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November 28th, 2015


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08:19 am - Dog Bites and Distraction, Post #79
It has not been a good few days here at the old homestead in the subtropics.

A couple of days ago Master Danger was attacked by a pitbull mix. (We were walking on the sidewalk. The dog broke a door and charged us.) My boy sustained a nasty series of puncture wounds and a minor broken bone, but it could have been So Much Worse. It's been a couple of days of veterinarian visits, lots of meds, and a prescription to keep him quiet and settled for a month.

So that's going to be fun.

To brag on the little jerkface, however, I've started training him to lie down on his LL Bean dog bed in the living room -- using the words "LL Bean" as his command. He got it in three repetitions. Smart boy.

Anyway, I've been mostly low-level anxious since then, and I desperately needed distraction. And lo, it appeared last night in the form of a Hallmark Christmas movie called Crown for Christmas, starring -- and I still can't quite believe it -- Rupert Penry Jones as the romantic hero, with Danica McKellar as the heroine.

RPJ is several levels above the actors who play the heroes in most Hallmark movies, and I am not entirely sure why he took the role. But he was DELIGHTFUL. The story itself was a sort of mashup of The Sound of Music and Cinderella, except that both RPJ as the king of a small fictional Ruritanian-type country and McKellar as the artist-maid-turned-governess were so...grounded and grown-up and SENSIBLE that a) it was clear they'd be a functional couple for the long haul, and b) the over-the-top romantic elements read as, okay, sure, that's what these lovely, smart people would be like. (McKellar, who in real life is a trained mathematician who writes books about math for middle-school girls, actually worked in a fractions-lesson scene with gingerbread during the governess section. Meanwhile, RPJ swanned around in either gorgeous suits or riding clothes throughout the film -- lots of WHITE SHIRTS -- and the denouement occurred at night, with him riding his horse through the snow to find the heroine. As one does. It was ridiculous and sublime at the same time.)

May you have better days coming up, with excellent distractions.

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:November 28th, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC)
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I didn't see the whole thing, but I did catch the fractions scene, that was adorable! Knowing Hallmark, I'll have plenty more chances to catch it ;)
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2015 03:21 pm (UTC)
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I am hoping for many repeats. :)

Cheers to you, Cronopio.
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From:ljrags
Date:November 28th, 2015 02:03 pm (UTC)
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What an excellent distraction!! And Master Danger - what a clever boy you are!

Hugs and rest and WONDERFUL holiday surprises!
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2015 03:22 pm (UTC)
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Hugs and thanks and tea for you on this Sunday! :)
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From:freixenet
Date:November 28th, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC)
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The film sounds like a quality Harlequin romance. How wonderful! An excellent distraction for you. I'm sure the young master was watching with you, agog. (Adog?)

He's a good boy. I'm not surprised he got the lie-down so quickly, since his intelligence has never been in question--only his willingness to obey! please give him my respects.

And please do continue to take care of yourself. I hope the cold, at least, is gone!

Hugs, hugs--
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Crown for Christmas was absolutely top-drawer Mills and Boon fare, except not with an asshole hero or whingey heroine. I approved. :)

Master Danger is not well today, but we persevere.

Hugs hugs!
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From:mamculuna
Date:November 28th, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Poor Master Danger! What a terrible event. I'm so glad it wasn't worse, but so horrified that he had to endure that. I hope he enjoys his drug-filled recovery, sweet boy. So bright, too, learning the command so quickly.

And want to see that movie! It sounds like a film version of a fine chocolate truffle.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2015 03:24 pm (UTC)
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It was awful, and the recovery period looks like it's going to be tricky. But we'll keep going.

Yes, Crown for Christmas was basically that kind of good milk chocolate -- not dark, not good for you, but delightful nonetheless.

Cheers for your day!
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From:paratti
Date:November 28th, 2015 04:32 pm (UTC)
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He looks fine in white shirts. He was especially delicious in his Who Do You Think You epsiode in India.

(((Hugs)) to you both.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
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RPJ in white shirts = good for what ails a woman. :)

Hugs hugs, mate!
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From:kathyh
Date:November 28th, 2015 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Poor Master Danger and poor you. How scary for you both.

RPJ in a white shirt playing a romantic lead sounds just the tonic for you. Sending many hugs to you both.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
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I think I need RPJ-in-white-shirt-playing-romantic-lead on a constant loop right about now. ;)

Hugs hugs! Hope your December begins beautifully and keeps going!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:November 28th, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Oh, dear, your poor boy! But clever of him to choose a command to learn that is right up his alley.

And I'll be watching for that Hallmark film...i usually can't stand the high sugar content, but this sounds like they at least spent money on the cast...

Hugs and strng wishes for less exciting times.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2015 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, ALH. Master Danger is having a bad day today, but I'll share good wishes with him.

Crown for Christmas IS sweet milk-chocolate, but because the leads are good (and are grownup), it went down v.v. easily.

Hugs hugs!
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From:anne_d
Date:November 28th, 2015 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh, how scary for you! I'm glad Master Danger's injuries were minor, and very glad you weren't hurt. [HUGS] in abundance for you and thoughts of healing and quiet resting for MD.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2015 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Hugs right back in your direction, and I hope good things are in your life. Have a good start to December!
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From:gwynnega
Date:November 28th, 2015 11:07 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like a perfect distraction! I hope Master Danger heals quickly and well.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2015 03:27 pm (UTC)
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The young master is NOT feeling well today. But we persevere.

Hugs hugs! I hope YOU feel better!
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From:roguedemon
Date:November 29th, 2015 12:51 am (UTC)
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((Hugs)) for you both. Hee, it's v. important to recognize the L.L. Bean brand. ;)
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Heh -- the "LL Bean" is because I can't say "bed," as that's synonymous with "crate" to him. But yes, he's also a posh dog. :)

Hugs hugs hugs and thanks!
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From:justhuman
Date:November 29th, 2015 02:48 am (UTC)
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Pet Master Danger for me! I hope he hasn't been forced the indignity of the cone of shame. I hope you both recover quickly from this.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, the cone is definitely in place. I shudder to think how long he'll have to wear it. :(

Hugs and thanks!
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From:janus_74
Date:November 30th, 2015 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Hugs to you both, and wishes for a speedy (and calm) recovery.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 3rd, 2015 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Belatedly -- thank you! And cheers for your Thursday!
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From:claudia_yvr
Date:December 2nd, 2015 05:56 am (UTC)
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Oh dear, poor Master Danger! Thank goodness, he has a nice LL Bean dog bed where he can lick his wounds in comfort.

Anyway, it's understandable that the episode made you a bit anxious; that must've been quite upsetting. I'm glad you were able to find a good distraction. Don't judge me, but I find playing the mindless game Farmville 2 completely empties my head (similar to what people claim meditation does, but I've never been able to meditate) no matter how stressed I am.

Here's hoping the rest of week is much better for both you and Master Danger!

::hugs, hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:December 3rd, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for distractions of whatever harmless stripe (and Farmville 2 counts)!

Hugs and thanks to you, C.
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From:rahirah
Date:December 31st, 2015 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Ack! Somehow I missed this post. I hope Master Danger has made a full recovery.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 31st, 2015 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Indeed he has! He got the all-clear from the vet right before Christmas.

Now we just have to work on his and my nerves. ;)

Thank you!
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From:rahirah
Date:January 1st, 2016 06:26 am (UTC)
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It can take awhile. Bo didn't suffer any ill effects after he was rushed by another dog a couple of years ago, but I still get a little nervous when I see an unleashed dog running around. :P

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