Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat February 10 - February 16




BillBlueEyes
02-10-2014, 06:05 AM
The snow continues to squeak underfoot - a product of temperatures remaining below freezing for a week. It retains the visual magic of a new snowfall because the snow remains white everywhere. There's little slush so any walking shoe is OK; once snow partially melts around here boots are mandatory to navigate the puddles at every intersection.

This winter continues to be good in my quest to drop the few pounds that I added during the stress of renovation a few summers ago. They came aboard and happily stayed. Like the guest who wasn't exactly welcome anyway who then overstayed that. My secret continues to be sticking to my eating plan even when faced with healthy snacks. I'm a sucker for nuts and raisins between meals - as if 'healthy' absolves calories.

Bargoo - I hope your TV came from an honorable dealer who'll replace it promptly. Perhaps even deliver and install it. Along with a cup of hot tea and an apology. (Note that as a realist I didn't add that the installer be a hunk.)

Welcome Bogey with the heartbreaking eyes.


Mudpie
02-10-2014, 06:26 AM
Bill DH was commenting on the snow squeaking underfoot as we walked around last night. Apparently that's quite common in more northern areas in this province but he's not used to it here. DH also didn't have winter boots for years - no need. Until now.

Allison Congratulations on the new addition to the family. Have you had a lab/sheperd mix before?

I posted my bad news in the "battle of the bulge" - I too have joined those whose weight is going up. Don't know how I'm going to handle this - I have two long dog sits coming up and it won't be spring anytime soon. One thing I have to do is cut out the alcohol completely again. That has been the major change this past year and it's definitely working against me.

Maybe I should move to Colorado for stress relief? :lol:

Dagmar 139 lbs.

paperclippy
02-10-2014, 08:19 AM
Good morning guys! All is generally well here. Babies slept well for two nights, then last night C was up frequently again. On the other hand, they have suddenly started sleeping all the way until 5:30 or 6:00, so it looks like the 4am wakings are a thing of the past (fingers crossed).

Carter decided to start whining at the baby gate this weekend so we got out the spray bottle of water as that is the only thing that is effective to stop whining. He's a smart dog though -- he will stand just out of range of the spray and whine, so that we have to actually leave the gated area in order to spritz him. He was pretty good after getting a couple spritzes though. I was upset with him yesterday afternoon again because in his old age he is getting more ornery and he snarled at me when I used my foot to encourage him to move away from the high chairs after he failed to respond to a verbal command (I didn't kick him or anything, just gently pushed him with my foot since my hands were full). We may need to keep a separate spray bottle near the high chairs. The vet told me that as dogs get older they tend to become more aggressive. :-/

I was sitting at my desk at work and realized that my hand kind of hurt. I figured it was dry skin and looked down at it to see where I needed lotion only to discover a gigantic scratch the entire length of the back of my hand! I guess I got hit by some sharp baby nails this morning without realizing.

Allison, Bogey is beautiful! I also want to hear how he and Misty are getting along. Did Misty miss Chico?

Bargoo, a TV that new should be under manufacturer's warranty still.

Bill, we're also at the squeaky snow stage here. I took Carter for a walk yesterday as it was finally warm enough, and he decided he wanted to go into the woods in an area where nobody had cleared any of the walkway. After trudging through the 18+ inch deep snow to get to the first couple trees I told him enough was enough and we turned around. :lol: Snow that deep wouldn't be so bad if I had on knee-high boots, but I was in ankle boots and jeans, and started getting snow down my ankles even with my jeans tucked in!


alinnell
02-10-2014, 09:20 AM
Misty gets along fine with Bogey but there are times when I feel like she's asking why on earth we brought him home. She's a calm, laid back Lab. He has the intensity of a shepherd. The cats hate him and don't come out at all when he is around. I hope that doesn't last long. I've enrolled him in basic obedience starting tomorrow night. He's a dream on the leash so I'm hoping he'll learn the other stuff quickly.

As for his eyes--DH says they're like the Twilight vampire eyes. And I have to agree!

I've never had a shepherd before, but my friend had a pure bred and I really do see a lot of shepherd in him. Not his face--it's all lab. But his hair and tail are all shepherd. And he has the mannerisms of a shepherd. He paces.

