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   Attercliffe posted on Main Page The Lobby  May we please have That Photo of President Bush on the main page? You know, the one where he's wearing his flight suit--the one that gives liberals conniption fits.
May 2 at 13:02 EST .

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   Cheese  I second the motion.
May 2 at 14:40 EST .

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   Evajeanne  Me too. I had that pic on my wall for years, I was so proud.
May 2 at 19:00 EST .

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   Pickle1  Me too.
May 2 at 20:24 EST .

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   Sis2011  That's one of my favorite pics of President Bush.
May 2 at 21:55 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Comments Suggestions  Hurricane season is right around the corner. Could we please have a wall for Natural Disasters (useful info, where to find good deals on supplies, how to survive tornado/EQ/flood/hurricane, etc.) that sort of thing). Second thought--I guess it ought to be Natural and Man-Made Disasters, cover all bases.
April 26 at 08:29 EST .

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   Gram77  No suggestion but apparently Attercliffe is in the hurricane zone. You remind me that I better check on the age of all my batteries. I am in the Tampa Bay area and always paying attention. A wall might be a good idea, can't hurt.
April 26 at 11:59 EST .

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   Rake King  Want a great rake for cleaning up "storm debris" from your yards, it is the Gardex # 11022 Commercial Perfect rake sold at Ace Hardware stores. It has stiff steel tines, so it can rake large heavy piles, unlike soft flexible homeowner models, which unload when piles are large or heavy, a larger diameter handle that wont break, and can be flipped over (backside up) and used like a pitchfork. The worst rakes for this task are poly/plastic/bamboo rakes.
May 12 at 10:53 EST .

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   Gram77  Hubby and I are thinking about a generator but it's a stretch based on our income. We've only lost power once in all the years we have lived here but something tells me this season might be more active. Do you have one Attercliffe?
May 31 at 15:55 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Yes, Gram77, we do have a small generator. Since then there have been a few improvements in emergency equipment--LED lanterns, for instance. They run for a good long time on batteries, thus a generator isn't really needed for lighting. Cooking--outdoors, it's charcoal for us; indoors it's canned fuel. So what else would I use a generator for?

Running the fridge--this time of year I'm depleting the frozen food, replacing missing packages with plastic containers of water (which you can also use for water supplies in an emergency, of course). I have a dorm refrigerator and would put the essentials in there (medication needing refrigeration, e.g.), but we'd only have enough generator fuel to run it for a few days. I did learn in Durham after Fran that the noise of a generator in an otherwise quiet neighborhood attracts burglars. Either chain it with a really good chain or don't run it at night. The noise also attracts those who don't want the generator itself but want something else you might have. After all, if you can afford a generator and fuel you must be rich, right?

Also have a Coleman fridge which will run off a cigarette lighter outlet.

I also bought two of those mini-generators, which aren't really generators at all, merely big batteries fitted with things like an electrical outlet. I'd use those strictly for the laptops--and very sparingly, of course. I also have a small solar panel which will be enough to run a laptop.

I have enough solar-powered landscape lights to use in the house too. And a couple of solar battery-chargers, but they take forever to charge.

A generator for air conditioning--that's a dream! Even if you have only a small window unit, AC would soon drain your fuel supplies. I do have a couple of battery-operated fans and they do help keep you cool. And I made some neck-cooling ties, bought the water sorb, stitched it into ties. More info and instructions for making the cool ties are at http://www.watersorb.com/

And I picked up one of those misting kits--attach it to something, connect with the hose, turn it on.

I bought a small HDTV TV (7" screen) which will keep us informed of local happenings, doesn't use much juice.

So what's left for the generator? Maybe a fan on a stand if it's really hot. I don't like the thought of storing all that fuel, though.

Can't think of anything else right now, gotta run!
June 2 at 09:35 EST .

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   Gram77  Attercliffe..excellent suggestions! Just goes to show that perhaps a wall for this sort of info might be a good idea. I'm interested in the Coleman frige item. Can that be found only in a camping store? Actually we are only interested in running the refrigerator.
June 9 at 08:56 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Main Page The Lobby  Am listening to Schnitt. Military folks are calling and e-mailing, saying their 15th of the month leave and earnings statements are already online and showing they're for one week only, instead of half a month. Schnitt's engineer says just got e-mail from his cousin, a medic in the AF, and her mid-month LES is also showing half a paycheck.

