how some manufacturers are saving money and charging us more for their product? I bought a bag of dog food (dry) today and noticed that for the second time in about a year, the designated weight on the bag has been reduced over 1/2 pound but the price for the bag has stayed the same. I noticed that on another "human" food product, too. Can you remember when a bag of chips actually held more than a half bag full? On a side note- difficult child is getting transferred as we speak. I had hoped to see him once more before this transfer because now we can't see each other for over a month. I just mailed him a long letter yesterday and I guess it will be sent back to me. *Sigh* Another rambling thought here- I had a buyer for an old piece of electronic equipment but he wanted me to drive further to meet him at a store. Someone else said she would meet me half way and get it right away. So of course, I went with the second buyer. After standing in mid-90's temps for 20 mins, she shows up, acts like she knows absolutely nothing about this type of item, scrutinizes it (it was EXACTLY as listed and shown in photo), then doesn't buy it. She is not my favorite person today. LOL! And I have learned that most resucue groups and animal shelters will not return pets to their owners once turned over to them. This is even when the owner turns them over because they temporarily can't provide them a home, is willing to pay the regular adoption fees to get them back, the animal is still available for adoption, etc- the original owner cannot re-adopt them even if they are the one who brought the animal in and the animal has not been abused or neglected. I don't understand the reasoning behind this. I could understand it if the owner had a multitude of pets- hoarding them- or if the owner had to repeatedly take this course, but after having pets the majority of my adult life, having these for ...well, one for over 9 years and the other about 6 years, I have never had to do this before. I would have thought finding a temp home would be easier. I'm going to give the dogs a bit of left-over chicken and rice tonight. The rice has some bits of potabella mushrooms in it- do I need to pick those out or are they safe for dogs to eat?