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Family and Children / Re: Birds and Unsupervised 4 yr old.
« Last post by Dazi on Yesterday at 08:22:20 PM »
I still have a scar on my pinkie where my uncle's cockatiel bit me some 20 years ago. 

My friend also got bit by her African Grey parrot when someone else startled it...I think she ended up with a broken finger and I'd guess about 20 stitches. My friend's dad was an exotic bird irresponsible parent of the human variety.  He lost from the knuckle up on two fingers from a testy Macaw.  These were people who were experienced bird handlers.

Do what ever you have to to protect your animals. Whether that's change out a doorknob to one with a lock or replacing the whole door.

A ticked off bird can inflict a lot of damage to a 4 year old and vice versa.  I think you ought to show them some of the very graphic youtube videos of large birds biting off fingers and biting people in the face.  A picture is worth more than a thousand words and this might get the point across better and faster about how seriously someone can be injured than just telling them.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by gmatoy on Yesterday at 08:20:29 PM »
miladyrose - I'll put my 14 pounds of "Terriorist 'Tude" up against your 15 pounds of Shih Tzu 'Tude anyday >:D

Our Honey Girl is allowed to sleep wherever she pleases.  DH would make her sleep in bed with him if he could.  HG prefers to start her night out in her "den" under the bed.  I think she waits until we fall asleep and stop flailing about before she jumps up and lays in the middle of the bed.

Both the cat and dog (and their predecessors, Midnight and Bootsie) enforce the "open door policy."  All doors must be open at all times.  This has nothing to do with whether or not they want to pass through the door.  It's their job to enforce the "open door policy" and they do so assiduously.  Closing the door to keep the dog (or cat) out of the bedroom would ensure that no one slept that night.

If I ever got an animal that had open door policy, it would be rehomed quickly. As a child, I stood one night and watched firefighters try to save our house. All doors are closed every night. It is the way to survive a fire. (Sorry, it is one of my panic buttons.)
Neighbor most define my had time to contact your friend! She had enough time to arrange the cheesecake delivery, arranged the pick up of cheesecakes, arranged to hav something delivered by ups knowing they were going away. Wonder if someone will be by to get the wine cooler?

We need to give this story/person a name........... This will for sure make it into the hall of fame.

Wine & Cheese[cakes] Liz
Family and Children / Re: Friend admonishing my child
« Last post by gramma dishes on Yesterday at 08:12:26 PM »
...  And yes, your DD WILL remember that you stuck up for her.  :-)

And she'll also remember that you stuck up for yourself!  That's equally important.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Vacation Hills to Die On - What's yours?
« Last post by Rockie on Yesterday at 08:11:44 PM »
I don't mind wandering around in the great outdoors, but I really hate insects, so I don't know if I could do camping unless it's in an RV or cabin or somewhere I can get away from them.

No eating at the same restaurant for every meal the whole time. Please. This happened when we took some relatives to DC. A McDonald's was next to our hotel, so that's where we ate for almost. Every. Meal. (oh wait, I think we had pizza for lunch once) I like it OK, but not that much. I tried suggesting we go to Chinatown for a meal (something I knew they'd all eat, even the finicky 5 year old with us), but they said no. I'm still irked about that - I'm sure there's a lot more restaurants than McDonald's, but I never got to experience any of them. Also surprised my mom would go for that given how much she likes to harp on me about my weight, to watch what I eat, family history of high cholesterol and diabetes and such, blah blah blah...

Don't even get me started on the trip we stayed at someone's house for part of it, and I got a narrow pad on the floor while everyone else got actual beds. Our hosts offered to give me my own room with a bed since they had other spare rooms, but my parents declined saying we shouldn't trouble them. >:( Fortunately we hopped around to other places often enough that I did get to sleep in a real bed when we weren't there, but wow, good to know I'm a second class citizen and my comfort is not important.

