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Stitchboard Admin message #61
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April 26, 2014 at 6:00:19 PM
 
Line,

Thanks for letting me know about the sheep wool!  Though I'm not sure if sheep wool is available around here.  Undecided  Does the dog hair spin by itself okay?  Or is it too delicate?

LOL, thank you...I'm not sure my spinning capabilities right from the start would be worthy of a good pattern!  Embarassed  So to compensate, I'm probably going to have to make something up for the first few attempts.  Smile

I'm so glad you're working on your cowl pattern!  Kiss  It's such a nice one.  Kiss  I'm also developing a cowl pattern...LOL, stumbled on it when I was knitting a bottom piece for (of all things) a sweatshirt.  I had bought a sweatshirt from a garage sale ages ago, and it was cropped.  So it was pretty useless for wearing, as it's not very warm!  I decided to knit and then sew on a bottom piece, looked at it after I finished knitting, and thought, "Wow, a cowl!"  Laughing  Who would have thought that would happen?  Laughing

That's wonderful how you can train your dog while walking her, and serve an extra purpose by relaxing her!  Kiss  So do you pretty much keep up her training all the time?  Smile  I'm so glad you have a friend who can take over on your behalf, too.  Kiss

I understand...I don't trust a lot of people with our cat!  It's really hard to find someone who won't feed a dog or cat anything they beg for...I once knew a woman and used to watch her dog here and there for that very reason...everyone she knew would be sneaking the dog snacks as they cooked, and that would make the poor dog very, very sick.  But I don't do that kind of thing.  If they're not supposed to have it, I don't give it to them at all, no matter how much they beg.  I hate that I can't give them what they want, but to make a poor furchild sick over an unnecessary indulgence is something I want even less.  So I play the mean old mommy who won't give a furchild what they want!  My thanks is a healthy furchild.  Kiss

I'm sure it's a great relief to know someone understands how to be the pack leader with your dog and how to keep her happy.  Kiss


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Aabye message #62
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April 27, 2014 at 2:09:26 AM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #1)
 
Melanie,

Haha - a cowl is an unusual item to stumble across when you are looking for a sweatshirt. :p lol

You can spin the wool by itself, and it will be strong, but it will also shed.. I am not sure how much it will shed.


I do train with her most of the time - but as I told earlier, if she finds a way to cut corners, she will. So i keep training her. And I keep making up new things - otherwise she would be bored, and then I would not be able to work with her AT ALL..!

It IS hard to find somone you can trust with the animals.. I only have 2.. My friend, and my little brother... My brother is not as strict with her as I am, but he loves her all the way up to the stars. They have a very special bond those two. She cuts corners A LOT with him, but never with me or my friend.. It is only with my brother.. So I see no harm in that.. Smiley


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Stitchboard Admin message #63
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April 27, 2014 at 5:00:32 AM  (in response to Aabye message #2)
 
Line,

LOL, isn't that odd about the cowl?  I would not think knitting a sweatshirt bottom would lead to a cowl pattern!  Laughing

I guess it will have to shed, then, at least until I can find a way to get some sheep's wool!  Undecided

I'm glad you can find ways to keep her interested enough to keep training her.  Kiss

Awww, I'm so glad your brother has such a good bond with her!  Kiss  And it's so nice there are two people you can trust to help you with her!  Kiss


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Aabye message #64
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April 27, 2014 at 6:53:47 AM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #3)
 
Melanie,

It's very odd.. :p haha

I don't know where you live. But i bet if you can find a farm where they have sheep you can buy some sheep wool from them.. It's not like you'll need 2 kg or anything..


Well I am kind of running out of ways to keep her interested.. :p so I will soon start over with my methods..  LOL 


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Stitchboard Admin message #65
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April 27, 2014 at 9:44:50 PM  (in response to Aabye message #4)
 
Line,

LOL, with the cowl, it seemed to happen when I pulled the finished piece off of the knitting needles.  Looked at it and thought, "This looks like a cowl."  Then when I showed it to a friend, she said, "Oh, an eternity scarf!"  I wasn't wearing it at the time, just holding it!

I'll have to see if there's a sheep farm somewhere in the area, then.  Thanks for that idea!  Kiss  There are farms, but I think they're more agricultural.  I've never seen sheep grazing or anything!  Horses...but not sheep.

