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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2012 10:17pm (May 18th 2012)
     
    Meow Meow has been out all day. I heard him having a spat with another cat so called him in. He ate his tea then sprayed up the loo door, the kitchen door, and the sofa! I think he was in a state of high hormonal levels because of facing up to another Tom. Haven't seen him since. Will check before I go to bed but have a feeling he won't be around. I've never had a cat that stayed out so this is very strange!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2012 10:07am (May 20th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha you have a real livewire there :smile: When dogs are stressed the chemicals can remain in their brain for up to a week, and have a massive affect on their behaviour. I know male dogs can also scent more or begin to scent indoors after stressful events such as house moves, new pets, trauma etc.

    I don't know much about cats though :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2012 12:04am (May 21st 2012)
     
    He's driving me mad because he won't leave Kitten alone! I put food out for her and if he's around he keeps jumping on her (literally!) to get a grip of her neck. Then I shout at him and it scares her! I'm trying to make sure he's in the house when I feed her now.

    But he's so sweet too - he came in today while I was cleaning the bathrooms and insisted on having fuss, rubbed and purred round me, and kept me company while I cleaned! Such a handsome (if frustrated!) boy!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2012 12:06pm (May 22nd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    How long since you can get him snipped?! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2012 6:14pm (May 22nd 2012)
     
    My rant: my 1 year old car broke down on Saturday. Turns out it's a drive belt, a common fault in the batch of cars mine was in. I had to wait an extra day for them to get the belt in.
    1. Why didn't they recall all the cars affected?
    2 If it's a common problem, why not keep a spare poxy belt on the shelf in case? You're not telling me a Merc main dealer can't afford a spare drive belt!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2012 11:45pm (May 22nd 2012)
     
    When I have the time and the money Red! (I'm also just a tiny bit worried that I'll get him done and he'll decide I'm horrible so not come back!)

    That's terrible CC! I completely agree with 1. and 2. Maybe you should write to Mercedes and demand answers / compensation for the day you lost and work you had to cancel.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2012 4:44pm (May 23rd 2012)
     
    I've just sent them a snottagram while I'm still grumpy! :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2012 11:28pm (May 23rd 2012)
     
    Brill!! Look forward to hearing the reply ...!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2012 8:51pm (May 28th 2012)
     
    Yoohoo!!!!

    Where is everyone?
    It's so quiet on here.
    I'm so lonely.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2012 10:35pm (May 28th 2012)
     
    Haven't been on for a couple of days because hubby had a track day in Anglesey (Wales) on Sunday. Had to leave at 4am so was in bed by 10pm, and then yesterday was in bed before 10pm! But it was a good day, weather great, view amazing (could see the sea and Snowdon at the same time!) and hubby enjoyed himself. Only downside was the traffic. 3 hours to get there (empty roads) and 4 hours to get back. Poor hubby had to drive it as I'm not on the hire van insurance (lucky for me!!!)

    Red won't be on line yet I expect, that's why it's quiet. Not that you're noisy Red, just prompt a lot of conversation!!!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2012 10:30am (Jun 12th 2012)
     
    I have been trying to Block Category "SPAMMERS".
    The button provided does not seem to do this for me. Where am I going wrong please?

    I find that this category sets an 'angry' tone to the bottom of the list just as I am leaving Hencam Forum, so I'm trying to cut it out.:face-sad:

    The alternative is to start reading the forum from the lower end instead and try not to scroll down so far.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2012 11:15am (Jun 12th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: Kateb
    Red won't be on line yet I expect, that's why it's quiet. Not that you're noisy Red, just prompt a lot of conversation!!!!!


    How dare...oh wait a minute, I have just posted on practically every thread and left a million pictures in my wake... :rolling: :tooth:

    Good to be back though ^_^

    Ollie, I'm afraid I can't help you there...next time I talk to my dad I'll ask him about it, unless he sees this first...only thing I can think of is that 'block' maybe stops it from telling you when new things have been added to the category, instead of actually hiding it...?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2012 9:05pm (Jun 13th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ohhh man I have been so ill today with a hangover...we weren't even supposed to be drinking last night, a friend was just coming over to see the house then we were all gonna have an early night...he came over really late after missing buses, stops etc...we got very drunk, went looking for a taxi at about 4am and there weren't any...so my friend had to walk home hahaha!

