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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2011 11:45pm (Nov 27th 2011)
     
    My best was rehoming yesterday (I'm always too tired to post on a Saturday night!)

    3 of the long stay cats - Bebe (15yr old mom) and her two 'babies', Sebe and Sadie (13yr old boy and girl) have all been chosen! An old man went into the centre in the week, walked along and when he came to Sebe said "this is the one. I don't want to see any more". Then a lovely lady (so I'm told) reserved Bebe and Sadie. It's good that they're going to different homes - mom got on with both the kids, but when all 3 were there Sadie would fight with her mom or brother.

    Lovely calm Lydia has been rehomed. Apparently the man phoned his wife and said "I've found a cat. She's not the prettiest thing but there's something about her". Couldn't have put it better myself. Then, just before I was picked up, 2 guys were looking at Tustin, the FIV boy who I love to bits. He was getting a bit nippy and they were a little bit concerned, but I said I'd never seen him like that and he was probably just getting excited. In a home environment he could run away but in the pen he can't. They have another FIV boy they got earlier this year from the centre, so they're going to give Tustin a try with him. My fingers are crossed over and over that it works out!

    Also reserved are Elvy - been there a while but one of my top 5! - Ozzy, lovely tabby boy saved from a multi-cat household, Harry and Snuggles have gone together (from the same multi-cat household) which will hopefully allow Erica to shine instead of being pushed out of the way by her more confident friends. Several others have gone or been reserved - there are some lucky new cat owners out there!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2011 10:06am (Nov 28th 2011)
     
    I do love your stories about all these rehomes, it is very satisfying to see these once discarded animals getting a second chance.
    The happiness it gives you is a great boost too.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2011 12:29pm (Nov 28th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebWell done Red, I hope someone contacts him soon and you can close the door finally on that terrible place.


    Hang on a sec, I want to provide some balance for this... Scarlet was deliriously happy when she first saw the flat, which is why she signed up for a 6 month tenancy. We looked around initially and didn't see any damp (other than a bit in the bathroom, but I guess that can be forgiven due to the shower etc).

    It's not a "terrible" place - it just needs a window sealing! There appears to be a window letting in moisture which is causing (or worsening) the damp.

    However a few other minor issues added together means Scarlet decided she wanted to move - that doesn't make it the place from hell!

    Some air-flow and having the heating on occasionally would probably dry the air enough for the next tenants not to even notice...

    Anyway, she's moved now so let's hope she has better luck with the new home.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2011 5:09pm (Nov 28th 2011)
     
    O Kate, how lovely that someone will give homes to 15 year old cats and FIV ones...renews faith in human nature!:heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2011 11:30pm (Nov 28th 2011)
     
    Sorry Neil - balance noted!

    Hopefully the new place will be better for all of them and I join you in wishing them luck.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2011 4:44pm (Nov 30th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wasn't having a go (honest!), just trying to get some perspective in place. :)

    A bit stressed due to threats of lawyers getting involved over something on here that's all...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2011 5:10pm (Nov 30th 2011)
     
    No!!! What??
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2011 9:08pm (Nov 30th 2011)
     
    Goodness gracious! I thought we were very polite and well under control here.

    Is it those gatecrashers that are right at the bottom of the page? You were quick off the mark there and pushed them off. We viewers didn't see a thing.
    They are all a mystery....
    You say "threats". So no action then.

    Keep thi' chin oop, lad. We're all on your side.

    :thumbup:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2011 11:33pm (Nov 30th 2011)
     
    You are perfectly entitled to balance up the viewpoint Neil! I think as time has gone on I'd forgotten how excited Red was about the flat and all it's positives before she moved in. The things that have really bothered her probably wouldn't be on the radar of someone else. Look at me and the footballing kids out the back - the rest of the family don't even notice, but it sent me off the scale!

    Lawyers?! Oh blimey - if its something one of us have said you need to let us know so that we can be more careful in future. I haven't read anything slanderous lately. Tell 'em we said 'Hands Off Our Forum!'
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2011 9:15pm (Dec 4th 2011)
     
    Not a lot to report from rehoming this week. There were some new cats on the homing corridor, but some still waiting to go. There's a lovely big ginger and white boy, Barney. I'm sure he won't be there long, someone will snap him up and be very lucky. Apache, Caitlyn's favourite, is still there and we had a walk up and down the corridor this week. Got caught out by one of the staff though. She didn't say anything but looked very disapproving! Still, Apache enjoyed it!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2011 5:03pm (Dec 11th 2011)
     
    Going to the dentist in the morning, then next day having a toilet fitted..

    downstairs....:shocked:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2011 7:07pm (Dec 11th 2011)
     
    Going to the dentist is a "best thing"?! OMG I hate the dentist!!

