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Dressage4Fun

Member Since 10 Oct 2007
Offline Last Active Oct 18 2012 02:30 PM

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Landlord/tenent Dispute

17 October 2012 - 08:46 AM

I am a renter of six years and have lived in different apartment complexes, townhomes etc. This is my first time renting directly from a landlord. I live with my roommate of six years and we absolutely love the house we are renting. We just hate the landlord. Now, some things I know we (more so she - as in the roomie) are being unfair about. But other things I feel like he is just trying to screw us over.

House is a duplex and he lives right next door. There are MANY things I am ticked off about, but here is the most recent. Now tell me...am I being unfair about this in thinking that he has to be smoking something??

House did not come with a washer or dryer, but he said the hookups were there. We found a washer and dryer we wanted to purchase but asked him first "Will the house support an ELECTRIC dryer?" he said "Yeah, as long as there is a normal plug". We bought the washer/dryer, guess what...NO PLUG. Now he says WE (as in my roomie and I) will have to pay to get one put in. To me this seems unfair because we will pay the $150-$200 for it to be installed and then anyone who moves in after us will have the ability to use the dryer down there? I don't think its fair to be making improvements on the house for him.

Am I being silly about this?   :confused0024:

Update On Dog With Severe Anxiety

15 October 2012 - 08:30 AM

Just wanted to update those of you who had given suggestions to me about my doberman/hound mix with severe anxiety...

A little over a month ago we started taking him to doggie day care near my office. He seemed to enjoy it quite a bit and made me very happy that when I would pick him up that he was tired, but still happy to see me. He started going every M-F from 8a-5p and then would come to the barn with me or would hang out at home while I was at the barn. If he was home alone he would still destroy things in the house or pee in the house. At the barn he would whine and bark and cry if he couldn't see me (mind you, he was loose).

A few weeks ago the day care called me and said he was "not himself" and did not want to play with the group anymore. They pulled him out of the large play group and found he was a much happier dog just doing one-on-one play with a staff member. I am thankful they are willing to make special accommodations for this dog because I don't know what  else I would do otherwise!

He has gone back to the vet every two weeks for an evaluation. Vet made the determination that increasing the medications for him would help with the anti-social and anxiety he is still experiencing. He has now been on the increased dosage for two weeks and is the happiest I have ever seen him. He is able to go back in the large play group, able to come home, chew his bones, play with toys AND SLEEP!

We left him home on Saturday as a 'test' to see what he would do. We had wireless cameras on him and saw that at first he was a little upset that we were gone, but he eventually walked over to his toy box, picked up a bone, chewed on it for a good 45 min before passing out. He did not pee, did not poo, did not destroy the carpet!

I'm hoping this means we are on our way to a happier life for him. I love this dog to pieces and I am happy that everything is getting a little better for him in life.

Michigan Horse People

02 October 2012 - 10:56 AM

Michigan horse people! Missing horse in the Allegan/Barry County area. Please feel free to pass it along!

"On Monday 10/1, a friend lost her horse in Allegan County by Bowens Mill Rd and 3rd St. and Patterson Rd, West of Gun Lake.

His name is Hondo...he is a 16+ Bay warmblood.

PLEASE keep an eye and ear out for him...and tell your friends. We need everyone's help to bring this beautiful and deeply loved horse safely back home to his family!"

Dog With Severe Anxiety

07 September 2012 - 09:41 AM

I'm sitting here basically at my wits end. We have tried for five years to give this dog a somewhat 'normal, happy' life. Nothing we have done has given this dog a relaxed state of mind. His addiction to anxiety is so great he has lost the ability to be a dog and do 'normal doggie' things. In fact, as long as I have known him I've never seen him go more than five minutes without some sort of moment of anxiety. He even has anxiety when he sleeps and will wake up barking, howling, whimpering or biting himself.

We have tried EVERYTHING with this dog. He was our 17th foster dog and we call him our "failed foster". We just knew his issues were too big for anyone else to deal with and assumed he would only end back up at the shelter (too many yahoos came to look at him, we're picky foster parents   :winking: ) so we adopted him. Now, we have become those people where we just think "what will I be coming home to today?" It's causing ME to have anxiety and don't think I haven't thought about taking one of his meds before   :crazy:

It's sad, but we are at the point where we are just thinking that his quality of life is so poor its almost a life not worth living. What kind of life is it to live being anxious everyday, about every noise, movement, smell, color etc. Is it awful of me to consider putting him down? I just don't know what else to do. I'd name off everything we've done, but it'd be a mile long list.

Not sure if I'm looking for advice or just want to vent. I don't want to give up on this dog. I love him to death. I just feel so badly for him. My heart breaks watching him live his life in stress and anxiety.   :mecry:

Is It My Place To Say Anything?

21 August 2012 - 07:57 AM

I sold my gelding about two years ago to a family that was in need of a safe horse that their daughter could show. They have shown him both years and have done well with him. However, this year the photos I am seeing are a bit upsetting to me. He looks underweight and I'm concerned. Is it my place to say anything? Some people think I am overreacting to the photos and that he looks fine. :confused0024: Do I send a quick note to inquire on his welfare or do I just leave it be?