This is despicable especially, as Schnitt points out, Congress is getting paid as usual. There's no official shutdown yet nor, if there will be, how long it will be for.
April 8 at 15:42 EST .

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   7generationTexmom  Okay, i just read that Soldiers are receiving 1/2 pay for the duration of the shutdown, but will receive full back-pay when the shutdown ends.
Civilian personnel (like Pentagon) might be furloughed without pay and will not be reimbursed.
And I agree Atter...why is congress getting paid??????
April 8 at 19:19 EST .

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   StarFire  The military will not receive half pay for the duration.. only for the next pay period. They will get paid on the 15th for earnined pay through midnight tonight... one week instead of two.

After that, they will receive nothing (not even housing allowance) until the shutdown ends.

And commissaries on stateside posts will be closed.
April 8 at 21:59 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Main Page The Lobby  Have you heard the commercial which begins "Mom, can I have a dollar?" And the mother says something about go get her purse upstairs. Kid runs upstairs. Not there. "Try your sister's room." No, not there. "Okay, how about the upstairs closet?" No. And so it goes until the mom says, "Oh, I'm sorry, hon, it's right here!" Kid says "Thanks, Mom" (for the dollar, presumably). A voiceover says try creative ways to get your kids moving. Let them use the stairs as a stair-stepper, carve fruit into fun shapes. WHAT???

This is part of Antoinette's "Let's Move" program. I totally disapprove. Lying to your kids to get them to exercise is NOT the way to do it. This is how you build mistrust and suspicion of a parent's motives. And where was the "please" and the reason for wanting a dollar? And if I'd asked my son to carve fun shapes out of fruit, he would have had me committed.

How about y'all?
April 8 at 15:34 EST .

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   DONAL  Yes, I've seen it, Attercliffe, and I don't like it's manipulative, smirky aspect (look how I'm fooling the kids!) either. It's anti-family; it doesn't set up a friendly 'let's do it together' or 'let's go have some fun!' ambience in the home.

In other words, it had 'Michelle' written all over it. (And I haven't see her or her kids run anywhere! )
April 8 at 15:41 EST .

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   Saguni  Boy, if I'd asked my Mom for a dollar THAT way...I can see it now...after a backhand across that mouth, an icy, "I don't know, CAN you? Are you able? Or did you mean 'MAY I have one of your dollars?' Why would I give you a dollar? Why do you NEED it?"
April 8 at 16:09 EST .

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   WRR0369  I've seen it,too. I don't like it at all,didn't connect it to Mrs. Obama, but it still sucks.
April 8 at 16:13 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Ack! Just heard part of another. "I wonder how she knew that broccoli is the official food of ballerinas?" Also smirky, DONAL. There was another bit about what the boy was eating but I hit the mute button on my computer's volume.

Either these people are dysfunctional or they want kids to grow up dysfunctional or BOTH. Why is it my son will eat practically anything you put in front of him? Maybe because I didn't permit tantrums, starting when he was old enough to understand? Maybe because I never made a promise to him if there was the remotest possibility I couldn't come through? Maybe because I didn't lie to him? Or maybe because I was a great cook? LOL! I was, too, 'bout the only thing I really had a natural talent for.

Things have changed so much in this country in the last two years. . . .
April 8 at 16:23 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Now you know why Yotty and I don't watch TV. I have a TV tuner card in our home theater PC, but haven't trained Windows Media Center to recognize it. We killed our satellite connection 6 months ago and don't miss it.
April 8 at 19:58 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Ole Buzzard, we don't have TVs at all any more, got rid of cable AND the three TVs. Like you, we didn't give it a backward glance. I heard this on talk radio--on Rush and Schnitt.
April 8 at 20:08 EST .

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   StarFire  We take the direct, honest approach with my grandkids. If they ask for money, we suggest what they might do to earn the money... rake leaves, shovel gravel for a bed, collect and cut kindling, etc.

We get chores done while the kids get money, exercise and a lesson in self reliance.
April 8 at 22:06 EST .

