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  1. Small Talk: Judge's Chambers

    Ah, but ya see that's the reason people become hoarders. Once the kitten gets a few years old, zany play time gets less and less. So, once they slow down, it's time for a new kitten. By the time they turn into seniors, they spend more time being foot warmers than chasing the red dot. My two oldest, 16 and 18yo, only play a few minutes at a time a couple times a week.... but they follow me from room to room and there's usually one or the other in my lap when I sit down. Side note: as long as there are companion animals being put to sleep, I see zero reason for permitting dogs and cats to reproduce. With the exception of Silly, every cat I've had as an adult showed up hungry/injured on my door step - I have Silly because his owner moved into no pet/low cost housing and he was neutered before I got him. Each have been spayed/neutered as soon as they were old/well enough once they became mine (and thanks to our local low cost animal birth control clinic, I've had a few others 'fixed' over the years before finding them forever homes.) Congrats on surviving the wedding.... any chance the caterer/dress maker/new in-laws were so egregious that you'll be filing a small claims case - were the cops called? - did the photographer (cousin Wilbur with his smart phone camera) fail to capture the magic moment, despite being paid the princely sum of $200, cuz that alone would be worth thousands in pain and suffering.
  2. Small Talk: Judge's Chambers

    That could be it. She was ghost hunting this morning - you know, when they stare intently at nothing, then stealthily sneak up, only to stop and look around.
  3. Small Talk: Judge's Chambers

    Rookie mistake - every cat slave knows to put a cat perch by each and every window 😉
  4. Note to self: take the time to play/wear out the kitten before going to bed. Last night, I forgot this very important task. Woke up this morning group to find Raven had run amok during the night. Two rolls of paper towels shredded - one in kitchen and one bathroom. As long as she was in kitchen, she decided to pull down the dish towels and left the wet dish rag in middle of living room. Package of Kleenex ripped open and scattered around living room. Tore up wrapping paper that came in last Chewy.com shipment that other cats had been sleeping on for two weeks. Oh, and managed to rip up the 'nip sock and leave catnip scattered around living room rug. Hmmmmm, that reminds me how Silly got his name. Back when he was a kitten he used to cause the same type of mayhem. Even managed to tear up the previous 'nip sock. The replacement sock, which had latest 2-3 years, is what Raven tore up last night. Even caught myself calling Raven a silly cat this morning. Here's the little angel this morning. Like they say, if kittens weren't so cute none of them would survive to become cats (and puke up hairballs on the carpet)
  5. Small Talk: Judge's Chambers

    Note to self: take the time to play/wear out the kitten before going to bed. Last night, I forgot this very important task. Woke up this morning group to find Raven had run amok during the night. Two rolls of paper towels shredded - one in kitchen and one bathroom. As long as she was in kitchen, she decided to pull down the dish towels and left the wet dish rag in middle of living room. Package of Kleenex ripped open and scattered around living room. Tore up wrapping paper that came in last Chewy.com shipment that other cats had been sleeping on for two weeks. Oh, and managed to rip up the 'nip sock and leave catnip scattered around living room rug. Hmmmmm, that reminds me how Silly got his name. Back when he was a kitten he used to cause the same type of mayhem. Even managed to tear up the previous 'nip sock. The replacement sock, which had latest 2-3 years, is what Raven tore up last night. Even caught myself calling Raven a silly cat this morning. Here's the little angel this morning. Like they say, if kittens weren't so cute none of them would survive to become cats (and puke up hairballs on the carpet)
  6. Season 5 General Discussion

