Sunday, May 10, 2020

Roxy vs. Harness (Jury is still out)

I still do not like my new harness.  My plan is to continue to avoid it if possible.  If not possible, I will try to shake it off and when that doesn't work, will bite at it.  I know mom and dad realize I am not crazy about this thing and prefer just my collar.  Since mom bought the harness to make me happier so my neck does not get pulled on my walks, she should be okay with returning it since I am happier with must my collar, right? 

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Roxy and Her New Harness

Do I have to wear this?
After using Don Sullivan's, The Perfect Dog, collar and training DVD and cards for about 7 months, it seemed Roxy progressed as much as she was going to.  I felt bad not giving her treats when she did what I commanded, which is a fundamental no-no for this training program.  The collar has sharp points on one side of the interlocking pieces and has the capability of tightening around the dog's neck when pulled on.  I followed the method and sure enough, it worked to a degree. 

When doing the training, the method is to say the command only twice and pull on the collar to get her to obey.  I did not like this painful method of correction that hurt her neck.  It was described as being similar to the teeth of a mother dog and mimics the feeling of what a pup feels when its mother trains it.  If you give her the same command over and over, she will learn to obey promptly, which she did.  So promptly though that she would do the action even before I gave the command!  She got bored and so did I.  If I stuck with training sessions every day for 20 min., who knows if she would have gotten better?  The goal of his training system is to get the dog to walk off leash with you with distractions.  Where I live, we have a leash law.  Dogs must be on a leash when out walking.

I liked have the 10' long leash that gives the dog more freedom and is very lightweight.  The only drawback to it is that there is no hand loop at the end to hold so I have to wrap it around my hand and wear gloves so the nylon leash does not give me a rope burn.  

When I saw the Doggie Kingdom harness, it looked really sturdy and comfortable for the dog.  I felt it was time to give Roxy a break.  She walks well on a leash for the most part and only flips out if another dog walking close by starts barking at her.  On occasion she will charge at a bird or squirrel and a dog in a car with its head out the window usually barking at her.  Anyhow, the collar with her tags is still on so if we do need to correct her, we can always give it a tug or two, but there is not absolutely no pressure at all on her neck as she walks along.

The funny thing is, she didn't like the harness the first couple times she wore it.  She would shake and when that didn't get it off, she rolled on the ground biting at it trying to get it off.  If you look close at the picture, the side is scratched up a bit from when she scraped it against a tree.   I am happy to report though, that with each walk wearing the harness, there are fewer rolling/biting episodes.  Today we went for an hour and a half walk with her wearing it and rolling only a few times, some of which were in leaves that she would have rolled in even without the harness.  I think she just needed a little time to get used to it.  I really like the reflective strip on the front and the reflective stitching around the edges for walking when it's dark outside and her name and phone no. shows up very nice. 

It also comes with a lifetime warranty.  Check it out at Doggie

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

How We Get Books With Libraries Closed

At the corner of our street is a "Little Library" where we found Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans, In the Dark by Brian Freeman, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.  I read Promise Me a long time ago but my husband didn't.  He read about halfway and gave up on it.

I have loaded several that I have not gotten to yet because before the Senior Center closed, I took a couple from there to read.  I just finished Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult and am currently reading Water From My Heart by Charles Martin.

With the libraries closed due to the Corona Virus, we've been reading books that we had from the library before it closed.  They were Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah, A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer, Bravelands--The Spirit Eaters by Erin Hunter.   We both Liked Turn of the Key and A Heart So Fierce and Broken best.

I also have loaded some to my Kindle that I have not read yet but which I plan to read.  My husband read Her Last Breath by J. A. Schneider; however, he prefers to hold a book.  He does not like having to press the lever to advance the pages.

Finally, to our surprise, a neighbor of our who is a librarian dropped off If It Bleeds by Stephen King for us yesterday.  It actually has four short stories.

