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About Greta

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  • Birthday January 29

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    A faux-adobe casa in a mile-high desert
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    reading, hiking/walking, hanging out here, listening to my iPod
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    Keeping up with one amazing daughter and three crazy dogs.

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  1. They’ve already been mentioned but I’ll give an additional vote for Jane the Virgin, New Girl, and The Good Place. I’m going to look into some of the other suggestions. Great thread.
  2. And I’m crying now, which is lovely because you are all so lovely! I truly can’t thank you all enough for the kindness, the prayers, and the shared joy!
  3. Thank you all! I really do appreciate the warm welcome back. It's so nice to be here. My avatar pic is a quick pencil sketch that my daughter did of me quite a number of years ago now. Let's all just pretend that I still have the long, thick hair that I did when she drew that, okay? 🤣
  4. Hello, all of you dear wonderful people whom I have missed so much! Since it has been so very long, I wanted to check and let you know that I am still around, and doing exceptionally well considering my circumstances. For those who are new and don't know what I'm talking about, or don't remember the details, in August of 2018 I got a most unexpected diagnosis: lung cancer, stage 4, terminal. It was a complete shock because I was in pretty good health except for a mild but persistent cough. I'd never smoked a cigarette, been around second-hand smoke, or worked around volatile chemicals
  5. That brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing it with us!
  6. I agree with you completely. We recently lost a very sweet, beloved dog to brain cancer. They deduced that it was brain cancer based on symptoms (and I saw two different vets for this to be more confident about the diagnosis). They also offered an MRI to be certain of the diagnosis, and treatment options to extend life. We decided instead to pass on both the MRI and the cancer treatment, and to put him on prednisone to reduce inflammation and make him as comfortable as possible for the time he had left. I won't lie, finances were part of that decision. His treatment was going to cost abo
  7. Oh, I didn't even think about whether the shelter could still "list" her as available even while we still have her. Great suggestion, I will find out today. And I'll look into Petfinder too. Thank you!
  8. It is the city shelter, and it is a kill shelter, but they said they only euthanize in the event of either untreatable medical problems or behavior problems so extreme that adoption is not possible. Since she would be a *wonderful* dog in a situation where she's the only dog, I don't think she falls into that "adoption is not possible" category at all. So I think they could find her a better home, and I would certainly be open to the possibility of fostering her in the meantime. We've been keeping them separated except when supervised by at least two of us, and it seems to be working alrigh
  9. Thank you all so much for the replies. I did the psychological work of accepting that we have to take this dog back (couldn't actually do it yet because of some medical issues of my own, but could potentially do it today), and now my husband is fighting me on this, saying that she's trainable and we can't take her back to that place. ?
  10. I asked my husband, because he's been there. He said it's not a place you want to be in summer. Go in the spring or fall. And if you are really into mountain biking, four-wheeling, rafting, hiking, and/or rock climbing, then yes it is absolutely a great destination.
  11. Thank you, Pawz4me. I was hoping that you would reply because, though I don't remember the particulars of your background, I was thinking you had a lot of experience with dogs. What you said about the "honeymoon period" was something that I had wondered about. Our little chihuahua mix, for example, can be a bit feisty and ornery at times. But the first couple of weeks she was here you never would have guessed it! She was a perfect little angel. So I was thinking that if this is the new dog's behavior when she's timid and unsure and still trying to learn how things work here, she may end
  12. Oh, that's just awful. I'm so sorry that happened, but I do appreciate you being honest with me. Since I last posted, I discovered that the little dog (chihuahua mix), who ironically is the more bold and fearless of our two old girls, was hanging out in the laundry room, looking longingly into the main part of the house like she was afraid to come in. I've got the new dog confined to the dining room/kitchen right now, so that little dog could come back into the house, but you're right, that's just not do-able for very long. It's looking increasingly like this situation is just not te
  13. She's really super sweet . . . with people. I think she would be a wonderful dog for a family where she's the only dog (or perhaps like you said, the only female dog if that's her problem). It breaks my heart to think about taking her back to the shelter, but it might be necessary for the safety of our dogs, and if the right family adopts her, she might end up happier that way too. Doesn't mean I won't cry like a big ol' baby, but... my first obligation is to the dogs we already had. Thank you ALL for the help! I'll talk to my hubby about it more tonight, and we'll see how things go f
  14. Yes, we have several doggie “gates” installed in our house, so we can keep them separated.
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