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perhaps I have at times, but I think in this ... have respect for Lynn K. withoug belittling or mocking her.

Just telling her you don't have respect for her is belittling.

And that's where I'll quibble. That's just a fact, not an attempt to make someone feel or look small.
I don't think Lynn K. has respect for me.
I certainly don't perceive that as belittling. I perceive this as belittling (or at least an attempt to be):

"There are plenty of little boys like Mikey whose grand ambition is to tell fart jokes in church.."

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You ! I am so funny!

Don't make me go smiley all over your ***!

It is such a joy to see people on my list
interacting freely and happily without the threat
of being marginalized by others.
Go ahead, run free!!
Kibo would be proud of me.

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I perceive this as belittling (or at least an attempt to be): "There are plenty of little boys like Mikey whose grand ambition is to tell fart jokes in church.."

Yes, I agree.
You two are in a vicious cycle.
But you're not alone - there are many whirlpools in these here rapids. :}

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I don't know if I can survive another shedding season with 3 Siberians. For some reason it seems so much worse this year,

Lord, and I thought I had it bad with 1.5 coat-blowers. (Morag does full coat blow; Bren's double coated, and loses his undercoat, but has thick underwear only on his back, sides, and ruff area.)

And yes, it seems particularly bad this year; I don't remember off the top of my head which part of the country you're in, but my suspicion is that it's weather-related in my area.
We've had two snowier-than-usual winters, seperated by a very rainy summer, which I think encouraged heavier-than-normal undercoat; and now we've had a cooler-than-usual spring and summer, which seems to be prolonging undercoat loss.
On a happy note, we bought 3 Rubbermaid dog houses for $10 each through a contact we met at a rescue group dog walk.

Rubbermaid makes DOG HOUSES?
I don't know if I can survive another shedding season with 3 Siberians. For some reason it seems so much worse this year,

Lord, and I thought I had it bad with 1.5 coat-blowers. (Morag does full coat blow; Bren's double coated, and ... of my head which part of the country you're in, but my suspicion is that it's weather-related in my area.

We're in northeast Ohio. I imagine it's weather-related here too, because even my Greyhounds, obviously not double-coated dogs, are shedding little bitty tufts.
We've had two snowier-than-usual winters, seperated by a very rainy summer, which I think encouraged heavier-than-normal undercoat; and now we've had a cooler-than-usual spring and summer, which seems to be prolonging undercoat loss.

We've had the same. No worries about drought here this year - - tick season was horrible in the spring because of the rain - - and the summer has been wet as well. We're still waiting for summer - - not that I'm pining for 90 degree temperatures, 70s are fine, but there hasn't been much shorts weather. Last Friday was in the 60s, which made a planned trip to a water park with some friends' kids impossible.
On a happy note, we bought 3 Rubbermaid dog houses for $10 each through a contact we met at a rescue group dog walk.

Rubbermaid makes DOG HOUSES?[/nq]Yes. We met someone who works at Rubbermaid at the dog walk, and she'd donated a house or two to raffle off. We expressed much interest in them, and by the time DH, ever the social butterfly, finished his conversation with her, she'd agreed to meet him on her way to New York for the July 4 holiday with 3 of them at $10 each. Apparently a warehouse was closing, so she was able to get a few. They're Very Nice, typical Rubbermaid quality. The back can be adjusted to make the dog house smaller, it disassembles completely so you can hose it off, and it's got a flat top, great for huskies (although no one has sat on top of these).

Boomer loves dog houses and is quite happy, and Mukluk, who had never gone into the old one, likes them as well, so we set up two. I forget where the woman said these were going to be sold from, perhaps online or catalog sales. She said they were introducing a pet line. I'd imagine they houses would retail for at least $50 or $60.
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I don't know if I can survive another shedding season with 3 Siberians.

I think I've gotten numb to it, or rather that it's gotten routine. It's just a lot of dog hair, and I've learned to be careful not to run out of vacuum cleaner bags. I've also learned to pluck when we're out on walks, although Image and Emmett have learned to recognize when they're about to get plucked and they do that scooty-butt thing. I had three dogs blowing coat at the same time and Cinder was just finishing up when she arrived. Now that everybody else has finished Duncan has started, and he's a big, big shedder. However, I wouldn't say it was worse this year than in the past. It was actually over quicker.
Oh, sure. She'd feel differently if they were in her house shedding up a storm. Congrats on Cinder, by the way.

Thanks - she's a hoot. She's like a parody of a Siberian Husky - very very zoomy, very very affectionate, etc. She's also very very interested in Martha (one of the cats) so we're spending a lot of time on learning about peaceful coexistence.

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And that's where I'll quibble. That's just a fact, not an attempt to make someone feel or look small.

Right. I know where you're coming from. I just think you're wrong.
I don't think Lynn K. has respect for me.

Right again.
I certainly don't perceive that as belittling. I perceive this as belittling (or at least an attempt to be): "There are plenty of little boys like Mikey whose grand ambition is to tell fart jokes in church.."

Right yet again. If the belittle fits, wear it.
Lynn K.
Hello Lynn K.,
I'm glad we have been able to put our differences aside for a moment, and focus instead, on our mutual, profound lack of respect for one another. I think this has been heelthy for us and we can thank Leah and her glaringly glaring-free positive methods of engagement which have heelped in laying the groundwork for this Kodak moment.

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I don't know if I can survive another shedding season with 3 Siberians.

I think I've gotten numb to it, or rather that it's gotten routine. It's just a lot of dog hair, ... big shedder. However, I wouldn't say it was worse this year than in the past. It was actually over quicker.

Yeah, we had kind of an accelerated shedding season here too, which was better in the long run, but for a while we seemed to have Siberian carpet. Both Mukluk and Boomer spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter, so they both have very heavy coats and shed astounding amounts of hair. Is Cinder like Image in terms of having less coat?
Thanks - she's a hoot. She's like a parody of a Siberian Husky - very very zoomy, very very affectionate, etc. She's also very very interested in Martha (one of the cats) so we're spending a lot of time on learning about peaceful coexistence.

Good luck with that. Mukluk was extremely cat keen when he first came here, and after 6 years he still cannot be trusted near a cat without very close supervision.
Mustang Sally