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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 28th, 2016 6:54pm (Aug 28th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    IT WENT SO WELL!!! :yay_jump:

    Everyone involved did SO WELL; Pixie was fantastic, my parents followed every instruction we gave them, and Lyle was there as back-up.

    I put Pixie in the pupoose as Lyle went out to quickly run over the 'rules'with my parents. We used the pupoose as it's the one way Pixie can walk past strangers and unknown dogs without barking, growling or becoming scared, she's more confident in the pupoose.

    We went out to the car park and I stood about 30ft from my parents as they got out the car. Lyle went and spoke with them and we collected our joint picnic bags and started walking. Pixie was entirely silent. I kept a good 15+ft from my parents as we walked, and they didn't interact or look to us at all (they did so good at this and it helped so much), and Pixie was able to glance over and have a quick look then turn away.

    We walked into the field and climbed the hill doing the same thing, and at the top everyone dumped their bags and sat down, and I sat about 10ft away from Lyle (with my parents on the other side of him) and let Pixie out the sling.

    We walked about for five minutes, she wanted to keep some distance from them so we moved away and she was able to walk, sniff, and calm herself. Then she was ready to start looking at them and moved closer when she wanted to. Any time she wanted to move away she could, and my parents were still ignoring her.

    After ten minutes I sat down again with Pixie attached to my walking belt, and she mooched about sniffing. We practised her coming to me when called and she got some picnic food, then I unhooked her and left her trailing a 12ft lead to go do what she wanted. She was very happy doing her own thing, and really wanted to investigate my parents closer. She sniffed my dad's head as he was lying down :rolling:

    I mooched about the field with Pixie a bit. She enjoyed having a sniff and went tearing about like a loon with me pretend-lunging at her. When we joined the picnickers again she was taking treats from my dad!! My parents again were amazing - my dad ducked his head so his face was hidden as Pixie approached for the treat, and my mum turned and kept her back to them :bigsmile:

    The picnic finished with Pixie running about like a loon again (she was EXHAUSTED by the end as she'd played with Rey just before we left!) and everyone laughing at her :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2016 3:58pm (Aug 29th 2016)
     
    It would look so funny to an outside observer who knows nothing about her!! Glad you all had a good day. xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2016 2:56pm (Aug 30th 2016)
     
    Yes, the onlooker thinking 'Look at those horrid people ignoring that lovely little dog...' :) She is an amazing little girl and you're doing wonders with her.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2016 9:47pm (Aug 30th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Funny you should say that, we had a horrible woman today remark (LOUDLY!) as we walked past that she thinks 'people who don't let little dogs behave like dogs are abusive' - this comment was made alongside several dirty looks, all because we had Pixie in the pupoose as we were walking on narrow pavements where there were bound to be people, kids, dogs etc. All things that terrify Pixie, and that she can cope with from the safety of the pupoose. Don't you just hate people? :sarcastic:

    Could have said something but I had a killer of a migraine and was really sad because we found Tristan dead this morning, so just did not have the energy. I don't really think it's ever worth arguing with idiots anyway, most the time they won't listen.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 31st, 2016 4:27pm (Aug 31st 2016)
     
    So sorry about little Tristan...:heart: What a shock for you.
    Ignore that silly cow; she probably tuts at autistic kids in supermarkets and recommends a good thrashing - she sounds like that type. Not worth wasting breath on. Hope your migraine is better. :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2016 6:15am (Sep 1st 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It was awful CC :( Only back to Omri in bunny-land now and he's so independent and shy...I've lost Aubree and Tristan-bun who were both confident as anything :sad: Thank you. Shook off the migraine now, seem to have ear ache from it if that's even possible :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2016 11:08pm (Sep 1st 2016)
     
    Oh no! I'm so sorry - do you think he's had a fall or is it just a sudden and unexplained death? Rabbits are more frail than we realise sometimes. Poor Tristan - the dogs will miss him too I'm sure. :face-crying:

    As for people in the street passing comment, just ignore them. We all make snap assessments of a situation and it's frequently wrong. And yes, she's wrong to make loud comments about it but like CC said, she'll be the sort that will make sure everyone hears what she has to say - she has an opinion and we're all entitled to it. It's not worth having a stand up row - it will just make you feel stressed and upset, and even more important frighten Pixie. You did the right thing. xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2016 10:58pm (Sep 3rd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    There was nothing he could have fallen off Kate, we really have no idea what could have happened. I checked his body all over and there was no signs of anything :sad: Thank you :bighug:

    Everyone tried some raw fish today. Hoping to get Fabian on a raw diet, the cats mostly raw, and the dogs kibble-and-raw mix diet!! Here's Fabian:





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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2016 5:49pm (Sep 4th 2016)
     
    Love his name - Fabian the Ferret!

    You'd posted a pic of him climbing the cage bars and I thought maybe he could've fallen and landed oddly. It's hard when they die with no obvious cause.
    :face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2016 10:34pm (Sep 4th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh I hadn't thought of that :( It's weird without him, Pixie still goes sniffing up to his crate looking for him, and even though it's cleaned out and open now she won't go in.

