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  1. 5 points
    Tara: Oh Aunties, yesterday my tummy was sooooo full. It was FAB!!! It started off with breakfast. Cos Mum was doing chicken wings, and she knows that I like the pointy triangle bits wot are on the end. So she skissers them off for me. There were some on the floor, so I hoovered them up. Cato missed out cos he doesn't like raw chicken bits. He is weird. So then it woz breakfast proper time. And Mum puts our food in the bowls and stands back. Only she made some kind of mistake, cos there woz less food in my bowl than usual?!?! Cato's bowl had the normal amount, and mine was half empty! But I ate it anyway, cos you never know when the next food is coming, do you? Meanwhile, Cato is sitting there blinking at his bowl, cos he was just waking up, and he doesn't really like chicken/beef and we have been eating the chicken/beef dinner for 2 days now. I keep telling him the faster he eats up his chicken/beef dinner, the faster we get on to the tripe and lamb and venison ones. But he is stupid. So, then the doorbell goes, which is very exciting! And we all rush to the door to say hello to the nice parcel man, and Mum won't let us bounce on him, and has a chat with him. And I suddenly remembered that there was a food bowl with food still in it! So I left Cato and Mum dealing with the parcel man, and I went back into the kitchen and tidied up the left over food. Cos I am good like that. Then Mum comes back and says 'Oh Tara!' in that weird voice that she uses sometimes when I am supposed to have done something wrong, but I woz just tidying up, wozn't I? And Cato didn't want it. So then a bit later Cato does his silly sicky bile throwup and gets hand fed cooked chicken! Not fair! I was still starving, and I only got one piece of cooked chicken, and he got lotsandlotsandlots. He is such an attentionseekar. Mum gave me a cuddle and poked my tummy a bit and said 'I am surprised you haven't burst, young lady!' And then I went to sleep cos I woz suddenly veryveryvery tired.
  2. 5 points
    archie on his travels in shropshire staying at bedlam nr ludlow
  3. 5 points
    It's not a story you can tell to just "anybody - anywhere".
  4. 5 points
    I am not proud of this, but there we are. I run the kind of house where bones are, occasionally, found under couches. Piffle - a piece of food under the couch. Try this one: Not long ago I transported a small dog from a shelter to a vet. The crate I brought was too small so I tethered her to the front seat next to me.......She had enough leash to hop over, she was nervous and not settling down. Eventually I got her where she needed to go and then picked up my husband and our dogs to go for a walk in the woods. My husband got out of the car for something and I remember Shorty had hopped into the car with one of his beloved tennis balls (which he loses alllll over the place!) While waiting for the Big Guy to come back I reached down between the front and back looking (without seeing) for Shorty's ball. I felt not one but two round ball-sized "things".......they were cold and felt like mud or clay. My brilliant mind quickly figures out they are not mini tennis balls.....but what were they!?!? Yep -poop :-( The little transport had managed to poise herself over the space between the front and back and drop a small load......... So - a bone under the couch is not worth worrying about. PS I didn't tell my husband.
  5. 5 points
    Mum: Going to show you one of the reasons why the blogging has been missing lately. About a month ago my lovely Nikon Coolpix S33 camera died. It had been losing battery charge very rapidly, and I had changed the rechargeable battery once, to no improvement. Then it decided to not switch off, and just blink a light at me until the battery ran down. It still charged, but then it just ran the battery flat immediately afterwards. So, new camera. Which arrived and I instantly thought, hmmm this may have been a mistake. V cheap flimsy case, the door to get at the memory card, battery and charging socket wouldn't open to start with. And then it wouldn't close easily. But I charged it up and went out with the beasties, and not one of those first day's pics was good enough for blogging. Not one. All were out of focus. All looked shaky. The light was dull and cold. But I kept trying, adjusting settings, trying different conditions, and believe me when I say that the pics below are the best I have ever taken with it - and I think they are terrible. Nothing is properly crisp and in focus. It was a dull day, but not as dull as it looks... I mean, you can barely make out C&T's faces! And what is the weird pink tone on the tarmac path? Anyway, the camera is going back 'faulty', because I don't think that a camera that takes every pic out of focus, dark and grey-pink is working properly. Next one is already ordered. Fingers crossed for it, eh?