My very strong preference would be for my own room, but if sharing is needed then only relatives/people I know, and I do need to know ahead of time such is the case. I don't know if this counts as vacation as such, but I was at a study abroad program and, because the group had an odd number, one person (me) got a room to herself. On the second to last week I was there, there was a knock on my door. When I opened it, there was a staff member with a group of strangers. She pointed at the girl and said "This is your new roommate". I was too flabbergasted to reply at first (I was never told there'd be a possibility of someone else being assigned to my room), but a couple of friends with me said we needed to talk to our teacher first, and they left. Thankfully the teacher sorted it all out, saying the program had paid for the entire room so they had no right to try and put someone outside of the program in there. I was a little paranoid I'd come back to find a stranger in the room unpacking, but that fortunately never came to pass.
Humor Me! / Re: Uh.. ya, don't do that....
« Last post by JenJay on Yesterday at 08:09:58 PM »

Thanks for the tip! A few weeks ago my dryer was acting up and, to make a really long story short, we pulled a bird's nest out of the vent!
But your way sounds quicker, plus I could be proactive and chase any birds away before they get a full blown nest settled. I felt bad for her, but I need a functioning dryer.
You need a Dryer Vent Cover.  Buy one at any hardware store, put it on the vent where it exits the house.

We tried. Our vent is an odd size/shape and we haven't been able to find one that fits. I thought about trying to secure some type of screen over it but I was worried about lint build-up being a fire hazard. I guess I could try it, do the shop-vac trick, then go up and see if there's any build up on the mesh.
Bottle-feeding a three day old baby goat.  She is just the cutest little thing, I've definitely overdrawn on my 'squeeee!' quota.  Adding to the cute factor are the three little dogs who are trying to parent the little kid.

We need pictures!

Oh my GAWD!  there is a sweater on da goat!  squeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Family and Children / Re: Birds and Unsupervised 4 yr old.
« Last post by MommyPenguin on Yesterday at 08:00:04 PM »
When I was a teenager I had a cockatiel and in a moment of panic she bit down on my middle finger, the upper part of her bill punched right through my fingernail.  And tiels aren't that large or strong compared to other types of parrot.  A Macaw can take the finger right off a small child with very little difficulty.

There are also childproofing devices you can get that fit over the knob...they require adult height, strength and leverage to open; if a child tries to turn them they just turn freely over the knob.  If your door has a knob and not a handle, this might work for you.  No drilling or modifications of any kind required; they just fit right over the existing knob.

IMO kids and animals should never ever be unattended together.  The mom in the OP is downright careless.

I wouldn't recommend the childproofing door knob covers, unless you're able to do your research and actually find one that requires an adult to open it.  My kids have no problem opening these.  They're a *slight* challenge to the 4-year-old and 2-year-old, but not enough to be a deterrent if they really want to get on the other side.  Maybe I have a cheaper version or something, I don't know, but I've tried several of these over the years and none have kept a kid out beyond the age of 2 or so (varies a bit depending on the kid and their perseverance).

I also agree with several posters who said to beware anything that the child's mother can override.  If the child is whining, she might override the lock/childproofing item so that her child can get in, so that her child will stop bugging her about it.
Family and Children / Re: Friend admonishing my child
« Last post by malfoyfan13 on Yesterday at 07:53:44 PM »
Having read most of this thread, and having known a few people like "Friend", I think you're better off without her "friendship" and her treatment of your child.  There are some people out there who think kids are always doing something wrong and have to go control-freak all over them.  I had a couple of relatives behave this way towards my son when he was little and DH and I shut them down QUICK.  Only you get to parent your child!  Especially when she's not doing anything wrong, or anything that affects the "Friend".  I'd be glad to see the back of her.  And yes, your DD WILL remember that you stuck up for her.  :-)
I don't see any point in involving law enforcement either - it's an etiquette matter. 

How about "Clueless Cheesecake Cruiser"?  LOL
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