My first goal for him is to get him to do a sit-stay. I have to put him outside when it's feeding time as I cannot dish up the food while he is around as he has to be right in the bowl as the food is going in. He's not at all food aggressive,--he just wants to eat!

He'll be a work in progress for a while until he learns manners. But I really like him.

silverbirch
02-10-2014, 09:41 AM
I'm a sucker for nuts and raisins between meals - as if 'healthy' absolves calories.

Bill, I've been meaning to tell you that an Italian friend gave me a bag of hazelnuts from her grandparents' trees. I've put them in a bowl with a small toy squirrel and I'm rationing them as they are so special and delicious. So every afternoon, ritually, I crack six of them and have them with my cottage cheese and apple. If one or two of the shells are empty, well, that's the luck of the draw and I don't try any more. Having to crack them is very civilised. This is working really well and I'm finding that I'm not tempted to have any other extra nuts during the day. There are one or two in my breakfast muesli and that's it.

traveling michele
02-10-2014, 10:43 AM
Allison-- congrats on Bogey! The cats will come around. It may take awhile. My Charlotte finally doesn't hate Dewey and has on occasion even snuggled with him and let him clean her ears. He's almost three.

My weight... I hesitate to say it here because I may jinx it. So perhaps I'll whisper it.... today I was 125.2.... not going to change my ticker until I'm sure it sticks.... unfortunately I can't even enjoy it because I don't feel great. Super bad back all weekend.... and now I'm nauseous. Going to call the chiro this morning but no idea why I'm nauseous. Pain?

I really navigated the weekend well. Saturday dh wanted to go out for Italian which can be very hard for me as we have our faves that we always order. So, I did double exercise-- spin at the gym and bikram yoga to offset my dinner. I ate lightly the rest of the day and enjoyed my dinner-- 1.5 pieces of bruschetta, a shared blue cheese salad, a piece of salmon with beans (I didn't eat the mashed potatoes), and some roasted cauliflower. Afterwards we got a chocolate from the nearby homemade chocolate shop and I thoroughly enjoyed it as I haven't had dessert in a LONG while. Yesterday, I was down .2! Then I had my bookclub/ potluck to go to. It was my first time going and I had a pretty good time even though I only got 2/3 through the book. I brought fruit and had a handful of blueberries from that during the meeting. Nothing else. I even avoided the grapes I had put in the bowl! Afterwards, dh and I ate a very light dinner-- just asparagus and some roasted potatoes with onions (maybe that's why I'm nauseous-- no protein?)... And the scale was down more today!

Dh leaves again for China on Friday and will be gone for over 3 weeks this time, including my birthday... sigh....

saef
02-10-2014, 11:03 AM
You mean you don't consume nuts by the fistful while standing in front of a kitchen cupboard, thinking about something else entirely?

I'm in the CT office for the first time in maybe three weeks, due to my week of vacation and then ill-timed snowstorms that always wiped out the roads on my usual days in my office share. I feel like I have to readjust to civilization, lights, noise, other people, and making small talk. Even getting here was a bit of a victory because more snow fell overnight and the traffic was heavy and slow. Also, we're supposed to get another Nor'easter later in the week, so I suppose I should run errands and get in my human contact while the sun shines.

I keep telling myself, what good is all this heroic work of mine in the gym, even on the darkest, snowiest days, when I keep eating and eating?

I swear that this oppressed feeling makes me act out in ways that my ancestors would understand, and that under these conditions, you eat as many withered berries, moldy tree-nuts and animal meat as you can possibly scavenge. I've developed this thing for dried apples (sulphured, of course, as all white or yellowish fruit seems to be) and I am going to town on the unsalted mixed nuts that went on sale everywhere for Superbowl snacking, since I won't eat the wings or nachos traditionally associated with the game.

Rationally, I know winter is a waiting game, that I need patience, that I need to counter my instincts and go outside more and eat less, but it's hard to fight myself every day when I wake up to snow-clogged streets and everything feels slow, narrow and impeded.

