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Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Your Gas Prices
« on: August 31, 2005, 09:00:13 am »
That is all craziness... i forgot to look this morning, but i know california is supposed to be affected by the huricane damage more slowely because we can't get our gas from those refineries (we have all kinds of special laws and regulations about what can and can not be in our gas, so we have special refineries we have to get it from, none of which are in the gulf). 

There was a bit about gas prices on NPR this morning.
i am not sure if this contains the part i heard that was most interesting because i can't listen to it at work (stupid firewall). 

One person spoke about what can be done in relation to gas prices.  His conclusions was that there wasn't really a short term solution that wouldn't hurt us a lot more in the long run (ie using the reserves even after refineries open again in the gulf, eliminating federal gas tax, or settign a pirce cap).  His suggestion was to take the gas companies anytime they get a financial windfall (which is obviously at the cost fo consumers), and to use this moeny to increase earned wage tax credits to help those hardest hit.  Certainly worth some thought.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Your Gas Prices
« on: August 30, 2005, 11:38:02 pm »
In the end that is all that we ever really had anyway. ;D

Amen sister!!!     

(did you catch the inside joke in that?)

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Your Gas Prices
« on: August 30, 2005, 11:25:18 pm »
I totally understand & agree with where you are coming from!...It's just the here & now effects whether we pay our mortgage every month or not...That makes it hard for me not to get upset about fuel prices in regards to our situation...Be tween a rock & a hard place comes to mind. :-\

boy do i feel that.  between shakespear goign missing, then the broken leg then the infection, daily vet visits, several overnight stays and surgery on his foot we are hurting these days.    like a few people said before though, i tend not to dwell on prices because i have to drive, so i have to pay, i just kind of do it.  my rent gets paid... but the credit cards don't always.   i am way too much of a big picture person for even my own good, but i enjoy life, and that is what matters. 

I LIVE IN LONG BEACH!!!!!! i have been keeping an eye on roxie online for a long time.  Noahs ark is all over the place here, i see them and their pups all the time.  We should get together when you come get her.  there is a dog beach here, but she may be too upset with all the changes for something like that.  i wish i had a spare room to offer you guys while you are here, but alas i have only a couch, which you are more that welcome to.  Our little town here in my side of long beach (called belmont shore) is really dog friendly.  you can go in all the stores with your pups.  anyhow, let me knwo when you are goign to be here, and let me know if you need anything at all!!

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: a purebred saint? not so sure...
« on: August 30, 2005, 10:30:14 pm »
i love mixes too...but then again i am a rescue only kinda gal, so even pure breed pups are much more rare, and even then often full of special needs.  my favorite thing is watching how a mix breed pup grows up.  it is like the most fun surprise over and over again.  Shakespeare is starting to look a little more mastiff, getting some wrinkles and sags in his face and neck.  What fun!

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Your Gas Prices
« on: August 30, 2005, 10:26:29 pm »

I understand your post, and while I too want to save the environment, and help with implementing feasible alternatives.  But our country is huge and widespread and I just don't see it happening.


the wide spread thing is a big issue in the US, and i think alternatives like hybrids are really the solution, but i agree that there are not many large hybrid options out there.... hopefully with time that will change...

unfortunately economics takes time to settle into changes.  I am pretty sure that in my lifetime the oil supply will be one of the biggest issues.  i think we are looking at about 50 years of oil supply left if we continue to increase consumption at the rates we currently are.  I would bet money that inthe next 10 years we will start to get ood large hybrid options. 

California has a great new incentive for hogh gas mileage, the carpool lane.  only 3 cars get high enough, all hybrids and none the suv variety, but i bet the increased demand for hybrids here and the complaints to dealers about how they would get the hybrid suv but they cant drive it in the carpool lane so why bother will help pressure new suv hybrids out of them......

Different solutions are needed in different areas, i just hope that these gas prices will start to make changes that make alternatives reasonable for everyone.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: was i rude
« on: August 30, 2005, 05:11:14 pm »
My question is, what if your dog has diareaha(sp) and you can't pick it up, yet its in the middle of a sidewalk.  I forgot my mop on that walk, but what was I to do?  Anyone know the protocol for the runs??

