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« Reply #60 on: January 30, 2011, 11:18:40 AM »

Screw that, Max has just tried to kill Mrs S!
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« Reply #61 on: February 09, 2011, 05:47:08 AM »

I did enjoy this one, mostly cute and funny as others have said. Not anywhere near the Trouble with Death Traps in my opinion, but those are tough stories to match.

One thing did jar me from the story, though. Dogs trained to fight CAN be rehabilitated. Since Vick has been mentioned already - almost all if not all of his dogs have been rehabilitated and are alive and well today. I suppose making it necessary to kill the dogs was the author's way to make the subsequent murders something the reader might get behind (although even this didn't do it for many EP readers) - but it struck me instead as poorly researched. But I suppose the story was just a thought experiment, after all.
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« Reply #62 on: February 09, 2011, 09:57:19 AM »

It can be nearly impossible to find homes for them, though, even the ones who can be rehabilitated.  Plus, even rehabilitated fighting dogs often are difficult pets, in the same way that children who have trauma in the early years often act out in terrible ways later in life.  It's not unheard of for such animals to be killed.
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« Reply #63 on: February 09, 2011, 11:25:09 AM »

It can be nearly impossible to find homes for them, though, even the ones who can be rehabilitated.  Plus, even rehabilitated fighting dogs often are difficult pets, in the same way that children who have trauma in the early years often act out in terrible ways later in life.  It's not unheard of for such animals to be killed.

I'd second this, I have friends that work for shelters, and Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are very difficult to find homes for, and if they have scars, doubly so, because people assume that they will be vicious, when in fact, they are often very very loving towards their owners.  Many adopted dogs have some sort of trauma in their early life that can manifest for the rest of their life.  I adopted a dog that was terrified of bathrooms anything stick-like, such as brooms, mops, or even if you picked up a chair.  Turns out, she had a bladder problem and had many accidents.  Her previous owner would beat her with the mop when they were cleaning, and throw her in the bathroom for hours.
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« Reply #64 on: February 09, 2011, 12:59:29 PM »

It can be nearly impossible to find homes for them, though, even the ones who can be rehabilitated.  Plus, even rehabilitated fighting dogs often are difficult pets, in the same way that children who have trauma in the early years often act out in terrible ways later in life.  It's not unheard of for such animals to be killed.

I'd second this, I have friends that work for shelters, and Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are very difficult to find homes for, and if they have scars, doubly so, because people assume that they will be vicious, when in fact, they are often very very loving towards their owners.  Many adopted dogs have some sort of trauma in their early life that can manifest for the rest of their life.
As the owner of a pit-rott cross from a shelter and a prior bad home, I agree. My baby was on death row until I saved and rehabbed her- she is as vicious as a piece of banana but everyone thinks she must be agressive.....
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« Reply #65 on: February 09, 2011, 01:54:45 PM »

Not really to the point, but I think Rottweiler puppies are the cutest variety of dog on earth.
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« Reply #66 on: February 09, 2011, 08:43:40 PM »

...she is as vicious as a piece of banana but everyone thinks she must be agressive.....

Speaking personally, I always avoid bananas. Can't forget the time I was nearly trampled to death by a stampeding herd of bananas.
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« Reply #67 on: February 10, 2011, 09:24:33 PM »

Looks like I was the one who didn't do enough research on rehabilitation of fighting dogs - Vick's dogs are more the exception than the rule (http://www.npr.org/tablet/#story/?storyId=129989424. My apologies to the author!

And I agree, rehabilitating is one thing, finding homes another. Our local shelters are 80-90% pit bulls and not all of them find homes. Very sad.
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« Reply #68 on: February 14, 2011, 12:33:44 AM »

I just wanted to thank everyone for a truly enjoyable and eclectic thread!! At last, I am rewarded for coming late to the party!