Secret Swan
02-11-2014, 01:23 AM
Saef, I know what you mean about the winter instincts! I've been directing them mostly into soups lately, but I've also been roasting a lot of vegetables, and I've made maybe three pot roasts this winter, and I NEVER cook roasts. It was like some inner cave woman was putting her foot down and demanding meat and fat for winter. It's actually really frustrating, because I had the most comfort food/winter fare cravings when I was eating fewer calories, so in order to make it all work I had to strictly divvy out the portions when I cooked the roast, then have pot roast, pot roast salad, pot roast tacos, etc., at every meal because it had to make so MANY portions. Roasted veggies work much better; you can really gorge yourself on broccoli and cauliflower and just a little sweet potato, and the roasting process even heats up my apartment to a near-habitable temperature. I was going to say that increasing my calories has reduced my cravings for this stuff, but actually now I think I need to hit the store soon for more veggies to roast.

Megan1982
02-11-2014, 12:50 PM
We have had so much fog in the last 2 weeks! That's what does me in, since it hasn't been particularly cold lately. I felt so oppressed after days of fog and no sunshine last week I wanted to snack nonstop. Oh, and monthly hormones weren't helping either. When I get snacky I tend to want things that won't fill me up, so giving myself permission to eat nuts actually usually helps me to stop eating sooner, since they do satiate me. I'm not immune to overeating them and do have to be careful, though.

It was sunny this morning for our long wog of the day and the fog is closing in again. I'm taking the day off to study for my first exam of the semester that's due to be finished by the end of the weekend (yup, here I am on 3fc... no comments please :p). I do have my first hair appointment in over 3 months this afternoon and am trying a new, local stylist. I liked my old one but she was too far away for convenience. We also just got an Aveeda salon. Does anyone know what the "Aveeda concept" is? Does anyone like Aveeda? If this doesn't go well I'll try them next. Otherwise it's sitting AWAY from my computer with my notebook and hot tea for the afternoon. Tea will help me feel less enclosed by fog, right?

Bargoo, if you only bought the TV 10 days ago surely there is some warranty still in place. I hope it gets replaced quickly, without trouble or cost to you.

Michele, *whispering too* glad your weight is going in the right direction. I hope it sticks. Could you make plans with some good girlfriends for your birthday?

Allison, gl w obedience classes. How old is Bogey?

Bill, as I said, I can do the nuts ok. Raisins and other dried fruit? Nope. Dangerous territory. Yes, that "health halo" is deceptive.

Jessica, I hope the girls keep sleeping so well! Fingers crossed for you here, too. From each of your posts it sounds like they're sleeping better and everyone is adjusting, bit by bit.

Swan, one can never roast too many veggies. Sometimes I make big dishes of things for the week and end up with tons of portions, too (not necessarily pot roast, but I made a huge turkey eggplant casserole dish on sunday). My BF is not always thrilled about endless leftovers, but knows better than to complain since he is not stepping up to cook.

Ok, I AM off to study now. Have a good day all. :)

alinnell
02-11-2014, 01:11 PM
Megan~Bogey is about 1 1/2 years old. Still puppy-ish in many ways but he's really showing me how fast a learner he is. I've been keeping him on leash inside (unless we put him away) and he's very fast to sit when asked. Since he's leashed he can't pace and I think that keeps him calmer. Sunday night and last night we shut him in the guest room alone for about an hour or so. He'd had long days both days ad I figured he'd nap. Don't know if he did or not but he was quiet. While he's away we bring the cats out. Since it's been over 24 hours since he's tried to find them under the bed they're being a bit calmer. Ringo, my cat with issues, actually came out on his own this morning before I left for work. That made me happy. Oh, and this morning he was calm and sat while I dished his food!

JayZeeJay
02-11-2014, 01:31 PM
Alinnell: Bogey is so cute. I had a shepherd/collie mix for several years that I adopted as a senior - he was a doll.

BillBlueEyes
02-11-2014, 02:07 PM
I've put them in a bowl with a small toy squirrel and I'm rationing them as they are so special and delicious. So every afternoon, ritually, I crack six of them and have them with my cottage cheese and apple. If one or two of the shells are empty, well, that's the luck of the draw and I don't try any more. That is such a demonstration of mindful eating. I could allow a bowl of nuts if I did that. (The toy squirrel cracks me up.)

You mean you don't consume nuts by the fistful while standing in front of a kitchen cupboard, thinking about something else entirely?

