Struggling With Play Time

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Fortunately, it looks that way.

He does apparently like to eat rabbit poo, but the vet doesn't seem to think he's eating enough to cause problems. I am thinking of getting a muzzle he can't eat things through though. His current muzzle doesn't really stop him and it's gotten a bit small for him anyway. We have actually been at the park while they were spraying and asked about it. They said it is pet and child safe, but who knows. Stella doesn't have any issues though. He seems fine today though. Hasn't had issues since I called the vet, of course. He didn't poop yesterday, pooped a small amount today. No throwing up or diarrhea though.

He'll be good with work. I just hope they're willing to put in the work. They said they had a GSD mix with a lot of behavioral problems who passed a couple of months before, but my concern was that they were looking for a playmate for their 9-year-old lab. Who gets a crazy 6-month-old obnoxious GSD puppy as a playmate for their 9-year-old dog? Even if he's active, I don't think any 9-year-old dog wants a puppy.

He's a sensitive dog in general. I don't really see what his food has to do with it though. If it was his food, I don't think he'd be going months at a time with no problems.

I wouldn't expect to see two white ones. Most people don't ever see one. It's fairly rare for albinism or leucism to occur in the wild and even rarer for the animals to survive to adulthood. It is concerning, but it's not your fault if something did happen to him. I'd say it's the fault of whoever left him out there because if he's really that friendly then I'd say he must have had human contact at a pretty young age. Someone failed him when he was a kitten.

Probably not. They do things differently enough that they have different strengths and somewhat different functions, particularly Photoshop which does something different than the other three.

I will keep you updated.
 

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Great. Fingers crossed.

:( They will do that. Yes, the muzzle. I don't like them but might be a good idea to see if eating something is causing it. Yeah, they do say that stuff. I am not sure any chemical is "ok" or "safe". :/ Good Stella doesn't have issues. Great he is fine today. Well, that is common. At least no diarrhea, no throwing up!!!! He may just have a really sensitive stomach. :/

Hope so. Oh my, well, I guess it depends on the 9yr old. Hopefully all goes well. And they put in the effort. He is a great dog.

Yes and yes. :/ Try to think if there is anything common among the times he goes through this.

Yes, agreed!! :( Well, I knew I had to do something. I just didn't know if I could move fast enough. It is emotionally draining. :( I knew he was special and should have taken him in safely. I am sick about it.

Interesting. I guess it is good? Wish they could have it all in one though. :/

Please do. So far so good. Let's hope he is over whatever got him out of sorts.
 

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He'd gotten so much better about eating cat poop. I don't know how he sneaks the rabbit poop. There's nothing inherently wrong with muzzles, but they do have a bad reputation. They can be very important in keeping everyone (including the dog wearing it) safe. Osiris has taught me a lot about the uses of a muzzle. I agree on chemicals. I don't think they're ever truly 'safe', but then Stella has been going to the same park for years and has eaten her fair share of grass so I guess if it was that dangerous then she'd have had problems from it a while ago. Osiris did start to throw up today, but then never seemed to get anything up. I don't know what to think of him, I swear.

Stella says she was younger than that when we brought 5-month-old Osiris home and she still didn't appreciate it. Lol. I have nothing against them wanting a companion for their lab, but they could have gotten an adult dog that still had the energy to play but would also be less obnoxious. I would never get my senior dog a puppy. If I want a puppy, then sure. But strictly as the other dog's playmate? No. I do hope it works, but am not sure I believe they truly did it for their other dog's sake.

I have tried, but it's not easy to come up with anything. Even when he does eat something and then throw it up, it's so delayed that it can be hard to know the actual cause. We're usually pretty cautious with introducing anything new to him to since he's so sensitive.

Well, sometimes we can't move fast enough. And it sucks. But all we can do is our best and know that at least we're trying which is more than what a lot of people can say. I know I still wonder what happened to the dog that seemed to always ben chained up outside next door to my grandma's house even in extreme heat. I just all of a sudden never saw him again. And now I'm worried about Old Tom because I really haven't seen any signs of him in a while and I'm just hoping it's because it's been so hot that they've all been hunkered down in the shade. But hopefully he'll turn up at some point.

It would be nice, but I guess that would be a little too much in one program. It can get a bit tricky finding tools in just one program as it is. And it is nice to choose if you want a simple/easy version or a more complex/in-depth version.

I definitely will.
 

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That is GREAT!!! A lot of dogs do not get out of that. :( I know, they are VERY GOOD at getting it. :( Or animals, etc. Agreed. Sometimes it is very important to have. Agreed on chemicals. :( Yes, they are all around and most animals handle it. I am glad Stella is. Arghhhhhhhhhh. :/ Poor guy. Anything you can think of as a reason?

HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Agreed. :/

Yes. :/ It is so hard............................. Some dogs just have sensitive stomachs etc. :/

Yes. It really does. I fell for him right away. :( Agreed. Yes, on situations like that is is harder. But I know what you mean. Poor Old Tom. :/ Hopefully he is ok. Life is very hard as a feral. :(

Ohhhhhhh. That makes sense. I guess it is that way for a reason then. To find things that work for people with different needs.

Thanks!!! I feel like I know Osiris and Stella and the cats. We get attached......................................
 

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I think a lot of it is just preventing the habit. He's still pretty closely supervised in the house, so he doesn't get the opportunity to get in the litter boxes here. At part, if I caught him, he'd go on leash and be on the leash for the rest of the trip. Then he'd be back on the long line with a muzzle for a while, then just the muzzle. But rabbit poo is harder apparently. Indeed. I wish we didn't use chemicals so much, but I think most of us have adapted. I don't know what's up with him. I can't figure anything out. He's thrown up a couple of times in the last few days while I was at work. Sometimes he throws food up. Sometimes he throws up just a bit of fluid.

I'm sure you did. Sounds like he was a good cat and probably a bit easier to get to know since he was friendly pretty early on. But maybe he's okay. Maybe he just got lost and now his owners have found him again. Or someone else took him in. I know, I feel for Old Tom and all the others, but they have it pretty good in comparison to a lot of other ferals. They're well fed, have a fenced in yard to be safe in, and have at least some sheltered areas. I know they have access to the people's enclosed porch on the back of their house. I do hope Old Tom is okay. Or, if he is gone, that he went peacefully, curled up in the sun.

Yeah, there are people who only use Photoshop. You would have to pay for more stuff that you don't need if Photoshop and Lightroom were joined together instead of just being able to get one.

Well, you pretty much do. I do talk about them a lot. Lol.
 

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:/ Yep. That is a good plan. It really is more difficult to prevent. :/ Me too, I do not like chemicals. :( Some are necessary but................. :/ Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I know, it is so hard to figure out. Any changes recently at all?

:( Well, hopefully. But I suspect not. He is intact and he did seem a bit feral but did warm up with food. It is just very hard. Yes, being a feral is really tough. But they do have it much better than most. I guess no matter how long or short their life is if we can make it better for them then we have done some good. There is a lot of sadness in that world. One could go mad thinking about it. All we can do is our best.

Interesting. Yes, that makes sense. Can you get a student discount?

It is easy to get attached. I love animals. So really easy for me....................... Much easier to get attached knowing they are in a great home as well!!!
 

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I caught the Covid!!! :bawling: And I went so long! I have been restricted to my room. These poor animals though. Osiris, Stella, and Ember have all pretty much stayed in my room with me (all five are in here right now). Well, they leave sometimes, but spend most of their time here. You can tell Osiris is bored. And he keeps taking my spot in the bed. :ohwell:

It's certainly not the most fun thing to have to deal with. No, I've never understood the obsession with spraying for weeds and whatnot anyway. We never have and we've had the prettiest purple flowers in our yard this year. I don't understand why some flowers a pretty and some are 'weeds'. No, no changes as far as I'm aware and there usually aren't when he does this.

Well, you can always hope for the best. Sometimes that's better that thinking about the worst. He's a cat, so he's pretty resilient. It is a tough life, but then they don't know anything else. It must seem pretty good to them to have a secure source of food, shelter, and someone who cares about them. It can be depressing to think about, but you just have to remember that you're doing all you can for these cats. And you have made a difference.

If I were getting a photography degree, yes, but I'm not so no. It's only $10 a month, so not too bad anyway.

That it is. Well, I try! They might all get Covid from me now.
 

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:( OH NO!!! Arghhhhhhhh. Yes, PLEASE do not give it to your mom. People say everyone will get it at some point. :( Dr. Fauci got it as well. Are you boosted? Did you get the Paxlovid? Of course there are side effects and other things from that as well. But your doctor should advise.

How are you feeling? I hope ok, mild symptoms at worst.

:( The animals.

Yes. No, I never understood all that either. Weeds are nature while chemicals aren't. :( I totally agree with you. Oooooooooo, purple flowers. WONDERFUL!!!! :) I know. I agree, I do not understand. Ughhhhhh, no changes. Doesn't make it easy then. :/

Yes. And agreed. Yes, agreed. It is very depressing, difficult, etc. Heartbreaking. :( All we can do is our best. I hope I made the lives a bit better.

True. Oh, that is not too bad. But it is easy to have it all add up as well. :/

:/ Well, I am a little worried (I'll be honest). I just hope you are doing as well as can be. I worry about your mom as well. You try and succeed!!! :( I hope they don't.

