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  1. Wendi

    It's a boy!

    Thanks! I just looked it online, and it looks great. I will get him one.
  2. We've been matched with a male golden retriever. He's 18 months old, so still a puppy really. We should be getting a call tomorrow to arrange when he'll be coming to his new home. His current owner is giving him up because he has cancer and can't devote enough time and energy to a dog. We are excited! I will get him a bed, food dishes, food, and collar and leash. The rescue group will lend us a crate. Any recommendations for great dog supplies?
  3. We have Pergo throughout our downstairs, except the little bathroom (tile). We've been very happy with it. Water does get spilled, but hasn't ever caused a problem. I assume it would have to be a lot of water and/or left a long time to damage it. We're getting a golden retriever, so I hope it will hold up to a dog okay. It's easy to clean.
  4. I'm sorry to hear that. I'll keep you in my prayers. I've got a teenage Aspie, too. I'm sure the combination of the injury, back brace, etc., has been too much for him. I hope he can calm down and rest.
  5. Sometimes weight lifting (especially when you're new to it) can cause your muscles to retain water. Seriously, you're doing all the right things, although 1200 is on the low end, so if you stay stalled out for more than a month or so, consider adding some calories. Get lots of protein so you'll retain muscle! I have been working out (weights and cardio) for almost six months very consistently. I have lost an average of 2 lbs. a month, but I look different and I'm down two jean sizes. I also don't lose consistently; the scale doesn't budget for 2-3 weeks, then I lose 1-2 lbs. within a week. So don't worry so much about the scale. Try taking measurements, or just some pictures of yourself once a month. Be patient! You are doing great!
  6. This reminds me of the time we were in the car, and dh enthusiastically read a sign: "Cockatiels!....Oh, wait. It says Cocktails. Never mind."
  7. I'm jealous! That looks like so much fun!
  8. Not at our feeder, but we did have some starlings come in and muscle out a family of sparrows under the eaves of our house. (Not to worry; there are many nooks and crannies with sparrow residents in the eaves of our two-story house.)
  9. A Fitbit is a high-tech pedometer. There are different models; I have the Zip (the cheapest). It tracks my steps and how many calories I'm burning through activity during the day. You can sync the info on the computer wirelessly or on your smartphone if it has the newest Bluetooth technology. You can connect your Fitbit account to My Fitness Pal so Fitbit automatically gives you calories earned through activity. The more expensive Fitbit also has an altimeter to track stairs climbed, and gives you info about your sleep patterns if you wear it on your wrist at night (comes with a wrist thingy for this). The Fitbit won't track swimming, biking, weight training, and other non-step activities, but if you use MFP you just track them as usual, entering the time you start and duration so it automatically overrides whatever Fitbit indicates you were doing during that time. I got it because I wanted to motivate myself to be more active all day, not just at the gym. I find myself walking around the house or dancing in the kitchen while I'm cooking, trying to get some more steps. As far as calorie burn, it's not as accurate as a heart rate monitor according to most of the people on MFP, but as a general guide of how active you are, it's helpful. You just clip it on your waistband, pocket, or even your bra. I love mine; I just got it last week. If you have Fitbit friends, you can compete and/or motivate each other. Here's the website: Fitbit.
  10. I'm another My Fitness Pal user, and I got my Fitbit Zip last Friday. This evening, while preparing dinner, I was dancing around the kitchen and marching around the downstairs to try to get in some more steps. I bought it because I work out several times a week (weights and cardio), but when not at the gym, I can be way too sedentary. The Fitbit prompts me to try to plan some walking into my day, besides my workouts. Plus my niece has one, and my sister-in-law is getting one soon, so we can motivate each other.
  11. Saturday is our home meeting with the representative from the rescue!
  12. We have a friend who volunteers with a rescue group, so we decided to apply with them. I think it's unlikely we'd find a golden on our own at a shelter, with three golden rescue groups in the area. Hopefully they'll contact us soon to get the process going! Our main concern is that the dog have prior experience with cats or other smaller pets, and would not bother our bunnies. (The dog will spend most of its time downstairs during the day, and we'll close the door to the room the bunnies live in at night.) So we are excited and hope we don't have to wait too long for the right dog to come along! I am actually hoping for a female, because I'm so outnumbered. (One dh, one ds, one male rabbit - so the only females in the house are me and the younger bunny.) Wendi
  13. Never heard that. Weird! I'm 45, and just started horseback riding lessons last summer. I don't plan to compete, but I love every minute of it! I wouldn't hesitate to take any class I wanted to try, or sign ds up. I also still want to try the cello someday. And possibly Celtic dancing.
