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Old 08-30-2008, 08:35 AM   #1
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Hey chickies!!!

Thought I would lump the whole weekend into one chat, as it will most likely be quiet around here.

Today we have a BBQ at a friends, tomorrow a birthday/pool party (I have to make a cupcake tower, YAY!), and Monday not much planned. Kids start school on Tues. Cadence is on the countdown, three days til she's a kindergartner...she's so darn cute.

RLK, congrats on the pregnancy!! Hope everything goes well for you. I wouldn't get a puppy, so much work. We got our Bichon 2.5 years ago when my youngest was 3, and we probably should've waited til now, she's 5. She was pretty rough with Daisy (the dog), thank goodness Daisy is a good dog. Cady is so much more mature, and so much better with her now. Not only that, but it does take an incredible amount of time and patience to train a puppy properly. Just my two cents.

Cafeine, hope your mom is okay. Sorry about the trip being cancelled, hopefully you can get there soon!!

Erin, hope you are able to enjoy the weekend...is this the first time you're back to work since having kids?? Best wishes to you!!

GG, sounds like you had a great day yesterday!! Are you working all weekend? Hope not.

Well, I'm off to get some laundry done. DH has to work today (lots of overtime lately, YAY!), so he'll meet us at the BBQ. Hopefully it won't rain too much, it's pretty cloudy today.

Have a super weekend, everyone!!

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Happy Weekend!!! Not much going on here. Really bad cramps today but I did get weighed and I'm down 1.2!!! I didn't weigh in last week since it was the end of vaca so the 1.2 is for 2 weeks but I have TOM right now so I'm happy I showed some loss on the scale.

Rikki... NO puppy. I speak from experience. It would be OK now but once your tummy is bigger, you won't be able to bend over and most importantly when you bring baby home, it's like chaos. I hated it and it was supposed to be the happiest time of my life!! ARGH!! Please... do yourself a favor... enjoy the pregnancy... quietly!! LOL

Congratulations on the baby!!!!!!!
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Rikki - One BIG reason I would suggest not getting a puppy till the baby is older...accidents. If you have carpet, it WILL be used no matter how much paper you put out or how much crate training you do. They can surprise you. Especially once your tummy is in the way, cleaning puppy pee out of the carpet isn't fun, and it leaks into the padding. You can clean it, and put stuff down on it, but really...unless you have only wood floors...your carpets will never bee as clean as they were before. Just something to think about. Getting a puppy AFTER the baby can get around and has stopped putting everything on the floor in his/her mouth might be a good idea. Oh, and it also helps to have a dog that is older when you have a baby rather than a puppy. Puppies WILL chew...on anything or anyone sometimes. They also don't have the impulse control that older dogs do...just like baby humans. If the baby pulls a tail, puppy probably bites, not because he is mean, just because it is his way of saying "ouch". We had to put "bitter apple" on our fingers, the blinds in the family room, heck...even on the carpet in one spot just to get our beagle to stop chewing on things. He was a mouthy dog and it took a good while to get him over it. Having a baby with him around would not have been good. In our puppy training clicker class...he got so excited that he'd done something right and was getting a reward that he missed the bit of turkey and bit my finger. Puppy teeth are little needles...I bled all over the place. He now will let you take things out of his mouth, you can take his food bowl away from him while he's eating, he would never bit, it just took what seemed like forever to break him of that. having a baby when we had him...I'd have gone insane and though we would NEVER get rid of an animal once we took it, he'd have brought me pretty close to it.
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Old 08-30-2008, 10:33 AM   #4
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Don't know about my mom yet...they didn't make it to the Dr. on time last night and so the doctor said since she's not having chest pains she didn't need to go to the ER but to come in the minute the office opens today. That is in another hour and a half.
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:21 AM   #5
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Mornin' All!

Caff, I have to go back and read yesterday's to find out about your mom. Hope she's OK!! About the puppy, you weren't hear when we got our puppy, we were soo excited, the cuteness ruled us. I'm soo sorry we got him now, and did go as far as calling our vet hospital and asking them if anyone there wanted him, because they all love him there. They said they'd ask around and one girl really wanted him but she was in the midst of moving and wasn't sure if the landlord would let her have a dog. He didn't. I'm glad, because he's actually starting to get better. We finally got a clicker (the pet stores were all out of stock for months!) and he learned very quickly that clicker = treat. Right now we're only using it to get him to come when he's running around outside and starts to run away. And as far as chewing...geez louise...this guy chews everything!! We've been through soo many toys! Two tug-of-war ropes, a stuffed long dog thing (like in the commercials), squeaky foot, squeaky football (still in one piece, but squeaker is gone), he finally just managed to destroy a thick blue rubber bone, made for "strong chewers". This am he destroyed a frisbee. All he has left now if nyla-bones...which of course he can't be bothered with! Told DH we're not buying him anymore toys that he's going to instantly destroy! He needs to learn to like his nyla-bones! He is getting to be a better listener, but he still thinks that everyone wants to play with him, wants to be licked by him, jumped on by him...etc. He's got lots of manners to learn.

