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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2016 1:16pm (Jan 23rd 2016)
     
    I salvaged this beautiful Amaryllis from the condemned shelf of a local store last year it only cost 20p, its box was battered to bits the pot was scrunched but I could see that the bulb looked reasonably unscathed. What a lovely bargain it has been..... it rewarded us with four beautiful flowers and I was delighted to see they were double blooms which I have never seen in Ameryllis before. I put it outside in the spring and forgot all about it. Then while bringing in the tender plants in the autumn I re-found it the leaves looking a bit tattered and sad. I thought well the bulb looks ok so cut leaves off and watered it about a week later a new flower spike started to appear. I have been so excited about it as I have had them before and never managed to get them to flower again. Well just two flowers this year but so pleased to share this picture of the first flower with you
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2016 1:17pm (Jan 23rd 2016)
     
    Anyone else got fantastic bargains they can share ??
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2016 6:52pm (Jan 23rd 2016)
     
    Wow, what a bargain! I got a nice little 1930s folding table at an antiques fair last week - we only have a small front room and it was just right to put snacks and things on when friends come round. I asked how much it was and was thinking that as long as it was under fifty quid I'd have it. 'Ten pounds,' she said.
    SOLD!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2016 7:09pm (Jan 23rd 2016)
     
    Best bargain I ever had was when I put onto the office desk my one pound note as deposit to buy my house.
    Thank you Maggie T. The best thing you ever did.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2016 10:20pm (Jan 23rd 2016)
     
    I found one of those twisty scarves in fake fur fabric on Thursday for £2 - Caitlyn loves it!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2016 11:40am (Jan 26th 2016)
     
    Well done CC its just so good when you find a good bargain isnt it. We were passing a charity shop last summer and I twigged a couple of quirky looking stools outside the door. I got G North to turn round as I was so intrigued by them. Lady popped her head out of the door and said you can have those for three pounds each as I havent got room inside for them. I didnt really need them but stumped up the six pounds. I looked them up on the computer as they were obviously not for normal sitting on and discovered they were birthing stools and sort exactly same as I got were selling for sixty five pounds each. Needless to say I made house space for them !!!!

    Well done on the scarf Kate. I managed to get three nice fabric shower curtains for pound each and a matching shower mat for one fifty last week I will make window curtains with one and the other two will go round the bath a real treat. So thats my bathroom with a cheap make over for the year. I so love my bargains as you will have guessed xxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2016 6:20pm (Jan 26th 2016)
     
    My friend always finds brilliant bargains in TK Max - and when I go there's never anything good there. I reckon they keep the good stuff until they see her coming!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2016 8:26pm (Jan 26th 2016)
     
    I know how that is CC - same happens to me! Bargains are very elusive to me.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2016 11:56pm (Jan 28th 2016)
     
    I NEVER find any bargains on anything. :face-sad:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2016 11:02am (Jan 29th 2016)
     
    awwwe thats a shame Lynn and Kate. I very rarely used to get bargains but we are both retired now so can have a look around stores rather than just dashing in picking up what is needed. I dont find anything much in TK max either CC but I do find that looking through all those racks of clothes much to tedious.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2016 11:03am (Jan 29th 2016)
     
    I think so far Ollie got the very bestest ever deal xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2016 7:05pm (Jan 29th 2016)
     
    So do I...where do I take MY pound note? (and yes, I still have one! ):face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2016 10:15pm (Jan 29th 2016)
     
    I have a pound note somewhere too CC!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2016 10:49am (Jan 30th 2016)
     
    Old money that seems so very long long ago !!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2016 2:40am (Feb 9th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This isn't really a bargain, more of a cool / cheap DIY thing, but I present a blobber!

    This is just a small squeeze bottle (this had hand sanitiser in before we washed it out), and I fill it with tasty goodies...hey presto you have a really easy to carry, super high value treat to whip out on dog walks with actually no mess!!

    I've ordered a few travel bottles from amazon so I have spares, and you can fill them with all different things...easiest is yoghurt, but you can blend cooked meat, add PB, salmon oil, anything.

    Blobber is amazing for Raiden especially with all the training we do on walks, it's completely changed our dog walks :rolling:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2016 11:23am (Feb 9th 2016)
     
    Thats a really good idea Red and I love the name ha ha.... you could do with marketing it.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2016 11:54am (Feb 9th 2016)
     
    Don't forget to put labels on your bottles. Wouldn't do to get mixed up.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2016 3:32pm (Feb 9th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    "This exfoliating anti-wrinkle cream is minging!"...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2016 5:31pm (Feb 10th 2016)
     
    You ought to patent it quickly, Red!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2016 9:57pm (Feb 10th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    What, minging exfoliating anti-wrinkle cream CC?! :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2016 11:59am (Feb 11th 2016)
     
    Dont worry Red its probably just his age !!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2016 8:46pm (Feb 16th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I found a bargain!!
    Dog puzzle feeder, only cost £3.99 :)

     photo scaryfeeder_zpssixyrltn.jpg

    The small Kong Wobbler (which is very similar, probably slightly better made) costs £8 so I'm happy with this, even if it does look a little terrifying :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2016 5:58pm (Feb 17th 2016)
     
    Bargain, well done Red - but you're right, it IS a bit creepy!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2016 9:12pm (Feb 17th 2016)
     
    Maybe it'll help their waistlines - they'll be too scared to go near it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2016 5:29pm (Feb 18th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahahahaha, oh no, NOTHING would stop Kasper from getting to anything edible :tooth:

    Another bargain: bought a 42 inch dog crate online for £35, found the same size and material (ie. metal base) at P@H for £95!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2016 7:39pm (Feb 19th 2016)
     
    Good grief woman, they must wait till they see you coming and then put the bargains out for you!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2016 9:49pm (Feb 19th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahahaha, really it's just because Pets At Home are so ridiculously expensive, but even Argos was selling it for £60 :smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 11:03am (Feb 20th 2016)
     
    Whoo whoo you sure are getting tha bargains at the moment Red. I was walking past a thrift shop with Mallory on Wednesday and there was a Brand new Peppa Pig dolls buggy in the window Mallory saw it and said Oh I would love one of those Nanny. We went in to ask the price and the woman said oh is £2 to much I said no thats fine thank you. One happy Woman One happy Nanny and one happy Mallory. G/North saw they were £11.99 in Argos
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 4:35pm (Feb 20th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's the best kind of bargains, when you stumble across them by surprise, and how adorable of Mallory...must have made her so happy to hear she could get it :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 8:09pm (Feb 20th 2016)
     
    Well spotted Mallory!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2016 7:38pm (Feb 21st 2016)
     
    An eye for a bargain at an early age! I always take the kids stuff to the charity shop. Most of it is hardly used or worn because they're only here weekends and prefer to not wear clothes!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2016 10:07pm (Feb 21st 2016)
     
    We love to spoil her She rarely asks for anything apart from attention and helping you do what ever you happen to be doing. I sorted out her clothes at Christmas as we bought her loads of new things. I took them all to the charity shop as they were all like new. She is growing so fast at the moment xx Its so quiet here at the moment as she has gone back home today. Not long to Easter and we see her again xxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 5:49pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     
    Charity shops are ideal for kid's stuff - it only fits them for ten minutes anyway...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 11:17pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     
    Caitlyn Is much the same - never asks for anything except company. Shaun just wants the contents of Toys R Us!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2016 9:14pm (Feb 27th 2016)
     
    My daughter never asked for anything...made trying to get a Christmas list out of her, almost Impossible...she still is the same way. I think it would have been easier if she had been like Shaun and wanted everything in Toys R Us. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2016 12:26am (Mar 4th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    bargain: I've been wanting the Hurtta training rope lead for ages, since someone posted a review of it on their blog...it looks amaaaazing!!

    Comes in a variety of colours, has several D clips so you can alter the length, seems to be really durable and it's a rope lead so something a little different to all our nylon ones. But it was too expensive at £24 not including postage - then I saw it £14, free postage on ebay!! Yaaaay, have a birch coloured one on the way :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2016 6:55pm (Mar 5th 2016)
     
