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 on: June 11, 2021, 05:29:15 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by Asherdan
But also, be careful of heatstroke. Dogs just physically don't cool themselves as well as us hairless apes do.

Always a good reminder. I always really feel for the St. Bernard once summer temps settle in. You can really tell when the heat gets to him because he just kinda collapses into a motionless fur slinky in some shade and looks dead.

I take him out in the mornings when we feed the livestock so he can rampage, but when the t-stat hits 85 I bring him inside until the evening cool-down. One good thing, he and the german shepherd are big enough to stand at the hoss trough and drink from it, so at least they always have all the cool water they can handle.

 on: June 11, 2021, 04:00:06 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by Asherdan
A couple I liked over last year and this:

What the Hell Did I Just Read - Jason Pargin
Solutions and Other Problems - Allie Brosh
Point B - Drew Magary

Also, I got my hands on two big TPB focused on Maggie the Mechanic and Hopey from Love and Rockets. I've heard some modern criticism of the Hernandez brothers work, and although warranted, fuck it, these are the people, stories and tone of my teens.

 on: June 07, 2021, 12:52:27 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by wombat
I can only dream of my memory being good enough to answer that question, but I'd love to see other people's answers.

 on: June 07, 2021, 08:13:48 am 
Started by lprkn - Last post by miles
There hasn't been a new post in this thread for over five years. What's the best book you read in the past five years?

For me, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

 on: June 07, 2021, 08:08:38 am 
Started by pmcd9 - Last post by miles
I still haven't finished it. I think I was afraid to watch the last season because I didn't want it to end. I might start over.

 on: June 07, 2021, 07:48:50 am 
Started by theinevitable - Last post by miles
Metal. Lots of metal. The new Panopticon and Noctule albums are very good.

Also, Built to Spill, The Kinks, Fugazi and The Jesus Lizard.

Some things change, some things never change.

 on: June 07, 2021, 01:35:17 am 
Started by lprkn - Last post by wombat
Yikes indeed and thanks for the spoiler.

One mystery of life that you learn about when you have a dog is how much food is on the ground in urban areas. How does so much food end up on the ground, people??? The danger is less actual poison than all the other ways it can make dogs sick, especially since they will happily eat things that can kill them like chicken bones, oh and did you know macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs? Really it's a miracle sometimes that anyone can keep a dog alive for more than five minutes.

But also, be careful of heatstroke. Dogs just physically don't cool themselves as well as us hairless apes do. It was in the 90s in NYC today, right? Too hot to walk a dog.

 on: June 06, 2021, 04:57:04 am 
Started by lprkn - Last post by theinevitable
Yikes. (Spoiler dog is fine). Today he was sniffing along a fence and discovered a half-full cup of mixed nuts and ate a big mouthful before I yanked him back (we have not gotten to “leave it.”) a little later he sat down in the shade and didn’t want to move, but then eventually got back into it. I didn’t think twice about it at the time.

A few hours later my GF took him on another walk and called me half an hour later saying “we’re stuck a few blocks away, he sat down and won’t move.” I ran towards there and happily he was excited to see me coming his way and jumped up and followed me home. When we got home he was REALLY hot and a few minutes later he was still panting really hard. I googled “dog panting fast” and of course immediately realized that OF COURSE, why would anyone leave snacks sitting out on the sidewalk unless they were full of rat poison (it’s a big weird semi-vacant lot that people park in).  Went into complete panic mode, burst into tears, that whole thing. I decided I would call the emergency vet if he hadn’t chilled out in 5 minutes and applied wet towels, an ice cube wrapped in a kitchen towel for him to lick, and pointed our big fan at him. 10 minutes later he was totally back to normal and begging for dinner.

 on: June 03, 2021, 01:59:01 am 
Started by lprkn - Last post by wombat
It's really stressful to get a new dog! It takes a much longer time to figure out how to make it work, and for the dog to really settle in, than people expect. But it sounds like you are doing all the right things and eventually it will be fine, so fine that you'll forget how hard it was and get ANOTHER dog to turn your life upside down again.

 on: June 02, 2021, 06:07:09 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by theinevitable
Thatís a good idea!

We also started tying his leash to the coffee table when we play. We do tug of war until he nips us and then we step back a few steps. Part of the problem before is that he did not seem to realize we were upset/refusing to play, because he could just keep chasing us and biting us. Now he seems to get it! He sometimes opens his mouth and lunges for us and catches himself halfway and stops. Also having success with distracting him (asking him to sit/shake/lie down) when he gets too excited and seems on the verge of getting into hyper mode.

Heís so fuck*ng sweet. I feel bad because he is really stressing my GF out but I am getting nothing but good mammal feelings. She was the one who wanted a dog!

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