Thursday March 15th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen โ€ 

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275 Responses to Thursday March 15th – Open Thread

  1. Sylvia Avery says:

    IF I did this right, here’s a pic of my new baby girl:

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    • dbethd says:

      Awww what a sweetie.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Awe! She’s a cutie!

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Thank you! She is definitely keeping me busy.

        I have had to give up some of my obsession with the political news (probably good to have some balance in my world!) because she is taking up a lot of time right now but she is so sweet and loving, and she learns quickly so it is pretty rewarding.

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    • Dora says:

      She’s adorable!

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Thank you! She is so tiny. I’ve never had a dog this small. The vet has already sternly warned me NOT to overfeed her so I’m trying to heed her advice, but she’s just a little bit of a thing. Probably 13 lbs by now…

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Mine is 15 lbs.

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          • Sylvia Avery says:

            What kind of dog do you have? Mixed breed or a purebred?

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            • auscitizenmom says:

              A long-haired dachshund/cocker spaniel. ๐Ÿ™‚ She has the short legs of the doxie and a face half way between each. She is really adorable. She doesn’t like anybody to get near me and acts very aggressive like she is going to chew their leg off and their response is usually….”Awww, but she’s so cute.” LOL

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              • Sylvia Avery says:

                She sounds darling! My parents had a long haired doxie mixed with either a Yorkie. She was so funny looking she was cute, and oh my GOSH was she smart! What a character!

                I lost the best dog I’ve ever had several years ago and it about broke my heart. He was a Tibetan Terrier which I had never even heard of before when his owner surrendered him.

                Eventually, I could see why his owner gave him up. He had “issues” which I attempted to correct by taking him to obedience training after explaining the situation to the trainer and her telling me, “Oh, he’ll be fine!” But we got expelled when he tried to bite the trainer…

                Anyway, if I had a dollar for everytime we were enthusiastically approached by strangers who were about to throw their arms around him saying, “What a cute dog! He looks just like Benji!” I finally had to learn to be quick and, well, rude and say, “Stop! He WILL bite you!” which was really overstating it but I couldn’t take the chance. He did mellow, finally, but I was very protective of him. Here’s a pic of him:

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  Awwww. So cute. I have the same problem, especially with really small children.

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                • Sylvia Avery says:

                  And doesn’t your stomach just drop every time when a little kid comes running up? I used to be completely fearless around dogs, myself, because I had so seldom encountered any that showed any signs of aggression.

                  But once you’ve seen it, even if it is just growling and snapping, it makes me worry about people getting too close to my dogs.

                  And, to be honest, I am now VERY cautious about other people’s dogs. I tend to ignore them and let them come to me in their own time and let them sniff me over and now I ALWAYS ask if I may pet the dog so that they can tell me no if they are at all uneasy about it.

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  Yes, adults and older children have some understanding, but the little ones just don’t know. And, they are sooooo fast sometimes. I was walking her one day, and there was a Hispanic man with a cute little toddler girl. She came arunning and I was saying “stop”, etc. Didn’t work. Neither spoke English. Finally I looked at the dad and yelled “bad dog.” He got that and called her back to him.

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  I yell “Bad Dog”. They usually understand that.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Awww.

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    • Chris says:

      She’s a cutie SA !
      ..photogenic too !.. looks like she has a new friend.. LOL

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    • nikkichico7 says:

      โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ … so sweet, bless her heart ๐Ÿ’œ

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      You aren’t going to believe how much you will love this dog in a year’s time (or less). Now multiply that x10 for each year you have her.

      Please consider getting health insurance for her and don’t get stuck in the choice of paying a multi-thousands of dollars vet bill and putting her down.

      And again, my congrats! She is clearly a sweetie-pie!

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Do you have insurance or have one you have had a good experience with?

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        • ForGodandCountry says:

          No, sadly I don’t. Wish I did, but my dogs are too old to make costs reasonable. I’ve promised myself that I will for the next dog I get.

          That said, there are a lot of online options and owner forums to look at. This is what I plan on doing when I get my next dog. Just something for you to consider as it’s not something I thought about until it was too late. Don’t want you to make the same mistake I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • Sylvia Avery says:

            I keep thinking it sounds good, but everytime I look into the insurance it looks worse to me than people health insurance.

            Monthly premiums, coverage limitations, copays, and then caps on what they will pay for treatment and so forth, so I give up in disgust.

            My most beloved dog died several years ago of lymphoma. When I heard the diagnosis I saw it as a death sentence and I went home and curled up into a ball and cried for a week.

            I finally faced facts and decided to consult with an oncologist, over an hour’s drive one way. They recommended starting him on chemo right away while they staged the cancer and then I would have the info I needed to decide if I should continue or let him go.

            I ended up doing the first course of chemo for him and I had him for an additional 2.5 years. Up till the end, it was good quality time, too. And I know there have been advances made in the treatment since then. I never kept an exact tally, but I am sure that cost me at least $10,000.

            I know there are people who thought I was foolish to do that, but he was a very, very special part of my family and I would gladly do it again. But when I was looking at pet insurance (not that it would have helped me then since he was already diagnosed and in treatment) I was shocked to see the treatment coverage was limited to the first $3000.00.

            When I finally looked at premium costs, etc., and then looked at what I got for it I through the pamphlet away in total disgust because it wouldn’t have been very helpful to me.

            However, with a dog this young I should look into it again. The smart thing to do would be to get annoyingly precise about it and do a cost benefit analysis spread sheet.

            Thanks for the suggestion, it is definitely worth looking into. Health care for dogs is just as expensive as it is for humans.

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            • oldiadguy says:

              “I ended up doing the first course of chemo for him and I had him for an additional 2.5 years. Up till the end, it was good quality time, too.”