    Apache came for a walk with me again this week - its getting to be a habit now! We have another new volunteer coming next week who's doing her Duke of Edinburgh. She seems really nice. That'll be 5 of us on a Saturday morning - yikes! Barney was still there - but was reserved within 20mins of the centre opening to the public. Then another family arrived half an hour later who'd come especially to see him! They chose another cat though so were happy enough. I tried to help a lady choose a cat for herself. She had wanted a female kitten/young cat. I showed her the Chaffinch sisters (don't ask!) who are short haired pure black 6 month old sisters (well, one has white flecks on her legs), but then she saw Theo, a magnificent HUGE long-haired pure white boy. Couldn't be more different! In the end she went for the 2 girls. Another couple chose Theo I think just before I came out, and another lady was going down again today with her boyfriend and wanted Smudge and Pebbles, so it was a very busy and good day all round!

    I suggested that they should do a Christmas advent calendar with pictures of some of the available cats and they're going to suggest that to the national office for next year, so that each area can use photos of their own cats. Hope it comes off - will be good publicity for them.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2011 11:45pm (Dec 11th 2011)
     
    Thought I'd add a picture of Barney! (He suits his name, doesn't he!)
      Barney.png
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2011 2:57pm (Dec 12th 2011)
     
    He's lovely - I can see why he didn't stop long!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2011 8:44pm (Dec 12th 2011)
     
    Oh what a sweet boy.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2011 11:00pm (Dec 12th 2011)
     
    Yes, looks and personality! They're all special in their own way though. I seem to gravitate towards the ugly old male cats, rather than the pretty little kittens. Wonder what that says about my psyche?!! Shame Diane isn't around to analyse me!!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2011 1:53pm (Dec 14th 2011) edited
     
    Best Thing:
    Completed NLP Practitioner Course and got my certificate.:face-smile:
    Took a lot of hours of study plus a 6 day course last week. All done now!!!
    Now I am going to find suitable work as a volunteer counsellor so I can keep my skills up to date.

    The other thing I have gone and done is I went to my local MX5 meeting (Mazda car club) last week and somehow managed to put my hand up when they were looking for someone to take on the Area Co-ordinator's job for Beds, Bucks, Hers and Cambs.
    :face-smile:
    :face-smile:
    :face-smile:
    Did I mean to put my hand up??? Yes !!
    Do I love the challenge of this job? YES!

    What I now need is lots and lots of ideas for some good drives on good driving roads, suitable for the MX5s....which means we love bendy curvy roads.:face-devil-grin:
    I want lots of ideas for days out that will include a nice drive there, somewhere to visit and a lovely pub nearby for lunch.
    I want ideas for weekends away too. In fact, anything that involves driving there and back in the Mazda.
    So, there you have it. I have been up to lots.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2011 7:34pm (Dec 14th 2011)
     
    Blimey, S, you HAVE been a busy bee! Dunno about drives...I'll have a think!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2011 11:34pm (Dec 14th 2011)
     
    Congrats on passing your course! What sort of volunteering are you looking for?

    If you like bendy roads you should be asking the local bikers where they like to go - after all they like bendy roads too and are partial to an odd visit or 2 to the pub!!!!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2011 12:46pm (Dec 15th 2011)
     
    Kate, pick you hubby's brains then and let me have a few ideas please. :face-smile:

    CC, some lovely drives round your area that I plan to try out.
    Will head your way next week, have a couple of days off and will call you before I set off. We can go sample a pub or two. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2011 5:30pm (Dec 15th 2011)
     
    I'm up to my ears in work - playing and tuning. But ring and check - I might decide to just chuck it! :D
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2011 6:46pm (Dec 16th 2011)
     
    My best was three days ago.
    I have another great grand daughter.
    Her sister was born by caesarian three years ago but this little one put her appearance down the loo!!!!
    Mum thought she might be in labour but then thought it was just a tummy upset as not due till New Year.
    Dad was a trojan and called 999 at the same time as trying to see to Mum and Babe. All now settled down.

    Both girls were born on the 13th of their respective months.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2011 12:00am (Dec 17th 2011)
     
    Congratulations Ollie! What have they called her? I assume mom, baby, dad and big sister are all doing well?!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2011 5:56pm (Dec 17th 2011)
     
    No name yet.
    There is a suggestion of Lulu but I doubt that very much.
    The circumstances of her birth will be a family secret so she doesn't get taunted at school. What a pity that we need to think about that kind of thing...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2011 6:27pm (Dec 17th 2011)
     
    ...or Lavinia? :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2011 11:11pm (Dec 18th 2011)
     
    But it'll be a great story for when she's older and can laugh at herself with her friends! Children can be very cruel though, so it probably is wise to keep it to yourselves.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2011 11:17pm (Dec 18th 2011)
     
