WOTT #332

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WOTT #332

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Things sure are slow on here.  Well....new week coming.  Warmer temperatures.  We're tired of being cold.

 

More bad luck for us.  After last years medical struggles with my lung problems.....now my wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Hopefully we caught it early enough that the surgery will be simple and there will be no complications.

 

In the Kansas City Star's business section there was a long article this morning on AT&T's interest in acquiring Direct TV.  We had Direct TV for about 12 years while we were living and traveling in our motorhome.  Lots of problems.....mostly with loss of signal from every little thunderstorm that drifted by.  But also because Direct TV was always chasing pirated, illegal I.D. cards and their system wide orders for destruction often caught even those of us with legal cards.  Then it would be long phone calls to try and get things straightened out.   After we settled down in our present home 8 years ago I could hardly wait to drop the satellite system.  We tried Comcast cable for a few months but I got tired of failing equipment and constantly having to drive to their service center to make exchanges.  So then...in December of 2007 we went with U-verse and are still happy, for the most part, with the service.  Haven't had any problems for quite a long time now.  In fact....we are subscribed to the 18 mbps Internet download speed and, when I test it every couple of weeks, we are consistently getting 20 to 21 mbps.  So that is good.

 

I don't know if any of you have ever tried to adopt a dog.....but I have found it to be a real pain....and expensive.   I've been looking for another West Highland White Terrier.  It's been almost a year since Alfie died and I really miss him still.   So I filled out detailed....lengthy....nosey applications with a couple of local adoption groups.  One little guy I would liked to have had was a 3 yr. old Westie.  But apparently the dictators that run that group thought we were too old for such a young dog.  So no luck.  Some of the groups have an absolutely unbendable rule that the prospective owner MUST have a fenced yard.  Supposedly to give exercise for the dog.  I always argue with them because we don't have a fenced yard.  For exercise....my dog and I walk about a mile every morning and then another 1/2 mile or so after supper in the evening.  A lot of folks just turn the dog out into the fenced yard.....he/she makes a couple of trips around the yard....poops....urinates....and then flops down in the grass and sun for a nap.  Wow....what great exercise.   Also these adoption fees are ridiculous.  Anywhere from $150 to $400....depending on the age of the dog.  Yeah...I could get one cheaper if I went with a mixed breed from the SPCA shelter.  But I'm a dedicated Westie fancier and that is what I want.  If I was younger I'd go for a puppy from a reliable breeder (I hate puppy mills).  But we're too old for a puppy.....so for now....we're still dogless.

 

Hope y'all have a great week.

 

P.S.   Just ran the spell checker.  It is SO BAD.  Would be comical if it weren't so dumb and irritating.

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ACE - Master

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My mother, at 78, was diagnosed with breast cancer about 12 weeks ago.  It was in the lymph nodes by her arm pit.  She opted for the surgery to remove the effected lymph nodes.  The Dr. told her they thought they caught it very early, so after they did the lab work, would let her know if she had to have chemo or just radiation treatments.  Luckily she only had to do 8 weeks of radiation treatments on the effected area so it was just localized to the region where the cancer was detected.  The only side effects she had was a bit of a rash and itching at the site.  She said she was able to control that with a bit of Advil.

 

She just finished last week and has now been given a clean bill of health.  It seems that they can work miracles now days with the different options available versus a full mastectomy.

 

I wish you and yours the best and hope it's something as easy as my Mom went through.  I know it can be scary but it seems like my Mom was the least worried of us all. 

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BeeBee--sorry to hear about your mother, but glad to hear treatment has gone so well.  My mother went through breast cancer over 40 years ago when treatment was not so effective; but my sister completed her treatment a few months ago and is also disease free. Congratulations to you and your mother!

 

Phil--I don't know if it would work, but you might point out that a fenced in yard is not always a great place for a dog.  Hawks can easily take a small dog, and coyotes can jump most fences unless much higher than normal.  Not to mention dogs can dig their way out, or other predators can dig their way in.  Further, people can enter yards and steal dogs.  Bottom line is that a dog should not be unattended any more than a small toddler, and a fenced in yard is no guarantee of safety.  That argument might sway a reasonable person.  Your exercise regimen sounds great.  I hope you try again, because your history on this forum has made your genuine love for dogs quite evident.

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--Albert Einstein
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I am sorry to hear about your wife.  Be glad that it was caught early enough.

 

Have you tried rescue dogs?  We adopted a black lab about a year ago.  The only requirement was that someone would be available during the day for at least 2 months to get the dog use to its home.  This was a 2 month old puppy and we had to make sure he was fixed by the time he was 6 months old.  Since my 15 yr old son was done with school for the summer, he got to spend the time with him.

