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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971)

It is STILL goin on ... there are other videos of this song, but this one is fresh from that time
Marvin Gaye - Mercy Mercy Me

Whoa, Mercy, Mercy Me ... Things Ain't What They Used to Be, Marvin

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Bear Sent to Boot Camp

Bear is the ninth dog in my life ... before him I loved Gypsy, Jake, Jock, Sam, Duke, Kelly, Sabrina, and finally the BEST DOG EVER .... ROSIE; three mutts, three Great Danes, an Irish Setter and a Bouvier, five males and three females; I trained them myself with no problem. They may not have been perfect in every way, but they were reasonable, polite dogs who respected me. Well, I am flabbergasted to report, I could not train Bear. I guess he had such problems when I got him that he was beyond my simple methods.

Apparently this angelic, seemingly timid little dude was hiding a DEMON DOG under that sweet face! The more comfortable he became at our house, the worse his behavior became. He started tearing our grass out by the roots, chewing the carpet, our clothing, hands, feet (the shoes were on the agenda, but I never let it get to that point). He cried in that piercing puppy whine when I confined him, and cried and scratched at the door when I left him out in the back yard alone. He jumped onto our bed repeatedly, so that we had to shove him off bodily. I offered him treats to train him to sit, lie down, and stay, and he was obedient off and on. Yesterday he began lunging at the hand with the treat in it, engulfing my hand in a sharp-toothed mouth. Gordon played with him last night and he started barking at Gordon! Not a playful bark, an aggressive bark!

I am accustomed to a dog mouthing my hand, and I have always trained my dogs to be gentle, by yelping when their mouths gripped too firmly. They always responded by being gentler, but not Bear. He actually took my wrist in his mouth and clamped down.

The upshot is, we had him taken away to a boarding training facility. He is supposed to return a changed dog, without cruel treatment or fear-based methods. CROSS YOUR FINGERS! He should be back next Monday.

Last night I slept the entire night without being interrupted by a dog trying to bite the sheets, jump onto the bed, or paw me, for the first time since we got him. It was heavenly quiet. When he gets back, we have to learn the correction method, which utilizes the choke collar. I know the basics of that method, but this place claims they can train the dog to lie down unattended in the yard with other dogs playing around him for HOURS. We shall see!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Bear Face to Face

Bear is an endearing puppy who "dogs my tracks". He sleeps as close to me as he can, and would love to jump into bed with us, if we would let him. So far we have resisted giving him people food, which the veterinarian strongly discourages. Bear thinks this policy is harsh. I am sure his charm comes through the photo. People are already stopping me and asking what sort of dog he is. He is the same delightful mixture of breeds that produced Rosie, and no one knows his parents' secret formula for the perfect mutt.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Bear Comes Home

Since Rosie died, I have not really wanted a dog. Then Valari got an SPCA dog, on Sunday, for her birthday, and I got the dog fever! I checked online on Monday and saw this little guy. I went down on Tuesday and adopted him. Today he came home with me. He looks lighter than Rosie in this pic but to me he looks a LOT like her, just taller, a boy, with darker ears, and a whiter face. Say hello to BEAR!

Catching Up with Tesla

In yesterday's Christian Science Monitor there was an article about wireless recharging for portable devices. While it is still in the theoretical stage, it is an exciting prospect. Batteries are annoying and hard to get rid of. Read the article here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Paint Your Shoes

Howard Rheingold was inspired to paint his shoes, and on his website, he tells us all how to paint OURS!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Looks Like We Still Have at Least a Two-Party System

I was reassured by the results of Tuesday's election. We now have a president who faces an opposition congress, which is better than the juggernaut we have had running roughshod over the country and constitution in the past 6 years. However, as illustrated by yesterday's cartoon in The Christian Science Monitor, the situation is dire anyway. Choose cartoon 3 of 15. DRAT that number will change. Just try to find the one that has a Republican in the driver's seat, handing the steering wheel to a Democrat in the passenger seat.