Ok Mikki, I think referring to yourself as a terrible Mom is needlessly harsh-you clearly are not. As Iíve said before (Mudpuppymama) no one who frequents this forum is a bad doggie parent. Where one lives is the most important consideration for a young puppy. We have rabbits everywhere. I donít let the dogs chase them so when there is one in the yard it just looks at us and keeps chewing until we go back in. We had a pet rescue bunny for years so theyíre not that interested anyway. Squirrels are a different story, they mess up my flowers and eat all our pears. The dogs need to chase something! At night we have to be careful of opossums that donít want to be Cottonsí best friend. However, when itís sunny Jodie and Cotton love to lounge outside. Iím glad to know that Patti weighs 15 pounds. Jodie is 14 pounds, lean and moves like lightening around the house and outside. She has long fluffy hair so people think she needs to loose weight compared to the boys who are in puppy cuts.
Youíre pretty conscientious for being a terrible Mom��
Thatís suppose to be a smiley face above not 2 question marks
LOL!!! :-) Thanks! Ja Ja
It is amazing how much bigger Patti looks when I let her gentle, fluffy, wavy hair grow out. I sometimes weigh her to see if she's gained weight. She's not a Pony Tail Girlie, Girl and I keep the hair around her eyes cut. She and I both like a short mustache and ears that don't hang down in her food and water bowel and mud and grass or whatever else she has her nose into. At 2 yrs 9 months, Patti's hair has matured, gotten prettier with age, doesn't matt as easily, making it easier to manage, unlike when she was going through puppyhood. I like both short and longish hair and go back and forth.
Before Patti I use to feed the squirrels - Oops! I mean birds. Unable to keep the squirrels out of the feeders I became an efficient Squirrel Trapper and trapped 72 squirrels one summer. Thinned them out for a while but others followed. In the beginning I transferred squirrels to other areas five miles away. Later I became Hard Hearted when some died quickly in heat. Cute squirrels are real nuance.
I, also, trapped three skunks. How do you get a skunk out of a squirrel trap....very! carefully.
I'm a hobby photographer, liked taking pictures of the birds and over the years had lots of beautiful unusual birds return. Also, have a few squirrel pics playing and drinking out of the bird baths. But, lots of birds make a mess kicking bird seed around and pooping, as well as, attracting neighborhood cats, mice, coyotes, skunks and other critters like ugly opossums.
After getting Patti I got rid of the feeders. The birds, squirrels and all other critters who once lurked around the house have disappeared. The cats took care of the mice and a few slow flying birds.
We have lights than come on with movement round the fence and house to discourage four legged and two legged things from lurking around.
Since fencing the yard we don't have rabbits, armadillos or critters coming inside the fence. The dogs (a Golden-doodle & Patti) probably discourages them. Just wish it worked the same way with Moles.
Mudpuppy...I need to borrow Mia your Mole Hunter.