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Old 12-07-2012, 12:35 AM   #28921 (permalink)
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Gosh, I'm feeling so discouraged about Frag this evening. Since I've been dating Brian, Frag has gone back and forth between living with me and my ex, his true owner. We still don't have permanent living situations for him. The thing is, he's always been afraid of Brian. Some days he's totally fine and will play and cuddle and lick him, other days for no reason, he'll completely avoid him, run from him in the house if he walks near him (even if Brian is completely ignoring him) and will hide in the corner with his ears pinned back, like tonight; obviously unhappy. My thought is to let my ex and his family keep him permanently and only borrow him for dog events, trials, and fun days at the park or hiking. But that would break my heart so bad, not getting to have him around anymore. He's my heart dog, and this is going to be the toughest decision to make next to a Euthanasia decision. :/ I'm not sure how much help anyone can offer so I'm not necessarily looking for that, just venting. I don't know what to do or how to decide. I'm gonna be a wreck without my main man around.
You said that Fragg's true owner is your ex. What matters is where he is more comfortable and happy. If it's at your ex's, he should keep him and you could take him occasionally for the day (as you have already planned to do).

I love my dogs to death, and the thought of not being with them is awful....... but life goes on and you have someone in your life who the dog doesn't seem to happy with. It's not as if you are throwing Fragg on the street, nor are you mistreating him in any way. He's just going to be with his owner. And if over a period of time, Brian and he start to be more comfortable with each other, you can bring Fragg home for good
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:56 AM   #28922 (permalink)
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Alright guys, help me brainstorm...

I found out Jereme LOVED whales as a kid. I also want to sort of go the fun/nostalgic/toys/games route. I found beautiful whale tale cuff links but I think I'm going to give him those for our vow renewal.

He is also a history buff (history games?), into big machinery (RC excavators?), and was really enamored with snorkeling/coral reef life.

I was sort of thinking of maybe having a wooden "Gee Family Farm" sign made, like we were planning on for the NH property. Just as a reminder of what the future still holds.

Ugh, usually I'm SO good at this. I hate commercialism and buying stuff for the sake of buying stuff, but I LOVE finding/making something really meaningful for people. Especially in times like this, when I want to do something really nice for him to remind him how awesome he is, since he forgets lately.
games? how about puzzles. i am boring and love jigsaws... i am sure you could find a really cool one of a reef, or of historical locales. or dated world maps and atlases - i can look at those for a long while (i am boring) ... trivial pursuit (actually i hate that game), i also really like random history books (i am boring), you could totally find one about the great coral reef and Australian natives.

PS i have nothing against agility. i may well end up starting him at some point. i realize that sch is not really a "sport" but that's the whole point of an evaluation, or am i wrong again? and well my location doesn't show up because i didn't put it there chicago ... any recommendations?
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:49 AM   #28923 (permalink)
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Alright guys, help me brainstorm...

I found out Jereme LOVED whales as a kid. I also want to sort of go the fun/nostalgic/toys/games route. I found beautiful whale tale cuff links but I think I'm going to give him those for our vow renewal.

He is also a history buff (history games?), into big machinery (RC excavators?), and was really enamored with snorkeling/coral reef life.

I was sort of thinking of maybe having a wooden "Gee Family Farm" sign made, like we were planning on for the NH property. Just as a reminder of what the future still holds.

Ugh, usually I'm SO good at this. I hate commercialism and buying stuff for the sake of buying stuff, but I LOVE finding/making something really meaningful for people. Especially in times like this, when I want to do something really nice for him to remind him how awesome he is, since he forgets lately.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:09 AM   #28924 (permalink)
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No boyfriend is worth getting rid of your heart dog. Just sayin'...
Under other circumstances, I would normally agree. But it's not like Brian is doing anything wrong or being mean to frag... He feeds him, plays with him, cuddles with him... Frag is just... Nervey. And I can't see ending a 6-8month long relationship all of a sudden just because my dog is afraid every few weeks when there ARE other alternatives where he'd be much happier.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:03 AM   #28925 (permalink)
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games? how about puzzles. i am boring and love jigsaws... i am sure you could find a really cool one of a reef, or of historical locales. or dated world maps and atlases - i can look at those for a long while (i am boring) ... trivial pursuit (actually i hate that game), i also really like random history books (i am boring), you could totally find one about the great coral reef and Australian natives.

PS i have nothing against agility. i may well end up starting him at some point. i realize that sch is not really a "sport" but that's the whole point of an evaluation, or am i wrong again? and well my location doesn't show up because i didn't put it there chicago ... any recommendations?
Jigsaw puzzles are NOT boring! I love a good puzzle.

What clubs have you contacted? How far are you willing to drive?
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:05 AM   #28926 (permalink)
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games? how about puzzles. i am boring and love jigsaws... i am sure you could find a really cool one of a reef, or of historical locales. or dated world maps and atlases - i can look at those for a long while (i am boring) ... trivial pursuit (actually i hate that game), i also really like random history books (i am boring), you could totally find one about the great coral reef and Australian natives.
Great ideas! I had a jigsaw puzzle made from a really cool photo I took on our vacation to Wyoming History books are cool to, he likes those. He's really into brain teaser puzzles (like the metal ones), so I found really neat ones from the blacksmith at the historic seaport where I grew up. We don't typically get each other anything, so I'm just looking for little things to cheer him up a bit... his ego's taken kind of a beating lately.



In other news...I feel GREAT today! I slept the whole night and woke up with pretty minimal back pain. I worked out, I walked the dog, I could sing right now
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That's awesome Tory!
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That's awesome Tory!
Thank you In fact... I DID sing lol. I'm working from home today and I was rocking out to bad country music...the dog was like

The federal holiday party is tonight, which is also fun. I haven't had an excuse to dress up for a while. I'm sort of baffled by how many women dress totally inappropriately, though... my friend was asking me to help her pick a dress, and all of her options were short, tight, and low-cut. Unless you're a human clotheshanger with no boobs or butt, there's no way they could be classy. I can't imagine my boss seeing me like that... and we have a pretty casual relationship.
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So we had a bad seizure case come into the clinic last night. Milla had come to work with me and was hanging out in one of the kennels in the treatment room. The patient was an 8 month old large pup. Whenever the dog would seize it would vocalize and Milla would cry and whine. You could tell she knew there was something wrong with the puppy. In the end we were not able to save the dog. I wonder what she was thinking when I had to put the dog in a body bag. I mean did I traumatize my dog? I kind of wonder what they think about things like that. She knew there was something wrong and I hope she realized I was trying to fix it.
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Yayyy! I'm glad you were able to get a full night's rest, Tory. That can make almost ANYTHING better.

I could use a solid night's sleep. I've been sleeping okay, but I haven't had a single night where I haven't woken up at least twice. I fall back asleep quickly, but still. Just falling asleep and not waking up until morning would be fabulous.

And on the topic of sleep... I love that Baxter has gone back to sleeping in his crate. He starts off sleeping next to me on the floor, and inevitably ends up back in his crate during the night. He loves his crate.
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