Do you have a bunch of different routines that you make up, then, so you can go back to a different one that she may not remember quite so well?

As sad as I am sometimes that cats can't remember things very well, I'm also glad I don't have to keep varying routines!  Actually, since they like the same things, every day, every time, changes can cause quite the problem!  Try new food and, no pun intended, you are in the doghouse!  Surprised  I get the, "are you trying to poison me, ma?" look.


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Aabye message #66
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April 28, 2014 at 7:27:33 AM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #5)
 
Melanie,

Yes, I do have a lot of different routines.. Sometimes she doesn't care, and wont do anything at all.. But sometimes it is good for her, that we train some stuff that I taught her 6 months back.. 

We are working on the "ignore the other dog" thing.. Oooooh my god.. She is a pest around other dogs. Don't get me wrong, she LOVES other dogs, but she whines when she sees other dogs, and howls, and she is acting like a pup when there comes another dog.. -.-'

She has been like that forever! And nothing I do, seems to change her happy nature about other dogs.. It is great that she is sooooo happy, but she tries to pull my arm off, especially if the other dog is a Golden Retriever.. :p


You can actually clicker train your cat. I did it with my own, she can do a couple of tricks now.. :p She can give me her paw, stand on her hind legs, sit, and roll Cheesy it is very funny :p haha 


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Stitchboard Admin message #67
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April 28, 2014 at 6:04:25 PM  (in response to Aabye message #6)
 
Line,

LOL, so she gets stubborn at times and just wants to play, is that it?

Wow, then it's more like renewing what she's already learned and getting her better at it?  Smile

Awwww, she's a lover!  Kiss  Sounds like she wants to socialize.  Perhaps a playdate?  Smile

She's crushing on those Golden Retrievers, hmm?  Wink  Maybe she's saying she wants a boyfriend?  Kiss

Awww, how cute that you clicker trained your cat!  Kiss  Is she older?  Ours is an older girl...not sure exactly how old, but at least 7 or 8 years old, and probably closer to 10 or 11, maybe even older than that (rescue, so we don't know).  Can you teach older cats like that new tricks?  I'll tell you, though...she sure has us trained!  Wink

When I was a kid, my father trained the cats to beg at the dinner table.  I would share my chair with my cat.  I'd sit on the edge of the chair and she'd take up most of the seat...not that I minded!  When my father would hold a piece of chicken or whatever up over my shoulder, the cat would sit up and take the morsel.  So adorable!  Kiss  I still miss her, even though she's been gone a long time now.  Cry  Furchildren get into your heart and they never let go!  Kiss


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Aabye message #68
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April 29, 2014 at 3:08:16 AM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #7)
 
Melanie,

Her best friend is a Golden Retriever.. They have been on playdates since they were only 6 and 8 months old, so they have known eachother basically all their lives..

She loves to socialize, but sometimes I do not have the time to let her play with all the dogs we meet on our walks, and since she can't run around off leash, it is kind of problematic.. :/


My own cat is 6 years old.. You can always teach a dog/cat new tricks, you'll just have to find out what the dog/cat will work for. Smiley Cats will ALWAYS train their humans :p lol..
Mine is a sneaky little fellow.. When she was just a small kitten, she always got into trouble with something. At that point in her life we had bearded dragons, and snakes. But with the dragons she taught herself to open their cage. One day, she opend the cage while I was eating, and i would of course chase after her, and the dragons since they had escaped. 
When i got back to our living room, she had eaten all my food.. Sneaky little bastard..

She could also sit on the one side of me, meowing, and when I turned my head to look at her, she would run to the other side, and steal my food.. -.-' 


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Stitchboard Admin message #69
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April 29, 2014 at 5:58:45 AM  (in response to Aabye message #8)
 
Line,

Awww, how sweet that she has a bestie!  Kiss

Oh, true...I didn't think about that, but yes, you can't really just let her play with other dogs all day!  And after everything you've told me about huskies, I can see why you can't let her run around off leash!

Oooh, I'm so glad a cat can be taught at any age!  That would be wonderful to teach our dear sweet girl something!  Smile

LOL, yes, she's definitely always training us!  Laughing

Hee hee!  I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time...but how smart of your cat to divert your attention so you'd leave your food and she could eat it!

