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  1. We have ottoman cushions from Pottery Barn that we picked up 5 years ago. I made a water proof cover and sheet and those get washed leaving the canvas on the cushion still clean (but I do vacuum those from time to time)
  2. There are lots of online programs out there for Secret Santa - whoever organizes - look into them, it will make your life easier And don't let it suck the Christmas spirit out of you
  3. I adopted my first while working 8+ hours a day with an hour commute on either end. Group had no issue with that. Jet had no issue with that. My neighbors came home mid day for lunch and asked if I wanted them to let Jet and Ryan out. I said sure. Ryan often went out. Jet usually didn't get off my bed LOL Some dogs are ok all day without a break, others may not be. Jet was bombproof and adopted to anything and everything.
  4. Jeff is broken The floors we were looking at could go down over our tile, but it wouldn't work that way with the rooms that have carpet without those stupid transition things. So we'd either have to put down subflooring after ripping out carpet or rip out tile. Not something we are interested in doing for new floors.
  5. Check out the new vinyl plank flooring. We considered replacing our tile and carpet w it, but would be a pita to do without ripping up tile to get same floor levels.
  6. Tavarish - his story is so long. He was only with us to give his foster mom a break for a week or so. HA. We see how that worked out. He was the broken dog nobody, anywhere, wanted. EPI that needed the expensive enzymes and VWD. Yeah, so his VDW never ended up being an issue during his life - I mean that dog had plenty of chances to bleed to death while with us! Yet the vet there told us he could die just from cutting his nails too short and therefore we won't neuter him. Glad I went around them and had everything donated for his neuter. Again "he could die on the table" but yet he didn't drip a drop of blood. Once he was ours, we swapped enzymes. Yep, didn't need as much and was so much cheaper. So he wasn't really the spendy broken dog he was made out to be. I guess that worked in our favor since nobody wanted him. They all missed out on an awesome dog. Like Jet and Ryan before him, he was not short on adventures and travels. I will always giggle when I look back at the pic of him peeing on the welcome to Alaska sign as we were leaving Alaska. I guess even he grew tired of it. He always just jumped into things without any thought to the outcome - cliff, no problem, we'll just jump it and see what happens. Tree branch in the way - no problem, let's just jump it, who knew it dropped off on the other side. I'm glad he was old and past all that when we stopped at the Grand Canyon or he'd be testing barriers or jumping cliffs there too! The boy was fearless. Almost. His favorite toy floated away at the beach one day because he wasn't going into those huge (itty bitty little) scary waves to get it. So he stood there on the beach and watched his favorite toy float away. He'd run the beach for ever if you'd let him. Jet would just run along with him, tease him and then blow past him, then look back and laugh. He loved running on the beach with Jet. Once we added Abby to the family, he had a rough and tumble playmate. Jet wasn't a fan of his play style, she'd run circles around him, but none of that loud mouthy jump all over you kind of play. She was happy to let Abby fill that roll. He'd go out and explore the back yard every morning. He had trails through the brush. The squirrels were always on alert. He was slow, so they would get a head start, but I'm still pretty sure he got one once... or at least its tail. Lizards - we have plenty of tailless ones still running around. Tree frogs always fascinated him. Took him a while to realize maybe he shouldn't keep trying to eat or lick the frogs. The snake bite - well, that was a rough 4 hours. When the vet says she can do nothing and we'll know in 4 hours if it was a rattle snake or something a little less of an issue - he'll either die or not, but you'll know within 4 hours. Umm... yeah, thanks. So very rough 4 hours, but he was fine other than the leg the size of an elephant. When we decided to get another doberman, we wanted T to help us train the new puppy. He'd been slowing down a lot so we decided it was time to add Kiska. He taught him all his moves to take Abby down. They still don't work, Abby will always kick both their butts! And when he slowed down even more, the play was just on the floor/ground instead of up and running around. They got grumpy with each other in the last few months, but T rubbed off on Kiska - include the fear of waves. The vet asked us a few times if he really was 14. He'd done so well for how old he was and she hardly saw any live past 12 - whatever we'd done, we'd done well. But his body was failing him, so it was time. He was falling into things, falling over, just having a hard time. Last week he no longer met us at the door to go out after we came back from a walk with Kiska and Abby to play in the front yard. When he'd go out to potty he would go out, pee and then head right back inside. He didn't want to go down the stairs anymore, didn't roll in the grass while I let the birds out and then didn't come out with me to let them out or lock them up at night. He said no to kibble unless you had something really awesome to go with it and even then, he didn't want the kibble. And when he fell while he was peeing and just looked at me with those eyes while he sat there peeing on his legs, I knew it really was time. His body didn't have much more to give him. I can say that with three dogs in three different circumstances, all decisions suck! Ryan was sick and it was clear when it was time, but it took a long time to get there. Jet jumped off the couch and broke her leg at 14 and the osteo was in her lungs, there was no option there. Tavarish was old. Age is probably the most agonizing decision so far. But it is true, they do let you know, you just have to be willing to listen. Tavarish - may you run on the beach with Jetty bug to your heart's content. I will miss you my old man. You join the ranks of Best Dog Ever.
  7. Trudy


    9 years. really does seem like forever ago now Miss you baby boy
  8. The project I'm doing is bringing us to dinner on Thursday - otherwise that was my plan was to go out Thursday night.
  9. If anybody is gathering for dinner early in the week, I may try to join. I'm in Syracuse for work until next Friday am. But am wrapping up much of my stuff this week so I'm just here for final bits next week and not working 13 hours a day and can go be social
  10. I'd be willing to call her a dane Greyhound mix
  11. About 8 million times easier when the decision is made for you or maybe 3713 times easier when there is an underlying medical condition. Just failing mind and body - so much harder.
  12. We had a sliding door, not collar activated, but w the highest rise, they fit out just fine.
  13. If you are transporting dogs to a rescue group/shelter/etc out of state, yes, each dog needs an interstate health certs to travel. I'll skip the load of crap those certs can be, but yes, they are required. I've had a vet do a quick exam on each dog and then I've had a vet that never even put hands on the dog or looked at it - cert was ready when I walked in with the dog... The person that replaced me at the shelter recently forgot to get health certs for some dogs traveling to MA. The rescue in MA had to quarantine dogs for 2 weeks because they didn't have that piece of paper. Why the transporter accepted them without the cert is beyond me, but either way, the receiving end had to deal with the issues as a result of no certs.
  14. We could so use some spares, but we don't live by a PB outlet. Last ones were picked up when I has moving back down from NY.
  15. You can try fostering a greyhound or even work with a local all breed rescue and foster something through them. It may help. It may not
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