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Why is this dog still alive? Things my dog has eaten in the three weeks I have had her.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

In the three weeks since I have had Izzy, she has illegally obtained and eaten every substance poisenous, harmful and dangerous to dogs. Actually she was recovering from Kennel Cough during her first week home and was the model doggie, a perfect angel. So in just two weeks she has:

1 Torn open the garbage, spread it all over the kitchen, and eaten chicken bones. She did not feel well the next day but made a full recovery.

2 Found a wrapped bar of dark chocolate in a basket next to my chair, unwrapped it and ate it. No ill effect.

3 Opened a can of mixed nuts and ate them. A large, heavy cardboard can with a plastic lid, like a coffee can. Chew chew chew marks all around the edge of the top, plastic lid laying next to the can.

4 Got an empty cookie box with a foil pouch out of the garbage, ate some of the foil. Garbage is now in a can with a locking lid. Very unhappy dog, could not eat dinner, did not eat breakfast next day. Decided to take dog to vet after work if not better.

5 Dog feeling better, ate dinner, snatched the cats' ham wrapped thyroid medicine out of my hand as I was giving it to the cat and ate it. Peanuts in poop.

6 Plastic bag from pepperoni and plastic container of ham slices found on the floor. What the ??? Did she open the refridgerator? More nuts in poop.

7 Opened cabinet door, pulled out can of cocoa, tore the lid off, carried it into the diningroom to enjoy at her leisure and spill all over. Not satisfied, carried a pouch of cornmeal muffin mix into the dinningroom and tore open. At least she knows what a dinningroom is for!

I have a feeling this is not over!

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NIAGCHRIS246 3/31/2013 12:49AM

  Update on Izzy! Izzy is a nine year old Dacshound from the ASPCA. Her previous owner had passed away and her owners family surrendered her. When I saw her she had had some teeth pulled, had kennel cough, undiagnosed dry eye, and was very depressed. I knew I had to get her out of there!

I have had her nine months now and I couldn't love her more! She is very sweet, tolerates being picked on by my cat Mimi and is good friends with my old cat Peach Fuzz.

All foods have been moved from the cabinets up to the wall cupboard where she can not reach. However with the help of Peach Fuzz she still manages to steal stuff from the counter top and will have my dinner if I leave the table for more than thirty seconds!

Izzy has put on a little too much wieght in my opinion, although her vet says she is not fat. She has not gone for a walk all winter because she does not like snow or rain! When I invite her to go for a walk, she heads to her doggie bed! She has learned to use potty patchs which are costing me an arm and a leg but otherwise are quite effective.

Izzy has free run of the house while I am at work and has not eaten any shoes or furniture, thank goodness! She spends the day cuddled up next to Peach Fuzz. She misses her lazy boy recliner but is not allowed to jumped up or down anymore since straining her lower back. Luckily it was just muscle strain and she has fully recovered.

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MYOWNHERO 7/4/2012 7:23AM

    I have a suggestion if I may:

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Keep her in her kennel. When you are able to be with her, let her out of her kennel and keep her on a leash with you as you move around the house. If she goes near something illegal you can immediately stop her.

After you think she has the idea, you can begin letting her have free reign in one room only for 10 minutes or so and see how she does. Contain her by tying her leash to a doorknob or piece of furniture.

She will probably need to be in her kennel when you are not home for at least a year.

Drastic...yes. A lot of bother? Yes. But I think you will only need to do this for two weeks or so and she will understand.

I have had great success with many a dog using this method. It's worth the trouble!

