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Meet Hope, the pet of the week for July 26

Hope is one of many sweet rabbits at the Idaho Humane Society currently looking for a forever family. The shelter has seen a number of stray rabbits this summer – including some that were so young that they are just coming out of foster care. Rabbits are affectionate little creatures that make wonderful, relatively low-maintenance pets. They can be litter-boxed trained and are happy to hang out in cages when left at home alone, but then love to spend time with you out around the house. They do require specialized care – such as a constant supply of timothy hay – so it’s important to do your research before considering adoption! Hope (#32021472) and many of her rabbit friends are available for adoption at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. There are also rabbits looking for homes at the IHS PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center, 130 N. Milwaukee St. It is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it closes at 5 p.m.

Travel

On a sleeper train, sometimes the best scenery is inside

Shortly before Memorial Day, my husband, Matt, and I pulled our three children out of elementary school a week early and boarded Amtrak’s Empire Builder, which loosely follows the trail of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. We got on in St. Paul, Minnesota, headed for Portland, Ore. It promised to be a romantic, slow, idyllic trip: more than 37 hours of Internet-free educational time for our kids, and - without the pressure of driving long, bland highways - two bottles of wine for us.

Family

Chris Erskine: Got a teen? Consider a puppy crate

At night, we've started experimenting with keeping our youngest son in a crate. He's 13, and in the early stages of a rough pubescence - is that redundant? Aren't all pubescences rough? Like hurricanes and root canals, aren't they all a little harrowing?

Family

Living with Children: New teacher could be cure for disruptive behavior

Q: Our son is a rising second-grader at a private school. Last year, his behavior was often disruptive and sometimes even downright defiant - problems his first grade teacher did not have with him. At home, we have no more than typical "boyishness" - nothing approaching serious. Nonetheless, at the school's request we took him to a private counselor they recommended. When that did no good, the school began insisting he had a disorder and wanted him put on medication - something we will not do. Anyway, we want to take preventive steps to head this off before it becomes an issue in the coming school year. Can you give us any advice?

Family

Lori Borgman: On call for potty training

I fielded four calls before I finally found out that my name and number had been posted on a bathroom wall. It's not as bad as it sounds. My contact info, along with my picture, are on a poster on the bathroom wall where one of the grands is potty training.

Family

Ex-etiquette: Fianc� too friendly with ex-in-laws

Q: I'm having a difficult time accepting the fact that my fiance still "hangs out" at his ex-mother-in-law's house when he picks his daughter up for visitation. I just recently found a video that his ex mother-in-law filmed of my fiance and his daughter playing in her pool together. When I confronted him about it his response was that his daughter didn't want to go out for dinner. She wanted to stay home and go in the pool with him. I feel like I was lied to because I was under the impression they went out to dinner and I was never told otherwise. I also think he's too friendly with his ex. I feel like there needs to be boundaries here. Am I over reacting? Please help! What's good ex-etiquette?

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Two kids, night and day

Dear Mr. Dad: We have two sons, almost exactly three years apart. The oldest was a dream child in almost every way, but his little brother is pretty much the exact opposite. My husband and I find this surprising, since we tried to do everything with our youngest exactly the same as we did for our oldest. Why are they so different?

Health & Fitness

Green space can boost your health

A hundred years ago, on Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, providing protection for 35 established parks. Today, there are 407, from the most-visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with 10 million visitors a year, to the least-visited Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska, with only around 11,000 visitors annually.

Living

What to do about superior’s foul language?

Q: I work in a very small medical practice where one of the owners has an extremely foul mouth. Whenever “Dr. Smith” is upset, he curses at employees and frequently drops the F-bomb. This is highly offensive to everyone on the staff, but we’re afraid of losing our jobs if we complain.

Pets

Meridian Pet of the Week: Remi

Remi, 6, is a German shorthaired pointer/Spaniel mix. But if you are looking for a hunting companion, sorry, Remi is not the pooch for you. Despite his name, Remi does not care for the sound of a gun. He would prefer to spend his time hanging with the family. Remi is reported to be a bit timid to start out with, but at the Rescue he has not been shy. He likes to jump up on the bench and lean against you and hang out. Remi knows sit, down and come. He does not like cats and prefers larger dogs. To meet Remi or other dogs available for adoption, call 794-0944 or visit the Meridian Valley Humane Society at 191 N. Linder Road in Meridian. Open hours vary; visit online at www.meridianvalleyhumanesociety.org or call for times.

Pets

Canyon County Pet of the Week: Jameson

Jameson, 8 months, is a handsome “heeler” mix. He is a goofy boy who can be a little picky with his canine buddies, but generally gets past his insecurity quickly and then its all play. Jameson appears to have led a pretty sheltered life so meeting new humans was hard for him. Lots of praise (and a few cookies) have helped him blossom. Jameson would do best in a home with children over 10. He would also like to meet any other canine friends that may share the home with him. He is neutered, flea treated, microchipped, vaccinated.

Pets

Ada County Pet of the Week: Eeyore

Eeyore, 5, is an 87-pound neutered male blue American Staffordshire terrier. This big boy has a gentle heart and a contagious smile. He loves to greet everyone in the room. He sometimes jumps up in his exuberance and is in need of some basic training to help him with his manners. But he already does great on a leash and has so much potential. He’s been friends with cats, chickens and other dogs in the past. He is looking for a home with knowledgeable and committed owners who will give him plenty of love — and he will make a loyal companion in return.

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Meet Hope, the pet of the week for July 26

Hope is one of many sweet rabbits at the Idaho Humane Society currently looking for a forever family. The shelter has seen a number of stray rabbits this summer – including some that were so young that they are just coming out of foster care. Rabbits are affectionate little creatures that make wonderful, relatively low-maintenance pets. They can be litter-boxed trained and are happy to hang out in cages when left at home alone, but then love to spend time with you out around the house. They do require specialized care – such as a constant supply of timothy hay – so it’s important to do your research before considering adoption! Hope (#32021472) and many of her rabbit friends are available for adoption at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. There are also rabbits looking for homes at the IHS PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center, 130 N. Milwaukee St. It is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it closes at 5 p.m.
Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
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