              We love our precious little ones. Money can be no object when you look at the unconditional love you receive from them. We spent almost double that for our two girls last year, mostly on Pixie. We would have spent more to have kept her healthy and happy if we would have had the opportunity. After all, they are our four legged children and God’s conduit for his unconditional love. We know that we will be loosing Gracie in the not so distant future due to her age and the fact she has congestive heart disease. In the meantime we will try to keep her healthy and happy as possible and enjoy the love she gives us. We just came in from a walk and she is snoring away in her bed next to my desk. ๐Ÿ™‚

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              • Sylvia Avery says:

                Aw, Pixie. What a sweet name! And they are such pure love. What a sad world it would be without our companion animals.

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                • oldiadguy says:

                  Ours is much sadder since we lost our Pixie. She was our Angel.

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                • Sylvia Avery says:

                  Oh, I am so sorry. I have lost four dogs over the last four years, two of which I took in when my parents passed away within a couple months of each other, otherwise I wouldn’t have had so many.

                  Just like people, some of the losses were harder to bear than others but I loved them all. I swore I wouldn’t do it again, at least for six months so I could give my heart a little time to heal. But then I saw this little face…

                  I’m glad I did it. I still miss my Bonnie and the new baby doesn’t replace her but she is a grand distraction, and working with her to learn new things and build her confidence is rewarding. Circle of life, I guess.

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                • oldiadguy says:

                  I am sorry for your losses and pray that your new companion be a special Angel in your life.

                  Take Care and Stay Safe

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        • piper567 says:

          Sylvia, Trupanion is great. Variable deductions/options, etc.
          Actual people interact both on phone (w/folow-ups). e-mails, email verification of talk/correspondence, etc.
          Most Co.s have competitive rates, so word of mouth is valuable.
          They are really good folks, and do not seem in much of a hurry. Yet competent and professional. Never feel as if they are checking their ‘phones while talking to me, ha!
          I can recommend them w/o reservation.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            I’m going to check that out.

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          • Sylvia Avery says:

            Thanks, I appreciate that. I’ll check them out and I am glad to have your recommendation.

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            • Katie says:

              Congrats, Sylvia! The real question is – who rescued who? Wishing you two many happy, healthy years together!

              We lost our first two Bernese Mtn dogs at age 9+ and 12+. About broke me. But like potato chips, theyโ€™re addicting and you canโ€™t have just one. So we now have a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old. Lots of vacuuming but theyโ€™re worth it.

              I tell you that because Iโ€™ve been through several pet insurance companies over the last 14 yrs. Weโ€™re currently with Embrace and have found them to be the best for us. The nice thing is you can look at websites for these different companies to compare and find the best fit for you.

              All the best ~

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        I’ve looked into insurance but it seems it is all too expensive.

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    • oldiadguy says:

      Wow! She looks like a younger version of our old timer, Gracie. Size, color and markings are even similar. I hope that the two of you have a long and happy relationship. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Take Care and Stay Safe

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Thank you! Her lineage is sure a mystery. The vet thinks some kind of terrier mix, which is sure plausible. She has some things that make me think she might have a Lhasa Apso somewhere in the family tree. My parents had a couple of Lhasa Apsos so there are some physical traits that are somewhat unique so I wonder…. not that it matters particularly except as a matter of curiosity.

        I like her color and markings and scruffy hair. It endeared her to me right away!

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        • jahealy says:

          You can do a DNA test on her! I did one on my little rescue guy and it was pretty interesting and fun to get the results. My guy looks somewhat like yours, except he’s under 6 lbs.

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          • Sylvia Avery says:

            Oh my goodness, six lbs.! I’m getting used to her but she has such tiny little feet and her legs look like sticks to me. I’m afraid I’ll break her! But she sure is easier to pick up!!!! I’m loving that!

            I’m quite intrigued with the doggie DNA tests and will likely do one. But if I find out she is related to Elizabeth Warren….

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            • jahealy says:

              LOL! Yes, 6 lbs & he’s a little chunky right now. Need to get another 4 or so ozs off him! His parents were a Chihuahua mix and a Pomeranian mix, so his coat is a hot mess (I keep him clipped) and he has little chicken feet! There are many other breeds in there according to the DNA test, some of which I’d never guess in a million years. I adore him. We’re pretty much joined at the hip 24/7.

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    • Ddanna says:

      Ohhhh, she looks precious and so lovable!

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    • Janie M. says:

      Awww, Syvia… ๐Ÿ˜

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    • llamamama3 says:

      Awww! Sylvia, she is adorable!! I just found the picture today. I was looking on the wrong thread. Silly me!.

      Have you named her? I love her markings and her sweet eyes! I think her little nose looks like a heart. I’m so happy you found each other! May God bless you with many happy years together! ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ•

      You mentioned that your vet warned about over feeding. My sister has a bichon. (sp) it loves raw carrots! The baby ones. She gives her those when she can’t resist her pups big sad eyes. My dog won’t eat them. Anyway, that’s how she avoids her little girl getting overweight.
      Take care sweet Sylvia and thanks for sharing her picture!

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Thanks, Llamamama! I think she is pretty cute, and sweet. She is settling in well. It has been just two weeks and she is starting to show her mischievious side so she is keeping me on my toes!

        I’ll try her on some veggies and see if I can get her to fill in with those a bit! Thanks!

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  2. BigMamaTEA says:

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  3. BigMamaTEA says:

    Oooops!

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  4. BigMamaTEA says:

    Back later treeps. Gotta go and burn off some steam!!!!!

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  5. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12โ€™s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  6. Janie M. says:

    I totally forgot it was Cursday… I’m not all here – sorry.

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