How we treated our dog’s nasodigital hyperkeratosis — wait, what?

hyperkeratosis dog paws, almost feathery in texture

I thought to write this since as an animal-lover, finding a solution to our woof’s problem lifted such a weight off my back. Hopefully it helps someone else’s puppy out too. A few weeks ago, Casey started limping. We first assumed it was a pulled muscle since she does this often up north when she runs around. She had been roughhousing (ruff-housing?) in the snow a lot with Junior. After a few days it hadn’t resolved itself though. I checked her paws quickly and they seemed a bit cracked. … Continue reading

Denim whale’s big brother has arrived!

I made a more robust version of the DIY denim whale from last week! I like his tail details. Now that I’m becoming a little more familiar with my sewing machine, it was easier to do the cute little top-stitches. See the original post here (includes link to denim whale tutorial by a lovely Finnish lady). How do you like my whale?   Related articles DIY denim whale – great baby room or toddler gift project! DIY: Turn your regular jeans into skinny jeans… right … Continue reading

DIY denim whale — great baby room or toddler gift project!

One of the sucky parts about having a bunch of jeans I no longer like is that I very rarely find projects that involve denim that I think don’t look cheesy or cheap. Something about denim that only looks good on the legs, and occasionally, if you’re feeling adventurous and young, a jacket. We’re getting the baby boy’s room ready lately. My youngest niece came a lot earlier than expected (in fact she was born on our wedding day), so we figured — just in … Continue reading

Chester the Tree-Climbing Dog

One of Miklos’s coworkers has a crazy dog who climbs trees. Check it out! This is cool, but for some reason I’m feeling more inadequate for my own human childhood failures at tree-climbing… Do you know a dog who can do anything like this? Share the post “Chester the Tree-Climbing Dog” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

How you can help others, RIGHT NOW, for free!

Want to make a difference but you’re uh… kind of struggling yourself? Whether you already volunteer your time or wish you had the time, there’s always a little extra you can be doing, even if you don’t have the money right this second. Sites like Greater Good are home to the Animal Rescue Site and also host other charities that help fight hunger, fund mammograms, help house veterans, pay for therapy for autistic people, and more. If you visit the site, you can help make … Continue reading

How Did You Find Me? Popular Posts on Commatose

One thing I find interesting about this blog, because it is comprised of so many different topics, is the popularity of some of the posts. You would not believe how many people get here searching Google for the Masked Magician. And I don’t even have any inside scoop on the guy. Is he even alive anymore? Who knows! (Wikipedia, probably.) Aside from Google, the power of Pinterest is strong. If you put up a cute article about the crappy DIY cat hammock you made and … Continue reading

Civic Holiday Blues — Flea Fest ’13

Got a chance to visit my aunt’s beautiful cottage up in the Thousand Islands. (We had several salads without said dressing however.) A fun and even relaxing weekend. When we came back, we found our dogs covered in fleas. This had never happened before — we’ve been very lucky. I guess our dogs just decided to hang out with some fleas this weekend when my sister took them out for a while. We cleaned the house a hundred times, flea-bathed and combed the dogs for … Continue reading

Bears in a Tree

Here are the bears we saw cooling off in a tree on a very hot day a few weeks ago near Grundy Lake. Of course, the first time I forgot my camera at the cottage before a boat ride was the first time I ever saw a baby bear peeking out of the bushes along the lake. Lesson learned. NEVER. LEAVE. CAMERA.   Share the post “Bears in a Tree” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

Koko the Gorilla Loves Cats, So I Love Koko the Gorilla

This wonderful gorilla not only knows over 1000 words in sign language, but also loves cats, naming them through sign language and teaching them to eat cake, among other things. Here is Koko playing with Smokey and Lipstick. This gorilla’s story can be found here, along with more stories of animals who have their own pets. Found on FreeKibbleKat.com today. Share the post “Koko the Gorilla Loves Cats, So I Love Koko the Gorilla” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail