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You know how some dogs will try a new food because they see another dog eating it and some dogs will try a new food because they see a human eating it? Newt is the second type. Rosemary just caught him finishing off my Wasabi Seaweed Snacks.


Sep. 21st, 2018 09:01 am
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Aiko stayed for me to tell him what a good good dog he is. Now we're waiting for the home euthanasia vet.


Sep. 19th, 2018 11:49 am
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Aiko is not well, and I'm not there. Neal loves him, but he isn't Aiko's person.

A few days ago, while we were all staying at Neal's house, Aiko chased a rabbit across the yard but stopped and watched when the rabbit went down the steep side of the hill. Last night I dreamed about that, but Aiko was with Kitsu, the dog in my icon, and it was a deer they started, and they chased it down the hill and up the next, strong and well, too fast for even my voice to catch them.

ETA: Internal bleeding and a mass on his liver or spleen. Muffled heart. It is probably his hemangiosarcoma back. The vet doesn't recommend any further testing or treatment.
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Dogs do not like it when you cram everything you own -- including all their things! -- into two and a half rooms and then move out. Dogs worry when they're living in someone else's house, even though the people are very nice and you are there too. Dogs do not like it one little bit when you pack your suitcase again and go someplace without them.

Going to visit my mom. Back in less than a week.

The card represents the critical factor for the issue at hand. Six of Swords (Science), when reversed: Conceit and intellectual pride. Being stuck in a problem which has no apparent solution. Frustration and anxiety that are left unsettled. Travel and exploration are delayed.
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My front door is charming, but doesn't latch easily, especially in wet weather. I pull it shut then try to push it open to make sure it's shut. Usually.

Today when Neal and I came back to my house after four hours of volunteering at the Raptor Center, he asked, why is the front door open? Wide open. And there was my good good good[*] dog Aiko, nobly resisting the temptation to nudge open the screen door, which doesn't latch easily either, and come out to greet us.

[*]Aiko says he might have gone out and had an adventure and let himself in again, like Dief. You just don't know.
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Newt just went in to have his teeth cleaned, but they heard a heart murmur. They were willing to anesthetize him anyway, but I am not feeling lucky. So I have to take him to CSU for an echocardiogram to find out whether it is heart disease or a mitral valve issue, which they say is common in small dogs.
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They ended up amputating Aiko's ear. I keep getting that Stevie Nicks song stuck in my head, but it's just an ear ). And he doesn't mind having his beauty diminished; he's very shy, so he doesn't love it when strangers want to pet him.

My other dog has such lovely ears that he'd make a good entry in this "Sky puppy or land puppy?" quiz:

small terrier with big ears & tongue tip
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Aiko's ear is not healing. He's probably going to need surgery, which will probably remove part of the ear.
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white German Shepherd in a cone with a bandaged ear

Aiko was on Rimadyl for his arthritis and Apoquel for his allergies, but both those medicine can have a side effect of suppressing platelets. His platelets were a little low, but just a little, so we were just checking them every six months.

Now he has a hematoma in his ear -- that's what the pressure bandage and cone are for -- and he's off Apoquel and on Cytopoint, which is an injection. I have to take him to the vet every six to eight weeks. His size means he needs a double dose, so it's $228 for the drug. I don't know if she's going to charge me an office visit every time, or if the vet techs can do it.
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I do think that there is value in Gavin de Becker's The Gift of Fear, even though it doesn't work for me. It doesn't work for me on either end: I'm not much good at understanding strangers' intentions, and don't want to spend enough time and attention on strangers to get somewhat better. And I am good at attracting extra attention from security people, even though I don't intend to steal, smuggle, or damage anything. I don't know how much of that is racism, how much is missing communications cues because I'm partly deaf and have not much peripheral vision, especially on the same side as my deaf ear, and how much is behaving oddly because when I am in a crowd of strangers I am spending a lot of energy wishing that I were elsewhere, and hoping to escape with the least possible eye contact, talking, and being touched by strangers. But just by being myself I soak up enough security personnel attention that anyone who does want to steal, smuggle, or damage things should use me as a stalking horse.

Friday evening I was walking to the library with Aiko. I was on the north side of the street, heading east. I saw a couple walking toward me, but there was a break in traffic and I crossed the street before we met. On the south side of the street, Aiko was uneasy. He kept stopping and looking back. I looked back too, and saw the couple that had been on the north side of the street, going west, were now about half a block behind me, on the south side of the street, going east.

Well, people do change their minds and turn around. But Aiko would not settle down, so at the next street I turned south. The couple behind us also turned south, but I was on the east side of the street and they were on the west. I stopped and let Aiko sniff for a while, so I got to the next intersection after them. They crossed to the south side of that street. I did not. I turned east. They also turned east, and continued to walk about half a block behind me, on the other side of the street, for about seven blocks. Then we were in a well-populated area, and I didn't see them again.

I am a short fat old woman, and my hands were encumbered. I had library books in one hand, and a leash and a bag of dog poop in the other. But I was walking a German Shepherd! How did they plan to assault me without getting bit? Also without getting a bag of dog poop in the face? Though it was one of the good bags, and probably wouldn't have burst even if it had hit. Also, I didn't have any money on me, though they didn't know that. I was wearing a fanny pack, which is where my wallet would have been if I was wearing my wallet. I thought about taking my phone out and taking their picture, but they had dropped back far enough by the time I thought of it that it wouldn't have been much of a picture. The fanny pack has the kind of buckle that you squeeze to open. Probably they planned to run up beside me, grab the buckle, and run off with the fanny pack before Aiko could react. They would have got my phone and my housekeys, and could probably figure out where I live from the phone.

