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  • in reply to: Cashier Commentary #937071

    littlebrowndog
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    Customer service is really hard work and it’s probably difficult sometimes to make friendly yet light comments. I especially enjoy it when the cashier says “Oh, that looks really good!” Or asks, based on things I’m buying, if I’m going to make a particular dish. Recently I was especially appreciative of a comment and offer of assistance from a cashier. My husband has developed a healthy snack preference that is ridiculously expensive because it’s just small servings of 3 veggies and some cheese chunks in a little plastic tray and you pay an exorbitant price for the convenience of it. I had been thinking about buying some little divided containers and just assembling them myself but had been procrastinating. As I was checking out the cashier looked at the expensive little tray and volunteered that she really liked all those ingredients also and that she was going to get her own containers and make some and I said that the little packaged ones were ridiculously expensive and she agreed and asked if I’d like her to show me where to find the little containers. I didn’t take offense, I really appreciated it and it was the impetus to do just that.

    in reply to: Zoning: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) #934357

    littlebrowndog
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    I can see many benefits to ADUs. Most are barely smaller than or even the same size as the small house I’ve lived in with my husband and dogs for 3 decades. There’s a lot to be said for minimalist living. We have proven that a house of that size works for 2, not just 1, people, so an ADU could be suitable for a couple or a single parent as well as a single person. Our property, should we ever decide to do an ADU, has a fully fenced dog compatible yard so also a benefit to renters. Having done parental caregiving, crossing the yard to get to my parent(s) would have been much easier than driving 30 miles with all the associated costs and impact on our traffic woes. Rental income, or reduced expenses caring for older family members, is a plus. And doing my share to increase the availability of affordable housing is a responsible thing to do. Oh, and for the life of me I cannot think of any health and safety issues, so I would love to hear more about that.

    in reply to: Pets in Grocery Stores is a Safety Issue #926407

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    People misunderstand the difference between a Service Dog and an Emotional Support Dog as well as the rights afforded each. A Service Dog is a highly trained dog trained to perform specific tasks to help mitigate a person’s disability—-a condition that is medically diagnosable and meets the definition of disability in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Such a dog has virtually impeccable behavior when working (e.g., no sniffing around, no jumping up on others, no pulling at the leash, no growling at other dogs, no greeting other dogs) and is allowed access to all public places. An Emotional Support Dog is not trained to provide a specific task. Providing companionship and making their owner feel comforted is not a specific task. They can do that by virtue of their presence and relationship, but it is not a trained behavior that mitigates a condition that rises to the level of a formally diagnosable disability. ESAs have certain rights in housing and on airplanes (but the airplane part is so frequently abused that it’s likely to change), but they do NOT have the right to access public places such as stores. While some ESAs have excellent manners and training as companion dogs (good obedience skills and a Canine Good Citizenship certificate, for example) they still are not legally permitted in stores and restaurants. Many people who do bring their dogs into public settings call them Service Dogs when in actuality they are, at best, ESAs because their owners find their presence comforting. If asked they might claim the dog alerts them to something like low blood sugar, a skill that would be very hard to observe as it at most only occurs intermittently, but you can tell just by observing the dog pulling at the leash and sniffing at items on the shelves or floor that in reality it is not a trained Service Dog. A Service Dog would be totally and continuously focused on the handler, or in the case of a person with certain emotional symptoms such as hyper vigilance, scanning the environment for possible dangers, or a hearing dog on alert for unusual or dangerous sounds paying attention to nearby sounds, and then be trained to perform a tangible and observable “alert” behavior to inform the person. Judging by the behavior of most dogs I see in stores it is highly unlikely they are Service Dogs.

    in reply to: Adult Depression Support Group #907619

    littlebrowndog
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    How about starting a peer support group? Facilitated by a person in recovery from depression, good peer support groups are not pity parties. They are opportunities to share what is happening, what is needed and what is working and to provide mutual support. Peer support groups focus on recovery.

    in reply to: not innocent fun #905435

    littlebrowndog
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    Our dogs were terrified, and the fireworks started early afternoon and continued until 3am. You cannot safely tranquilizer dogs for that long. Even worse, though, my husband is a combat veteran with PTSD. EdSane, would you suggest that he should also be tranquillized so that you and others can light off fireworks (illegally)? I am curious, are you a combat Veteran? Did you serve in Iraq or Afghanistan? Desert Storm? Somalia? Panama? Vietnam? Korea? WWII? Is a loved one in your immediate family a combat veteran with PTSD? Do you know how long after a loud boom a combat veteran with PTSD remains agitated and maybe even having flashbacks? Trust me, it is not just 5 minutes. Try potentially hours to even days. Are you willing to personally pay for a hotel room in that magical place where there will be no fireworks? These are not rhetorical questions, I am genuinely curious. I hope you answer them.

    in reply to: Looking for companion dog for my blind dog. #904952

    littlebrowndog
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    Emerald City Pet Rescue in SODO usually haslots of small dogs.


    littlebrowndog
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    Is being upset about dog poop being put into one’s garbage can idiosyncratic? Perhaps it is, perhaps it isn’t. But the bottom line is some people don’t want it, for reasons you may or may not agree with. However, it is their garbage can, not yours, and they are the ones paying for the service.

