• My dog keeps humping my five-year-old?

    My son is 5 1/2. My dog is 3 1/2. Scamp has known Kidlet for his entire life (almost literally - Kidlet was with me when I went to pick the pup from the litter!). Scamp was neutered when he was 6 months old. He’s never exhibited this sort of behavior with people before, and I don’t know why he’s started aggravating my son like this. Every time I... show more
    My son is 5 1/2. My dog is 3 1/2. Scamp has known Kidlet for his entire life (almost literally - Kidlet was with me when I went to pick the pup from the litter!). Scamp was neutered when he was 6 months old. He’s never exhibited this sort of behavior with people before, and I don’t know why he’s started aggravating my son like this. Every time I catch him, I move him with a firm “No,” but it doesn’t seem to work. He’s done it four times in the last week. Kidlet is disabled and unable to push the dog away. The first time, he just sat there with this horrified look on his face. Every time thereafter he cried. He’s now getting to the point where he gets agitated whenever the dog gets up on the couch near him. Nothing has changed - we’re still in the same house, same people, same diet. Outside of this, his behavior’s been perfectly normal. Any ideas on why my dog has suddenly started behaving this way? And how to stop him so my son doesn’t have full-fledged panic attacks whenever the family pet gets near him?
    5 answers · Dogs · 8 years ago
  • Dachshunds and koi fish?

    Last night I dreamed that I went to pull the fold-away bed out of the couch, but when I took off the cushions there was no bed. Instead, there was a litter of 6 black, long-haired dachshund puppies playing next to a small pond with four swimming koi fish. The fish were varied sizes and colors. One small gold one, one medium-sized white one with a... show more
    Last night I dreamed that I went to pull the fold-away bed out of the couch, but when I took off the cushions there was no bed. Instead, there was a litter of 6 black, long-haired dachshund puppies playing next to a small pond with four swimming koi fish. The fish were varied sizes and colors. One small gold one, one medium-sized white one with a large orange spot on his head, one medium-sized gold one with black flecks, and one really big white one with orange spots. Every so often a puppy with play with a fish, either pawing the water or diving in to swim with the fish. No idea why they were in my couch. Anyone have an explanation?
    1 answer · Dream Interpretation · 8 years ago
  • How many calories does my non-mobile five year old son need a day?

    My son is disabled and in a wheelchair. He isn't mobile at all. He is currently at about 5th percentile for his age and height (40 inches) and he's an extraordinarily picky eater. If I'm lucky I can get him to consume about 1000 calories a day. I know how to sneak more calories into his food, but I'm concerned about adding too many.... show more
    My son is disabled and in a wheelchair. He isn't mobile at all. He is currently at about 5th percentile for his age and height (40 inches) and he's an extraordinarily picky eater. If I'm lucky I can get him to consume about 1000 calories a day. I know how to sneak more calories into his food, but I'm concerned about adding too many. I don't want him to gain too much, because it will make learning to walk difficult. I've read that a typical 5-yr-old boy needs 1400-1600 calories a day, but typical kids are active. He's pretty sedentary, owing mostly to his disabilities. He is in therapy working toward walking and a number of other goals and I want him to be successful. How many calories does he need to get him to a healthy weight without being too heavy to support his own weight while learning to walk?
    3 answers · Diet & Fitness · 9 years ago
  • Building a portable wheelchair ramp?

    I need a folding wheelchair ramp to get my son's 60-lb wheelchair in and out of our SUV. Ordinarily I just lift it, but I'm pregnant with out second baby and my midwife tells me I should under no circumstances lift more than 35 lb while pregnant. School starts in two weeks and since I'm the one who takes him to and from school every day,... show more
    I need a folding wheelchair ramp to get my son's 60-lb wheelchair in and out of our SUV. Ordinarily I just lift it, but I'm pregnant with out second baby and my midwife tells me I should under no circumstances lift more than 35 lb while pregnant. School starts in two weeks and since I'm the one who takes him to and from school every day, I have to be able to get the chair in and out of the car without picking it up. I've looked around online and called our wheelchair supply company and they all seem to run $500-$1000. I don't have that kind of disposable cash to drop on a ramp and I've not been able to find helpful DIY instructions for a ramp that will fit into the car to travel with the chair. Does anyone have instructions for a ramp that can do what I need it to do and still fit into the back hatch of my car with the chair?
    2 answers · Do It Yourself (DIY) · 9 years ago
  • How to help my son adjust?