Anyway, I do think that there is observable, identifiable behavior that signals that one human being is looking at another human being as prey, and I think Aiko observed and correctly identified it.
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[personal profile] muninnhuginn tells me that today is Skull Appreciation Day. "Write something every day" is on my Habitica list, but I fail a lot. Nevertheless, I do appreciate skulls. Here is a photo of one of my favorites; it belonged to Kitsune, the dog in my icon.

dog skull, very dirty )

It's always surprising how small the brain pan is.
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When you want to reward a dog, you have to find out what the dog thinks is rewarding. It might surprise you.

thanks to [personal profile] andrewducker
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Newt loves tomatoes. I wanted a picture of him eating a tomato, so the last time he picked one, I took it away:2016-09-11 16.41.18

And then gave it back. But the taking-away part worried him enough that he had to devour the whole thing in two bites:2016-09-11 16.41.30
2016-09-11 16.41.33
2016-09-11 16.42.02
(That foot walking away looks Seussian!)

"I am the rat terrier
Who will eat anything
I eat stuff
Like it's my job
And if you ask me
If I ate anything
I'll just tell you
That I eat anything."
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Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
During the final ten weeks of 2016, your physical and mental health will flourish in direct proportion to how much outworn and unnecessary stuff you flush out of your life between now and October 25. Here are some suggested tasks: 1. Perform a homemade ritual that will enable you to magically shed at least half of your guilt, remorse, and regret. 2. Put on a festive party hat, gather up all the clutter and junk from your home, and drop it off at a thrift store or the dump. 3. Take a vow that you will do everything in your power to kick your attachment to an influence that's no damn good for you. 4. Scream nonsense curses at the night sky for as long as it takes to purge your sadness and anger about pain that no longer matters.


I'm declaring Newt an honorary Scorpio. He lost most of his incisors today, which should be good for his physical and mental health.

Aiko has a new wonder drug, Apoquel, for his allergies. $1.30 per pill. Two pills a day for 14 days, then one a day forever. If it works, it's worth it.
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Dogs claim that they have not been fed in years, but I have photographic evidence they were treated like royalty:

shepherd princess

jack russell princess
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I'm going to California tomorrow to visit the friend who moved away, with three other members of our mutual book group. I have been fretting anxiously all day that
1. I will not wake up in time
2. I will forget my CPAP, the CPAP's power cord, my phone, the phone's power cord, or my bite guard
(prescriptions and wallet are already packed, whatever else I'm forgetting is replaceable)
3. I will be miserable because of allergic reaction to cats, or because I can't sleep, or just because I can't stand being with five other people for four days straight
4. I will spoil everyone else's fun by being miserable or sick or too slow and achy, or by saying something stupid.

There is nothing more I can do about any of these worries, so I have been cleaning things. The little dog is all fluffy, except for the long hairs around his mouth, which look a bit like this dragon:

The combination of rawhide bone and dog saliva makes a powerful hair glue.


Dec. 12th, 2015 10:20 pm
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We got five inches of fluffy white snow today, which makes it very noticeable how not white the white dog is, and how tiny the tiny dog is.

My neighbors have a new baby, five weeks old and eee! even tinier than the tiny dog! But that doesn't last. I'm trying to remember how old his big sister is, and wishing LJ had a useful search function.

I took Aiko to the vet for a blood draw to make sure he can still take his arthritis drug. There were puppies in the waiting room, nine weeks old, with soft puppy fur; at 16 pounds and 13 pounds, already bigger than the tiny dog, and destined to get bigger than Aiko. The vet wanted a urine specimen too, which Aiko did not provide, so they sent me home with a specimen collection kit: one small styrofoam bowl, to hold in the way of the stream; one specimen cup; one plastic pipette, to transfer the specimen from bowl to cup. 'Specimen' is one of those words I always misspell. Every time I typed it in this post it came out 'specimin'.
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My tiny dog has rediscovered that tomatoes on the vine are food. He figured this out once before, a couple of years ago, but I kept him away from the tomato plants for a while and he seemed to forget. This year I noticed a hole in a ripe tomato as if a bird had pecked it for a drink; later I found Newt eating that tomato, still on the vine, and now he'll go get himself one anytime I'm not looking. The big dog will finish a tomato that Newt has started, but won't pick them himself. I don't know whether he doesn't recognize them as food while they are on the vine, or he doesn't recognize them as food unless someone else is actually eating them. I suppose I have enough ripening tomatoes that I could experiment...

Thanks to [personal profile] jesse_the_k and [personal profile] liv for the prompt:
When you see this post, feel encouraged to post something in your journal. Short or long, trivial or profound, it doesn't matter, just something. And if you like, you can pass on the token by copying this notice at the bottom of your post.

tiny dog is keeping an eye on you


Jul. 8th, 2015 11:18 pm
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I'm sleeping terribly again, staying up later and later; getting up later too, but not late enough to get six hours in. It's having the usual consequences on memory, focus, and the ability to actually do a thing instead of realizing that I ought to do it, and realizing that I ought to do it, and realizing that I ought to do it....

This is one of the things I need my dogs for. They're very good at telling me it's time to eat, or it's time to go out; harder for me to ignore than my own body. They do try to tell me when it's time to go to bed, but I can ignore that, since they can go to bed without my help.

This evening Aiko nudged me, so we went out, but just stood on the back deck. A few minutes after we came in, he nudged me again. I told him to go lie down. Then I realized that I hadn't given him his pills with dinner. (I set out his pills for the next day each night when I set out mine, so I can check whether I have given them to him.) The carprofen has to be taken with food, (I assume because it is an NSAID and would give him ulcers otherwise? I don't know, he gets fed twice a day and pilled twice a day, it all works fine when I don't fuck up,) so I gave him a little more food, and his pills.

I've got to figure out how to sleep better.
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you guys the little dog just came into the house with an apple blossom petal stuck to his nose. he could not get it off.


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