When my pup had the runs i took a big jug of water with me everywhere we went, jsut in case he got runny stuff on the sidewalk..... i would just squirt it with water till most of it was pushed away as much as possible.  my version of a prtable garden hose i guess.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Your Gas Prices
« on: August 30, 2005, 04:57:04 pm »
Let me know when they coem out with a hybrid semi please...I know the truck drivers would be pleased as punch to beable to make a living.

will do!!  i posted that before i saw your comment, so it doesn't really apply to truck drivers.

i know high gas prices are a hard pill to swallow, particularly for truck drivers.  I am willing to pay higher prices for everything if it means a cleaner environment because i am a california tree hugging crazy lady.  i also have an economics degree, and beleive in markets ability to adjust themselves to prices.  Things would have to change in a ton of ways to get to a new equilibrium, but it would certainly happen eventually.

i really don't want people to feel like i am attacking anyone, because that is really not the case.  or that i don'tunderstand why people hate gas prices being so high, because i do, i pay for gas too.  But i like to bring alternative ideas out whereever i go, and i love hearing what people think.....

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Your Gas Prices
« on: August 30, 2005, 04:42:55 pm »
like i said, i totaly understand most folks don't agree.  And shoudl have mentioned that this is my ideal, in my utopia where a lot of other things are differnet too..

I know that the US is not ready for this.  We don't have the infrastructure yet as far as public transportation is concerned.  In my fantacy land prices would be higher for gas in areas that offered alternatives (because the alternatives would be paid for by gas taxes).

My thoughts on all the reasons why SUV's Vans and Trucks are needed in the world is purely economic, and having my own giant i understand, but those people who need to consume more gas also need to pay the price, or move to other technologies like hybrid vehicels which now come in the SUV variety.  The higher gas prices the higher the demand for such vehicles will get, leading to more makes models and options. 

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Your Gas Prices
« on: August 30, 2005, 04:21:21 pm »
i live in long beach CA and i paid 2.86 for regular this morning. 

I know this probably won't be a very popular veiw but i am glad prices are going up.  The US has always had remarkably low gas prices relative to other comprable places.  I think this is part of the reason why people drive so many gas guzzling SUV's and Trucks here in the US, and why public transportation is so poor.  Mainly, i am a crazy environmentali st and i drive as little as possible and in the most fuel efficient way possible because it is important to me, not to save money. I don't think current US gas prices, even now, value a clean sustainable environment at what it is really worth, and untill gas prices are high enough to convince peopel to use public transportation (which increased gas taxes could pay for), buy fuel efficient cars, and carpool, i won't be complaining.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: a purebred saint? not so sure...
« on: August 30, 2005, 04:06:33 pm »
it is a good thing i live way out in california and not in ohio, otherwise my boyfriend would have left me today when i brought home 2 more puppies....

those saint pups are irresistable!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Leather Collars
« on: August 29, 2005, 01:37:57 pm »
I know someone before mentioned ..... i am going to get one of their hemp collars that have soft fleece lining.  They make a great leash that i already have (from petsmart) that is hemp with a soft fleece linning in the hand loop.  It is SOOOOOO comfy, and it is 5 feet long, which is perfect for shakes right now (4 is too short, 6 is too long.... there are very few 5ft leashes out there) .... there isnt a picture of the leash but here is a link and you can see the pretty colors ( autumnal shades of orange, green and purple).

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: a purebred saint? not so sure...
« on: August 29, 2005, 01:22:23 pm »
shelters here are notoriously bad at listing correct breeds as well.  I learned this when our pup went missing.  This could have been a disaster had they found him and his collar had come off.  I am sure they would have guessed nothing close to the right breed, or age.  They only hold dogs for 4 days before they put them up for adoption or to sleep, and we heard rummor that they sometimes don't hold them even that long.

This made our situation very difficult because it meant we had to actually go to each of the shelters here at least every other day looking for him even though they have a listing of found dogs (no pictures).  I work full time, and they open after i leave in the mornign and close before i get home.  I was lucky i had volunteers (from the rescue group we got him from) that were willing to spend a couple hours a day looking in shelters for him, and that he didnt end up at the shelters, but if he had...... i can't even think about it...

when my pup gets crazy his ears stand all the way up like a posessed dingo......

it is always nice when an idea goes over so well!

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