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Old 01-05-2009, 07:11 PM   #41
 
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That's so strange that she didn't even bring up Prof. Lupin. I don't know what to make of that?? On one hand I do want you to be able to keep him. On the other hand, if you get to keep him is this teacher going to get a replacement? That would just create a vicious cycle...

Yes, Kasey is a German Shepherd. I adopted him from the local animal shelter. It's beyond my scope of understanding how anyone could ever let a dog like this go, but I'm very glad that they did! I think Shepherds are the most loyal of all the dog breeds and highly recommend them!
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:16 PM   #42
 
I think that when you adopt an unwanted dog, they turn out to be the best dog and most loyal dog you'll ever have. We had a dog that we saved from the pound and he was the best dog we ever had and very loyal and protective.
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:24 PM   #43
 
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Yes, that is true. Every dog I've ever had has been an "adoption" but only Kasey has shown me this *intense* type of loyalty that I attribute to his breed.

Speaking of loyalty, don't bettas come close?? Of all my fish my bettas are the only ones that appear interested in me. I know Prof. Lupin is very interested in Kim!
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:30 PM   #44
 
Yes, bettas are always interested in what we are doing. They even act like they are interested in what we are saying when we talk to them. :) I was getting ready to change my female's water tonight and she saw my hand with the net over the top of her container. She looked straight up because she thought I was going to drop food in her water. I felt bad for her, changing her water and not feeding her. lol
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Old 01-16-2009, 01:07 PM   #45
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I did talk to the teacher (I actually had to approach her after a few days of no mention of him at all which I thought was weird) and she said the same old "oh, I'm definitely going to bring in my 10 gallon tank and set it up" (notice how it is now a 10 gallon and not a 5???). So I actually sent her some pictures of before and after and she said I was "amazing" and asked if I could hold on to him for a few days until she got the 10 gallon up and running. Well, it's been over a week with no mention whatsoever of him or the tank. I'm thinking he's just goint to end up staying with me . Oh well .

This fish is so funny though! He is so active that he eats literately twice as much as my 2 other bettas! He swims constantly, and so fast that I can't even get a good look at him . He gives a totally new meaning to the "wiggle dance"!

Kind of off topic, but here's a good one. This same teacher was talking/demonstrating how to groom a dog in the "Pet Palace" which is a grooming business run by her and her students to cover the costs of the classroom animals.....well, I bet you can guess where this is going. She starts off by roughly handling both dogs so that they are pretty much terrified. Then she demonstrates nail clipping - well, she clips down to the quick and makes the poor dog bleed. She handles this by saying, "well, sometimes you have to do that, so just get the powder over there to stop the bleeding." Also, when we're cllipping the nails she has us basically hold the dog in place no matter what, using whatever force it takes so they don't "win". Then she says that if we find hair in the ears while cleaning them (she tells us to stick our fingers in as far as they will go and dig aroung because you can't hurt them) that we should rip it out. When it starts bleeding we are instructed to put some more powder on it, then wash it out later. Then she starts telling us about clipping the ears and how there is one dog that frequently comes who has sensitive ears with lots of folds of skin. She says that oftentimes they get cut up so....you guessed it, more powder. I mean really, she's like performing surgery down there! The poor dogs must be terrified by the time they come out of there! I mean, I guess I kind of expected this from her......but it surprises me that people actually bring their dogs there. As for the rest of the class - I'm really suspecting that they don't have more than 2 brain cells that think for themselves because they just follow her like sheep. It's disgusting!
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:23 PM   #46
 
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Kim...what are you trying to do? Give me nightmares before I go to bed?
I'm pretty mellow when it comes to most things but this type of ignorance causes the "road to rage" to start brewing inside me. What I wouldn't give to live there, bring Kasey in for a groom and not feel an ounce of remorse when he chomped down on her. He's the type of dog that won't tolerate abuse. I know it's terrible of me to think this way. Eventually she may get bit. I just hope that if a dog ever decides to snap that it'll be her who gets bit and not one of your classmates. I truly hope you are able to keep Prof. Lupin. It seems that your effort to educate her (in a very nice way, I might add) on proper fish care has not been in vain. A 10 from a 5 is HUGE. I truly do wish that you are able to keep Prof. Lupin.

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Old 01-16-2009, 11:27 PM   #47
 
The dog I petsit for would probably take a chunk out of her, too!
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:36 AM   #48
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Well, I think he's mine. She hasn't mentioned him at all and I only have my final to go and I'm out of that class. She cut another dog's nail down to the quick....anyway, back on topic.

I think the little bugger is a tail biter. I'm beginning to suggest that what I thought were relapses before were actually him biting. They normally corresponded with water changes with no meds added, but really after a week all the meds should have been deactivated anyway (treatments only last 4 days). And just this morning I noticed a few big hunks taken out of his tail. He hasn't had his water change yet, and he was fine last night so I'm thinking he did it to himself. Also, he's moved tanks (a few weeks ago) and the two bettas in his former tank are both fine, so I know it's nothing wrong with my water quality. Well...I suppose it's better than fin rot that won't go away :/ I'll post some pics later to see what you think. He was looking so good too....urggg.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:54 AM   #49
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Oh, forgot to add. The other reason that I think it's tail biting is that the damage can be quite extensive and occur within an hour, but today I have been home and haven't done anything since I noticed it in the morning (well, except for his weekly water change, but I didn't add any meds), and nothing has changes. You'd think if it were fin rot that if it could do that much damage in a few hours that it would continue at the same rate.

The bad thing though, is that the biting (if that is what it is) doesn't seem to have a real pattern. Sure, sometimes it would occur after a water change, but other times I'd do the change and nothing would happen at all. He doesn't seem to be a stressy fish (he's generally friendly and active) and he doesn't seem really bored either although that may be something to look into. Maybe I'll get him a few ghost shrimp and see if he likes them.....
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:00 AM   #50
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Here's the pics. Yeah, I know they're crappy, but I can't get any that are better. Note the large hunks missing from his fins...not typical fin rot looking. Tell me what you think. Oh, the ends of his fins are normally darker than the rest, they just grew in like that.

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his poor beautiful fins!
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