    Another Lucky find, it's amazing what waiting a little while can bring xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 2:46pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I can't wait for it to arrive, it's supposed to be here by tomorrow or the day after :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 3:30pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     
    I always think its brilliant having something in the post to look forward to. Years ago when we used paper, pen and ink to communicate it was such a treat to receive a letter or post card. I only seem to ever get boring stuff through my letter box Most of it has to be filed straight into the Bin !!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 8:11pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     
    You need to develop an eBay habit, NN. Every day is like Christmas...but poor Tim the postie says to Eric 'NOW what's she bought???'
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 11:27pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     
    I always like receiving something from CC - hubby always says "you've got an envelope from your chicken friend with the nice handwriting"!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2016 1:47pm (Mar 7th 2016)
     
    I do look at e-bay now and then and get G/North to order me odds and ends. I never got really into it to be honest.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 9:03am (Mar 8th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I always forget about ebay because I like to have a delivery estimate which you don't get with ebay, but almost everything I want and find elsewhere is sooo much cheaper on ebay :smile:

    Lead arrived yesterday - it is beeaauutiful!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 10:58am (Mar 8th 2016)
     
    WHAT........ no picture of the lead? you are slipping Red you know what we are like with photo's of every thing.:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 3:29pm (Mar 8th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, the funny thing is I have taken photos of it but thought nobody would want to see a boring old lead - NN you've made my day :rolling:

    So all are other leads are flat nylon / leather ones, the pale green rope lead is the new 'un - it's sooo beautiful!

     photo lead_zpsdut8qoul.jpg

    It has four rings to attach the lead's clip to, so you can choose four different lengths:

     photo lead1_zpsi5nditfy.jpg

    The clip with the ring right next to it is the one you attach the harness / collar

     photo lead2_zpsyggdsszn.jpg

    And Raiden's training sleeve arrived today too!

     photo lead3_zps2ofei4yt.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 4:50pm (Mar 8th 2016)
     
    That's my girl I can see why it was important to you now. Lovely and strong and beautifully woven. Sensible clips. Wow jobs a goodun, That's a good idea the training sleeve. They will soon need their own wardrobe xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 5:37pm (Mar 8th 2016)
     
    A DOUBLE wardrobe! Nicely made lead, Red - and the sleeve is as NN says, an excellent idea. Wouldn't stop me asking for a smooch with him though...:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 6:47pm (Mar 8th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We used the lead for the first time with Raiden today, it's lovely, looks awesome in the sun! Haha NN I'm pretty sure they have more things between them than we have clothes :rolling:

    Posted By: chief chickenWouldn't stop me asking for a smooch with him though...


    Agh don't say that CC, that's why we bought it! I have some custom made patches that you can attach to the lead / harness that read 'service dog' on the way too...eventually Raiden will hopefully be doing tasks for me and helping me out and I want to make it as obvious as possible to passersby so they don't distract him...we have SUCH an issue with people bothering him when we're in training, even when they can clearly see we are trying to keep him calm or focused. Hopefully these badges might make it a little less of an issue, or if not I can just point at them and walk off :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 7:10pm (Mar 8th 2016) edited
     
    My friend used to have a guide dog and it was so difficult to talk to her without speaking to the dog (she used to sleep under the desk). The big problem was she wasn't a very good guide dog-she would always come out from under the desk for a fuss, got distracted when walking, and would always go anti-clockwise around the shops 'square' outside the office. She went back for retraining but still didn't get it. Eventually my friend had a new dog. The other one went to live with my friends brother - he had the same eye condition as his sister though not as advanced so even though she wasn't a good guide dog her training meant she was great for his disability, my friend still got to see her, and both dogs enjoyed each other's company, so a good outcome all round!

    If I saw a dog in training I'd probably speak to the owner out of curiosity in the hope that they'd then suggest I go in for a smooch with said pup!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 12:00am (Mar 9th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I follow a lot of blogs about service dogs (mainly American but not all), some for physical disabilities and some for people with mental disabilities.

    Every blog I can think of talks about how hard it is to get people to leave their dog alone - I read an excellent blog recently that did a great job at explaining how, although it might not seem bad for 'just one' person to pet or talk to the service dog, when you add all those single experiences up it can happen dozens of times a day and can affect even the best service dog. Service / assistance dogs are essentially taught to blank out the distractions to do their job, but when those distractions repeatedly try and make the dog say hello over and over, of course it will have an affect, on some dogs more than others. I've seen in America they have all sorts of sleeves and patches that say 'DO NOT APPROACH', 'DON'T LOOK AT ME', 'DO NOT DISTRACT' etc because it is a huge problem.

