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PROBE: March 11, 2001

March 11, 2002

QUESTION: How are you doing with your puppy? Did you find out what kind of dog he is? You said you thought his grandpa was a springer spaniel. Did you get him potty-trained?— Former Dog Owner, Westmorland

Not yet, but we've done a good job of training us. We get up early and throw our dog, Snoop Doggy Dog, out in the yard.

We thought he was part springer spaniel because of the freckles on his nose. The veterinarian said he's a terrier mix.

If we leave him long enough, he does what he has to do, then we bring him back in for breakfast. After he eats, we throw him outside again.


He was developing eating problems. Picky, picky, picky. But now that our house guests (relatives) have gone, we took care of that. When he gets hungry enough he will eat what we put in front of him.

He's developing some social problems that may be affecting his appetite. For instance, he used to bully the poodle next door. Last weekend, the poodle chased Snoop out of the poodle's yard three times.

When Snoop decided to chase a cat off the patio, the cat didn't run. Instead the cat chased Snoop out of the patio, into the front yard and ultimately out of the yard.

For the last couple days, Snoop's been suffering from anxiety, probably triggered by the noises made by the wind as it howled around our old house.

He went into barking frenzies every time the wind rustled a tree limb. Awakened several times Thursday night, our patience had run out Friday when Snoop went into still another frenzy.

"There's nobody there," we told him grumpily.

But there was somebody there, a delivery man with four boxes of stuff for our neighbor, standing outside the open front door. Snoop beat us to the door, barking, snarling and growling, nipping at the man's ankles as the delivery man made tiny furtive kicks at the furious puppy.

"Snoop! Snoop! Stop it," we yelled on our way to the rescue.

"He doesn't bite," we assured the man holding the boxes.

"He bit me!" said the man and we grabbed the dog, all 9 pounds of him, threw him inside the house and closed the door.

You know after raising five kids, we thought raising a puppy would be easy. Now we can only wonder, where did we go wrong?

You can only do so much. Snoop is a terrier. We think his grandpa was a pit pull.

NOT IN COMPLIANCE — You're right about state law. The El Centro Elementary School District is not in compliance with the law because it doesn't notify parents they can opt out of the uniform policy. — Parent, El Centro

The district informs parents they can sign a waiver to exempt their children from the uniform policy when school starts in September, according to El Centro school officials.

The exemption information is included in a brochure handed out to students the first week of school. Parents have three weeks to sign the waiver requesting the exemption.

Parents of children who enroll late will get the brochure and may then sign the waiver. A determined parent may sign the waiver any time but will get a hard sell as school principals "encourage" them to continue complying with the uniform policy.

In Calexico, there is no deadline for requesting an exemption.

Uniforms remain popular in both El Centro and Calexico, according to school officials but less popular in Brawley, where the policy was scrapped because so many parents chose to exempt their kids from wearing uniforms.

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