    You may have a point - I actually don't remember it... back before I stopped watching I spent so much time fast forwarding I may well have missed it. Really, though, the Klown family bumbled their way throughout the years from one phoney disaster to the next - the Man burned their homestead forcing them to rebuild - bad neighbors firing shots in the night - bears - sinking boats - fish for dental work - prison time at the Juneau fancy hotel - Matt's rehab - Billy and Amy health scares - etc etc etc. Really, when I stop and think about it, the amount of time the Klowns actually spent in the Bush is pretty minimal. No reason to change the name now, they already spent a couple seasons with only a passing nod to Alaska, what with a season of Billy and his blackouts (where he ends up driving a large RV around the west coast freeways) and then Amy and her treatments (full disclosure - I skipped that whole season).
  7. All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    Yep, sounded reasonable at first - later we find out only reason Mom let P into the house was that P needed an address to make bail on a previous charge. Oh, and we also learn that cops had been called the previous day when she got into a fight with D's (minor?) son. Anyway, Mom testified that after the previous day's kerfuffle Mom told P she was causing too much chaos in the home and needed to leave. I gathered that the next day they were trying to talk out their differences (and P was pouring down the booze) so that P wouldn't violate the conditions of her bail. But, like you said, P couldn't keep from being a sh*t stirrer and brought up the miscarriage (and probably kept referring to the lost baby as a carcass in court as a jab at D). Anyway, 'nother kerfuffle, cops come back, they slap on the cuffs and take her to hospital to see if she's nutty enough to be admitted. Nope, may be nuts, but hospital didn't consider her dangerous. When she's released she goes back to Mom's place, but doors are locked and she never had a key, so she takes her car and heads off to file for a restraining order, claiming D is the looney one, and is a danger to everyone in the house, including Mom. Tries to convince JJ that she didn't try to get D removed from the house (D is 30 something and has lived with Mom all her life) nah, P just wanted cops to talk to D. Ah, but JJ has the application for restraining get order - which, was tossed by original judge - and it clearing show's P tried to get D booted from her residence. Never clear to me what P thought her cause of action was. She wanted money for false arrest, but made a big deal about she was only detained, NOT arrested, and taken in for looney toons evaluation. While claiming she was assaulted, makes a point of how she could have easily escaped the "choke hold" at any time - oh, but she was waiting for frail little Mom to step in and break of the physical altercation. Also blamed D for Mom giving her the boot, but Mom (who can barely stand and needs to hold lectern to balance) gets up and tells us she wanted P out of her house the day before the incident when cops came and hauled P away in cuffs. Part of her claim was for illegal eviction - from the house where she was a guest, never a tenant, and never had keys - but she insists it was her residence after 4 days. Oh, maybe part of the 5 grand claim was because after getting booted she went to a motel. Anyway, she REALLY wanted to talk about the defamation part of her claim... but by then JJ was fed up and announced she had no case. I actually thought D had a better case for defamation and harrassment (or SOMETHING for having to deal with looney P). Ah, but the application for restraining order with all the lies was never granted, so I guess no real damages. Oh well, my timeline may be off, but I gather cops were called at least 3 times in the 4 days she was there. Sort of wish JJ had asked Mom how many times they had been called in the past.
  8. All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    Psst, remember - a smart TV with surround sound and don'cha need help with the cable bill
  9. All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    Arrrrr, just watched stucco contractor. Dude is one of those who excuse poor workmanship by saying "customer wanted it - I knew it wouldn't work - but took the money anyway." Oh yeah, like the mechanics who are happy to charge top dollar to replace/repair an old clunker knowing something else will tank within a few hundred miles. Anyway, here I was thinking dude was about the lowest type of contractor, then during the hallterview dude mentions house was old and had lead paint. Huh? Didn't we see his employee removing the faulty stucco with a garden hose? Yep, my opinion of dude took another hit while he was trying to blame the customer - he heard none of JJ statement about what an honorable contractor would do. Oh my, motorcycle racing family! Soon as dude said he was on disability I knew where this was headed. Ah, but whole family must keep lawyers busy. P and witness son both have their disability lawyer, and didn't D son say something about a settlement for being run over? Anyway, here's another case where my low opinion went even lower during hallterview. Here pops tells the world the reason he put the bike in D son's name was to scam sonny boy's employer by buying the bike using son's employee discount.
  10. Season 5 General Discussion

