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My day job has kept me on the road the past two weeks and thinking about other things. This is the home page on my web browser, so I see the number of VIEWS of these postings regularly.This place has the feel of an old gas station on a desert highway. Now that cars get better gas mileage, not too many stop here anymore. There seem to be a lot of them driving past our little store front. We have plenty of shade up here on the front porch, and some frosty drinks in the cooler. Y'all stop in and "set a spell" so we can get to know you!Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Every day I think to myself that I should post something, like a potty joke! Too much hosing down the terraces after the peafowl have soiled it always brings out the humorous in me.But, I have not been feeling very well at all for the past few months - all that bad living has caught up with me.And I turned 50 last week or the week before - my memory fails me.Anyway, the best remedy is laughter, don't you agree?Pete walks into a store. He says to the salesgirl, "I want to buy some toilet paper."She says, "What color?"He says, "Give me white. I'll color it myself."Best regards.Luis

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Nicely done Brother Luis...And congrats on turning 50. My younger brother also did that recently. It must be the popular thing to do.And I am at the age when my friends say, "It's nice to see you." I reply, "Well, it's better to be seen than viewed."No potty jokes here. But I do have a new dog. Brother Maynard is so tolerant in his old age. He only growls at the year old Australian Shepherd that I found roaming the parking lot at work.Doc Bryant

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Ah, yes! I turned 60 at the end of May. Being seen instead of viewed is certainly better.As for the dog adopting you, seems like it happens every time. That happened to a friend of mine. A little furry puppy was chasing its tail in the middle of the road one night and her daughter brought it home. A good bath and some flea shampoo stopped the tail-chasing routine. She grew up to be quite a beautiful dog - apparently part husky or chow-mix. She is really sweet and easy to love. Louis, keep it coming. I realize now why you seem to find the potty jokes with that garden hose, etc.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Thanks, guys, it seems that dogs are the topic, not potties. So,Q: When is the most likely time that a stray dog will walk into your house?A: When the door is open!Q: What do you get if you cross a dog with Concorde?A: A jet setter!Q: Why did the dachshund bite the woman's ankle?A: Because he was short and couldn't reach any higher!Q: What do you get if you cross a giraffe with a dog?A: An animal that barks at low flying aircraft!Q: What do you get if you cross a dog with Concorde?A: A jet setter!Ah! I love kid jokes.As it happens, my loving doggie was a stray, a street mutt:http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/174820.jpgShe is pure love, a heart of gold! How is it possible that there should be so much good in these animals?As for our ages, I don't feel any different from when I was 18. Well, except for the aches and pains!Best regards.Luis

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Not his daughter, Jerry. I once offered to set up a date for Maynard, as I am sure that my pretty dog would love a night out on the town with one of those tall, handsome gringos. But, Doc told me that Maynard was no longer doing those things. And my dog had female problems and had an hysterectomy a year ago, so she is no longer into those things either. And to tell the truth, as age advances, even I no longer feel those same impulses! Well, not all the time, anyway!Best regards.Luis

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Attached see Brother Maynard's new playmate.Unfortunately this morning when I returned home from work, Squeek as she has been named was showing a considerable amount of blood around her head. I immediately thought the #### black labrador next door who has been fence jumping was to blame. So off we went to the vet. I must say walking in to a crowded vet's office with blood all over your clothing does get their attention. Possibly only slightly less than had I had a giraffe or hippo in tow.I was going to have Squeek neutered today. As of late this afternoon the vet surmises she either has Tick fever or has been dosed with rat poison. I can not find any of that around here, so I am hoping it's tick fever.Doc Bryant

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Who can resist the look on that face? It goes right to the bottom of my heart.Glad to hear that Maynard has a companion, and I hope that it turns out be to nothing very serious.Best regards.Luis

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Squeek is coming home from vet today. Now both she and Brother Maynard really have something in common to yap about. Both are the beneficiaries of "doggie intensive care."Doc Bryant

