Our Journey...

Think we forgot to tell you a lil bit about what sort of vacay we're on! Last September of 2011, Dad retired. He and momzers got an RV and decided to plan a trip across the country, visiting national parks on the way to Maine (where's that?) for a family reunion. That's a long trip from northern California! Anyway, this blog is now a record of our travels across the good ole U.S. of A. and even Canada - plus all the things we get to do and see! We started our journey mid-March and hope to be back in NoCal by mid-October - yeah!

Friday, April 23, 2010


This guy's a guarantee for cookies.

I used to squeak and whine when we parked here. I'm still exuberant about going in that door, but as soon as I'm inside, I want O-U-T. Furry strange, cause it wasn't like that
pre-G-L-O-V-E just about a year ago. Somehow, Mom got a happy face on me again though.

As we walk to the room where I meet the wonderful Dr. Bill, we pass the wall of fame. You can see where I am here.

Oh dear... don't look too happy here.

This is what is outside all the examining rooms - hope you like this, Norwood.

While Mom and Dr. Bill blab, I get distracted by all the cookies I'm getting heheh! See... as many of you know, I came to Ma and Pa riddled with kidney disease. The blood tests have shown me free of it since August 2008, but it's time to find out if there are still any traces. Plus, Mom thinks I've been slackin' a bit lately. So we're here for a (gasp) blood test and urinalysis.

I get more cookies! Yummmnnnnnn! (I really do like my doc!)

Doctor Bill has been taking care of Ma's and Pa's aminals for almost 20 years - all cats... well, except me. When I first came to my furever home, I met Dr. Bill. He'd been "out of the office" for a furry long time, which Ma didn't know. It was hard to make a date with him, cause he was recovering from brain cancer and just getting back to work. Amazingly, he has made an extraordinary recovery and today is on a full-time work schedule. We are so grateful that he is okay! He is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious V-E-T! So, above are some beautiful letters to Dr. Bill from his clients, which we love to read when we come by. And me? Dr. B. called Ma the day after I visited and said I was perfect. Didn't Mary Poppins mention something about being "practically perfect?" I am so grateful yet again. Just call me Sammie Poppins. (Plus, of course, he got me through my GLOVE trauma!) Have a wonderful weekend, pals and wish me luck in another obedience trial tomorrow!


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Oh how Mom and I rekhall your glove enkhounter!


Woo are truly furry lukhky!

So far, I've gone to the vet four times (one was just fur my Lyme booster) and I bound it and chekhk out evFURRYthing whilst there -

We are furry glad to see woo got a GReat report!

PeeEssWoo: That is furry pawesome news about Dr B!

The Army of Four said...

"Perfect"!?! Yea!!!! Way to go, Sammie Poppins!! We're so happy for you!

Sam said...

I'm very happy you checked out clean - I had almost forgotten about your prior kidney disease. Mom and Dad must be doing a GREAT job keeping you healthy to have turned you around from that. Good for you!

Marge doesn't like the vet, but she does get a lot of treats there, too! She was a little better last time - we switched to the female doc in the practice and I think it made her more at ease.

Ally, Eclipse, Teddy and Kira said...

Wow, you had kidney disease when you went to your mom and dad? My Eclipse has reduced kidney function and he's only 18 months old, he's due for another U/A and blood draw ASAP and his sister has no kidney function to mention! Happy to seeyou've made a full recovery at this point!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Sammie!
Glad to know your Vet found you perfect!
And glad to know he had an amazing recovery and is taking good care of you!
Kisses and hugs

KT and Lady said...

Samantha, We celebrate your clean bill of health. Yay, way to go. Right on for your VET doc too. Have a great weekend with your family. Soak up their love.

KT and Lady

the booker man said...

miss sammie,
i'm so happy that you and dr. bill are healthy! YAY!
good luck at your obedience trial!
the booker man

houndstooth said...

I can get onboard with almost anything for cookies and pets! You must have one nice V-E-T!


Elizabeth said...

We are also glad that you are healthy!!!!! With a face like that who could resist giving you those cookies!?

Elizabeth & Luna

Martha and Bailey said...

Hi Sammie, we are so glad you are healthy and love the sound of your Dr Bill.
We both hate the vet - we have never had a cookie and rarely see the same vet twice!
You are in good hands there and if it wasn't for the travel we would like Dr Bill to be our Vet.
We wish you lots of luck for your competition - remember Sammie you are a Super Star!
love and kisses
Martha & bailey xx

Mango said...

