I have always kept my plugged in until a email I recieved about this the other day. I forgot to mention it here and recieved a different email about it this morning. Here is the first email I recieved.
got this through the ESS rescue email group and some other dog groups.. figured I'd pass it along.
-- this one comes from a well respected Borzoi person, and veterinarian, Elizabeth A Coney, DVM of Kentucky.
She wrote: Now - for every one of you that has a home paper shredder with an "auto on" feature, I want you to go turn it off and unplug the paper shredder right now. Because night before last I was presented with a paper shredder containing most of the tongue, ripped out by the base, and a very pretty sweet 1 1/2 year old lab cross whose owners euthanized her.
She always watched the paper go into the shredder, she thought it fascinating. The "auto on" feature means the shredder sits there waiting for something to get placed into it. Like an inquisitive tongue.
I told them, "Dogs can do fine without a tongue, they have to learn to drink and eat differently", but the owners didn't want to go there. The look in her eyes said, "I'm sorry, I guess I wasn't supposed to do that, it's all my fault". We all cried.
I cried when I read this, myself. In subsequent posts Beth says she has learned that dogs who have lost more than half their tongues *don't* do as well as she had been taught. According to the veterinary literature it is also possible for animals to be injured other places than tongues - a Basset lost an ear, a long-haired cat most of the skin on its side, a kitten a foot, etc.
Scout, It works Ok for me. Wierd ,anyone else having a problem? That happened to me on another forum, everyone else could look without a problem, everytime I tried something happened and my puter would crash, IDK.