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Hi, Kelly!

I think it's GREAT...TWO BIG THUMBS UP...that you have the sense to NOT return to a toxic work environment!  TRUST ME...when your body, mind, and spirit GENTLY guide you out of a bad work situation, it is best to follow it!

Ideas for at home work:

-Teach a fun art class, Mother's Morning Out, or playgroup for kids once or twice a week. If the program is less than 4 hours of operation a day, depending on your state laws, you may not need ANY sort of licensing at all. (Scary but true).

-Invite a yoga, pilates, or other instructor...t o teach an adult class at your house, and pay the person a fee to teach and collect a fee for attendance. 

-It sounds hokey, but you CAN do things like Avon, or Pampered Chef, or the "Slumber Party" sales.  If you don't sell stuff, no big deal...if you do, it's a little extra cash in hand.

-Promote yourself as a personal assistant for hourly hire...people (like me) often are caught between being in NEED of helping hands sometimes with their own businesses, but not enough of an income to merit paying a salary. :)

I hope these help!

Yeah, he looks full breed to me, too, but I guess they can't confirm it so he's labeled a "mix" since he's rescued from an uncertain origin.

Someone please love this gorgeous baby! :)

I'm adding the content from his "ad" on the site:

Bailey - #26026
(When calling about a dog, refer to the dog by its ledger number, not its name!!)
2 years
Great Pyrenees mix
Male - Neutered!
Impound date:
Ledger number:


Why Choose Me?


            A concerned neighbor brought this guy into Animal Control. He is a very well-mannered and docile guy. He appears to house broken and walks well on a leash. He is a little skinny at 78 pounds, but he will get back to proper size in a good home. One of the puppies insisted on trying to play with him. He was very calm and sniffed the pup, but did not make a single aggressive move. This is a very lovable bug guy!

            From another volunteer: Bailey is a beautiful, purebred, NEUTERED Great White Pyrenees! Surely you can't miss him because of his enormous size. The Pyrenees breed is courageous, very loyal, and obedient. They are known to be gentle and affectionate with those they love. Bailey promises to be devoted to his new family forever. This gentle giant comes fully loaded with love and devotion to offer for the rest of his life. Come give this big boy a hug today and you'll understand what the breed the is about!

I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I'm hoping to catch the attention of anyone who might be in a position to help Bailey....

Browsing local pet rescue sites today I see that a Great Pyr mix named Bailey was impounded at the Clarke County Animal Control and he is BEAUTIFUL.  He is a young, NEUTERED guy in need of a loving anyone here looking for a big dog and able to rescue him???

Here is the link to the site...Animal Control itself does not maintain the's a group of volunteers who are doing all they can to help increase visibility of pets in need and in danger of being put down!!  :(

Scroll down until you see Bailey...he's an angel!

Could anyone help him please?  I was hoping maybe by posting this here, someone who could love him would notice him! :)


Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Pond Scum and Your Dogs
« on: April 20, 2008, 12:29:34 am »
This is very good information... thanks, Nicole! :)

We have a koi pond and very recently, our pump broke. With it being hot as hizzeck here in GA right now, of course our dogs are tempted to dip their tongues in!  We do not have scum on it, but nevertheless we are getting the pump replaced just as soon as our "economic stimulus" comes to us, LOL! :)

Our dogs haven't yet dared to jump in...but I do remember hearing something about this in Athens before we lived in Comer and HAD any such pond.

Again, thanks! :)

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Problem with a sub
« on: April 17, 2008, 08:11:30 am »
Yes, yes, yes, to Nicole's advice and the support messages in favor of it.

I would like to ad that it might feel or be different if you knew this "Jeff" BEFORE he was a substitute, but he met you as a **student** here: not a social equal or a friend. Being a teacher...subs titute or not a leg up into social networking with students.  It's a position of power and d therefore, responsibility .

"Jeff" might just be a really nice guy who thinks you're cool, isn't thinking about it, and means no harm at all.  He might be a total creep who has something inappropriate in mind (even beyond the MySpace addition and such).  Either way, he seems, based on your description, to have poor boundaries and to miss social cues and such from you.

Nobody begins an inappropriate teacher/student relationship successfully without *seeming* harmless at FIRST.  It's later that the creepy stuff gradually seeps into what a student once thought was "different, but cool and okay."

You have a bad feeling.  That's enough to go on.  Go to a teacher you know and trust, and just let them know.  You don't have to be mean, or feel like you're doing anything wrong, and you do not have to second-guess yourself or worry if you're "reading too much into" it.  You are at least in HS, yes?  And so far, has any other teacher of yours creeped you out or tried to add you to a MySpace friend page?  If you're getting these feelings off of him specifically, it might very well be because there is something off about HIM, specifically.

