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how to housebreak a puppy

Purl is coming home in the morning. I'm actually a little nervous. I bought her a collapsable crate, so that i can sleep without worrying about her chewing up everything in the house. I don't have any toys or puppy food - i'll have to see what i can glean from work. She's paper-trained, but i've got to start getting her used to going outside.

Fun with puppy training, really. I was at PetSmart getting the crate today, and the guy that helped me get the crate off the shelf was trying to sell me on puppy-training ... until i told her she had Parvo. That shut him up. It's like the scarlet letter of puppyhood.

I get her a collar, too. It's purple. is anyone surprised?

A cat bit me at work on Saturday night. It was a minor bite, just two teeth punctured the skin. Not very deeply, and i didn't even fill out a bite report (bad supervisor!!!). It isn't getting infected or anything, but today it aches. Cat bites are so much more traumatic than they ought to be.

Dinner with my parents last night was nice. They admitted, after dinner, that Persian food was much better than they expected it to be. My parents, so afraid of anything different.
I wish my brother was there, but he was out in the desert. Michael came with us, and he was in quite a mood. Most of the time, i love his sense of humour ... but it's not necessarily the best thing when out with my family. No big deal, but he got a few dirty looks at dinner. All was forgiven fairly quickly. He's really good at knowing how to make me not cranky.


( 9 made me bleed — cut me )
Nov. 22nd, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
I have a theory about cats.

I think their teeth have some sort of as yet unclassified toxin on them that causes a delayed pain.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
well, it's actually a bacteria that we don't normally encounter, and is a but tough for us to fight off, thereby causing more infection/inflammation that any other puncture.

and if i wasn't so tired, i could probably remember the name of it.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
I got Wulf a purple collar. I liked it. I miss my doggy. *L*

What the fuck is Parvo?
Nov. 22nd, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
parvoviral enteritis.

a bad, bad disease of puppies. look, a link to parvo stuff!!!
Nov. 22nd, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
Quick RUB your elbow on the monitor now ~~ so I can pass along some of my recent luck to you and to the new puppy

(I hope the puppy can "beat" the Parvo and survive :) )

PS Glad things are going so good with Michael now :)
Nov. 22nd, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
i think the pup will do just fine ... she's already tried to chew up a shoe.

and thanx :)
Nov. 22nd, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
Cat bite.

my sister gave me a huge, pissy, declawed white persian female several years back...kitty was in need of bath, & brushing/trimming, so I bathed it.

It freaked after several fairly calm minutes, and bit the fingers on my right hand several times with gusto...

Next morning, big fat hurting fingers.

$67 of antibiotics later, my opinion on the cat was quite different...
Nov. 22nd, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
I know veterinary hospitals that refuse to bathe unsedated cats. you got off lucky. ;)
Nov. 23rd, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
Bathing cats is EASY. You throw some soap in the toilet, you throw the cat in the toilet, then you stand on the lid. Wait five minutes, or until the yowling stops, you're good to go.
( 9 made me bleed — cut me )

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