We have a septic system and employ a company to inspect the system 3 times per year in order to satisfy the requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). In looking over the contract they sent to us, I was struck by this sentence: "Unhindered access (viscous dogs, locked gates, etc) to the system is the responsibility of the User/Homeowner."
Viscous means "having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid". I don't think I should be responsible for viscous dogs. The TCEQ might ought to be notified regarding viscous dogs. That sounds like failure in the environmental quality.
The following is a complete transcript of the conversation Gus and I had on the way home from agility Thursday morning:
"Gus, I'm just wondering why you won't stick with me for just one hour, once a week, during agility? Am I asking too much? Is running away really all that rewarding??"
"Well, Janet" (he always calls me by my first name), "it's not that I don't try. Every week I say to myself - I'm gonna stay with her this week, really I am, this week will be different. But cats, they are like crack - they make my brain go numb. That toy thing you did today - that was brilliant! It momentarily took my mind away from cats - maybe next time we could play tug with a real cat?"
"Just kidding, just kidding."
"Seriously, Gus, if you don't like agility just say so."
"Ummm, let's look at the facts girl friend. We've been in level 2 almost 15 years."
"15 years? Gus, you are not that old."
"Focus Janet - I'm a dog - I'm talking dog years here! Sheesh..." (rolls eyes)
"Anyway, like I was saying - 15 years, everyone who started with us has moved on to a higher level class, some who started after we started have moved on. Those new dogs who started last week - the cocker and the shelties - they will be in level 3 by next week. Janet - we stink!!"
"OK, ok, maybe you have a point. But Gus I want to do agility."
"Fine by me Janet, but since I am the one who actually does the obstacles we do it my way. And my way includes occasional cat hunting ventures."
"You know Gus, I have other dogs. Perhaps one of them would enjoy agility more than you do."
"Ya, right! It sounds like you are thinking about replacing me? Get real, what have you got? Let's see - Gracie? - can't jump, can't walk up inclines - don't think so! Bill? too short, afraid of dog walks, A-frames, and teeters - not very promising! Blue Monster? - eats Border Collies, nuff said! Looks like you are stuck with me - the Gus-man!! Ya!!"
Mumbling under my breath - "maybe I'll replace you with a cat..."
He is moving to League City to be the "little brother" to Joey
My youngest's dachshund
Since she can't decide on a name for the little cutie
I am calling him Puppy-wuppy
She did send me a list of "Skills My Puppy Should Have"
My job is to instill these skills into Puppy-wuppy's small skull prior to him going to his forever home
I think I can reach a close approximation to this wish list...
1. Know that the bathroom ALWAYS outside, NEVER inside, even when he is scared. (Good Potty training and no submissive peeing) 2. Can be in crate without being upset 3. The less barking, the better, especially when nobody is home 4. Chewing only on appropriate objects 5. I would love to have a dog who fetches or does some kind of playing 6. Basic commands like sit and down so Carey can ruin it... I'll teach him the touch his nose to the tuppaware!
The Justin City Council has chosen to eliminate Justin Animal Control due to the city's financial situation. The target date for relocating all of the animals is August 24. We currently have 8 puppies, 5 adult dogs, as well as kittens and adult cats (unless something came in today that I don't know about). The animals are listed at the following petfinder link. If you or someone you know are interested in one of these animals you can call Animal Control @940-648-2541 x113.
All available animals are listed at the link. All adoptions are free.
In your mind rate the following creatures as good or bad. Don't think about it, just go with your first emotion.
Yellow Garden Spider
I don't know about you, but I would guess it might be common to rate grasshoppers as good, maybe even cute. Spiders might be thought of as bad or maybe scary. Guess what? The good, cute grasshoppers are totally decimating my landscape - eating holes in leaves, and damaging garden and yard plants. The evil, scary spiders are catching grasshoppers in their webs, which for me is a good thing. There just might be a lesson to be learned here...