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KNITTINGNAN 6/18/2012 8:11AM

  What breed of dog is Izzy? We had a Brittiany who had the same diet and lived for 15 years. She devoured a 2-pound package of licorice that my hsband blamed the children for eating within an hour after he bought it.
She loved leather and ate every lether shoestring she could find, plus the shoes or slippers if they were leather.
A few weeks before we put her down she could hardly walk and my husband made a ramp for her to get outside. Yet, she managed to stand on her back paws to devour 3 angel food cakes that were on the kitchen counter for a bridal shower we were having that afternoon.
She did have a conscience, though, hiding the evidence under furniture or in beds. One night my daughter went to bed and discovered a half loaf of garlic bread under her pillow. A year after our Brittainy was gone I found a leather moccosin carefully stuffed behind the base of my nightstand, where she had hidden it after eating the leather laces.
Have fun with Izzy because you will really miss her after she's gone!!! However, we haven't had a dog since losing ours. emoticon

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NDTEACHER1 6/16/2012 11:14AM

    Oh, my goodness! Thanks for the chuckle everyone with dog tales!

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LGAR519 6/16/2012 10:10AM

    My first rescue dog carried clothes and shoes into the front room and chewed them up. One day he climbed on the kitchen table and ate 12 Christmas cookies! I loved that dog.

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LJCANNON 6/16/2012 8:42AM

    emoticonIf possible I would talk to a Dog Trainer or the Vet about Izzy's behaviour. It is good that you can laugh about it. Someday this will be 'The Good Old Days'. I am interested in what prompts her behaviour. Locking the doors will keep her safe but will not address the Reason she does it.
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4DOGNIGHT 6/16/2012 8:25AM

    Bless you for taking a shelter dog. And good luck.

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JERSYGRL 6/16/2012 7:07AM

    Both of my current dogs - rescues - had identical behavior. One even drank scope and lived to tell about it, not to mention the remotes, phone, glasses, etc. that became history due to chewing. They would counter surf, open cabinets and the fridge. Good advice to tie your cabinets and fridge closed. Be careful of what is left out in harms way. Good luck with your puppy. My one guy is old now. I would give almost anything for him to be able to have that puppy dog bad again.

The puppy may need to be confined. I don't use crates, I will confine to an area with windows where the puppy can be safe.

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NASFKAB 6/16/2012 1:21AM

  Hope is OK we had a calf who loved cake!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MJ7DM33 6/16/2012 1:03AM

  WOW!! !I hope she will be ok!

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2ABBYNORMAL 6/16/2012 12:56AM

    Oh, my gosh, this is hysterical. I'm glad Izzy isn't sick after eating some of these things. I have Sophie, who is 17 week old. She chewed on my favorite belt, ruining the belt, my sandals also ruined, ate the top end of a fly swatter and pulled my work bag off of a chair and ate the entire box of staples and half the staples inside. She seems to be doing fine. She has pieces of blue fly swatter in her poop right now. Digestion seems to be working fine.
What kind of dog is Izzy?
Okay, you have to remember she is only 3 weeks old.
Way to go, Izzy!

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MIMI2251 6/16/2012 12:54AM

    Haha. She has a strong stomach! What kind of dog is she? Good luck

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TCHNCRFT 6/16/2012 12:52AM

    We had a dog like Izzy who was her own worst enemy when it came to food. We ended up putting the trash can inside one of the kitchen cabinets and attaching child-proof locks.
Seriously, you might want to lock all your cabinets (and your fridge!) for her own protection. At some point, her luck may run out.

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My sister once told me that a dog that begs for food thinks he's in charge. But a dog that steals food KNOWS he's in charge. You may want to consider puppy obedience class, to help establish that you're the "alpha dog."

Good luck!

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My Triggers: Please do add yours!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Not in any particular order, just as I think of them. I will add yours as they come in, so check back often!

1. Boredom
2. Task avoidance
3. stress (work, family, child care, parent care)
4. depression
5. anxiety
6. anger
7. resentment
8. rebellion
A. I deserve it, I work hard (rationalization)
9. comfort
10. pain
11. Impulse
A. portion control, lack of (meals and snacks not planned)
12. fatique
A) Ordinary fatique-worked all day, tired, don't want to cook.
B) Deep fatique-need a vacation, (rested, determination returns)
13. Lack of motivation
14. Lack of planning

1. sight and smell (see it, want to eat it!)
A. grocery shopping
B. food at work
2. Disruption of routine
3. pressure from others
4. watching tv, commercials for food

If you are reading this and have some more of your own, please write them in a message and I will include them.

