Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Here I Go, There I Go, Everywhere I Go, Go.

Yesterday was a little nuts to say the least. I was on the go all day. Rhett's crib was recalled and I had to take it back to the store. Which meant I had to go into the little tiny space that it's in, bend myself in ways that I never new i could bend and unscrew everything.

Let's say our room is a little more than crowded with 3 dressers, a TV, 2 nightstands, a queen size bed, and a crib. Not to mention an IV Pole, a Nebulizer, carts with medical supplies, a humidifier, and a sat monitor.

But hey, we make it work. so after taking apart his bed, and him eyeing me every time I walked out with some pieces to it, we got it back to the store. Who by the way has no record of the price of the crib when they carried it.

We sat there for 2 hours trying to come up with a price. I told them that it was almost 3 years ago when we bought it, and all I remembered was that we bought the crib and the mattress together, and they came close to 300.00 because that was my budget.

Anyways, they came up with the "We'll just guess and give you $200.00 back in in store credit." Okay, sounds good to me. So at this point I am wondering. Rhett is three years old, there is no point in getting him a crib right?

So we made the transition to a toddler bed. With the money that we got back from the crib we were able to buy Rhett a toddler bed, and then still have money left over for a few months to buy diapers. YIPPY!!

I guess it worked out okay for us.

I really expected Rhett to fall out of bed at least 5 thousand times. He sleeps all over the place in all sorts of odd positions, but he did fairly well. I was quite proud of him.

Granted he did end up in bed with me around 5 am, but that's a whole 'nother story.

After doing that I took some toys that we had gathered for charity and dropped them off, and then dropped off some of the bigger nicer ones to Kid to Kid, who buys used clothes and toys. (This place is seriously how I keep my kids clothed 90% of the time.)

Then we were on a quest. Andy told me that I could have a little dog if the price was right. I wanted one who was already house trained and it had to be a female. We are getting rid of our bigger dogs because they cost too much to feed, and the male won't stay in the yard, he keeps jumping the 6 1/2 foot fence and wandering the neighborhood when we let him out.

We will probably keep the female for a while, just because she is super mellow, and one of Rhett's very best friends.

I had ran across a female Chihuahua who was 1 yr and 2 months old. Her owners needed to get rid of her because they were moving and couldn't keep her anymore. She has been around young kids, and is super sweet, and for the price of free.99 it was a steal. She is purebred and really cute. She weighs about 5 lbs and is full grown. My sister has a male that she just got, so who knows maybe we can breed them and make some more money off of our animals.

At some point someone asked me why we didn't get rid of our animals so that we could put the money that we use to feed them towards food or medical bills. Well the answer to that is simple.

We make more money breeding and selling them than what it costs to feed them. These animals are the only thing that has kept us afloat, and able to make our house payment when Andy was out of work, or when we needed something extra like shoes, and stuff like that.

We also raise our own crickets for the dragons, and have a pair of rabbits that we breed to feed the snake. Then there are the lop rabbits that we breed to sale to pet stores, as well as privately. People come all the way from a different state just to buy our lops so they can show them.

So in all reality it is a great little side business that we have going on. Not to mention the Reptile Expo's that we sale our dragons at as well. Those are huge.

We never buy our animals. We are always on the look out for people who want to get rid of something that we want. Like the 5 1/2 foot red tail boa that we just got was given to us. We could turn around and sell her at the reptile expo for over $800.00.

She also could eat my dog in a heart beat without even blinking.....memo to me, keep them out of the same room.

Here's my delima though. Our hound that we have is named Princess, and my dog that I got yesterday is also named Princess. I can't think of another name for her. Andy calls her RAT DOG, because he's not so fond of little "kick me dogs" as he calls them.

She needs a better name than Rat. So help me come up with a name. Rhett loves her and they chase each other around the house. She has been a little unsure of things, but seems to be doing better this morning. She likes watching our bird and running around in circles in front of her cage.

Today we are off to PCMC for a swallow study, and filling all of Rhett's compounded prescriptions that are made special just for him. Then hopefully we both get to come home and take a nap. He still isn't 100% and I am sure today is going to tucker him out.

We are off to go get ready for another "Go Day" as we call them. I can't wait to see some of the names you come up with for my dog.

Today I am thankful for the fact that Rhett adjusted to his new bed pretty well.


Niksmom said...

Aww, she's kinda cute (for a "rat dog")! How about "Belle" as in Beauty & the Beast...and a twist on the Taco Bell dog?

Kyle, Aimee and Ava said...

I think she's pretty cute! What about Izzy?

Randi said...

What a cute dog!! How about Roxy or Sadie?

