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Posted on Jul 2, 2012 7:54:42 PM PDT
dharts says:
Thank goodness our power, despite flickering off and on for a while, never really went out. It would have been miserable in this heat. But we are prepared, mainly because our power goes out so often out here in the country.

We have a generator, always have bottled water on hand as well as battery operated lanterns and oil lanterns, and plenty of hand sanitizer. At least those of you in the more urban areas don't have to worry about no running water when the power is out. Not enough warning of this storm to fill empty water bottles, which you learn to do when you need a way to flush toilets when the well pump isn't working. In a pinch, you can just fill your bathtub with water.

For those who always use an electric can opener, make sure you have at least one old fashioned hand crank can opener. You can always get by on canned food but not if you can't get the can open.

Grandma, if you have a freezer other than the one on your refrigerator and it isn't full, fill those bottles with water and stick them in the freezer. Then you'll have water on short notice and they'll help keep the food frozen longer if the power goes out. Help keep the freezer cold with less power the rest of the time.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 9:40:41 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 9:44:10 PM PDT
Panger says:
Thanks, just curious.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 9:48:10 PM PDT
Panger says:
I'm with you. ((( ))) : )
In all seriousness, my aging Border Collie is having a real problem with hot spots. She has seen a vet but nothing is helping. Anyone have any ideas?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 9:52:30 PM PDT
Panger says:
Screen out of storm door! Thankfully it sounds like it did not whip back and hit you. I am glad to hear that it was minor damage to your property and to see your post.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 5:53:01 AM PDT
Moggy K says:
Most people in rural areas rely on wells for their water, the pumps that bring the water up from the wells run on electricity - so if the power goes out you have no water. In urban areas most people are on city water so they still have water when the power goes out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 5:55:20 AM PDT
Grandma says:
@Moggy K - not necessarily true because the city water relies on pumping stations to put water into the system.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 5:55:59 AM PDT
Moggy K says:
Panger, it could be any number of things. Our last doggie would suffer horribly with them. They diagnosed her with all sorts of things we went through all of these possiblities; flea allergy, wheat allergy/corn (check the ingredients on the doggies food), ringworm, skin allergies - what finally ended up working on our dog was that they discovered she actually had a fungal infection - once they gave her the correct medicine it was like magic she was finally cured.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 5:57:00 AM PDT
Moggy K says:
I have lived in the city for almost 20 years. We have been without power for 11 days during a hurricane and 10 days during an ice storm and never once lost water. I'm just speaking from experience here.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 5:58:30 AM PDT
Moggy K says:
Here Grandma, this may help you understand why the water doesn't stop flowing in the cities.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 7:02:52 AM PDT
dharts says:
Not anywhere where I have lived. They have depended on water towers and good old gravity. They might use a little bit of pumping here and there but most of it is gravity. Only time I have ever lived in a town or city and had no water and sewer was during severe flooding during hurricanes that flooded the water plant. It had nothing to do with power being out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 7:08:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2012 7:11:17 AM PDT
dharts says:
Thanks Moggy. Thank goodness someone had warned me about this little well pump issue before my first power outage for three days during a snowstorm out here.

Panger, I keep hitting the wrong button and losing the reply to you. The screen blew out on the sides but not the top and bottom so it just puffed out and then back again. It's that new plastic screening anyway so I doubt if it would have done more than sting a little.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 8:13:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2012 8:52:15 AM PDT
Zoo Keeper says:
One of our Shelties had problems every summer with hot spots. We did two things, you may have tried.
One, shave her. If the hair is short it relieves the skin some, but it also gives you easier access to the problem. She'll look kind of silly, since you're used to seeing all that hair, but she will be more comfortable.
Second, we applied Betadine to the spots. It really seemed to help dry them up and maybe? kill anything causing a problem or kept out infection. If the spots are where she can lick them you should cover her to keep her from licking the betadine. I did this with a baby's onesie. It covered her entire body and snapped at the tail so she couldn't wiggle it off. Since Borders are bigger than Shelties you could use a kid's tshirt in the right size and run a piece of first aid tape around the bottom of the T at her tummy to hold it in place better. If her feet are involved you could try little socks/tape. (My son/s showed/shows Shelties and tshirts/socks are how we keep them clean when they need to go out or walk in a dirty area near showtime.)I also gave her a bath- only once a week-in a human shampoo with coal tar. (wish I could remember the name, it was in a lime green bottle and had a hot pink or blue lid depending on the formula).
If she can live inside, where it's cooler, would be good. But, I know (Mom has 2 Borders) that sometimes it's hard to keep these doggies inside if they normally stay out.
Good Luck and I hope doggie feels better soon. I know how much it bothers you to see her like that.

ETA: A cone. Use a cone to keep her from licking. I'm sorry I forgot what is so obvious. That Sheltie HATED a cone. She would fall over and play "dead" for hours on end. So we always looked for other ways to deal w/the problem.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 9:34:10 AM PDT
dusty says:
Hey, is anyone reading? I guess it's vacation time for some peeps but alas, not for me. sure hope someone starts talking.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 9:37:09 AM PDT

It is now a daily thread.

Go to Free Books and Chat - Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 9:53:54 AM PDT
bothellbuyer says:
post-shaving alopecia - one of the primary reasons to avoid shaving for 'cosmetic' reasons

there are many options other than cones to prevent licking which are much less cumbersome for the dog and owner to deal with....Bite-Not is one that I see frequently

I had a rough collie for many years and interned at a rough collie kennel years ago. We used a water/Listerine spray prior to grooming and never had to deal with hot spots. But I groomed regularly as well and kept the coat 'open'.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 10:05:31 AM PDT
*** bothelibuyer..... This thread is now closed.
Go to Free Books and Chat - Tuesday, July 10,2012 for the FREE book links and more discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 10:05:33 AM PDT

This thread is closed. It is now a daily thread. Free Books and Chat July 10, 2012

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 10:08:45 AM PDT
@Lover of Books

Good idea, adding the link

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 10:12:43 AM PDT
Thanks Vesters! It gave me the opportunity to practice for tomorrow when I open the thread. Uh oh, almost forgot...... someone said this thread is closed!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 10:19:54 AM PDT
bothellbuyer says:
I was replying to a post in THIS thread.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 10:32:33 AM PDT
Hi bothellbuyer- I think people thought you might have lost your way because this was the week of June 24th thread and hardly anyone wanders back this far. Nice to see you again though and in case some are truly confused, here's the link to the current days thread:
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