    He got back at about 5am and had to get up at 6.30, and the funniest thing he was assisting a school trip to a theme park :rolling: Apparently his hangover still hasn't hit him, so that's gonna be a big one! I'm really never going to drink that much again :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2012 11:19pm (Jun 13th 2012)
     
    You say that now ...! I'm sure if I had the time to search back through the messages there'd be others just like that one!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2012 11:22pm (Jun 13th 2012)
     
    My rant: work. NHS. The government. Would take far too long to go into detail, so just imagine me ranting on while you zone out until I shut up!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2012 12:17pm (Jun 14th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2012 9:33am (Jun 17th 2012)
     
    ok right got it Kate, that is just awful and terrible, they should ashamed.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2012 3:55pm (Jun 17th 2012)
     
    Disgusting. Quite right. Dreadful. Tch. Hear hear.
    Did it help, Kate?:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2012 12:07am (Jun 18th 2012)
     
    Yes, thank you all for your sympathies!! However it is now 20 times worse - I've been told that before the 'workshops' to 'determine the structure of the new commissioning support service' for our area have been completed, my post is being moved to business (lack of) intelligence and I have to go work in a building in the centre of Birmingham on the worst road you can imagine getting to. Felt completely unappreciated and dumped on.

    Then I heard that our finance dept are losing around 50 posts because the roles are being 'centralised' (i.e. moving to Woking or somewhere like that, and somewhere abroad I think) so they've either got to relocate or they're out of a job. Gutting. Sort of put my bad news in perspective for me.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2012 12:09am (Jun 18th 2012)
     
    More ranting. Was looking at my vet's website to see if they're doing a deal on microchipping this month, and saw a tweet saying my vet left on 4th June! He was an eye specialist and I need Meow Meow looking at as his 3rd eyelid is visible in both eyes. Don't trust the other vet - she told me Emmett had high blood pressure and other problems when in reality she is fine! Dammit. Just as you get used to one ...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2012 12:13am (Jun 18th 2012)
     
    One more rant (sorry!) Went outside last night to call Meow Meow and thought I'd heard him climbing the fence opposite. Then I realised there was a person there. Thought he was from the end house as I saw him check the car door then the front door, then watched him move 2 doors down and try their car door, then their neighbour's car. He knew I was watching, but didn't care. What could I do? If I'd called the police it would've taken them a while to get here and the only description I could give was tall, black, wearing dark hoodie and dark joggers. Couldn't sleep at all - especially when eldest is due to pick up his new car this week (Alfa Romeo Giulietta - or however it's spelt).
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2012 11:37am (Jun 18th 2012)
     
    Get a good alarm system on the new car. Don't worry if it's too sensitive and goes off every time a cat jumps onto the warm bonnet. It's worth a bit of neighbour agro to keep car safer. With neighbours like that - who cares?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2012 11:44pm (Jun 18th 2012)
     
    Sorry, missed a bit out! It wasn't the neighbour trying the cars, I had just thought that at first. It was some low-life that should get a job and earn money instead of stealing from those that work hard to buy things.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2012 5:37pm (Jun 19th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sheesh, what a horrible situation to be in...for everything, Kate!

    We've been shopping around for vets as I've never had one that I've trusted before (not nearby anyway, but the vet who treated Kasper in Chesterfield was awesome!) so I've emailed quite a few local vets...one seems really good, and the vet said he treats many anxious dogs, is used to making them feel at ease, will always be the one to treat us and our animals, and has a patient whos dog is so scared he treats it in the car park!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2012 6:00pm (Jun 19th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant:
    Photobucket

    What's the point in having clean up after your dog signs and a dog bin if it's not gonna get emptied?! It hasn't been emptied the whole time we've lived here...does anyone know who we can contact about it?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2012 11:23pm (Jun 19th 2012)
     
    That vet sounds fantastic Red! There aren't many that would do that. I think my rat vet would, but not the cat vet. I'm still gutted that he's gone!

