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  1. I'm so sorry. I agree with this. And this... But this part is priceless. I'm so glad for you that your ds has this attitude.
  2. I'll also add that I quoted the FHA rules for accuracy, not to reflect my personal views. Owning animals is a financial responsibility, whether they are pets, working animals or whatever. I understand the reasoning behind not allowing extra deposits for ESAs, but I don't agree. Anyone who owns an animal needs to be able to be financially responsible for it. I don't see why landlords, especially small-scale ones, should be forbidden to require extra damage deposits, insurance or some way to protect their investment.
  3. Full service dog training would, yes, but canine good citizen is not very costly at all. Mainly it requires a time commitment to training, plus a basic good temperament for the dog.
  4. Rosemary in general is marginally hardy here, but Arp is supposed to be hardy, so that's the cultivar I planted. Yes, the soil is heavily amended to be well drained. So did you fertilize to get the growth in that picture? If I remember correctly, you'd grown those plants from cuttings, and that is just more growth than I'm used to seeing in a year. Maybe that's the difference between California and the mid-Atlantic.
  5. This is interesting, Bill, so I'm glad you mentioned it. Iceberg is not ubiquitous in my area, but I got a couple of the climbing form from Aldi's this spring on spec. You're making me glad that I gave in to temptation. Do you find that the initial growth is very slender and delicate? This spring I got eight new roses, all bare root, from different suppliers, and the Icebergs are by far the least vigorous in appearance so far. They are healthy and growing, though not rapidly. I hope they'll end up doing as well as yours have. Also-- any particular advice on growing rosemary well? I remember the pictures you posted a while back.
  6. My point is that, legally, the same is true for emotional support dogs. As the HUD discussion states, assistance dogs in general, including both service dogs and emotional support dogs, are not pets. Both, equally, are necessary medical devices. Furthermore, the emotional support animal category is so frequently abused that it is troublesome to disabled people who genuinely need their ESAs.
  7. Well. I'm extremely reluctant to wade in here, for multiple reasons I'll get to in a moment. But, legally, this isn't quite right. The bolding is mine; source below. Now, my own objections here: I do have a strong sympathy for property owners. Perhaps a small-scale landlord could make an argument, as described above, that the cost of potential pet damage is too high. And there are limits to the Fair Housing Act: So maybe this doesn't apply to you. More to the point, as a parent of a disabled child who is heavily dependent on her emotional support dog, I think the category in U.S. law of "emotional support animal" does no favor to disabled individuals or the rest of society. This is a soapbox I've gotten on before, so pardon me if you remember how this goes. First the terminology: as you see in the quotation above, "assistance dog" is a category which includes both service dogs and emotional support dogs. Both help their owners. Therapy dogs are a separate category, trained to help people other than their owners. The idea in disability law is that service dogs are trained, first, for good behavior in public, and, second, to do specific tasks for disabled people. Emotional support animals simply provide support. They have no special training. The law does require them to be allowed in planes and in rental housing, because people do legitimately depend on them. Except -- we all know the system is abused. So people understandably view ESAs with very jaundiced eyes, which is not fair to the people with real disabilities who don't abuse the system. I wish the law could be altered to define emotional support *as work*, just like service dogs do, but require emotional support dogs to be trained for public access like service dogs are. At a minimum, something like the canine good citizen test, which iirc also stresses responsible owner behavior. I also wish our country had some sort of testing and certification for service dogs and emotional support dogs. This would protect people with disabilities and the general public as well. So, Margaret, I'm sympathetic to your position. I know pets can do a lot of damage. I don't know the nitty gritty of how the law is applied to small-scale landlords with, say, four houses. I would never demonize you for preferring to avoid the whole business. But I also know that not every emotional support dog indicates an owner who's trying to abuse the system. Sometimes the need is real and valid, and people try to take responsibility. I think a poorly conceived law has created problems here.
  8. I have no insights on the question of cross-cultural relationships. However, I would hesitate to base my relationship and marriage plans on an idea that his family will never be more closely involved in his life. These things can change in unexpected ways.
  9. You may or may not like it now, but I prefer Red Rose. It seems stronger than most typical U.S. brands to me, but then I also leave the bag in absurdly long.
  10. We deal with similar stuff. I wish I had good answers. You're right that it impacts the therapy you can do.
  11. Your feelings make perfect sense. What makes me ill is the lack of good alternatives in our society. Regardless of love and commitment, parents can't always keep up the level of care their kids need. We should be able to provide support that genuinely works.
  12. I asked a couple of our doctors about neurofeedback for dd and got this answer. If the dc is not motivated to change things, it isn't going to happen just by virtue of the technology.
  13. Thank you, hjffkj! That is very helpful. Taking some time to build a business is fine. I just find myself casting about for a productive way to use my time as kids become more independent, and I'd like to bring in some income. Sounds like I need to learn about websites next, along with insurance.
  14. If you don't mind mind, could you tell me why you don't like Rover? I have no experience with them, good or bad.
  15. I need a part-time job, and pet sitting seems like it might be a good fit. I have decades of experience with dogs, cats, and assorted small pets. I'd be fine spending occasional nights in someone else's home, but would not want to bring their dogs or cats into our home. Checking on animals several times daily and taking them for walks would be no problem. Ideally, I'd want to earn around $2000/month to make my efforts worthwhile. I can probably put in as many hours as a full time job, but until both kids are a bit older and driving themselves places, I need flexibility in my schedule. What do I need to know? Have you used, or set up a business independently? When I look on Rover for our area, there are a ton of young people with a few reviews, and a few people with more (30+). There are also already several independent pet sitting businesses. So, maybe the market is saturated. But we're in an area with a fair number of people who can afford services, so maybe not, especially if there's a way to distinguish myself from all the folks on Rover (maturity and experience?). Any thoughts? Adding: if you have used or might use a pet sitter or dog walker, what would be important to you? What would you want to know about your sitter?
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