    This is mostly for parents with special-needs kids, but if you have any advice, I'd appreciate hearing it! We found out last week that our second baby is on the way. This is great news for us, but I'm wondering how to help my son adjust to the changes that pregnancy and then a new baby will bring. Kidlet is mostly non-functioning with... show more
    This is mostly for parents with special-needs kids, but if you have any advice, I'd appreciate hearing it! We found out last week that our second baby is on the way. This is great news for us, but I'm wondering how to help my son adjust to the changes that pregnancy and then a new baby will bring. Kidlet is mostly non-functioning with cerebral palsy. He's non-mobile, non-verbal, and can't feed or dress himself. He has a wheelchair, but he's carried at home because it's hard to navigate in a non-wheelchair-friendly house. He's nearing five, is a little small for his age, and cognitively is still only around two years old. He's incredibly attached to me (and to a lesser extent, to Master) and gets very jealous when I hold another baby, especially if it's an infant. (Toddlers and other preschoolers are ok.) I know other moms with special-needs kids, but their kids are either the youngest or only children. Did any of you have additional kids after yours was diagnosed with his/her disability? How did you help your child adjust through the pregnancy and getting used to the new baby? How did they react when Mommy couldn't hold them as often or carry them around? How did they handle sharing Mommy and Daddy's attention once the baby arrived?
    1 answer · Toddler & Preschooler · 9 years ago
  • Are symptoms usually less severe in second pregnancies?

    According to the test stick, I'm pregnant with my second baby. The ONLY reason I tested is because my BBTs were still elevated; beyond that my symptoms are no worse than my usual PMS symptoms. Tender breasts (ok, a *little* more sore than usual), mild fatigue, heartburn, and nausea, and a slight difference in how often I use the bathroom. No... show more
    According to the test stick, I'm pregnant with my second baby. The ONLY reason I tested is because my BBTs were still elevated; beyond that my symptoms are no worse than my usual PMS symptoms. Tender breasts (ok, a *little* more sore than usual), mild fatigue, heartburn, and nausea, and a slight difference in how often I use the bathroom. No food aversions or cravings. I've been drinking more water lately, but I attribute that to the fact that my FMIL is insane and keeps the house at 80 degrees in the (August in FL) summer. With my son, I had all of those symptoms and more, and all of them were more severe. My breasts hurt so bad I couldn't wear a bra, I had heartburn so bad I couldn't lay down, I practically lived in the bathroom for the first four months between nausea and having to pee, and I had severe cravings the whole time while some food made me violently ill. A small part of my brain still thinks that my eyes are playing tricks on me and the test lied. Are symptoms usually less noticeable the second time around?
    3 answers · Pregnancy · 9 years ago
  • How to stop a dog from marking?

    My 2-yr-old dachshund was neutered at 5 months old and until recently had always squatted to pee and never marked anything. He only started lifting his leg to pee in the last two weeks, and only started marking things in the last few days. So far he hasn't marked anything in the house - only outside, and only places where he's peed at least... show more
    My 2-yr-old dachshund was neutered at 5 months old and until recently had always squatted to pee and never marked anything. He only started lifting his leg to pee in the last two weeks, and only started marking things in the last few days. So far he hasn't marked anything in the house - only outside, and only places where he's peed at least once before. How can I prevent him from starting to mark things in the house?
    4 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • This is weird. Someone shed some light on it for me?

    A little backstory: I'm currently waiting till test day to see if I'm pregnant. It's still too early to tell, but I have a week left till my test date. This afternoon my fiance and I had some... *ahem* fun. After, I didn't want to get up (who ever does? You're practically half-dead afterward!), so he put a cup that had some... show more
    A little backstory: I'm currently waiting till test day to see if I'm pregnant. It's still too early to tell, but I have a week left till my test date. This afternoon my fiance and I had some... *ahem* fun. After, I didn't want to get up (who ever does? You're practically half-dead afterward!), so he put a cup that had some condensation on it on my stomach to wake me up. Well, condensation is COLD and WET, and I don't like cold OR wet. So I grudgingly opened my eyes and grumbled a little at him. He started playing with the water on my belly and wiping it off, and then he just... stopped. His hand was resting on my lower belly, right where a baby would be growing. I looked at him and his eyes were shut and he had this half-smile, half-wonder expression on his face, like he was listening to or feeling something he had never experienced before. A minute later he opened his eyes, patted my stomach and told me to get up because we had to go somewhere. I tried to ask him about it and he swears he doesn't remember doing that. He says he was playing with the water and then he told me we had to go, but says his hand never stopped. So. I have NO idea what to make of that. Any ideas?
    1 answer · Other - Society & Culture · 10 years ago
  • Migraine relief in 2WW?

