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    Oh, so sorry about the puppy .
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    Lurching onward

    Yesterday turned out to be NOT GOOD.

    I had decided to have it be my 'skip breakfast' day, since I had no greens on hand. Started cooking greens. Then the kitchen sink, which had been running slow and needing plunging for the last couple of weeks, STOPPED. I had to do snaking, and take apart pipes, and curse. A lot. Then the puppy incident happened. The plumbing kept being an issue and needing to be worked on, and I started putting chicken wire up on the fence, to stop any more puppies from getting in our yard. Something I wish our neighbors would do, but I am not going to risk having that happen again, regardless of responsibility. But that meant money, which we don't really have, spent and set off another round of money worries in my head. Then found a call from the bank on my messages. Lovely. Plus, our air conditioner is having a problem just keeping up with day after day after day of 100+ weather. Still chugging along, but the house never gets below 85.

    So, although I consider the fact that I didn't eat EVERYTHING a success, yesterday resembled good eating in only the briefest of ways:

    Sleep: 10 1/2 hours- woke naturally

    Vitamins
    1:00 2 chocolate truffles and a spoon of peanut butter
    meatloaf, mashed cauliflower, greens

    7:00 more truffles-didn't count, about half of a sugar-free soda

    Walking: 50"
    Water: 8+ glasses, but not enough to keep up with the heat and sweating.

    Piscator- thanks for stopping by. I am not usually such a downer. Puppy deaths take it out of me. The poor little girl died in my hands.

    Siobhan and Candy- thanks.

    I am ready for a better day today.

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    Sabine, I'm so very, very sorry about the puppy. How traumatizing I worked in a veterinary clinic for 4 years during college in preparation for going to vet school, and it was the 4 most difficult years of my life with the dogs and cats and traumatic injuries. Suffice to say I was not emotionally tough enough to go to vet school. We have a dog and 2 cats right now, and had a few close calls with a neighbor's Schutzhund trained German Shepard.

    I hope you have a much better day today. I admire your ability to be honest about what you ate and then move on.

    And as a complete aside: what can you tell me about Waxahachie, TX?
    My cousin's daughter in Switzerland is doing an exchange student program there. She's never been to the USA and is so excited. I think she's going to be a junior in HS. I told her to prepare for hot weather and American football.

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    No apology necessary Sabine - you noticed I just attempted to ignore the situation, as there wasn't much to say that would have made it better. I've shed my tears over plenty of pets. This was just dogs being dogs and as much as we love them, we sometimes have to face that they are still animals with animal drives that we can't understand or change.

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    Wrestling with putting up this chicken wire. There are a LOT of branches growing through the fence, so I'm having to trim, from a stooped over position, and haul everything away before I can scrunch myself under the hedge and strap the chicken wire on. It is already over 90 degrees outside, so I go for about twenty minutes before I am dizzy. Then I come inside, drink water, and look at MDA for a few minutes to cool off before heading out again. It looks like it will take me all morning.

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    Hey Sabine. Sorry you've had to deal with so many issues while I've been AWOL. Things will get better.

    I really think you're onto something good, aiming for 100%. Even in the PB book, he emphasized that you should aim for 100, then when you don't quite make it, you're okay. Aiming for 80/20 is asking to hit 60/40, which just doesn't work very well.
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    Hi there, Judg. I like your new avatar. I saw on your journal that you are still in a 'busy' state. Hope you get through it and are able to come by more often. We miss your input. You always have something good to point out.

    Yes, I think I am one of those people for whom the extreme just works better. Maybe if I healed my body to the point of being at a normal weight, and being active, then I could indulge without losing control. That's my hope, at least, that things WILL be different at journey's end, if not while I am on the way.

    There will be more fence work today. I am determined to get it done EARLY, so that I don't have to face that heat again. I was just not able to drink enough water yesterday to keep up. Got a little dizzy at the gym, and I am pretty sure it was from reaction to the heat and being parched.

    You read that right: GYM. I made myself go, even though I had been doing physical things all day. Felt very proud of myself. Then came home and collapsed. Did not even get a shower in, just lay on my bed under a sheet, sweating and feeling worn out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscator View Post
    This was just dogs being dogs and as much as we love them, we sometimes have to face that they are still animals with animal drives that we can't understand or change.
    Yep, just like humans!
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    Done- sort of

    Chicken wire up, and fence secured against puppy entry.

    Except...while I was finishing today, the puppy and mom dog were out. The puppy immediately ran over, climbed the two foot high woodpile on the other side, and started squirming through to get to me. Apparently, being attacked by huge dachshunds is not enough to make this guy scared of our yard.

    After a time out during which I failed in attempts to get the puppy to stay in his yard and ended up having to climb the fence to bring mom dog over to our house, and locking them both in Littlest's room for an hour until neighbor returned, I finally got the fence all wired up. The teenager next door says she will keep him inside until he is bigger (we'll see) and I'll talk to the dad about moving the woodpile. I can't chicken wire up to the top of the fence, I just can't. We can't spare the money, and it is their dog, after all. (They are very irresponsible dog owners, in my opinion. Let their dogs run loose, breed the female over and over. When I talked to the dad to apologize in person for the puppy's death, he said, 'It's just an animal. I'm not going to get upset.' This is such a different attitude than I have toward my pets. And other people's, too.) I'm being reasonable, right? Still, I am going to restrict our dogs' outdoor alone time for the next two months.

    13 glasses of water drunk during this effort.

    And I have a huge pile of branches and leaves to dispose of.

    That can wait for tomorrow.

    Right now, I fell like conking out on the sofa and watching 'Dexter'. Instead, I will do my errands, and make soup for dinner.

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    Some people only have dogs to make money off of them or to hunt them, in which case they are property, not pets. I have a neighbor who has 5 coon dogs. They are NEVER out of their kennels unless it's to go hunting. They never play with them. Just feed them and leave them in the kennels.

    I'm no better b/c I do the same with my dogs, but I've never felt the same about my dogs since I had kids. My kids are my kids now, not my dogs. However, I will be sad if one of them dies, but probably more because I'll be upset for the kids, not because I miss the dogs. The dogs, literally, raise my anxiety level and put me on edge when they're in the house. We have big dogs - labs. One is very anxious/energetic and will literally follow your every step or stand there and stare at you while the other is conniving and sneaks around getting into stuff. My kids adore them though and use them as mini-jungle gyms. For my kids, they are great. For me, I'd sooner not have dogs at all, except small dogs like dachshunds or something similar in size. Cat sized dogs... that don't shed.

    My husband, however, says no dogs ever unless they're labs. He is tasked with feeding, watering and exercising the dogs. He takes them to the river and throws a tennis ball for them so they can swim and play fetch at the same time. He plays fetch with them in the yard and lets them roam occasionally as long as they stay in the yard. (I have taken the yellow - anxious - dog on a run with me once. He did 4 miles and probably would have done more, but he's 9 and that's too far for a 9 year old dog who was run over as a pup). The need more people interaction, in my opinion, but like I said, they make me anxious, so it likely won't come from me. That's not to say I don't like animals or that I'd consider a dead puppy the way your neighbor did. if my dogs killed a puppy, I'd feel equally upset as you did. Such a traumatizing thing to witness! I'm so sorry. Hugs to you.

    And personally, it is their responsibility to keep the dog out of your yard, not yours. Just sayin'. You're not being unreasonable there.
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