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So. Much of my online life takes place on Twitter these days because I am often accessing the internet while away from my computer, and it is near impossible to tap out an entry on a phone. This is because, as I have mentioned, Sam is now mostly (but not entirely) blind and deaf, and he requires more care (help getting outside, to the water bowl, back to his blanket-bed) these days. He's happy, but he needs a lot of attention--and now that Scout has gotten really jealous and can't understand why Sam keeps bumping into him and reads it as aggression, he's started snapping at Sam. It's only gotten bad this last week, once Sam stopped sleeping most of the day and got active again. In fact, he rambles around way more than he did when he could see. So theere's a lot of watching and refereeing and wrangling that goes on if all three dogs are in the same room, and we're still working out how to handle that. We're to the point where I'm going to have to crate Scout and Shelby for a few hours sometimes, let Sam ramble around, and then tuck Sam away in the bedroom and let the big dogs out. If they can all doze peacefully in the same room, that's great. If they can all chill on the deck in dogly harmony, awesome. But if they can't, I'm going to have to put one or the other up somewhere, because I'm unable to get anything done and I'm near the point of hysteria from trying to micromanage them for eight hours at a stretch. Even my mother said, "You cannot sacrifice your life to these dogs."

But yesterday and today, I pretty much agreed to, because we're selling my grandmother's house, as she agreed (she's in assisted living now, as you may remember), and we had to have a yard sale to clear out the things that weren't divided among the family. (I'm not sure why specifically, but my grandmother was thrilled that I wanted this old-fashioned silver lamp with a white hobnail glass shade.) And it's emotionally tough to see someone's life broken up and sold like this, but it's also physically hard to make it all happen. I don't know why my mother's decided all this has to be done NOW, practically on a dime, but so help me, she has made it happen by the sheer force of her will. In fact, we were going to put the house up for sale on Monday, and now we're postponing that. For, you know, A WEEK. So dog-wrangling while she works a yard sale from 5 am to noon seems like I'm getting the better end of the deal, quite honestly.

My point here is, Twitter is a lot easier to deal with on a daily basis, under the circumstances.

I don't have any Wicked Pretty Updates. I do, however, want to take a chance on discussing an ongoing process of trying to create diverse characters without making an ass of yourself. I have a lot of questions to pose that I don't precisely have answers to. But I think there's already too much going on in this entry, so I'll put that off for a separate discussion.

@cleolinda: Sam is obsessed...

@cleolinda: ...with going outside.

@cleolinda: Just so he can hang out.

Sam is obsessed... on Twitpic ...with going outside. on Twitpic Just so he can hang out. on Twitpic

@cleolinda: Welcome to House of Bark. All bark, all day long.

@cleolinda: Hello, House of Bark, this is bark, how may we bark you?

@cleolinda: At House of Bark, operators are bark bark bark

At House of Bark, operators are bark bark bark on Twitpic

@cleolinda: Yard sale going well. I am on eternal dogwatch/referee duty, so I am relying on dispatches from the domestic capitalism front.

@cleolinda:  House of Bark is available for surveillance jobs

House of Bark is available for surveillance jobs on Twitpic

@cleolinda: Sam has retired from the HOB

Sam has retired from the HOB on Twitpic

@cleolinda: I would really like a lair. RT @io9: The 10 sickest underground lairs in scifi and fantasy http://io9.com/5787473/ 

@daisy_razor: Tell the House of Bark to start digging! @cleolinda I would really like a lair.

Meanwhile, I have gotten enough questions about this that I feel like I should address it: Yes, low-quality pictures of sex scenes (tons) and the birth scene (a couple) were leaked from Breaking Dawn. No, I will not be posting them.

@Twilight: Filmmaker Statement Regarding Breaking Dawn Leaks - http://on.fb.me/e4377k
The word "heartbroken" is used. Oddly, they seem less concerned about the content of the images and more concerned about the quality, as if there is any amount of cinematography that is going to make these concepts less disturbing. But I digress.

@cleolinda: My statement on the leaks: RT @cleolinda: I just... I can't. Salome just showed me something I can never unsee. I can't link it. Jesus God.

