Took Lily for her chemo today:
She did well, and I will have numbers and updates later on. Right now we need a nap.
All the nurses and everyone gushed over how adorable she is, and I honestly can’t tell if they have a special thing for her or say that about all the dogs and I am just thinking the stripper I am throwing hundreds at really likes me.
Dog eyes are the best eyes.
Lily is the cutest! Such a good girl.
Major Major Major Major
Aww what a good girl.
I’m pretty sure Lily IS adored because her sweetness is so obvious. And they can take one look at you and see that you, too, are a sweetheart because you love Lily. I’ll bet they say wonderful things about you when they see you coming.
She is the goodest girl. ❤️
I think Lily’s special, no matter what, and they see it too. And she seems to be a dream of a patient.
Hope her health continues to improve and she beats this.
What a soulful pair of eyes on that puppy. She looks so damn cute. I hope she pulls through – that face is just begging for scritches. :-)
She is Lily! How can they not love her?
@donnah: Well, that may depend on whether or not he’s wearing overalls.
Lily is beautiful ??
Sending positive thoughts.
Pretty sure it’s her. You couldn’t say no, how can anybody else? Hope the tests are all good!
Gaia, lookit that sweet face. Windows to the soul, indeed.
Naps for everyone!
You go girl! So sweet!
This photo with those eyes is excellent and Lily made it happen. Photo #1 for the next calendar!
Sending puppeh health love. Hang in there, Lily, you’re almost finished and can go back to napping on the bed.
Nap well and wake refreshed, John and Lily. You are both the best. You would make Melania proud.
I imagine veterinarians and Vet techs get bitten by their patients frequently, so I would wager their love for sweet Lily is the real deal. Thank you for the update.
Sorry John, but facts are facts: she is utterly and completely adorable – period.
Its’s not just you, John. She looks like a cross between a housemouse and a lemur. All huge eyes. She is gorgeous, and she has no idea that she is.
Sleep well. They gush over her because she is obviously the sweetest dog on the planet. Hope you are having a good dreamless cuddle.
Those eyes say it all. She’s happy.
Laughing here–you’re beating John Oliver to the punch by a week.
Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady)
Thanks for the report and the picture, John. We need to see the good things amid the chaos.
Lily’s thought bubble: “I love my human.”
OT Trump hardly even knows who Michael Cohen is. That will be tweeted in the morning.
Lily’s sweetness has burst through my computer screen and melted my heart. Sending scritches and healing vibes your way.
Avenatti says that Russians paid Cohen for the funds that went to Stormy Daniels. The only good news of the day so far…tick tock, motherfuckers…
My family are dog and cat people from the start. Since adulthood reared its ugly head, I personally have “owned” (pet ownership being a legal fiction we use to assign liability for the damage) six cats now over the years and I can tell you that the vets unerringly spotted the ones who were truly special–special, special, not just “special to me,” as, of course, they all were.
And if they can tell that with cats in the one situation calculated to out the worst in them, you know they can sure as hell tell with the dogs.
? ?? Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) ? ?
That’s good to hear, for Lily. I like cats but I’ve thought about getting a Newfoundland Dog in the future.
@HRA: Did you see the Jedi Lily photo from last night’s thread? That one is also awesome and definitely should be on the calendar.
@Nicole: my vet tech was talking with me last week about feline rabies vaccines. Said they only recommended the 3 year version for cats they didn’t want to see again soon. So yeah, they know from problem patients.
LOL on the stripper thing. Naw … That’s the face that launches a thousand ships, right there. So happy to hear it went well. Lily’s super power is obviously to inspire instant, total, helpless love! Let us know if one can help with the vet bills aspect of the process.
Ahh, she’s really showing you the love there! Pulling for her to beat this.
@PsiFighter37: I think Avenatti says a lot of shit just to rattle cages in Trumpland. But if he somehow has proof …
What a sweet photo! Best thoughts to you and Lily…
@Gravenstone: ATT was also mentioned and they confirmed the payment. The payment was not for lobbying or lawyer work though. They just wanted insight to the president.
In other news to amaze, Cole took a really good picture.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: He certainly did.
Alain the site fixer
I sense a new pet product picture!
@?BillinGlendaleCA: I imagined him sitting on the floor of the vet hospital in his overalls talking to Lily. It’s right on her level.
@PsiFighter37: This is REALLY big if true. He’s on LOD tonight.
Make of this what you will.
“How the fuck” indeed.
We love you, Lily!
No, I overdid the spring cleaning and went to bed early. I am going to look for it now. Thanks for telling me.
@Quinerly: He’s on CNN at eight. Somehow he received documents detailing who was giving Cohen money. Trump hardly knew him though.
Mingobat (f/k/a Karen in GA)
By not sucking at his job. An unfamiliar concept to people in Trumpworld.