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   Montanabound  I read an article once that said that, instead of cutting out Christmas cookies, this mother cut shapes out of whole wheat bread with fat free cream cheese, and took them to her child's class for the class Christmas party. She claimed that the kids liked them just as much as the sugar cookies. Yeah, right!
April 9 at 00:52 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Main Page The Lobby  

Stink Bug Infestation

According to this article http://lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=606364 there's a major stink bug "epidemic" in 33 states. Sounds VERY unpleasant and the bugs're difficult to prevent or eradicate. You're supposed to caulk all the cracks in and around your house but these nasty bugs are kinda flat and could get in places we can't even see or get to.

I've used diatomaceous earth (DE) in the garage and around baseboards to help with the awful flea problems we have here in coastal SC and it does work. Plus, it's pretty harmless--IF you get the food-grade kind (which I did). It's okay for regular pets but I don't know about reptiles and other exotics. The food-grade stuff is actually used in flours, grains and other dry foods to kill larvae so you eat it just about every day anyway. There's a good article on DE at the following link and the author has an informative forum on the subject too. One of the posters is the owner of Dirt Works in Vermont, which is where I bought my stuff. Read all about it at: http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp
March 31 at 06:55 EST .

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   DONAL  Nice to see you here, Attie! And here in our Seattle high rise, I was just scared to death about bed bugs... We have fruit flies, or some crap, that flies through the house and buzzes our lamps and monitors--and I don't know what they are either.
March 31 at 07:21 EST .

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   BeatleJeff  Here in the DC area the stink bug infestsion problem is past its peak. It was at its worst in the fall. Tho I understand the White House is still infested with stink bugs. Gonna take another year and a half to de-infest that place.
March 31 at 08:24 EST .

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   Rollingcow  I haven't seen stink bugs here in Iowa (well, besides when Harkin has one of his BBQs), but we do have ear wigs by the gross. The DIL calls them prong butt bugs and I step on 'em.
Mrs. Cow
March 31 at 08:34 EST .

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   BirdsNest  So far we have not seen much in the way of any kind of bugs, but that may be due to the various free ranging fowl that we have. Guineas,ducks and chickens roam the place scarfing up the critters and the cats take care of the mice and voles. The free rangers will have to be contained as soon as the garden is up and going.
March 31 at 08:40 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Donal,

Attercliffe is the name of a district in the city of Sheffield, Yorkshire, which has been in existence since at least the Conquest
(1066). It was prosperous in Victorian times and had numerous enclaves of highly respected, honest, close-knit working-class families. Over the years those enclaves have been filled by Pakistani Muslims and the larger houses and businesses have been demolished--or, in the case of one pub, converted to a mosque. If that's not enough irony, consider that part of Attercliffe is now full of night clubs for those pursuing alternative lifestyles.

Some of my Victorian ancestors came from that area and my choice of the name is a saulte to the formerly upstanding residents of the district, who could be found there into the 1950s--some of my school friends lived in Attercliffe.
March 31 at 09:09 EST .

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   Attercliffe  I posted before I was ready, sorry. Anyway, just wanted to say let's keep Attercliffe as the honorable name it is, derived from a simpler time when the cliff over the River Don was a fine spot to watch otters at play.

Will post here when I can--mostly post and run. As noted previously, lack of time and health are problems that won't change, no sense in being sorry, that's just the way it is.
March 31 at 09:15 EST .

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   Rather Read  We usually have these infestations in the late fall. Where I live, it's these colorful bugs that are the most common. They are called harlequin bugs and they are kind of pretty, but pesky.

http://images.thriftyfun.com/images/pest
s/Harlequin-bug30300.jpg
March 31 at 09:25 EST .

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   DONAL  'Attercliffe' it is, Attercliffe! I was going to shorten it to 'AC', but then folks would think you were an aircraft carrier...
March 31 at 09:38 EST .

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   Rollingcow  Interesting history, Attercliffe, very sad for the area.
Mrs. Cow
March 31 at 10:08 EST .