    I would assume you would contact the council - there must be a waste department you could complain to.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2012 4:24pm (Jun 20th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, they're very eager to show how good they are and how they do everything they can to make everything go smoothly...would be nice to find a vet that we could really trust and build a bond with...still, let's hope we don't need to use them for a long time! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2012 4:53pm (Jun 20th 2012)
     
    Yep, local council - the TOWN council rather than the county one, I think - at least I think Marlow council empty ours.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2012 10:37pm (Jun 20th 2012)
     
    Grrr! Saw what I think was a teeny tiny flea on my foot this morning, which means Meow Meow has brought them into the house and they'll be here for ever more now that I don't have a dyson any more. I wouldn't mind but day 3 he was here I Frontlined him and it's always worked really well on my girls.

    Phoned the vets today too - my usual vet was due to retire on 4th June but ended up staying on a couple of weeks and guess what - today was his last day! Dammit.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2012 7:04pm (Jun 21st 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks both, I have emailed what I think is the right department - environmental?! :smile:

    Oh how annoying Kate, on both accounts!! I'd be pretty annoyed if we saw a flea on Kasper and he'd been treated...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2012 11:32am (Jun 22nd 2012)
     
    Flea eggs can live in the carpets etc for up to two years.
    I hate fleas - they love me!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2012 11:10pm (Jun 22nd 2012)
     
    My old girls hadn't had any fleas for many years - I put that down to frontline and a good Dyson!!! This has definately come from Meow Meow and I'm annoyed because I don't have a Dyson any more and my Miele isn't as good. (Hmm, neither are the new Dysons. Oh well ... scratch scratch!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2012 7:13pm (Jun 23rd 2012) edited
     
    We have a Miele Fleabag ( I believe that isn't its real name, but I can't remember what the pet-special one's called!), and it's pretty good. We bought what Kathleen told us to get - she does the hoovering so we thought she ought to know best! She reckons they're better than Dysons. It would seem that Dysons are Marmite - you either love 'em or hate 'em!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2012 10:41pm (Jun 25th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We got a special 'for pets' vacuum when we moved to Thornton and it was useless...kept getting jammed with dog hairs!! It was a small specially designed quieter one too so maybe it was that...the vac we have now (don't remember what it's called) is fantastic; my Uncle has one and told my Grandma he'd seen one second hand for £20 so she bought us it! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2012 11:42pm (Jun 25th 2012)
     
    There is yet another cat hanging around outside the house! I can't decide if it's male or female (I think male but it has a strange face so not completely sure). From behind it looks like Meow Meow, but it has better body weight than him and looks healthier. It's friendly and fussy so it's hard to believe it's a stray. I am trying not to feed it but if I don't give it food it steals Kitten's. Damn this love of animals!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 26th, 2012 5:34pm (Jun 26th 2012)
     
    Kate, I fear you may be on the Official Egon Ronay Guide to Good Cat Cuisine...:D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 26th, 2012 11:37pm (Jun 26th 2012)
     
    Yes, hubby reckons that too! I do give them Felix - they may be strays but they'll still turn their noses up at the cheap stuff, so you end up throwing away as much as they eat so it's a false economy. Maybe I should try and claim child support for them, after all I have an extra 5 mouths to feed!!!
    • CommentAuthorzz9zzzalpha
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2012 10:32am (Jun 27th 2012)
     
    :rant_red2:New Rant: People that use mobile phones while driving.

    It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle [Laws RTA 1988 sects 2 & 3 & CUR regs 104 & 110] end of!

    So why do I see so many idiots, you know who you are, using a mobile phone while driving?

    The ones that really make my blood boil are the mothers with children in the car, I want to pull them over and tell them that if they really love those children, get off the bl00dy phone.

    When driving you need to concentrate and using a device while at the wheel makes it "four times more likely to crash, injuring or killing themselves and other people"[sic].

    If something is that important, pull over....Simples


    As for Fleas, we have a Kirby and we never have to de-flea our 3-4 cats.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2012 5:24pm (Jun 27th 2012)
     
    I quite agree with you, Ian; they swerve all over the road then glare at me when i hoot at them! :gasp:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2012 11:32pm (Jun 27th 2012)
     
    I realised a couple of weeks ago when my phone rang (and I ignored it) that there is no where on my way home to pull over and answer it once I'm past Tesco which is about half a mile from where I work. The rest of my journey is motorway, clearway, or just too narrow to pull over safely. Then it's too close to home to be bothered to turn down a side road to find somewhere to stop.

