Friday, January 02, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of our readers!  We are a bit behind on getting this posted and we are combining a few different topics in this one post...Christmas and a Tanner update.
Tanner and Oliver had a wonderful Christmas as far as Santa visiting.  He was very good to the boys, as they have been very good this year!  Oliver is loving his new cardboard scratcher/bed. 
Tanner immediately took over the bed that was bought for Oliver.  I picked up this bed at PetSmart after Halloween.  It is hard to find orange things at Christmas, so I had to get creative :)  Tanner is laying with his green toys he got...a new frog catnip toy, catnip pillow, a bunch of crinkle balls, a new paper style toy, and some yummy shortbread cookies! 
Tanner also loved the new circle scratcher and loved his crinkle balls!  He carried one around every where he went the rest of the day.  The next morning, there were two in the water fountain, and one in the potty! I think the boy had a great time. 
The boys got a couple of new ornaments this year...Oliver had to have an "O" 
Even Smokey got a new ornament...a beautiful purple heart. 
Ollie scored a new orange bird...he loves to chatter at his birds! 
Tanner's ornament is actually a phone charm from Japan.  I thought the orange cat, holding a green flower was perfect! 
Of course a new family ornament for my sweet boys!
Here is a photo of their goodies...Oliver has the orange crab and orange pillow.  He also got some crinkle balls and a couple of other toys.  This new circle is a hit. Tanner also scored another X scratcher.   
Our parents ended up sick for Christmas and were unable to come up...we will celebrate later with them.  Auntie and I took the extra time to touch up the paint on the walls...Oliver has to help.  He ended up with paint on his nose, his tail, his side and his foot.  He had to get a quick wipe down when we were done! 
We took the tree down pretty early this year.  We were unable to plug it in and enjoy the lights because a certain black tornado kept chewing on the cords and plucking the lights off the tree!  We also only put a few ornaments on the tree because a certain cousin climbed the tree every day.  It was a bit sad in the decoration department this year at our house, so we were glad to just take it down!  Due to several severed cords, the tree was a fire hazard, so we just threw it away.  Oliver and Tanner helped us with this process.  They decided, Santa had already visited, so being good was not needed any longer!

All in all, we have had a wonderful holiday, and I have enjoyed my time off with the boys.  2014 has been a year with many highs, such as my wonderful trip to Kenya, and some terrible lows...the death of Smokey and Tanner's cancer diagnosis.  Even with the ups and downs, we remain a family, and I have learned to cherish every moment we are given.  I love the friendships this blog has brought to our family.  My wish for 2015 is for good health, cherished memories, love and friendship to us all!

Tanner's medical update: He spent part of Tuesday at the vet school.  They did a few blood tests and a physical exam to see how his kidney values are looking.  His phosphorous levels were back down to normal.  The BUN and creatinine were still high, but remained about the same as the week before.  They are not sure if this is actually the beginning of chronic kidney disease, or if it is a side effect from the chemo.  For now, we are just monitoring.  I am still adding the water to his canned food, and since I had some kidney diet food left over from Smokey, Tanner is getting some of that mixed in with his regular hard food.  Tan becomes a bit complicated again because of his heart disease, so if the numbers continue to go up, we will need a consult with oncology, cardiology and internal medicine to determine the best treatment course for him.  He continues to act normal, and eat well.  Tonight, we were playing and he was even jumping for his string!  I pray that 2015 will bring around the miracle that he so deserves.  Thank you all for the continued purrs!


  1. Santa was very good to you!!

    We're purring for Tanner. We hope his numbers go back down.

    The Florida Furkids

  2. even without the lights sounds like Christmas was a hit. we wish you a HEALTHY 2015

  3. It sounds like it was an incredible Christmas with the boys! We are purring and praying every day for Tanner and hoping for a good 2015 for you all!
    Marty and Mom

  4. What a nice Christmas ! We wish you all the best for 2015 ! Purrs

  5. Christmas was wonderful for all the kitties, tree notwithstanding. Ha.

    Continued purrs and purrayers for Tanner...The well-known expression holds true: Treat the cat, not the numbers.

    We hope 2015 will bring good health to him and to all, as well as an abundance of love and laughter and treats!

  6. What a nice Christmas you all had! And I am so happy to hear that Tanner is doing well and enjoying life. Paws up for a great 2015!

  7. guys..heerz two a burd free, happee, healthee N blessed 2015 ♥♥♥♥♥

    heerz two a grate week oh end filled with sun, salmon & sghetti ♥♥♥♥♥

    pee ezz...we noe all bout de cord chewin noe tree at all heer thing...thanx ta sum cat who will ree mane name lezz...tuna ...

  8. I am glad you all had such a good Christmas together. The new ornaments are all lovely. That is good news that Tanner continues to do well.
    Happy New Year to you.

  9. Wow you must have been furry good all year since Santa brought yoy so many great things :)
    Sending (((purrs))) for Tanner and hop the numbers will go down.

  10. We continue to send strong healing purrs to Tanner; our paws are crossed for an improvement in the numbers.
    A Happy New Year to all of you.
    Purrs ... Rainbow

  11. What a great Christmas you all had! And paws up that Tanner is still doing well, despite the fact that the blood values are up. We're hoping that he continues to feel good.

    Happy New Year to all of you!

  12. Great photos, I love to see happy kitties. I am praying for that miracle.

  13. We'd want to keep that tree up all the time. Those are some wonderful ornaments!

  14. Wow, Santa Claws hooked you guys up! :) We're happy that Tanner is doing well, even if those numbers are still up. We're purring and praying for a miracle for him in 2015, too.

    Happy New Year!

  15. It looks like you all had a great Christmas!! I am lucky because Carmine and Milita left the tree alone (it was our first year with a tree).

    Sorry to hear about Tanner. We are sending purrs and prayers. <3


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