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Decker pushed my buttons today, and I finally exploded at him. I have been dealing with my online dog supply store, Operation Sheepdog Herding, not generating any money. It generates some, but not enough to pay for the minimum orders that I have to put in, to order a customer's product. Usually, the orders are low, but with my shipping charges fairly high, all of that combined makes it hard to absorb all of the added expenses.
Financially, I did terrible at the Humane Society Fund-rasier "dog fair". I brought in several hundred dollars worth of product and only sold a couple of items. I did not sell any Bella Bowls, which I dearly love, and my dog's actually eat out of; no sales for the In and Out Crocks, which are real nice for crates and I even own one; I didn't sell one dog collar at all. No dog collars sales really surprised me and I even had gotten the girls new Flying Dogs collars to show what those neat collars look like. In the spring, I had a booth at another dog event fair, and I sold a couple of collars. But Saturday, I had a much better selection and much lower prices, with no interest. I even had Halloween and Fall design dog collars.
I had interest with sheepdog herding though. This was the first time that this event, in it's 18 year history, that it had ever had sheepdog demonstrations. I was occupied, but was told that tons of people were fascinated by the dogs working the sheep.
So this morning, I was dealing with a product that I had shipped to me and actually sold. I found out today that the shipping charge, with a weight of only one pound was 13+ dollars! That was almost twice the product cost. Then I figured that I had lost money on it. I was fuming about it! While I was getting ready to go outside to feed the livestock, the dogs were being restless. I just opened the door and told them to get out. Kate and Tam went out with Decker hanging back. I am not much of a sweet talker, and was not about to lower my status, just to have him feel more comfortable near me, and maybe get him to go outside also. So I took a breath, kept my anger at bay, and walked over to Decker and repeated to him to get out. He did not budge. I touched (and I mean literally touched) him with my foot by his rear, then he bolted out. I was not mad at him, inside or out until I saw that he had leaked again.
That's when I exploaded! I screamed and yelled at him and told him that that was it. He is getting a male wrap. I have them on the website, but have never used them. I have used the female diapers for heat cycles for over 20 years, but never a male wrap. The female diapers that are on the site are super durable, and mine (I have 4 of them) have lasted for over 20 years!
Yesterday, I had just steam cleaned my carpet to get rid of his "scares". I can't take it any longer. I can't discipline him in the house. Well, not any longer. He is going to get it! Rain or shine.
I will report on how well the male wraps work, but I guess they will be the best thing ever, and my house will be grateful.
Well, being mad at Decker, and he knew I was, and had tucked himself up underneath the pickup truck, to hide. After feeding the animals, I had to go into town and was not taking the boy with me. I was still mad at him. I put him into his crate on the front porch, gave him some water in the In and Out Crock inside the crate. I loaded up the girls and left, glad for the separation. I was gone about 3 1/2 hours and was glad that I left him. I needed some distance from him for a while.
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