<sigh> . . . It's the thinking something else that allows it. The old mindless eating.

silverbirch
02-11-2014, 03:30 PM
It's something to do with knowing where they come from, who picked them, the trouble there was with squirrels and so on that makes it impossible to eat them mindlessly. The sheer effort involved by people I know in getting them to the bowl on my dresser.

And it's also something to do with ritual, I think. "This is what we always do. We do this, and no more or less." That's part of why eating the same things for many of my meals really helps me. I ritualise it and take choice away. I only choose something different nowadays (you know, since January) for my evening meal.

I like the space that this gives me to ... think about other things. If I'm in front of the cupboard 'consuming nuts by the handful ... thinking about something else entirely', I'm not really managing to do either properly. I'm trying to have some time away from what's going on, some free time, some time for me, some just nothing time.

bargoo
02-11-2014, 03:39 PM
Megan~Bogey is about 1 1/2 years old. Still puppy-ish in many ways but he's really showing me how fast a learner he is. I've been keeping him on leash inside (unless we put him away) and he's very fast to sit when asked. Since he's leashed he can't pace and I think that keeps him calmer. Sunday night and last night we shut him in the guest room alone for about an hour or so. He'd had long days both days ad I figured he'd nap. Don't know if he did or not but he was quiet. While he's away we bring the cats out. Since it's been over 24 hours since he's tried to find them under the bed they're being a bit calmer. Ringo, my cat with issues, actually came out on his own this morning before I left for work. That made me happy. Oh, and this morning he was calm and sat while I dished his food!

I have no experience with Labs but have a lot with German Shepherds. I was married to a Police Officer who had a K9 He lived with us and everybody in the family loved him, as long as he wasn't on duty he thought he was a lap dog. You can't find a better dog than a German Shepherd, miixed or pure bred.My son has one now German Shepherd and ? They think she might be part chow she is getting up in years but is still loveable I wish I could see Bogey in person, he sounds like he will be a great dog for you.

bargoo
02-11-2014, 03:43 PM
PS About the TV. It wasn't necessary for me to take the TV and go back to the store in a huff. it wasn't the TV, it was cable at fault.

traveling michele
02-11-2014, 05:48 PM
Michele, *whispering too* glad your weight is going in the right direction. I hope it sticks. Could you make plans with some good girlfriends for your birthday?




Well, we may have jinxed it. Up 1/2 a pound today. Hopefully won't continue in that direction. I'll have to see about making plans for my birthday. My closest friends aren't nearby. I have a good friend that I sometimes do stuff with but her son is about to get married and she is busy with the planning parts of that.

Anyone else have the day off Monday? I do! I can't wait. Trying to decide what to do. I made an appt to donate blood in the afternoon which will allow for exercise/yoga in the morning. That might be all I plan. We'll see.... What plans do you have?

alinnell
02-11-2014, 06:32 PM
I have Momday off! And so does my son so he's coming home for the weekend! I plan on golf Saturday and washing the dogs Sunday morning. I think DH will wash the solar panels. Not sure what we'll do on Monday.

Some of the good movies that we wanted to see in the theaters are gone, but on pay per view. We watched Dallas Buyer's Club Sunday afternoon instead of going to a movie. IDK why, but I can't sit still in the afternoon to watch TV. Nights? No problem. Weird. I think we had to pause the movie half a dozen times for one or more of us to get up and do something. We never leave the theater during a movie! I guess it's the convenience of the pause button.

Wish me and Bogey luck on our first obedience class tonight! I hope I learn a few things for him and the cats.

CherryPie99
02-11-2014, 07:14 PM
Not only do I have next Monday off but I have tomorrow off for Lincoln's Birthday!! Sometimes working for NYS rocks!

It will probably be a boring day of running errands, but the stores should be pretty clear.

Jen

Mudpie
02-11-2014, 07:22 PM
Day off? Qu'est que c'est? Although we do have some sort of holiday this month - a Monday - called "Family Day". It's supposed to be a stat holiday for all but people are still confused about it, mainly because of the name.

My vote was for "Winter Blues/Blahs Banishment Day" but the government wasn't having any of it. :lol3:

Dagmar :tired:

saef
02-11-2014, 07:52 PM
I have Monday off, thank goodness, or else there wouldn't be anything to look forward to until Memorial Day.

I'm looking forward to it, even if it just means one extra hour of sleep.

