Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Disafortunadamente!

Greetings from our house to yours . . .

I was reminded of Guatemala Christmas Eve last evening.  I joined all my Betty's-RV-Park-friends for a Christmas Eve happy hour; when I returned to Floribunda I 'asked' Lacy if she'd like to go out for a walk.  Being the obedient dog she is, she followed me out of the rig; but stood completely still and did not follow any commands -- unusual for her.  I kept saying "Come" but she just stood there.  I couldn't see her clearly in the dark or I would have noticed the expression on her face . . .

All of a sudden, the lightbulb came on; I remembered Christmas in Guatemala with all the fireworks!  She was literally PETRIFIED again last evening.  Cajun fireworks could be heard coming from all directions.  She was almost CATATONIC and couldn't function at all.  I had to lift and carry her back into Floribunda.  She had that blank stare in her eyes and was unable to respond in any way to my voice.  So, I picked her up and we 'went to bed' around seven, where we spent the next 3 hours with her shaking and panting but unaware of my trying to soothe her.  I held her close and pulled at the loose skin on the scruff of her neck (as the mother dog would do to carry her pups) to let her know I would take care of her.  Finally, at about 11:30, about an hour after the fireworks had ceased, she was able to go out for a potty visit.  Then, I woke up about 5 this morning and she was eating her dinner from last night.  That's when I wish I could explain to my pets that it's going to be okay.

The tradition so many places around the world include fireworks; it just doesn't work for Lacy and lots of other animals, either.  I have to make a better effort to remember that tidbit.  
This is Lacy taken last Christmas in California with a real Poodle do.  


This year she's sporting her 'camp' look.


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

20 comments:

  1. Oh, Skruffy is just that same way Mary-Pat. Thunder, Fireworks, Arny's loud compressor in his garage when it needs to pump up more air....poor Skruffy just acts just like Lacy. Only difference being is that she is a lap dog, easier to calm her down. Merry Christmas, sure glad you are in a good place like "Betty's" to enjoy the holiday with others. We hit the road in two days (can't wait!) --Dave

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    1. The catatonic state is really difficult to watch. She appears completely blank - stares straight ahead, shakes and shivers, eyes glassed over and I'm not sure she can even hear. She literally shuts down and it goes on for hours. She was bad again last evening and night - no eating, no drinking, no potty - it's so sad to watch.
      I know you're excited about the next wave of adventuring. Happy New Year to you both.

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  2. When I lived in Mexico I had a male standard poodle and female toy poodle. We was scared to death of the fireworks and she was bothered at all.
    Your photo of the Reveillon dinner menu got me to thinking again about Babette’s Feast. I did a search on iTunes and discovered it’s available for rent. More importantly, I found this wonderful lecture by David o’Connor, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame. The course is “Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love’

    Course description:
    “Built around Plato's Symposium, Shakespeare (including A Midsummer Night's Dream), Catholic writings (including Humanae Vitae), and several movies, this course explores the nature of romance and erotic love.  We will examine such topics as sexuality, marriage, and procreation with an eye towards how we can be better at being in love.  The course generally tries to integrate the analytic approach of philosophy with the imaginative approach of literature.”

    The course lecture can be found at http://ocw.nd.edu/philosophy/ancient-wisdom-and-modern-love/lecture-notes/lectures

    I highly recommend seeing this lecture before or after viewing, Babette’s Feast.

    Like Yale, Notre Dame has a series of their courses available to the general public. I can hardly wait to go and see what they have to offer.

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    1. Sorry for the typos. I don't know how to edit comments.

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    2. Thanks Roger. I bought "Babette's Feast" yesterday on iTunes but am having some difficulty downloading it. Maybe I'll try late at night. It was only $7.99 and I thought I'd like to see it more than once. I've also finished "The Man on the Train" and want to watch that again soon.
      The big news today is my LAMY Safari got here. Now I'm waiting for the cartridges. The bottled ink and the adaptor came but I thought I try the cartridge first - should be here tomorrow.

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    3. Yes, do start out with the cartridge. What color did you get? You'll need to experiment with different papers. For every day making shopping lists, etc., the Sustainable Earth paper from Staples is very fountain pen friendly and economic. It's available as 8.5 x 11 wire bound notebooks. These make good journals. I keep my own journal in a Clairefontaine wire bound notebook (It's pure bliss for a fountain pen). Let me know how you like it.
      I'm having trouble watching the Philosophy lecture course at Notre Dame Open Courses. The iMac keeps telling me that QuickTime can't convert the file and it doesn't run. The Babette's Feast lecture was available on iTunes and I was able to watch it, but I could not view the other lectures at the Notre Dame OpenCourses web site. Darn!!
      Hang on to your empty LAMY cartridges.I use blunt 5 mil syringe from Goulet Pens to refill cartridges from ink bottles some times.

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    4. More good information. I'm still waiting for my cartridges to arrive here at Betty's. I bought only black ink - my preferred color for penmanship. But I'll venture into other colors eventually. I 'm anxious to try it out; it feels good in my hand.

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  3. It's so sad when dogs are afraid of fireworks, thunder, etc. I have a friend who has thunder shirts for her greyhounds - apparently it helps. I had a dog that was afraid of the 4th of July fireworks, and the vet gave me a sedative that would calm him, and that did the trick. Poor babies.

    Merry Christmas!! :)

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    1. I've thought about a tranquilizer; maybe I'll talk to the vet about it. This has now been two nights. I also saw some kind of a security wrap at Petsmart, but didn't pay much attention to it. I'll look again next time I'm there. I'd rather not use medication if I don't have to because they usually have side effects.

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  4. Whiskey was exactly the same way. We love Mexico so much and so did Whiskey if it wasn't for all the fireworks! So glad that she finally settled down.

    Hope you had a very Merry Christmas.

    Kevin and Ruth
    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  5. Guatemala has a tradition of fireworks for anybody's birthday also. And, those are set off almost every single morning at about 5AM. Lacy and Bella (my little Shih Tzu) went crazy; but Lacy seems to be getting worse instead of better.

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  6. I love the photo of Lacy's camp look. I too have a big black poodle, 1/2 standard and 1/2 royal poodle. He has the longest, biggest wet black nose that he is constantly sticking into our business. Love him to death the big black sweetie. He too hates fireworks. Happy New Year MP.

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    1. i'm not familiar with a "royal poodle." Is that a BIG standard? Lacy is my first Standard and I'm loving her like crazy. She's also very obedient; however she's lost some of the tricks she learned at school. Now she just immediately bows for new acquaintances.
      Another subject, Brenda, I still make and love your lemon cake!

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  7. Our girls are the same, all caused by the numerous fireworks in Mexico. I don't think they will ever get over it. We bought them a Thundershirt ( a security wrap system ) and it had helped tremendously.

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    1. I think I may look into a wrap-type security system if they come in Lacy's size. I did hold her by the scruff of the neck and that did seem to help a little (you know, like momma does her pups).

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  8. You can desensitize a dog that is afraid of fireworks or thunderstorms by getting a CD of rain/thunderstorms. Hallmark and WalMart use to have them. Their meant to be used on very low in "sleep machines".
    What you do is put them on and turn the sound down to just where the dog stops reacting to the sound. Everyday you increase the sound to where the dog, or cat, reacts and then back off on the sound again. Most people that I know that have used this technique say after two weeks there is usually no reaction at all even when the sound is at a "normal" music listening volume.



    Here is a link to YouTube on several ways to desensitize a dog to several situations.
    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+desensitize+a+dog+to+thunderstorms&sm=3

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