Ughhhhhhhh, GET WELL SOON!!! This horrible virus!!! It is so contagious. :( I didn't check the site yesterday as I was so busy and just exhausted. PLEASE let me know you are doing ok. All my best wishes for you and your mom. I wish I could do more. :/
 

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Well, I think that's up to her at this point. She likes to come into my room with no mask on. So far, she's fine. She thought she was starting to get symptoms and took a test, but it came up negative. I didn't get boosted. My mom did. I did a virtual appointment with the doctor to talk about meds, but of course, I was seeming to better just in time for my appointment and we opted not to do meds especially since those pills are still in a trial phase. No point in taking a risk when you're already getting better. Of course, I went downhill again, but do seem to be getting better. I did get cough meds though. The cough has only been mild, but has been painful because I have such a sore throat. That's the worst symptom I have and nothing seems to stop it from hurting. Otherwise, I've had a fever, lost my voice completely for a little while, have been congested, on and off headaches, and just very tired. I've been laying in bed watching movies with the dogs and Ember. I am okay though.

Indeed. I love the purple flowers. I try to avoid mowing over them when I can. Lol. They're so pretty. I think I actually posted the pictures of Stella laying in them? Can't remember for sure though.

It is very difficult. But you do so much just by putting yourself in the position to be hurt by such things. How many others would just ignore them? That's not something you should ever feel bad for though I know it's hard. You have most definitely improved their lives.

No, not too bad. I did put off getting it because I didn't want to spend the extra money on it (I'm cheap).

Well, don't worry too much about me. I'll be alright. My mom will be too. She has all the vaccines and the booster, so while she is at a slightly elevated risk, she should be okay. She isn't extremely high risk. And somehow, miraculously hasn't gotten it yet. Animals seem okay too!

Thank you. That's alright, do what you have to do. All is okay over here.
 

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Yes. :/ I wish she would be careful. :/ I am SO GLAD she is fine so far!!! And she is boosted. Yes, no pill is perfect and I think it has to be taken early to have an impact. The doctor would know. Yes, I guess it does come and go for people. I am glad to hear you are doing better again. :/ Well, it could be worse. I hope you get well soon. Just keep following the doctor's orders. I wish I had good advice. :/ Please keep me up on how you are feeling.

Awwwwwwwww. I'll have to look for that picture. They sound pretty.

:/ Yes. But it still is painful. :( Thank you for the kind words.

Yes, well, that isn't the worst thing. I am sure you glad you have it!! :)

Hahahaha, well, THAT is easier said than done. You know I think you are very special!! The good news is you both are young. And that helps. And the vaccine. But you know how it is, we have that instinct in us to worry about people we like. Good for your mom. Usually it is people with 2 or more "issues" that are at high risk. And age matters as well. Great the animals are good so far.

Hang in there are get well soon. Get your rest, etc, follow doctor's orders and get well. I can't wait to hear you are all well!!!! :) Gotta go at the pace of the virus though. Please let me know when you can. Better times ahead.
 

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I am getting better. Still very tired at times and my throat bothers me a little, but not nearly as badly as it was. Mom still seems fine. You have to take the pill within five days of symptoms. I would've started it on my fourth if I had taken them. But I don't think they were necessary. Right now I'm mostly just tired. I feel bad for the dogs because I know they're bored. I would take them for a walk down the road when I feel decent enough to, but there's just too many loose dogs to worry about in this town. Plus it's hot.

The pictures are on page 116, post #2,317.

I know. I don't think anything could make it not hurt. That's just how it is when you're working with those who are less fortunate.

Me too.

I know. But there's no reason to worry, really. We're all fine. My mom is just below the age limit that's considered high risk, so not quite in there. I've still been mostly staying in my room and keeping my distance.
 

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GREAT!!! Well, tired is understandable but at least you are getting better. Just try to be careful and keep getting better. Whew, I am SO HAPPY to hear your mom is fine so far. Ahhhhhhhhh, yes, that makes sense. Yes, your body is fighting the infection, therefore fatigue. :/ Yes, BUT you need to get healthy. They will get over the boredom and as you get well sooner they will not be bored anbymore whereas a relapse only sets everyone back. :/

BEAUTIFUL!!!!

:( Agreed. :(

:)

I know but you know how it is. :/ We worry. I am so happy to hear everyone is ok. Yes, her being young is very helpful!!! Yes, you are doing the right thing as well. Hopefully you are past the point of infectiousness so the risk is lower further.

Fingers crossed and I PROMISE I will worry less!!!! ;) But I will say I do feel much better. Just keep listening to your doctor, getting well and all will be back to normal soon!!! :)

THANKS for the update!!! :)
 
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