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our winter storm watch has progressed in stages to a blizzard warning. Suddenly I feel completely unprepared, as we opted to accept a last minute invite to a friend’s house for dinner instead of being responsible and staying home to prepare. We are not getting up at 5am to do what we can… fingers crossed that we will have enough time with power to do what needs to be done.
Our latest foster is stumping us with the house training. He basically has no inclination to go outside.
Our guess is that he never spent any time in the house wherever he came from; his behavior suggests he was used only for hunting.
We have tried treating & praising when he goes outside (but her rarely goes outside.) Our organization recommended trying to introduce a “substrate” for him to pee on (newspaper) in his preferred indoor peeing spot, and then transferring that substrate outside. He just started peeing other places in the house rather than on the newspaper. We try to drag him outside mid-stream when we catch him, but he is generally so excited to smell stuff outside that he forgets he was peeing, then resumes peeing when we are back inside. We have tried working out a schedule where he knows when he will be outside. We have tried walking him around the yard until he goes (not fun in this weather).
Basically, nothing is sticking.
Other ideas? tricks? Anything?
Our fake wood floor is de-laminating in his choice spots, the house is starting to smell, and we had to take the throw rugs up off the floor.
Can we brainstorm low-cost ways to make our house Narnia like? Or perhaps some Narnia-inspired activities?
And I don’t like omelettes all that much.
Today, we brought up the crate and bed that Buckley had used to prepare for another foster dog we are getting on Monday.
Penelope seemed a little stressed out by it, but she is generally an anxious type. She was smelling, doing a little pacing, but then seemed to calm down.
I just caught her trying to squat on the bed in that crate, right after we had been outside. She has some urine problems, but seriously, she had literally only been back in the house for 2 minutes.
I’m wondering if she can smell Buckles on the bed? Thoughts? Ideas?
I have to reuse crate & beds because, well, we aren’t made of money. I did wash the bed, and I can’t smell him, (he was sick, and a bluetick, all rolled into one, and therefore had a pretty distinct odor) but I know I can’t compare my nose to hers.
Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
sounds like an earthquake, hun.
It could have been, but there is no scuttlebut on FB about it, and because they are so rare in RI there is almost always scuttlebut. It sounded more like an explosion, it was really weird. But I have never been in an earthquake, so I really have no idea.
We are on a bit of ledge here or something because we aren’t that close to the highway but when a big tractor trailer rolls by a certain spot with a heavy load we feel it. I actually thought maybe there was a bad accident on that stretch of highway, but my partner just drove over and didn’t see anything… perhaps it will remain a mystery, or perhaps I just felt my first earth quake and didn’t even know.
So some loud explosion-like something just shook the house…
I thought that a car ran into us or someone had decided to take a battering ram to the basement door. As I was running around trying to figure out what the h&^% was going on, the neighbor called.
“Did you hear/feel that?” She thought it was in her house.
Then a third neighbor thought it was in their house.
Oddly, we have heard no sirens,seen no other signs of trouble, and most of the other neighbors haven’t even turned their outside lights on.
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