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Old Sep 20 2014, 08:51 AM   #2721
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Sounds like a very interesting mix, Zelandeth
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Old Sep 20 2014, 08:48 PM   #2722
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That he is. Appearance wise looks very much like a mini wolf so far - and have already been asked by no less than three passers by if he is.

We keep being astonished by how calm a character he seems to be. Favourite thing in the world seems to be to curl up in my arms/in my lap/propped against me upside-down. Playful and energetic enough when playing, but really doesn't seem bothered by things in the world beyond being curious. Only bark we've heard so far was when he was bathed for the first time which he wasn't a fan of at first but soon got to grips with, and briefly when encountering another dog who was barking madly at him with their owner making no effort to control them. Fair enough, and he will be going to a proper class for socialisation lessons soon as I know full well that I need some advice on how to handle that.

Rats: Zero interest aside from a brief snuffle and he wandered off.
Postie: wag of tail and nuzzle of the hand then kept on walking.
Cars: perk of the ears but no desire to pursue.

I deliberately sat down next to a main road roundabout for about 15 mins this afternoon to see if the bustle and noise would bother him. He watched the world for about two mins then curled up on my feet and went to sleep. I'll take that as "this really isn't exciting" I think.

Still working on toilet training, but we've basically cracked it seems the words sit, come and no. Which for two days at 11 weeks old I reckon ain't bad.

He is astonishing good on the lead. Either opting for just ahead of me with a slightly slack lead or right at my heel. If that continues definitely will consider that a win.

No fuss when dinner is being eaten either, even when we has guests over and had ordered out for pizza this evening.

Overall character definitely falls under the category of adorable though. Interesting to see that of the household he has very clearly bonded by far the most closely with me, though definitely seems to love everyone. Works out well anyway given that I'll be the around during the days to look after him...and let's face it...the whole exercise was at least 2/3rds my fault! Sure the battle of wills will follow at some point though when he decides that he wants to be the boss rather than accepting that I am as he currently seems to.
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Well, good! Sounds like you have a winner, then (so far, hehehehe). So many times a crossbreed comes up as the worst of both breeds instead of what you seem to have gotten; the best.

Of course, sleeping touching you is his puppy way of keeping tabs on you while taking his nap. You're not going to move without him knowing it. That's a little of his herding instinct, I think.

Walking on a slack lead might be part of his sled dog heritage coming out.

Speaking of walking on a lead, I know people who say that training a dog to walk on a lead using a harness instead of a collar is easier, both on the dog and the owner.
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This is also about dogs. A good friend of my daughter has a pair of english bulldogs that just had nine puppies! They recently moved to a fairly small trailer so that's two humans, two fairly large adult dogs and nine puppies in quite a small space. They've had the adult dogs since they were puppies and were hoping for a litter but had about given up. This does not sound like fun to me at all, especially since apparently the mother has very little interest in them. I saw a picture, they are cute. They looked sort of like guinea pigs at the moment.
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Old Sep 22 2014, 02:42 PM   #2725
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I hope it's a wonderful experience!
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Old Sep 22 2014, 05:08 PM   #2727
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Day three.

Toilet training now seems to be progressing, only one accident today. Pretty sure that was my fault for misinterpretation of the signs too.

Went to the vet this evening for checkup, microchip and vaccinations etc. Was slightly freaked out by the experience, but not too bad. Exhibited this by insisting on climbing entirely into my lap and hiding when I was with him in the back of the car, head buried under my arm. Adorable, but slightly awkward! 12 weeks today and already 21 pounds...he's gonna weigh a tonne when fully grown.

Been a bit grouchy today, though we think he might just be a bit over-tired so we're going to try to have a bit quieter day tomorrow based around the same general schedule and see if he feels a bit more chipper after.

I've had four hours sleep in three days, am utterly knackered and feel like I've been run over by a train...but it's still worth it.
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Old Sep 23 2014, 01:53 AM   #2728
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Toilet training now seems to be progressing, only one accident today. Pretty sure that was my fault for misinterpretation of the signs too.

Went to the vet this evening for checkup, microchip and vaccinations etc. Was slightly freaked out by the experience, but not too bad. Exhibited this by insisting on climbing entirely into my lap and hiding when I was with him in the back of the car, head buried under my arm. Adorable, but slightly awkward! 12 weeks today and already 21 pounds...he's gonna weigh a tonne when fully grown.