Cats are pretty smart...our girl is...though thankfully, we find she's mostly trustworthy.  Kiss


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Aabye message #70
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April 30, 2014 at 12:54:52 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #9)
 
Melanie,

It is great that she and Charlie (thats his name) are suck good friends.. They love each other.. Cheesy


Cats ARE smart.. Sometimes they are to smart for their own good.. -.-'
You should try the training.. Smiley A clicker kan be bought in almost every pet store worldwide, so it should not be a problem getting a hold of one Smiley

 


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Stitchboard Admin message #71
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April 30, 2014 at 8:50:39 PM  (in response to Aabye message #10)
 
Line,

Awww, maybe they're an item, then!  Kiss  Boyfriend and girlfriend!  Kiss  Ah, love!  Kiss

LOL, you're so right about cats being smart!  They're so incredibly smart!  They figure things out that you'd think they couldn't!  Kiss

I think after we move will be the "purrfect" time to try clicker-training our cat!  Kiss


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Aabye message #72
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May 1, 2014 at 12:33:38 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #11)
 
Melanie, 

I think that they believe that they are an item.. :p No other male dog may play with my girl if Charlie is around.. And she is not happy if other female dogs wants to play with him.. :p

I know that it is not good to give the animals human emotions, and human behavior, but it sometimes look like they are soooo jealous of each other.. Very fun to watch..


Oh yes... It will be a great time to start.. Cheesy  


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Stitchboard Admin message #73
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May 1, 2014 at 7:28:28 PM  (in response to Aabye message #12)
 
Line,

Awww, I agree...it sounds like they're jealous!  Of course, we can't put our human emotions on them exactly...but it sounds pretty close, so they likely feel a little extra something for each other, which is super!  Kiss

We're very motivated to move, and once we can, the idea of clicker training our sweetie will give us something more to look forward to...thanks for the excellent suggestion!  Kiss

We're hoping that the change won't be too difficult for her.  She seems to adjust pretty well to most things.  Smile  My husband has said he's probably getting spoiled by her, as she's so well behaved and sweet tempered.  At one point, we brought her to a motel for a few days.  She was a bit spooked out the first day and hid a lot.  But after that, she just accepted that was her "home," though she of course couldn't understand why.  And she was very happy to get back to her "normal" home after that!  Smile


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Aabye message #74
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May 2, 2014 at 10:52:20 AM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #13)
 
Melanie,

I understand you COMPLETELY about the moving.. Oooooh I want to move too..
We live in a small house, with only two bedrooms.. My kids can't sleep in the same room, so they have a room each, and then my boyfriend and I sleep in the living room - as it is more important for the kids to get their sleep (that's what my brain tells me anyhow).

We are hopefully getting to move during this summer. I am litteraly going crazy.
I get sick - a lot , and as it is now, I can't take a nap if I'm not felling well. It's very frustrating. 


So fingers crossed, that we will both move soon? :p

Some cats are good with changes as long as their human slaves are there to open the food for them..
Btw - have you seen this clip? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZqd1YF1GHU 



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Stitchboard Admin message #75
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May 2, 2014 at 10:21:53 PM  (in response to Aabye message #14)
 
Line,

Awww, I completely understand why you'd want to move!  Let's make a pact, then, that we'll both move within the next six months!  Kiss

Are the rooms just too small for both kids to share?  Over the years I've known people from two different families where they had to share very small rooms.  One was my late friend Dottie's family, where her two sons had a bunk bed in their tiny Manhattan apartment.  And I'm not talking a family of short people, either!  Dottie was the shortest person in the family...at 5'8"!  Surprised  (That's 172.72 centimeters or 1,72 meters.)  I don't know exactly how tall her sons are, but even when they were still in high school, they were pretty tall!

There was also my ex-boyfriend, who shared a room with his sister.  They lived in a tiny, tiny house.  I guess they got along okay!  They're still very close now; I'm guessing the deal was to get along or else, since the family lived in such close quarters!

I can completely understand your frustration.  Cry  It's so hard when you have no privacy at all!  Cry

LOL, I love that video!  That is so like a cat!  They're not dumb...they know exactly what to do!  Laughing  I forget how it goes and I know I wouldn't be able to find it, but there was a cartoon that a person had fallen off of a ladder and the cats are in the house saying something like, "Now who's going to open the cans?"  Laughing


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