  14. Yeah, me, too. :001_cool: It took awhile for dh to decide that he wanted a dog. Then we researched and discussed breeds. (Breedfreak is an excellent book for this!) (For example, ds needed to be convinced that his top choice, a Siberian husky, would not be a good pet for people with indoor bunnies and no sled.) It seems like a golden is the best choice for us. So I'm praying that our wait won't be too long; the person I talked to the the golden rescue organization said it could be right away, or it could take as long as three months. That would be a bummer.
  15. Thanks for the links; I'll check them out. As I suspected, when we arrived at the little shelter, he had already been adopted. They specialize in small dogs there (not sure how htey ended up with a golden), but down the street is a branch of the local humane society, so we stopped there while we were in the neighborhood. No goldens. I wonder if it will be very rare to find a golden in the shelters, since there are at least three golden retriever rescue groups in the valley. We did see a very sweet cattle dog. I don't know much about the breed. Another cute dog was supposedly a dachshund/min pin. Looked like a long-haired dachshund until she stood up; her legs were crazy long! Pretty cute. I guess we will apply to one of the golden rescue groups, and just keep checking petfinder in case anything turns up while we're waiting.
  16. This afternoon, ds and I will be going to meet a dog we found on Petfinder. If we are interested, we'll bring dh to meet him on Saturday. What kinds of questions should we ask? All we know from Petfinder is: purebred golden retriever (looks true from photo), good with cats and other dogs, sweet temperament. He doesn't appear to be very old in his picture; I would guess he's under 5. What should we ask? Thanks, Wendi
  17. You're right. Either she planned the haircut all along, or she brought the baby along to show her off and act like a mom.
  18. I really hope they keep him long enough to make a difference. We recently had a family member picked up as well, and after an ugly scene and three police officers, he checked himself out after two days with a month's worth if meds and a psych appt. in a month. He didn't take the meds, of course. Doubt he will go to the psych. He's not threatened anyone and he's not suicidal, so legally theres nothing else to do. And we're no better off than before.
  19. A bell is a good idea. We do have a fenced in backyard. One of the reasons we are interested in a golden is because they tend not to have a strong prey drive compared to other breeds that meet our needs. We are hoping that a dog who has gotten along well with cats will be okay with the bunnies.
  20. Be patient with me. We are hoping to adopt a golden retriever. Dh's parents had Yorkies when he was young. My family had two different dogs over the years. But this will be our first dog. If dh walks the dog in the morning before work, and we walk him/her again around dinnertime, will that be enough potty breaks? We will also do hikes, playing in the park, etc., but for potty breaks, how often does a golden retriever need to go, typically? How do you know when a dog is trained well enough to stay with you and not just take off, say, at the park? We'd love to take our dog to the park in our neighborhood to play fetch, but how do you know when they are trained well enough that they will just get the ball and come back to you? How do you train a dog to do that if he/she's never been off leash? Is a pet store the best place to find obedience classes? Does anyone have any experience introducing a dog to small fluffy family members? We have two bunnies who live upstairs in an exercise pen in the spare room. They get the run of most of the upstairs when we are home. The dog will stay downstairs, although we are thinking of letting him/her sleep in a dog bed in ds's room possibly. But we hope to train the dog not to go upstairs during the day. However, we do want him/her to meet the bunnies, and be used to their presence. If the dog proves to be very mellow, it's possible eventually that I may have a bunny in my lap while the dog is lying down in the family room.
  21. I listen to Dennis Prager a lot, and he wrote a book called Happiness is a Serious Problem. It's likely not entirely secular (Dennis is Jewish), but maybe it will be what you're looking for.
  22. 45 now. Low tonight will be in the 20s again. We're having a cold snap here in the desert.
  23. I think you should remember that the parents have lived with the child 24/7 all his/her life. They have seen ALL the child's behavior. Behavior/emotional problems are on a continuum; one person may have the issue at times, but be perfectly functional and happy; another may be struggling to a great enough degree that it interferes with normal functioning and causes distress. Kids are on medication more now than in our generation, clearly, but also there is less stigma attached to mentioning it to others now.
  24. Wow, he is really handsome! I'm living vicariously through you horse people these days. Ds and I had our lesson yesterday. I missed "my" horse after a two-week break! I'd ride every day if I could.
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