Been a bit grouchy today, though we think he might just be a bit over-tired so we're going to try to have a bit quieter day tomorrow based around the same general schedule and see if he feels a bit more chipper after.

I've had four hours sleep in three days, am utterly knackered and feel like I've been run over by a train...but it's still worth it.
Remember I said I like Mastiffs? I've had them for literally decades. On average, a Mastiff hits 20 pounds or so by 6 weeks.

Glad things are going well. Keep up the good work.
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Some times, just like with kids, shots can make a puppy not feel real good.

If you can't crate him in the car, you should look into getting a seat belt harness for him, it is much safer if you have to make sudden stops or crash
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Old Sep 25 2014, 02:00 AM   #2730
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If you can't crate him in the car, you should look into getting a seat belt harness for him, it is much safer if you have to make sudden stops or crash
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Old Sep 26 2014, 06:00 PM   #2731
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Overheard at uni.

Student A to B: "What did you do over the summer?"

B: "Worked mostly."

A: "What at?"

B: "Programming satellites."

A: "Wow! Sounds great."

B: "Pretty boring actually."
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Old Sep 28 2014, 07:17 PM   #2732
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We probably will be getting a harness once we have a better idea of how big he will be. Also possibly will make the move to get a van/estate so there's a separate area for him.

Today has mostly been a day of the biteys, but having spoken to a trainer it sounds like we might be over-exercising him, so we'll ease off on that a bit. This evening a bit he's started to calm down a bit, so we'll be watching him tomorrow and hopefully that will ease off a bit. Trainer is coming on Tuesday to give us a one-to-one session to show what we're doing right and wrong. Initial comms though suggest that we're generally going okay. Need to get some photos off my phone so I can upload them.
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Old Sep 28 2014, 10:59 PM   #2733
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hi : ) Zelandeth, from your posts on this page i thought you were talking about a baby dragon
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Looking at the state of my arms and ankles you'd think I was!

Reckon I must have looked like a weyrling about a week in the last few days! At least he's sleeping through the night now save for one break and such so we're actually getting some sleep!

Trainer is coming over tomorrow afternoon for a one to one visit for a couple of hours, which should hopefully help us find a way to get across the fact that we are not chew toys! Figured it was sensible to get some help with that before it got out of hand.
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Have LOTS of chew toys on hand. When he starts to use you, give him one that he can chew on. When he is chewing on one he is allowed to chew on tell him good boy. If he won't chew on toys rubs something good on them, meat gravy, soup broth ect... hopefully that will entice him to chew on the toys.
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Got a shock at uni.

I was walking along a corridor and came across a portrait of my Auntie Jean.

She'd only been vice-chancellor of the place in the eighties!

I never knew.
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WoW! How on earth did it happen that you didn't know! You'd think the family would have been proud of her. Has she the same name as you? There's someone to live up to and encourage you then aye?
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She'd spent quite a number of years as headmistress of King Edward VI School just across the road from the uni. I just missed the fact that she'd moved to work across the road. her home address hadn't changed. Her name's Jean Wilks. She died this July at 97 in Oxford.

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Our old printer died. Or, at least malfunctioned for the last time. It's a Canon iP600D photo printer, I don't think canon has produced it for over 5 years, and this was our second one, bought used off ebay. I can still find that printer on ebay new-in-box for several hundred US dollars, so it's a recognized printer of excellent quality. It takes separate ink tanks instead of 1 combination color and 1 black. In fact, it takes 5 color tanks, yellow, cyan, photo cyan, magenta, and photo cyan, as well as black. But it suddenly decided not to recognize that it had a print head installed. I could have bought just a print head for about $35, but what if it was the machine?

So, against sound fiscal judgment, I invested in a Canon iP8720 photo printer. If the old printer was big, this one is a MONSTER! It's almost 2 feet wide, slightly more than a foot deep and actually a bit shorter than the old one. But it will do a 4X6 print in about 37 seconds and will print up to 13 X 19 borderless prints. I've already run one and it does beautiful work. We've done our own greeting cards for a long time, as well as our own printing, so I'm well pleased.
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We also just got a new printer, I don't know what make. I haven't used it, it's currently only set up to work with Jeff's laptop. We rarely use a printer but it's handy for making copies.

