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On 8/30/2020 at 8:04 AM, jellysundae said:

Why are they insistent on that? 0_o What business is that of theirs?? I mean, if it's a female animal that's having endless litters then fair enough, but for a young male? It sounds like that vet's got motives all over the place! Also, some worrying ignorance? That automatic big dog = aggressive thought process isn't a good thing to see in a vet. : /

Ah yeah, the struggles of dogs whose breed comes from cold places... does your home have any nice cold tiled floor that he lies on? That husky I shared a home with, he used to lie in front of the front door, like a giant draught excluder, lol. When we had the windows and doors replaced he never laid there again.

I know right!! Personally I don't believe in getting an animal fixed unless it's physically or medically necessary. I feel that you're taking away a part of them. I know others may feel differently, but that's where I stand on it. And it's not like Kai is running around town making puppies with every dog he can find. He stays in our yard and is the best behaved boy on walks, aside from pulling me halfway down the block at almost 14km/h, but that's a different story altogether LOL. I think the vet is considering the money from the procedure and having that drive their recommendation. Also they say it reduces the dog's risk of getting certain kinds of cancers. I'm not a vet so I don't know the validity of that, but from experience, Mouse is the only dog to have had cancer and getting her fixed wouldn't have prevented it. Kai would be at a high risk of infection because he lays in the dirt all the time. Sure he'd wear the cone of shame without too much trouble, but he would probably get the site infected. Oh the vet also says that getting him fixed would make him more docile when he was younger and that if he started to show any signs of aggression it would have to be done sooner rather than later. He's the gentlest giant on the planet! His only non-gentle thing is he likes to tackle us. He's slowly learning that he's not allowed to do that. But he's not being aggressive, he's just excited and still doesn't understand that his size can hurt.

Yesterday we went out to the farm for a day trip. Kai came with us and was getting along better with the other dogs there. Kai did get into his first scuffle with the male dog there, Bear. But Kai was only defending himself and Bear was defending my MIL. Kai got too close to her and Bear didn't like it so he tore after Kai and Kai was about to rear up and use his weight on Bear. Both my husband and I were telling the boys to stop and go lay down. Neither listened, so once my hubby saw Kai start to rear up, he knew what Kai was about to do, so he thumped Kai on the head with a stick. They immediately ceased and went their separate ways. Neither dog was hurt and Kai was cautious around Bear even more.

In order for Kai to stay cool, he'll lay outside almost all night on the deck, or now under it. He's actually dug out part of the area under the deck to make himself an entrance. We call that the Kai Bunker. He can see the front gate from there when he peeks out between the steps so I'm sure that would be a shock to people coming into our yard when he just appears out of nowhere lol. In the house, we keep it a bit cooler for him. Normally I'm wearing my hoodie all the time. During the really hot days the window on the front door is half-open for him and we leave the window open on the landing for him all the time. Those are his two favorite cool spots to lay. We do have laminate floors so they're always a bit cool. Kai loves laying on the couch and in the rocking chair. It's amazing how he can curl up in that chair and sleep.

Kai had a fun adventure yesterday and he's tired today. He travel so well in the van! We stopped once on the way out and on the way home to get a drink and snacks for everyone. I let Kai out to stretch his legs and it's always funny to see everybody turn to stare at us.

(sorry for the novel!)

On 8/30/2020 at 10:45 AM, Ennoshima said:

Long time no see. 🤍

I've been struggling horribly with my anxiety and other mental issues

-- so my replies are still going to be horribly slow. ^^;

Hello Ennoshima! Lovely to see you again! I wish you all the best with your anxiety and other challenges you're facing right now. 😃

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1 hour ago, Mouseykins said:

He's actually dug out part of the area under the deck to make himself an entrance.

Bet there's no furry critters under your house, LOL! I love the idea of him materialising from under the porch. xD

That vet sounds dodgy!

Do you think Kai and Bear will end up friends once they sort out the territorial stuff?

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4 minutes ago, jellysundae said:

Bet there's no furry critters under your house, LOL! I love the idea of him materialising from under the porch. xD

That vet sounds dodgy!

Do you think Kai and Bear will end up friends once they sort out the territorial stuff?

Nope, just a Kai! They might, it all depends. They were able to get closer this time without a scuffle so who knows. We just have to stay vigilant when everyone is around. When they're in the yard by themselves, Kai stays away from Bear.

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12 hours ago, Mouseykins said:

When they're in the yard by themselves, Kai stays away from Bear.

Oh! That's interesting. But then, just because two dogs are together in a space doesn't mean they have to interact does it, or even like each other. I suppose I sort of expected that to be a thing that happens, but we certainly don't behave like that, do we. Put two people in a space together and they generally don't even want to make eye contact with the other person in case they turn out to be a total weirdo, or ready to bore the pants off you with their life story. Maybe that's the issue with Bear! Kai doesn't wanna hear any more tales about your MIL. 🤣

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20 hours ago, jellysundae said:

Oh! That's interesting. But then, just because two dogs are together in a space doesn't mean they have to interact does it, or even like each other. I suppose I sort of expected that to be a thing that happens, but we certainly don't behave like that, do we. Put two people in a space together and they generally don't even want to make eye contact with the other person in case they turn out to be a total weirdo, or ready to bore the pants off you with their life story. Maybe that's the issue with Bear! Kai doesn't wanna hear any more tales about your MIL. 🤣

Kai is very passive and he doesn't like confrontation. Whereas Bear is more of an aggressor, though he's not particularly aggressive. He's gentle around the kids and I've never seen him growl or nip at them. It's his territory though, so he's protecting it. Kai is the intruder. Bear is clearly the dominant one as it's his home, so Kai recognizes this and keeps away.