    Ah, now, three hours of air time actually sounds about right as there MAY BE 15 minutes of new stuff. As @sigmaforce86 suggested, the FF button is our friend (though you may need new batteries after a week of "NEW" Alaskan Bush Clowns) I don't even plan to record the initial airing, since they're bound to rerun them several times. I'll wait to record them until I hear/read the recaps.
  11. Help me out, here. Trying to remember where Fred came from, and thinking he was one of those owner surrender types where the owner came in asking that he be put down because owner no longer wanted him.... anyway, he's a great ambassador for all those unwanted animals looking for a home. One of my favorite stories, being a cat daddy nowdays, is the original shelter kitty to go viral - Morris the Cat of the old 9 lives commercials https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_the_Cat
  12. Hmmm, not sure where I heard it, but seems to me I heard that the front limbs do 75% of the weight bearing. Also, seems to me they are used more when changing direction. Assuming that to be true, I would think missing a fore limb would increase chance of arthritis and future ligament/tendon problems in the remaining leg.
  13. Off topic follow up to my earlier post in episode thread. .. FOLLOW-UP: As soon as I posted about not liking breeders, I turned on Animal Planet and find an old rerun of Animal Cop Houston... oh my, I remember this horrible scene from '11 when they seized 300 animals from a breeder - mainly Rottweiler, but also other breeds, horses, birds, cats and two freekin tigers and 2 cougars. I googled for any updates, and found this article http://kdhnews.com/copperas_cove/local/judge-rules-spca-s-seizure-of-animals-justified/article_a919d909-e59f-5ba3-8950-c89bd4429de8.html what jumped out at me when I read the article is "property had been inspected by the American Kennel Club in November 2008, and had no problems. Her next inspection was due to be later this year. She had also been inspected by the USDA for her exotic animal cages, and had been cleared." Yep, the regulatory bodies inspected this breeder supposedly gave them passing grades (even though the show had the rescuers wearing respirators when they rescued animals from inside the house... have to wonder what conditions would have to be to fail.) Though, to be fair, the dogs and big cats all looked to be well fed, not starving like some we see on these shows.
  14. Ah, breeders - I have very little to say about breeders, since I was taught not to cuss as a kid. With the numbers of potentially great animals looking for homes, I don't understand people buying puppy mill puppies. If you HAVE to get a certain breed, know the reputation of the breeder, and if possible visit the kennel. Oh, and in case you missed it from my earlier posts, I am 100% behind Planned Pethood's spay/neuter policy. On a happier note, your post reminds me of my first cockatiel. Back when I was an apartment dweller, the place where I rented had a no pet policy - but made an exception for birds and fish. So, when I saw a sign that a cockatiel at a pet store was NOT for sale, I asked about her. Seems a previous idiot customer idiot, who knew nothing about birds, had purchased and returned her. Idiot must have grabbed her while wearing black gloves and broken her wing, since one wing had a permanent droop and she was a glider rather than a flier. (I had her almost 20 years, and she went nuts if she saw me come inside wearing gloves.) Anyway, the shop had a couple resident birds, so when the idiot brought her back the owner took her back. Long story short, I used to visit the store just to see and visit their resident/not for sale birds, made friends with the cockatiel and eventually the owner gave her to me. (Course, she may have been free, but I ended up being a regular paying customer since I needed a cage, toys, food etc for the next 20 years 😉.) Like I said, she didn't fly so much as glide as she couldn't get any lift, so would climb up something, then jump off and circle the room a few time getting lower each circuit. Used to walk along following me from room to room. Great companion with quite the personality.
  15. Thing about rattlesnakes is the amount of venom injected can vary from no venom at all to enough to kill an elephant - well, maybe not an elephant, but you get what I mean. IIRC something like 15-20% of bites inject no venom at all. Also, venom varies according to age, species, and intent of the snake. As Dr Jeff said on the show, if the snake is pissed he may give a bigger dose. Rattlesnakes are born live, and when young have less control over amount of venom injected and many believe more potent venom with a higher level of neurotoxic - also, the Mojave rattlesnake has the higher neurotoxic venom as an adult. So long story shorter, most bites are survivable without antivenom, but the quicker antivenom is administered the less chance of permanent or long lasting damage. No comment .... but I AM a cat daddy to six kitties 😉