Good luck at your obedience test! Your vet looks like a great guy, plus he gave you god news which is super. So no worries, right?


Bruce said...

So glad to hear your check up went well Sammie & what good news about your doctor! Good luck today.
love ya...your cat pal,
p.s. that reminds me...I just got a reminder card in the mail to go see my vet too...better make an appointment!

KB said...

I think that the glove trauma was before my time... but I can visualize what might have been involved.

Three cheers to your fantastic vet and to PERFECT Samantha!

Ms. ~K said...

Oh yes, the glove incident! Let's all try to forget that!!!
So glad and Dr. Bill are doing right as rain!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

Anonymous said...

Yippee! I'm so very much glad your kidneys are A-okay! And if you haves to go to the V-E-T, it's always nice to have a good, kind one - and it most definitely looks like yours is good and kind. Mine is also but I still don't likes to go. Cookies help, though.

Wiggles & Wags,

Mack D & The Gang said...

So glad you are perfect! :)

- Mack

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We were so scared when we first heard your glove story. And now we are so ecxtatically happy to hear that you got a good report. Your Dr. Bill is a very special guy, he survived all that evil stuff for a good reason - so glad he is your VET.

Happy Saturday.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

You're perfect and we're sooooo happy about that!!!!!
We missed you and your humans a lot!!!
Pleaseeeeeeeee.......forgive us for our absence....
but remember we keep you in our heart everyday!!!!
How could we forget you???
You're like our 2nd family and we can't think to live without your special friendship!!!!
HAve a special weekend!!!!!
WE LOVE YOU A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sweet kisses and licks and HUGE HUGS to all of you!!!!!
Good luck in your obedience trial!!!!
We'll think of you a lot!!!!!

Dory and the Mama said...

Woo Hoo!!! Healthy Samantha!! We are so happy that things are hunky dory with you...and also very glad to hear your V-E-T's cancer survival success story!!!


Maggie and Mitch said...

We didn't know you had kidney disease, Sammie! What awesome news from your vet! We're thrilled for you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

~Kim~ said...

You are certainly in great hands which is why I'm sure you're doing so wel1--There's really nothing like a vet (and family!!) that really cares about you and makes sure you're staying healthy!!

Thor said...

Sammie! I'm happy to hear you're healthy! And Dr. Bill too!

Piappies World said...

Hello Sammie!

We a re happy to know that you passed your Dr. Bill test will flying colors! Weeeee

Stay healthy, dear friend Sammie.

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & the Piappies

caboval said...

Oh Sammie! So glad you got a clean bill of health!! We really miss you!!! Hugs joey and Kealani

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello samantha its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow he came bak frum brayn cancer just for yoo i bet!!! yoo lucky dog!!! ok bye

Bella the Westie said...

Your doctor seems so nice, Sammie Poppins!
I am glad he is feeling better and happy that your trip to the vet went well.

Love, Bella.


You are a STAR at the vet! I can see why you are on the wall of fame. Dr Bill has frog clips and cookies. I may switch vets.... how far away are u?

- PS I really loved your suspense entry!

Oskar said...

Good luck on your trial tomorrow. I am so greatful that your kidney disease is not back.

What an amazing story about your V-E-T!

Wrigley said...

I am so glad you and the V-E-T are healthy!

Wags and Kisses,

Life With Dogs said...

A good vet is a gift - I'm glad you found one so long ago. Feeling great? :)

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Hey Sammie Poppins,

It doesn't take a V-E-T to tell us what we already know - we've always known you were practically perfect in every way.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Sierra Rose said...

Yay for perfect vet scores!! And, gotta love Dr. Bill!!
Hope you had a nice weekend....need to go see the comp post...but might need to stop and scratch first... :) Just kidding!!!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Kari in WeHo said...

Vets must have giant stashes of cookies!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Wow, Sammie -I didn't know about your kidney disease! I'm glad to hear that you recovered, though, and are still in top health!

Honey the Great Dane

Augie and Ti's mom said...

I don't think I know about the glove story, but I can use my imagination! Glad you are in good health now! Dr. Bill sounds like a keeper :)

Sam said...

Isn't it great when you have a vet you love? We've been going to Dr. Kerne since 1986. She is been recuperating from an illness herself, and we are so afraid of the day she decides to retire!