    I'm in the 2WW now - about four or five days in, I guess. I've had migraines for the last four days and I'm hesitant to take pills for them - just in case of impending pregnancy. I know regular Tylenol is safe (according to my doctor), but it doesn't help. Excedrin usually works for me, but I don't think that's safe and... show more
    I'm in the 2WW now - about four or five days in, I guess. I've had migraines for the last four days and I'm hesitant to take pills for them - just in case of impending pregnancy. I know regular Tylenol is safe (according to my doctor), but it doesn't help. Excedrin usually works for me, but I don't think that's safe and I'd rather not risk it. Anyone know what i can take to kill the headaches? I can't stay in and hide under the covers all day - I have a preschooler, a fiance, and a job, lol.
    4 answers · Trying to Conceive · 10 years ago
  • I'm confused. Someone please explain this to me?

    I was charting my BBT a few years back. I stopped after I got pregnant with my son (who's almost 4), and never picked it up again until four months ago. I typically have a 28-day cycle. My first two months looked like the sample charts do - rise in temp around day 14/15, three days of high temps, stayed above coverline until the next period... show more
    I was charting my BBT a few years back. I stopped after I got pregnant with my son (who's almost 4), and never picked it up again until four months ago. I typically have a 28-day cycle. My first two months looked like the sample charts do - rise in temp around day 14/15, three days of high temps, stayed above coverline until the next period started. My third month was all out of whack because I developed an allergy to something and I had intermittent fevers for almost two weeks, so my temps were all over the chart and I have no idea when I ovulated. I was also on a prescription steroid and anti-inflammatory for the hives for those two weeks, which probably goofed up all kinds of things. THIS month, my peak temperature didn't appear until day 27 (this past Sunday). We didn't have sex that day, but we did on the following two. This morning is 4 DPO, and my temp is below coverline again. In addition, my body's starting to do some of the things it did in the first few days after conceiving my son. I'm more tired than usual, my appetite has had a mild increase, and I'm slightly gassier than usual (sorry for oversharing). I don't have the stuffy nose (was my first symptom with my son) and only mild nausea that passes quickly, compared to the constant waves of it from last time. I don't want to say for sure that I am pregnant, but it's far too soon to test and part of me thinks it might just be all in my head. Can anyone explain the sudden drop in my temperature, or is this completely normal sometimes?
    3 answers · Trying to Conceive · 10 years ago
  • Can regular sex after celibacy cause PMS symptoms to surface?

    This is somewhat embarrassing, but I'm insanely curious. Some background: I had very mild PMS symptoms from age 14 up until I was about 20. I started having sex at age 17. I never had sex when I was single. I'd been single and celibate for just about three years when I met my now-fiance. During my three years of not having sex, I had no PMS... show more
    This is somewhat embarrassing, but I'm insanely curious. Some background: I had very mild PMS symptoms from age 14 up until I was about 20. I started having sex at age 17. I never had sex when I was single. I'd been single and celibate for just about three years when I met my now-fiance. During my three years of not having sex, I had no PMS whatsoever. No bloating, cramping, achy breasts, irritability, none of it. He and I started having regular sex in November, and that month I had no PMS symptoms. In December I had a lot of stress going on and missed a period. In both January and February, I got a number of symptoms roughly a week before my period was due. I was irritable, my breasts hurt, my appetite went haywire (usually into overdrive, and I eat like a bird normally), and I got wicked headaches. I have to wonder if the change in sex hormones is affecting that in any way, and if suddenly getting back into the swing of things, as it were, after three years of nothing has anything to do with it. Can anybody help me out here?
    1 answer · Women's Health · 1 decade ago
  • Solution for Metal Allergy?

    My fiance is allergic to most metals. He can wear silver without a problem; gold, copper, and pewter all give him a rash. Steel doesn't appear to be any better; both surgical and stainless cause breakouts, as does aluminum. Thus, our problem is finding a wedding ring for him. He says he doesn't want a fabric, plastic, or wood band. Would he... show more
    My fiance is allergic to most metals. He can wear silver without a problem; gold, copper, and pewter all give him a rash. Steel doesn't appear to be any better; both surgical and stainless cause breakouts, as does aluminum. Thus, our problem is finding a wedding ring for him. He says he doesn't want a fabric, plastic, or wood band. Would he be able to wear platinum?
    2 answers · Allergies · 1 decade ago
  • What paints work well on ebony?

