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07 Sep 2011
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Well...you have selected the worst possible time, and yet the most important time. So make sure your friend rewards you in kind! They're the best dogs on the planet, but can be challenging puppies. Get ready for the merciless sharpness of puppy teeth, paired with the strength of a 45+ pound dog. It can be rough, and in my experience nothing helped except waiting for their puppy teeth to fall out at 5-6 months. (That was the first major improvement in behavior, the second came as we approached 1yr old). And at least in our case....she wasn't the world's most affectionate puppy. That didn't take hold until she was 7-8 months old....now she is relentless with her affection and attention and the sweetest dog in the world. Aside from the regular training you'd do with a puppy i'd really say to lean hard on socialization. Make a point to have them around every possible sight, sound, smell, environment, situation you can. Introduce them to every white, black, and brown person you know, people with big beards and hats and sunglasses, tall people short people....different textures to walk on, etc. etc etc. The earlier you do that in their lives the better. (also, for clarity...i misspelled it in the title and couldn't edit...evoking the wrath of the internet, it's Bernese Mountain Dog, not berenese)
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Wow, thanks everyone and glad you enjoyed the video as much as we did. Who knew Fig would be internet famous today?? She's a great dog, and is every bit as sweet as she appears in the video, if not always quite as well behaved. Yesterday marked a year since we brought her home so we took this pic and put it together with one the day she came home. 2 months old vs. 14 months old. (and 12 lbs. vs. 90 lbs.). Thanks again....we have enjoyed reading all your comments all evening. (Even the dude who said it probably wasn't my dog) [https://imgur.com/a/AvbLrt9](https://imgur.com/a/AvbLrt9)
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Ha, yep, there was very much a vibe of "This is great! Wait, is this ok? This is ok, right? OK cool...this is great!". The donkey stuck around for a solid 2-3 minutes and it was pretty great the entire time.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
How old is the dog?
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
It also was a bunch of donkeys who live in a campground and clearly were acclimated to living around drunk campers and their dogs.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Valid point. <opens up MacBook>
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Yeah I caught it as I posted but couldn’t find a way to edit it. I’ll survive.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Ours is just Fig, but she certainly has her share of nicknames.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
She's actually 14 months now too. (this was filmed when she was 6 months)
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Aside from the normal stuff, I'd say just socialize, socialize socialize. I think with a dog that will end up huge you really need to get ahead of that....there's actually some well-known checklist you can google of things you should aim to socialize them to in the first couple of months. We worked really hard at that and it has paid off. We were also lucky enough to have a fenced front yard so she was able to meet everyone walking by, garbage trucks, postman, etc etc. despite the pandemic lockdowns. And also, in full disclosure....she certainly isn't always as good as she appears in this video. She's 14 months now (was about 6 months when this was filmed) and still can get crazy from time to time. But all in all she's an absolutely A+ dog. One thing to prepare for....between 3 and 6 months they're absolute sharks. Think the sharpness of puppy teeth with the strength of a 45 pound dog. I asked all over for advice and most people just said "wait until she loses her puppy teeth". That ended up being the truth....tried every training trick in the book, but in the end just had to wait it out. The day those canines fell out was one of the most joyous days of my life. Good luck and have fun!
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Will dig some up. Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of picking her up so we did a before/after photo...
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Can confirm. That's roughly how it went.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Mom wasn't far off, with a bunch of other adults....but all these guys were clearly habituated to living with a bunch of drunk campers and their off-leash dogs on the property. Wouldn't have walked her into a the whole group of them, but this little dude approached her, and it felt safe enough at the time.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Hahaha yeah, as it was explained to me there's some sort of digging component that is part of the sell to tourists....I think gold maybe? From my hard-hitting firsthand research the only digging happening was in coolers.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
It's my dog, I assure you. Do you want like a photo with today's newspaper or something? If it helps at all I don't even know what karma is for. It's just a dog video, dude.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
No idea. In this case these were donkeys that essentially lived on this campground so clearly had been surrounded by people and their dogs perpetually. Who knows, maybe we just got lucky and I made a terrible decision but felt fine to me.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
There were also random wandering cows so I suspect they had a connection to whoever owned the land the campground was on...so not really wild per se. It was called Long's Fish n' Dig on the Llano river near Lake Buchanan.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Honestly most of it would've been fine... but the primary problem was all the donkey and cow crap that was \*everywhere\*. Fig was extremely enthusiastic about it, and literally the first thing she did upon getting out of the car was to sink both front paws deep into a massive piece of it. We ended up leaving late-afternoon and left the camping part to our friends....
