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Anything Non-Dog Related / NDR: I don't understand...
« on: July 25, 2008, 09:19:53 am »
Aaron and I really want to move to San Antonio (we're currently in south Louisiana).

About a month and a half ago I applied for a job as a store manager for Teavana. I had three great phone interviews and they even called and checked my references 'cause my current district manager said they had called her.

They had sent me an email last Friday, after I had left a voicemail and email inquiring about my status since it had been 2 weeks since my last interview, saying that they were meeting on Monday to decide on that position and would let me know my candidate status no later than Wed., July 23.

I didn't hear anything Wed., so I called and left a voicemail yesterday.

I got an email today saying I didn't get the job.

I don't understand. Do you think my not being in San Antonio has something to do with it? I'm so frustrated and depressed. I can't figure out where I screwed this up?

Anything Non-Dog Related / Is this abuse?
« on: July 17, 2008, 12:09:30 pm »
...or just hilariously funny??

I've been sewing dog beds and toys for an upcoming fundraiser craft show and had some scraps leftover. Miles has been very squirrelly lately and "flying" through the house so I made him an appropriate cape.

Aaron thinks I'm torturing him. I think he's adorable. And, Miles seems to really like it. He hasn't fussed about it at all.

What do you think?

Super Miles to the rescue!

Wherever there's evil or injustice, I'll be there

That's not kryptonite in your pocket is it?

I've been making these super-easy dog toys for the craft show. The dogs LOVE them! and they are cheap and easy to make (so if they destroy them quickly, you only spent pennies making them!). All you need is a little fleece, a small piece of cardboard and a pair of scissors.

You can use scap pieces of fleece you have lying around or check the remnants at Wal-Mart or your local fabric store.

Here's the link to how to make them:

Here are some pictures of some of the ones I've made so far

and this is another bed I made - new sewing required!! It was really easy, too!

This was on a local Yahoo group:

Purebred Cocker Spaniel for sale only $25 to a good home. She is nearly a year old and is up to date on her heartguard wormer. You're sure to love her.
Take advantage of this special.....bu y one get one
free offer.....mix breed under a year....very smart, part lab, perhaps part catahoula. Her name is Annie. Up to date on her monthly heartguard.

Wow. Some people are so heartless and clueless.

My store is hosting a craft sale to help raise money for the Guatemalan orphanage we've been sponsoring. I'm making dog beds and toys.

These are some that I've made so far. Aaron (and the cats) won't let me sell the poofy Star Wars bed.

The others are mostly my own invention. I call them the "Nap 'n Sack" - they are a padded mat with a matching drawstring bag so you can roll the mat up and put it in the bag to use to travel, when taking them to the kennel, road trips, etc. The mat also has a grommet (sp?) in one corner so you can tie the drawstring bag to it when it's in use.

What do you think?  And how much do you think is a fair price?

Jedi Kitties on their new Star Wars bed

Miles & Misty Blue testing out the foam bed

The Nap 'n Sacks

A closer look:

Mixed Breed Pictures / We have a house guest!
« on: June 26, 2008, 08:07:24 pm »
We are dog-sitting our friends' husky mix while they are at Disney World. She is a handful! And, just when I think I can't take her anymore, she calms down and sacks out like a perfect little angel.

She's lucky she's cute!!

Meet Trixie:

If you have raised kids (or been one), and gone through the pet syndrome, including toilet flush burials for dead goldfish, the story below will have you laughing out LOUD!
Overview: I had to take my son's lizard to the vet.

Here's what happened:
Just after dinner one night, my son came up to tell me there was "something wrong" with one of the two lizards he holds prisoner in his room.

"He's just lying there looking sick," he told me. "I'm serious, Dad.

Can you help?"
I put my best lizard-healer expression on my face and followed him into his bedroom. One of the little lizards was indeed lying on his back, looking stressed. I immediately knew what to do.

"Honey," I called, "come look at the lizard!"
"Oh, my gosh!" my wife exclaimed. "She's having babies.
"What?" my son demanded.

"But their names are Bert and Ernie, Mom!"
I was equally outraged.

"Hey, how can that be? I thought we said we didn't want them to reproduce," I said accusingly to my wife.

"Well, what do you want me to do, post a sign in their cage?" she inquired (I think she actually said this sarcastically!)
"No, but you were supposed to get two boys!" I reminded her, (in my most loving, calm, sweet voice, while gritting my teeth).

