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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
Adeniums Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals Xeriscape Garden Art Plumerias
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plantmanager
Jun 28, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Group hug I'm so sorry that you have to go through this. It's never easy to let our long time companions go.
Your broms all look wonderful!
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Cat Lover Dog Lover Vermiculture Birds Bulbs
Canning and food preservation Butterflies Composter Bromeliad Bookworm Greenhouse
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pod
Jun 28, 2017 1:17 PM CST
Thank you Karen ~ you are so sweet. My husband always said we wouldn't give up the time we enjoyed our pets just not to have to lose them. And he said ~ none of us are going to get out of here alive. So true.

On the bromeliads, I noticed the Alcantera has the start of a new plant. Hurray! But the A. Carlsbad lower leaves are yellowing from too much moisture. I moved it into the plant shelter to protect from rain. We'll see...

On the plants you sent me, every one is doing great! Thank You!
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
Adeniums Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals Xeriscape Garden Art Plumerias
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plantmanager
Jun 28, 2017 4:30 PM CST
I'm so glad the plants are doing well. Mine are too!
I agree that our pets are so worth having for the time we have them. Losing them always hurts. I can't remember if you have any other dogs. I hope so! If not, you'll need a new baby to love when the time is right.
Handcrafted Coastal Inspired Art SeaMosaics!
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Cat Lover Dog Lover Vermiculture Birds Bulbs
Canning and food preservation Butterflies Composter Bromeliad Bookworm Greenhouse
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pod
Jun 28, 2017 4:40 PM CST
OH yes... I have Stretch (a vintage Lab) as well. He is in the 12 YO range too but in good health and well adjusted to being an only dog. I always jokingly said I run a geriatric ward for canines. Big Grin

In addition, he and I are ruled by 5 cats. I will always have a dog but will adopt an older dog. Puppies are so sweet but an adult is easier for me and for them. Also as I get older, I worry about who would take care of them when/if something happens to me.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
Adeniums Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals Xeriscape Garden Art Plumerias
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plantmanager
Jun 28, 2017 7:52 PM CST
I understand. We got this last dog as a puppy, and it was very hard on us. I thought he'd never potty train! We had about 5 months of messes in the house on the carpets, before he figured it all out. We'll go for older dogs next time, too.
Handcrafted Coastal Inspired Art SeaMosaics!
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Cat Lover Dog Lover Vermiculture Birds Bulbs
Canning and food preservation Butterflies Composter Bromeliad Bookworm Greenhouse
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pod
Jun 28, 2017 9:29 PM CST
Tell me what kind of puppy you have? My brother had one that was difficult to train and it started after a few months old and has been fine ever since. He was told it was common with that breed of dog. I think his is a Shih tzu.

We had Labs most of the time and always took them to work. When there were two of us at work it was pretty easy to house train them as one could step out with the pup when it got restless. Now that I am alone, I wouldn't be able to do so.

Around the public, the Lab personality is social and they are quite trainable. I just worry as they are large and when they get old and need extra care I have trouble handling them. Guess I need to look for a miniature Lab.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
Adeniums Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals Xeriscape Garden Art Plumerias
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plantmanager
Jun 29, 2017 7:27 AM CST
Ours is a mixed breed. We had his DNA done since our daughter is a vet. He is Chihuahua, Dachshund, and Rhodesian Ridgeback. I have his pics in the sandbox pet thread.

We're older too, so I worry about a big dog accidentally tripping us or knocking us down. We travel a lot so small is better. Hotels and motels normally allow small dogs. Ours weighs 25 lbs. Really small dogs are a greater trip hazard.

My parents always had a business, and had big dogs they took to work. Most of theirs were German Sheps. They made mom feel safer since you never know what will happen being open to the public.
Handcrafted Coastal Inspired Art SeaMosaics!
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Cat Lover Dog Lover Vermiculture Birds Bulbs
Canning and food preservation Butterflies Composter Bromeliad Bookworm Greenhouse
Image
pod
Jun 29, 2017 9:30 AM CST
Absolutely. A dog can be a deterrent even though the only thing mine would bite is a biscuit.
Whistling

I'll have to look at your doggie photos. He sounds like an interesting blend. A good thing also as we get older is the dogs' hearing. They can be an alarmist to let us know when something isn't right.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

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