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Pawz4me last won the day on March 26 2014

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  1. Of the three plans I've seen proposed in NC--none of which are really great, obviously--that one seems like the best. Or at least it seems like it would be the least disruptive to the least number of students, staff and parents. I suspect a lot of school systems will go with it.
  2. A few dogs back we had a Brittany and a beagle. And in our bedroom we had an old wing back chair where (mostly) the beagle preferred to sleep, and the Britt had a crib mattress in the corner that gave him plenty of room to stretch out. But occasionally the beagle would want to sleep on the crib mattress, so she'd come over to the bed and paw at me to pet her. She knew that w/o fail once I started petting her the Britt would get up to get some attention of his own. And the second he got up she'd go stretch out on the crib mattress, and then he'd be stuck trying to curl up to fit in the chair. It's unreal how smart they can be!
  3. Our Shih Tzu often (about 50 percent of the time) won't eat unless I put his bowl on the couch and sit down beside him. Our newest addition, who weighs 15 pounds, seems to think she can't fit through a doorway unless the door is as wide open as it can be.
  4. I've been poking around online to see what our schools here in NC are considering for re-opening. It looks like there are two plans -- Both would have K through 3rd grades in school every day. The first plan would then split grades 4-12 between the middle and high school facilities and 50 percent of the students would attend in person one week and school from home the next week. The second plan would have grades 4-8 going in person every day, spaced out in the middle and high schools, and grades 9-12 would do online classes only. I see all sorts of pros and cons with both. I'm glad I don't have to make the decision.
  5. Good news from here in my little corner of the world -- A mandatory mask order went into effect at 5:00 p.m. Friday. I needed to do a Walmart run this morning and expected to see a good percentage of people ignoring the order. But I was hugely and pleasantly surprised. I was there around 8:30, so there were plenty of people but it was far from really busy. I only saw two men not wearing masks. One didn't have one at all; one had one but it was around his neck instead of covering his mouth and nose. I expected maybe 75-80 percent compliance at best, so I was pleasantly surprised that almost everyone was masking.
  6. Viruses have long been known to be major triggers for AI illnesses, and T1 diabetes is AI. So my only question about this is -- is this particular virus more of a trigger than others?
  7. I always find traveling anywhere stressful. I've never understood why anyone under any circumstance would or could find traveling relaxing. Just being in a strange place, having to sleep in a strange bed, be off schedule is incredibly stressful to me. If I want to relax I want to do it at home, where I'm super comfy! And obviously what one calls "vacation" matters. A trip to the beach or a mountain cabin then I guess at least some time for mom and dad to relax could reasonably be expected. Most of our traveling, especially when the boys were younger, was more along the "see the country and learn some stuff" and was fairly fast paced, so resting/relaxing wasn't an expectation. I think I'd be perfectly happy if I never had to spend another night away from home. I'd go on day trips when I needed a change (we live in a great area for that--beaches and mountains are possible in a day trip), or I'd declare a few days or a week here and there "vacation" and eat out a lot (or get takeout), read or do whatever I wanted, and let most of the regular chores go.
  8. When adopting a new pet and changing names we generally try to go with something that sounds fairly close to the original name, too. I'm partial to dog names that end with the long "e" sound. They roll off the tongue so easily when calling the dog. And I've found that no matter how simple the name is we end up with tons of nicknames, too. Congratulations, and keep us posted on how it goes!
  9. No, not just Texas. Many teams have had multiple cases.
  10. Definitely get a bill of sale/release of ownership. Ask how she is with grooming. With a doodle that's likely a big thing. If she's not cooperative you'll probably pay more to have it done, and potentially have a headache finding a groomer to do it (but most dogs aren't that bad). I would absolutely ask for vet records and/or take her to be checked out by your vet before finalizing anything. I think whether it would be worth it to have hips x-rayed is pretty much an opinion thing. FWIW, my vet says it's common to see dogs whose hip x-rays look awful and yet the dog seems fine, and dogs whose x-rays don't look bad at all and the dog can hardly walk. If she's already microchipped and if the chip has been registered (many owners forget that step!) then I'd Google the chip manufacturer and see if there's a process for transferring ownership. Or the current owner can log in to their account with the chip maker while you're there and change the account to your info and set up a new password? I think that would work? ETA: There are free third party chip registries, but if the current owner has registered it anywhere (with the chip maker or with a free registry) I'd want to make sure it was corrected everywhere.
  11. Same, although I haven't (yet) lost the ability to sweat. My sweating is totally dysfunctional--either way overboard or insufficient. Thankfully the peri-menopause crap only lasted about ten years. But then I found out my AI issues have apparently totally shut down my ability to regulate my body temperature. I'm either running a slight fever (not a good thing nowadays!) or, like yesterday at a screening to enter a medical facility, I alarm people with how low my temperature registers.
  12. One nursing home here (NC) near me did the same thing with one of their facilities. They moved all their patients to one of their other facilities, some as far as a two hour drive away, so that they could dedicate the original facility to Covid patients. I haven't heard how that's going, though.
  13. If you're just looking for campgrounds to stop for the night (not national parks or other scenic areas) then Campground Reviews is a good source, as is the KOA app. And I love the iExit app when traveling on interstates. You can look ahead and see what's available at upcoming exits. If you're driving a larger RV then it's common to look for big box stores (which have large parking lots) to stop for lunch and rest breaks if interstate rest areas are super busy (or nowadays, perhaps closed). When we had our big RV and towed a car (and thus were over 50 feet long altogether) we'd choose exits with lots of gas stations, and often we'd use Google maps and zoom in to see which ones were roomiest, had the pumps oriented in the easiest accessible way for us, etc. If you're in a smaller RV you won't need to think about those things as much, though. Most national parks have pretty severe dog restrictions. Generally they're allowed in parking lots and campgrounds. Generally they are NOT allowed on trails or to be left in unattended vehicles, but that may not apply if you have an RV with an onboard genny so you can leave the AC running. And of course if you feel confident your dog won't bark and you put him/her in a crate no one will know he/she is in the RV. You'll want to let your dog get used to the RV before you set off on your trip if possible.
  14. North Carolina Governor Cooper is putting our re-opening on hold. Instead of going to Phase 3 on Friday per the original re-opening plan, we will remain in Phase 2 until at least July 17. He's also mandating mask usage in all public places wherever maintaining social distancing from those not in your own household/residence isn't possible (indoors and outdoors). Exceptions for people with medical conditions and children under 11.
  15. Wear the mask as close to your eyes as possible, so that it comes up under your glasses. Then the bottom of your glasses should rest on the mask, which helps to provide a little bit better seal and prevent air from flowing up. Washing with dish detergent has an anti-fogging effect. I use Dawn; I don't know if other brands work as well. I wash the lenses and then just lightly dab with a microfiber cloth to remove the excess water. You don't want to wipe them much after washing, because you want a tiny bit of the dish detergent on them. I do the above when wearing masks without nose pieces and they work well.
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