Monday, May 17, 2010

Jobless Veterans. Pergola. Mikey.

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This morning Jay put up the rest of the lattice and ledger boards on my pergola, while I groomed Mikey from down the street.  I was expecting Mikey, so Patches and Prime, my two foster cats had their cages closed to eat their breakfast.  They eat in their cages, normally with the doors open, then they have the run of the grooming room, so they knew today was going to be different. Patches meowed a few protests, but soon settled down, as they just sat in their cages and watched me wrestle with this big dog.

Mikey is a large white Miniature Poodle (that's the middle size), and he gets lots of exercise, so he is strong.  Technically, he is a Standard Poodle (like Fillmore) as he is over 15" at the shoulder, but he isn't that big, and looks more like a Miniature. 
(Toy Poodles are up to 10" at the shoulder).  
Mikey gets so grubby, it took three shampoos to get him white again.  So he got bored with that. 
He keeps very still while being groomed most of the time, but he is a very energetic dog, so near the end, he gets antsy, and won't hold still.  This wears out little ole me. 

During one of my breaks from grooming Mikey, I helped Jay put some leaves and flowers on the pergola.  I had to take them off some fake trees that I had been saving for this purpose.  We can't use real plants, as there is nowhere for them to root.  Even if we did, the heat from the sun would kill them under that roof.  On that end, the pergola is attached to the cat's screen porch, which is through a patio door in the front of my living room.

It isn't finished yet, and going up and down the ladder in the humidity was tiring out Jay.  It will look a lot better after the fiberglass roof has been pressure washed.

Some shots to show what we accomplished today.

1 comment:

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Oh that is gonna be so nice to sit under! I can see myself, sipping a glass of lemonade and having the sunlight filter in through the openings.... now nice!

Karen and Steve
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