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No holidays or vacations or time off this week.

Xoco is still coming with me to work even though the weather is better because my youngest is in town, and she hateses him, she does, with every little subatomic particle in her body. She only has to catch sound of his feet stepping on our property and she's all up in growls and ready to snap at him.  Even as she takes treats from him, she growls. We've tried every method of teaching her he's nice, and she's not buying it. She wasn't born yesterday, you know, even if she is brain damaged.


We have managed to tame her down enough that she keeps one eye on me and one on him.  The eye on me is to see if I'm watching her.  If I am, then she keeps her growls down low and doesn't try to bark or snap. If I'm not, she will go into a frenzy until I say something.  Not even a whole word, just a sound.  The eye on him, of course, is to determine if he's close enough for her to bite him - not the she's ever bitten him or even done more than snatch a treat from his fingers.  But she could, she wants him to know. She could. And all that's holding her back is her respect for me.

With his dog, Arkady, the Alaskan Malamute, she's much calmer around him, as if his having a dog elevates him to barely tolerable. As long as he moves slow and stays close to his dog, that is.

I have no clue why she hates my son so much.  She doesn't care for his father very much, either. She adores his BFF, though, and his dog. And she's fine around most other people.

Some days, I really wish I could hold a conversation with her, find out what's going through her little brain and why she hates my youngest.

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  •  Tip Jar (20+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:52:06 PM PST

  •  Xoco is a complicated dog/woozle (14+ / 0-)

    Wow a picture worth a thousand words. Little Xoco is not amused. Perhaps in her past life someone similar to your son bothered her.

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 10:19:25 PM PST

    •  That is my guess. She sees him and is reminded (10+ / 0-)

      of somebody she really can't stand. New Guy in the park today brought down a dog about the size of Xoco - 1.5 pounds on a good day. Rocky The Cat  11.3 lbs - sat on the porch railing and looked down literally and went Meh! New Dog danced around, Rocky decided to take a seat on a chair and New Dog went at him - heehee - he just jumped on the chair and was like - really? You wanna F w/me? We all laughed. Rocky The Cat was raised in the RV park. Dogs come and go. He stays. He knows that. He owns the place. It really is funny as hell. The only time I have seen him freak about a dog was a Great Dane. That dog was f'n huge! The owner brought him down on a leash to check in, Rocky was lounging on a porch chair. He took one look - backed up and stared hard at that dog. The owner tied him to the railing and checked in. Then he untied the leash and walked up the ramp w/the dog. Rocky - sprinted from his spot on the porch into the store and leaped into the window and watched until he could not see that dog anymore. I was laughing my ass off. Have never seen that cat do something like that before. Somewhere I have a photo of Rocky laying on the lid of the ice cream freezer with a standard poodle laying on the floor of the store right below him. It was like 100 degrees that day   the power went out. We humans were hanging on the porch. The cat and the dog were hanging in the store. It was really too cute. Rocky and that standard poodle I swear were friendly to each other.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 12:31:35 AM PST

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      •  LOL, this is sort of OT but (7+ / 0-)

        when I took my fire escape pootie Buddy to the vet, he was fine waiting in his cat carrier (he LOVES his cat carrier) until this big dog was getting weighed right next to the bench we were sitting on.

        Apparently Buddy, sick as he was, was hissing at this huge but very friendly hound of some sort.

        That dog's NOSE was too big to get through the largest hole in the cat carrier.

        The funny thing is that Buddy is such a sweetheart...I could easily imagine him making friends with dogs.  But apparently not the ones the size of Great Danes.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 12:48:38 AM PST

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  •  Noddy, (9+ / 0-)

    does your son have any habits that might set off her olfactory senses in an uncomfortable way ?

    A different laundry detergent or bath soap or shampoo might be enough ... or if he's a fan of, say, curries or garlic or cigars ...?

    A Malamute, even a very soft-tempered one who puts up with being shampooed often, produces a serious scent of dog. If she's a little less disturbed by your son in the Malamute's presence, perhaps that scent ameliorates, at least partly, the problem she's reacting to?

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 11:21:29 PM PST

    •  Which suggests maybe a pheromone appeaser (8+ / 0-)

      could help Xoco stay calm. Noddy, have you checked into those? Also known as a DAP - dog appeasing pheromone. They come in both spray & plug-in versions. They're a little pricey, but you can get a good deal on them through Amazon.

      I use Feliway, the pootie calming pheromone, for good results with LuvLee. I use it when the neighborhood cat whom LuvLee Does Not Like comes around. If I hear that yowling from the back room, I run to the back door with my Feliway & start spraying (LuvLee's on the inside, understand). It calms her right down. I also use it to spray her carrier  before I put her in it. She stays calm all the way into the vet's office, but once she gets there & figures out where she's at, all bets are off ;)

      I never knew about these modern miracles until last spring, and I thought I knew everything about cats, lol. I'm glad to have found it because it does help take the edge off the stressful life of the modern pootie. And maybe the dog version can help Xoco. It's just a thought ...

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      by jan4insight on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 12:18:36 AM PST

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      •  I didn't know about them either! (8+ / 0-)

        Thanks for the info.

        What surprised me...about a year ago, a cat came up my fire escape begging for food.  And I had some, so I fed him.

        I call him Buddy.  He has been neutered and I think he must have had a family once...and been abandoned.

        Anyway, he was sick last month, so I bought a cat carrier and took him to the vet.