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Hahah....yep. She was about 6 months old in this video. Just turned 14 months, and is about 90lbs. Females tend to be 80-100 and males 90-120.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
Correct. I just misspelled it.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 week
It was a campground on a river in central TX. It's on a great stretch of river but its pretty....uh....rustic? There were quite a few herds of cows and donkeys roaming around, which was sort of charming but also sort of not b/c you were surrounded with enormous piles of their crap. Fig (the puppy) sat and stared at the donkeys in the distance until finally this little dude came over to say hello.
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Posted by u/AutoModerator 1 month
>adhesive sill protector Funny enough I already has saved this on my amazon wishlist to protect from my dog getting in/out. Didn't pull the trigger fast enough, evidently!
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Posted by u/AutoModerator 1 month
My otherwise-sane friend thought it would be a good idea to use my 3-month old car to help remove his ski boots last week. Now I'm the proud owner of one of the more vicious versions of "my car's first scratch" in the door-well of my passenger seat. Oof. I'm pretty new here and have been enjoying taking great care of my paint....but i've got zero experience with this stuff. Curious whether this might be a good candidate for trying out a self-fix for the first time(esp given that it's out of external view) or if i should just bite the bullet and bring it to a body shop (or detailer?). If a self fix is an reasonable option, any links to step-by-step instructions would be appreciated. The scratches are reasonably deep (catches your fingernail easily) but there don't appear to be any dents from the pressure. Photos: [https://imgur.com/a/gRcyz8U](https://imgur.com/a/gRcyz8U)
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Posted by u/depressinqq 1 year
Hymn #101 by Joe Pug: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlrrf2QiqjE](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlrrf2QiqjE)
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 1 year
I am always blown away that this hasn't been more of a priority for the the diving community. As someone who has watched the decline of the reef in Roatan, it's abundantly clear that it is algae driven by runoff that is smothering it. The footprint of the decline follows nearly exactly where development is happening. I believe only something like 10% of the island is connected to a proper sewage system. That seems like a far easier problem to solve than waiting around for the world to stop climate change.
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Posted by u/benjamga 1 year
[https://www.divegearexpress.com/dgx-custom-dgx-singles-harness-backplate-wing-package](https://www.divegearexpress.com/dgx-custom-dgx-singles-harness-backplate-wing-package)
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Posted by u/wallsinhalls 2 years
If you can't clear, you can't dive. Your eardrum will burst. But since you said you can't clear "on command" that would indicate that you can in fact do it sometimes. So the question is can you find a different technique that allows you to clear better than the current technique you're using. Read up on some of the alternate techniques and see if any of them work for you. Though it does sound like you'd prob want to see a doc to get cleared to dive again anyway.
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Posted by u/Emmadeuitch 2 years
A few things that helped me improve in the early days: 1) switch to using frog kick as your default, rather than flutter 2) get weighting right and then work on having good trim 3) make sure you're warm. don't hesitate to put on a thicker wetsuit if you find yourself getting cold towards the end of dives.
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Posted by u/d1ss0nant 2 years
I was in the same place a few years back and have been extremely happy with the direction I took. Here's what I went with: 1) Dive Gear Express--DGX Singles Harness / Backplate / Wing Package ($299) 2) Dive Gear Express/Deep 6 Collaboration Regs: DGX Custom - Deep Six DGX Streamlined OW Reg Package ($399). It comes set up for necklace-style octo, but if you learned the traditional way and want to stick with it, just tell their customer service to set it up that way. (These are pretty great regs, but if you want to "upgrade" a bit, Deep Six sells their "Signature" regs in a set for a couple hundred more) 3) Mares Puck Pro--This computer will take you a long way, and you can usually get it for $150 or less brand new at Leisure Pro.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 2 years
So you wanna be a commercial diver....
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Posted by u/jethroo23 2 years
Second the rec for Deep 6 Eddy fins....they're essentially Jet Fins but instead of being heavy they're neutral, so perfect for tropical diving. Relatively inexpensive comparatively too.