    I think they should ban smoking in cars too. Not only are they not in control of the car, they are at risk if (when) they drop the cigarette or the lit end in their lap, and then jump about to put it out. (A friend of a friend wrote her car off and spent several months in hospital because of it). Also, the smoke they and their passengers inhale is killing them, so even if they make it from A to B they're closer to death because of it. It is especially bad for children. When sharing a car with a smoker they may as well be smoking the cigarette too because their small lungs take in so much of it they register on a test meter as being a 5 a day smoker.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2012 8:21pm (Jun 28th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    ^ ^ Hmm, interesting, never thought about the dangers of smoking in a car, but that's totally true.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2012 10:40pm (Jun 28th 2012)
     
    Feckless parents are my grumble too.

    Today my daughter and I went to Sports Day at grand daughter's school.
    We were the only parents there!! This is a school
    of a thousand children and I just do not believe every other parent was either working or out having job interviews.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2012 11:52pm (Jun 28th 2012)
     
    That's terrible Ollie! To be honest, I'm sick of hearing on the news what a terrible time working mums have, and how expensive child care is. First of all, our kids are our most precious resource and I'm afraid you get what you pay for nowadays. If all your money is going on childcare then stay home and look after them yourself! When my kids were little I didn't work because I couldn't afford a childminder/private nursery. That's why we lived in a flat with no car, rented TV, 2nd hand everything (except bed), and lived hand to mouth. Why do they seem to think they have to have a home, car, holiday, new clothes? I heard a woman at work today moaning that she couldn't get her nails and hair done because of nursery costs! If you want kids you have to make sacrifices, and if that is to delay your career then so be it. Oh I could rant on this for hours so I'll shut up now!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2012 12:04am (Jun 29th 2012)
     
    What I really wanted to rant about was my day with Meow Meow, and his visit to the vet for neutering.
    4.30am howling to go out. Can't go out as he'll a) eat and b) not come back in time!
    5am Got up. Couldn't stand the howling any more. Sit in the living room with him so that he won't disturb everyone else. He farts several times which stinks!
    5.55am He goes to sleep. I have to go shower.
    6.30am more howling, this time for food.
    6.30am to 7.50am pees against sofa 3 times, door once, on Shaun's favourite book (now in the bin) and Caitlyn's colouring book twice. Pages torn out and binned. Wonder how many he did that I didn't spot?!
    7.55am force him into carrier. Carrier into car. Cat freaks out and tries to run through the carrier door. So stressed he is panting like a dog and on the verge of a heart attack.
    8am Arrive at vet. No one there. Sit in the back of the car to calm cat - he stinks! Realise 10 mins later he's poo'd in carrier.
    8.20am They finally open up. Vet has to clean out carrier, he farts several times and stinks out the consulting room.
    8.25am Taken off howling to the back rooms.
    10.30am Phone call to say he's done and ready to go home. I've only been at work for an hour because of traffic. Biblical rain storm and a meeting mean I stay at work until 2pm
    2.10pm get onto motorway. Only 2 junctions, about 7 mins if it's busy. 45 mins later get off motorway - damn weather/broken down truck/rubber neckers.
    3.30pm arrive home, feed him chicken, then cat food, give him lots of cuddles. He sits by open back door until Jim (the ginger stray) decides to chase him through the house. Jim gets chased out and Meow Meow ends up on our bed for the rest of the afternoon/evening.

    He hasn't asked to go out yet and is surprisingly sleepy. Haven't seen him pee so am worried he's got urine retention and I'll have to take him back to the vet. I NEVER want to have to put him in that carrier EVER again! He keeps licking where his bits were. Poor boy. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2012 2:34am (Jun 29th 2012)
     
    Poor lad. And poor Kate!

    Posted By: Kateb
    8.20am Vet has to clean out carrier, he farts several times and stinks out the consulting room.
    8.25am Taken off howling to the back rooms.


    Though I did laugh about the vet farting and being taken off howling... :gasp:

    Hope MeowMeow feels better soon. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2012 1:42pm (Jun 29th 2012)
     
    Well after that story Kate I am laughing and crying with you, what a mammoth effort but you did it. Well done.

    Ha ha CC very funny about the vet!!!:rollonfloorlaughing:

    How funny is this, Koko had his little op the same day the 29th. Dropped him off at 8.30am. Doesn't mind the carry cage at all.
    Rang vet at noon to check. He is resting peacefully.
    Pick him up at 5.30pm minus his bits. All went well.