    Asking about the training / what the dog is for is also a huge issue, because it puts the owner on the spot and is quite a personal question really...I *hate* interacting with people I don't know, especially when my illness is bad. I'm hardly going to want to share with them what my dog is in training for.







    Whenever I see an assistance dog I am careful never to distract it and only ever glance at it...having said that I do that with most dogs, and would never interact with a dog unless it came to me and had the right body language.

    I was waiting for Lyle the other day and was watching a dog on the opposite side of the road, tied up outside a shop. The dog was utterly miserable and the number of people who approached it was staggering...the dog was doing all it could other than growl / bite to ask them to go away, and not one person realised it. When a mother let her school-age kid walk up and hug it around the neck I was so on edge waiting for a bite!!

    Posted By: KatebThe big problem was she wasn't a very good guide dog-she would always come out from under the desk for a fuss, got distracted when walking, and would always go anti-clockwise around the shops 'square' outside the office. She went back for retraining but still didn't get it.


    I always wonder what goes into training an assistance dog...it must take A LOT of effort and I highly doubt they use all positive training methods. It all seems very hush hush though - I've read a few articles / seen a few videos where they talk or use corrections or talk about 'dominating' the dog, but really it's not talked about much. A service dog has a lot of responsibility and it is a lot to ask a dog!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 1:35pm (Mar 9th 2016)
     
    Very interesting Red, A woman across the road from me has the puppies from when they can leave their Mum for their first step training. They have to get used to the family other pets the vaacum sort of house trained really. They also have to learn about getting in the car with no bother. Simple things really. Then after a certain amount of time they move on to someone else who trains them further. She is a funny woman and only speaks to you when she feels like it. I rarely speak to her now as Ive been snubbed so many times for just saying hello. I answer if she does happen to say hello to me though as I refuse to drop to her levels of politeness.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 6:57pm (Mar 9th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'd love to know more about it all NN but I've been told different things by different organisations (only use positive training methods vs only use punishment when needed!!)...I just think the amount of time, training and socialisation that you must have to put into those dogs is phenomenal.

    Most people seem to be missing manners it seems NN...me and Lyle stare at each other in shock these days when someone thanks us after we've held a door open for them, moved out of their way etc - it's so unexpected!! I've found cyclists are the worst - we'll move ourselves and our dog right out their way and they won't thank us at all...I have to hiss "shut up!" at Lyle now because he's started saying "You're welcome!" really loudly :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 7:29pm (Mar 9th 2016)
     
    Shame the woman isnt more forthcoming Red, When she first moved here we all put it down to being shy. It isnt just me its every one. I dont know how any one could not speak when spoken to. But hey ho each to their own I guess. I so agree some people are so rude. I hate being pushed out of the way or bashed into when a simple excuse me would be in order. I have excellent hearing so it isnt as if I ignore people. I have given up saying anything as it gets you no where and just a mighty hard stare !!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 10:30pm (Mar 9th 2016)
     
    I'm not sure how they train them either but I know it's a long process. They spend a year 'growing up' and part of that is going into very busy environments and having lots of experiences. The end part is working with their paired owner. The dogs are extremely good at their jobs however it's done - it's an expensive process, lots of puppies don't make it because they're just not suited, but they provide an extremely valuable service. It may be that it isn't done as kindly or gently as you train Kasper and Rey (but then again, it might be!) but it's a proven method so they would be very reluctant to change it which may be why it's kept secret. I expect police dog training is a lot harsher, but then training police officers is going to be very different to training a vicar. Horses for courses!!

    If anyone asks about his training just say he's an assist dog - people will probably ask what he can do rather than why he's doing it. If you feel uncomfortable lie-tell them you're a trainer and he's learning how to help a disabled Great Dane or something!

    There are lots of stupid people around, but there are lots of nice ones too. When the kids were little hubby used to enjoy running into ignorant ones with the pushchair and he was like Lyle, would say loudly "thank you" when people let the door slam on the pram.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2016 9:08am (Mar 10th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I know more and more police dog trainers are using purely positive and force-free training methods now, Kate. I follow a blog of a positive police dog trainer and it is interesting and just shows that it can very easily be done. I think with assistance dogs it's more they're stuck in their way and unwilling to learn - a recent 'train your dog the guide dog way' book talked about having to dominate your dog, and when I emailed them to say what terrible advice it was and how disgusted I was, they emailed back claiming they didn't know why it said that because they use positive training methods blah blah blah. I don't remember what organisation it was, the big Guide Dogs For The Blind one, but I don't trust them at all. I've seen a lot of people with assistance dogs yanking them about on choke chains too which is incredibly sad.

