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Old February 16 2013, 01:25 PM   #151
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they must have left rather a lot of fingerprints on the window and trash bin and quite a lot of skin particles when they went over your clothes. A good labtech should have enough material for analysis (unless they wore plastic overalls, gloves and hairnets).
You might consider investing in a loud alarm siren, though. There are rather cheap systems that are connected with a contact at the window frame. When the window gets opened without switching the alarm off first, a circuit gets closed and the alarm goes off. Hardly any burglar has the nerve to continue his work with such a noise going on.
If you have enough time and money for it, a large dog would be an equally effective solution.
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Old February 16 2013, 01:56 PM   #152
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^ or a recording of a BIIG dog barking hooked to the window or door...
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Old February 16 2013, 02:00 PM   #153
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According to the internet, it's easy to spot fake dog barks.

But no matter, I've already started searching for both alarms and dogs.

I know people say it all the time, but this really is not the sort of thing you ever expect to happen to you.
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Old February 16 2013, 04:35 PM   #154
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if you seriousely consider getting a dog, please do keep in mind that it is a living being and as big a responsibility as a child. It's not a device you buy, install and then take for granted. It is a living, feeling person who's life quite literally depends on you. Someone who requires daily social contact, several hours of open air activities (and just letting it out in the garden is not enough), good quality food (no human food leftovers!), medical care etc. And when it's old you have to deal with illnesses and high vet bills and have to make the dog's life as pleasant as possible and not get it killed because it's no longer useful for you.

Also, you can not lock up a dog in the house for more than 5 hours at maximum before it needs a potty break (the results of which you have to collect and dispose of). That means: no fulltime job or no single household. If only one applies in your case, forget about the dog.

Think very carefully if you are really ready to accept this responsibility and are willing to live with the consequences.
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Old February 16 2013, 07:35 PM   #155
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Also, you can not lock up a dog in the house for more than 5 hours at maximum before it needs a potty break (the results of which you have to collect and dispose of). That means: no fulltime job or no single household. If only one applies in your case, forget about the dog.
Nonsense. During the winter my dog is in the house 8 hrs a day while we're at work. She has never had an accident (since she was a puppy, anyway) and sometimes doesn't even want to go outside right away when we get home.

Sounds like your dog has trained you.
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Old February 16 2013, 08:28 PM   #156
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My dog does fine with me working full time. I even have to run errands after work sometimes, and she's okay. Always happy to go out, and always happy to see me, but she's just fine.
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Old February 16 2013, 09:51 PM   #157
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Nonsense. Sounds like your dog has trained you.
There is no need to insult me in my own thread. If you are unable to disagree politely, please just stay away.
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Old February 16 2013, 10:29 PM   #158
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Nonsense. Sounds like your dog has trained you.
There is no need to insult me in my own thread. If you are unable to disagree politely, please just stay away.
Not intended as an insult. I know a few people who held/hold the same view. In virtually all cases they were wrong. Their dogs convinced them that certain behaviours were inherent to their nature, when nothing could be further from the truth.

Also, this isn't YOUR thread. This is a public forum, if you want an echo chamber start a private blog. If I decide to insult you, I promise, it's won't be subtle.
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Old February 16 2013, 10:44 PM   #159
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It's quite comforting to see this place hasn't changed in ten years.

You know I am surprised more people haven't chimed in with advice on securing property. That's what would be helpful - what is and is not an effective deterrent.
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Old February 17 2013, 12:52 AM   #160
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Here is my rant of the day:

I'm sick of my own body trying to kill me. I've also decided to put off my birthday until the doctors find out what's wrong with me. I'm stuck wearing a stupid cardiac event monitor for the next two weeks to a month, and it's not fun or sexy, and won't look good with my birthday dress. So, birthday is off for now. At least I get to be 29 a bit longer this way.
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Old February 17 2013, 02:19 AM   #161
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Here is my rant of the day:

I'm sick of my own body trying to kill me. I've also decided to put off my birthday until the doctors find out what's wrong with me. I'm stuck wearing a stupid cardiac event monitor for the next two weeks to a month, and it's not fun or sexy, and won't look good with my birthday dress. So, birthday is off for now. At least I get to be 29 a bit longer this way.
:Epic Hugs!:

Normally I would be all for this. Since my birthday is only a day before yours, I could use this as an excuse to adjust accordingly.

On the other hand, it's terrible that someone so young and so awesome has to go through all that garbage. Such a grave injustice. I really hope everything gets better for you.

And, if I may interject, you'd make Borgified look sexy.

Hey, wait a minute ... Costume party!
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Old February 17 2013, 02:25 AM   #162
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^Haha. I was joking with the tech who put the heart monitor on that, considering the recent...installation...of the insulin pump, pretty soon I'm going to need a utility belt!
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Old February 17 2013, 02:46 AM   #163
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Not sure if this will make you feel any better, but I saw your wesley sweater pics and I think you just might be the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.

*edit* and I say this as a very happily married man
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Old February 17 2013, 02:53 AM   #164
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^Haha. I was joking with the tech who put the heart monitor on that, considering the recent...installation...of the insulin pump, pretty soon I'm going to need a utility belt!
Will your sis knit you a batman cape to go with it?
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Old February 17 2013, 02:54 AM   #165
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Not sure if this will make you feel any better, but I saw your wesley sweater pics and I think you just might be the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.

*edit* and I say this as a very happily married man
TBBS women are all about as beautiful as it gets. In fact, it's a matter of public record.
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