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  1. blackmagic

    January 19 Here we go again!

    That was a horrific thing to happen, griff. I hope they are all okay. Welcome to your new life, Fred. You will soon get your paws under the table . After a very wet and windy day yesterday it is still, dry and bright but cold today. The bird's water dish is frozen. Our car goes in for a service tomorrow. It has been telling us one is due- clever modern cars- for a few weeks but Christmas and New Year got in the way. Jim thinks we will need anew exhaust which could be costly. It has done over 99,000 with nothing more than routine work so we shouldn't complain.
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    itchy paws

    I have the same problem with my two. I think it is something in the garden irritating them. It seems to be worse when the place is damp. At the moment Murphy is okay but Cleo has been nibbling her paws and last week I discovered she was losing the hair between her back legs. which explains the tufts of hair around the house. She is on a week 's course of steroids which stopped it within 24 hours. An anti bacterial/anti fungal shampoo helped a lot. Years ago when Murphy was very itchy and the vet had no solutions- shampoo and spot ons made no difference. I used a neem shampoo and it worked.. Unfortunately, the man died and the business closed- Neem genie- and I haven't found a similar product.
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    January 19 Here we go again!

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    January 19 Here we go again!

    When I Am Old. When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me, And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter. I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired, And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells, And run my stick along the public railings, And make up for the sobriety of my youth. I shall go out in my slippers in the rain And pick the flowers in other people's gardens, And learn to spit. You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat, And eat three pounds of sausages at a go, Or only bread and pickle for a week, And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats and things in boxes. But now we must have clothes that keep us dry, And pay our rent and not swear in the street, And set a good example for the children. We will have friends to dinner and read the papers. But maybe I ought to practise a little now? So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised, When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple! Jenny Joseph
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    January 19 Here we go again!

    She must be feeling better and more secure.
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    January 19 Here we go again!

    Happy New Year everybody. All the Best for 2019. I hope the upset dogs can get some calm today. An advantage of rural living- no fireworks. Mine have never heard them so I don't know how they would react.
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    So What is New?

    Yesterday and today when I sign in I get an error message saying 'something went qrong' Error code: 2S119/1 I click on 'forums' on the header of the message box and het in
  8. Sounds like a good wedding, griff! We have four male and 4 female pheasants coming to feed at the moment. We did have 10 of them one winter. They ignore the dogs and the dogs ignore them. Murphy crashes into them if they get between him and his frisbe We also get an occasional visit from a red legged partridge. Cleo steps over it when it gets in her way. Murphy's vice is voles and rabbits. Jazz, if you have some yoghurt try a spoonful in the water. I have found that works to get them to drink. JIm is progressing well and has now moved onto the ward.
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    Your Pets

    I have two, both rescues from Irish Retriever rescue UK. Murphy is a golden retriever/collie cross who will be 14 in February. He came to us as a 12 week old pup. Cleo is golden retriever/german shepherd cross who came to us when she was 2 years old, She was given up with 11x 9 week old pups. She is or will be 10 years old. We don't know her actual dob, just that she 2 when handed in at the beginning of March. Due to our advancing age I don't know of there will be any more. A sad thought as we have had at least one dog , often 2 and for a while 3 dogs since 1972
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    Yes, I think the website subscription was up and there was no one to renew it. the originator gave it up and then the one mod left got locked out.
  11. Thank everybody for the good wishes. Report from the hospital this morning was 'as good as can be expected'. When you phone they go and ask the patient how they are. There is no fear of JIm doing too much. When he is ill he 'cannot' do anything. When he had his first op I had to nag him to do more than sit on the couch. I pointed out that he was not allowed to sit around all day in the hospital. I was worried he would get a blood clot through not moving about. When they said recovery was 3 months his idea is he is not able to do anything for three months then magically, over night, he is well! I went to top up the shopping today and Tesco was heaving. It didn't help that there were bag packers operating- two at each till. It made the place look very crowded. I do not like getting my bags packed as they just put things in in any order and things get squashed at the bottom when they put heavy things on top.
  12. Poor little dog. She must be wondering what is happening. Best to leave her to come round in her own time. our other dogs should help her. Thanks griff. it will now be time and patience. He is not a good patient- doesn't know what to do with himself when he is not fit.
  13. JIm had his op and the surgeon phoned me this afternoon, when he was finished, to tell me JIm was in recovery and would move to hIgh dependency later tonight. I thought that was a nice touch as usually I have to search for he has gone.=- ICU, HD or a ward. He said the operation had been hard for him as there was a lot of scarring from his previous operations but he had managed to complete it. Stupid woman wasting everybody's time by changing her mind. I hope they don't use her again. Nice to see you back among us , Pingu.
  14. Have been away over Christmas but now back home and have been reading back. I hope Eve's dad is improving. Poor Archie. Vivatonin helped one of mine who used to ask out then stand and look around as of to say 'why did I come out here?' My two were in kennels while we were away and had a visit for Santa. They seem to have had a good time there as when I put my fleece on to take them out Cleo started yodelling and barking at me. They get taken out into an exercise area two or three times day so she obviously had a good time and anticipated the same. They are fed at 4pm in the kennels but at 5pm at home. They always try to convince us the 4 pm is dinner time when they come home. It is funny how a few days at the earlier time sticks. Sounds like the little dog will have a better life now. Jazz. It is so unfair that innocent animals get born into horrible situations. We had to come home a day early as Jim got a phone call from the hospital, two days before we went away, asking if he could come in for an operation on 28th I t should have been done a year past October but the surgeon left and it has taken this time to be re assessed by the new one and put 'on the list'. The efficiency of the NHS. As it is an elective operation it was a case of wait and see when it would happen.
  15. A doctor or a qualified person needs to sign the prescription. Our practice nurse can prescribe and has done it for us when a doctor hasn't had time to sign one. prescription. We get our medicines from the surgery but Jim has tog et a prescription for one of his eye drops. They are prescribed by the hospital but our surgery cannot get them from their suppliers so he has to order them in town and take the prescription in there to get them. They don't stock them but can order them in. It sounds like a good afternoon. Owl. It is good to have something enjoyable in winter sunshine. I have a small fibre optic tree up and a wreath for the front door. I gave my tree and two large boxes of decorations to the charity shop. W e are away for Christmas so not much point in a big tree.