Fred & Eliza went up to the Canadian Niagara Falls for the weekend. I don't think I've been to that side, I hear the view is better of the falls.

That's really interesting, P'ter! Depending on how busy your own life was in the 80's you might not have been aware of her job change I suppose.

Jeff took out the carpet from our bedroom and this week we're getting wood floor put down. Then the two bathroom floors are being re-tiled. Of course, then the walls will look dingey and need painting.
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Must be something in the air! We picked up a new secondhand printer from a charity shop today. £30 on the pricetag and a warranty so seemed worth a punt for the sake of getting a colour laser in the house (not that the old mono HP LaserJet 1100 which hangs off the network will be getting retired though, it's so cheap to run and is fine for text - think I've replaced the toner once in about 15 years...for £10 for a genuine one on Amazon).

Also had a chance to finally check the alternator on the Saab and confirmed that it is indeed producing no electricity. More worrying than that though is that it sounded almost like it was down on compression in one cylinder when cranking over...so need to investigate that too now!

Given the other list of things it's needing this month for the roadworthy test, if there's actual mechanical engine trouble as well...likely end of the road for the old girl, which would be a terrible shame. So fingers crossed for something simple like a cracked spark plug core or sticking valve that has now sorted itself out.

Of course that's in all the spare time I have while puppy wrangling...
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I showed the wife the operations basics and now she's playing, making 4X6 prints. While it will print a 4X6 in nothing flat, the first print took quite a bit to start, leading us to making jokes about the 37 seconds. Since then, though, it's doing well.

This thing will do all sorts of neat tricks that our old one wouldn't or couldn't. We're still going to be learning just what for a while.
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Congrats on Uni, P'ter. May your experience be a joy and full of everything you want it to be.

Zelandeth, looking forward to pictures.

I've been gone for while for many reasons. I started my PhD program and am loving it and very grateful for it at the moment.

My oldest was hospitalized again last week for trying to hurt himself. They are trying to stabilize his moods with medication to help him deal with the emotions that lead him to want to hurt himself. So far no luck. Until his moods are stabilize and they feel he is safe, he will stay in the hospital. My sister and I went to visit him last Sunday. He didn't want us to leave and he didn't want to talk all he wanted was for us to watch him do the square root of numbers in the 400's in his head. I am coping and hoping they are able to help him.

My youngest isn't talking about it, which isn't the best because he tried to sleep the whole weekend away. I had to blare music on Sunday and make him get up and clean house with me to keep him from trying to sleep. Of course if you ask him about it he denies any feelings. So I'm watching him and in contact with both their therapists.

The hardest part in all of this is accepting that I can't make them choose to help themselves instead of what there choosing right now. I can do everything to help them make the right choices but nothing guarantees they will.

This school year is going smoothly which I am grateful for.

May everyone have a great week and thanks again for sharing your good news... it helps a lot.
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I'm glad you're enjoying your Ph.D. program so much. I do hope the hospital can help your oldest and that both your kids can accept the help they're being offered.
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Fun evening for a petrolhead.

New radiator cap arrived this morning, so only thing to do was check to see if it had solved the overheating problem. The test procedure for this was simple; wait till after rush hour then take it out onto the 70mph dual carriageway distributor roads around town and give it a darn good thrashing. With roundabouts 1km apart it's an ideal opportunity to give a car that has shown a willingness to boil if worked hard at all a good test.

Even after 40 min or so of "very spirited" driving, temp gauge never wavered from the 80C mid point at the bottom of the green zone, even in spite of several forays right up to the 5K rpm red line away from some of the roundabouts. Before she would have boiled in five minutes or less being driven like that.

Astonishing the difference a £2 part can make!

...Means I have a working car again! That's a nice feeling!
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...still can't make edit work...

PS. to my previous post. With 54 bhp on tap, no speed limits were broken! Takes further than that to get up to 70mph! Think an indicated 65mph at one point was the highest...which is about 50 in the real world as the speedo is shall we say, somewhat of an optimist!
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Since the UK law says that your speedo has to be within 10% accurate; have you thought about fitting satnav? Many of them have a velocity readout.
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Speedo. Here's me thinking of tiny bathing suits, often worn by people who should know better!
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Mine has as well, which is how I've essentially "calibrated" the speedo. I'm not worried about it really because it reads high, so never going to be speeding!

