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  1. Could you get a different style crate? I'm thinking if you could find one of the plastic ones like they use at airports, you could take the top half off and make it more inviting, sort of like a high-sided bed instead of a crate. You could add the top later on, once he is more comfortable and sees the space as "his" instead of something scary and confining.
  2. I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole - if he would sneak around with his current wife, he would likely do it to her as well. Being unhappy in a relationship doesn't give you permission to be dishonest.
  3. Crock Pot And Flooring Questions.

    I love my crock pot. I recently typed up a few recipes for my fiancés brother, which I will paste below in case you're interested. These are my go-to recipes. Slow Cooker: Easy Meals Note: Cooking times are approximate and will depend on your slow cooker and whether you keep the lid closed the whole time. Opening the lid will reduce the temperature and therefore increases cooking time. Check for “doneness” before serving! A favourite: 1 packet French Onion Soup Mix (Lipton or no-name – located by the cans of soup, comes in box with dry packets) 1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup OR 1 can of condensed tomato soup Directions: sprinkle dry soup mix over meat, top with canned condensed soup. Use with: Beef (roast), pork tenderloin, frozen chicken thighs or legs (5-7 pieces), or turkey thighs/legs (2 pieces) Approximate cooking time: Low 7-8 hours for beef, 5-6 hours for pork or chicken. This recipe makes its own gravy. Easy roast chicken: Take a whole chicken (can be frozen or thawed – increase cooking time if frozen) and sprinkle with salt/pepper/spice of choice, drizzle with sauce of choice (BBQ sauce etc.) if desired Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Pork ribs: Take two full racks of ribs (thawed at least enough to cut) and cut into four pieces each. Coat each piece with BBQ sauce and sprinkle with spice if desired (Montreal Chicken Spice is good) and place in slow cooker. If you run out of space, cut them smaller or stack them on their side instead of flat. Cook on low 5-7 hours, drain juice as required. Remove from slow cooker, reapply sauce of choice, and grill on the BBQ for 15 minutes.
  4. Horse Losing Shoes...

    Just wanted to put in a positive vote for hoof boots - I use the EasyBoot originals but have also heard good things about Renegades. They're worth looking into and are a great alternative for shoeing. If you email the EasyBoot rep some photos of your horse's feet (I sent measurements of width/length of the underside) they can provide a recommendation for sizing and style.
  5. I had a shelter rescue dog (GSD/Staff mix?) who was very happy, energetic, sweet, and had a great appetite. She started panting and went off her food. She was still happy to go for walks/drives but wouldn't eat and would keep me up at night with her panting (she slept at the foot of my bed). We took her to the vet four times (2x to the emergency vet due to late night/weekends, and twice to our regular vet) before they found she had an enlarged heart. Hoping this isn't the case for your pup, as there was nothing that could be done.
  6. The Official What's For Dinner Thread!

    I haven't tried a spiralizer, but have used spaghetti squash in place of regular pasta. It's the oval, bright yellow squash. I cut it in two lengthwise, remove the seeds, and roast in the oven or microwave until the strands are soft and will pull away from the rind with a fork. I prefer it to regular pasta!
  7. Dandruff On Whole Body?

    Ground flax is supposed to be good for hooves and coat - maybe try adding that to her diet?
  8. So Much Energy!

    If he's a hard keeper, rice bran is an excellent source of calories that won't make him hot. Ground flax is good too, and excellent for hooves/coat. Just stay away from sweet feeds/sugar. Make sure you have someone on the ground while you get reacquainted - even if they aren't a "trainer" it's good from a safety perspective to have supervision. Good luck and enjoy him
  9. Transgender Male In Female Locker Room.

    Personally, when I am in the gym locker room, I`m not looking around at what other people are wearing or doing. I am there to use the exercise equipment and not to take notes on who is in the locker room. I am willing to bet that the transgendered person is trying to do the same. Unless there is leering going on, which I don`t believe is the case (and can happen regardless of gender), I would live and let live in this situation. This person is going through a transition which is undoubtedly very difficult for them, and amidst it all, they are trying to look after themselves by being physically active. Kudos to them for that! I can understand that this situation may be uncomfortable to some, but I encourage them to think about how uncomfortable the transgendered person is feeling in their day-to-day life before passing too much judgement.
  10. Dog Question

    If you don't have a fenced in area to let him out, you could consider creating a clothesline and attaching a line to it that only goes as far as the ground. Use something he can't chew, like a coated wire or chain. This way, he can run the length of your yard without running the risk of getting loose. I agree with previous posters about practicing recall, and make sure to set it up so that you only call when you know he will come (or you can make him come by reeling him in and then giving a treat). It will be challenging if he isn't food motivated - you might have to find some really stinky and enticing treats (sardines, maybe?). Turn "come!" into a cue for "you're going to get something really, really, good!" Also, avoid scolding for running off (you haven't said you do this but I've seen many who will). This just reinforces ignoring you when you call, as they will avoid the punishment by keeping away. Good luck
  11. The Official What's For Dinner Thread!

    Tonight is leftovers... I made slow cooker roast chicken, scalloped potatoes with almond milk (fiancé has a dairy sensitivity), and kale salad.
  12. Dog Tore Acl, Surgery Or No?

    Is it a partial or complete tear? I adopted a dog with a partial tear, and decided to wait and see - she wasn't lame on it but if she played hard she would get a bit limpy and that leg would always "stick out" to the side when she sat. It healed up and she led a happy and active life before being PTS three years later for something unrelated (enlarged heart).
  13. Any change in diet or a new hay supplier, by chance?
  14. Best Bitless Bridle For Training?

    In the meantime, have you thought about leaving him bitted for a while (tied to his halter) to let him get used to the feel while not being worked?
  15. Yet Another Horse Trough Problem.

    Can you gradually move the half barrel to the scary monster water trough, a bit each day, until they're side by side? Then, after a few days, let the barrel go empty and maybe they'll try out the new one?