    Given that, as mentioned, this is not the first time this topic has come up here, I am inclined to use another word that is sometimes included in rants: entitled attitude. I think when this and previous posts inform people that this practice is not appreciated by some yet some people continue to do it then it is entitlement. You have your own garbage can at your own home, use it.

    Do I know that it can be inconvenient to carry those bags of poop home? As a matter of fact I do. I have 3 dogs, two medium sized ones and one large one. And for some reason the large one nearly always poops just a block into our walk, so I have to carry that bag for the entire walk. The other two also have to go along the walk, and for some reason one of them nearly always goes twice. All this despite them having frequent access to our own fenced yard. Anyhow, as a result I have 3-4 bags of poop generated during each walk. The bags go into my pockets. It’s all part of the responsibility of urban pet ownership. You don’t have to agree with your neighbors, you might even think it is ridiculous. Doesn’t matter, it’s their garbage can, not yours, and you cannot say you are unaware of this.


    littlebrowndog
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    Wonder if this is the same guy who is frequently at Alki with an off leash Yorkie. Probably not many other people in the area fitting this description. So risky on many different levels.

    in reply to: Help eliminating moles #895799

    littlebrowndog
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    We had success putting peppermint leaves down the hole. Not sure which neighbor got them next, but they quickly moved on from our yard.

    in reply to: Coyotes #881420

    littlebrowndog
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    This seemed to devolve swiftly into an attack on the OP for having that ubitiquous yard staple, a bird feeder. Maybe if bears were an issue in the neighborhood it would be worth talking about, but beyond that in somebody’s own fenced yard it seems like their own choice to feed birds and possibly risk rodents or raccoons. The point to the original post was to warn off leash dog owners about the presence of the coyote. I have personally seen small dogs attacked and even killed by coyotes so that is a good warning to give the neighborhood. And if the coyote was not visiting to look longingly at the bird feeder it would still be in the area anyhow looking longingly at cats. Why do posts in the forums sometimes quickly turn to attacking the poster?

    in reply to: Beaches and Pups. #868316

    littlebrowndog
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    Another vote for Luther Burbank. If it’S not rush hour it is a very quick trip. For a variety of different reasons we don’t use dog parks other than this one, and on weekdays, especially mornings, there are very few dogs there. Often our dogs are the only ones swimming in the mornings, and in the afternoons there are often just a few others in the water.

    in reply to: Recommendations Please For Building A New Deck #857890

    littlebrowndog
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    We have used Sean Tillman (253-229-5368). He is in SeaTac. He remodeled our entire house, including the deck, and was incredible to work with. His prices are excellent. We have referred many friends to him and all have been pleased with him and the quality of his work. I cannot reccomend him highly enough. I know this sounds like extraordinarily glowing praise, but we heqrd many horror stories about working with contractors when we were looking for somebody for our project and he has turned out to be the complete opposite.

    in reply to: Another dog post: clueless owners #851295

    littlebrowndog
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    I am really skilled at managing my dogs, especially since one is intermittently not friendly with others. My concern is always that one of these clueless people will somehow end up with their dog getting physical contact from mine or my dog’s loud bark will trigger an aggressive rsponse from their dog and if they are so clueless as to permit unwanted contact then they certainly won’t know what to do if their dog becomes aggressive,and then all sorts of bad things can happen. And those retractable leashes, I have seen all kinds of bad injuries to humans and dogs resulting from it getting wrapped around legs. Personally I would like to see those things off the face of the earth except in an empty field. Urban sidelwalks are not the place for them.


    littlebrowndog
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    JoB and Sue, right on. That’s all, right on.


    littlebrowndog
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    Correction: pet trust for if my dogs outlive me.


    littlebrowndog
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    Wow, folks, are you all so confident in your finances and health that you simply cannot imagine a scenario in which you might be bankrupted due to a crisis through no fault of your own? And left only with the companionship of a beloved pet and then suddenly your pet had a crisis? You say everybody should plan for such possibilities? I have 3 dogs, pet insurance, disability insurance, a pet trust to pay for their care if I outlive them—and enough experience with people dealing with misfortunes that I can still visualize scenarios in which I could end up in similar straits. Remember karma.


    littlebrowndog
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    Please see my response to your post under “Need $210 for cremation expenses”.


    littlebrowndog
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    Although not a West Seattle native, after living in this community for 30 years I think I can safely say we are a community that has tried hard to be close-knit and supportive of one another. Until the recent construction boom that has been an oft-cited reason for people choosing to move here. And who knows, perhaps I am underestimating our newest residents moving into the apartments and condos.