    Arrive home and take him out of carrier ready to cuddle and kiss him.:cat2:
    He leaps out and does not stop for the next 5 hours, he runs, jumps, leaps, flys, climbs the curtains jumps over everything, shreds the plastic wrap which is wrapped around base of couch to stop him using it as scratching post.:face-devil-grin: He shreds the real scratching post, he inhales some food, purrs loudly but will not be cuddled, just tries to bite. He rushes crazily around room, stares off into space for a moment then off again, what kind of drugs did they give him I wonder.
    I did ring the vet and the nurse said it was normal and he was letting of steam after being cooped up all day, NORMAL I would love to see abnormal!!!!
    Today, ah a different kitty very quiet indeed, slept lots and very cuddly, back to almost his old self. We have had him 2 weeks but feels like much longer.

    Trev took some great pics tonight so will post soon.

    Kate at least I didnt have any mess to clean up, what a nightmare experience but good on you for going through with it all. Hope Meow Meow is feeling ok now and will settle down much more for you, you have been so patient. :ange:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2012 2:27pm (Jun 29th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You could easy clicker train Meow Meow to accept his cat carrier, or just counter condition him...it's exactly what we did with Kasper and the crate! Before we knew better we just bunged him in and he reacted much the same way as Meow Meow did!!

    Wait a while till he feels better and is over the stress, then leave the cat carrier in a room with just him in and put 'fun stuff' in there...whatever he likes best; food, toys, treats, chicken, fish, whatever! Just get him to associate it with great things so he's comfortable going in and out.

    Once he is shut the door on him for just a second then open it and let him out. Do this a few times, then try a little longer with you feeding him bits of chicken. Then just keep increasing it when he's comfortable; if he gets upset he's been pushed too far so reverse a few steps!

    If he refuses to go near the carrier at all, even when it has food in, put the food a distance from the carrier, then gradually move it closer, then inside...it'd be very interesting to see how it worked with a cat :bigsmile:

    TM, when Koko was crazy after the vets he sounds like Kasper!! >__<
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2012 5:52pm (Jun 29th 2012)
     
    TM & Kate; What will you say to people when they tell you that pets are good for you and lower your blood pressure...? :D
    Hope the boys are well after their ops! :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2012 8:25pm (Jun 29th 2012)
     
    Kate, I'm sorry ..but I'm sitting here laughing so hard my eye make-up is running down my face. That was a great story..:rollonfloorlaughing:

    Posted By: Kateb8am Arrive at vet. No one there. Sit in the back of the car to calm cat - he stinks! Realise 10 mins later he's poo'd in carrier.
    8.20am They finally open up. Vet has to clean out carrier, he farts several times and stinks out the consulting room.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2012 8:35pm (Jun 29th 2012)
     
    Julie, my old Siamese cat Ty, did the same thing when we got him altered...2 days later when he felt all better..he destroyed my kitchen for me in retaliation. It wasn't pretty.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 30th, 2012 4:32am (Jun 30th 2012)
     
    Ah our dear pets, you have to laugh sometimes.
    Koko is back to his perfect self, playing happily and snoozing and eating, he already likes to be with me depending which part of the house I am in. He has a fav spot on a woolly mat on the computer desk right in front of screen and near lamp.

    CC they are good for us and to help lower blood pressure, I am sure, almost certain, probably maybe!!??!! :cat:
    Must get out of this 'ranting' thread as it's all good here now.:face-smile:

    Red I am glad Koko is only small, :cat2:hate to see what damage he could have done if Kasper sized???:running_dog:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2012 5:22pm (Jul 1st 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah, I'll never forget the time Kasper chewed halfway through a door before we knew he had separation anxiety!!! :rolling:

    my rant: nowhere seems to make rings in my size - my fingers aren't that small!! The shop today is getting in touch with the manufactures to ask if they can make one in the right size, and hopefully they'll say yes... :001_rolleyes:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2012 6:39pm (Jul 1st 2012)
     
    "Ring" Red ????
    What's this about?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2012 6:56pm (Jul 2nd 2012)
     
    Find a good local jeweller with their own workshop - they will always help you.
    My rant; Trinny is seriously ill with query peritonitis/egg infection. I don't need this and neither does she, bless her. Fingers crossed please, everyone.
    On the lighter side, she laid the vet an egg in the box while she was on oxygen!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2012 12:00am (Jul 3rd 2012)
     
    Loved your comment about the farting vet CC!!!