I initially found out from Chris Weitz's Twitter, and while he's had nothing to do with the movies since New Moon, he said he felt bad for the Breaking Dawn crew who had worked so hard, and... come on, you guys! I can't be the kind of person who would make Chris Weitz sad! Lyra would be so disappointed in me. (This is a man, by the way, who has the patience of a saint. He takes questions from a parade of Robert Pattinson icons every single day, no matter how horrific. "do you like to fap?" "I do not know what this is. Therefore, I fear and hate it." "have you pooped today?")

In summary, I feel too much sorrow and embarrassment for the way these people get treated to make them any sadder. Also, I feel like getting on Summit's bad side by posting stolen material would not be one of my better life choices.

@not_tragedi: Most of the sites with the large batches of Breaking Dawn pictures have had them pulled. Won't stop the fangirls but still.

@cleolinda: That's why I'm not posting any. I don't want to be on Summit's radar in that capacity.

Particularly since various industry people are already aware that I exist.

@particle_person: Damn journalists ruin all the fun.

@cleolinda: Ironically, [articles citing my recaps are] not even why they know about me. Fans told them. #whywecanthavenicethings

My favorite reaction, by the way, was one fangirl wailing that Summit might "cancel the whole thing." Dude, that's like saying someone would cancel money. I'd worry about the world supposedly ending this month before I'd worry about that.

Meanwhile, the two links of greatest interest:

@SmartBitches: Have a look: think it's Poe fiction plagiarism? http://is.gd/5iV31Q http://is.gd/l2qlAB http://is.gd/bk3BIM

@McDougallSophia: @cleolinda could you maybe link to Genre for Japan charity auction? Proceeds to BRC Tsunami appeal http://genreforjapan.wordpress.com/

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Dude, that's like saying someone would cancel money.

This should have been the reaction to the whole banking catastrophe. "GOD DAMMIT GUYS, I'M CANCELLING MONEY AND NO ONE IS INVITED TO MY PARTY BOOHOOHOO *runs off*"


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I think she's confusing the movie industry with Stephenie Meyer refusing to finish Midnight Sun after the first half got leaked. Which, I mean, I see the connection she's making, but... that first half didn't cost Stephenie Meyer millions of dollars to write.

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Besides, people can just use Google to see them. I did. And I totally regret it.

I accidentally googled something the other day that I regret immensely. Left a key word out of the search.
You have my condolences.

one fangirl wailing that Summit might "cancel the whole thing."

I... wow. Someone has no idea whatsoever about how the movie industry anything works.

ETA: Also... something you can't unsee? What, was it the birth scene? Which, God, I don't even know how that's going to make it into a PG-13 movie, for reals.

Finally, your dogs are so very cute.

Edited at 2011-04-02 09:13 pm (UTC)

The birth scene, yeah. A couple of afterwards shots, not even the worst of it.

"Dude, that's like saying someone would cancel money."

or cadbury eggs....
maybe if they cancel money we can trade in cadbury eggs...
oh shi....
brb, raiding the rock n roll ralphs on sunset

Wait, are you in America? I didn't think Americans knew the awesomeness that is cadbury's chocolate, let alone the amazingness of their eggs.
And if you aren't in America - shhhh! They don't know, don't tell them!

I feel for you for your dog wrangling. Fortunately, my trio are all approximately the same size, and the blind/deafish one still has no problem navigating the house. Of course, I never know where she is if she's out of sight - is she under the church pew? Upstairs, in my bedroom? Did I leave her outside? No, I always count heads....

I stupidly took a look at the pics on Thursday night, and because I am a glutton for punishment, I then watched a few minutes of the Grey's Anatomy musical episode. My brain is still mad at me.

Sam is utterly adorable, I just want to hug him.

Also, people legitimately ask those questions to others? (I'm referring to the tweets sent to Chris Weitz.) Dear Lord...what is wrong with people??

Dude, I didn't even mention the one from a user named "fuckmerob." It's like that every single day. Occasionally you have a Jacob/Taylor stan for variety, or this one particular girl who hates Ashley Greene and apparently harassed him about it so much that he told her to leave. I think it was something like, "so how many blowjobs did Ashley give executives to get the job?"

And these are just the ones he RTs in order to answer them. I don't even know what the other "hundreds every minute" look like.