Question as far as clicker training (I know I'm rambling here, sorry!) The clicker is supposed to be positive reinforcement, isn't it? So how do I teach him not to jump with the clicker? I was thinking I'd click and give him a treat if he got down when I clicked. But is that positive reinforcement? Will he think that all he has to do is jump up to hear the clicker and get a treat?

Valerie, Congrats on the loss!!

Pam, Good idea lumping us! Have fun at the BBQ! How many cupcakes does the tower hold? I was going nuts trying to figure out how to transport 2 doz. cupcakes to daycare yesterday, because the caddy I have only has spots for 12. I was able to use just the cake surface and fit 14, but what I ended up doing was bring that, plus a 9x13 pan with a dozen in it. It was a PITA, but it worked.

We're cleaning today, probably tomorrow too. Going to my cousin's for a BBQ on Monday. I wanted to do it Sunday, but my brother can't come until Monday. I hate driving on the Parkway on Holidays!

Have a great weekend all!
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Lauren, one of the biggest commands we learned with our beagle and clicker training was the "automatic down". You stand there, holding the clicker and the treat and just stare at the dog. They'll do all sorts of things trying to figure out what the heck you want, and then eventually they will lay down. You click and give them the treat. Chaucer our beagle was the FIRST in the class to figure out that. About the only thing he was first at.

Oh, and a couple toys that aren't easily destroyed and are loads of fun for dogs. A Kong that you put a thin layer of peanut butter or something in. Also, there is a cube. You put dog food in it (not much) and set the difficulty on how hard it will be to get the food out. Then, let the dog have it. There is a maze on the inside and so they have to roll the cube around and around till some food falls out. If you set it hard enough that it takes them a while, they can stay occupied for quite a while. It is too big for any puppy to put in its mouth so chewing on it is a bit hard, plus...that doesn't accomplish anything.

If you can get into a clicker training class that is the best. I think Pet Smart or Pet Co usually have one. Do NOT do any class where they tell you that you have to use a choke chain. Heck, we checked out a class where the guy wanted everyone, no matter what, to use those choke chains with the spikes that face in. We watched all of about 3 minutes of the class and left in a hurry. With positive reinforcement the dog really WANTS to do what you tell him/her not just doing it because they are confused why you hurt them when they don't. I'm so glad you have a clicker...they really are good to use.
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Old 08-30-2008, 02:05 PM   #7
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Yes, our PetSmart has training classes, not sure if they have clicker specific classes. Can't afford them right now anyway. But he seems to catch on quick...when he wants too. He had a puppy size Kong when we first got him and he managed to bite the end off it, believe it or not! I forgot he had a "rattle" shaped kong type toy...can't remember if it's a Kong. He doesn't play with it too much. Sometimes we give it to him at night with some food in it.
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Oh I never bothered with the puppy sized ones! Gotta give them something to aim for after all...when I'm big I shall be able to destroy this toy!
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Lauren....remember when I told you not to get a puppy?? *pam grins and laughs he evil laugh* Anyway, I have never heard of a clicker. I use a rolled up newspaper for when Daisy jumps...I don't even have to use it, just show it to her...before I would hit my hand with it, she was afraid of the noise, but it seems to be getting much better. As for the toys, I learned a long time ago that dog toys don't last. The kids' stuffed animals actually hold up better than the dog ones (conspiracy, I think to get us to buy more, lol). Anyway, the kids each gave her one of their toys. She still chews stuff she shouldn't occasionally, but it's usually after we've left her alone for a long period, like "I;ll teach them to leave me alone." Eli will get better, just try to be consistent.

Val, congrats on the loss, hope the cramps are better soon.