    Rehoming was a mixed bag this week. A very fearful and therefore difficult to home cat wasn't there, so we can only assume (as I didn't ask anyone - the staff on this weekend don't really chat much) that Dune has a home. On the downside, a beautiful ginger and white boy, Bagpuss, who will meow at the window for attention and then fuss you to death when you open it, has been chosen. However, the family live in a very very nasty area of Birmingham. They have no garden, live on a main road, and the house is apparently filthy. The home visit recommended rejecting them, but the centre manager has overridden it because the road has speed bumps. The family weren't nice at all. Poor Bagpuss. I hope that either they are nicer to the cat than they appear to be to everyone else, or that he escapes and finds himself a better home. Our only hope is that the landlord refuses them permission as they haven't asked him yet, but that seems unlikely. Needless to say everyone was a bit down after that family had left the centre.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2011 1:06am (Dec 20th 2011) edited
     
    Congratulations Ollie, poor little mite what a chilly welcome to the world I am so glad she is ok now.
    Yes it is such a shame you have to think about the bullying aspect at such an early age nowadays. Aurelia starts school after Christmas she is such a nice polite pleasantly spoken little girl. I just hope it doesn't change her in that respect.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2011 1:15am (Dec 20th 2011) edited
     
    Oh my best was getting my cards written and posted. I also got the cakes marzipaned. Christmas is comming up real quick now and I still got loads to do. Won't get a lot done tomorrow as we have Aurelia for the day..... then Weds I got dentist mid day and time I get done messing around with buses the best part of the day will be done. I feel worn out just thinking about it, daft thing is I already been to bed and had to get up as I couldn't sleep !!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2011 6:42pm (Dec 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: neilHang on a sec, I want to provide some balance for this... Scarlet was deliriously happy when she first saw the flat, which is why she signed up for a 6 month tenancy. We looked around initially and didn't see any damp (other than a bit in the bathroom, but I guess that can be forgiven due to the shower etc).

    It's not a "terrible" place - it just needs a window sealing! There appears to be a window letting in moisture which is causing (or worsening) the damp.

    However a few other minor issues added together means Scarlet decided she wanted to move - that doesn't make it the place from hell!

    Some air-flow and having the heating on occasionally would probably dry the air enough for the next tenants not to even notice...


    Oi dad, you might have thought you could post what you liked because I didn't have internet, but I don't see how you can defend that horrible flat. It's all okay when you don't have to live there.

    Let's not forget you were there one time when Mr Upstairs came around, and you were absolutely horrified. You saw the state he was in, how he barged in and terrified our dog...don't try and make out that place was lovely just because you were the ones that looked around and sealed the deal. The contract was signed before I'd even seen the flat - you looked around. And yes it seemed lovely at first, but there were problems nobody could have foreseen.

    As for the mould, our landlord has said he's had to get the whole place fumigated and treated properly, which shows what a big deal it was.

    Jeez, wishing I'd never come back to hencam now... :mad:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2011 6:56pm (Dec 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aww man, I didn't mean it to sound so harsh.

    When I wrote that you were still only planning on moving out and I didn't realise the damp was that bad - when I did see it, it was pretty manky and I wouldn't have wanted you staying there - can't have been healthy.

    So in this case I'm happy to admit I was wrong, and your new house is much nicer (apart from the floor which has massive holes in it haha!)

    Sorry for upsetting you, don't let it put you off hencam, just me. :face-plain:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2011 7:06pm (Dec 20th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No worries man, kiss and make up :)

    Ahaha our two holes have given birth to another I think...and the biggest one now has a slope leading to it!! The big one's grown so much that the dog's started falling down it now - he didn't weigh enough before but the carpet tile sags down it now it's so massive!

    They're gonna fix it whilst we're at Lyle's after Christmas so hopefully we'll come back to a fixed floor!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2011 11:29pm (Dec 20th 2011)
     
    Aww, glad you made up! :bighug:

    Do you mean REAL holes in the floor?! Is this a quick-access shoot to the cellar?!

    How is the new flat? Are you loving it or reserving judgement until you're properly settled? Still doing the doggie treats? I meant to order some for Christmas for the in-law's dog but forgot so will have to do it afterwards.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2011 7:55pm (Dec 21st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, oh yeah, well we had to have some sort of problem didn't we?! :P

    We thought they were straight to the cellar (that's why we were so scared the floor was gonna fall through!) but it turns out there are floorboards beneath. It seems that the landlord's insurance company (who redid practically the entire house before we moved in, after the last tenants stayed there for eight years and apparently wrecked it :smile: ) saw that the floor was rotted by worms...and so covered it in plywood!!! :001_rolleyes:

    We're properly settled now - we've been here almost a month, time's flown by! The dog walks are really awesome, it's great having them so close by...it's nice to be able to pop around and see our friends too! The one fault I can find is that there's a van that pulls up around 5am every morning for the butcher's, and because I've programmed myself to be such a light sleeper (for any dog whines in the night!) it wakes me up every morning :001_rolleyes:

