Saturday, July 5, 2008 08:51 AM
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 by Fëanor

The New House
It's very nice. We're settling in, and we're loving a lot of things about the place. Our friends and family have helped us a great deal, but there's still a lot to do; a lot of things to put away and organize. And we've got a few issues with appliances and plumbing and so forth (sink that won't drain; dishwasher and washing machine that sometimes spit water all over the floor; sliding glass door that sometimes refuses to slide), but we expected that, and once the old things are replaced, we won't have to worry about them again for a very long time.

The Dog
In many ways, Floyd got used to the new place surprisingly quickly. He's eating and drinking from his bowls, even though they're on the vinyl floor in the kitchen; he's walking on the hard wood floors; he's going upstairs to sleep in our bedroom with us. But he is having one pretty big issue: separation anxiety. Whenever we leave him alone in the house, in some cases even for as little as a few minutes, he pees on the floor. So far it's only been one pee spot for each time we've left, and it's always been in about the same place, but it's pretty frustrating on top of everything else, especially since he's rarely had this kind of issue before; in the last week he's now peed inside more times than he had ever done in the two years we had him in the condo. Also, when this would happen in the past, usually he would get over it in the next day or two, but this time he's done it every single time we've left, like clockwork.

So I've done some internet research and we're trying to get him used to our leaving routine in stages. Get up, jingle our keys, go to the door, open it, then close it and sit back down again. Then do it again, and again, until it gets boring and normal and doesn't upset him anymore. Then start leaving for a short period, then leave for longer, and so on. He's gotten used to the opening the door bit, now we have to get him used to us leaving for a few seconds. I think we're making progress, but it continues to be frustrating, as we feel like prisoners of our house. I don't want to be angry with him, because I know it's not really his fault, but it's hard.

The Blog
Recently, after it had failed me one too many times with its constant crashing for no reason, I finally gave up on Internet Explorer. I have now converted almost entirely over to Firefox 3. Firefox has its own little annoyances, in that some of the sites I use constantly don't perform as well in it as they do in IE. But in the case of my own site, I knew that's my own fault; because I was an IE man, I simply never went to the trouble of learning how to support Firefox. But for the past few weeks, I've fiddled with my html and php off and on, and I think the site looks and functions quite well in Firefox now. Those little html buttons in the comment window (and in my own entry admin section) now work correctly, as do some other admin functions. As always, as you browse about my site, definitely let me know if you see anything funky and I'll see what I can do to fix it.
Tagged (?): Dogs (Not), Floyd (Not), Greyhounds (Not), Meta (Not), Personal (Not)



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