Okay, off to our BBq soon. Have a great afternoon all!!
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My ex bought my daughter a dog for her birthday, to keep at his house. 2 months later, he decided she needed to live with us. At the time, we were living in a townhouse that would not allow pets. I moved, rent went up. I traded in my coupe for an SUV. I paid for her training. I pay for her food, vets, etc. (Ex's mom paid for the spaying). She's almost 4 now and she's more my dog than my daughter's--I'm the one who feeds her, grooms her, takes care of her, etc.
Before getting a dog, you really need to make sure that your lifestyle is going to be the right one for the dog. (my ex is a firefighter/paramedic, working 24 hour shifts. when he got the dog, he had a GF, but 2 months later, she was gone and he couldn't take care of the dog when he was gone for over 24 hours at a time)
I used to think it would be cool to have a puppy and a baby so they could "grow up" together, but they both require a lot of work and attention and one or the other would suffer, I think.
Good luck with the pregnancy! Hold off on the dog
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Old 08-30-2008, 05:16 PM   #11
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Hi guys,

My computer is on the blink again so I'll only be here sporadically. It's in the shop and I won't find out until Wed how much it's going to cost to fix. DH isn't interested in spending much 'cause we just spent $150 and it's old. We'll probably be shopping for a new one soon. Sigh. I don't want a new one. I love the one I have now. Anyhow, I can only get online when DH will let me use his. Not that he's stingy, he just uses it too!

Rikki: Congrats on the baby!! I agree with the others, NO puppy now! I've been Jonesing for one, but I've been giving myself the same advice! I have a toddler, I don't need a puppy! Also, Cass is scared of them and I didn't know if it was better to get one now so she could get used to it and hopefully not be scared anymore or respect her fear and not get one. I dunno.

OK, gotta go. I hope you guys are having an awesome Labor Day Weekend!!
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Pam, YES! I should've listened to everyone!
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Hey there everyone! Just popping in to say hi. I haven't been on in a while but I'm still hanging in there. Hope everyone is doing well! to you all!
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morning all...just a quick hi...i'll catch up on posts tonight but got to go to work soon. Yep i'm working all weekend, includin monday. Oh well...thats my part of my job
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Hi all!
Rikki congratulations on the baby, I say no to the dog thought, I am a dog lover, I don't know what I would do without a yorkie in my house, but I think it is too much to handle all at once a baby and a puppy, no matter how good of training you may get for the dog, you still need the time to enforce it, I remember when Sean was a baby how little time I had to even take a shower! thats just my opinion, keep us posted.

GG sorry you have to work all weekend, that part of your job has to be very difficult~

Hi Sunshine! good to see ya!

Karen sorry your computer is not playing nice! if you have to buy a new computer, like I did, I would highly recommend getting a MAC, I love mine, it is awesome and I got the classes they offer for one year you pay $100 and you take a privet lesson for 1 hour weekly for the whole year the classes are on what ever you are interested to learn about, one week can be one thing and the next something totally different, I love it!

Misty that doesn't sound to nice of your ex, it was kind of imposing on you with the dog. I guess that is a good reason why he is an ex! lol!

Caff how is you mom today?

Poppyseeds I just hear that cinnamon tea is suppose to help with menstrual cramps.

Pam enjoy the weekend, have fun baking!

Alicia hello! I am so sorry about all the home work your little one has, I bet it is hard to think you can't be there everyday to help with it in the afternoon, hang in there! O is a Cirque de Soilel that is fantastic! it is in my opinion their best show! lots of acrobatics combined w/water.

Well I am back from Las Vegas, we had a great time, it was a great trip, we got to see the shows I really wanted to see. The hotel was kind of chaotic, we bought a time share at the Hilton Flamingo, we tried to make reservations to stay at the Flamingo but we couldn't cause they are doing some remodeling in the hotel so they were booked, so we stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacation a little towards the end of the Las Vegas strip, accross from the Sahara, this particular property doesn't have a casino, it doesn't even have a restaurant, but that was just fine, we ate at the different buffets and the best one of all in our opinion is the Bellagio's it is the best mmmmm.... any way we had a few things happened at the hotel that I could had done without! lol, to say the least, the maid came in to clean our room after I asked them to do a deep cleaning of the room as it was not perfectly clean and couple of days after she did, I was getting ready to get dressed, we stopped at the outlets on the way to LV, I couldn't find my bag with my brand new clothes, guess what happened??? the maid threw the bag away thinking it was trash cause it was sitting next to a trash can! so we had to file a police report with the hotel's security, I honestly don't think she stole them I do believe she did indeed threw them away. The hotel did rembursed all our charges in the hotel and the points we used to book the week, we are still waiting to get $$$ back for the shopping bag contents. oh well! I guess I will have to go shopping again....
I just posted new photos on my webshots page, I posted very nice pics from the trip from Hoover Dam and Fire Mt. I also posted the new sweater I just finished


I got to go I have a house full of kids ready to go on the water slide and I have not put it up yet~
got to run~

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