    Yes, we're still doing our treats! The last two markets have been dismal for all...the only people we saw last week were other market stall owners walking past and calling "soul destroying" to each other! :rolling: The cold and poor weather is just keeping everyone away - last week we didn't even sell a quarter of our stock! - but I'm sure things will pick up soon...two stalls have left forever due to no business, and the sweet stall next to us is down from £20 to making less than a fiver...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2011 5:20pm (Dec 22nd 2011)
     
    Plywood is a cure for woodworm is it?? :D Don't worry about the van; it'll be like living at the end of a runway and you'll not hear it in a few weeks.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2011 9:29pm (Dec 22nd 2011)
     
    My best is having the evening all to myself, Jay is at girl friends and Grandad North is on work mates monthly darts do. Lovely and quiet no inane telly blaring.....it feels like a little holiday !!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2011 11:17pm (Dec 22nd 2011)
     
    I'm jealous NN, I love evenings like that. The only quiet time I get is when hubby is on nights and the lads go training on a Monday, only problem being they don't go out until about 9.30 so I don't get much peace, but I love every second of it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2011 6:36pm (Dec 23rd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKMy best was three days ago.
    I have another great grand daughter.
    Her sister was born by caesarian three years ago but this little one put her appearance down the loo!!!!
    Mum thought she might be in labour but then thought it was just a tummy upset as not due till New Year.
    Dad was a trojan and called 999 at the same time as trying to see to Mum and Babe. All now settled down.

    Both girls were born on the 13th of their respective months.


    Only just saw this - congratulations Ollie!!

    T&J have both got humorous middle names, just 'cos :tooth: One called Spike cos he was born with spikey hair, the other Mole cos he looked...well...like a mole :rolling:

    Kate, my favourite cat used to be an old massive male called Clarence, a b&w, who had missing teeth and so drooled :laugh:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2011 8:23pm (Dec 23rd 2011)
     
    MY best getting the hens cleaned out even though it was tipping it down with rain. I did get a bit wet but got another job off my pre Christmas list.
    Made the coconut ice this afternoon, I know if I didn't do it my sons would be disappointed as I have made it at Christmas ever since they were small so it is like a little tradition now. Got a little bit of baking to do tomorrow then thats me ready for the big day.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2011 8:29pm (Dec 23rd 2011)
     
    Posted By: nanny northMade the coconut ice


    I love Coconut NN how do you make this then sounds fantastic !!!!!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2011 8:40pm (Dec 23rd 2011)
     
    It is dead easy Lee, I will write out the recipe for you, It needs no cooking. The mixture is just a bit stiff and hard to mix for my poor old hands and wrists nowadays. We must start a new cooking thread as I used to love it when we shared our recipes.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2011 8:44pm (Dec 23rd 2011)
     
    Posted By: nanny northWe must start a new cooking thread as I used to love it when we shared our recipes.


    Defiantly NN i really want to get back into cooking different things again i enjoyed it so much.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2011 8:50pm (Dec 23rd 2011)
     
    Yes me too so we can start one off with coconut ice Yummy we all love it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2011 3:20pm (Dec 24th 2011)
     
    Brilliant news! They decided against letting Bagpuss go to that horrible home! They took the reserve off and another lady came the same day and took him and Hoori, a tabby and white. Apparently she was a lovely person so that really did make my day!!!

    There is another cat who looks very similar to Bagpuss (ginger and white) and he's called Kimini (or something like that). He has a very loud purr and just adores being fussed. There weren't many staff in today so they were very glad I went, and Anna one of the new girls came in too.

    Rehoming gave me a big box of Thorntons chocolates for my help and dedication through the year. How lovely is that!!! I am very appreciative and humbled that they did that. Thank you so much CP Birmingham Adoption Centre!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2011 8:52pm (Dec 27th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: finally had some good happen today, which cheered us both up :) We heard from the rat breeder, who has said we're next in line for babies on the waiting list! (which will be at least a few months) We are down for two males and are very excited! Of course it depends on how many are born, if there are males, and if the breeders want to keep the males...but still :smile:

    There were two bucks that are unreserved from a litter a few weeks ago too, which the breeder has offered to someone else, but if they don't want them we are next in line C:

    The breeder herself is lovely; she shared photos of the adults and babies she has, all being handled, and when I told her about Ron and Bam sent her condolences. They're just hobby breeders in the town closest to us, they're very thorough with potential owners, but don't ask for money for the babies they adopt out. They seem very lovely and we're lucky to have them close by!

    It's nice to have something to look forward to!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2011 9:15pm (Dec 27th 2011)
     
    oh rats how lovely for you Red. I stood in a pet shop last week and a lady said oh yuk they are disgusting her daugher asked why mummy and she just said they are, I then piped up oh I actually think they make rally nice pets and can be very tame etc etc and the lady smiled and thoughtfully walked off so i hope I gave her pause for thought.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2011 9:22pm (Dec 27th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We're thrilled, and needed something to raise our spirits!