Oh, and regarding the story, I thoroughly enjoyed this fun piece of fluff.
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« Reply #69 on: February 14, 2011, 12:33:23 PM »

One of my co-workers has a pair of pit bulls that will viciously attempt to drown you in saliva.  She's a member of Rotta Love, an organization that exists to help Rottweilers and Pit Bulls and other traditional fighting breeds to find homes, and to help people understand that they're misunderstood breeds.  She's pointed out media misconceptions of them, particularly when there was a local "pit bull attack" as reported by the news that turned out not to be a pit bull, the media just guessed at the breed to make it more sensational.
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« Reply #70 on: March 17, 2011, 01:51:04 PM »

Oh, I was grinning throughout this entire story. Schrodinger cat lady! What a beautiful concept! And Mur's narration was priceless. It made me want to stop over for tea myself, just to watch all the cats antics...and since they don't exist, my allergies won't act up either!

I would admit I had to play the ending back a second time because I was startled by its dark turn. Dang. Don't you dare mess with the Schrodinger Cat Lady or else she'll mess you up. Probably. I mean...you never can tell...
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« Reply #71 on: March 18, 2011, 06:38:17 AM »

Awesome story.  It didn't tick any of my usual boxes for a sci fi story, but was clever and funny.  The humour caught me right away and kept me right to the end.  As has been said, Mur's narration was top notch.
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« Reply #72 on: December 16, 2012, 03:37:17 AM »

this story made me happy and i like being happy, somewhat.
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« Reply #73 on: December 17, 2012, 10:03:55 AM »

this story made me happy and i like being happy, somewhat.

It's fun to read your comments, even when they're brief.  I kind of want to put this one on a t-shirt.
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« Reply #74 on: December 20, 2012, 08:44:41 AM »

sure thing, if you like. I have been writing short messages because I stood on my keyboard and i've had to type out my comments into the onscreen keyboard with my mouse. the strain is tremendous.
 
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« Reply #75 on: December 20, 2012, 01:20:07 PM »

sure thing, if you like. I have been writing short messages because I stood on my keyboard and i've had to type out my comments into the onscreen keyboard with my mouse. the strain is tremendous.
 
Let this be a lesson to us all: always take off your shoes before trying to type with your toes.
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« Reply #76 on: December 21, 2012, 07:59:26 AM »

sure thing, if you like. I have been writing short messages because I stood on my keyboard and i've had to type out my comments into the onscreen keyboard with my mouse. the strain is tremendous.
 
Let this be a lesson to us all: always take off your shoes before trying to type with your toes.

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« Reply #77 on: January 30, 2019, 09:35:19 PM »

Here's a testiment to the stickiness of this story in the brain.  Also spoilers for the Season 4 finale of Gotham.

It's the opening scene of the episode and Selina is on a hospital gurney after being shot.  The recording is paused because someone (me) had to get up between episodes. 

So, my wife quips "We don't know she's going to live or die.  She's Schrödinger’s Catwoman!" (Have I mentioned that I love my wife's sense of humor?). After we all laugh, my daughter says she was just telling a friend about this story, "Schrödinger’s Cat Lady".  (Have I mentioned I love that my kids enjoy some of the same things in fiction that I do?)

After we explain the story to my wife, I told them about the Schrödinger reference in Dirk Gently's Hollistic Detective Agency. Somehow when I'd first heard this story I didn't make the connection.   

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Oh, that. Well, some researchers were once conducting such an experiment, but when they opened up the box, the cat was neither alive nor dead but was in fact completely missing, and they called me in to investigate. I was able to deduce that nothing very dramatic had happened. The cat had merely got fed up with being repeatedly locked up in a box and occasionally gassed and had taken the first opportunity to hoof it through the window. It was for me the work of a moment to set a saucer of milk by the window and call "Bernice" in an enticing voice -the cat's name was Bernice, you understand

Dirk is my favorite character that Douglas Adams created, so making the connection, no matter how tenuous,  between these two stories made me smile a bit.  I thought I'd share in hopes of making someone else chuckle.
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