Lily said...

Tinkerbell! Her ears could be wings and her green eyes match Tinks outfit!

Cousin said...

I always wanted to have a cute little dog and name her roxy, maybe one day I will but there is my vote.

Later lady


Anonymous said...

too bad she's not black, then you could call her "bat" dog!


and to anonymous--what else are the snakes going to eat? although I would not like to watch them eating!! YUCK!!! (but then I'm not a snake person.)

also, anonymous needs to watch "Bambi"

Ally in Wonderland said...

ok, so....it was an anonumous person who harped on this family for "spending money on these animals when they could be spending it on the family" and then Pam told us about how they have the animals to help raise money for the family....and she's still considered wrong...

I don't get it....

Seeing as that's what snakes eat in the WILD. And PET STORES.

Pam, I vote you disable the Anonymous comments again.

As for that cutiepie's new name...you're going to want to name her something close to "Princess" so she doesn't get confused, as she's had that name for a year now. However, I am not creative enough to come up with a rhyming name. All I can think of is "Minimum". You could call her "mini" for short and its a play on the fact that your husband thinks she's a "kick me dog" a.k.a. a minimum version! Haha!

Anonymous said...

Like Pam's mom always says...If you can't say anything nice,,...... the comment about the dogs,etc. was not meant with any malice of any kind! come on people, it just a question and one that someone was asking. who knew the specifics (except Pam). she answered in a gracious way. Pam, it sounds like things may be on the upswing for your family, (I hope so) I like the name Belle for the cute new member of the family. Susie

Kei said...

I'm with Kaylene... My first thought was 'Bat' something; her ears remind me of Bat ears

Kei said...


Annette said...

I'm Annette from Omaha. I'm 52 and also have PH. I've enjoyed getting caught up on your beautiful son's story for PH Awareness blogging day! Thanks for sharing!

Kaden and Angel Ava's mommy said...

I would say to let Rhett pick the name...something easy for him to say. Kaden right now is in to naming his "babies" a.k.a stuffed animals. He has a frog named Moo, an elephant named Hoo Hoo and a one eyed cat named One Eye Elephant, all very creative if you ask me : )!!!

Heart Mommy said...

I liked the idea of keeping her name close to the last one... So your could name her Kisses/ KISS (don't know if you are a butt-rocker)HEhehe!!! I also like Sassy, or Lil'y (little+lilly)

Anonymous said...

She looks like a Zelda..She is cute:))

Hope you all enjoy her..Happy PH awareness Blogging day...Take care..


Pam said...

To Who Am I?

If you would like to talk to me in private then I would love to chat with you. I agree that to breed animals successfully you do need to know about them.

I can assure you we will not breed our new little beauty until we know what we are getting into.

It's nothing against you and I didn't take your comment as offensive, it's just that I thought it better talked about priavtely.

That way my kids aren't brought into it and I don't have to answer questions about the people who are intentionally hurtful. I have your comment saved, just not posted where the kids have to get into it. KWIM?

You brought up some very good points and I appreciate it. You can email me at mom2rhett@hotmail.com

I really would love to talk to you. Thanks!!

Who Am I? said...

I forgot to mention earlier, that dogs learn new names very quickly, if you teach it correctly. In the dog fostering community, the dogs who are in care often have very negative experiences associated with their names. If that's the case they're re-named immediately upon going to a new home (or entering the foster home) and given a new name that sounds NOTHING like the old name. Over a couple of days they're taught THAT name is ALWAYS associated with good things. Couple of days is all it takes. In the case of your new dog, name her whatever you like, just teach it to her quickly.

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All 4 My Gals said...

I hope you have a great day honey!

As always you show class and love to the anon commenter you write to above. HUGS HUGS HUGS

I like Tinkerbell and call her Tink. :)

Love to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

Ugh, Pam, I'm sorry you're having trouble with us anonymous comment-ers again. Although, I'm thankful you've gone the route of comment moderation rather then turning us off, (although I know many of us still continue to read the blog, and love and pray for you and your family).

I'm glad Rhett did well in his new bed, and congrats on the newest family member.


Michelle said...

BREED the pup and send one to Nora. She is in love with those little things. We had a "tink" across the street not to long ago. Did you know that you can litter train those pups??


Carey said...

I just listed our crib on craigs list monday! great minds think alike , wow that's crazy! I'm glad you did it first though. and he hasn't fallen out yet?! wow. well, soon we'll be doing the transition too!

what a cute little doggy. i've been begging for a new dog and now logan is asking santa for one ;) daddy says santa doesn't gift live animals ... whatever.