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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

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Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

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Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

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Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 25, 2014 at 8:27pm

IMO you have to do everything you can to help Dale.  13 1/2 is quite young for a cat these days, so you so need to find out what the problem is, IF it can be treated, and go from there.  Find out if he needs a special diet, etc. 

I wish I could afford to give my cats raw meat...I mean, they did NOT evolve in the wild eating kibble.  BUT Pumpkin and Black Beauty both grew up in catteries, and won't even taste raw chicken, they just sniff it and then try to cover it up.  I am NOT going to go out hunting for lizards and rodents for them....

(I used to have a tortie who tried to help with the grocery expenses; she'd go outside, kill a rodent, and leave the body by the kitchen door.  Freaked my sister out, but I just praised her, and told her what a mighty hunter she was.  She seemed to understand.

I don't let my cats go outside at all anymore, too many hungry coyotes roaming around....

Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2014 at 2:01pm

My sympathies, Mindy. I hope the tests give some clarity. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 25, 2014 at 1:35pm

Hugs to you, Mindy, and scritches to Dale if he'll have them... you're doing what you can so he'll have the best quality of life possible.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2014 at 12:54pm

Mindy, of course you want to know what the problems are and the prognosis! It will depend on Dale's age and comfort level in order to make decisions. 
I am so very, very, grateful for the diagnostic work that can be done on animals and humans. 
How is Dale acting at home now? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2014 at 10:58pm

Spud, your cartoon is so sweet. 

And another for Dale. 

Comment by k.h. ky on September 24, 2014 at 12:47pm
Poor Dale. Maybe it's time Mindy. Sam, my eight year old rottweiler mix, hasn't been feeling well the past few days. I think these cold nights are hurting him already. He loves to ride in the car. I think I'm going to take him for a last ride to the vet. I won't have him going down hard. Blind, sick, and in pain like my last two did. Now I've got to get the courage to take him before he does get ill.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2014 at 10:46am

Thanks for the compliment, Randy.  I just hate seeing beloved creatures suffer, whether human or not. 

That's a cute picture of Dora and Dale, Mindy.  I'm just curious, do they sleep together or do they each have their own space? 

Comment by Plinius on September 24, 2014 at 10:21am

I made a game from brushing the cats when they were very young: I showed them the brush, let them play with it and after some time they understood that it was just another way of scratching and stroking them. Now they argue who's first when I get the brush - usually Luna wins and Dido waits patiently.

Comment by Plinius on September 24, 2014 at 9:57am

A beautiful couple, Mindy! New to me that Dale is a longhair. My friend has her longhairs shaved once a year, to help them get rid of the tangles and the old hair. That is, on top of their daily combing. But losing weight... hm.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 24, 2014 at 7:20am
Carl, you're quite a guy. Here you are with your health issues, awaiting a possible kidney transplant, and you're concerned about Mindy's cat! Your attitude is remarkable and inspiring (re: your comment on my recent blog). Here's wishing you all the best.
 

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