    My fiance wants to paint the tailpiece on his viola to "personalize" it without affecting the sound quality of the instrument. The tailpiece is real ebony. What sort of paint should he use? Will art acrylics work with a clear coat on top? Should the tailpiece be sanded or primed first? If so, what should he use to prime it without losing... show more
    My fiance wants to paint the tailpiece on his viola to "personalize" it without affecting the sound quality of the instrument. The tailpiece is real ebony. What sort of paint should he use? Will art acrylics work with a clear coat on top? Should the tailpiece be sanded or primed first? If so, what should he use to prime it without losing the black color of the wood?
    1 answer · Painting · 1 decade ago
  • Delayed menstrual period?

    Ok. I'm nine days late. It's doubtful that I'm pregnant. We were not trying to get pregnant. In fact, we were taking precautions against pregnancy, in order to let me finish my college degree program. I took a pregnancy test on Tuesday. It was negative. I've looked up other reasons for delayed periods and none of them seem to... show more
    Ok. I'm nine days late. It's doubtful that I'm pregnant. We were not trying to get pregnant. In fact, we were taking precautions against pregnancy, in order to let me finish my college degree program. I took a pregnancy test on Tuesday. It was negative. I've looked up other reasons for delayed periods and none of them seem to fit. ~I'm not under unusual stress. ~I'm not on any medications. ~I haven't changed my diet or my exercise program in years. ~I'm not breastfeeding a child (our son is three). ~I'm not suffering from any chronic illnesses. ~My thyroid and hormone levels have been checked and they are fine. I know the general rule of thumb is to wait for two missed periods before seeing a doctor to rule out anything other than pregnancy. I've had one. I plan to take another pregnancy test next week, because I know that there are such things as false negatives. I'm wondering, though, if that comes up negative, too, should I wait till the second missed period to see a doctor, or should I go as soon as I have the second negative test result?
    2 answers · Women's Health · 1 decade ago
  • What to wear to visit a mosque?

    I have to visit an Islamic mosque for my World Religions class next month. I haven't been able to get ahold of anyone at the mosque to ask questions. I'm most concerned about the dress requirements and a basic code of conduct. I know about the long skirt and long-sleeve shirt; should I cover my hair? If so, with what? I don't own any scarves,... show more
    I have to visit an Islamic mosque for my World Religions class next month. I haven't been able to get ahold of anyone at the mosque to ask questions. I'm most concerned about the dress requirements and a basic code of conduct. I know about the long skirt and long-sleeve shirt; should I cover my hair? If so, with what? I don't own any scarves, but I could buy or make something suitable if necessary. Do my hands need to be covered as well? As far as conduct goes, I'd really rather stay as out of the way an unnoticed as possible, as I'm only going to be there for observation. I'm supposed to go to a service, observe it, and write a short report on my worship experience. Any pointers?
    3 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Incentive to keep his nose in his own bowl?

    I have an 11-wk-old miniature dachshund who weighs just under 5 lb. He's supposed to get to 10 lbs at most. He gets Nature's Best because that's what the vet recommended. Trouble is, he won't eat his own food. He always wants the big dogs' food. The other dogs (8-lb mini dachshund, 70-lb golden retreiver) get big-box name brands that are mostly... show more
    I have an 11-wk-old miniature dachshund who weighs just under 5 lb. He's supposed to get to 10 lbs at most. He gets Nature's Best because that's what the vet recommended. Trouble is, he won't eat his own food. He always wants the big dogs' food. The other dogs (8-lb mini dachshund, 70-lb golden retreiver) get big-box name brands that are mostly fillers. The first ingredients are "meat byproducts" and corn. Because the big dogs are not mine, I have no control over their diets. They're also not on a feeding schedule ("it didn't work for them," says my sister), so even though I try to keep him on a schedule, he keeps getting into their bowls when he's in the common rooms, where they are fed. I've tried adding gravy, cooked meat pieces, cooked veggies, peanut butter (which he didn't care for at ALL), low-sodium broths, and those Shake-Ins things. All of those things last about a day or two, and then he's right back into the big dogs' food. Any ideas for what I can do to keep his nose in his own doggie dish?
    4 answers · Dogs · 1 decade ago
  • Couple more spidery things for identification.