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Posted by u/[deleted] 2 years
I remain baffled by this trope. A panicked diver isn't going to put their mask on their forehead. Can someone trace where this legend even came from? Makes zero sense. If I surface i rough water I'll leave on my mask. If i surface in calm seas right next to the boat with a full BC, I'll put my mask on my forehead and go about clearing out a dive's worth of snot. My second reg is on a necklace and it's awkward to put the mask on my neck. No shortage of clever DM's who love to say "are you a diver in distress???" in demonstrative fashion, but I can live with that. You do you. We're all trained to be responsible for ourselves....so I'll do what makes sense for me.
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Posted by u/packerswoop 3 years
Dive Gear Express has a BP/W package that seems to be the Dive Rite travel wing without the branding. Very solid package, and from what I've seen it's the least expensive set up out there. https://www.divegearexpress.com/dgx-custom-singles-harness-backplate-wing-package . Worth checking out.
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Posted by u/MatthewNewkirk 3 years
That video is fantastic....thanks for posting.
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Posted by u/morningaftercuts 3 years
Seriously. I was floored.
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Posted by u/graydonatvail 3 years
That is an extremely valid point.
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Posted by u/graydonatvail 3 years
Deep 6 also has a lower cost reg package in partnership with Dive Gear Express which is hard to beat for value: https://www.divegearexpress.com/dgx-custom-deep-six-dgx-streamlined-ow-reg-package
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Posted by u/testbjorn 3 years
I'll preface this with the usual "Ask a real doctor rather than Reddit"....but having said that, as someone who has reasonably bad tinnitus and dives all the time: 1. Yes. If you're not careful and don't follow normal protocols you can cause an ear injury that could potentially make your tinnitus worse. Though to my knowledge already having tinnitus will not give you any greater or less chance of this. Just be careful and take equalization seriously from day one. And heed the warning signs....if your ear hurts while descending, don't ignore it. Learn different ways of dealing with it, and if they don't work abort the dive. 2. I can't think of anything about tinnitus that would complicate dives or cause dangerous situations. 3. My experience is the opposite....I don't notice my tinnitus whatsoever when diving.
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Posted by u/avernii 3 years
I'd suggest checking out the package at Dive Gear Express. https://www.divegearexpress.com/dgx-custom-singles-harness-backplate-wing-package Plate/wing/webbing is pretty straightforward set up, so doesn't need to be anything too fancy, and this is the best deal that I have seen. I've heard that the DGX wing is essentially the Dive Rite minus the logo. I'll also echo the sentiment that Deep 6 is great to deal with. DGX actually has a co-branded reg set with them....at a bit lower price point than the Deep 6 signature set.
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Posted by u/polinaMat 3 years
If you have no problem equalizing at the surface, it could be that you're waiting too long to begin equalizing once you're underwater. The more the pressure builds as you descend, the harder it is to clear. My ears do not clear easily, so I usually do it once at the surface and then every 2 feet or so on the way down. The shallowest depths are where you experience the most change in pressure so clearing early/often is important. Aside from that, the common approaches help....drink TONS of water, try the 12 hour version of Sudafed (the real stuff with pseudoephedrine), etc.
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Posted by u/phriend_of_fish 3 years
Is there any confirmation that this is actually in Honduras? It's certainly possible, and I know they've had issues with Guatemala's trash following the current to their coast. It just seems curious that there is no legit news outlet that seems to have covered this, no specific location, etc....it's just one guy on imgur.
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Posted by u/rhchambers 3 years
If you're staying in West End or West Bay you definitely don't need a car. In fact you'd likely regret it, as parking is no treat and driving is a little adventurous. In Sandy Bay, you will need some transportation, but can probably get by with taxis pretty easily. If you're somewhere further out, I'd consider a car if you plan on doing much beyond hanging out at your hotel.