Kai is in super duper deep doggy trouble right now. We just bought a shed and have to put it together. My hubby unloaded it from the truck today and had everything somewhat organized on the lawn. He goes inside to lay down and take a nap and rest his hand. Kai is outside and ends up chewing on the plastic ventilation grate panels so now we have to order new ones. At least we can still assemble the shed without them as we have to physically drill the air vent holes in the vinyl. Kai got in huge trouble for it and my Mr. is now super mad at Kai because of all his destruction. Literally nothing is safe outside unless it's nailed down. We know this! So in reality, the packages shouldn't have been left at his level unattended. I ended up sleeping all day because I just didn't want to get up and deal with everything. Every morning when I get up the kids are right away at each others throats fighting and yelling at each other over stupid toys. If I stay upstairs they behave, but as soon as I come downstairs it's chaos. My Mr. should have woken me up or at least told me what he was doing. I could have helped him with it and we could have even started putting the darn thing together and kept an eye on Kai so he wouldn't have chewed anything. But nope, he has to go and try to do things himself. Not much I can say or do about it. It is what it is. It's supposed to rain tonight and possibly tomorrow so we had to put everything back into the box so all we accomplished was moving it from the truck into the yard. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day and Kai behaves.

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@Mouseykins HA, so basically hubby's getting extra mad at the dog because he knows it's 100% his own fault for leaving stuff where he did. xD But ultimately you feel like it's your fault for not being there and pointing out to him that he's laying a whole load of new dog toys (in Kai's eyes) out over the yard?

Has cabin fever well and truly set in with your kids? But wait, they only misbehave when they have an audience? Little monsters!

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@jellysundae Boy you got that right! Everyone is sharing the blame for this for sure. These days it doesn't take much to anger my Mr and upset him. His usually short temper is much shorter. That was even pre-pandemic.

Cabin fever has definitely set in. Plus it doesn't help that there's so many of us stuck together in a small house. Our house is only about 700 some square feet. Every corner of this place is cluttered right now. So we're all feeling boxed in and trapped. We were looking at other houses but we can't do anything right now since the stupid banks don't see my husbands disability income as income. He needs a job, or I do, or to be declared totally 100% disabled from performing any occupation. The kids were looking forward to moving and it all came crashing down. Things would be so much better around here if the oldest would actually listen and stop instigating half of the fights because she wants to play with something and it has to be her way or she's yelling and screaming at her sisters. Even trying to get her to bed. It takes almost 2 hours from the time I say start getting yourself ready for bed until I finally lose my bananas and then the next 20 minutes is filled with constant attitude and "rushing" because she's running out of time. Thank goodness school is starting! They are going to  hate me for a while when they get thrown into their new routine and have to deal with it. But that's ok they can be mad at me all they want. I'll temporarily lose my marbles some more, but once they settle in we should be all set.

Schools are reopening here and we have the option to keep our 1st grader home for at-home learning so we're doing that instead of sending her to school. I keep telling the kids we are stuck in this very small house together and we need to learn how to get along or this is going to be one miserable year for everyone. So far that hasn't sunk in yet lol.

They are definitely little monsters! I guess Dad is scarier than Mom. Even when he goes upstairs to lay down for a nap because of a headache or something it doesn't matter how many times you tell them to knock it off and be quiet, they don't listen, but yet they'll let me rest.

When this virus is all over, I'm taking time off somewhere by myself! Even if it's just sending everyone out to the farm for the weekend. I'll keep Kai at home so I'm not too lonely. Plus Kai listens to me better. He's clearly a mommas boy.

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Oh no! Sorry to hear that! I hope your back feels better soon. I slept on the couch last night and my back is not too thrilled with me today.

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I was gonna ask a girl out I had a crush on at work, but it turns out she has a boyfriend. Hopefully I find someone in the near future? Anyway, I hope everyone has a nice holiday season. I think I'm finished with my shopping.

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On episode two in Bendy and the Ink Machine. Now I want a Bendy plushie and an Alice Angel poster. Who’s with me? 
 

EDIT: There’s a gift set of Bendy, Alice and Boris plushies! 

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It's too cold in the midwest US. It's gotten as low as -18F/-28C in the morning. Absolutely brutal. I want spring back so badly.

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21 hours ago, MysteryAF said:

It's too cold in the midwest US. It's gotten as low as -18F/-28C in the morning. Absolutely brutal. I want spring back so badly.

Yeah a couple of the people I follow on Instagram are suffering through this: one, a Brit currently living in Texas; another, a couple in Arkansas in a 150 yr. old house. The people in Texas had no power for over a day, and it keeps on going out because of the rolling blackouts.

It's a tough situation for the power companies as it's pretty unprecedented isn't it; plus nothing in the south is designed to deal with prolonged cold and that's all there is to it, everything's geared towards dealing with heat, the whole infrastructure.

@midnight_spell360 how are you coping?

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