    Sorry about Trinny - poor thing. Is it treatable?

    Emmett is not well now. She's had arthritis for a while but has been limping terribly all weekend. Took her the vets today and saw a new vet (not the farting one!) who had a very strange accent. She said she was Italian but sounded more eastern european! I digress. She said Emmett has tendon damage in her right leg and ligament damage in her left. No treatment. They have ordered some Tramadol for tomorrow but now it's down to quality of life. She is wonderfully healthy in every way except this. So sad.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2012 2:33am (Jul 3rd 2012)
     
    Can you massage her gently, Kate? It might help to keep her moving, if it isn't too paiful for her, bless her. :heart:
    Trinny has either egg peritonitis or septicaemia; however, in my panic this morning I shoved a load of Baytril down her and that wasapparently the right thing to have done. I put her in to sleep with the others tonight as she was knocking at the back door trying to get out and was getting increasingly agitated; I thought it might keep her calmer. If she's still around on Wednesday the vet wants to see her again.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2012 2:15pm (Jul 3rd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no CC :( I have fingers tightly crossed and really really hope she recovers and can hold on till Wednesday :heart:

    Posted By: ollie in UK"Ring" Red ????
    What's this about?


    Nothing exciting I'm afraid :smile: it's more a commitment ring than an engagement ring...we don't believe in marriage so we just decided to get a ring to show we'll always love each other because we're soppy gits :tooth: Haven't heard a no from the manufacturers so maybe I'll be able to get the ring I want...sure there'll be another I really like if not though C:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2012 3:33pm (Jul 3rd 2012)
     
    Posted By: Redwe don't believe in marriage

    Oo, no, I know it exists because I've done it...:tooth:
    Trinny didn't make it, I'm afraid.:face-crying:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2012 6:25pm (Jul 3rd 2012)
     
    I had a "commitment" ring. I was under age so it wasn't appropriate to have an engagement ring.

    Ron made the ring imself out of a threepenny bit.Pronounced "thripny"

    For the younger end - 3d bits were brass coloured and about seven sided. I'll need to get it out now and count the sides. Problem was that it made my finger black!
    My ring is so worn I can't count the sides. Google says twelve sides.

    We did get married and set up home a few years later, and remained happily married for just short of fifty years.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2012 10:04pm (Jul 3rd 2012)
     
    I'm so sorry about Trinny CC. You did your best for her, and I'm sorry she didn't pull through.

    Emmett isn't quite as bad today - I still don't have the meds from the vet, there was a mix up about dosage, whether they could be split etc, so won't get them until tomorrow. She's managing so we'll keep our fingers crossed for her and keep plugging on.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2012 10:22am (Jul 4th 2012)
     
    Love the idea of a ring Red, good on you for doing your own thing, you dont need a piece of paper to say you love each other, hope you find one you like and that fits.:heart:

    Sorry to hear there are some animals that need some healing, sending somelove and positive vibes.:heartbounce:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2012 3:34pm (Jul 4th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's a very sweet story Ollie. :)


    Sorry to hear about your hen CC...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2012 5:19pm (Jul 4th 2012)
     
    Can't remember if I said it anywhere else, but Trinny laid an egg for the vet...!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2012 6:34pm (Jul 4th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKI had a "commitment" ring. I was under age so it wasn't appropriate to have an engagement ring.

    Ron made the ring imself out of a threepenny bit.Pronounced "thripny"

    That's so cool :)

    I used to collect coins (odd modern coins, old coins, foreign coins) and I had quite a few threepenny bits.

    Thanks TM, that was our thoughts too :smile:

    Kate, I hope the meds get sorted out for Emmett and she continues to manage well :bighug: When Kasper has a limp (one that's not caused by a cut obviously!) massaging wherever it is seems to help him a lot. Is it pain meds they're giving her?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 5th, 2012 12:03am (Jul 5th 2012)
     
    I told my hubby about your ring Ollie and he thought it was a lovely story too.