Anyway, love and ear scritches to Lily from Knoxville, where Richard Thompson is about to take the stage, with Jason Isbell to follow later this evening. Then I’ll catch the LOD rerun afterwards. Quite the entertaining evening ahead of me.
Vets, Vet Techs and Staff see hundreds of different dogs a week, each with a different attitude about the visit, different quirks and personalities.
They know which ones they like, and show it.
When Casey had her first TPLO Surgury, the VetTech’s quickly learned that she had to be allowed to check in on any distressed patients, ( vocalizing) and comfort them, before they could crate her. When she came in for her second TPLO, they remembered her name, ( not mine), had a welcoming committee, and had set up a bed for her surrounded by their current crop of “distressed” patients.
The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion
Thanks for adorable pet pic, glad Lily is doing well.
And Cole is adorable too, so I am sure all the local strippers love him. Try throwing spare change next time and they’ll still be nice. I’m sure of it.
I wonder if any of the fine folks at that vet clinic are secret Balloon-Juice lurkers . . .
Lily is adorable, I am hoping for good news.
Also, I think this is a pretty big deal: Firm Tied to Russian Oligarch Made Payments to Michael Cohen
It’s not just Russia. The parent corporation of Novartis made payments as well. It provides further detail to the Daily Beast excerpts.
I know! It’s like he’s ColeinBethanyWV or something.
@SiubhanDuinne: Now let’s don’t get carried away.
Jesus, I hope Avenatti is sure of his facts here. Woah if true and all, but WOE if not.
@SiubhanDuinne: It’s being reported in the New York Times as well. I included a link above. It’s crazy isn’t it?
Cole gonna take your jub, Bill.
I love this sentence. I want to hug it and kiss it and squeeze it and take it home with me and call it “George.”
@SiubhanDuinne: ” Jesus, I hope Avenatti is sure of his facts here. Woah if true and all, but WOE if not. ”
It may be that stuff is starting to come out. ATT was forced to admit in court that it paid Michael Cohen for ‘consulting’ on the merger through end of 2017..
BREAKING: @ATT confirms payments to Cohen LLC >>
Full Stmt: “Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration. They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017”
tweet found via Josh Marshall’s twiter. Anyway, probably not a coincidence Avenatti announced on same day another sketchy payment came out at trial. Avenatti seems good at strategery.
Let’s see what happens.
Note the timing of this, the day after the Schneider exposure.
Was the former a pre-emptive move, or the latter a counterstrike?
@TenguPhule: Now I have economic anxiety.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: You have a job!? As my grandmother used to say to me ‘you’d make a natural rich man’s son’.
–I honestly can’t tell if they have a special thing for her or say that about all the dogs and I am just thinking the stripper I am throwing hundreds at really likes me.–
Probably all three.
The Senate released their first report on the election tampering by Russia. I think this is important because we know that provisional ballots are often discarded
It doesn’t name the states. https://www.burr.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/RussRptInstlmt1-%20ElecSec%20Findings,Recs2.pdf
Moar Russian Ratfucking:
Steve in the ATL
@? ?? Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) ? ?: get a top notch vacuum cleaner first
@Repatriated: It’s hard to believe it’s a coincidence, but there are so many moving parts, in so many areas, involving so many people, that it could very well be.
@Steve in the ATL: And a drool mop.
Tilda Swintons Bald Cap
@jl: Can you say collusion? I knew you could. Also, Avenatti tweeted he’s just getting started.
@? ?? Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) ? ?: Allow me to suggest Newfoundland Rescue to you– You’d be doing yourself, and some unerringly sweet other a favor. I’m involved with That Newfoundland Place in Coventry CT–They rescue Newfies and a few others from New England, mainly, and a few doggos from upstate NY. There is also breed rescue via NCA (Newfoundland Club of America)–again, in New England it’s NCNA, but regional breed clubs abound and they typically have, or link to, rescues.
Just for God’ sake DO NOT buy a dog from a (Missouri, Upstate, Indiana…all over) puppy mill! I fostered a mamma dog from a backyard mill, and in all my years of foster & rescue I have never seen such horrific trauma. Just say no! They are monsters.
Good luck, learn about the breed! meet a few…or more…before you decide they are the dog for you. Imagine TaMara’s gorgeous Danes, but with giant fur coats, and an irrepressible desire to swim and mess in puddles. Then they climb in your lab and drool on you. It’s love, of course.
@SiubhanDuinne: It is delish.
Truly the sweetest dog….that beautiful face!!! I have so much hope that she’s gonna get through this just fine.
Who is this guy primarying Manchin?
Someone should put up a primary thread.
Five timed tonight my comments have frozen up in mid-typing. Never happened before.
Alain tinkering, or end of net-neutrality, or just a random glitch?
