Saturday, July 25, 2009

Steam mop or Steam cleaner?

Well, with the onset of possibly getting a puppy, I've been in super cleaning and organizing mode. Needless to say, my apt. looks great! However, with a puppy, I want to make sure my home is clean...and stays that way. So with that, I need an opinion. Should I use a steam mop or a steam cleaner to keep my home clean in case of an oopise? I don't really have room for a steam cleaner but would like a deep down clean from a steam cleaner. Any suggestions?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Too high a price tag for a dog...

Well, things still aren't definite, but our apt. manager is supposed to talk to the apt. owners to see if they'll change their minds about tenants having a pet. Really, I don't see a problem and offered my suggestions for a set of criteria tenants have to meet before they're allowed to have a pet.

1.) must be a long term tenant
2.) must have and maintain a clean apt.; no write ups
3.) must pay rent on time; no write ups
4.) either allowed x amount of pets or x lb pet

I had previously approached the apt. manager about having a pet and she wished they would change their minds because she wanted a little dog that was already house trained. (see previous blog post). While the decision still hasn't been made, I've started looking (again) for a pet. For a while, I couldn't decided between a cat or a dog.

A cat would be great because they're independent, but I also don't have a lot of room for a litter box, scratch pat/post, etc. Plus, I'm away from home for work and a cat couldn't care less. A dog will require more attention so I'll have to be more active, which is great. I'll have to come home at lunch to take it out to potty. I'm not too thrilled with that, but I think it'll go ok. I'd have to modify my schedule more for a dog.

In the end, I decided on a dog. While it may get on the sofa, it wouldn't be on the counter or computer desk...or climbing the curtains...like a cat would. I'll have to modify my schedule a little but I have everything worked out where my dog will be happy and well tended. Because I want a toy dog, [according to petsmart] it'll be okay to leave it in a crate while I'm at work.

The dog I decided on, with help from Dogster.com, is a Mi Ki. This is a rare breed, fairly new (1980), and is a mix of Papillon, Maltese, and Japanese Chin. When you look at the dog, you can clearly see all the breed qualities. This dog is great for city and apartment living, they're quiet, animal friendly, lapdogs, and very expensive. At first, I didn't think they would cost as much as they do, but locally, the cheapest I could find is $1500 for a male puppy. The females go for more because they are breeders and it's important to keep the pure quality of the breed. I don't intend to breed my dog but am thinking about showing it.

Again, I'm keeping in mind we most likely won't be able to have pets so I haven't gotten my hopes too far up LoL. I have contacted a couple breeders to get some info and I did let them know the situation with our apt. complex so there's no misunderstandings. I'm still torn about the price tag, but with the dog living up to 16 years and has great health, I will get my moneys worth in both that and the joy it'll bring to my life. Mom doesn't agree...as usual...her main concern being when I travel, but I have a small pool of friends and acquaintances I can pull from to dog sit for me if need be.

I was/am also considering a Maltese or Papillon but they have a few health problems; a Coton de Tulear looks promising too but maybe a bit too energetic for an apt. A small poodle would work too...but I'm not really a poodle person LoL All these breeds can go for $400 to $1000 depending on the lineage of the dog and how purebred it is. This is all very tiring and confusing! I'm hoping I'll have my mind made up soon.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Etiquette for typing in all caps

Do people still adhere to the Internet rule that typing in all caps is considered shouting? Most times I don't mind, but in public forums I don't agree with it. Check this website out for Internet etiquette.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Dyed my armor...finally

Well, after a few years of having my templar armor in Guildwars, I finally dyed it this morning. It's a nice shade of sky blue :) I was going to go with gold, but decided on something a little different.

This is my main character, Sephie Moon, in Shing Jea Monastery in Cantha during the Dragon Festival.

What dog breed are you?

What dog breed are you? I'm a Golden Retriever! Find out at Dogster.com

Original Mary Poppins trailer

Scary Mary Poppins trailer