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24 August 2006
For those who read this journal, but still think that gay marriage is not really something we should be supporting, I offer the following to you to help when you are arguing the point...
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OK. Off the soap box and into the litter box. Today we have to say goodbye to the puppies. I knew we were on borrowed time and was actually surprised that things had been so calm for so long.
This is how Sheila disciplines the puppies. When they do something she doesn't like, she grabs their whole head, gently, in her mouth and just holds it there until they get the message. When they start to squirm, she lets them go. I've been very impressed with her over the past several days, watching her in action and seeing how the puppies respond to her, and how their behavior has changed as they begin to get the message.
In fact, last night I was really impressed with Sheila, who seemed to sense that the puppies were about to swarm all over Kimba again and seemed to position herself between Kimba and the puppies. Then it erupted. Perhaps Kimba snarled at the puppies. I don't know. But in an instant the calm was gone, and Sheila had gone for Kimba again. I had to drag her off of Kimba and I locked her in the bathroom for punishment while I got everything calmed down and the puppies locked in their crate for the night.
Whether coincidence or not, the first time Sheila did this, when Latte was here, I had given Kimba a bath and cut her toenails right beforehand. Yesterday afternoon I gave Kimba a bath and cut her toenails. I don't know if that has any bearing on things or whether I am just clutching at straws for an excuse.
But the bottom line is that I can't trust Sheila around Kimba with the puppies here any more, so I wrote to Ashley and asked if she would please find them another home after they have their "operation" on Wednesday.
One way or another, they go up for adoption on Saturday. I don't know when Luna is going to her home, but I made a bunch of photos of the other two for Ashley to post on the SPCA web site.
They have grown so much in the nearly 3 weeks they have been here. They are sweethearts. But ... sigh ... I hate it that I can trust Sheila with the puppies, but can't trust her with Kimba.
Kimba is showing signs of really, really slowing down. She walks painfully. She occasionally whines. There have been times when I've come across her and thought she was dead because she doesn't move and doesn't seem to respond. I don't know how much longer she has but I haven't always been very nice to this dog and she deserves a better end of life than having to live in fear of Sheila. So it's time to turn the puppies in and wait for the next orphans who need bottle feeding to come along.
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