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   Belwhatter  Yes, the story of Attercliffe[the town] is a sad one, and sadder still is that this scenario has been repeated in a great many once respectable hometowns throughout old England. The old British Empire allowed for the "colonials" to immigrate and to settle in Britain - which they did in droves around the 50s and 60s . The West Indians from the Caribbean islands did a pretty good job of integrating, the Pakistanis proved to be less inclined to integrating, ghettoising certain municipalities and importing every last relative they could think of to enjoy the free benefits of the socialist government. The seeds of the present miseries worsened during the Blair years, with similar no-go zones that France has come to realize exist, areas where the Sharia law is dominant, the birthrate rampant,and the unemployment rate ridiculously high - is it any wonder that these areas are tinder boxes for protest and vandalism? Change like this is waiting in the wings to hit here in USA.
March 31 at 11:25 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Mr. A sent this to me today:





March 2 at 21:11 EST .

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   Paget51  Hilarious!
March 2 at 22:18 EST .

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   Gerty  Cats don't got thumbs! I read that somewhere.
March 3 at 11:12 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  

WELLNESS CANNED CAT FOOD RECALL

March 1, 2011



Dear Pet Parents,

My name is Tim Callahan and I'm the CEO of WellPet, makers of Wellness® natural pet food. Over the years, we at WellPet have worked hard to earn the reputation of being a company that does everything possible for the pets that depend on us.

WellPet is committed to delivering the very best in pet food nutrition, as nothing is more important than the well-being of our dogs and cats. So when we found through product quality testing that specific product runs of our Wellness canned cat food might contain less than adequate levels of thiamine (also known as Vitamin B1), we decided to voluntarily recall them.

Please know, the vast majority of products tested had the appropriate levels of thiamine; however, with the number of recipes we offer, we did not want to make this more confusing. Therefore to avoid confusion and in an abundance of caution, we have decided to recall all canned cat products with the specific date codes noted below. Cats fed only product with inadequate levels of thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

Though the chance of developing this deficiency is remote, withdrawing these products is the right thing to do and we are removing it from retailers' shelves.

LOTS INVOLVED IN THIS VOLUNTARY RECALL ARE:

Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;

Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best by date of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13.

If you have cat food from these lots, you should stop feeding it to your cats. You may call WellPet at 1-877-227-9587 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

No other Wellness products that your pets currently enjoy are impacted, so you can continue to feed your pets Wellness with full confidence. This is an isolated situation, as we have had only one reported issue. We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure it does not happen again.

Speaking on behalf of our entire Company, I apologize for any concerns this may have caused you. As a parent of a yellow lab named Hope, I understand the sense of responsibility we all share for our dogs and cats. Rest assured, product quality and safety will always be our top priority.
March 1 at 19:47 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Main Page The Lobby  Incredible panoramic distance photo of Christchurch just a few seconds after the earthquake hit. There are more but the first one is the most impressive.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359865/New-Zealand-
earthquake-Christchurch-rescue-workers-hunt-survivors.html
February 23 at 16:02 EST .

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   OnTheBall  Excellent historical photos for the moment.
February 23 at 17:11 EST .


   Kono  Breathtaking. Still just a sampling of the damage.

Seems like an awful lot of masonry buildings for a quake-prone area like that. Sad.
February 23 at 23:41 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Shopper's Beware Caveat Emptor  Don't know where else to put this--figured those who shop carefully probably make sure their pantry is full too. This is from the Christchurch EQ:

80 per cent of Christchurch without water

23 February 2011 | 07:30:07 PM | Source: AAP

About 80 per cent of earthquake-ravaged Christchurch remains without water.

But Christchurch Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) has urged people to stay at home unless it's absolutely essential to leave.

All schools and many workplaces will remain closed until the weekend, CDEM said.

With 80 per cent of the city without a water supply on Wednesday night, authorities advised everyone to conserve it by not washing or flushing their toilets.

They were advised to collect water in buckets when it rained and boil all drinking water.

On Wednesday there were 14 locations across the city where people could get fresh water.


more: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1489632/Eighty-per-cent-o
f-Christchurch-without-water


Just wanted to play Nanny and remind everyone it doesn't hurt to keep a few jugs or cases of water on hand. If you store your own, please don't use milk jugs--they contaminate water you store in them. Also check on how much bleach to put in each jug. I think it might be a couple of drops, but I don't remember.

This can happen in any emergency, not just an earthquake. An extended power outage can leave you without water service too.
February 23 at 16:00 EST .