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Brother Luis.When I came home Friday morning, intending on taking her to the vet to get spayed, I was greeted by a horrible sight. Squeek had blood all over her head. From her quiet manner, I thought she might have been attacked by the Labrador retriever who lives next door. This dog leaps my five foot brick fence with ease and threatens me when I am in my back yard.I rushed her to the vet, who also thought upon initial examination that the blood was from a wound. Later, when prepping her for surgery, he discovered the blood source was her jaw line. There are only two things that cause gum bleeding in dogs besides injury. One is a tick borne fever, the other is poisoning.So, she was treated for both in an effort to save her life.She's now home, goofy as ever, and taking a strong antibacterial drug plus vitamin K for bleeding. It seems to be working.Now the difficulty is getting HER medicines in HER and Maynard's drugs in HIM. I hide the pills in pieces of hot dog. Squeek is more agile, and seems to like the taste of his medicine more than she likes hers. So its back to stuffing pills down each dog's throat in turn.Ahh the joy of dog ownership. But all that pales in comparison to the sight I get each morning when I get home from work, both dogs looking through the gate to witness my arrival and scrutinize me for anything that resembles a take out bag or groceries!Doc Bryant

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Undoubtedly, Jerry. I must say that I have gotten more unconditional love from these animals than from most people I have known. Sad to think that humans can be more beastly than dogs.Best regards.Luis

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And in the dog watch category,Squeek is now doing quite well. She is still taking two medicines twice daily. I have switched to giving her the meds hidden inside peanut butter. Brother Maynard gets his doggie Vioxx the same way. Then the fun begins. Since I still have some hot dogs left (the old way of giving them their pills), we play catch in the kitchen.Squeek has not learned the art of catching. Brother Maynard's skills have if anything, improved. He has shown himself quite able to catch the one nose carom shot time and time again. Squeek's only saves occur when the hotdog bounces in front of her and she is quicker on the reflexes than Maynard.I am planning a trip to Kentucky in September. I am sure my kennel will be surprised to see me unloading two dogs instead of one!Doc Bryant

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And how has she adapted to domesticity, Doc? Is she a happy dog, a playful and joyful animal? Serious and meditative? It is a great surprise to learn that animals have just as much personality as us.Best regards.Luis

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Squeek is extremely happy, and a quick learner. Today she caught two FFO's (Flying Food Objects). She also has attempted to sit on her hind legs like Brother Maynard used to do. Squeek having a long backbone, seems to fall over easily during the attempt.She is very exuberant, and desirous of human companionship. I have not allowed her to sleep in the house yet, as she feels it's always play time. In time she will be an exceptional dog, and another one that will delight in doing things to bedevil her owner.Doc Bryant

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Yesterday in the evening, as a worker here on the farm was leaving, he called me out to the road. It seems that somebody had abandoned a little puppy by the wayside, carefully placed on top of a black plastic bag on which the dog was curled up trembling.This is not the first time that it has occurred. 3 or 4 times in the past, I have found puppies, entire litters left out on the road in front of the farm. People, thoughtlessly cruel people, seek out a lonely lane in the country were they can drop these poor creatures, leaving them to their death.It is senseless, anybody can offer puppies around in the neighborhood and easily find takers, or even take them to a veterinarian who will find them a good home. But, we are a beastly species, lacking in the simple intelligence that would let us realize that.I have always taken these dogs to a very good friend, a vet who really cares and where people go looking for dogs. And I shall probably do the same tomorrow.But this little female is so cute. She was scared and skinny, and I fed and watered her. She ate and drank, ate and drank, then ate and drank some more. Her little belly was about to burst. After some caressing, she showed total love and gratefulness, licking my hand, and gently biting it the way dogs do when they love you.This morning, she defecated enormous amounts (had to get the potty in there!), probably because of all she ate. But she is sprightly and happy, happier than when I found her.I would like to keep her, but my dog has a jealous love, and I would not want to share with another.Best regards.Luis

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"I would like to keep her, but my dog has a jealous love, and I would not want to share with another."Luis,Don't place limits on your ability to love, or the acceptance of this new little one by your other dog. YOU are the leader of the pack. Your original dog will accept the new one if you show that you LOVE this new addition to the family. You will find the little one looking not only to you for bonding, but to the older dog as well.I have a friend with FOUR dogs. Six years ago, she only had ONE. As each was added to the "family" they found their social standing within the group, and all appreciate the human touch and attention when it is available.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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>I would like to keep her, but my dog has a jealous love, and I>would not want to share with another.>Same with our five year old dog; that my wife took in, after it was abandoned as a small puppy in a co-workers pickup bed in the middle of a snow storm. It's part Pitbull, perhaps part Dalamation, and looks like Spuds McKenzie with a big black spot around one eye.Our dog is family, and his picture and plaster paw print sit proudly on the wall with all the other pictures of family. He even sleeps on the couch with his own blanket and pillow, as well as going to McDonalds for a breakfast burrito on Sunday's.Yet, my wife decided she wanted the addition of a small Pug. I didn't! But now that we have the female Pug, it's already family too, as far as both of us are concerned; and the dogs seem to get along together, even though the Pug is a big tease to the hundred pound one. There is some jealousy between the dogs, and some potty training is still required for the new puppy; but all in all, having the two dogs seems worth it! It's just like kids; if you don't have them, you don't miss them; but once you do................keep 'um! :( L.Adamson