"Yeah, Bert and Ernie!" my son agreed.

"Well, it's just a little hard to tell on some guys, you know," she informed me (Again with the sarcasm!).

By now the rest of the family had gathered to see what was going on. I shrugged, deciding to make the best of it.

"Kids, this is going to be a wondrous experience," I announced. "We're about to witness the miracle of birth.
"Oh, gross!" they shrieked
"Well, isn't THAT just great? What are we going to do with a litter of tiny little lizard babies?" my wife wanted to know.

We peered at the patient. After much struggling, what looked like a tiny foot would appear briefly, vanishing a scant second later.

"We don't appear to be making much progress," I noted.

"It's breech," my wife whispered, horrified.

"Do something, Dad!" my son urged.

"Okay, okay." Squeamishly, I reached in and grabbed the foot when it next appeared, giving it a gentle tug. It disappeared. I tried several more times with the same results.

"Should I call 911?" my eldest daughter wanted to know.

"Maybe they could talk us through the trauma.

" (You see a pattern here with the females in my house?)
"Let's get Ernie to the vet," I said grimly. We drove to the vet with my son holding the cage in his lap.

"Breathe, Ernie, breathe," he urged.

"I don't think lizards do Lamaze," his mother noted to him. (Women can be so cruel to their own young. I mean what she does to me is one thing, but this boy is of her womb, for G~d's sake.).

The vet took Ernie back to the examining room and peered at the little animal through a magnifying glass.

"What do you think, Doc, a C-section?" I suggested scientifically .

"Oh, very interesting," he murmured. "Mr. and Mrs.
Cameron, may I speak to you privately for a moment?"

I gulped, nodding for my son to step outside.

"Is Ernie going to be okay?" my wife asked.

"Oh, perfectly," the vet assured us. "This lizard is not in labor. In fact, that isn't EVER going to happen.

Ernie is a boy. You see, Ernie is a young male. And occasionally, as they come into maturity, like most male species, they um . . um . . . masturbate. Just the way he did, lying on his back." He blushed, glancing at my wife.

We were silent, absorbing this.

"So, Ernie's just . just . . excited," my wife offered.

"Exactly," the vet replied , relieved that we understood.

More silence. Then my vicious, cruel wife started to giggle. And giggle. And then even laugh loudly.

"What's so funny?" I demanded, knowing, but not believing that the woman I married would commit the upcoming affront to my flawless manliness.

Tears were now running down her face. "It's just .that . . I'm picturing you pulling on its . . . its. . teeny little . " She gasped for more air to bellow in laughter once more.

"That's enough," I warned. We thanked the vet and hurriedly bundled the lizard and our son back into the car.. He was glad everything was going to be okay.

"I know Ernie's really thankful for what you did, Dad," he told me.

"Oh, you have NO idea," my wife agreed, collapsing with laughter.

Two lizards: $140.

One cage: $50.

Trip to the vet: $30.

Memory of your husband pulling on a lizard's winkie:

Moral of the story: Pay attention in biology class.

Aaron's friend Mike just called me and said his 16-year-old niece had a premature baby who died within 24 hours. She is not faced with funeral costs for the baby that she can't afford.

Does anyone know if there is a state or non-profit agency that helps with costs in situations like this?

Anything Non-Dog Related / NDR - third interview...
« on: June 23, 2008, 12:17:51 pm »
I got a call to set up my third interview for the Teavana job in San Antonio, but it will be another phone interview and the recruiter said the district manager will be in town for just one day to "meet with the potential candidates for this area".

They are only opening one store in San Antonio, as far as I know, so I guess that means there is still at least another candidate for this position - and that person will be meeting her in person, which gives them a distinct advantage, I think.

So, what can I do to make myself stand out over the phone? I really want this job!

Groans, Gripes, Brags & Boasts / Derby is on MSNBC!!!
« on: June 22, 2008, 12:47:38 pm » was asking for photos for "take your dog to work day" so I sent in pix of Derby doing his "job" at the School for Exceptional children and they posted one!!

You can vote for his picture, too.

I hope this link works:

Anything Non-Dog Related / 15 minutes: keep your fingers crossed
« on: June 19, 2008, 02:14:54 pm »
I have a 2nd interview in 15 minutes for a job I'm really excited about. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Events to go to or join / How did I not know about this?
« on: June 15, 2008, 03:56:44 pm »
A dog show - right in my small town?? The Louisiana Kennel Club had its 92nd annual dog show in little ol' Houma, LA and there were dogs from all over the country here.