    Oh well done TM! That was very brave of you and hopefully you did make her think twice. There was a large group of chavs in Pets At Home the other week stood in front of the rats, screaming at them and saying how "minging" they were...I thought of saying something, but then thought 'what's the point?'

    I wouldn't trust one of them with a pet anyway...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2011 11:43pm (Dec 27th 2011) edited
     
    I've tried to explain to a few people in the pet shops about how lovely they are. They always say yuk, horrible animals, etc, but when I ask if they've ever met a pet rat they always have the same answer - no. I tell them they should meet one before condemning them - they usually turn out to be a better pet than a hamster for a child (though I know Red has been lucky with hamsters so isn't as convinced!)

    I've posted on the other thread about cages Red. Don't buy cheap hammocks off the internet, they're not worth it. Either make your own (there are lots of patterns!) or buy good quality ones that will last a hell of a long time. I only ever bought ones from www.fuzzbutt.co.uk They may seem more pricey but it is worth it for the quality and durability.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2011 4:59pm (Dec 28th 2011)
     
    Rats are lovely; my customers had one called Basil, although they always referred to him as a Siberian Hamster...:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2011 10:47pm (Dec 29th 2011)
     
    Best: Another rehoming day today the last of the caged hens so a 6am start today to get as many girls back from Colechester to Cranleigh 420 in total.

    And we had to get them from the cages our selfs which took much longer than we expected re homing started at 3 pm and we got back at 3.45 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with a lane full of cars and a massive queue of people waiting excitedly to pick there hens up
    but the girls dealt splendidly with them and though a bit stressful we got crates unloaded with the help of the public and on there way to freedom in no time at all a very long day and a lot of driving for me but well worth it.
    It is such a satisfying job i love it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2011 12:34am (Dec 30th 2011)
     
    Well done Lee! Thats 420 hens that are going to have a much better New Year than they ever imagined!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2011 6:30pm (Dec 30th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: Lyle gets back from his parents tomorrow :) And for the first time at the Ostrich-less farm I snared a chicken!! She was a little banty Poland and she was so sweet and calm whilst I held her...I also got my thumbs sucked by piglets and managed to collapse a Kune Kune pig by scratching its' side like my Grandad used to!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2011 7:01pm (Dec 30th 2011)
     
    O Red, what lovely things to do! I used to let cows suck my fingers when I went out walking... it's so nice to be up close and personal with animals.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2011 7:04pm (Dec 30th 2011)
     
    Look out Lyle, don't let Red start scratching your side!!!!

    I'd love to see/learn that trick.....

    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2011 1:07pm (Dec 31st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It was really fun, it's called Elmsley Farm, see their website below:

    http://www.emsleys-farmshop.co.uk/

    My Grandad used to do it to all the pigs when I was a kid, and it's 70/30 whether they collapse or not, but a lot of them do. I only got one to go down yesterday...the piglets were too busy chasing my fingers :bigsmile:

    My dad has a video of all the animals, pig scratching, piglet suckling and hen holding...hopefully he'll put it up at some point :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2012 12:01am (Jan 2nd 2012)
     
    Rehoming was great on Saturday - we had a dog in!!! A family wanted a new cat (their cat had died 3 years ago and they'd taken until now to feel ready for another) but they wanted to make sure it would be OK with the dog, so I was helping one of the regular staff with the cats they were trying. Byrd and Dame Judy were up first. Byrd is a BIG dominant black cat, and Dame Judy his much quieter sister. (The cats are in separate carriers in the room with all of us and the lovely gentle golden retriever). Byrd spat and growled a bit but Judy was OK. Then we tried Oswald and Octavia, a black boy and his blue tortie and white sister. They were both OK - Octavia had a spat at the dog when he came a bit close but not too bad. Last was Poppy. She's a big tabby and white girl who's in with a huge long-haired tabby who bullies her and won't let her in the inside pen. She did OK too. The son of the family had Down's and he liked Octavia so they chose her and her brother. Fingers crossed they all settle in OK.

    Byrd was then chosen by a couple and their son. He is very big and affectionate and takes all the attention, so even though he and Judy are siblings she will be better on her own without him bullying her.

    Who else was chosen ... erm, Lucy! She was rehomed but returned because that home wasn't right for her (don't know what the issue was). She went to a couple who wanted a nice quite cat as their first and seemed to adore the man! Albert and Archie, 2 fantastic boys! Albert is old (16 I think) and showing his age a bit but loves some attention. Archie is ginger and white (8 I think) and an older man chose them. Albert loved him and was trying to climb into his arms. He wanted to speak to his daughter first so fingers crossed there.

    Caitlyn's favourite, Apache, is still there so I gave him lots of fuss and attention. 2 very pretty girls - Mitzy (long hair black and white) and Katie (tabby and white) have just come onto the rehoming corridor. Imagine if I had them - there'd be a Kate, Katie and Caitlyn all in one house!