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Thanks for the very good advice, guys. I guess that she will stay - she is full of love and needs a good home. But, these last two nights she has left enormous loads of poop on the carpet, probably from all the things I gave her to eat. This is not good, not that I mind cleaning it up, but others are bound to start losing their patience. Anybody have tips on house training? For all my poop jokes, I have no idea how this is done!Best regards.Luis

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I have no idea how to house train a dog. Yet Brother Maynard seems quite good at it. When he first arrived at Casa Doc (the original Casa Doc, not the new uptown Casa) he was an outside dog. On the few occasions he was inside and peed, I whisked him outside. Soon I would call him to go outside with me and play ball. And out there he peed and pooped with great ease. Each time I commented on his expertise. Dogs do like encouragement. Much like children. Although I can not see myself congratulating a youngster on a successful bowel movement. While I do think congratulations are in order if one breaks wind in a spectacular fashion.Squeek is mostly an outside dog at present, while when I am in residence, Brother Maynard is the Inside Dog. As I get a little more home time I will work more with Squeek inside as time permits.One other comment, I am glad Brother Luis to see that you have allowed the adoption process to start. I too was reluctant to bring in another dog to this ostensibly happy home. And I hear growls and other interesting dog conversation bon mots occasionally from the back yard when both are in residence there. Clearly, there is some level of annoyance between the two. Yet for the most part, they get along to the point of not incurring bloodshed.Pet Experts (the self appointed type) tell me that these two dogs have bonded and need each other. As much as they need me. And one said, "Squeek is lucky to have found you." That profound statement took me a bit of time to understand.Now I have to figure out how to get two dogs into kennels so that I may go on a short vacation trip to Tennessee in September. My business partner has volunteered to come by and feed the dogs. I said, what if YOU get called out of town. He replied that he would just take the day off instead. What a pal. I actually think it's a way for him to make use of my jacuzzi.I am not entirely dim.Doc Bryant

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Doc,It is good to know that the LIGHTS ARE ON at Casa Doc!Are you coming to Tennessee for another TRAIN event with locomotive horns, whistles, bells, etc?Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Jerry,I am indeed headed in your general direction. Our band of collectors (I did not say band of brothers, as there is at least one female collector of some note included) will be meeting in Oak Ridge, Tn. on Friday 28 September and Saturday 29 September. There will be horns, bells, whistles, numerous "locomotive simulators" (not mine though) and other good things. Including good things to eat. Here's the website to the railroad we are using for this event: http://www.techscribes.com/sarm/sarm.htmThe event is rather interesting. Friday and Saturday you can have your favorite locomotive horns and whistles mounted on one of the museum's locomotives. Then they trundle it back and forth on the tracks whistling merrily away. That way you can hear what it sounds like and record it for posterity if you wish. Friday and Saturday night comes the part I enjoy most. We go for a train ride! Since there is no turntable at the end of the line, we put a locomotive at each end of the passenger car consist. And each locomotive has a horn on it of course. We bid for the rights to have our horns mounted on the locomotives for that run. High bidder and second highest bidder get used that night. So with two runs and two locomotives per trip, four people get their pride and joy broadcast to the environs of Oak Ridge.By the way, the tracks go right through the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, of Manhattan Project fame. So there is that interesting sideline to history lovers.At this point I am not contemplating showing up with one of my horns since I am flying to this event. But you never can tell. I do know it will be really quite fun, even if you are among the clueless about the collecting of train horns.I bet if you showed up, you could even get yourself a ride in the cab of a locomotive, if you have never had that treat. And yes, I bet you could blow the horns!Doc Bryant

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