My 2 cents. I feel very strongly that dog-ownership is a HUGE responsibility. I have had dogs all of my life.
Properly raising and training a dog does not come naturally. It is something that requires hard work, research, training, etc. I believe that asking a novice to choose the proper puppy, socialize, train and care for it properly, is like asking somebody off the street to perform an appendectomy.
It's hard enough to start with a pup, but a rescue dog that has 'issues' is another thing. I know the popular, socially acceptable thing to do is to rescue a dog. I volunteer at an animal shelter-There is a very, militant attitude about getting a pup from a breeder, (backyard or legitimate). You're the bad guy if you want a puppy, when so many dogs wait for a home.
It is easy to fall into the media perceptions about adopting a dog with an unknown or abusive background. I'm here to tell you, that UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING-you could be bringing a ticking time bomb into your home.
I know there are many exceptions about wonderful experiences with rescue adoptions. We met a great rescue dog at the campground this week. BUT, you have to accept the fact that some dogs may have issues beyond your scope to 'fix'. You may have to access the situation, the potential dangers-and make a hard decision.
Thanks for posting, so beautiful. We just got home from a few days in Ohio. As we were setting up, I thought I heard far away music.
We went for a walk, and at the far end was a group: Harps, Dulcimers, guitars, fiddle, and penny whistle! Cripple Creek, Mississippi Sawyer, what fun!
Another view: Everyone has a really bad day and decides they have had enough. You did mention a conference call with public cussing. Is it really that bad or did you just have a really lousy day?
You could try changing your attitude. Jobs are not that easy to come by. Plus, ask around-I'll bet you'll find lots of people that hate their job as much as you do.
Management jobs are very much alike. You've got your bosses hammering on you for impossible results. You have a bunch of workers-lazy ones, trouble-makers, and a few good ones. Learn to take your bosses demands as they come-They will NEVER be happy, so don't kill yourself. Spread the workers around-make sure you have a couple of good ones on every shift to make up for the useless ones.
Change your attitude. Respect yourself. Give them a fair day's work and don't stress the impossible. Don't take any abuse. Good luck!
Some other ideas. A can with loose change in it. Shake it to get the dogs attention away from their barking. If they resume barking, shake and give a loud, 'NO'. If they stop barking-reward them.
You could also try a squirt or spray of lemon juice in their face and a loud, 'NO'. Reward them if they stop barking.
Basic obedience training is required. It's good to have someone practice knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell. Remember if you are calm when a stranger is present, the energy will cue the dog how to act. If you're hopping about, yelling, 'shut up!'. The dog will join in the excitement.
All of these ideas require you to have a good bond with the dog. The dog must recognize you as the pack leader, or they have no motivation to obey a subordinate member of the pack.
They can be very aggressive and very large.
So can a bloodhound. Not the discussion here.
My recommendation would be to carry pepper or bear spray. Small canister can be slipped into a pocket or something. Generally non-lethal but should stop almost any aggressive animal.
They have small shock devices for personal protection. I agree to carry non-lethal devices. Even if you are not personally in danger, you may come across another situation that can be stopped or diverted by the prudent use of pepper spray, loud alarm, shock device, or even a well-weighted tire billy. All of which can be easily carried when on a walk/run. Of course, common sense prevails.
It's sometimes very unfortunate, (in this case) when dogs try to do, what they are genetically bred to do. Combine that with poor breeding, and you can have a real problem. You can't pick your family, but you can pick your friends, and your dogs.
Thanks for the support folks. I am trying most of your suggestions as I speak/type. I have, and probably most important, started loosing about 58 pounds. After I reach 200 pounds, I'll re-evaluate my weight. I'm down to 244 and it's been about 6 weeks.
I found a great diet, it combines exercise and determination. I do three PUSH AWAYS every day. I push away from the table before I feel full and before anyone else. That way I get used to not feeling full and I don't finish everyone's left overs. There are a few other things but that is I feel, the most important item.
I can't wait until I can do something that that requires twisting or turning. I can't reach sideways for something on a kitchen shelf. I have to move until I'm directly in front of the Item an can reach straight ahead. I can't even reach across the desk to the printer and grab a paper right now. Try swimming or walking or just about any exercise that can strengthen your "CORE". I know what is needed but my "core"?
I will be going to my DR on Monday or Tuesday for a referral or to urgent care and have them refer me if he doesn't.
My BIL is a Chiropractor and he has a neat machine that decompresses the spinal column. That is what I need for temporary relief but so far my HMO won't refer me outside the system to a back cracker. Had a long talk with my DR, he believes that there are many times a chiropractor is a good solution. What he dislikes is that they can tell in advance how many visits you need before the relief is permanent. I kind of agree with him, but then again DR's pull the same thing.
When talking to the DR and the PT they keep coming up with "Well a recent Study ...", I hate that. Awhile back a Neck Surgeon", use to be ENT DR, told me what caused my persistent cough. It was from a recent study, put me on pills for GERDS. Turned out he was wrong and both my wife and I had disagreed with him at the time but he had the results of a Recent Study. Now I tell DRs or medical personnel who offer recent study findings what I learned in college forty some years ago. "Recent studies have proven that recent studies are useless". Sometimes we have to go with them but often the old tried and true methods are best.
Thanks again and Bless all of you.
Sounds like you're on the right track with the weight loss. Walking and swimming are excellent for low-impact, muscle strengthening. I hope you're feeling much better, soon! Blessings and prayers to you and your family!
Music is music ... Rap is not.
It has nothing to do with the people who listen to it. There is nothing creative about some voice swearing as loud as s/he can to a repetitious beat that has not one iota of creativity in it.
Music takes rhythm, pitch, tune, harmony, soul, creative juice, and as often a voice. When any person no matter what caliber of voice and lack of pitch can 'scream nasty' above a beat any child could keep banging a stick or a spoon, it should never be classed as music ... well, maybe it will be falsely classified as music, but it took a lawsuit to do it rather than creativity.
I guess everyone is entitled to an opinion but statements like that are a bit closed minded. Music is a form of expression. Whether or not you like a particular genre is opinion not fact. I don't like gangsta rap either, but a lot of people do and there is power in that particular genre whether you like the message or not. if you don't like it, don't listen to it, but that statement is a bit akin to saying people of different color are not people. Like what you like. Let others do the same and stop judging. No one is asking you to listen to it. I am sure some folks on here have been asked to turn down Elvis at one point in time in their lives. Earlier generations of closed minded folks didn't want to call that music either.
Well-stated. If you don't understand or like it- don't listen, but please don't judge something that you have no real knowledge of.
Just my 2 cents. From personal experience, I would lose the weight and try low impact,(swimming) exercises to strengthen your muscles. That would be the least invasive way to go. I know it's easy to make excuses to NOT exercise and diet, but it can be done. You have to decide.
They sound like animal hoarders to me. That is always a bad situation for the animals. It's been my experience that unless law enforcement gets involved, there's not much you can do. They are delusional, and think they are taking good care of the animals.