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   Surfhut  I live in earthquake country and am prepared at all times, in my apartment and both of my cars. Instapundit frequently links to emergency preparedness lists.
February 23 at 22:07 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  

Yorkie fans will love the accompanying photo. Actually, non-Yorkie fans will like it too.

Dogs 'share their owners' emotions'

When the animals are confronted with a human displaying strong feelings, they themselves produce a similar emotional response, the researchers found.

The discovery could cast light on how dogs' pack behaviour has been translated into the modern world.

Biomedical scientist Dr Karine Silva, of the University of Porto, says that dogs even possess certain human-like social skills that chimpanzees, our closest relatives, do not.


more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/pets/8333287/Dogs-share-th
eir-owners-emotions.html
February 18 at 13:43 EST .

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   Rollingcow  Coulda tod 'em that. Our Sheltie girls join in when there's a game going on with the grandkids. My old Sheltie boys are very good nurses when I'm ill, well, they don't go get me a glass of water, but they do curl up with me on the bed and give reassuring 'kisses' from time to time. Dogs rock.
Mrs. Cow
February 18 at 15:01 EST .

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   Pomom  The day I came home from the hospital after the first hip replacement, my two old girls (one Pom and one mixed) were very wary of seeing me walking with a walker to get to my bed. After I got up into bed and got comfortable, my sister let them in the room to visit me. Lilly, the pom, just wanted to shower me with kisses but my Rikki Mae, reared her head back and let out one of those mournful howls that seemed to go on forever! She never left my side except to eat and go outside. Dogs know.
February 18 at 18:57 EST .

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   Yottyhere  The puggies are very attuned to both of us here.
We might be arguing something as benign as baseball and all 3 of them will go hide out under a the table or behind the couch :D
Try to have a heated argument when you are whispering so you don't upset the puggies....
Dogs do know.
February 18 at 20:30 EST .

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   OnTheBall  After I was severely injured I was still able to walk; however slowly with great care to avoid causing great pain. I instructed my dogs as to my injured status and we went for their 'constitutional walks' several times a day. Incredibly, the one I feared who would act up the worst (the Rhodesian Ridgeback), was the 'most gentle'. Buck walked beside me on his leash and never left my side. Even when he was using the restroom, he merely exited the sidewalk by a step and took care of things. Returning to my side as though we were magnetically attached. This continued for months until I was healed. Once I was healed he would bounce around like his usual old self. It was amazing.
February 18 at 22:00 EST .

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   OperaBuff  I still think my labrador retriever could read my mind. It was uncanny the way she could anticipate me.

They say a dog's biggest pleasure is in making its master happy. That was certainly true with Sam, and I learned the hard way just how true it is. I only lost my temper and yelled at her once, when she was about a year old. I forget now what she did that made me mad, but I yelled at her good and that dog about melted. Her head went way down, her ears went straight back from the confusion. Slowly she walked straight backwards away from me, then turned and crouched real low to the ground, tucked her tail between her legs and sort of dragged herself down the hall to her bed so she could hide. I darn near broke her heart just by yelling at her. I never did that again.
February 19 at 10:09 EST .

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   Pomom  OperaBuff, I bet it didn't take long for her to be back at your side, loving you after that incident. It's because they're our children, that we correct them, but it's because they're our children, that we love them unconditionally.
February 19 at 10:59 EST .

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   Yottyhere  OperaB.....our black Lab Lily was the ultimate lake dog. If the grandsons dove off the floating dock she went too.
The funniest is we have a stand alone diving board between the floating dock and the beach.
If the boys went up the ladder on the diving board so did Lily.

People going by in their boats would stop and hover to take pictures of Lily scrambling up the ladder then DIVING off the board.

If you ask grandson Zach which pup he liked the best it's always hands down for Lily.....she could dive better than Zach for years :D
February 19 at 21:56 EST .

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   OperaBuff  Labs are the most popular breed in the US for a reason, they are just about the perfect dog. Smart, athletic, beautiful, loyal, funny, friendly to all, low maintenance. Did I mention smart? Sometimes she would shake her face to make her ears lay flat on top of her head, then walk around the house. That always made me laugh! I couldn't keep her out of the ocean when we lived on the California central coast. She was fearless in that cold water.
February 19 at 23:42 EST .

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