Ah, fandom. *Sighs* Sometimes they're great; other times they can be douchecanoes supreme. :/

And nice to see that Sam's doing okay. ^__^

It's too bad you don't have Scottie terriers. They would simply regard Sam as being highly undignified and try to not be associated with him, lest the Queen might somehow be made aware of their social circle's antics.

I really, really don't think I can get through Breaking Dawn without some sort of fast forward button in my hand.

And sneak him disapproving glances out of the corners of their eyes while trying to pretend he doesn't exist.

>one fangirl wailing that Summit might "cancel the whole thing."

The girl would be afraid they cancel it, since Myers did that with Midnight Sun after the leak. Still the juvenile thing to do. This series of movie = money no matter the quality, and Myers needs to see that with Midnight Sun. We'll read her crappy book just to see Edward's view of the meadow no matter how much we cringe at it.

Much sympathy on the dogs. I've spent the past three months dealing with an elderly, neurotic German shepherd who's losing her sight and hearing and has arthritic hips, and who doesn't have her "Daddy" here right now (he's away in a several-month training course and I'm looking after our household on my own), and it's been really, really stressful. The vet and I have resorted to Xanax to help with some of those issues--it sounds like Sam is doing okay emotionally, but maybe that would be of use with the other dogs. There's also a dog version of Feliway; we had some luck with that when our dog was younger, although the effects didn't seem to last very long.

It might be that your mother wants to do the sale of things right now in much the same way one rips a Band-Aid off quickly; maybe she just wants to get it done as fast as possible and not have to face it anymore. In any case, best wishes to all of you in what's got to be a rough time.

Aww love to you for the Shepard care. I helped my cousin take care of her ex-boyfriend's Shepard while he was away in Afghanistan-- poor dude (the Shepard obviously, not the ex) was slowly going paralyzed and dragged his back legs when he walked. I had him, his doggie shoes and her energetic Chihuahua for a week. A week only, and what a week it was. She had to two of them for MONTHS.

Poor Moose the Shepard eventually had to have a doggie wheelchair and then when they ex got deployed again, they decided to put him down. It was so hard. Such a big sweet doggie. It's so hard when our furred family members get old and sick. Hugs to you for your difficult time as well.

OK, so it may seem a little nutty, but I did a quick google on deaf/blind dog care. They actually make doggy perfumes (I don't even know), which could actually help with the bumping, since Sam's sense of smell is now his most important navigational aid. Maybe find something to spritz the other dogs with so that Sam can distinguish them a little better?

If he still has some eyesight, you might also think about giving the other dogs bright red bandannas, especially if perfuming your dog seems too frou-frou. (There are also a bunch of make your own recipes for doggy perfume using essential oils. Any marketing company mining my google searches is now too confused to try to sell me anything, I swear.)

I saw an "It's Me or the Dog" where the family had a BIG old and blind/nearly blind dog. Victoria Stilwell advised them to not move the furniture around (dur), and she put a mat down at the edge of a step they had (it was a split-level home) so that the dog would know that the different texture under his paws meant that the step was coming. I thought it was pretty ingenious.

That scent thing is a great idea. There are plenty of essential oils that are super-beneficial to dogs (keep pests away, etc.). You should definitely look those up. Just make sure to NEVER EVER put essential oils on Bad Cat. They are really bad - even deadly - for cats.

For the past year we've had my brother's cat sequestered from our other cats in my mom's room because they kept gaining up on her for no reason. I know it's harder to do with dogs, but your idea for crating the other two when Sam's around is really the only thing you can do when animals start "turning" on one another.

Aw - poor Sam.

Of course he wants outside....With his other senses lessened so, it's probably like smell-o-vision for him!

Meanwhile, Our 20 yr old cat has developed some sort of kitty-Alzheimers....wailing for no reason -- and not in that "I'm looking for love" kind of way....oh, no, this is really, truly WAILING! -- and at all hours as well. We have only stopped running out in a panic because his two responses are: 1) **stares at you in surprised** with an innocent cat sort of "What?"; or 2) Walks to water bowl to wail some more...because it's been 5 min. since it was refreshened...Do they prescribe Xanax for cats?

Prozac works amazing for cats. Our cat is positively neurotic without it.