||[Oct. 27th, 2016|06:43 am]
Gloom was going to continue with my laptop failing to start. That has been resolved, though, so all's good.
Gotta love the new search engine techniques. I simply searched on "macbook won't start" and Google pulled up a little snippet that had, apparently, just the trick.
I miss yanking the battery out as a solution.
Gloom lifts with the lovely emails thanking Christine for standing up against the propagandistic video. Yesterday evening i shared with her the BBS goings-on. We both don't want fear to drive our decisions, and i made clear that my distress that persons would immediately call for a boycott over a post to a mailing list was not distress that she posted. And then we had a good laugh about what boycotting a blog would require.
Regarding the German shepherd question from yesterday, i think my real dog question has to do with how soon do dogs identify a family as their pack? Christine and i have been talking about D-O-Gs (when in front of the C-A-Ts): we've often talked about how when we left apartment living we would get one, or two.
So when i misspell shepherd as shepard, spell check suggests Shepard. When i misspell shepherd as shephard i get no suggestions at all. I hate schwas. I remember learning about schwas in elementary school and spelling and just being completely baffled. I don't think the a vs e schawa issue i have is related to the pen-pin merger of my native region in the southeast US.
On Monday, we were discussing how a dog would affect the cats -- and Christine remains concerned about how the cats have adapted after the move. I have cat-dog concerns too, but mainly because i would want a dog that would be large enough to be threat to the cats. I find most small dogs... unfair to dog-dom? I grew up with medium sized dogs and have a bias towards shepherds. We always had dogs and cats and never had issues -- but a neighbor's dog killed my brother's cat and i am well aware of the potential.
My solution to the D-O-G issue was to get a rescue who had been living in a foster home (actually from Chatham Animal Rescue) with numerous cats and other animals, and was used to them , and mostly ignored them. At the time, Ziggy adapted easily, but he was a very social cat, and Friday was young and obeyed him (she kind of worshipped him, actually.) The cats need space that the dog is not allowed in - I have various pet gates that have a mini-door for the cats to go through. It is a hard change, though. Friday is almost 14, and I don't know what I am going to do regarding getting another dog after she is gone. The cats are fine with her, but a new dog? Larry has barely forgiven me for getting the younger cat a few years ago.
also, good on Christine :)
My kitchen reno is almost done, and I can hopefully get back to 'normal' soon.
I'm with the idea of a rescue dog that already knows cats. Even then I think that's going to be difficult. It's been my experience that bringing in a kitten to a dog house works fine, but bringing a dog into a cat house is trouble because they never accept it and there's an inherently antagonistic relationship.
Our three cats' interrelationships has some antagonism as well. If you could only just sit down with the dog and give them advice on how to approach each cat in advance....
Yeah, no doubt. "What? wagging tail DOESN'T mean let's play?"
The keeping cat space separate does lead me to think of feeding time strategies as well. At least the kitchen has a half door and we could imagine staging feeding times, segregating with the door.
Friday likes to graze on kibble some days, but the cats do not want her food (although I think they have tasted it occasionally.) The cat food is in a separate room with pet gate (as is litter).
I like small dogs and big dogs. I know dogs who got along fine with cats, and dogs who mistook kittens for playthings.
I suspect people boycott blogs all the time, and nobody notices.
Regarding the call to boycott Christine's blog - she figures it's the most promotion her blog has ever had.
In my experience, the time when dogs identify with their new pack varies a lot on the age of the dog. Puppies are actively expecting to be taken into a new pack, and they start identifying pretty much as soon as you take them home. It takes longer with older dogs, especially dogs who have had stable packs for substantial periods of time before.
2016-11-02 02:34 am (UTC)
Hard to say on the Dog issue.
How do your cats react to dogs previously?
Have you dogsitted dogs for friends before and how did the cats react then?
Plus, I think bringing in a dog that is used to cats would be easier than bring in another cat. Mignonne is still not liked by Sans-souci and Gris-gris and I can only hope she can be re-homed with friends and be in an only cat.
2016-11-02 10:57 am (UTC)
Re: Hard to say on the Dog issue.
I think the three cats will all have dramatically different reactions: Greycie Loo is the most standoffish and will not take well to a dog imposing itself on her. On the other hand, she'll hiss and swat and clearly communicate her displeasure.
Luigi's previous life in an apartment next door included a terrier, so i think he could cope. And Edward weighs over 20 lbs and has never seemed to be afraid, but he might get jealous.
With the right dog, i think it could work out. But getting to the right dog....