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MYOWNHERO 7/4/2012 7:16AM

    My husband frequently brings home leftovers from meetings and lunches. Of course I don't HAVE to eat it, doI?

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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/9/2012 3:05PM

    Add mine... triggered by manipualtors , they stress me to the max!

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JGMK55 1/15/2012 9:11AM

    My biggest trigger right now is letting myself get thirsty! When I haven't had enough to drink it 'feels' like I'm hungry, but I really just need a big glass of water to drink. emoticon

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LGAR519 1/14/2012 7:01PM

    I don't need a trigger. But I have them like everyone else. With me, it just pops into my head

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/14/2012 5:58PM

    Here are my biggies:
1) Letting myself get really hungry and then not having a meal planned and ready to go.
2) Not having healthy snacks ready. (honestly, if I could just keep the carrot sticks ready, apple bananas handy, apples washed and accesible, etc, I'd do SO much better)
3) Not always (100% of the time)portioning out what I am going to eat.
4) Eating in the kitchen (which, funny enough, I RARELY did before I started on the fitness and lifestyle change. Yikes - how did I let that happen?)
Great idea you have here!

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SHEL1181 1/14/2012 4:56PM

    Most of the ones you have listed are about right.....pain, boredom, life....sigh

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4DOGNIGHT 1/14/2012 3:31PM

    Depression. Stress is definitely a biggie.

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NIAGCHRIS246 1/14/2012 3:07PM

  Pynetree, Hubby needs a hobby! Give him some jobs around the house?

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PYNETREE 1/14/2012 2:53PM

    My biggest trigger is my husband's retirement! LOL! In the last year, since he's home a lot, Lunch has become an event again. I realized that when I was teaching, and after I stopped in '02, that I ate when hungry, in the middle of the day. A light yogurt, piece of fruit, soup, or a sandwich on light bread.
Now, 10 minutes after breakfast, he starts "what shall we do for lunch today?" And it's become an event - a full meal..sandwich with chips and pickle, take out burgers, soup and salad, ...and I eat it !

One of my 2012 goals is to get back to lighter midday meals.

Wish me Strength1

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NIAGCHRIS246 1/14/2012 12:58PM

  I'm kind of laid back and don't often feel anxiety, could be I suppress it with eating.

Thanks for the additions, keep them coming!

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SUCCESS44 1/14/2012 12:47PM

    I would add stress, anxiety and feeling like I worked hard and "deserve" it!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/14/2012 12:44PM

    Pain is my trigger, but God is helping me to look at it, in a positive way!!

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SUGARSMOM2 1/14/2012 12:38PM

  life . all the problems it hands me . are my biggest triggers . good to hear about your triggers . nice to share isnt this fun .

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Why is housework like exercise?

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Why is housework like exercise? Because you hate to get up and do it but feel great when it is done!

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MYOWNHERO 12/18/2011 7:40PM

    true enough

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SUGARSMOM2 12/4/2011 2:10PM

  love the sound of a clean home ..

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TABBYARTS 12/4/2011 12:38PM

    True! And you can track your vigorous house work time as CARSIO minutes in your tracker!

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PEPPYPATTI 12/4/2011 11:03AM

    Good one!

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NASFKAB 12/4/2011 9:44AM


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    SO true!

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For Those at the Mercy of their Emotions

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Unhappiness is part of the human condition. We all have to experience unhappiness from time to time but we do not have to be at its' mercy. We can take control of our own emotions.

What can you do when you find yourself sad, or crying, or hopeless, and can't seem to shake these feelings? They pull you down into a pit of apathy, unwilling to get out of bed or leave the house. Or you spend day after day crying, unable to find solutions to innumerable problems, overwhelmed by events and the daily grind.