    From time to time situations such as this have been posted here in the WSB. After vetting the issue, because of our concern and support for one another we have at various times offered forth cash, food, furniture, housing, volunteer hours, transportation and other much needed goods and services. I see it as what community is all about. And WSB, including the forums, is a voice of the community. Your perceived “begging” is my perceived call for mutual support.


    littlebrowndog
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    That is strange, because I have a PayPal receipt for my donation to Furry Faces and in the comments I put it was for you. And that was at 11:08am. I am not happy about that.

    Please email me at dykstradma@quidnunc.net and confirm they still are saying there were no donations, and let me know if you still need money for it. I have a meeting for much of the rest of the day, but will try to check for messages.


    littlebrowndog
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    So very sorry for your loss. I donated to you thru Furry Faces; specified for you. I hope you received it, because maybe there is some sort of glitch. Folks, I know there are many, many pet lovers out there who understand the grief of losing a beloved pet. Let’s help with this.

    Donna

    in reply to: Sports medicine doctor???? #848429

    littlebrowndog
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    Personally I really like the team at Sports Medicine Northwest, in SODO at 2920 1st Ave S. Truly right across the bridge on First. They have made a huge difference for me and I have watched them do pretty incredible things with other athletes.

    in reply to: century link soliciting #833342

    littlebrowndog
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    About a week ago a pair of Century Link salespeople came knocking on my door, not the first time. My husband was curious so he invited them in, but beyond that he listened and I queried as most of the technology in the house is used for my business. Wow, talk about high pressure sales efforts. They demanded to know about my current Comcast package and I would not tell them so then they went on to say how my neighbors were going with it. I told them I had Century Link several years ago and was totally unhappy with the service and the equipment and it never could be made to work for me so finally I gave up. They gleefully then said that this was their new fiberlink system and that it would be perfect and no problems. They said it would be so much less expensive than Comcast but gave no numbers. And they asked if I was ready to schedule my installation date. I asked them for something in writing that would give me all the details and said I would study it. Their response was that there was nothing in writing. They pushed me to schedule a date 3 weeks out and I said I was not doing anything unless they gave me something in writing. Then they said I could contact the office to get it in writing, but that by then their special rate would not apply and it would be more expensive. I said no, I did not want it. They asked me why not and acted surprised when I said that there was no way I was going to make such a big change based on somebody unexpectedly coming cold calling at my door. They started to say something further and I asked them to leave. They again tried to say something and I firmly told them to leave and then they did. Their approach was no better than the pushy teenagers who get dropped off in vans and try to sell magazines door to door.

    in reply to: Emergency vet(s)? #829663

    littlebrowndog
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    Jeannie, good point to keep the directions on hand. All of our dogs have always trained and competed in dog sports, so we have also made a point of keeping the contact info on our phones for various 24 hour vets in the region that also have the capacity for critical care. Our standbys with which we have personal experience (unfortunately) are Sumner Animal Hospital in Sumner, Summit in S. Tacoma, and Pilchuck Veterinary hospital in Snohomish. Entry confirmations for dog shows always include the name, number and directions for local on-call clinics plus the closest 24 hour clinic. Have I mentioned how pet insurance has really paid off for us? :). One dog’s two herniated disc surgeries (not sports related) totalled about $14,000 and we ended up paying $300 (plus of course the annual premiums of $360).

    in reply to: Emergency vet(s)? #829646

    littlebrowndog
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    For “typical” emergencies we have used what used to be ACCES and now is Blue Pearl, the Renton one. For extreme emergencies when you need access to vets like neurologists, we used Seattle Veterinary Specialists. They saved the life of my service dog when he was paralyzed from the neck down and a regular 24 hour vet said the only option was euthanesia. They even have an ambulance. They are in Kirkland, but within the past few months just opened a clinic in Seattle at 8th and Madison. People like neurologists are not always on site in the middle of the night but because they are on the staff they call them and in our case it was 4am by the time we got there from Yakima and we called and kept them informed throughout the drive so he was already awake and standing by when we arrived and gave directions to the team, and came in at 6am. Was it really expensive? Of course. Would I use them again in an extreme emergency? Of course. And now that they have a clinic so close we may even use them for “typical” emergencies.

    in reply to: NON-Service Dogs in grocery stores and restaurants #828602

    littlebrowndog
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    I raise dogs. I train dogs. I show dogs in three different dog sports. In the past I had a service. A very large percentage (not all) of pet owners are oblivious to the behavior of their dog on the other end of the leash (or off leash)and keep them on a loose leash, allow them to stare at, approach and sniff other dogs, and allow their dogs to explore and sniff when in restaurants, stores and similar places. Many pet owners just don’t have a clue about acceptable behavior in public. I am passionate about dogs, I rescue dogs, and I don’t like most pet dogs in public places. If my dog walking along in heel position passes by your dog lying at your feet and your dog tries to sniff my dog that stresses my dog out and might lead to a fight. And don’t tell me my dog is the one with the problem, I have tons of ribbons and titles to prove otherwise.

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