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I am thinking of getting a husky puppy, but I keep reading online that stairs are bad for it. I suppose I could train it to poo on one of those floors pamper things or carry it up and down the stairs for as long as I can but as he or she gets bigger I might want to just start taking him outside without carrying it as I might fall doing so. I live on a second floor, so the steps are just down and up. Do you think this would be unhealthy for it? It takes like 14-15 steps on the stairs to get up to my apartment. I attached a picture that shows a staircase about the same size as the one the dog would have to climb to get to my apartment when he or she is too big. Do you think it would be doable?
Dear Dianna says...
Stairs may be hard on a husky puppies’ hips when they are little puppies, but I have seen them use stairs and have never heard they can’t do it. I do not recommend training the dog to go to the bathroom on the floor unless there is no other option. Carry the puppy up and down until she is big enough to do the stairs easily on her own, ask your vet about it to get a professional opinion, and enjoy your puppy!
During the day things seem okay.. but as night approaches (when everyone's asleep), I get reminded of the day's incidents when I ignored what my husband said in the evening, or when I was being inconsiderate or rude during the day.. I get reminded of all this late at night and feel terribly guilty for being so absent-minded throughout the day.. In the daytime I tend to unintentionally overlook and ignore so many things, and then feel guilty late at night. So guilty I feel like crying. Why does this happen?
Dear Dianna says...
I think this happens to all of us at one point or another in our lives. You sound like a caring, conscientious person so it might bother you more than a less sensitive person. I believe that this is a good thing you are going through, because in order to improve ourselves we must figure out what we are doing wrong. That is half the battle. Now that you are aware of this, you can take steps to address it. First of all, please stop being so hard on yourself. I heard a Dr. on the radio say that the chronic stress caused by the pandemic is making us more forgetful and absent minded. When things get back to normal, your stress will ease up. Until then, take steps to be mindful and stop and listen and respond when someone talks to you before moving on to the next task. Do each task properly and completely before moving on, and stop ignoring things, they won’t go away, and you will have to eventually deal with them. The trick is to do it in manageable bits, one day at a time, until it is all done. Slow down and stop and smell the roses, above all else be kind to yourself and others. Now that you have recognized the problem, the next time it happens you will stop yourself three quarters of the way through. Then the next time you will stop yourself half of the way through, and finally it just won’t happen at all. In this way, if you feel like crying about it late at night, you can tell yourself you are doing your best, you are only human, and tomorrow is another chance to do better.
Is it too late for me? I am a senior citizen and I have never found someone to love. I know a lot of people recommend on line dating, but I am terrified to try that! I am healthy, independent and self sufficient and enjoy my life. But I just can't help but feel I'm missing out on something important. What should I do?
Dear Dianna says...
It is never too late to find love. I met a lady once who was 95 and getting married to a 100-year-old man and they were leaving to take a sailing trip around the world! Now that you have opened your heart and decided you would like to find someone to love, I think love will find you. There are a lot of people in the world who would like to meet someone like you. It sounds like you have a lot of friends and are enjoying your life, now get your courage up and take the next step with someone who you like, by asking them out, bringing some flowers, or going for a walk. If you can’t think of anyone in your current circle that you like more than a friend, let your friends and family know that you are looking for a date and ask them to introduce you to any single people they know that might be a good match. Until then, join any new groups or classes that interest you and see who you meet there, and don’t be too shy to get to know people. Don’t turn down any invitations you get to family or other events, keep yourself out there and your heart open, and in no time, you will find someone to love and to love you back, probably where you least expect it.
So Ontario, Canada has instituted a vaccine passport which will take effect at the end of September.
It will require proof of inoculation for the use of certain businesses where wearing a mask and distancing is not possible or practical.
How do you feel about this either as an Ontarian or hypothetically if it occurs in your province?
Dear Dianna says...
As an Ontarian, I am very relieved that we will have a vaccine passport. I feel so bad for the nurses and Dr.s and everyone who is exhausted from working in health care now having to take care of unvaccinated people. I have always had a vaccine passport, it’s a little yellow booklet here. We need at least 85% of people to be vaccinated before we have a chance to get rid of this with herd immunity. Because of a few selfish healthy adults choosing not to listen to the medical experts, we now have to use vaccine passports to protect children and vulnerable people. Vaccinated people have less chance of spreading these horrible variants and dying. So yes, bring on the passports, and anything that will protect the vulnerable and the children from suffocating to death.
I have a horse which I keep at a boarding stable. I have a group of friends there and I really enjoy seeing them each week. We have an online chat group too and have stayed in touch during the pandemic. Last week, on of the ladies posted a message that she was moving her horse to another barn and that she would miss everyone.
She did not give any explanation for why she was leaving. I'm sad that she won't be around anymore, and I can't figure out why she would go so suddenly. The stable owner removed her from our chat group. I suspect that they may have had an argument.
I'm dying to know what happened, but I feel like I would be gossiping to ask the other ladies and I don't want to cause trouble, pick sides or get involved in any way. What would you do?
PS I sent my friend a private message to with her well at her new barn.
If your friend responds to your private message, then respond saying you will miss her, and you are wondering if she moved because her new barn is a better price or closer to her home. This will give her the chance to respond with the reason why she left, if she wants to discuss it. I agree, it would be gossiping to ask the other ladies, but keep your ears open around them and someone might eventually talk about it. If only the people at your stable are on the chat group, it’s not surprising that the owner removed her, it doesn’t necessarily mean there was an argument. Other than that, I think you will have to mind your own business and accept the fact that it might be something you will never know.
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