    I am in love with Kisimir. He is 14, ginger and white longish fur, and a grade 4 heart murmur. He has a very strange face - his eyes are sort of set back in his head which makes him ugly but adorable! I find it hard to tear myself away from him and am thinking about him constantly. I am hoping so much that he gets a home soon or I don't think I'll be able to hold out! I think it's mutual too - one of the guys that works there opened his door and he just leaned back to be stroked, but when I open it he jumps up and comes straight over to fuss. I...must...resist!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2012 10:40am (Jan 2nd 2012)
     
    Love reading your stories Kate you are doing a fine job well done Girl :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2012 12:39pm (Jan 2nd 2012)
     
    Go on, Kate; you know you want to!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2012 11:45pm (Jan 2nd 2012)
     
    That was an obscenely long post wasn't it! Sorry everyone. It just warms my heart that if we're rehoming in Birmingham then the same must be happening up and down the country in other centres and charities too. There ARE good people out there!

    Stop it CC, I am so weak! I hope he gets a home soon but I'll really miss him.

    Remember the stray that had kittens that were in my car engine? She (we call her Lola) spent most of today either in my living room or in my garden. At one point she spooked herself when she saw Foggy and instead of running to the garden she ran to the stairs, so did Foggy (who'd spooked herself too) and I was terrified I'd caused a cat fight but thankfully it didn't happen. Lola is so lovely ... I am such a sucker for cats.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2012 12:23pm (Jan 3rd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebI am such a sucker for cats.


    There is something wrong with you... *hides - I'm pretty sure I'm outnumbered by cat lovers on this forum* :001_tongue:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2012 9:47pm (Jan 3rd 2012)
     
    OI!!! You cheeky so and so!!! :001_tt2:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2012 6:39pm (Jan 4th 2012)
     
    Lovely post Kate thank you for sharing it. Yup I think you are right Red...... Cats rule for sure !!!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2012 12:17pm (Jan 5th 2012) edited
     
    Love your kitty stories Kate.

    Speaking of kitties, Trev's next door neighbours cat seems to have had 4 kittens in Trev's back yard and is now spending more time at his place than next door. He put out some water for them as it is so hot this week. Here are a couple of pics. (Sorry Red)


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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2012 6:09pm (Jan 5th 2012)
     
    Oooo! Post them to me!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2012 6:55pm (Jan 5th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's okay, I can just about deal with kittens... :P
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2012 7:08pm (Jan 5th 2012)
     
    Oh..those baby kittens are so cute!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2012 11:20pm (Jan 5th 2012)
     
    Yes they are Lynn, and mama cat is very pretty too!

    I fed Lola and Kitten again today. When Caitlyn came I mentioned it in front of her and she said "you found Lola's kitten? Oh nanny you are so clever!" So I told her it'd been around for a while and she said "in that case, we have got to give it a name" so my next task is to get her to see it so that she can choose a name (heaven help the poor little thing - she's not good at choosing pretty names!) Will let you know when she decides!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2012 9:38pm (Jan 8th 2012)
     
    First a warning: this might be a long one as there's so much news, but I'll try to keep it down!!

    It was a really great day at the rehoming centre yesterday. When I got there Amanda said "oh Kate, we have some bad news - Apache's not with us anymore". My heart sank and I waited for her to carry on. "He's been homed!" Isn't that just fantastic?! The deputy manager said just 2 weeks ago that she was sure he'd get a home in January. He has gone to live in a very nice area, and the lady that took him was lovely. When Amanda said that one of the volunteers would be sad because he's her granddaughter's favourite, she offered to leave him until Saturday so that we could say goodbye! But they said no, all any of us want is for them to get to a home as soon as possible. However, this held no weight with Caitlyn and she cried when I told her, cried when she saw the empty pen, and then cried when she got home too, but we just keep telling her what a good thing it is and she'll be fine.

    OK, more good news. Kisimir, my favourite, has also gone during the week! The lady that had Bagpuss (that was due to go to a horrible area but they stopped the homing) and Hoori came back and had Kisimir too.

    Soots, the black FIV boy, has gone to his home, also Katie and Mitzy, and Albert and Archie.

    Then, between half 11 and half 12, Saffy was chosen by a lovely man and his wife (she was a very quite but friendly ginger tabby and white girl who's 5 kittens had gone one by one leaving her alone), a family were looking for a cat that would get on with their dog so after looking down the homing corridor I suggested Bebe Bertie who was down admissions so they went to look at him and I think reserved him (he's new in so they'll have to wait 2 weeks), and then an older retired man chose Bonnie, my other favourite. She's a lovely black girl who adores attention and dribbles when she's fussed. She's very quite though and used to hide under the blankets but has recently decided she doesn't need to do that. He spent some time fussing her and talking to us, then said he'd probably go look at all the others and, like when you buy a new suit, consider lots of others but come back to the first one! After another few minutes he said he wouldn't waste his time looking at the others, he liked Bonnie and so would have her.

