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critter dramas galore today.....

first, i awake to our 17 year old doggie having YET another seizure. so, i cradled her, rubbed her chinny chin chin, whispered sweet nothings into her ears (not that she ever heard them) until she finally settled.

then, i walked out to our atrium this afternoon to find one of our newly un-hiberating turts (li'l dick) all coiled up and on his back, with a BLEEDiNG and nicked shell.

i thought he was a goner.
honest to goddess, i was ready to start digging the grave right then and there.
i looked to the left and saw the murderess....

'STELLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,' i yelled, in true form.

she just doesn't quite GET the difference between 'play toy' and 'loved one' evidently.......so, i taught her a lesson. first by shrilling at her like i've never done before (i've never yelled at chuckie this loud.......weeeeeeeeell, maybe?????) then THROWiNG her in the backyard, literally (yes PETA-i said it!!!!!!!)

she will NEVER, EVER have an atrium pass for the rest of her days.....mark my words.

i cradled our li'l dick, nursed him back, felt his breath on my neck and promised him the big/bad stella would never, EVER dig him up again.

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chuckvideo
Apr. 19th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Oh that dog Stella is so GROUNDED. No one, no doggie, no nothing chews on our turtles.
soulhaus
Apr. 19th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
ohmigoodness!!!

give jozzee an extra bum-skritchin for me, and if you haven't already, make sure to clean lil'dick's wound with hydrogen peroxied, or something of the sort, and put neosporin on it to help him heal ♥ i'm sendin good vibes his way!

and stella... oh, puppies! O_o
hopefully, she learns very quickly.
rickysaccount
Apr. 19th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
Might I point out...
If aliens (or just someone unfamiliar with your journal) came along and read that last sentence,

i cradled our li'l dick, nursed him back, felt his breath on my neck and promised him the big/bad stella would never, EVER dig him up again.

What would they reasonably be expected to suppose you were talking about, Dr. B??? :o)
artworkslive
Apr. 20th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Might I point out...
oh geez, i about died laughing (and peeing) when i read this!!!! i knew we were in trouble naming him that:

every spring i run in the house and yell, 'chuck, my li'l dick just came out!!!!! come quick....before he hides!!!!!'

and don't even get me started on our other turtle, lickety. her nickname's 'lick.'

imagine me calling for them to come out and eat,
'LiCK, DiCK.......LiCK, DiCK!!!!!'
indiecowboy
Apr. 19th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
Poor Jozee.

I hope she's ok.

And poor Stella...she just has to learn the ropes, what are toys and such.

It's like raising children.
mantofev
Apr. 19th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Poor baby Jozee. She's such a good girl. I hope she's okay today.

My sister's dog has seizures (epilepsy) and they are scary!

STELLA! Turtle does not equal toy!!
owenc
Apr. 19th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
turtle huggs
coffeebean
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Oh good, so the turtle is okay? Whew.

Yeah puppies can make you so mad. I haven't yelled at Cupid more than like twice in the last few years, but the 2 years he was a puppy, I had to yell at him like 20 times a day!!! They just don't get it yet, and they're sooo hyper and such troublemakers. They never go mess with things that don't matter, its always like a cell phone, or your computer wires, or another pet!
coffeebean
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
And poor Jozee, by the way. :( That would kill me. She's lucky to have such a good Mommy though!
artworkslive
Apr. 21st, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
hey hol...

yeah, stella sure gave me a scare the other day. it's a constant love/hate relationship with her....she's such a cuddly bundle of love (like your little baby!), but when her puppy side comes out she can be a real pill!!!

and jozee's such a love, too. it breaks my heart to see her going down hill, but she still has spurts of energy, surprisingly. : ) i hope i have HALF her spunk when i'm 119 years old!
coffeebean
Apr. 21st, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Oh that's so cool! I bet you love when Jozee gets all frisky again!

Don't worry about the times when you hate Stella! I used to feel so bad for yelling at Cupid, and my Mom is so funny, she'd actually give him the silent treatment and say "I'm mad at you, Cupid." and pout at him. I'd always be like "Mom! Like he understands guilt trips!?!?"

I saw him as he started to realize... It probably clicked like "Wow, they're so nice until I go and lift my leg to pee on her bedspread again, then she hits me with a rolled up paper!"

Now that he's older and sooooo good and understands everything we say, I don't regret the times I got so pissed and yelled... as long as they know you love them in between, they start to get it.

He used to take every important thing and take it under my bed to tear it up. Its always something you need too like your hairbrush... so when I couldn't find it and I figured he took it, I'd be like ughhhhhh, CUPID!!!!!!

And the paper tearing... he loved tearing up tons of toilet paper, kleenex, anything!! Always under my bed where I can't reach it!
artworkslive
Apr. 21st, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA....cupid's quite the character!!! sounds like you've trained him WELL. i think stella would be an under the bed type too, but we have one of those drawers on the bottom of our bed dealys, so she hops up on the bed instead. (white haired dog on a chocolate brown bedspread....oh joy)

i THiNK stella's starting to understand some things. let's HOPE anyway. we praise her like crazy when she actually does something right, like going potty in the RiGHT spot and not hoarding jozee's food. i'm sure our neighbors can hear us and think we're loonies! it's so hard keeping track of their every move though, cuz i know it's better to scold them right when they do something bad. she's sneaky that way!

i'll have to send her over so cupid can teach her a few things...
coffeebean
Apr. 21st, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, my Mom and I both would go sooo crazy when Cupid would go to the bathroom on those blue wee wee pads! My stepdad would roll his eyes and think we were just really a bunch of loons, but it works!! :)

I can't even remember how we got him from the pads to just going outside... so it must have been pretty easy. Since Stella is a girl, it might be easier too... Cupid wanted to mark everything.
artworkslive
Apr. 21st, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
i've always wondered about house training like you did....i've always been the type to scold when they go inside and immediately take them out to the yard where they SHOULD go. i can't bring myself to let dogs go in the house AT ALL, no matter if it's on paper, pads, or whatever. i also bought this stuff that smells like FARM in a bottle. it's pure piss!!!! you're s'pose to spray it on the lawn and let the dogs smell it so they know that's where to go. i don't think it worked all that well....stella had no interest in smelling powerfully pungent piddle!

but, now she'll go out and do her business with jozee, like she's 'learning from the master.' it's pretty amusing...
coffeebean
Apr. 21st, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah now that I think about it, I'm really not sure why we did it inside first, on those pads! I hadn't had a dog before (well not since I was a baby and it was more my parents' dog!) Cupid was so tiny that you could put him in your pocket, so we didn't even put him outside much at all the first month or so we had him.

I bet with an older, trained dog, Stella will pick it up much more quickly... they understand another dog more than they understand us neurotic humans that give them mixed signals all day!

We bought the pee smelling stuff too! haha Gross! And lots of bitter spray to get him to stop chewing all the fake moss in my mom's fake inside plants! He loved tearing it up so much that he just coughed at the bitter stuff and kept on being a butt and taking it all out!!!

Oh gosh, I guess there are parts about having another puppy I won't look forward to when I get another one someday!!
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