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Sep 10 2008

Hello, goodbye.

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I don’t really want to talk about this, but it would be kind of weird to just never mention it.  We had to take Fern back to the rescue.  We were told by her foster mom before we adopted her that she was good with cats.  Perhaps she was good with the foster’s cats, but with ours she was not.  She attacked them constantly.  She chased them down.  Even when they were doing nothing more than sleeping on the floor, she would go after them.  It was, to say the least, not pleasant.  Not for the cats, not for us, and definitely not for Fern, since she could obviously not be allowed free in the house.  We had to keep her crated or on leash all the time.  So, after several stress-filled days during which absolutely no one in this house was happy (except maybe Chris, by working 3rd shift he escaped most of it) we made the decision to return her to the rescue and let her get the home she deserves, where she can have the freedom she needs.

So, that’s the story of the dog.  She’s a sweet little dog, and I’m sure the rescue will find her the home she really needs.  It just wasn’t ours.  Hello, goodbye.

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Sep 07 2008


Published by under Health,Pets,The Man

I sprained my ankle today trying to hop over the dog’s tie-out while she was running after a toy.  I didn’t want to get tangled up in the cord, but I landed wrong and hurt myself.  No long morning walk for doggy tomorrow.

In other news, the cats do not like the dog one bit.  This is probably because she wants to play with them, and her version of playing is to lunge at them, much like she does with other dogs.  Once she lunges close enough, she drops to the ground and wiggles around, but the cats don’t really seem interested in sticking around to see what comes after LUNGE.

They also don’t seem interested in their new shelving system, designed to give them an up-high escape and perch where the dog can’t follow them.  So far, they like to hide upstairs, really only coming out when the dog is out for walks or when she is crated.

The Man is taking a very laissez faire attitude toward keeping the dog under control when she is in the house.  I’m sure this has something to do with the cats’ total lack of interest in being around the dog, since she’s been able to get after them once or twice, because no one’s been holding her leash. *ahem*

The new harness we bought on Friday, specially designed to reduce or stop pulling, is already broken.  The dog literally pulled it to pieces.

The dog’s name is Fern, by the way.  I might eventually get some pictures once she stops moving around so much, or once my ankle heals enough so I can chase her again.

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Sep 02 2008

Next steps to dog.

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I got an e-mail today from the rescue people saying that the board has approved us for ownership.  The next step is meeting the dog.  We have to do two meets before we can take her home, but if all goes well we can take her home at the end of the second meet.  We are e-mailing back and forth to schedule the meets, but right now it looks like the first one will be on Thursday.  The second one will take place at a rescue event on Saturday.  So, if everything goes smoothly we’ll be bringing home a dog on Saturday!  And we have nothing ready for her!  This is just like those dreams in which I’m nine months pregnant and we don’t even have a crib!  Except with a dog!

The Man and I plan on building a cat tree tomorrow to give the current animal residents some “get that thing away from me!” space. I also have Feliway on my supplies shopping list, because if I know my cats, we are going to need all the help we can get to smooth this transition.

And, for all those who are curious, here is a picture of the dog – “Ears McGee” as Mackers calls her.  Her ears don’t really stick up like that – it’s just because she’s running.

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Aug 31 2008

Happy Birthday to The Man

Published by under Pets,The Man

Today is The Man’s birthday.  He doesn’t know how old he is – he has to stop and reckon it up.  I guess that means he’s getting senile.

We celebrated by having our home inspection from the rescue people, which we seem to have passed.  At any rate, they’re going to let us meet the dog.

We also went to dinner and shopping.  He got a new mouse.  I got new sheets for the bed.  Thrilling, I know.

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Aug 27 2008

Zomg! Dog!

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I’m freaking out a little bit right now.  As I wrote earlier, The Man and I are looking in to adding a dog to our household.  Mostly because The Man wants a dog.  So, we filled out an application with a local rescue, and waited to hear back.  Actually, we waited to be denied, because AFTER I filled out the app it came to my attention that they don’t home dogs with people who have young children, and I put on the app that we were trying to have kids.  Even though we don’t have kids right this very second, I figured they would reject us anyway.

BUT, someone contacted me today asking when would be the best time to come for a home visit.  This is where they look your house and yard over to make sure you don’t have lampshades made of human skin or suspicious bones poking up out of the ground.  Plus I’m sure they look for things like if you have enough space for a dog and whatnot.  You know, in between inspecting the lamp shades (lucky for me, all my lamp shades are stained glass).

So, now that it looks like we are going to be getting a dog, I’ve been gearing up for a freak out because OMG I don’t know anything about dogs!  So I spent my day looking up crate training, and how to introduce a dog into a house that has cats, and how to build an outdoor dog run, and all this other crap that has me freaking out.

And, if you ever want a good laugh, I suggest reading articles about integrating cats and dogs.  But, you have to read one by an expert, and then one by a layperson.  Because the experts are all “Don’t leave the dog alone with the cats, because DOGS KILL CATS.  Don’t allow your cats to run or else the DOG WILL CHASE AND KILL IT.”  And the laypeople are all “Things will be tense for a few days, but eventually the animals will find a way to live together.”  While I’m sure the experts have good points, the whole IF YOU DON’T DO THIS JUST RIGHT YOUR ANIMALS WILL DIE A GRISLY DEATH tone is not good for someone like me.  However, I am totally unable to be all laid back and let things work themselves out, like many of the laypeople recommend. That just seems like a recipe for disaster.

So, I plan on going with what sounded most reasonable to me: keep the dog crated or on leash in the house until it’s used to the cats and the cats are used to it.  Give the cats a cat tree so they have a place to escape to that the dog can’t follow.  Put a dog run in the back yard so the dog can get its run on during the nice weather without me having to spend all my waking hours outside exercising a dog.

This Sunday is the home inspection.  Eek.

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