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July 4th, 2004

happy 4th of July @ 07:52 am

Current Mood: awake

Yep, its another 4th, and the 228th birthday of our young (relatively) country. We're all planning on going to the patriotic service at church which I hope will go ok though wonder if it'll get political, and then we'll come home and hang. My mom got king crab legs this year as we did last year, and so I'll be looking forward to spearing myself on the sharp bits all for a little bit of tasty meat. The difference between this year and last is that we dont have anyone coming over to celebrate with us so we'll probably just sit outside and watch the odd fireworks and gun blasts from our surrounding neighbors. We've had occasion to watch our neighbors shooting randomly into the air on New Years or the Fourth of July. Since we are so far out though, lots of people come out to either watch, or shoot them off, so there's usually a lot to listen to outside. I say a lot to listen to, because most of the store bought fireworks don't provide too much visually, but they do provide lots of sound, which carries quite well. So I usually also sit outside, getting bitten by random thousands of mosquitoes and just listen. Perhaps I'll find my mini disc recorder and a stereo mic and capture it, it truly is amazing. I think we've got some fireworks to blow, but as of now we haven't gone to the fireworks stand for the customary "we're only getting a few" buying spree which usually runs us $100. Oh well.

We had a very odd experience with the neighbors yesterday. We live in the middle of the country so our neighbors are spaced pretty far (about maybe 200 yards or so) apart. So we usually don't talk to our neighbors too often. Add in the gun factor (see above paragraph) and the trailor / Arkansas factor (see Simple Life I), and you'll understand why. Not that our neighbors are wrong to have trailors, or shot randomly into the air, but I'll probably never get used to it being that I came from the parched desert of Arizona. So anyway, our next door neighbors came over and said they wanted the new puppy. Being that we/were in the market for giving away the puppy we asked their story. Apparently she's been going over there to visit and they were wondering if we didn't want her then they'd love to have her. Apparently they lost their last dog due to parvo. At that point, I was thinking "warning flag" because parvo is very preventable with the normal vacceines that you should give to your animals, and its very contagious. All I remember from lectures at dog guide school was that it causes deadly diarrhoea and is carried in water. Contagious? Preventable? Hmmm. This is one of the reasons you keep up shots on your animals. Apparently from what I can tell, they didn't give the dog shots, and most likely didn't even get him/her spaid/neutered. Whose to say they wouldn't do the same with this puppy. So we said that they'd be welcome to watch her if we were away and if we kept her, and that was that. And I wonder why there's so many stray pupppies out there. There's got to be some low economic help for people who have dogs. I feel for people who lose dogs, but, why not take simple steps to take care of your animals and I'd be happier to give her to you. Oh well, can't change some people. Have fun shooting random things, I'm ready for a nap after that rant. More soon.

And oh yeah, lots of new people on my friends list so welcome to you all. I'm lucky I can read quick or I'd neve get through my friends list.
 
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From:arkiewriter
Date:July 4th, 2004 06:37 am (UTC)
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On one hand, I'd speak up for the neighbors that the so-called "low income vet programs" aren't worth a plug nickel unless you make minimum wage for a family of four. We had feral cats near our last house and contacted five different programs in the central Arkansas area to try to get them spayed/neutered. We were willing to catch them and bring them to wherever, but no one would work with them because I made too much money. Not even the Feral Cat program! If I'd had the $100 per cat, I'd have done it anyway, but figured my kids would appreciate the bills being paid more.

On the other hand, parvo, rabies, and several other vaccines can be obtained at the local Farmers Co-ops (and even Little Rock has one). It is not that hard to give a dog a shot (cats, however, are another thing entirely). Growing up, that's how we always vaccinated our animals (dogs, cats, cows, horses, goats, sheep, etc), reserving vet visits for things like surgery or anything requiring diagnosis. Even saw my grandfather stitch up a cut in a puppy's thigh once using some sort of topical anesthetic. Vets discourage self-vaccinating pets nowadays, but it's better than _no_ vaccination.

Vaccinations don't cost that much at the vet either, or at least they didn't for our dog. $10 for her rabies shot... $125 for her spaying though. She'd never had anything done when we got her at Christmas (except for one puppy parvo shot) and her previous owner didn't want her anymore because they were getting a new Sharpei puppy. Poor gal...but now she has little boys to play with, so she's luckier than those Sharpei dogs.

Parvo's a nasty way for a puppy or dog to go (I've rescued pups that had to be put to sleep for parvo because of owner neglect). I'm glad to see your little foundling seems to be staying with you!
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From:djner
Date:July 4th, 2004 11:27 am (UTC)
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I couldn't agree with you more and I totally understand. We tried to get into those free spay clinics as well, but we too made too much. So whether or not they don't make enough money, they definitely should have at least gotten shots done. They apparently let her into their house too when she goes over. I know they mean well but ...
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From:rdfreak
Date:July 4th, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Lol I'm the same; my friends list is getting rather huuuge! - reasons to procrastinate even more! but I love LJ. Am thinking of doing one of those famous LJ friends cuts soon - as ya filter out the ones who ya don't talk to any more, etc. :)
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From:sunnyblue
Date:July 4th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Not to cause any alarm, but when did the dog die of Parvo? Because if it was not that long ago, then there could still be the infection left around the house, and if they let her in then she could be succeptibale to it, if it was before you got her the shots. I know SHannon's hippie ex-roomie got that dog Sage and it had parvo and died and the vet told her not to get an animal under 1 year of age for 6 months to a year after the other dog died because the Parvo could still be in the house.
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From:djner
Date:July 5th, 2004 06:30 am (UTC)
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Yep, that's why they don't get her, we get her, and she's locked up in the backyard. I knew the parvo stuff from Guide Dog school, damn I actually listened n clas? But yeah, I knew that.

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