    I can't talk to people...and if they tried to come over and talk to Rey, even if we were out together, they would get a glare as we walked off :rolling:

    I am past the point of caring now, we have had too many people act like ****s to our dogs. Just the other day there was a woman who hissed at Kasper like a cat for ten seconds on a narrow bridge as we walked past her. I have put over four years training into Kasper to show him that other people aren't scary and she *could* have ruined a lot of it...Kasper was walking by my side holding eye contact with me (opposite side to the woman), and yet she stood still, stared at him, and hissed like a cat. I have no problem being rude to people, I will always put my dogs first...when people come talk to us I switch into 'call Rey away, reward with treats, ask him to carry on, give a treat, ask him to sit, treat' etc etc mode...the person just doesn't get an answer :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2016 5:11pm (Mar 10th 2016) edited
     
    Posted By: Red...I have to hiss "shut up!" at Lyle now because he's started saying "You're welcome!" really loudly

    I do exactly the same!:face-smile:
    What a weird woman to hiss at a dog - what was the matter with her? I would have asked if I could call the AA for her as she seemed to have a puncture...rude old bag.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2016 6:30pm (Mar 10th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I have no idea CC...I think I would have exploded at her if we hadn't had a dog, as it was as soon as she started hissing I went right into "yes! good boy Kasper! *treat* yes, good boy! *treat* you did so well around that moronic woman!" mode :tooth:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2016 10:57am (Mar 11th 2016)
     
    Some people seem to hate seeing others happy. They must have a very dull life
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2016 10:24pm (Mar 11th 2016)
     
    People with assist dogs usually have them to work, not because they really want them so they have no idea (and don't want to learn) how to treat them. My friend's ex-hubby works for Guide Dogs for the Blind znd he has to visit them in the homes to make sure they're looked after. They do have to remove them sometimes if they don't believe they're being looked after properly - overweight is a common one.

    I suspect your body language would say "don't talk to me" so I probably wouldn't - I only talk to folk if they look like they want to talk, otherwise I'd be one of those crazy people that everyone avoids!!

    Was the lady old? They do do strange things. When you get old you'll do strange things too - we all do, it's just that I ( er, I mean we-as in the royal we! :whistle:) put it down to eccentricity!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2016 2:02pm (Mar 17th 2016)
     
    I got two hanging baskets with spring Violas and variegated ivy in Tesco for £2.50 each yesterday, that was half price so am well pleased. Just spotted the yellow tickets so had to investigate. Poor things only needed a good soak in water. I had got two back in the autumn with autumn violas and they are still doing great. Just what I needed to cheer up a bleak corner and baffle Sootz who is always thinking up ways of getting over the fence there. got to go out and get some brackets in a wee while so will keep my eyes peeled for more bargains !!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2016 5:15pm (Mar 17th 2016)
     
    Well spotted, NN! Does Sootz not go out of the garden then? We'[ve got some violas (purple, obviously) that a friend gave us and they just keep going and going...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2016 7:03pm (Mar 17th 2016)
     
    No he isnt allowed out of the garden CC. He was supposed to be an indoor cat but He so loves being a proper cat getting outside and enjoying the fresh air and any other weather life throws at us. We built a nice high fence and as he is a heavy cat he isnt really into jumping and the only thing he will climb is the old apple tree and the stairs come bedtime. I got a hanging basket pack today with a tiny propagator compost and seeds for Mallory to do when she comes Easter. It isnt anything real posh but she will enjoy doing it. Her tomato seeds have all sprouted now so she will be really pleased.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2016 6:21pm (Mar 18th 2016)
     
    Lovely; what sort of seeds will you - or Mallory- be putting in?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2016 8:19pm (Mar 19th 2016)
     
    trailing lobelia, Nasturtiums. Petunias and some sort of daisy CC. We will do it together else all seeds will be in a big heap together Ha ha