You have been living your life as a victim, letting things happen to you with no ready response. Make a conscious decision to be happy. Take the bull by the horns and face your problems, begin to tackle them one by one, one at a time.

Make a list of everything that is holding you back from happiness. Write down all of your problems, from the most urgent to the least. Start a journal and write one problem on each page.

Now figure out the solutions and write them down, no matter how impossible they seem. The solutions to some problems may have problems of their own to solve. Leave space for solving those problems. Break the answers down into do-able steps. Don't leave out solutions that seem impossible, they may become achievable latter on. Set up a time frame for taking action.

When you have written down everything you can think of that is standing between you and happiness, and when you have come up with as many solutions as you can, you will feel better for having taken an active step, for having been proactive.

Now that you have organized your problems, identified which ones are your worst enemies, have come up with possible solutions to many and have made plans, it is time to make a conscious decision to be happy. Recognize that it serves no purpose to continue thinking about those problems and decide to stop thinking about them until it is time to take action. You are no longer helpless and hopeless, you know what you are going to do and when you are going to do it. In the meantime, do activities that make you happy and that occupy your mind.

Call some friends and go out. Go hiking, mall walking, or go to a gym. Don't have any friends? That's a problem. Did you put it in your journal? Start an arts and crafts project, something you can give, or donate, or sell. Pick one small area of your house and concentrate on clearing it. That may not be something you enjoy but when you have finished you will have a sense of accomplishment. Don't try to do all your work at once, that will only lead to more hopelessness. It doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to be one step that gets finished.

We fall into that pit of hopelessness when we get overwhelmed by the multitude of problems that life heaps on us. The only way to get out is to start, one step at a time. The first step is to face all those problems and put them into a manageable, organized format. This will help you find the solutions that no one but you can find. And as you solve these problems one by one your confidence will grow. You will see what you have accomplished and you will know that you are capable, able to make the changes necessary to care for yourself.

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KNITTINGNAN 5/16/2012 12:57AM

  This is a fantastic blog. Your suggestions are so calming because they are simple methods to reach a goal of contentment. Thank you!

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SAMI199 11/9/2011 9:56AM

    You have tackled a difficult topic & provided solid,good ideas
to help -Thank-you. Action does make me feel better & if I just get "started" the whole day goes better.

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MYOWNHERO 10/18/2011 6:36PM

    This is really good advice. It's hard...but so worth the effort!

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MOM2NATURE 10/2/2011 7:31PM

    emoticon for sharing your insight! I have dealt with these same emotions several times in my life...sometimes for weeks at a time. Having something tangible to do.....even if it's just taking my mind off of the problems by 'organising' them...helps me tremendously.
Making a craft item and donating it-OR finding just the right person to give it to also has helped me. I am busy making something...which makes me happier...and then in the process of finding the right person to give it to...I have frequently found BOTH a new friend..AND..have been reminded that my problems could be worse!

POOP happens. As Booker T Washington said:

Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life
by the obstacles one has overcome to get there.

Booker T. Washington

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NIAGCHRIS246 10/2/2011 2:15PM

  LGAR519, you are right! I did not mean to make it sound easy, but I did mean to make it easier. Life is tough and some things can't be helped, such as loved ones passing away. And depression is caused by/causes biochemical changes in our brains. It makes making decisions nearly impossible. This is where a journal can help. It is a starting point. When you are in the middle of depression you need a starting point.

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ROCHELLE62 10/2/2011 2:06PM

    OK, my process was very short. years ago I made a list of what I thought I needed to finally be happy. after looking over the list I realized that my achilles heel was nothing but self pity. I spent far too much time focusing on what I didn't have and what I thought I deserved to be able to make any progress. My objective now is to recognize it when it pokes its head out and then do what I can to beat it into submission.

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LGAR519 10/2/2011 1:59PM

    How Profound!!Sometimes it isn't as easy as you make it sound. I will give it some thought.