  6. 5 points
    Hi all, Many thanks for the helpful suggestions. Zoey has been to the vet twice. The vet confirmed KCS and prescribed Tacrolimus .02% eye drops. I also found some lubricating drops (I-drops) specific for canines. The lubricating drops have helped clear her eyes ALOT. The Tacro irritates her eyes a bit (I have been administering them 2 weeks now) and she hides her face (laugh). The I-drops lubricant is welcoming to her and she allows me to administer without any issue. KCS in some instances can be immune mediated hence my question around natural remedies to consider. The other reason for the vet visit was food allergies. Based on the vets recommendation, I switched Zoey's diet to Royal Canin. To my horror, I realized only yesterday it contains many low biological value ingredients and hydrolyzed soy protein is the 2nd ingredient. So I went out and bought her a small bag of Acana. I have also been rubbing her tummy with organic coconut oil to help mitigate the constant scratching which seems to help. I have made it a habit to clean her paws and give her a good wipe down when we return from our walks to also cut down on allergens. Despite all of her what I consider "small challenges", Zoey has been getting tons of love and her personality is coming out. She loves big dogs in the neighborhood; but small prissy dogs? not so much. Zoey is not a barker but when she sees the toy poodle with her fancy dress, it sets her off. It's hilarious! She also loves to play fetch and belly rubs 😀. Zoey is the perfect fur-kid! We love her to pieces! We will look for a vet ophthalmologist for Zoey. P.S. Nature's Miracle worked!
  7. 5 points
    Yes a reg vet can measure pressure for glaucoma. It's just with our Lulu - Queen of Everything - had eye problems from the time we "fostered failed" her we were under the care of an opthalmologist. Yes the reg vet can do a pressure test.....but *I* (with our experience with an eye compromised dog) would be more comfotable because she's a senior and has a bad background. Just knowing she is in a lovely happy ever after home .....wants to make sure she's not in pain.
  8. 5 points
    You might do a search (try Amazon and Ebay) and find a brand new/never used Nikon like your old one. I regularly buy bras and make-up that way........just when you find something that is "just right" it is discontinued and you have to search all over again. LOL....PANTS!!! Never heard that one before. Pants is just the worst ever??
  9. 5 points
    Thanks. I wanted to buy exactly the same S33 version as my last lovely camera, but Nikon have 'updated' it. Same pic quality, same case, same lens, etc. etc. but they have added a 'wifi to smartphones' facility so that pics can be zapped easily to Facebook - and slapped an extra £50 on the price! I was indignant. Since the only time I go on FB is to track the glittering Crufts careers of C&T's extended family, that wifi thing would be pointless for me - although Tara is adamant that she should have her own FB account now she has turned 3. So far, I have managed to put her off. In the end I have decided to get another Nikon (I figure it will be easier to get to grips with the controls and settings), but this time I have gone for a slightly better camera function, but without the shockproof waterproofing. Same price as the upgraded wifi S33. Really not sure if I have made the right decision, since I regularly get soaked when out walking the mutts. The only reason I have a camera at all is because I don't want to risk my iphone in the rain, mud, hail, sleet and near the lakes and ponds. The iphone has always taken better pics than even the S33. Anyway, will see what happens when it arrives.
  10. 5 points
    Oh Cato! You ARE having a hard time right now. Just yesterday I was trying to decide if I should "bug" your Mum to see "what's what"..........I guess nothing is "what's what". Hang in there - all your good sniffy places will wait for you.
  11. 4 points
    Instead of carrying on with a earlier post I decided to make a new one so other sufferers could add their pain management and ways of coping with the pain of all arthritis's. Feel free to add your notes as it might help someone else thats going through or just starting suffering. Update 11-18-17 I have religiously been attending physical therapy to exercise the muscles in my affected joints and back to build muscle to support the areas. I am lucky to have a caring woman that modifies standard exercises so I can do them twice daily at home without hurting worse. she's been a angel. My pain medicine was paracedimol plus codeine and it just took the edge off but over months of use became useless as I was taking 2 ever 4 hrs around the clock. The physical therapist quizzed me why I was giving only that when there was more alternatives. Explaining to her that no amount of talking or moaning I did the doctors didn't want to even give me that as it is habit forming and didn't care to do any further. She informed me that she understood that complaint about GP's as she had heard it many times before and I could now be treated and the appropriate medication could be prescribed through the hospital. She then set up appointment with a pain management doctor their in their department. I met the doctor who went over my notes with a fine tooth comb and asked many questions then decided I would benefit from a patch that administers pain medication through the skin like those nicotine patches do, worn for 7 days straight then change and apply a fresh one. It is non habit forming and little if any side affects,....If my skin tolerates it I will be on this for life. The aim is to get a strength that allows me to get back involved and active in life and able to walk again and sleep longer than 4 hours every night. The drug is used orginally treat nerve pain but from what I have been reading on those sorts of patches it been given to chronic elderly arthritis sufferers with great success for a while now There was another medicine but a pill but side affects caused great stomach upset and vomiting it right back up so we choice together the patch. Starting off at the lowest dose and slowly raising it up if it wasn't strong enough would be done through the GP but Did Not have the authority to stop it or alter it without the pain managements approval. Finally I have found someone to help, listen and work with me as I have been getting steadily worse very year and more immobile. I start the patch next Tuesday and it will take several weeks to get the full benefits felt from it....For the first time I am very hopeful and have something to look forward to. I will post the name of the patch once I receive it, maybe someone else here already uses it also.
