Flashback Friday

by Valerie Barker

I'm working from home today and was thinking about how different Gus is when I work from home than Steve. Kat always curls up right next to me and Gus does too. Steve always wanted to keep his distance. The only exception to the rule was when I studied for the bar exam. Kat curled up under the desk like usual and Steve would stick right next to me. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact that Wilbur's food was right next to the desk!

That summer Steve exercised a lot of will power as I often found him napping in this position.


David’s New Car

by Steve, Kat, & Gus

I held off on posting about David’s new car because I thought he was going to set up a blog about it and I’d just link to that, but since that hasn’t happened, I’ll post about it.

As long as I can remember, David has wanted to build a kit Cobra. He finally ordered his kit at the end of December and it arrived on February 18. 


After the kit was unloaded, Kat and Gus decided to try it out.


Kat can’t wait to take the Cobra out for a spin once it is done. For now, Kat and Gus are hanging out in the garage with David while he works on it.

I’ll post a link to David’s build blog if he ever gets it going. 

PS. I am including this here because I don’t want to forget. The car arrived three days after Steve passed away and when I sent the picture of the pups in the car to my sister, my niece told her that it would look a lot better if Steve was in it. I thought that was so sweet. 

There’s no free lunch - I mean breakfast - around here

by Steve, Kat, & Gus

On Saturday, David let Kat and Gus out for their morning bathroom break, but when I got up, I didn’t know if David also fed them. They seemed hungry, so I gave them half their normal breakfast amount so that they would not feel so hungry, but also not get too much extra food if they had already eaten. After David got up, he said that he hadn’t fed them, so I put the rest of their breakfast in the wobblers. Kat and Gus both worked really hard to for the rest of their breakfast.

Kat is okay

by Valerie Barker

While our primary concern after finding out Steve was sick was doing what was best for him, a secondary concern was making sure Kat would be okay after Steve was gone. As many of our readers know, Steve and Kat were littermate and had never lived apart. Once during law school, David took Steve to Maryland for a week and I kept Kat. Steve was fine while David went to work during the day, but I couldn't leave my apartment. Kat just howled and went berserk being home alone. Luckily it was in the summer and I just stayed home or took her with me if I needed to go somewhere. So we knew Kat was not really capable of being home alone.

On Sunday, after we came home from the emergency vet with Steve, we found that Kat had really damaged her kennel door trying to get out. We were devastated by finding out that Steve had cancer and then on top of that, we didn't know what to do about Kat. At least one of us stayed home with Steve from when we found out he was sick to when he passed, so Kat really didn't have to be in her kennel except on Tuesday morning when we took Steve to see his normal vet. When we left her at home on Tuesday, we moved Gus to Steve's kennel, right next to Kat. She made a little noise, but it was a lot better.

The next time Kat was in her kennel was on Saturday, after Steve had passed. We left Kat and Gus at home for about 4 hours and monitored Kat on the Nest cameras. She didn't make any noise at all. It's a relief that we are going to be able to leave her. Thank goodness we have Gus.

Over the last month or so, Kat and Gus had started playing together a lot. The vet told us that Kat probably already knew Steve had cancer and was dying before we did. While that makes me very sad, if her knowing motivated her to forge a stronger bond with Gus, I am thankful for that. Kat has been eating and drinking normally since Steve died. I thought that the day after he died, when David got home from work, it seemed like Kat was looking to see if he brought Steve home, but I think I might be reading too much into her actions. She saw Steve after the vet helped him pass, so I hope that she understands what happened to him.

I took this video of Kat and Gus on Friday. Kat looks really happy playing with Gus and that makes me really happy.

This is a picture from this weekend.


It's always been a fear of mine that when we lost one of Steve or Kat, the other would be so sad that they would give up on life and we would lose the other shortly after. I really hope that is not the case for Kat. I think Gus is really good for her. She was not a happy camper when Gus first joined the family, but I hope she understands that it was for the best.