Arty’s enjoying it too.
Back at the end of January we had to put Janie down. It hurt, but she was miserable, and nothing was helping any more.
One thing I started doing, almost immedietly, was looking for a new cat. Not because I wanted a new cat so soon, cause really, I didn’t. But because in order to fit into this household a cat is going to have to fit some fairly strict criteria, and I knew it was going to take time to find a cat who did.
The problem of course is Arty’s prey drive. He understands that he’s not allowed to chase MY cats, but any cat he doesn’t ID as mine is fair game, and I’ve not been able to break that yet (and may not be able to ever). Any new cat that enters my house will have a period of time where, if it makes a “prey like” move Arty will attempt to pounce, it IS going to take me time to get him to realize this is MY cat. SO: No kittens, they’re to small and helpless and to likely to do things like scamper accross the floor in a mad dash…..I’d prefer a young adult cat, between 1-3 years of age. The cat needs to already be dog savvy. And a larger cat is probly a good idea. A laid-back temperment is also required, to put up with Arty.
Now I already knew that my local shelter had a strict policy of not adopting dogs into a home with an intact dog. The fact that the dog I’d been looking at was already spayed had no bearing on their decision. Apollo’s intact and thats that. But surely it was different for their cats…..
Nope. Intact dog, therefor no cat for me. I shook my head and started casting my net wider.
And repeatedly ran into the same policy. Apollo’s intact, therefor MULTIPLE rescues will not adopt an already “fixed” cat to me.
Guys, I promise Apollo has no taste for rape, much less cross-species rape, and the Tibetan Meow-stiff is an urban legend, I swear……
Its so bad that when I run across a new rescue I no longer email asking for more info on specific animals, and I no longer fill out the adoption application. Instead the first thing I do is email asking if they will adopt a CAT into a home that has an intact DOG.
I haven’t found one yet.
These same rescues constantly go on about not being able to find homes for all their animals. These same rescues can’t understand why people end up getting their next cat or dog from some BYB on Craigslist.
They do it to themselves.
Great Crested Flycatcher
Mopey puppy after he snatched (yet another) sparrow out of mid-air and we wouldn’t let him bring his new friend into the house
Apollo and Arty enjoying one of our (rare) sunny days
The moon a couple days ago
The Squirrel that Apollo decided was EVIL!!!!! Damn thing just sat there and stared at the giant slavering dog going ballistic behind the glass less than 10ft away….
And a butterfly that caught my eye
Yesterday I saw this post over at Lagniappe’s Lair.
Apollo, in typical fashion ignored it. It takes something special to get Apollo’s attention, like the frog who’s a living toy squeeker.
But Arty, well, Arty had to sing along:
We had horribly cold temps this week. I’ve dealt with worse, but that doesn’t make it fun. Overnights well below zero, and only warming up to the single digits. Both dogs get Musher’s Secret on their paws regularly in the winter, but even with that the single digits and colder proved to be to much for Arty. Less than 5 minutes outside and he was trying to pick up all his feet at once to warm them up, the result was the highly pitiful sight of him falling over in the snow and crying cause his feet hurt. Made worse because he WANTED to go out, and otherwise didn’t seem bothered by the temps.
Needless to say that doesn’t work well. So off to the locally owned petstore to buy booties for him. He’s still not to sure about these things being put on his feet, but they do help keep his feet from freezing so badly. At least I’m not forced to carry him back in after barely 3 minutes!
Apollo of course is oblivious, and can’t figure out why Arty’s having such problems….
The Dean & Tyler who sells products for canines in case there’s more than one company by that name.
On 12/4/2012 I ordered a muzzle for Arty (long post coming on that, if I ever get the energy).
It shipped on 12/6/2012. Nice and quick. And I had it by that Friday.
Saturday, in the process of training him to not consider it a bad thing I realized I’d screwed up the order somehow. The whole point of a basket muzzle is that you can feed and water the dog through it, but he couldn’t open his mouth wide enough to do so. So we re-measured him and got the same measurements as the first time. So I double checked the muzzle I’d ordered. Sure enough I’d ordered the wrong size. My fault. But hey, D&T offers a service where you can email them your dog’s measurements and a picture and they’ll help you determine the right size/style of muzzle, oh, and put “urgent” in the subject if you need help in a hurry.
So Sunday 12/9/2012 I emailed, with URGENT in the subject line, asking for help fitting the muzzle so I could return/exchange the one I’d miss-ordered.
Wednesday 12/12/2012 I’d not heard from them so I called. Was informed by a “Lissette” that the sizing folks only worked over email, but if I’d forward my email to her she’d make sure they got it. So I forwarded it. She emailed back asking me a couple questions about the measurements, which I responded to.
Friday 12/14/2012 I’d still not heard back about what size might fit him better…..I was starting to get a little peeved. I sat back down with his measurements, and the measurements listed for the muzzle sizes and styles and finally settled on one that other than being to long should fit him better. I looked up the returns/exchange process info and it says to email with your order number in the subject line along with whether you want an exchange or return. Oh goody, I bet I can guess whats going to happen here.
Thursday 12/20/2012 I got an (probly automated) email from D&T asking me to rate my experience with them and the product I bought. So I did. One star all the way baby…..
Today is 12/21/2012. I have heard back from neither the sizing folks nor the returns/exchange folks. Its not like I’m ordering a muzzle cause its a cute fashion accessory…..I know all this took place the last few weeks before Christmas, and that they were probly extra busy. I work for a very small company that does online retail (smaller than D&T). We were swamped the last couple weeks. Thats normal. You know what? We still found time to call back customers who had questions or needed to return items……
It was 70 out on Tuesday…..so much for the snow….