January 22nd 2014 4:10 pm
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I know links won't work here, but if you are interesting in following The Adventures of Bitey Dog, we have moved to WordPress. Here is our new address: http://theadventuresofbiteydog.wordpress.com/about/
Hope you will stop by and say hello!
January 17th 2014 1:53 pm
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If I had written this entry yesterday when I first read the news of Dogster closing, it would have gone something like: Boo hhoo hoo hoo hoo! I was so terribly sad! Dogster has been a part of my life - and many of our lives- daily for years.
I first joined Dogster when Geordie was a puppy so that I could learn even more about training my very difficult puppy. I didn't realize at the time how many wonderful, long term friends I would meet while I was here. Dogster, you have helped many of us who live is rural areas and who are housebound with health issues make friends where we otherwise might not have been able to. My experiences here have all been good, and I guess that is why I am especially sad now that we must part.
I was glad to read that I wasn't the only one crying last night (even though I was sad that you all were sad too!) Geordie was in a different room than I was when I read the news, but he must have sensed something was wrong because he came knocking at the door and did this peculiar thing he does when I am either sad or my blood sugar is too low. He sat in front of me, stuck out his lower teeth, and stared at my eyes. He wouldn't let me move past him until he seemed sure I was OK. He even suffered a few hugs from me. Of course, after this display of affection, he started running around, full tilt, trying to get into trouble. That seems to be his way of cheering me up ever since he was a puppy. He acts so awful that I can't help but laugh at him!
Post after post that I read asks, "What will we do now?" Well, I have been looking around at other social sites where we may hang our leashes and continue to hang out. A site that I have found that resembles Dogster in a lot of ways is PetBrags. http://www.petbrags.com/ For those of use who are uncomfortable on FaceBook, this might be a good match for us. There are other sites as well. As I continue to explore, I can make additional diary entries about what I find.
Don't worry, everyone. Things are going to be OK, and we are going to like our new home!
January 7th 2014 4:38 pm
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This morning, when it was still super cold out (around -12), I asked Geordie if he wanted me to put his coat on him before we went outside. He said yes and actually stood still for me to put it on him. When I opened the door, he flew outside and pooped right away. (Trust me, that is a rarity for him!) Then this evening, he came to me again, asking to go out. I asked him about wanting to wear his coat, and he said yes. (His fur still isn't very thick after losing so much of it to his allergies. Baldie!) So, I took him out, and he ran across the snow to do a big pee. Afterwards, I tried to get him to come inside right away, but he said no. This usually means he has to poo, so I tried to walk him around a bit. Unfortunately, it was too cold for him, and he started to curl up into a ball. You can see the pain on his little face when this happens! I grabbed the nearest paw to see if it needed to be thawed, but it wasn't icy like they usually are when he cringes like this. I tried to get him to run for the house again, but he kept saying that he had to poo. Oh dear! My poor guy had to go, but he couldn't stand to be on the ground to do it! I finally picked him up and brought him back inside. My thought was to warm him up until he could go out quickly and take care of business. Then I remembered those boots I bought him a long time ago. I asked if he wanted "socks", and he said yes, so I dug them out. He actually didn't fight me when I put them on him, and when we went outside, he acted as if he were totally comfortable. He walked around a little while, then he did his business, then he did that scratch dance thing. He didn't want to come in right away because he wanted to bark at a neighbor's car. What a difference it made when my boy was warm! Thank heavens it isn't going to be this cold again tomorrow. We should be able to go back to our normal, wardrobe routine.