I think I'll do my own "Ides of Drynuary and Forward" version. I've had a few nights already in January of excess, highlighted by last night's wine (an ex and I were visiting friends who make their own (amazing) wine). So, from here through the end of the month!
@Courtney Jenkins@facebook Such a happy ending for that pup!
@Anninyn Aww, cuties! (note: I didn't go back far enough to see your bum). ;-)
I've got two senior, deaf Brittanies that I found through a rescue group.
The most recent guy came from a neglect situation: some asshat left him and his female companion dog penned up in the backyard of a house he didn't even live in most of the time. According to the neighbors, he'd come by every few days to throw some food over the fence. The owner refused to give them up to the rescue group, but eventually the neighbors convinced him that they had a "friend" who liked Brittanies, so when he relinquished the dogs to them, they promptly turned them over to the rescue group. Both dogs had pretty severe issues: the female spun in circles because she was so used to being in a small area. She also ate her own poo. I was originally going to adopt her, but she was diagnosed and passed away really quickly from breast cancer. She'd essentially just been bred until she couldn't have puppies anymore, and never spayed. The guy who I've got had to be shaved when he arrived with the rescue group because his flea infestation was one of the worst cases they'd ever seen. He also had to have teeth pulled and a massive anal tumor removed. His hips and spine aren't great from being enclosed for so long, but the leg weakness and frequent falling don't stop him from following me all over the house and loving long walks. He's had some issues with peeing inside, as prior to his foster home, he'd NEVER BEEN IN A HOUSE. However, he's doing great now! I gave him his first marrow bone the other day...he didn't know what to do with it until he looked at my other senior deaf guy, but once he figured out that it was delicious to chew on, he looked ecstatic! I'm teaching him that it's fine to jump on the couch or my bed (I'm a softie) and just trying to spoil the heck out of him.
Oh, I see some people are posting links to pics! Here's my new handsome pup: http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/481434_10200175624417771_122145262_n.jpg
I admit to reading Dear Prudence, but it's completely a hate-read to get my ire up about how judgmental she can be.
Give me Dear Sugar any day! No, really, someone lock Cheryl Strayed in a cabin, all Misery-style, and get her to crank out some more columns!
@Rock and Roll Ken Doll
I happen to have a had from Patagonia that I love! It's pretty close to the one they're currently selling called the "Vanilla Beanie." My head is apparently big (?), so finding a warm had that doesn't squish my head was really hard!
I completely agree. "Silence in the Library" or "Blink" is the type of episode that sticks with me and makes me love the show. Someone upthread described Moffat's reign as composed of "shiny loose ends," which I think is completely accurate.
@catsuperhero Yay for older dogs! I adopted my 10(ish)-year-old Brittany rescue a few months ago, and it was fantastic not to need to housetrain him or wonder what his temperament would be like.
@Anita Ham Sandwich
He's also deaf, but is sweet and friendly. He doesn't bark at much (since he can't hear other dogs or strange noises) and watches my face a lot when we're walking or I'm talking to him to try to follow what I'm saying.
I adopted a ten-year-old dog a few months ago, and am absolutely in love with him. You get to know the temperament ahead of time (unlike with a puppy), and maybe I'm biased, but he almost seems...grateful? to have such a loving home (his prior owner died and he was being boarded by a rescue group). Damn, allergies acting up...