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  1. I worked at a pet store for 5 years, and ended up with the prairie dogs as a Christmas present about a year into the job. I did not really collect any other animals from the job though. Just the one cat (the one that I claim). I still work with animals, just in another field -- and I really enjoy it. I guess that comes from growing up on a dairy farm. That's also where I get my affection for Australian Cattle Dogs. I just love 'em. I know how terrible they are.... and mine are about the limit -- but they are just so funny/cute/lovable. It's hard to stay mad at them.

    Make sure that your boys stay strong in sciences at school. Especially things like chemistry and biology. So many youngsters want to go into the biology/veterinary field and then get to college and find out that it's really really hard... and then they have no other dreams to fall back on.
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    You have prairie dogs? I've never heard of people keeping prairie dogs as pets. That's so cool. I've heard that cattle dogs can be and handful sometimes. But it can be easy to forgive dogs when they are as lovable as yours sound!

    Yep, my kids are a big help. They are crazy about animals. One of my sons is planning on becoming a marine biologist and another is hoping to go to Vet school.
  3. We have 2 of the worst Blue Heelers (Australian Cattle Dogs) ever. I got both of them through different sketchy circumstances when they were each over a year old... and I am still trying to train (or un-train) all of the idiotic things that their past owners instilled in them. But boy-oh-boy are they lovable. As for the cats... I only claim one of them. One of the others belongs to my sister who just got married to a man "allergic" to cats and moved out of our house, leaving the cat. And the other one we are "watching for a military person who is just going to be in Korea for a few months" (that was 2 years ago). We also have 2 prairie dogs... but they are so ancient that they mostly just sleep now. (5-8 year life expectancy in captivity... we've had them for just shy of 10 years now.)

    It sounds like you all have quite a menagerie. Hopefully the kids help take care of them and you have adequate land in which to house them. =)
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    Two dogs and three cats? That's great! What kind of dogs do you have? I don't have a dog right now (I'm very sad about that) but our family does have 2 cats, 1 Argentine tegu, a Mexican King Snake, 2 parakeets, 5 turtles, a beta fish, 2 cockatiels, 16 chickens and hundreds of honey bees in our hive! I love animals!
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Child of the 80's -- growing up with 2 working parents, I ate a lot of ramen noodles and totinos pizzas. My siblings called me a 'pig' as a child... I thought I was fat in my teens, I realized I was obese in my 20's -- and I'm finally doing something about it now that I am in my 30's.
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It's like Déjà Vu, All Over Again

by rockbottom on November 30th, 2016 at 07:39 PM
Oh look -- I'm right back where I started. And I'm not all that shocked by this outcome. I wish I could feign surprise, supply myself with valid excuses ... but that's not the case. I simply stopped trying. And if anyone thinks that weight-loss can be maintained without supreme, daily, effort -- they are deluding themselves.

I wasn't delusional.

I was just lazy.

I remember the first bad decision I made. October 13, 2015. Free Popcorn at the

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Slowly but surely... losing the weight I lost, and found, and lost, and found...

by rockbottom on May 30th, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I never thought I'd be a human yo-yo. All though my childhood; I watched my Dad balloon up to 300# and then drop to a 160# (looking like a survivor of a work camp)... and then do it all over again.

"I would rather just be fat than go through that misery.", I remember thinking to myself.

And so I was fat... all through my teens and my 20's... and I did very little to try and remedy the situation.

But here I am. I finally found a great way

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Gained back 50 # -- The Avalanche (much more than a backslide).

by rockbottom on March 23rd, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Sooo... I have been trying to blog about this for at least a month now... but I've been way too embarrassed.

I don't even know where to begin -- and that is part of the problem. I stopped paying attention. I stopped weighing myself every day... and then when I did weigh myself and see the numbers creeping up... I would lose 2 or 3 of the five pounds gained and call it good. And then when I couldn't get the other 2 or 3 pounds off, I just let is slide. And it would have been

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Just under 200 pounds and I can do it all! (Don't wait until you're a twig to live.)

by rockbottom on May 5th, 2012 at 04:21 AM
When I weighed nearly 300 pounds -- I often felt completely defeated. There didn't seem to be any point in try to lose the weight, because my "goal weight" (according to height/weight charts) of 127 pounds felt completely unattainable. I was constantly exhausted -- the thought of doing any physical activity (even just walking around the neighborhood with friends) was distressing to me because I knew I would get too tired too quickly. But again, what was the point of trying? There was

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Long time, No Blog. I'm alive -- and gaining back 20 pounds didn't kill me....

by rockbottom on February 23rd, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I jumped off the wagon at Christmas time. I would like to say that I "fell off the wagon" -- because it sounds so much more like an accident... but I knew exactly what I was doing when I did it.

Christmas Eve I decided I would eat whatever I wanted through until the day after Christmas. I had been a rock-star at this whole dieting thing for the the entire rest of the year... and I was fed up.

But Christmas Eve/Christmas Day came and went ... and so did

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Updated February 25th, 2012 at 12:02 PM by rockbottom

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