My time, money, and stamina are all diminishing, but my head still works, albeit as unfocussed as ever.
Wow can I ever relate to this! I find myself wondering if such and such is really necessarily done today ....but helper problems exacerbate it. Glad you found someone....I had someone referred to me, came out and had a look, said he could do it. But he wouldn't give me a price ("sure I can help you out") which made me nervous so texted him and insisted on clarification. He said I didn't have to pay him, just maybe give him $100 for gas (for about a 2 hour job). I dunno what he normally gets paid but he certainly priced himself out of my interest/abilities! Gonna get a dog, looking at a German Shepherd/blue Heeler cross this weekend. Not a cross I would choose, but it might be perfect, never know..
Post by prairiegardens on Sept 29, 2020 16:48:53 GMT -5
Didn't get the dog, backed off on the blue Heeler attitude. I've got to the point I want something that wants to be cooperative and generally friendly, blue Heeler just sound like more of a challenge than I'm up to, and was a pup with all that entails. Older dogs tend not to find homes, I'm told, and I would like something between about 1 and 4, they are over being a pup ( except Irish Setters) and not so old they will keel over on the way home. Something will show up.
Well, we all want to be accepted, though it may be difficult to fit; I admit that I like to start with young-uns, as it's easier, but one must deal with what one has. I look forward to when I can deal with critters: I miss pets; haven't had any for a decade; damn, I need a cat.
"Yesterday is history; tomorrow is mystery; today is a gift, that's why it's called the present." E. Roosevelt "If the world is to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today" Martin Luther
people try to drop cats off in the country, but they don't last long, often not even long enough for me to catch them and take them to the animal shelter (which has about a 10% placement rate). we already have a healthy population here of creatures that will not allow more to stay. Mom won't have any pets, i have the worms, that is all we are doing. i like kitty cats, but i don't want any agents of chaos in the house, one is enough...
Post by prairiegardens on Oct 9, 2020 15:34:47 GMT -5
Had a cat abandoned at my place and would have kept him except!!! 1. He wasn't neutered of course 2. He didn't show any interest in dealing with the mice and ground squirrels, he knew that he would get a (very little) cat food every day anyway so was happy to sit by the door and stare pathletically at me when I wouldn't let him in and 3. Perhaps most important, he would NOT stop using all my raised veggie beds as litter boxes. After replanting with new soil twice off he went to the SPCA. He had clearly been a house cat and was a very pleasant animal but I have NO interested in a house pet who won't contribute to the cause in some way, and I find dogs better company. Personal preference
My sweetheart has two cats but she treats them like they're little furry people, so they're very stand-offish; one must treat cats like CATS, making it clear that you're their mama (cats don't have relationships with their dad) and therefore you're the boss: pick them up when it suits you, feed them regularly, let them curl up with you when you're sitting or sleeping, and groom them frequently (that's petting; you needn't use your tongue unless that's your kink; whatever floats your boat, bloats your goat, or coats your throat); raise a kitten that way and it's gonna looove you.