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Baud: Albert Swearingen, carpetbagger from South Dakota. Ran a nasty bar, or so I’ve heard.
@Tilda Swintons Bald Cap: Avenatti has been saying for weeks that at least six other people who signed Trumpster NDAs have contacted him. During the media shows it has been assumed these are all women who where paid to shut up about sexcapades with Trump. But, those NDAs could be for other reasons too.
And Avenatti seems to have a very diligent and alert staff. He says his office dug through the material Daniel’s previous attorney sent and tracked down documentation of communications showing Cohen and/or Trump were anxious to get the NDA done because of the election. I doubt the previous attorney meant to send anything about that. So, who knows, could be anything that he found.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Primary from the right or the left?
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Baud: in all seriousness, from the left, looks like. Hayes just referred to her as an environmental activist, and she got 30% of the Dem vote (so far)
ETA: My fist post was a reference to HBOs Deadwood which I strongly recommend to one and all
@Gravenstone: That’s hilarious!
So you see? Rudy was right. No campaign funds were involved at all!
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Don’t care, as long as they come home in the general.
@Steve in the ATL: yes! My old joke was 1 house, 2 dogs, 3 vacuums… I still have one place to live; only one dog and she’s mostly Pyr…no shedding yet….hmmm. I still have multiple vacuums.
I vouch for the Dyson Animal, although it’s heckin’ expensive for what it does, and heavy too–the Dysons do last (I had an old yellow one for nearly 10 years through a rotation of I think 3 or 4 Newfies. NB: It’s not just the hair, although that does clog the spinning brush annoyingly…. it’s all the leaves, grass and crud they carry in. I call my dogs “reverse vacuum cleaners” for that reason.
(When I got Murphy, the mostly Pyr) I got a Hoover upright with a swanky silicone brush type thing that is supposed to be self-cleaning–less expensive, but heavy as all get out. Relatively easy to use (i.e., empty the canister) though.
As for drool, not so much the problem indoors– the drool comes when they run around and get hot or excited and etc. No, it’s that a lot of them (all) step in the water dish, drink from the toilet (slurp)–no blue stuff in the tank!!, and go for any source of water they can get to. When outside they will eagerly step in, possibly roll in, puddles big and small, and as for a spring brook, summer pond, or seaside, just forget it, you’re done. Get used to keeping large piles of old towels next to the door. And in your car. (If you haven’t saved them, you can do pretty well at a thrift store. Also a god source of stainless bowls, parted from their mixers, make good feeding/water bowls…since you’ll be washing them all the time. :) Oh, and your car will smell like wet dog, if you take them swimming, which you should do for their health!
Newfies aren’t just dogs–they’re lifestyle choices! wonderful ones, but not for the OCD clean folk among us.
MSNBC has a check mark next to Manchin now.
Dewine wins in Ohio.
Maybe the intelligence community in Europe is starting to leak, now that it does not have to involve state secrets.
Steve in the ATL
@MoxieM: I have the Dyson Animal as well and it has been great. I do spend a lot of time cutting golden retriever fur off the spinning brush, though.
As every thread is an open thread, I’m going to give all y’all who are on the edge of their seats waiting for a wound update what they want. I went to the wound care clinic today and was poked, prodded, photographed, and generally examined. The doctor there said it is possible the wound didn’t properly granulate and that’s why it won’t close and sent me how with some stuff called Iodosorb to apply to it once a day. He is also getting my pathology and operative reports from the hospital that did my surgery to see if the initial diagnosis was right. I have an appointment in two weeks to check on things. If the Iodosorb doesn’t work, he said he might have to cut out the area that didn’t heal properly and let it try again.
In short, I have another poultice and another date for the thing to close by. We’ll see how it goes.
Take back the Senate. Focus matters, and money to critical races.
@Luthe: Hope healing goes faster for you now. Best wishes while you wait.
Just One More Canuck
@? ?? Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) ? ?: That’s a big change – the dog could weigh more than you
The parents of a friend in university had 5 Newfoundlands – they practically destroyed what was otherwise a beautiful house in a gorgeous area of Vancouver
both, but in Lily’s case they mean it!!!! What a sweetheart!!!!!
She’s the best girl. They may suck up to other people and their dogs, but they aren’t faking it with her.
@PsiFighter37: For real? He said that?
@Luthe: It’s good you got into the specialist, thanks for the update, and please keep keeping us updated. Here’s to granulating (whatever that is)…
@Baud: I’m having trouble keeping track of everybody. Do we like Dewine?
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: OMG. Deadwood is a masterpiece. Did you notice that most of Swearingen’s monologues are in blank verse?
@WaterGirl: NO. DEWINE IS BAD. We like Cordray.
@Manyakitty: Yeah, I LOVE Cordray. I see that Dewine is REPUBLICAN, so that makes him worse than bad.