  12. 4 points
    Haha! My talent is simply to point and click!
  13. 4 points
    Oooh nice, it takes good pics! Oh wait, maybe it’s your talent!
  14. 4 points
    Cato, you sound like Sassy Mae and Willie. When I first got my camera, they would look at me every time I asked and I could get a pretty face shot. Nowadays they won’t look up from their sniffing the ground. very pretty pics, the duck pic is so clear and colors so sharp (sorry Cato). What kind of new camera did you get?
  15. 4 points
    Marlene - out loud! Jo - I give em credit for being overall ‘smart’ with repetitious things but the fact they have ‘thought’ processes just amazes me.
  16. 4 points
    She's going to need a hair cut sooner or later....get flyers and emails out to all local groomers...Just in case...You never know. Surely she was paw napped and praying they love and take care of her till you can find her
  17. 4 points
    I am still hoping...
  18. 4 points
    Still praying Susan. Im praying Your angel will come back and be in your arms again...(((hugs)))
  19. 4 points
    camera arrived this afternoon. Opened the box, handled it, inserted the battery, set to charge, and am feeling v confident about it. It has the same feeling of reliable solidity that the S33 had. Will take some test pics tomorrow, and work out the software.
  20. 4 points
    I have a cool pix camera , and regular batteries wouldn't work right in it.i had to get rechargable lithium batteries.works perfect now
  21. 4 points
    We are lucky you know...what if moms camera had broken when it was spring? No lovely flowers, no holiday pictures, no Tara climbing her favorite mountains, no Cato tail...That would have been just awful...glad if anything it waited till be was blah weather to break that way the new one has time to arrive before Christmas Paw arrives. Kinda like mom though..not water proof Don' they know its always raining in the UK? Come on Nikkon you know better than that Oh dear, we will have to wait and see how that turn out won't we paw friends
  22. 4 points
    Be careful in the wind.......a big gust might catch your angel wings and carry you off! I would like to see you take Zoey to an opthalmologist. Dogs with cataracts often develop glaucoma which is painful. Since Zoey is new to you - you might not know if her behavior has changed (often they just become more quiet and withdrawn). We "foster failed" with a Boxer who had juvenile cataracts (among other health problems). She was basically blind (believe she could see light and dark) and we just handled it for 12 years. She was a character and just as naughty as any seeing Boxer. In the last couple years of her life - she developed glaucoma and was in pain. Thank you for your big heart and going to rescue
  23. 4 points
    Oh my goodness, sorry to hear about you’re old camera. But this new one is Pants!!! You’ve made the correct choice to return it. Hope the replacement is better, fingers crossed. Cato and Tara look cute whether they are fuzzy or not 😘
  24. 4 points
    Cato: I had to wait while Mum had a good growl about her nasty camera. But now I can let you know @AuntieCrystal that I made sure you got to see my tail, cos I know you have been missing it. Which I completely understand. I would miss it if I didn't see it too! And Tara says I have to point out that the only good bits in all those pics are her bows. Apparently even manky horribubble cameras take good pics of bright pink.