    These are not living in my mailbox and I have no intention to kill them so long as they stay outside. I went out to get a picture of a specific spider that I've seen a dozen times or so in my back yard. I couldn't find it, but I can describe it. It's about a half inch in diameter and round. Red and spiny, like a sea urchin on a web. Most of the... show more
    These are not living in my mailbox and I have no intention to kill them so long as they stay outside. I went out to get a picture of a specific spider that I've seen a dozen times or so in my back yard. I couldn't find it, but I can describe it. It's about a half inch in diameter and round. Red and spiny, like a sea urchin on a web. Most of the webs have been in the bushes, but I've seen a couple stretched out between the patio chairs. The dog has managed to dismantle those by sweeping her tail through them. While I was out looking for THAT spider, I happened upon THIS spider on the outside of my window: http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p258/... http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p258/... http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p258/... It has spun a web between the grill, the patio bar and the window. It's about an inch and a half long with long black legs. Its body is about the size and shape of a small orange seed. It is a shiny mint green color with black stripes on top, and black with bright orange spots on the rear end and the abdomen. You can't really see the coloring in the pictures, but you can see its shape. What ARE they? Are they venomous, or just there? Like I said, I plan to leave them alone until they come indoors, at which point they will swiftly be removed, stomped on and/or eaten, depending on who finds them and whether the finder is human or canine.
    3 answers · Zoology · 1 decade ago
  • Will the fur on her nose grow back?

    We took our dogs over to my aunt's house a few weeks back. She has this enormous shepherd mix named Ada. Normally Ada is a very sweet dog, never given anyone a problem except for occasionally jumping up when she gets excited. Well, Ada had buried a bone in the garden and went to go dig it up. Peanut (choc-and-tan mini dachshund) followed her, not... show more
    We took our dogs over to my aunt's house a few weeks back. She has this enormous shepherd mix named Ada. Normally Ada is a very sweet dog, never given anyone a problem except for occasionally jumping up when she gets excited. Well, Ada had buried a bone in the garden and went to go dig it up. Peanut (choc-and-tan mini dachshund) followed her, not knowing about the bone, and Ada turned around and attacked her. Peanut is okay, no broken bones or anything, but she has a few small scars now that the bite has healed. Will the fur on her nose grow back, or will she have little white spots on her nose forever?
    7 answers · Dogs · 1 decade ago
  • So I have this spider in my mailbox.

    I've just determined that it's a brown widow, after looking up "brown widow" to find pictures. However, the kind of spider is irrelevant - I need it dead before it bites me or the mailman. How does one kill a spider that's taken up residence in the mailbox without sticking a hand inside the box or without spraying the mail in sticky bug spray? show more
    I've just determined that it's a brown widow, after looking up "brown widow" to find pictures. However, the kind of spider is irrelevant - I need it dead before it bites me or the mailman. How does one kill a spider that's taken up residence in the mailbox without sticking a hand inside the box or without spraying the mail in sticky bug spray?
    4 answers · Zoology · 1 decade ago
  • Moral Dilemma: What do you do when...?

    a family friend is thinking about breeding his dogs - basically becoming a BYB? He has a 2-yr-old male mini dachshund and one female mini-doxis/minpin mix who is only 9 weeks old that he got from a "reputable" breeder. Apparently the mix is a "certified" mixed breed, which only means the breeder had papers on the parents and... show more
    a family friend is thinking about breeding his dogs - basically becoming a BYB? He has a 2-yr-old male mini dachshund and one female mini-doxis/minpin mix who is only 9 weeks old that he got from a "reputable" breeder. Apparently the mix is a "certified" mixed breed, which only means the breeder had papers on the parents and created mutts. I know he plans to breed them before the girl's first heat cycle, because he thinks the puppies would be cute and so he can make money by selling them and he believes that myth hat a dog should get pregnant before her first heat. It doesn't matter how many times I've told him why being a BYB is wrong; he flatly refuses to listen to me. I know he doesn't have the money to do this, he won't learn anything about how to take care of a pregnant dog, he won't be bothered to take time off of his job for when she goes into labor. I don't want to lose the friendship, but I can't support this decision KNOWING that it's wrong. Any ideas?
    18 answers · Dogs · 1 decade ago