    There was one other family who had a look around but decided they'd come back after their home visit.

    My new favourite is Eddie. A ginger and white long haired boy who'd been stray for a while and was brought in in a terrible state. He spent a lot of time in the isolation unit as he had cat flu and they didn't think he'd survive he was so thin and ill, but he has! He has a head tilt and balance problem but they don't know if that's because of an ear infection (they are very dirty and have to be cleaned every day) or neurological damage either from the flu or a previous injury. Whatever it is he is a lovely friendly boy and just needs to be loved. I suspect someone will take him pretty quickly because he's adorable!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2012 12:09am (Jan 9th 2012)
     
    What wonderful news, Kate..I love hearing about the lovely homes they have gone to. I'm really happy that Soots found a home!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2012 2:40am (Jan 9th 2012)
     
    Love your rehoming tales Kate, some of those names are just brilliant.

    Ok Cc let me find a box for the kitties....oh sorry I haven't got one, bad luck have to keep the kitties here.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2012 7:25pm (Jan 10th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: got two new books today, always a good thing. They were supposed to cost £16, with £3 off one book, then for some reason I got another £4 discount! Awesome!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2012 9:10pm (Jan 10th 2012)
     
    Best: Have a pencilled-in date for getting a new hip. Feb 11. Can't wait for this challenge!

    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2012 11:20pm (Jan 10th 2012)
     
    That's not long to wait Ollie! I hope it will mean you can be ultimately free from pain and more able to get around.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2012 12:09am (Jan 11th 2012)
     
    I'm so glad you finally have a date, Ollie. I hope this will let you live free of pain. I know it's going to be painful at first, but I know you will get through it, you're my hero!:thumbup1:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2012 4:43pm (Jan 11th 2012)
     
    Excellent news, Ollie - this time next year it'll be the Marathon!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2012 5:52pm (Jan 11th 2012)
     
    Thanks everyone for all the support here.
    I don't have much pain actually, luckily, so far, though do use a walking stick.
    Unlikely to be doing marathons later but I'll certainly be much more active than the last while!
    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2012 7:27pm (Jan 11th 2012)
     
    Please let us know how the surgery went as soon as you can, Ollie...maybe you could get your daughter or granddaughter to post something..ok, so I'm a worry wort!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2012 8:13pm (Jan 11th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's brilliant news Ollie! :)

    best: Lyle is making me vegan mac 'n' cheese for tea :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2012 1:11pm (Jan 13th 2012)
     
    Ollie, great news to read that you have a date for the hip Op.
    Keep us all informed and I'll buy you virtual chocolates. :-)
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2012 9:56pm (Jan 13th 2012) edited
     
    Bionic Ollie here we come !!!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2012 5:31pm (Jan 14th 2012)
     
    Best; snooty customer today looked at my boots and asked me to take them off. I just took the plastic shoe covers Kate sent me from my bag, slipped them over my (evidently offensive) boots, simpered at the nonplussed customer and said brightly 'Would you like to show me where the piano is...?' :D I wish I'd photographed her face...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2012 11:06pm (Jan 14th 2012)
     
    I wish I'd have seen that CC!!! Let me know if you need any more!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2012 11:21pm (Jan 14th 2012)
     
    I didn't think last week at rehoming could be beaten, but here I am a week later amazed!

    All 5 of the volunteers turned up today, so the regular cleaning was done in literally double quick time, so we cleaned out all of the cupboards under the pens, scrubbed the doors, mopped, and it all looked wonderful!

    Bonnie had gone to her new home, as had Saffy (both chosen last week), and so had Byrd who'd been picked the week before. A lady asked to meet Dame Judy (who had been with Byrd) and they literally fell in love with each other! Now that Byrd had gone she was able to shine and the first person to ask to meet her adores her and will be taking her home ASAP. Then a couple came in who'd seen Dune on the web site. She's been there nearly a year and was brought in after giving birth to kittens in someones kitchen. All the kittens were quickly adopted, but no one wanted her. She is not sociable, hisses, spits and hides, but they wanted to meet her. I went to the outside run to encourage her to go in to the pen - she wasn't happy. They opened the door of the pen and she hissed and spat at them. I thought "no way are they going to want her" but they wanted to give her the chance to have a home and are sure she will come around when she's in a home environment so have reserved her! My faith in human nature is well and truly restored.

    Another lady and her daughter looked at a couple of the nervous pairs that are in, but none were right. Then they met Lily Locket who is OK with strokes for a few minutes but then lashes out. Not at this lady! Lily was happy to be fussed and was leaning her head on this lady and being adorable, so hopefully she will be adopted too.

