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Is it really only Monday?

I think I've found a fit for the boys. Wednesday we are going to an introductory Tae Kwon Do class. I think the boys will REALLY like this. If they seem to, I'm going to go ahead and sign them up for the Wednesday evening classes, since they will be in summer camp only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I hope it teaches them respect, control, and not to hurt others (and each other).

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Since things have slowed down, it has started to catch up with me. I feel sort of unmotivated and depressed slightly again.

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I'm going to start pet sitting for some neighbors that run a business for pet owners. They pick up the animal, bring them to the sitter along with food, toys, bed and anything else needed, and then pick them up when the owners get back. I just think this will be so much fun, and bring in some extra spending cash. I also think Pepper and Barqs will enjoy having new dogs to play with off and on.

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I'm so freakin bored. Back to my puzzle and my puppies.

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georgiaskydiver
May. 9th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
I agree - I think they'll love (I resisted the urge to say "get a kick out of") Tae Kwon Do. What a great way to learn discipline and blow off boy energy!

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I'm not surprised that you're having a bit of a let down. You've been through a hell of a lot lately. You were strong and held the weight of several worlds on your shoulders. Sounds like you could use a good spa day to reward yourself and celebrate another victory.

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As for the dog sitting, you'll be keeping another animal in your house? What type of screening do they do for the dogs? How will you know if the dog is good with children or other animals? Or that it's even housebroken? Do they require that the dogs have all their vaccinations (including kennel cough - whatever the hell that's called) before they'll introduce them into your home? Does the pet service have insurance? Does it cover you? What happens if the dog becomes sick or injured while in your care? I'd ask a bunch of questions before I jumped on that one. But then that's just the lawyer in me coming out.
trshtwns01
May. 9th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
They screen the families before taking on their dog, meet the dog, get copies of the shot records, and also match the temperment of the dog with the sitter. They also screen the sitters - come into the home, see how they are with animals, make sure they know what to do in certain situations, and also have to see shot records on our dogs. When they bring a dog over, they stay for a little while to see the dog adjust. He knows to only bring me dogs that are sedate, good with children, medium or smaller, and well socialized with other dogs. Even though they have known me for about 7 years, he is coming by in a couple of days to see our house, our backyard, what we have for our dogs, how we work with them, how our dogs react to us (do they seem shy around the kids or us which could be a sign of abuse), and make sure we are equipped to keep an additional dog. He knows I work from home, so I'm always around to stay with the dog. They have a deal with a vet close to here in case anything happens to any of the dogs in their care, and they pay fully should that happen. It's a chain (Pets are Inn) and my neighbors franchised this area of town.
georgiaskydiver
May. 9th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
Cool. Ask for a copy of their insurance policy as well as a certificate of insurance showing you as an "additional insured." It won't cost the company anything to get you one, and it's not at all unreasonable to ask.

Once you get the certificate of insurance, check it very carefully. You want to be an "additional insured" NOT an "additional named insured." (that one additional word makes you jointly responsible for payment of all policy premiums)

Any time someone works on my house or on our property I always ask for this. That way if something happens and you get sued, their insurance will defend the claim and pick up the tab. Particularly since your homeowner's insurance might not cover it.



trshtwns01
May. 9th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Good words of advice. Have you considered going into law or something like that? :)

Ok, nighty-night. I have my jaw clenched so tightly I've given myself a headache. Time for sudoku puzzles in bed. 3 months and 1 day until I fly to Atlanta.

Gotten anything in the mail lately?
trshtwns01
May. 9th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
Those were good questions though! And yes, I do need a break. :)
oddharmonic
May. 9th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
I hope the boys enjoy Tae Kwon Do! There's one studio near us that offers an after-school program during the school year, but I don't know anyone that participates in it. (I see vans from their program and a gymnastics place in with the child-care buses at our school.)

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I think you've earned a spa day with all you've been up to recently.
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