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Old 12-02-2013, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I am really sorry to hear that.

I don't know if a person attaches themsevles to a service dog more than any other dog, but your story really tripped my trigger. It's tough to loose a dog. Any dog. They have become part of you and when they are gone, it's sad.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:12 PM
 
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I put plain powdered gelatin, a teaspoon or so each day, in our older dogs' feed. I think it helps their joints among other health positives. I put it in our smoothies for similar benefits. Great Lakes is the brand.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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The good dogs go too quick, the poor ones never die.

I have been blessed to have had several great dogs in my life, always tears you up when they pass. Just lost my little Highland Terrier last summer.

Onery, selfish little SOB, I still have scars on my hands from when he and I would have to argue about who was top dog.

He was a rescue from a puppy mill in New Orleans that was found after Katrina, he ended up in a rescue up here and the wife had just lost a dog she loved, and I got this one to take its place.
Little varmint was nothing like her schnauzer, all attitude, but he was a loveable little thing, we had him for 8 years. He got arthritis and went blind and deaf, but wouldn't give up.

He finally went peacefully last summer in the garden, (where he wasn't supposed to be anyway!).

Dang dogs, really get under your skin.

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Old 12-02-2013, 03:41 PM
 
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Well, bring those pups and other critters in tonight. It is gonna be cold out there!
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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So this morning where are the two week old puppies? Hanging out the front of their doghouse like they're too warm. It's -1 out. I pitch 'em into the nice thick straw in the back and two minutes later they're nosing at the door again. They've been doing this since they were 3 or 4 days old. I guess they're adapted to an arctic climate.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Well, looks like there should be enough ice on the Helena Reservoir to fish on for this weekend, lol. Time to get the sled ready and all the gear. Jumped right from deer to fish this year!
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Starting to feel like winter in Montana!

-15 at my house this morning, predicted to be - 22 tonight.

Going to make for some good ice on the lakes and good fur this year

If this keeps up all winter, I look for a lot of opportunity to find houses at a reduced price next summer
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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-15 here too, and the propane got low in the night and with the cold there's not enough pressure to run both burners, and the little backup tank is having the same problem. So it's 35 degrees in here til I can get to town and refill the big tank. Meanwhile the outlet the truck was plugged into quit so it's cold... it'll start, but then it refuses to move until it thinks it's warm enough. That's the one drawback of Fords... cold-blooded!!
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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I hear you.
My Dodge wasn't plugged in and started right up, but did not like the idea of going anywhere. (Neither did I )

I heat will wood exclusively which means getting up a few times a night to fill the stove. The wife normally does this, but this morning she did not want to get up and the fire burned low before I got up. Refreshing to shower in there this morning!!!

I have the propane tank in my truck for my backup wall heater. I haven't used in in several years, but this year I think it would be a good idea to have it going.
Maybe if I keep it warm enough in there, the wife won't mind filling the stove...
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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When I heated with wood and coal, I banked up the fire so it lasted all night, even with the tiny firebox in my sheepherder's stove! No getting out of bed to feed the fire in my house. One year it never went out from December thru April. I'm not sure if that's good or bad... Good management or bad weather!

Got the big propain, er, propane tank filled.... got home, it's a balmy +1 degrees out, and the little backup tank's output is blazing merrily at full strength and the trailer is nice and toasty. Hmmm.... Got the tanks switched and it was fine til the temp dropped a bit... at -5 the burner started looking weak. Okay, this is something temperature related, probably the regulator goes goofy when it gets too cold... filched a few straw bales outta the dogs' stash and covered up the tanks. Seems to have helped. (Never had this problem with the old trailer!)

Found a nifty heated floor mat at the True Value hardware store, worth every cent of the $35. Great boot warmer too!

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