    It seems that last week was the oldies, this week was the naughties, lets hope next week is the sickies and Suzie Q (who is diabetic) can get a home. Fingers crossed everyone!!! :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2012 6:26am (Jan 15th 2012)
     
    :fingerscrossed: Ok, Kate..I'm crossing fingers too!:fingerscrossed::fingerscrossed:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2012 12:22pm (Jan 15th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    *crosses fingers*
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 15th, 2012 5:52pm (Jan 15th 2012)
     
    Wonderful news Kate; my fingers are crossed too!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2012 4:15pm (Jan 17th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: saw our first deer at Goit Stock since moving here today :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2012 6:13pm (Jan 17th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    new best: I just had a GOOD GP appt!!! :cheer:

    That hasn't happened in over a year! She wasn't rude / uncaring / patronising / dismissive...she was awesome! I think the way the GP works here is that she is 'my' permanent GP now too, so hopefully I will see her everytime :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2012 11:43pm (Jan 17th 2012)
     
    That's great news Red! It is really great to find a GP that is understanding. Hope it all goes well from now on with her.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2012 2:20pm (Jan 18th 2012)
     
    Just had a phone call from my Consultant's sec, "Would I like to bring my date forward a little? There's a bed for you in a private hossy."

    Bonus = If I listen very carefully I may even be able to hear Tilly and Penny nearby!

    Hip,Hip,Hooray!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2012 5:24pm (Jan 18th 2012)
     
    How brilliant - both for Ollie and Red! Excellent news!!:yay_jump::woohoo::thumbup1::thumbup::cheerleader::clap::cheer:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2012 11:38pm (Jan 18th 2012)
     
    That's great Ollie! Sounds like your hospital have a waiting list to get through before the end of March!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2012 2:25am (Jan 19th 2012)
     
    Great new Ollie you will be in and out again before you know it.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2012 4:45am (Jan 21st 2012)
     
    The best thing..we got our power back on, after the worst snow and ice storm we have EVER had around here..I still have 8 inches of Snow and Ice, but it is melting and the Fir trees have stopped falling everywhere. We lost all of our fruit trees and dogwood trees..and the back corner of our HOUSE..but WE ARE ALIVE!!! ( I lost a couple of my little Silkie roosters to a fallen tree however):face-crying:

    I've got my internet connection back too..but, I did lose my router, so I can't use my laptop at the moment, but that's small stuff..so all in all we are only out a couple thousand dollars in damages...it does rather look like a war zone in the back yard however.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2012 11:51am (Jan 21st 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow Lynn I'm sorry to hear that, but glad you are okay :heart:

    Ollie, you're not in the BRI are you?! Oh no that's not private...what location is it? Is it really close to HC? :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2012 3:50pm (Jan 21st 2012) edited
     
    Sorry about your news and the silkies, Lynn, but so glad you're safe. Thinking of you. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2012 10:54pm (Jan 21st 2012) edited
     
    I was going to the BRI (I did my Midwifery training there and an old friend is developing their middy services) but now I'm booked into the Yorkshire Clinic in Bingley. Looks OK on their website, own en suite etc...
    Getting excited now!
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2012 11:58pm (Jan 21st 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow, that really is close!! Look out the window for my dad on his way to work :rolling:

    I'm sure it'll be very nice although can't think where it is.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2012 11:30pm (Jan 22nd 2012)
     
    I'm so sorry Lynn - we complain about a tiny bit of snow so I can't imagine what you're going through. Do you have insurance to cover the damage to your house? It is so sad to lose your silkies like that.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2012 11:40pm (Jan 22nd 2012)
     
    My shoulders are agony today - worked really hard at rehoming again. We used some of those scrapers that get paint off glass to remove the old sellotape off the pen windows, and then had to scrub the remainder off. I'm not used to hard physical labour!!!

    One of the cats that was rehomed in the week, Taz, was back. His owner (who'd never had cats before) said he'd 'nipped' her. Duh! That goes with the territory I'm afraid! A couple of weeks ago I looked back at this thread when I first started at rehoming, and I'd posted about a lovely old girl called Ada. She is back too. Her owner is suffering ill health and either has, or is about to, gone into a care home herself. It made me really sad to see her again and to know she'll probably be with us a long time. Also on the 'sad' radar is Jessica. She and her sister came in together. Jessica is partially sighted and relied on her sister to help her out - they were devoted and always slept together, but her sister had an inoperable tumour so had to be euthanised. She is so sweet.

    OK, good news - we had a card from Apache's new owner to say how he'd settled in, loved to follow her around, and his favourite toy is foil balls. Still cut no ice with Caitlyn. She said "but I'm still sad because I can't see him" so Karen, one of the assistants, took her down the admissions corridor to see a little kitten that is Apache's double! There is also a tabby boy and a bengal girl (she's already reserved) who are both beautiful.

    I think this week reminded me that sometimes there is a downside to it all, but we have to hang on to the good things to keep us going.

    One more thing - there are 2 more girls going to be coming on a Saturday (not sure if its work exp or Duke of Edinburgh) so that'll be 7 volunteers! Yikes!