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03 March 2004 @ 10:42 am
As Expected  
The Cat (I should probably start capitalizing this, as it is much more appropriate a name (I think) than Purrball and easier to think/type than EvilViciousCreatureFromHell) and Socrates have started getting into it. Socrates doesn't have the energy Muddy had, so he tends to run away after a certain amount of time, leaving The Cat to chase him. Just like the old days.

The house has a completely different dynamic. Socrates isn't spending as much time curled up under the kitchen table as he did when Muddy was around - I think Muddy's energy both intimidated and exhausted Socrates, and now Socrates is feeling more like he can come visit without being attacked by a puppy. We'll need to keep this in mind in a few months when the Next Dog shows up.

It came to me that we seem to have a Dog Attractor - within a few months, another dog will come into our lives, whether by choice (going to the Animal Rescue) or by karma (Muddy showed up via Bethany and Chuck and a Yellow Creek campsite). I think I'm going to concentrate on attracting either an older (calmer!) dog or else a less active breed. The "problem" with an older dog is that you inherit behavior issues that someone else couldn't fix, which takes some work. The "problem" with a younger dog is the energy and the unknown nature of the problem - who knew Muddy would turn into an escape artist?

I'm redesigning the back yard for maximum doggy security now that I'll have a chance to do some rebuilding before the Next Dog. A two-layer fence (big wooden privacy fence on the outside, smaller picket-type fence around the dog-safe area on the inside) would at least stop an escapee from reaching the street.

Thinking about the Next Dog is solution mode, which is one of my comfort modes of thinking. It seems to me to serve the same purpose as having a baby at a funeral - to remind us that life goes on.

Our "Bed and Breakfast" audition at Limerick Junction is tonight. Fingers crossed - if we pass this one (and it is probably the toughest Irish Music venue in Atlanta) we'll have two gigs for St. Patrick's Day - a total of about 7 hours of playing at the two different places.
 
 
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Robautographedcat on March 3rd, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
Break a leg at the audition! (I'm glad to hear you're planning a StPat's day gig again....I've missed that the last couple of years!)
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on March 3rd, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
The confirmed gig is at the Ugly Mug in Duluth from noon to 3pm - lunchtime!

The Limerick Junction gig would be that night, sharing with Ossian Gillebert.
Scott Snyderbardiclug on March 3rd, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
bardiclug
Fracture a fibia!

I'm sure you'll do great, because you are great. Just wish I could some drink some beer and listen. (And drink some more beer). :)

Mspiritdance on March 3rd, 2004 04:39 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to concentrate on attracting either an older (calmer!) dog or else a less active breed. The "problem" with an older dog is that you inherit behavior issues that someone else couldn't fix, which takes some work. The "problem" with a younger dog is the energy and the unknown nature of the problem - who knew Muddy would turn into an escape artist?

There's another alternative to random or local shelter, particularly if you know you are interested in a particular breed: check for a Breed Rescue group. These folks go out, rescue from shelters or abandonment dogs of a given breed, get them vetted out (all vaccines, spaying or neutering, medical problems treated, heartworm tested, dewormed, bloodwork on older dogs, etc), then have them in foster homes prior to adoption into "forever homes". As a general rule, these folks are pretty careful on screening both the adopters and the adoptees, and trying to make a good match between the two.

Yeah, I've been working with one group since last August - Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue - matter of fact, we've currently got 5 dogs at the clinic, of whom 4 are just waiting for a ride to their foster home. We can find a group closer to you via these folks, if you're interested.

*hugs*
_M_
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on March 4th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC)
We got Honey (the dog before Muddy) from the local Animal Rescue. I love the group and would like to work with them again when the time comes.

Comes down to it, I'm a mutt kind of guy. I really like dogs of no particular lineage, though I lean more toward hound-like breeds than others.

I think we might end up looking in the "stupid dog" category, as we would need one that will be easily amused.