 

We have adopted older dogs and puppys over the years.  Recuse dogs seem to be the best.

 

I have been following this forum for at least a year and I wanted to give you my condolences to losing Alfie.  I had actually come across some old postings with his picture.  He was a cute dog.

 

I am in PA, so I am so glad it has stopped snowing and is finally warming up.  I went to a Triple-A ball game last weekend and I still needed a coat.

 

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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So sorry to hear of your wife's issues Phil. Fortunately early detection and today's modern treatments usually mean a far better outcome than what was expected even a just decade ago.

 

I really hope you reconsider adopting a pound hound.

 

What I've found in my area, is that all these "rescue" organizations, are just another adoption center that decided not to pay taxes, and (at least) triple all their fees, all the while, raiding all the local pounds for purebreds, and leaving all the others dogs to go scratch. As well as giving them an avenue to inflict their Stalinistic rules on anyone wanting one of their dogs. Thus eliminating the chances of the average person getting a purebred from the local pound for normally less than a 100 bucks.

 

In my area the county health departments run the pounds. At our county pound you, you can adopt a dog (or cat) that's gone through quarantine, got all it's shots, and spayed/neutered, plus a certificate to take the animal to your own vet for a free check-up, all for $90.

 

If the pounds in your area are similar, I'm willing to bet, that if you were to call your county (and surrounding counties), and explained your situation, that they would be willing to let you know if and when they were to get a dog that you're looking to adopt.

 

 

When we moved to our current home five years ago, we already had three pound puppies so the yard size (>1/2 acre) was a purchase point and we decided we were going to fence the yard before we even signed the papers. It cost nearly $6000, but we thought it was well worth it and had it up within two weeks. Then we adopted number four. The purpose of the fence wasn't so we could just "loose the hounds" and not have to watch them. Mainly it's so we can take them out, and let them run around and do whatever they please, without having to leash them. I also hate people that can't or wont keep their dogs in their own yards. So, it keeps them out of our neighbors yards, as well as not having to worry about them deciding to bolt after a rabbit or squirrel across the neighborhood. It turned out that it also protected them because the neighbor two houses down, has a huge ornery old shepherd that, without my fence, would have come across the yards and into mine and mauled my dogs by now, because the nimrod has no fence and always lets the shepherd out without a leash, so it's charged my fence at least twenty times.

 

The fenced yard is also their exercise area because I can't take them on actual walks (best I can do is a couple of blocks), so I take them out there and let them run around or chase each other around, or I use the ball slinger, or if all they want to do is just roll around in the grass and sniff things (or each other). I usually don't participate in that last activity.

 

 

 

So, here's four faces pleading with you not to pass over the "average" dog. I hoping these guys are as glad we picked them as we are that they picked us.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Just remember, every one you pass by thinking "that one will just not do", is thinking entirely the opposite about you.

 

 

 

 

 




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BeeBee and Phil: My prayers for your family members.  I hope that they enjoy a long and fruitful remission.

 

I do remember that the cat rescue operations around here do seem to be a bit holier-than-thou, trying to decide if they should trust you with their animal.

 

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Thanks everyone for your thoughts and good wishes.  Hopefully my wife's problem will be taken care of rapidly and painlessly as possible.  This getting old stuff can be miserable.

 

Well C.J. those are great looking pooches.  I've always said that I can tell a lot about a dogs temperament just by looking in their eyes.  Your's have that great look.

 

I have contacted the Westie Rescue of Missouri organization and also looking at a couple of this breed from the same organization down in Oklahoma.  But these next few weeks are going to be a bit tough.  So I'm putting a hold on the pooch search.  I'm only interested in adopting a Westie.

 

Has anyone else been following this new "Fargo" series on FX?  We have and it is one of the weirdest series that I've ever seen.  Sometimes a bit difficult to follow....at least for me.

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Prayers sent to Western MO and to the SA area. 

 

It's been warming up, supposed to hit 85 tomorrow.  We have a warm front nearby.  Travel 60 miles North and it;s 15 degrees cooler and the same temp increase if you go to the South, the same distance.  We still have bare spots from the 2011 and 12 droughts and seeding last Fall and this spring have been futile.  I may resort to a rototiller and sod.

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I am new to the forums, can anyone start up a new WOTT?

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@flutist1963  wrote:

I am new to the forums, can anyone start up a new WOTT?


 

This is where they normally are, and normally there is a new one every week started on Fridays. If you come here on and a new one has not been started, feel free to do so.

 

 

 

 

 




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How can you be in two places at once, when your not anywhere at all?
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I really want to become a procrastinator, but I keep putting it off.
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There are three kinds of people, those that can count, and those that can't.
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“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them." :Bertrand Russell

                              

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