    She isn't limping as much today but I finally got her meds. They had to split the capsules and re-capsualte the powder in the right dose. She's had one dose and it took a while to get the tablet down, then she was gagging on it - might coat it with butter tomorrow! They've given her Tramadol which seems to be quite a powerful painkiller - lots of side effects! I read up on it and one of the sites said "not to be prescribed if the patient has considered suicide". I tried asking her but she wouldn't admit to anything so hopefully she'll be OK!! :wink:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 7th, 2012 11:13pm (Jul 7th 2012)
     
    I got bit today by the first cat I cleaned out at rehoming, and it seemed to set a precedent for the whole morning! More than half of the cats I cleaned out were either aggressive towards me, or had made a huge mess, or were just not their usual selves. Somedays things just don't go your way!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2012 10:17pm (Jul 15th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    not a rant, more of an annoyance...we went to a tiny village gala today, which was in a stupid place. They'd chosen the front car park of my old school for it - I've no idea why they didn't use a field, maybe in case it rained? The layout was this small concrete car park that had a circular road going through some of it, which is used as the drop off point for all the school buses...they pull up outside the doors, dump the pupils, then follow the circle round to the gate and leave. It's really not a big space.

    In this space they had about a million tombolas and very little else. Then, on this tiny patch of grass in the middle of the bus circle, there was a dogs trust stall, with three dogs who were available for adoption, two little terrier crosses and a young adolescent husky. The husky was tethered to the ground on a very short lead which it kept stumbling over, and the other two dogs' leads were being held.

    Squashed right next to the Dogs Trust stall there was a band crammed in; drums, electric guitar and singer, surrounded by speakers. Right next to the dogs! And it was LOUD! Then the noisiest marching band I've heard came around for the parade. It went all around the bus circle (essentially circling the dogs) then stood directly in front of the dog stall!! One of the terriers went berserk barking at it; the husky was extremely stressed so I went and sat close to it and offered it as many calming signals as I could. It came straight over to me looking very stressed.

    After the parade the small area was crammed with people. The dogs were being surrounded and having strokes forced onto them, and at one point a small toddler ran into the husky. The entire time I was there nobody from Dogs Trust gave the husky any attention; it had no praise, nobody was watching to make sure children (or adults!) didn't antagonize it, nothing. It also didn't have any shade despite it being a hot day.

    The whole idea of bringing rescue dogs (which lets be honest won't disclose their issues until they've lived in your home for a minimum of 2 months) to a noisy place with huge crowds, food, plenty of noise, a marching band and loud speakers just seems like the dumbest idea I've ever heard...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2012 12:14am (Jul 16th 2012)
     
    Won't disclose their issues until you've had them 2 months! That's a bit risky isn't it - what if I went and got one and it was a cat-killer!

    I think you should write to Dogs Trust - either directly to the local branch and copy in the main headquarters, or straight to the headquarters. They could've removed the dogs from the situation and just remained with the stall, the dogs didn't have to be there. When Cat Protection do a stand they don't take any cats along!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2012 10:22pm (Jul 16th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebWon't disclose their issues until you've had them 2 months! That's a bit risky isn't it - what if I went and got one and it was a cat-killer!


    Haha! I'm pretty sure no dog could hide an insatiable urge to kill cats ;)

    But rescue dogs don't show their true character until they have been in a home for between 2 weeks - 6 months. Some dogs act up more immediately after moving to a new home, so new owners return them straight away when actually they'd settle once given the chance, they're just testing boundaries and trying to build trust. Other dogs hide everything that's wrong with them until they're comfortable enough to show it.

    Also, rescues get information wrong all the time. In the case of strays they have no information given to them, and the staff spend very little time with the dogs, so they really know nothing about them. Dogs have been rehomed as being good with children and have had to come back in after the kid has been disrespectful and the dog has growled or nipped, or having basic training when the dog wasn't even housetrained. I wonder how thoroughly they knew the dogs at the gala? They should have been especially careful with the Husky, as everyone flocks to a breed like that.