The only time speedo accuracy will be checked here is if the vehicle is subject to the SVA/IVA test, the normal annual roadworthiness test doesn't check it. Think all of the old Skoda speedos were like this, all three of mine have been grossly optimistic anyway.
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Lol....... gearhead talk from one female leaves another female momentarily lost. Priceless! (Just teasing, Priscilla)

Our Scion Xb is the same way. I found out on our trip to Wyoming last year, going through states where the speed limit is 75 mph and above. At least, like you, it errs on the side of caution, but checking it against our GPS showed an error that was well above 10% and the faster the speed, the bigger the error. 5 or 6 mph off at 80 mph, and if you're not doing 80 in Wyoming's open country on 2 lane roads, you WILL get passed or run over! At least we were getting 30+ miles per gallon doing it!
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This is a bit worse. Doing an indicated 70mph, you're getting sailed past by buses which I know full well are limited to 100kph (62mph), as I recall 70 is somewhere around 85!

Reckon this was quite deliberate to make the cars seem quicker! Remember this was Eastern Block motoring before the fall of the Iron Curtain!

I don't care...I've a nice squishy seat and a car that actually talks back to me unlike the faceless modern boxes...you don't drive a Skoda Estelle because you want to be fast, you drive one because you enjoy the actual act of driving. Sums me up quite well!
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Enjoy your cars everyone!

Tonight my oldest is discharged and comes home. He will be taking his new medication 3 x's a day with meals. Hopefully it will continue to work outside of the hospital and he'll be able to be successful with the therapy programs.

Otherwise, I am plodding along.
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Trip to the dentist today for a regular checkup, and sure enough need to go back next week to get two fillings done. Oh joy.
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We go twice a year to have our teeth cleaned. I really like the woman/hygienist who does this and the dentist is ok. It does feel like it is always time to go there. Six months flies right by. I'm sorry you have to go back.

I found an old college friend on Facebook! He lives in San Francisco with his partner and had wanted to contact me over the years but did not know my married name. We were good friends, now we can be "old" friends!
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Tell me about it. I get to go back for the second of year a week from Monday. Yay.
And I've also reconnected with some old friends via facebook. One I didn't even realize counted me as a friend because we just rode the bus together from first grade to tenth. But we have a mutual friend who got us together. So I got to find out she moved to Arizona and has two little girls.
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I've been gone for awhile, busy with work and life.

I have a permanent part-time job now, which is nice. I have several costuming and art related projects on the side too.

Had a good day yesterday, helping my friend try on dresses in anticipation of her wedding next September and then celebrating another friends birthday into the wee hours of the morning.

Today was bad though. I had planned to be productive, get my tax done and get some of my art projects finished. Instead I kept breaking down crying at nothing. I eventually gave up and went back to bed alternating between naps and reading my current book. Didn't leave the house all day despite the lovely weather.

I'm about to head back to bed and hopefully will be back to my usual smiling self tomorrow for work but I felt the need to connect and tell someone without having to call and I never use facebook for such emotional things.

Glad I knew of a safe place to be acknowledged.

Cheers, <3 <3
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I hope tomorrow is a better day for you Perdita.
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Really sorry to hear that today has been so hard for you, Perdita. Hopefully tomorrow will be far better and see you back to yourself. We're all here if you need us though.
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Thank you Granath, Zelandeth. Today was still a bit shaky but much better than yesterday.
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Glad you are better, Perdita.

Not much going one here. Still not much internet at home. I'm at McDonalds so Kibby can get some school work done.

My sugar is up a little, everything else looks good.

My niece is getting married Nov. 4. Lawyer told her it would be better if she was married, Madison's father is trying for custody and has been turning her in to CPS, claiming neglect. He reported that she left the kids with someone she shouldn't have last summer when Seth was in ICU after surgery, Emmi was in Charlottesville with everyone else and Madison was with him. Not sure who she not suppose to leave them with. Social worker got mad when Melissa would not let her come to her house the day she brought Seth home. Don't blame her I would not have wanted a lot of people over either.
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