  25. 4 points
    Oh no Cato I'm so sorry.... I have missed you and sister's blog and guessed mom was super busy. Hopefully soon she will get her camera working again so we can see your beautiful tail and watch Tara climbing mountains again
  26. 4 points
    They're getting better. It's not easy, still, sometimes one wants to head down the road while the other is, shall we say preoccupied. Mostly, though, they've got the hang of it. -m
  27. 3 points
    Glad you scared him off... No tricksy ladder stuff in your garden then 😉😉
  28. 3 points
    loving your story Tara! tell mommy ,you were just trying to be a good little helper
  29. 3 points
    Hi Aunties, Missy here! I member Auntie Jo asked awhile back bout our walks and what they were like at our new house, so we wanted to show you! We been beggin and beggin mommy to take some pics and show you! Sooo she’s taken some and well there from different days, you’ll see some were Real cold! anyway I get to start!! Here’s one of the spots I like to go, you’ll see why! Thered some logs and i get to climb! I got Molly to go back here and she Liked it Too!! Mommy says once it’s cold long enough we can go waaay back in the woods! I can’t wait! Ok, well we haven’t got to go to the cemetery yet soo, i’m Off and Molly can tell you her part! Hey Aunties, Molly here and I got the Best part an mommy had a Big surprise for me today!! first, here’s the way I like to go! You can kinda see way down by the curve to the left is one of the fields I like! I Finally got Missy to go this way!! An see she found it Real sniffy too! Here’s our first field! It was Real sunny that day, but here’s part of the field for you to see! But here’s the Best part! Mommy keeps promising I can go all the way to the end and she let me Today!! Come see! Look at the new field me an Missy found!! An looksee- mommy says this is the area they’re gonna be expanding and putting in a Great Big Park! Ooooh I hope it’s soon cuz I can just walk on down there Any time! Hope you enjoyed seein our walks!Molly
  30. 3 points
    Tara: Yes AuntieCriystal! Snot fair, is it? I'm always hungry, and he gets all that lovely chicken when I am STARVING!!!
  31. 3 points
    Beautiful place and you look so adorable Archie
  32. 3 points
    Mum: Today's walk was a beach walk. I will let Tara tell you all about it later, but I just wanted to post a few of the sky pics I took because they are pretty amazing. We set off in the car to a blue sky and high white clouds, but in the 10 minutes it took to drive to the beach the dark rainclouds were rolling in... It was a proper bank of cloud, carrying rain (but not a downpour). Hardly more than a shower. And then it rolled away again. leaving lovely skies in every direction and a beautiful crisp horizon, which meant I could get the best zoomed picture so far of the old fort.
  33. 3 points
    Mum: Thank you! It was this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-Coolpix-20-48-Optical-inch/dp/B01AO6LMGK/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1511041957&sr=1-9&keywords=coolpix
  34. 3 points
    It looks a lot way around the big lake. Hope it didn’t wear you both out too much. I love the photos especially the one of the duck, I could even see his little webbed feet... Glad you scared off the ladder man!!! Those ladders are scary things..
  35. 3 points
    Oh Crystal, I am so hopeful that this will make a difference! It could change so much for you. Fingers crossed!!!
  36. 3 points
    Oh, and when we got home there was a strange man next door doing creaky ladder stuff. We had to barkandbarkandbark to get rid of him. He was fiddling with the satellite dish thing up the wall. Very suspicious behaviour. But we drove him off. He didn't dare to come into our garden and fiddle with MY satellite dish! Mum said she was proud of us. And even prouder of us when we finally shut up.
  37. 3 points
    Is this the patch I was talking to you about, the one my aunt uses? Or something similar? So pleased you are finally getting some help.
  38. 3 points
    OMG @Marlene thanks for making me smile.... Oh and your secret is safe with us 😉
  39. 3 points
    Tara: It was FAB!!!! We went out to the sausage place with Mum and Dad. It woz windy and cold and blue sky sunny and sniffy and fun. The wind swirled around my knickers and I was all bouncy and hoppy, and nearly tripped Mum up. And we were looking for cats EVERYWHERE!!! The floor is always too clean! But then when we had sat under the table for AGES and had our water and our treats and our sausages, we went outside and look! The sun had disappeared! There woz a blig black rainy stormcloud rolling in!!! So we had to dash (well, if you count slow human walking as dashing) home! It was a long way, and 'no time for sniffing Cato!' and 'hurry up Tara, you can widdle at home!' and we trotted and trotted and trotted and got home just before the big fat splatty rain drops started splooshing on me! And it woz too runrunrun to take any more picses, so just two today, and none of me or Cato!
