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07:47 pm: Dog!
I've been waking up mid-afternoon because I don't get enough sleep at night and this afternoon I managed to get up at 1:30pm, although I'd planned for noon. I woke up at noon with a neck & head ache and took some tylenol and went back to sleep until 1pm, but still needed a bit more and got up at 1:30pm.

I deposited my check, got the week's money, and got groceries. More than I usually spend, but half the bill was cat litter. I came home and paid bills and bought some things I put off until I had the check.

Spirit did very well last night -- she came out and sat on my lap even though Loki and Junie were both already in the living room. I'm pretty sure she saw Loki, but I'm not sure she could tell that Junie was up on the crenellations. When I got home from the grocery and abandoned the rolling cart in the foyer for the recliner, she came right up into my lap.

The vet called me back and suggested a brand of litter called Cat Attract -- she said it's helped a lot of her clients to get cats back to litter boxes. I also ordered (from Amazon, where all this was cheaper) a CleverCat Top Opening Litter Box, which is apparently loved by every human who has one.

As I was just getting the groceries out of the back of the van and into the rolling cart, a neighbor and her new big black dog came near and he slipped the collar and dashed over. I managed to sit first, so he couldn't knock me over, but I had to insist he keep his mouth and paws out of my bags. The neighbor came by a few minutes ago to tell me that the dog pulled her so hard she just landed on her face on the ground. The doctor thought she might have a broken bone, but the x-rays don't show it. She just has bruises, but big bruises. So she's having the friend who asked her to take him to come back and take him away. Can't blame her.

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Date:December 29th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Proper training as said above, plus the proper kind of collar/head piece. We have labs, and we use the Gentle Leader (tm) -- it works wonders. A child can stop a dog without fear of being dragged. Before we got the first one, our mixed breed (lab x golden) used to pull my partner off her feet.

Sounds like a basically good dog, without the proper handling or training. I recommend getting in touch with someone like Lab Rescue to rehome the dog properly. ;-)
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Date:December 29th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
I'll mention that to her when I see her, but I think she may have given him back already.
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