First Snow

October 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s October 10th. Not even halfway into October yet.
Just looked outside.
It is SNOWING.

That SUCKS!

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Poor doggie :(

October 4, 2009 at 11:03 pm (Uncategorized)

LabGirl and her brother have recently decided that the time has come to put down their family dog of the last 12+ years.

She’s having a bit of a rough time with it, and I’m actually very saddened by it myself, and I honestly barely know the dog as well as they do.

He’s a large huskie, who still likes to play with you when he can muster up the energy, has a unique personality and will actually “converse” with you sometimes by giving little howls in response to your asking him questions, he’s soft & fuzzie, and just overall seems like a great dog.

LabGirl actually took on the responsibility of caring for him back around Spring, when her brother (who’s dog it really is) and his wife had just gotten incredibly frustrated at his issues and were thinking of putting him down at that time.
At the time he had been having incontinence issues, and would just let his bowels loose randomly throughout the house. As a result the dog ended up being locked up in the basement there nearly 24/7 and had become pretty miserable.

After LabGirl offered to take on the challenge of taking care of him he seemed to make marked improvement – he seemed, frankly, much happier.
He did still have some incontinence problems but they weren’t constant or anything, and LabGirl tried to help as much as possible by making sure he spent a good deal of time outdoors and by using urine-catcher wraps whenever he was indoors – as she doesn’t have carpet in her house most accidents weren’t a big deal.

Unfortunately though things have deteriorated over the last few weeks. The incontinence has gotten much worse, to the point where urine flows pretty much constantly, like a leaky faucet, and any time she leaves the house she prepares herself to have to deal with a “present” on the floor when she comes back.

She had been seriously considering making him a purely outside-kept dog, to the point where we had started piecing together plans to make a large shelter for him.
But – this was thought over, and the conclusion was come to that although this may allow him to stay around a bit longer – he’d almost certainly be miserable.

He’s always been a very indoors, pampered dog. Yeah, he’s a huskie, but he’s a huskie that’s never really had to deal with the cold except for short trips outside to take care of his business.
And to go from that to having to stay outside during the winter here, even if he does have shelter?
Plus he’s got a pretty bad case of arthritis in his hind legs, which he doesn’t whine about or anything but that you can tell is hurting him – whenever he stands up his hind legs shake from lack of strength, he has a very hard time simply standing up or sitting down, and as a result spends most of his time just laying on the ground not wanting to move any more than he has to.
I can only imagine the winter air would just horribly aggravate it.

So, it was decided that it was time – better to have him put to sleep while he still feels somewhat loved by those in the home rather than after months of feeling miserable and rejected after being banished to the back yard.

She and her brother have made an appointment to take him in on Thursday.

I saw this tonight on PostSecret and it brought a few tears to my eyes:

He’s really a lovable dog, and considering I’ve gotten misty-eyed and I barely even know him, I can hardly even imagine what it’ll be like for her.

We’ve both got the week off of work this week, but I’m pretty much assigning the last few days of the week to knowing I may need to be around for her.

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Shackin’ Up

October 2, 2009 at 11:35 pm (Dating and Girls)

So it’s official, I’ve turned in my notice to the landlady that I won’t be renewing my lease at the end of October.
And in about a week I’ll be starting the slow process of moving all of my crap over to LabGirl’s house.

I have a few uneasy feelings based almost exclusively on past failures – I’ve tried this with other women not once, but twice previously, and both ended very badly.

However, I think we’re a bit more prepared for it this time (she’s had a failed shacking up experience in the past as well).
We both realize this is going to be a lifestyle change for both of us, and we’re both going to need an adjustment period.
I’ve explained that due to the fact that I’m completely changing my environment and she’s just adding me into her, that I might be a bit more freaked out than her for maybe the first couple of weeks.
And that the first few workday mornings are probably going to be pretty rough.

Because we have two of pretty much every piece of furniture, the majority of mine is going to be disassembled and stored in the basement for a little while until things are solidified to the point where I’m comfortable getting rid of some stuff.

And I need to go through another round of un-pack-ratting my shit-tons of crap I have in storage but can’t seem to part with.
I think Goodwill may be getting some sizable donations soon.

Anyway I hope to have most of the misc crap boxed up and ready to move by next weekend, which I’ll take over by car, and then I’m hoping the furniture will fit into the back of her SUV after being taken apart – I think most of it will be OK, the only thing I’m not sure of right off hand is the dresser…

Anyway, here’s hoping the third time is the charm….

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