    Photos from a walk today around the flooded fields. My parents couldn't believe how flooded it is around here, apparently it's not at all there. Totally means more floods and blackouts this winter >__<



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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2016 6:51pm (Sep 7th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Went on a two hour walk today which was a huge mistake as it was so SO hot, and of course I only brought water for the dog :rolling: Still it was lovely in the shade and Pixie's first experience of a forest! Dog-free pics:











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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2016 9:22pm (Sep 7th 2016)
     
    Yes, the dog really wouldn't want to share water with you would she - always the backwash worry!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2016 10:01pm (Sep 7th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling: Oh yeah, because her and Raiden definitely don't try and stick their tongues in my mouth at every opportunity!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2016 10:30pm (Sep 8th 2016)
     
    Hee Hee!! Don't you just love dogs!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2016 9:33pm (Sep 10th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Have a new baby today. We adopted a 6 month old Continental Giant cross. He's huuuuuuge!! Omri is average size and the new bun is easily twice as big :smile:

    Pixie was scared of the rabbits for a long time before becoming friends with Tristan, but with Brawn (new bun) being so big she's terrified of him haha! Keeps going to sniff near the cage, then Brawn moves and she scatters away, sometimes huffing :rolling:



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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2016 4:20pm (Sep 11th 2016)
     
    Gorgeous! How big is he (in yards...)? You two WILL end up in the shed! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2016 6:31pm (Sep 11th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Omri is an average sized bunny boy, and Brawn is twice as big as him. He's about the same size as Pixie (she weighs 5.2kg) and he's a bit bigger than both the cats :smile:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAyyyyyyyyhjgyyg,.. (thanks for the message Enzo...)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2016 6:58pm (Sep 11th 2016)
     
    And I assume he's going to get bigger if he's only 6 months? He's very sweet. What does Omri think of him?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2016 11:47pm (Sep 11th 2016)
     
    Red, I'm so sorry to hear about poor little Tristan. You know bunnies can die of fright too, I had a house bunny that died after hearing the big booms from the guns out at the Army base that we live by. You can actually scare them to death.

    Your new big bunny is huge!!(and a real cutie.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 12th, 2016 4:38pm (Sep 12th 2016)
     
    Wow, Enzo speaks Mexican!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 12th, 2016 11:20pm (Sep 12th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate he could get quite a bit bigger, or he could be fully grown now...bunnies seem to vary a lot, but if it's anything like dogs bigger ones keep growing for longer :bigsmile:

    Lynn we had a bunny die of fright but I can't image Tristan would because he was just so confident, and as he was indoors there weren't very many loud noises or unexpected noises...Pixie barked, but Tristan passed overnight and he was very used to her little woofing :sad: Thanks!

    CC I am constantly having to explain to people that my cat typed that and apologise :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2016 5:29am (Sep 14th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Brawn is such an easy bunny to own, although my god are his binkies LOUD!!! :rolling: I got a photo of his back paw next to my pointing finger...he's a BIG boy



    Brawn was out roaming the room for eight hours today because he's just so easy - litter trained himself, didn't do a single poop around the room, didn't chew anything 'naughty'...met the cats for the first time today and was just awesome (Pecan was very suspicious of Brawn :rofl: ).



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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2016 6:47pm (Sep 14th 2016)
     
    It's lovely to see such harmony among all the animals. Brawn is cute, but the look on Pecan's face is a picture! (And what a beautiful cat he's growing into!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2016 3:43pm (Sep 15th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Pecan was really suspicious hahaha! He's suh a sweetie though that een when Brawn went up to Pecan and Pean got scared, he wouldn't hiss or hit hi like Eno but would just flee!

    (ugh, this keyboard man......)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2016 9:59pm (Sep 15th 2016)
     
    Your keyboard is making me laugh!! Your typing is usually so perfect ... weird thing is I can still read it easily!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2016 11:13pm (Sep 15th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahaha!! I have OCD tendencies and one of the many ways that manifests is I have to check and hek and rehek and hek repeatedly that what I have written online makes sense and there are no spelling mistakes...so for weeks I've been spending a good thirty minutes on posts making sure there are no mistakes or missing letters (normally I rehek posts at least a dozen times), and posts on y blog are taking hours...so sick of it I've mostly given up now but I don't feel good about leaving it like this AT ALL!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2016 7:41pm (Sep 17th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Dog-free photos from our awesome 3+ hour adventure yesterday ^__^















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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2016 10:30pm (Sep 18th 2016)
     
    LOVE the third one down - fluffy white clouds, blue sky, dark ground. Excellent.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2016 6:56am (Sep 20th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Dog-free pics from yesterday's walk...





























    We're going on lots of adventures atm to train Pixie :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2016 1:32pm (Sep 20th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just to bombard you with even more pics!!

    I'm getting a custom pet portrait of the two little 'uns for my birthday, as we only have one of Kasper and Zoey, and the artist who we bought it from is outstanding. She sent lots of updates of the work in progress and it's so fascinating to watch it progress. Here it is beginning to end :smile:

    I've not seen it in person yet as my birthday's almost a month away, but I'm so excited! I love love love that she captured their sweet faces, and featured Pixie's wonky legs :rolling:
      bdayexcitementfirst.jpg
      bdayexcitement.jpg
      bdayexcitement2.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2016 3:20pm (Sep 21st 2016)
     
    They're not wonky legs, they're cabriole legs. Or they would be if she were a chair...
    Red, you should join the local camera club - you'd walk the competitions!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2016 7:36pm (Sep 21st 2016)
     
    4th pic - looking up through the tree - is my fave this time. CC is right - you have such a great eye. Always loved to see NNs pics too, she could always pick a good angle.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2016 10:12am (Sep 22nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha thanks both, I do love my photography :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2016 8:33pm (Sep 24th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    *~*~*~* snake alert *~*~*~*

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    Thought I'd post a pic of Satsu now he's getting bigger!



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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2016 7:32pm (Sep 26th 2016)
     
    Red, your pictures are so beautiful..the only one that wasn't so pretty was the black and white of garbage left behind in the stream bed..LOL oh, and thank you for warning before the pic of Satsu.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2016 10:58pm (Sep 26th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you! The photo with the dumped rubbish is a popular spot for dropping off all kinds of crap - it's in the middle of nowhere and there's a farm and caravan site nearby that I suspect of dumping the rubbish there.