        Wow.  He LOVES him some cat carrier.  I put an old towel in the bottom, and he went right into it.  When we got home from the vet, I left the towel there, and the cat carrier door open, on the floor next to my bed.

        He sleeps there.  On purpose.  Sure, he cuddles with me, but that cat carrier is the best possible Christmas present I could have got him.

        (Next up: scratching post.)

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 12:55:58 AM PST

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    •  not just malamutes and not just dogs (6+ / 0-)

      I remember a certain lady reporter whose choice in fragrances set off the amatory impulses of my ram many years ago

    •  We've tried (6+ / 0-)

      having him wear clothes his dog has slept on, tried the plug-in pheromones, tried putting my perfume on him (fortunately for him I like woodsy fragrances), tried scenting him with bacon.

      We tried so many things, we now just accommodate her on it and never, ever leave her alone with him.

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      by Noddy on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 05:22:25 AM PST

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      •  Okay. So now I ask the hard question: (1+ / 0-)
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        could she be scenting some sort of ailment? Is his health okay?

        Does Itzl ever react in a similar way to him?

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:59:44 AM PST

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        •  He's healthy (1+ / 0-)
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          or he wouldn't last in the military.  And he's not the only child of mine in the military or that handles a variety of weapons (my ex is a gunsmith - everyone in the family handles weapons).

          Itzl adores him and is delighted to see him, can't wait to lick his face and be picked up and snuggled by him.

          It's just a Xoco thing.

          She hates him with the strength of a dog 100 times her size.

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          by Noddy on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 01:28:43 PM PST

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          •  wow. that's a puzzler, all right. (2+ / 0-)
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            I guess the poor little girl just has an issue. I'm sorry for both of their sakes.

            LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

            by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 02:22:53 PM PST

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            •  We've been puzzled by it (2+ / 0-)
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              for 3 years now.

              She's always slow to warm up to new people, but she's never exhibited such an intense hatred for anyone else, ever. You'd think, the more times she sees him with him never hurting er and giving her all her favorite treats, she'd eventually at least tolerate him, but she hates him more every time she sees him.

              It got to the point that if I left the two of them alone together, she'd get diarrhea, and puke, and shake all her hair off, and actually lose her voice from growling and barking at him. Even if he was in a different room of the house, or just outside in the yard. The only thing that saves her sanity is being held by me.  She still growls, but not with such intensity.

              So, when he's in town, I take her to work with me in case he shows up at the house when I'm not there. He has 2 sisters, his father, his grandparents, and his best friend's house to stay at, so at least he doesn't have to deal with her his whole visit!

              All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

              by Noddy on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 02:30:03 PM PST

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  •  please let me join (4+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, broths, emmasnacker, weck

    this is such a lovely concept but, if I may, I would expand it to also include such Kossacks as those of us who live alone or in a caregiving situation with a relative or in isolated areas where there need not be a catastrophic event for us to have a catastrophe (such as a fall down steps or simply losing power..........this is near to me now as I have relocated my household to my daughter's home while we await repairs following a freak accident last night with the power lines- a drunk took out a line of poles; truly amazing he swerved so far and then drove so straight for so long)

  •  Good morning! (4+ / 0-)
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    broths, Noddy, weck, chimene

    We used to know a person like that. Sadie, our old assistance dog would growl at him even while he pet her. She never tried to bite him, and she had no problem with him being near the kids, so we figured it was something about him and not him himself. Personally I think it was the fact he had a pace maker. I think she heard it and was alerting us that something was weird about him. Probably not the case with your son though :).  

    The only other person Sadie had ever growled at, she wouldn't let anywhere near the kids, and him she snarled at not growled. We found out later he was on the pedophile registry. He'd only been around the once though because I trusted her reaction. But that was an entirely different reaction and situation.

    Had a rough night, up and down, not sleeping, and I still don't feel good. Not in any specific way just a general bleh. Achy, stomach feels.. off...slight headache, bleh. I was hot all night, now I'm freezing. Hope I'm not coming down with anything. I have the kids' school work set up for this week already at least.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 05:54:30 AM PST

  •  Good morning everyone! (3+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Noddy, weck

    We spent time with our niece and her family yesterday. They are in from Australia. Good time.

    Today is cooler and gloomy. Doing errands this afternoon.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:04:51 AM PST

  •  Working on finishing the lap-quilt later. (2+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, FloridaSNMOM

    It is nearly done being tied.  Plus the usual Monday chores of laundry and dishes.  

    We are having a little warm up this week, but the local forecasters are predicting a huge and extended period of cold weather for late January and early February in the Great Lakes.  I'll be going to Florida to celebrate my dad's 85th birthday during that time; how nice of him to have his birthday in February and "force" me to join him in Florida this way!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 08:33:29 AM PST

  •  Finishing up art commission today (2+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, FloridaSNMOM

    $65.00 -- Yay!

    Of course, that translates out to $1.00 per hour (really, it does, because this was a complicated 3 character cartoon.)  However, it cost nothing in art supplies thanks to my Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet.  I enjoy painting on the thing, and will eventually get faster.

    And hopefully this will bring a few more commissions.

    I need to work on the West Nile Virus data today and then go take a walk.  My weight's gone up to 180, which isn't acceptable.  I've also got to shop for some fruits and tv dinners... we've been very successful on Nutrisystem, but after 3 years of those dinners, we get hungry for other things.  A good frozen dinner (which limits proportion sizes) plus fruit or veggies is a better and cheaper alternative than eating out (which is what we'd do.)

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