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Posted by u/rhchambers 3 years
If you're planning on diving a lot I'd suggest opting for a dive shop in West Bay if that's where you're staying. It'll be a whole lot easier than finding your way to West End early every morning. There are tons of well-regarded options in WB...Infinity Divers, Bananarama, West Bay Divers, etc. Every shop will have rental gear, in my experience most of it is in pretty good shape. Nearly all dive shops do guided dives exclusively. Most do three dives a day.....two on the morning trip, then return for lunch and then go out for an additional afternoon dive. A couple of times a week they'll offer night dives as well. It's very hard to go wrong as far as sites go....everyone has favorites but the entire reef is pretty fantastic to dive. It's also a great place to dive if you're new to the sport....warm water, great visibility and current is generally mellow or non-existent. December can be a little hit/miss with the weather as it's the end of the rainy season but it just as likely could be 80 and sunny for your whole visit. As others mentioned...even if you dive in West Bay, definitely take the water taxi over to West End. It's a cool little town and very different than WB. Happy hour/sunset at Sundowners is a very popular hang and a good place to start. If you stay until after dark, you'll have to take a land taxi back, as the water taxis shut down. It's a few bucks more, but nothing too bad.
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Posted by u/18secondsbefore 3 years
I signed up for the trial, watched for an hour or so and immediately cancelled. Had high hopes and would gladly pay a monthly if it was worthwhile, but the videos were not even close to the quality you would expect of a paid subscription. There are hundreds of free youtube channels with better content. Hopefully they regroup, take their time and create content that matches their reputation before launching again.
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Posted by u/huntingman2701 3 years
As someone in roughly the same position as you...albeit with about 30 more dives...here is what I've gathered from WAY too much time researching this topic. BP/W seems to be by FAR the more preferred setup for experienced divers. The one downside you see mentioned is that it's tricky to float upright on the surface post-dive but from what i've gathered you just don't inflate all the way upon surfacing the way many people do with a normal rental/jacket style BCD. The upside is that buoyancy underwater is much, much easier and more natural. And it's a less bulky setup. It is born of the tech-diving "keep it simple" world. I don't think it's necessarily harder or easier to control. Personally I would have opted for learning that way if it was an option, and I'm getting ready to switch over. But i also think....and others here can weigh in if they disagree....that the difference between the two isn't this massive life/death choice that it's made out to be. Just dive....you'll figure out the equipment later.
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Posted by u/Mercy1130 3 years
Remember to equalize early and often, starting at the surface. A lot of time if i haven't been out in a while I am concentrating on everything else and neglect that.
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Posted by u/huntingman2701 3 years
If you end up going the backplate/wing setup....this package from Dive Gear Express is a great, affordable option: https://www.divegearexpress.com/dgx-custom-singles-harness-backplate-wing-package
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Posted by u/rainman_104 3 years
I never understood one of the points of logic repeated in this article (and commonly in these discussions). If it's important to hand the primary to the OOA diver b/c the secondary has a higher chance of not working.....what exactly am I supposed to do when it doesn't work? Try to convinced a panicked diver to hand the original back and start buddy breathing? Seems like the non-OOA diver is in a better position to initiate buddy breathing if the secondary doesn't work.
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Posted by u/dwk25 3 years
If you're looking for a starting point on masks, after buying one that was far more expensive that didn't work out I took the advice of a bunch of folk on SB and grabbed the "Ultra View Frameless Mask " from Dive Gear Express. They're 29 bucks and it has been a godsend. Obviously still depends on face size, etc but it's a whole lot easier to experiment at that price point. Gets pretty unanimous praise in reviews too....
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Posted by u/itsallgood__________ 3 years
On the budget side I'd start w/ Chillie's or Posada Arco Iris. Both are affordable, great location, etc. I'd suggest one of the 1 bedroom apartments at PAI b/c you get a mini kitchen and it's top floor w/ a breeze. From my experience most of the social part revolves around your dive shop rather than your hotel, and pretty much the whole island ends up at Sundowner's at happy hour anyway.....so you shouldn't have much trouble on that end.
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Posted by u/NoIdeaHowToHobby 3 years
And yes, most diving is done from boats, but it's pretty cheap ($300 for 10 dives ballpark)
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Posted by u/NoIdeaHowToHobby 3 years
Summer months are great there....very little rain and great visibility. There is a hostel but it's a bit out of the way, and you can usually find good cheap accommodations in West End. I'd suggest looking at Posada Arco Iris or the place next door Chillie's. I'm a fan of Coconut Tree divers which is about 100 feet from either of those, but there are no shortage of dive shops in West End.
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Posted by u/SWWayin 5 years
There is a free sampler on his site that has this song on it www.joepugmusic.com/free
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