ICUwishing
02-12-2014, 08:50 AM
The automotive world traded off Presidents Day for MLK Day. I "get" it on a politically correct level ... but would prefer to have the break now instead of back in January, not even two weeks after returning for the year. It is a LONG haul til Easter. :p Kind of like the stretch between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, only with nastier weather.

paperclippy
02-12-2014, 09:21 AM
I don't even know what holiday Monday is. My next holiday is Memorial Day! The January - May stretch is really painful sometimes.

Last night was another poor sleep night for Miss A. They like to trade off -- the night before it was C. In any case after a diaper change at midnight she slept the rest of the night just fine. Too bad we didn't think to change her diaper earlier, if that was the problem the whole time. She also had a meltdown at bedtime so I think she may have been having some tummy trouble. They were fussy this morning too so hopefully after their first nap they're being better for DH now. I feel bad leaving him stuck with fussy babies while I'm at work, but he was going to call his mom to come help out.

Relatedly, my mom is coming into town tomorrow! :D I hope she will not overdo anything on her shoulder and set back her healing.

Shannon in ATL
02-12-2014, 12:58 PM
Glad the tv wasn't the problem, Bargoo.

bargoo
02-12-2014, 06:05 PM
Shannon, are you OK? I heard Atlanta was in for more storms,

Megan1982
02-12-2014, 09:29 PM
I don't even know what holiday Monday is. My next holiday is Memorial Day! The January - May stretch is really painful sometimes.

Me too. My parents annual spring break trip is tentatively on right now, but uncertain bc of mom's back. It's usually a spring break for me, too, before the field season gets busy. Did I tell you guys when she went to see the surgeon he said to wait another month, bc her pain isn't that great? Now her surgery is up in the air. I selfishly hope they come bc I am was sad to see them so little over the Christmas holidays, but of course don't want to hurt mom's back more. I also am promising myself if they don't, I'll take at least a long weekend and do something out of the ordinary and fun since I do have a long stretch of no vacation, and my vacation days are just piling up without my taking any (part of why I took yesterday off to study - I don't take my days off, might as well use them).

Today was stressful and unproductive at work. It was strange since I took yesterday off. I had a total case of the Mondays. I hope tomorrow is better.

Bargoo, glad it's just the cable.

Jessica, enjoy the time with your mom! You said you'd take some time off work while she's here, right?

Allison, how was the obedience class?

Shannon, how is ATL?

Michele, you do the same things I do on your day off - extra workout time or yoga classes. Come to think of it the bloodmobile hasn't passed through my town in a while. I'll have to check on that. Enjoy.

alinnell
02-13-2014, 10:35 AM
I think I got my workout this morning. I'm at the office and the cat is out so I decide to let Bogey off leash. I'm sitting at my desk and notice the front door ajar and next thing I realize is Bogey is outside--and running! Yeah, he opened the door. Thankfully two of my employees were driving off at that moment and saw what was happening. I grabbed a leash and his treats and took off after him. He ran two blocks (stopping to mark every bush on the way) and they cornered him just before he would have reached the busy street. I knew he was a runner from when FIL opened our front door at home and he got out.

Meanwhile, obedience class was good. I have a slightly difficult time with him as they do not allow prong collars (only flat collars or gentle lead harnesses) and he's much easier to handle with a prong collar. He really learns quickly so that much is good.

They gave me some good pointers on dealing with him and the cats, but yesterday he saw Culley the office cat and I could not distract him at all. That worries me. I'll finish basic obedience, sign up for intermediate and possibly advanced after that. But in the back of my mind I'm thinking I need to have a trainer come to my house to help me with the cat issue.

The cats, however, are getting better. They're being a tiny bit bolder and coming out when he's outdoors (which of course makes him jump on the sliding doors) and they're out when we're gone. I hope that once we get the baby gate it withstands his jumping so they'll have a safe spot. In the mean time he's on leash indoors and he and Misty have more outdoor time than I think Misty likes.

Thinking of all of you in the arctic weather. I wish it were cooler here. We've been sleeping with our sliding glass door open the past few nights as it's really warm otherwise.

saef
02-13-2014, 10:43 AM
Snow is a four-letter word.

krampus
02-13-2014, 10:56 AM
It really is. I am anxious thinking about trying to get up the hill after work.

silverbirch
02-13-2014, 10:58 AM
As is rain.