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  41. 3 points
    For the itchies.......you might want to do a search here (and on the internet) for CYTOPOINT. Some of us here as well as a couple of Boxer people I know have had good luck with it. http://www.chattertzu.com/forums/index.php?/topic/25681-cytopoint/&tab=comments#comment-317915
  42. 3 points
    Welcome Annette and Zoey, so glad you joined us and bless you for rescuing this gorgeous little girl, love her pic! One question on the marking, did you have pets before? I’ve had several that have marked in a home that had previous pets (either ours or the prior owners), I guess trying to make it ‘their’ home. One thing you want to be sure is to use something like Natures Miracle to clean it up so you make sure to get their scent up. i totally agree with Pawz on the dry eye, I have it and our last Shepard had it. The drops or ointment the vet gave have helped our pup a lot but I haven’t found anything natural that has helped. I too use the OTC drops like 4-5 times a day and I do understand some can be used on dogs but I always used the ones from the vet. Can’t wait to hear all about Zoey and see more pics!!
  43. 3 points
    Welcome! Unfortunately, I can tell you from personal experience (mine and DH's) that dry eye isn't something that usually responds much, if at all, to natural treatment. DH is on a super high dose of prescription Omega 3/fish oil due to high cholesterol and it doesn't make a bit of difference in his dry eye. Use OTC artificial tears and/or a lubricating ointment often (the Genteal brand is often recommended for dogs) and a prescription ointment if the vet recommends it. My understanding is that most dogs respond well to the cyclosporine drops typically used to treat dry eye (cyclosporine is the active ingredient in Restasis used for human dry eye).
  44. 3 points
    You look so cute, but Willie and I share your disappoint! We never get any trick or treaters cause our lane is about 300 yards long, too long for little kids to walk. But where do they go? We asked Mom cause we’ll go there but she said no, she’s no fun!
  45. 3 points
    Nope, it's not fair at all, Tara! I know the feeling! I'm just waiting for it to get cooler here. We've had a few cool, sunny days that were wonderful, but then it gets all hot and muggy again. That is life in the south. Start out the day with the heat on and by the afternoon the air is back on. Crazy weather. I hope your weather becomes sunny again soon so that you and Cato and go outside and enjoy yourselves!
  46. 3 points
    Cato: You know how much we love Mum and Dad. We do! And we love walking and sniffing and snuggling and wrestling with pythons and EVERYTHING. So we are happy. We are. But... we used to do more walks. Back when Mum was taking dictation and me and Tara were blogging every day, it was HARD work! But we got to go out all the time, and went to interesting sniffy places. Different every day. And it was hot and sunny and nice. And muddy and fun. For ages and ages and ages we haven't been doing that. We don't get big long sunny rambles. And we don't get to go to new places. It is all rushing to go to the square field, or Foxy park, or street walking, and sometimes the big Lake Park. We haven't been to the sand dunes for EVER. Or Bear Park. Or our big soggy rocky beach with seagulls and seaweed. Mum says it is cos of Work Stuff. And short lunchtimes. And Autumn weather and stuff. But it is just sad. And I think it is cos her camera died, and the new camera is horribubble and she can't make it work properly. All blurry. I miss our walks. Tara: Yeah!
  47. 3 points
    Awww! I'm so sorry you didn't have any little goblins visit you, Molly and Missy! But, I have to say, you two look just darling in your Halloween costumes. We didn't have any little goblins here in our neighborhood either. Most of the kiddies here have grown up to be full fledged teenagers! I love your pumpkins! They are so nice lined up on your porch! Sounds like the new driveway was pretty interesting to watch. We need a new one too! Coco and Benji wanted me to tell you two hello and Happy Halloween!
  48. 3 points
    Oh No, I too wondered what had happened and figured you were all very busy, I’m so sorry to hear bout moms camera.. but waaay more sorry to hear your chained up Tara you’re right that’s not fair— I like your ‘snots fair’ much better too! I sure hope you get out soon so you can bark and play!
  49. 3 points
    Tara: Snot fair!!! Mum said it wouldn't rain today, and it would be sunny. She said she would take a long lunchbreakthingy and we could go to the beach with the tower and the clambery groin things and the dunes and stuff! And Dad was going to come too and I was going to show him how clever I am and how good i am at bouncing on Cato! But then it started to rain! And it shouldn't have! All cold wet soggy driving rain. And now we have to stay home snuggled with Mum on the sofa! No walk! No beach! Not sniffs! No bouncing!!! and I'm not even allowed to bark. Sometimes i go outside to sniff and widdle, and have a bit of a bark... Cos i am bored and all itchy, wriggly, restless, bouncy, and sometimes i just HAVE to. And do you know wot? Mum has started tying me up! To her! So i can't go outside and bark! Snot fair!!!
  50. 3 points
    I can imagine how you both must miss those walks. Hopefully, you will be able to go again soon. We've been pretty busy here too so we understand! Hang in there little buddies!
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