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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Figured it out,……..I think………

I think its about time I admitted a little somthing,…….
Im a smoker!

I know, horrible, filthy habit etc, and I make no excuses, its somthing I’ve been for 18 years now, and habits that you have that long aint easy to break.

Last year, I gave them up for six months, just like that, one day “no more” and had it not been for the fact that I lived with a smoker who was’nt all that keen on me giving up in the first place, and a particularly silly x-mas gift, I may still be off ‘em.

But I’m not, and really I can blame no-one except myself.
I’m sitting here, and I have every reason in the world to quit, my health, the health of my husband, even for cassie. But no.

One thing I do know, and firmly believe, that “no more” day will come again, hopefully sooner rather than later, but it will come.
I realise now tho’ that for the moment, I should probably stop obsessing about every one I smoke. Im a person who will always do the complete opposite of what I’m told but will hapilly do anything Im asked.

So, maybe I need to stop telling myself.

Speaking of demon-diva-doggie, I have ordered “Dog Training For Dummies” from amazon.com and if it kills me, I’m gonna stop this unbelievable wailing and “digging” before our neighbours go deaf and try to kill us as we sleep.

I even went as far as to check out residential training sessions online, looked great till I looked at their “prices” :EEK:
Prolly just as well tho’ seems to me that even if I *could* afford to send her to “school” for a week, I’d have the medical bills from deaf trainers on my hands. :)
I think I’ll read my “For Dummies” books and become a dog-trainer, it seems to be BIG buisness!.

Tonight, I have my first actual headache of several months iirc, one of those “baloon inflating in frontal lobe” type pounder’s.
I wonder why?
*glances in direction of now snoring pooch* ;)

I love her to bits, but she sure aint the older more sedate doggie we was expectin! ;)

/me rocks back and forth in chair chanting “give it time barry, give it time”.

posted by Barry at 3:42 am  


  1. Barry, try some simple substitution. Whenever Cassie’s barking or digging, offer her an alternative activity (such as a chew toy), make it attractive (rub bacon treats all over the chew toy), and praise her as she moves to the other activity. Dogs are smart and they think with their stomachs - be consistent about it and hopefully she’ll get the hint. (Oh, and if it doesn’t work, well, I’m not a licensed dog trainer anyway…)

    Comment by Paul — April 18, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

  2. lol Paul, all suggestions VERY welcome :0)
    What I’ve been doing is trying to distract her with a huge “fake bone” she loves covered with soft cheese, takes her ages to lick it all off of the cracks and crevices, unless she gets bored that is, and hides it for later lol ;0)

    Comment by Barry — April 18, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

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