As is wind. Hurricane-force winds here last night. 12 on the Beaufort scale is almost unknown here. The power went off but we ate white and sweet potatoes baked in the wood burner, by candlelight. That was nice. Lots of trees down this morning, and roads and bridges closed. Lots of HGVs and other vehicles stranded as the two main bridges were closed. Perhaps Ireland was cut off! (Joke, of course.)

Another low is coming in from the Atlantic tomorrow as the SO and I move a large number of logs. Stack / barrow / stack. I'll let you know how it all works out.

saef, sorry to hear about your Egham office. You, of course, are well placed to offer sympathy. Hope that you get through your day OK. Are you at home?

Shannon, is Atlanta cut off?

Allison, Bogey has spirit. He's giving you a run for your money!

:grouphug:

alinnell
02-13-2014, 11:19 AM
So my BFF in Arizona is a Duke alum and she has tickets to a game there Saturday night. I saw her posting on FB wondering if it is a good idea to fly there with all the snow and problems. Personally I wouldn't do it.

Mudpie
02-13-2014, 03:07 PM
Allison A baby gate will not stop a young determined sheperd with a high prey drive. Please make sure there is a closed (preferably locked) door between Bogey and any cat in the vicinity.

I saw a high prey drive dog kill a cat. Not an easy death for the cat.

Dagmar

CherryPie99
02-13-2014, 03:23 PM
However, I wouldn't make the assumption is it a high prey drive per se - we had a German Shepherd for years and she loved to make the cats RUN so she could HERD them. She'd lunge to make them run and chase them but NEVER would do anything aggressive if she caught them....

Jen

Mudpie
02-13-2014, 05:37 PM
However, I wouldn't make the assumption is it a high prey drive per se - we had a German Shepherd for years and she loved to make the cats RUN so she could HERD them. She'd lunge to make them run and chase them but NEVER would do anything aggressive if she caught them....

Jen

Once Bogey's personality and interactions with the cats have been assessed then, and only then, should he be allowed to freely interact with them. Dogs are very fast - it only takes a couple of seconds for one to grab a cat.

Dagmar

alinnell
02-13-2014, 08:38 PM
The first day Bogey was home, he was off leash and managed to find Ringo. Ringo was in my son's computer chair--hissing, growing and spitting (never seen a cat drool before!). Bogey was interested in him but afraid to get too close and at one time managed to get behind the cat and realized he was trapped. Later he came into the house (even though I was trying to keep him out) and he met Louie nose to nose which Louie did not like. Louie backed up, Bogey moved forward and that made Louie run. Bogey of course chased. Neither time did he seem to want to hurt either cat. He wants to know what they are all about. But until I can trust him, he will be on leash inside at all times (unless he is locked in a room by himself or kenneled). After we do basic and intermediate obedience I'll assess him and if he doesn't seem to be making headway I'll consider a private trainer for him. My friend in Arizona did it with her pit/Lab mix and it was an amazing transition for her dog (he was dog aggressive).

CherryPie99
02-13-2014, 09:18 PM
I'm seeing a future of love and peace! All of my cats grew up with dogs, but every time they meet a new one they hiss and and generally act like drama kings and queens lol.

Hopefully we're boring all the non pet people out there but I have to share this link that someone sent me today! I cried....

http://www.reshareworthy.com/20-facts-for-dog-lovers/

Mudpie
02-14-2014, 05:30 AM
Hopefully we're boring all the non pet people out there but I have to share this link that someone sent me today! I cried....

http://www.reshareworthy.com/20-facts-for-dog-lovers/

This kinda clearly illustrates the difference between me and a lot of pet owners. I love my cats and really like all the dogs and cats I interact with on the job. But they are ANIMALS to me, not little people in furry coats. So I treat them like animals. One or two gestures and physical touches speak volumes to an animal. Having a chat with them in English (or whatever language predominates among their humans) is, in MHO, pretty much just for us.

So a lot of these "facts" for dog owners are not really relevant in my world.

