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  1. You are a saint for adding her to your already very full plate. 💕Lucky girl!
  2. As mentioned in the other thread, I tried it and it didn't seem to help my OCD much, if at all. I don't recall any ill effects. As I remember, very large doses are recommended. It's fine to try as an OTC supplement. No medical supervision needed. It's not something I would hesitate to try for any reason. I know some have found that it helps them tremendously. It just wasn't a miracle cure for me. Best wishes!
  3. Okay! Back again. Yes to Jeffrey Schwartz's approach. He has an excellent understanding of OCD and how to treat it. Highly recommended. I tried inositol and it didn't seem to do much for me. B vitamins are helpful. Sleep is helpful. Viruses are detrimental (although we obviously can't totally avoid them). Some chemical food ingredients worsen my symptoms, especially food dyes and preservatives. Medication was life-changing for me. I honestly never expected such a huge improvement in my symptoms. My doctor (who has a son with OCD himself) told me that he very much regrets not starting his own child on medication sooner, because every year his son was untreated, harmful brain pathways were being laid down. He believes earlier is actually better, and I tend to agree, if other methods of coping aren't effective. I take fluvoxamine, which is approved for both adult and pediatric treatment of OCD.
  4. I have severe OCD and have had it most of my life. Hell no to the expensive hand soap. I'll come back later to write more.
  5. I've seen "sausages" for snakes:
  6. @desertflower, great response. 👍🏼
  7. YES. Our breeder drove several hours to our home so she could see where Puppy would be living and how she reacted to us. We had a LONG phone interview before that, asking each other questions on everything we each wanted/needed to know. She was an open book regarding health testing, pedigree, etc. If the breeder doesn't ask *you* a ton of questions, be suspicious.
  8. MercyA


    Our first dog, a Chihuahua-mix, developed similar problems at about a year and a half old. Not to discourage you, but we tried everything (trainers, behaviorists, meds, etc.) and finally had our dog undergo disarming surgery as the only feasible and humane alternative to euthanasia. All of his teeth except his back molars were removed by a veterinary dentist. Now, this is obviously a last resort and there are many things you can and should try first, starting with more health testing. I mention this only because it is a rarely considered option and it did save our dog's life. He frankly had a screw loose and we were never going to be able to trust him not to injure people. He was a pill to the end but we loved him. Hoping and wishing the best for you and your dog.
  9. Find out when you can visit the parent(s) and puppies. If she won't allow you to come to her, you won't have to worry about all the rest. What breed are you considering?
  10. I've used this bingo card generator many times: You select the number of rows and columns you want and then upload any pictures you want for the spaces. Maybe you could use pictures of favorite picture book characters? Curious George, Clifford, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, etc.? You can save and print as many cards as you need and it will of course automatically randomize which pictures go on which cards and where. On the same site, they have a text-based bingo card generator as well. You could use library-related words instead of pictures. Bingo for books sounds like my kind of game!!! 🙂
  11. "I am so sorry, but after giving it more thought, I've realized that co-op is just not going to work for our family this year. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. I wish you all the best as you prepare for the upcoming year and look forward to seeing you [at church, at x-activity, etc.]."
  12. My dog prefers non-constricting clothing, like this sweater: You can see that it's not tight around the waist and it just has "slits" for arms. I think she'd like it even better without the high neck. Old tees of my daughter's are probably her favorite thing to wear, but they don't fit especially well. 🙂 She does NOT like this sweatshirt: I think she doesn't like the tight sleeves or the bulkiness of the hood. (I got it mostly because I knew my DD would love it....) She really likes this non-constraining vest/coat. I like it because it also acts as a harness: The coat my Chi-mix liked was somewhat similar to this, but with only one "belly strap" and made of polar fleece: I believe there are similar coats on Etsy.
  13. My chi-mix had a great little fleece coat he wore in the cold and rain. I remember once we were in the airport in Chicago (traveling from sunny CA to the Midwest) and we went outside in the bitter cold. I said, "[Dog's name], do you want your coat?" and he jumped up and down like I was offering him a hot dog or something. 🙂 My spaniel has an insulated coat that she wears outside in the winter, since I have her trimmed now. She seems to like it. If it's especially cold in the house, she'll run to me if I hold out a sweater or t-shirt and she wants it put on. If she doesn't want it on, she shows no enthusiasm. There's a particular sweatshirt she never wants on...I think it's too tight in the "arms." They know what they like and what they don't! 🙂 ETA: She wore a pink flowered dress with matching bows in her ears for an Easter pet parade at the nursing home. So cute. She also has a Queen of Hearts costume to wear the next time our dog park has a "Hairy Pawter" Halloween event.
  14. Dang, @Quill...he is indeed very handsome. 😉 And you and your daughter are lovely!
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