We are managing to continue reading but still look forward to getting back to the library when it opens.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Park and Shop 1960 Game

Park and Shop is a game I remembered playing from my childhood that I enjoyed.  Unfortunately, it got thrown away at some point, but I recently purchased a used one on Ebay.  It's a game that always changes because although the goal is the same, cards change your route from game to game and just like in real life, things come up that change your plans.  There are two versions, one where you just complete your shopping and get back home first to win, the other you have to use play money to make purchases and you earn points for accomplishing certain things.  We played the version without the money which is simpler, but I lost all the games! 

You get yellow cards that tell you what stores to shop at and you plan your route.  You get a red parking ticket when you park with another stop you must make on your way home.  If you land on the gray spaces, you have to pick a pedestrian card if walking, or a motorist card if driving and follow the instructions.  These may be good or bad, but usually they pull you off course.  When driving, you only use one die because cars have one engine and when walking, two dice because a person has two feet.  (This seems backwards though, since you can travel faster in the car than you can when walking.  I'd like to try changing this next time we play and see how it works.  The way the board is laid out, the parking lots are all close to the homes with all the stores more in the center of the board (blue spaces)). 

Anyway, it's pretty fun and even though I was ahead, those gray squares slowed me down enough for my husband to win today.    Since this was used, some of the token pieces are missing and I'm not sure what's going on with the motorist cards.  Most are red (like the parking ticket cards) and some blue, yet in the instructions, it says the motorist cards are red.  I'm thinking there must have been another version and some of the cards got mixed up.  Oh well, it's still playable, fun and one my husband can win.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

5 Things That Put Me in a Better Mood Instantly

Here are the things that instantly put me in a better mood:
Clear Blue Skies

1)  I love getting up early enough to see the sunrise.  It reminds me that God's mercies are new every morning and he has given us another day.  Also, a sunny day with clear blue skies always helps me mood.  All I need to do is look up and enjoy the view.  It's very calming.

petting my cat, Spunky Doodle
Boxing my Kindle cord

2)  My cat Spunky Doodle always improves my mood when I take time to pet her.  Also, when she does cute things like hide under blankets or rugs, go in new places like the sink, refrigerator, cupboard.  When she is in play mode, I enjoy playing with her with a shoelace on the bed or ping pong ball on the steps, or spinning her in a chair.  We've played lots of different games over the years.  Even when I just see a cat in someone's window or yard while we walk in our neighborhood, it puts me in a better mood!  I love cats!
favorite cookies
Pizza, my favorite food

3)  Good food always improves my mood.  I used to eat pizza 4 days a week, but stopped when I had to watch my salt intake to lower my blood pressure and besides, my husband would get heart burn from it.  Now I only have it on rare occasions.  My husband and I both enjoy the Pinwheels though.  He surprises me sometimes by bringing me one of these now and then.  Chocolate and marshmallow has always been a favorite combination for me since I was little and my grandma introduced me to marshmallow eggs at Easter!

A good Pinochle hand--a run, aces around and double Pinochle (doesn't get much better)

Beating my record high game on Word Wipe

Making a good shot in Pickleball, leading to winning

Making a great shot on the golf course leading to making par

Watching the Browns actually win a game!

4)  Winning always puts me in a better mood instantly!  Doesn't really matter what it is.  I love playing games and when I win, it always improves my mood.  I haven't golfed for a long time because my husband does enjoy it and it takes a lot of time to do (for me) and is pretty expensive.  I hope to go again though sometime.  I used to love bowling too, especially when I was the anchor on my team and finished strong in the tenth frame to pull out a win.

5)  Yes, I must admit, even my dog, Roxy, puts me in a better mood instantly at times.  I love seeing her energy when she gets the zoomies in the house, or starts running after rolling in the grass.  Sometimes I encourage her to run through the house.  I feel bad we can't let her run free outside since we have a small yard that isn't even fenced.  When I used to sleep in while she went on her morning walk with my husband, she would come running in to greet me with jumping on the bed and giving me a big sloppy kiss.  I no longer sleep in but join her for her early morning walks but we do enjoy porch time together!

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