Dagmar :dizzy:

Mudpie
02-14-2014, 05:56 AM
The first day Bogey was home, he was off leash and managed to find Ringo. Ringo was in my son's computer chair--hissing, growing and spitting (never seen a cat drool before!). Bogey was interested in him but afraid to get too close and at one time managed to get behind the cat and realized he was trapped. Later he came into the house (even though I was trying to keep him out) and he met Louie nose to nose which Louie did not like. Louie backed up, Bogey moved forward and that made Louie run. Bogey of course chased. Neither time did he seem to want to hurt either cat. He wants to know what they are all about. But until I can trust him, he will be on leash inside at all times (unless he is locked in a room by himself or kenneled). After we do basic and intermediate obedience I'll assess him and if he doesn't seem to be making headway I'll consider a private trainer for him. My friend in Arizona did it with her pit/Lab mix and it was an amazing transition for her dog (he was dog aggressive).

It sounds like you have the situation well in hand Allison. I'm sure Bogey will learn the cats are "off limits" with all the training you are planning. I'm going to use your on leash strategy in my own house if I get my planned dog and cat in the future.

Dagmar :dizzy:

ICUwishing
02-14-2014, 07:52 AM
I have a feeling there will be a puppy in our house in the future; I am finding the hunting dog magazines lying around again. That will be a challenge for the two resident bunnies. There will have to be a lot of gates, attention, and training.

CherryPie99
02-14-2014, 08:20 AM
This kinda clearly illustrates the difference between me and a lot of pet owners. I love my cats and really like all the dogs and cats I interact with on the job. But they are ANIMALS to me, not little people in furry coats. So I treat them like animals. One or two gestures and physical touches speak volumes to an animal. Having a chat with them in English (or whatever language predominates among their humans) is, in MHO, pretty much just for us.

So a lot of these "facts" for dog owners are not really relevant in my world.

Dagmar :dizzy:

Wow, that really surprises me! I don't see them as little people, but my cats and dogs are very much members of my family. And when I talk, even when I'm not talking specifically to my dogs, I see them starting at me and their nubs just wagging like crazy, so I know they like to hear the sound of my voice.

saef
02-14-2014, 11:19 AM
After yesterday's storm, which lasted until the early morning hours, I'm feeling thankful that I don't have to park on the street anymore, as I did for almost 10 years in my last neighborhood. I'll still have to excavate my car, but if I drive anywhere, there will be empty parking spaces in my apartment complex to pull into when I return. I won't stay home out of fear that someone will steal my carefully carved-out spot, leaving me with nowhere to go & circling the block for a half-hour or thinking up other errands hoping someone pulls out while I'm waiting.

We had every conceivable form of precipitation yesterday, from hard, thickly falling snow, to blowing snow, to gentle, prettily falling snow, to sleet, to rain, and then a thunderstorm, which continued into the sleet, and then snow all over again. I've never experienced anything like that before.

I'm postponing going out and cleaning off my car, but I do need to leave my apartment again. Because we'll get more snow tomorrow, they say. And I want more asparagus and strawberries.

And oh, of course: Happy Valentine's Day! With affection toward you all for your listening ear and support through the year.

Mudpie
02-16-2014, 06:32 PM
I am not a screamer. But I spent about 15 minutes chasing a live mouse around this afternoon (no, not a planned part of the cat sit) and I screamed :eek: like a siren when it jumped at and over me.

Seriously this mouse should be part of Circe de Soleil. I was crouching down to try to drop a container over it and it jumped about 2 feet up and about a foot over me and ran down the hall. The cat was no more successful catching it.

I think this afternoon counts for some aerobic exercise for us both! :rofl:

Dagmar :mouse:

BillBlueEyes
02-16-2014, 06:55 PM
LMAO at the image of Dagmar couched over the mouse.

Yep, you've been awarded 100 points of aerobic exercise for the day.






And so has the mouse.

mars735
02-16-2014, 07:50 PM
I am not a screamer. But I spent about 15 minutes chasing a live mouse around this afternoon (no, not a planned part of the cat sit) and I screamed :eek: like a siren when it jumped at and over me.

Seriously this mouse should be part of Circe de Soleil. I was crouching down to try to drop a container over it and it jumped about 2 feet up and about a foot over me and ran down the hall. The cat was no more successful catching it.

I think this afternoon counts for some aerobic exercise for us both! :rofl:

Dagmar :mouse:

Dagmar, Shouldn't you post this on the exercise thread? :rofl: