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Oh Katie, until you have seen a hormonal, unaltered, irritated rabbit growl and lunge at you...well, you just wouldnt believe it. It is as if the rabbit from the Holy Grail has come to tear your throat out. Until rabbits hit sexual maturity, they are simply furry cuteness. Once the change happens, you can see perfectly lovely baby rabbits turn into crazed pee sprayers, chasing your feet or arm with the determination of love in their eyes Of course with rabbits bought as Easter pets, this happens with the summer - making them tempting to be set free. As the object of Cocos affections for a month and half before her spay, I can also say it does not matter if it is a male or female. She pursued me relentlessly! In the should spay category as well? About 85% of unaltered females develop cancers of the reproductive organs, completely preventable with spaying. As prey animals, the normal life cycle of a wild rabbit is fairly short. It is also why their biology developed to produce so many offspring, so quickly. However, removed from those circumstances, they can live easily for 10-12 years. Ill take a video one day of Coco deciding the broom is her enemy and deciding to lunge and growl at it, and send it on to you. Youll totally see the biker reference!
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2010 on The Hare Truth at Canada Moms Blog
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Gratton - I applaud you for doing the hard work...and it IS hard work identifying a reputable breeder, visiting the facility. Certainly not every breeder runs a puppy mill operation and many are devoted lovers of a breed who humanely and responsibly breed their dogs ( Rather than having the females have zero contact with any humans or animals except to mate and have their pups taken) I have to believe that being gestated in that environment produces pups ( or cats, or rabbits) that already have tasted the high cortisol/stress levels of their mothers. The other thing, which your story indicates, is that the pups who go to shelters may be mixed breeds who are less predictable due to temperament, and so need an assertive pack leader to socialize. Anyone who has watched Dog Whisperer ( and I have a serious fangirl crush on Cesar) knows that People can choose the WRONG dog for themselves and their family. It takes time and hard work to socialize ANY animal into a home...and the whole family has got to be involved. Making Snap adoption decisions RARELY works out well for either the animals or the people.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2010 on The Hare Truth at Canada Moms Blog
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Oh Sweetie - You will have the talk. I am having the talk, over and over and over in variations that I never thought were possible. My most dread convo? Oral Sex - which is on the horizon. Em had the "Puberty Class" in 5th grade. They showed the condoms et al. And I began to torture her by saying the words "Scrotum" and "Testicles" over and over.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2010 on Let's talk about sex, Mom at Canada Moms Blog
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An Excellent question http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CEGEP They are two year schools. In Quebec, Em would graduate in 11th grade, but go onto CEGEP as an in between before University.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2010 on Civil War at Canada Moms Blog
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As a Mom of a Young Montreal Tween girl and an Almost-Professor at McGill, I can assure you that we observe this date with a great deal of reverence. Not unlike the Dawson shooting a few years ago ( from which I see many of the student who were there at that CEGEP who are now 2nd and 3rd year University students) we talk about the larger issues around the whys and hows - but also the larger societal issues that we all still face. One of the more puzzling moments was s discussion in a Multi-cultural Education class in which we asked how many students considered themselves feminists. Two students out of 80 stood. I am not exactly sure that that means. Are young women today so confident of their standing in society that they no longer need to identify themselves AS feminist? Or That they reject feminism as an outdated term that means something with which they do not want to be associated.... Finally, did you see the film that was released last year about the Massacre? It is incredibly well done.
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Thanks Friends - This is a strange and puzzling part of parenting. I agree that perhaps many blogger parents want to give their kids more privacy so they stop writing about some of the struggles and life issues. However, I would argue that as Parents, we need each other more than ever. No one hesitates to give us advice about a toddler and toilet learning - but Puberty? How to discuss body changes? Oy vey. This stuff is HARD. I write about Em - with her knowledge - on my personal blog balefulregards.blogspot.com and I view this writing as much for me trying to figure out this stage of being a Mom as anything else. I can look into Em and see the funny charming woman she will become in her 20's. I will seriously like hanging out with that woman. But the in-between time? Its like having a full on 2 year old with the strength, stamina and vocabulary or a teenager. Exhausting times 20. As to websites, we monitor Em's consumption very stringently. She does have her own laptop. But we control the settings. She does have an email..to which we have the passwords. She is still young enough to understand that our jobs as her parents is to provide boundaries for her to work within. I know that this will fade in the coming years, but hope our foundation will still stand. Lastly, Moms of Tweens and Teens NEED a sense of humor most of all. That and liquor may be all that stands between us and the asylum.
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Oh lovey. I do so understand. I think partly it is because they both understand AND fear what they see. It is a hard thing to acknowledge that your marriage is ending, harder I think than in just staying together because it is easiest. And really hard in watching it from the outside, thinking "That could be me..." Kids are resilient. Thats just how they are built. Moms are not as much so...We invest so much into our children, our marriage, our ROLES, that our shells are more fragile, more easily poked holes into. This being said, I found a perfect apartment yesterday, then cried hysterically on the couch as I tried to justify to my still husband why it was perfect for me. And how it meant I was really moving on. This is all shiteous Jess, And I just keep thinking that there will be a day when it is just behind us.
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Summer is happiest here in Montreal too - with the good outdoor markets from surrounding farms, and the dearth of delicious Quebec cheeses. CSA's are growing in popularity too, I've found. But here is one thing that it is nigh unto impossible to get in Montreal. A Christmas Tree - grown in Quebec!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2009 on the foreigner in the 'fridge at Canada Moms Blog
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Yes Ladies - this ebbs and flows, and I waver between doing what is right for me, what I think is right for me, what is right for Em....The struggle of loving the known, and a million possible futures. Let us all be gentle with ourselves, shall we?
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We continue to resist, although we all miss her. I swore I saw her behind me the other day, waiting for her food bowl...
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2009 on Resisting the rebound cat at Canada Moms Blog
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After trying on a billion pairs of pants at Old Navy, I finally found three pairs that look good on me. They were all size 14...but not cut the same at all. It was exhausting. Montreal is also the land of the tiny woman and it can be super frustrating to see such cute things and have no hope of getting it on my humongous boobs. Yeah - Old Navy tends to be my "go-to" - and when I find flattering styles (Sweaters cut well, shirts that flatter and the elusive skirt) I stock up, knowing that the in between times will be lean. There is an american store - J. Jill that I have also had luck with, and I try to stop in their outlet when I am near one. As to the GD - sigh. I was an insulin dependent, six injections a day pregnant woman. I - like you - had a good team, who were able to negotiate with me about the things I wanted ( like no artificial sweeteners in the days of ONLY equal or sweet and low) and reasonable blood sugars. But yeah. I called my husband the "Pregnancy police" as he turned into a major enforcer of diet rules. As an aside, I didn't stay insulin dependent...but I remain on alert. I try to eat a very low carb diet ( with occasional winter long lapses into the comfort of the croissant of Montreal) OH - and one final thing I just remembered. I wore the SAME Gap jeans for years, like 20 years. Always size 12. About 2 years ago, I walked in and the jeans were gone. They had all become ultra low cut crazy things. I went to one of the clerks and asked where the hell my jeans that I had been buying since I was 18 had gone. Mens. They are now in the mens section. Same jeans, same cut. Cheaper cause they are mens. PLUS you can get a 32X30 or whatever and not have to hem them!
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2009 on Large and in Charge at Canada Moms Blog
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