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GOATGIRLJM 10/2/2011 12:56PM

    I hope u have a good day!

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Depression Meds:Weight Gain:Diabetes

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I am reading Dr. Bernsteins "Diabetes Solution". He talks about how elevated blood sugar can cause mood swings (I have experienced this myself) and increased hunger. A commen complaint of people taking meds for depression is weight gain. Could meds for depression be affecting blood sugar (glucose) levels without being detected because as non-diabetics you are not testing?

He also says that type 2 diabetes goes undiagnosed for many years beause the pancreas compensates for insulin resistance by outputting more insulin, keeping bs level. It is not until the pancreas is worn out and begins to fail that bs level rise and diabetes is diagnosed. Could this compensation by the pancreas disquise the (theoretical) increase in bs levels caused by meds?

SO! If depression meds are causing increased bs levels (causing increased hunger and wieght gain) it could go undetected for years, all the while the pancreas is being damaged.

This is just my speculation but it may be worth discussing with your primary and therapist.

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KAYLEIGHJ1978 10/26/2011 8:30AM

    That's interesting! I have hypoglycemia which may have turned into diabetes. I am also suffering mercury poisoning from long term exposure so I am not well anyhow. I have taken anti-depressants in the past but not long term so I can't speak much on the weight gain. It would seem counter productive because would gaining weight not make you more depressed? lol

It would make sense they cause weight gain because when you're depressed you often don't eat or eat well and when you start feeling better you do, thus causing the weight gain.

Some research shows "No one knows for sure why antidepressants do this. Some may trigger food cravings, particularly for carbohydrates. The drugs may also affect metabolism. It is also possible that when the antidepressants are effective, you become less depressed and regain your appetite (though this would only apply in cases where loss of appetite is a symptom of depression). And bear in mind that overeating can also be a symptom of depression that can cause weight gain regardless of taking antidepressants."

Your theory is interesting too and worth investigation!

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BEEBEE1936 10/8/2011 7:48AM

    This all makes sense, because my husband has had pancreatis for years and finally the pancreatic duct was blocked and he had to have a very serious surgery. And about this time he was diagnosied as being diabetic. Evidently his pancreas was in bad shape. Now he has to take enzymes to help his pancreas function.
Interesting. I learned something. I didn't know this before.

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4DOGNIGHT 10/1/2011 10:32AM

    I've been taking meds for depression fo 16 years. I recently got off of one whose side effect was weight gain and constipation. Still haven't lost but the other problem is better. We have a choice not to be down and in the dumps with a sad face or fat. I prefer fat but now, with my new med, new doctor, and the AAPT Club, I am going to be a winner!

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SHEL1181 9/26/2011 1:23PM

    Being a Type 1 Diabetic it's amazing to me what can mess with blood sugars. It would not surprise me if your meds are messing with that. You can google that stuff online I think or ask the pharmacist. I had a doctor one time give me a prescription for an antibiotic but didn't tell me it would raise my blood sugar level. Within 48 hours my blood sugars were up over 500 and when I called asking about it she acted like it wasn't a big deal. Needless to say I stopped taking the meds and never went back to that doctor.

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TABBYARTS 9/26/2011 12:02AM

    Very interesting, I don't believe depression meds have any sugar in them (uless you are, indeed, getting SUGAR PILLS instead of meds! But it will be interesting to see how your doc reacts to the postulation!
Diabetes can be controlled with diet AND exercise! I wish you the best! TEE

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LGAR519 9/24/2011 6:13PM

    I finally got my Docs attention by logging 6 months of fasting fingersticks. All elevated! I think I am pre-diabetic because I fall into the 100-126 BS range. He broke down and diagnosed hyperglycemia. (elevated blood sugar) And he ordered some lab work. I think I have had this for years as I experienced mood swings and excessive hunger before I took my own control of the siuation. Interesting article!!

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