is awesome!!
    • Last was Best Buy
      • My sister-in-law wanted to get her boyfriend a present. The line was not bad at all by then. (2:30 am)
  • Went to bed after done shopping. Later that day we went to visit family in Galveston
    • Joey's family was down. I love hanging out with them! It is always a fun time! :)
  • The weekend after that was the Texas reception for the same wedding we went to in New Orleans. 
    • Dancing, food, a candy bar!
    • Fun times were had! 

That's it! I don't have pictures of ANY of it either! Fail!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I'm trying to get my house ready for Christmas! 

I promise it won't be so long to the next time I post! I'm hoping to take pictures of the Christmas decor and post before Christmas this year! :)

Have a great night!