I just read about it this afternoon so it's all over by now. I'm so upset with myself. I did NOTHING yesterday and I could have been getting free slobbers!!

I've got to pay attention to the local news better...

Anything Non-Dog Related / NDR: Teavana anyone?
« on: June 13, 2008, 10:23:50 am »
I just had a phone interview for a store manager position at a Teavana store in San Antonio. It went really well and I have a 2nd interview scheduled with the VP of HR next Thursday.

All I know about Teavana is what I've read on their website and it seems a lot like Starbucks - only tea instead of coffee. Has anyone been to one of these stores? Do you have some insight that might help with my next interview.

From what I heard about the company from the woman who interviewed me today, I'm really impressed with the company and their training process. The store is scheduled to open in September so I have plenty of time to move and give notice if hired.

Keep your fingers crossed for me. I seem to be Queen of the initial interview and for some reason don't wow 'em as much during the 2nd so any advice or info. on the company is greatly appreciated!

Articles / puppy-throwing soldier kicked out of Marines
« on: June 12, 2008, 07:51:34 am »
Well, there was no judicial punishment for this a***ole, but at least he can't call himself a marine anymore.

HONOLULU - The Marine Corps said Wednesday it was expelling one Marine and disciplining another for their roles in a video showing a Marine throwing a puppy off a cliff while on patrol in Iraq.

The 17-second video posted on YouTube drew sharp condemnation from animal rights groups when it came to light in March.

The clip shows two Marines joking before one hurls the puppy into a rocky gully. A yelping sound is heard as it flips through the air.

"That's mean. That's mean, Motari," an off-camera Marine is heard telling the Marine who tossed the black and white dog. The off-camera Marine snickered slightly afterward.

Lance Cpl. David Motari, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment at Kaneohe Bay, is "being processed for separation" from the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps said in a news release. He also received unspecified "non-judicial punishment."

The Marine Corps didn't say what role Motari played in the clip.

The video was viewed tens of thousands of times before YouTube took it down because of a violation of the site's terms of use.

"The actions seen in the Internet video are contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine and will not be tolerated," Marine Corps Base Hawaii said in a news release. "The vast majority of Marines conduct their duties with honor and compassion that makes American people proud."

The second Marine, Sgt. Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion, also received unspecified "non-judicial" punishment.

Encarnacion is assigned to the Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

First Lt. Binford Strickland, a Marine Corps Base Hawaii spokesman, said the service may not reveal what roles the two men played in the video because that was part of the investigation. He said releasing such information would violate the Privacy Act.

Strickland declined to provide details about the disciplinary measures taken against the men for the same reason.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Completely NDR but I could use your help
« on: May 31, 2008, 08:19:40 am »
I recently met a woman who adopted a little girl from Guatemala a couple of years ago. Since then, the US has ceased allowing adoptions from Guatemala so the orphanages in this country are overflowing with needy children. Parents, unable to care for all their children, and with no access to birth control, are literally dumping their children at the side of the road.

Vanessa just got back from a personal mission trip to this country and met a woman from the US who started an orphanage called Casa de Sion, which happens to be very near where Starbucks gets their Guatemala Antigua coffee.

So, my store and our sister store nearby, are organizing an item drive to help this orphanage. They have children from infant to 16 years old here and they need EVERYTHING. If your kids have any clothes, gently used shoes, school bags, bedding, etc. that they have grown out of, I would appreciate if you could send it my way so we can get it to the orphanage. Even if you are changing the decorations in the kids room, they could really use some wall decorations, etc. to brighten up the orphanage.

Vanessa is also trying to get school supplies for a nearby school as most of the kids families can't afford basic supplies to send their kids to school.

Some other things they could really use include:
cloth diapers and diaper pins
over-the-counter medications (especially for lice and fungal infections, cold meds, etc.)
rubber sheets
food items such as dried milk, canned meats and vegetables, peanut butter, dried fruits, etc.
soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other personal care items (remember, there are some 16 year old girls...)
towels and washcloths
eating utensils
plastic bowls/plates
stuffed animals and toys

IM me for my address if you can help.
Here is a link to the orphanage's blog site:

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