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If you've got the time and the resources...

My in-laws would be better off as snowbirds, I think. The ol' man kvetches about how cold it is in the MN winters and how he'd be stuck inside. Meanwhile, in VA, they avoid going out all summer, because of the heat and humidity, and don't really take advantage of the milder winters, anyway.
​​​​​​​But, at least he's not "stuck".
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Yes. They don't live in the ground, though.

On more than one occasion I tried rescuing trapped chipmunks from Whiskers during his friskier days. Ultimately not all of them survived.
The ones around here live in the ground. Our neighbor's dog likes to hunt them.
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The ones around here live in the ground. Our neighbor's dog likes to hunt them.
Maybe some of them live in holes. I never see them burrowing around, though. At the time there was a woodpile they liked to hang out in.
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@datlas, are you familiar with the weeds of drug/insurance pre-authorization process? Or is that something an underling takes care of?
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Do you have chipmunks?
She would love to kill a chipmunk. Really a lot.
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Those things are cute, but also pests at times. When we were in Waterton Village, AB, there were so many holes in the towne campsite that you really had to take care not to step in one and twist you ankle, especially after dark. It was so cold that we slept inside one of the camp kitchen buildings. One had burrowed a tunnel into the building. We had to plug it up with a tree branch to keep it out. In the backcountry campgrounds in Glacier N.P. they dig holes in the food prep areas to pop out and scavenge the scraps of food that invariably ends up on the ground. They are smart little critters.
Ground Squirrel Central is maybe 65% burrows on the land surface. Its hard to walk on. I'm sure its good for plants- loosens the earth. But definitely ankle twisting terrain. Total menace for livestock.

The burrows have multiple entrances and exists though. It would be really hard for her to ever dig out a ground squirrel. Doesn't mean she won't try though...
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@datlas, are you familiar with the weeds of drug/insurance pre-authorization process? Or is that something an underling takes care of?
Yes I am painfully aware of the process. It is NOT pleasant. It is all about the money.

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Yes. They don't live in the ground, though.
Chipmunks are burrowing animals that live and breed in burrows:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chipmunk

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She would love to kill a chipmunk. Really a lot.
We use the terms chipmunks and ground squirrels interchangeably around here but I think mostly we have chipmunks.

Chipmunks are vermin in my opinion.

EDIT: posted before I saw Indy’s reply. A lot of people around here call them ground squirrels but most of the ones we see are chipmunks. We have ground squirrels, too, but way more chipmunks.
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We use the terms chipmunks and ground squirrels interchangeably around here but I think mostly we have chipmunks.

Chipmunks are vermin in my opinion.
But they are CUTE vermin!
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But they are CUTE vermin!
You’ve obviously not had a patio or sidewalk undermined by them.
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Yes I am painfully aware of the process.
Do you actually send the Rx to a pharmacy? Or are you only in contact with an insurance Rx manager?
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Another critter at the top of my personal vermin list is the flying pest known as the Canadian goose. I can’t believe we still federally protect them.
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Do you actually send the Rx to a pharmacy? Or are you only in contact with an insurance Rx manager?
I send in a script. Pharmacy calls and says it's not covered and requires a precert. I and/or my staff fill out a boatload of paperwork to justify the medicine (or test).

Next step, insurance either approves it or denies it.

Very often they deny it even if it's medically necessary in my opinion.
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I send in a script. Pharmacy calls and says it's not covered and requires a precert. I and/or my staff fill out a boatload of paperwork to justify the medicine (or test).

Next step, insurance either approves it or denies it.

Very often they deny it even if it's medically necessary in my opinion.
Yep, we just went through this procedure for pamelor as part of meds for CRPS - denied by insurance.

edit: I first wrote gabapentin which she takes, too. #confused
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Yep, we just went through this procedure for gabapentin as part of meds for CRPS - denied by insurance.
Pro tip: go to www.goodrx.com and check on local pharmacy prices. Many medicines are dirt cheap.

I sometimes even refuse to do a precert for a medicine that is under $10/month.
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Pro tip: go to www.goodrx.com and check on local pharmacy prices. Many medicines are dirt cheap.

I sometimes even refuse to do a precert for a medicine that is under $10/month.
I’m sorry, it was pamelor that they denied. She got the gabapentin approved.
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I’m sorry, it was pamelor that they denied. She got gabapentin.
That one is on the $4 WalMart list. You are welcome.
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Yep, we just went through this procedure for pamelor as part of meds for CRPS - denied by insurance.

edit: I first wrote gabapentin which she takes, too. #confused
sucks. Both are off-label, but well accepted for chronic neurogenic pain. At least it’s available in generic form.
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We use the terms chipmunks and ground squirrels interchangeably around here but I think mostly we have chipmunks.

Chipmunks are vermin in my opinion.

EDIT: posted before I saw Indy’s reply. A lot of people around here call them ground squirrels but most of the ones we see are chipmunks. We have ground squirrels, too, but way more chipmunks.
Let me know if you need me to come by with my vermin dog.

Although in this case the cure might be worse than the disease. She digs the burrows out and makes them even bigger.

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That one is on the $4 WalMart list. You are welcome.
Thanks, but her doc said don't worry about it and see how the gabapentin does. She's been on it since last Thursday and she does feel better. Along with the pain is swelling and she can't make a fist but she's still working on it. It's been 4 months today since her accident.
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Let me know if you need me to come by with my vermin dog.

Although in this case the cure might be worse than the disease. She digs the burrows out and makes them even bigger.

#bettersticktorabbiting
We're ok where we live now. It's more urban and other than one scrawny rabbit and a scrawny stray cat, I haven't seen any other critters in almost 9 months.
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