MySpace and teachers has become a gray area of morals and ethics and responsibiliti es these days, and it's just plain sad. Don't add him, but do tell someone. :)


So darn cute!  Thanks for sharing these! :)

Book Club & Noteworthy Reads / Re: DOG is my co-pilot! :)
« on: April 14, 2008, 12:15:00 pm »
These are great!  Winslow, you have opened Pandora's box with that link you gave me, LOL!  Here are some you tuned me into:

"I named my dog Stay so I could say "Come here, Stay, come here, Stay."
-Steven Wright

 "I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive." - Gilda Radner


The visual imagery here is staggering! :D

Book Club & Noteworthy Reads / Re: DOG is my co-pilot! :)
« on: April 14, 2008, 02:10:07 am »
What?  Are ScooterGirl and I the only ones who have quotes on doggies and animals?  Come on, share 'em if you got 'em! :) Please? :)

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Interesting idea for new dog food
« on: April 14, 2008, 01:39:48 am »
Since I'm new here I apologize if I'm not aware of a history on your dogs eating habits, Scooter, but by chance are they picky eaters, since you mention they might like this better than kibble?

One trick that could help that I've found to really get some picky dogs interested in their dry food is to buy some jarred baby food chicken or lamb & sweet potato, etc.  Pick one that does not have onion in it, and you can even get the organic varieties.  Generously mix the baby food in to "coat" your kibble and feed that way. They often love it!  Gradually, decrease the amount of baby food "coating" just slightly day by day so that it's not noticeable all at once. Eventually, your dogs would ideally eat their kibble.  If they just won't take it without the baby food, it won't harm them in any way to keep it up.  You can even shake the baby food with clean water and if they are really picky, just a little bit of apple juice to sweeten make a "gravy" of sorts.

You can rotate the types of baby foods you use and that keeps them motivated and interested.  You can most certainly do the same thing with a canned/wet dog food, or even just adding bits of something they like...but because the chicken baby food is pretty clean and clear of bad additives, and because the kibble is already allegedly nutritionally balanced for your dogs, I am a bit of a purist and like knowing they are getting straight, clean ingredients.

I know that was a bit off topic (sorry, mods!) but I hope it might help with your dogs and their kibble! ;)

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Interesting idea for new dog food
« on: April 14, 2008, 12:50:16 am »
Hi, Scootergirl!

I'm glad you brought this up. I have, indeed, seen these and I've read the ingredient labels. I was very curious, but I can tell you that after looking at them in the pet supply store, I am NOT a fan, personally.

It's sort of the equivalent of feeding a sugary energy or "meal replacement" bar to a human instead of CAN do it every once in awhile, but it's not really a great idea to do this routinely.

The ingredients utilize a lot of garbage fillers that I don't feed my dogs. The more processed food is, the less convertible nutrition you can actually extract from it, and this is very processed and "molded" to get it into the shape and consistency you see.

Also, I just noticed on the website it's a subsidiary of Mars, Inc., which tests on animals despite heavy public pressure to stop and instead use more modern and ethical testing protocols.  To me, testing on animals while simultaneously trying to present yourself as producing animal-focused products is hypocritical, so I choose to put my dollars towards products made by companies who really stand for animal health and welfare on all fronts...not just in the "final product" stage.

To each her own, but it's not for my dogs. It could be a fun treat to keep a dog busy or occupied, or maybe even once in awhile for a travel meal, but that's about it in my book.

I hope this helps you!

Jen and Balthazar

Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / Re: Dog car safety?
« on: April 13, 2008, 11:06:22 pm »
Thank you guys so much!  I was not aware of the special seatbeat attachments for dogs, but will be sure to use them now that I know! :)

Jen and Balthie :)

This rescue mom and her entire crew of rescued animals (including the bunny and the koi!) thanks you for sharing that!

Jen & Mark (the human pets), Balthie, Oscar, Harvey, Finn, Trinket, Spark, Luna, Leo, Tangerine, Tritan, Midnight, Twilight, and Princess Buttercup!


Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Need BPO Help
« on: April 13, 2008, 11:01:38 am »
Okay I'm really thinking about this for you and I've come up with a few other possibilities:

-Ingesting something unhealthy in or outside the home.  Could she be eating something in the yard (pesticide or chemically treated yard, maybe?), or in the house (licking or ingesting residue from chemical household cleaners)?

-Afraid of another dog in your home? 

-Irritable Bowl Disorder, a weak bowel, an intestinal problem? Have scans been done to check her actual anatomy to ensure this is not an "inside" problem rather than an externally sourced one?

I think I had one or two more thoughts and I forgot them, lol.  Sorry. :(  If I remember I'll post them!  You sound like a WONDERFUL, caring woman and I just want to help!  Hang in're doing great with the resources and information you've got, honey!

Love and Good Vibes,

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