    Kasper hid all sorts from us when we adopted him, which is why we were so annoyed his old owner lied about so much...if she'd told the truth I don't think we'd have adopted him as we wouldn't have thought we could deal with everything or given him all he needed. Looking back now that I have learnt so much, there were a lot of hints at Kasper's issues...when we went into their house Kasper sat and didn't jump up, he batted his paws at us because we were too close, his back end was glued to the floor with submissive wagging, and he ran to us and away. All signs he was fearful which we easily recognise in him now. His old owner mentioned a few things about him making a mess, or don't leave PS3 controllers with him as he loves to chew them up...that would be his separation anxiety, which they either didn't recognise or chose to ignore and punish him for instead.

    Then again I couldn't be happier that we do have him, as not only is he *mine* but we've also learnt sooo much from him :smile:

    Posted By: KatebI think you should write to Dogs Trust - either directly to the local branch and copy in the main headquarters, or straight to the headquarters. They could've removed the dogs from the situation and just remained with the stall, the dogs didn't have to be there. When Cat Protection do a stand they don't take any cats along!


    I think I will write to them. It's a shame I didn't get any photos / videos of the dogs surrounded by crowds...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2012 12:12am (Jul 17th 2012)
     
    I think Kasper is fortunate that you are at home with him most of the day. The average person will be out at work, running around after kids, having a busy life that the dog is expected to fit in with. When they have issues it can be very hard to spot them just because you don't have time to.

    I think you and Kasper have helped each other - a match made in heaven!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2012 5:14pm (Jul 17th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebI think Kasper is fortunate that you are at home with him most of the day.


    Posted By: KatebThe average person will be out at work...having a busy life that the dog is expected to fit in with


    I don't think we're at home anymore than the majority of people who work. The two dogs I've known with working families both get left less or about the same time as Kasper does. It's just if we were out 10+ hours of the day we wouldn't get a dog, and with the amount of time we do go out we're very much willing to make Kasper our top priority when we return.

    I think a lot of dog owners don't try/don't need to learn as much as possible about dogs...whereas when I have a pet I have to know EVERYTHING, I inhale any information about them I can get my hands on...then I can pass the info onto Lyle :P With having a rescue dog it's very lucky that I quickly learnt about positive reinforcement training and that the dominance theory is a load of tosh, otherwise we'd probably have messed Kasper up even more than he was when we got him!

    Vince is left less time than Kasper is. He has plenty of issues. His owner spend a lot of time with him and yet they don't see the issues because they don't understand how normal dogs behave, or rather how a dog should behave.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2012 11:36pm (Jul 17th 2012)
     
    (You did get that my post wasn't a criticism didn't you? Can be hard to tell through the written word!)

    Yes, that was sort of my point, but clumsily made. They have a dog but are then too busy to spend time with it and learn about it because they put other things as a higher priority.

    I suspect that when anything piques(sp?) your interest it gives you a real hunger to absorb as much about it as possible. I used to be like that but somehow it wore off which is a shame. Now I find it hard to retain any information - I think the brain is full!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2012 10:13pm (Jul 20th 2012)
     
    Overslept by half an hour, broke the back off my tooth right down to the gum, then saw that Tilly has gone. That put the rest into perspective. Sad day. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2012 6:31pm (Jul 21st 2012)
     
    Ow, Kate; can you get anything done, or do you have to wait until Monday? Hope it feels better soon...:heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 5:23am (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    I hope you can get your tooth fixed fast, Kate..that's got to hurt like mad.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 8:58am (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    That's what happened to me and after the treatment was finished I had a set and a half of plastics! One of the better events in my life.
    Funny how happenings like that can have such dramatic effects on us. I seem to have staggered from one life changing event to another.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 11:06pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    Got to wait. It's not sharp and doesn't hurt, but it will be a big job to get out I think.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 3:53pm (Jul 23rd 2012)
     
    Sounds like a bottle and a half of sherry job to me, Kate! Glad it's not hurting.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 11:56pm (Jul 23rd 2012)
     
    ouch Kate hope it's fixed soon for you. When I broke a back tooth once and had to wait 2 days for treament I took a nail file to the sharp bit as it was cutting my cheek all the time and took the edge of it but it felt horrible doing it!!.:scared::_ohmy:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2012 12:18am (Jul 24th 2012)
     
    Dentist said I can either leave it, patch it, extract it, or crown it. He's going to have a proper look on Wednesday and do x-rays, numb it and have a poke around, that sort of thing. Was quite surprised when I was called through to the surgery as it wasn't my normal dentist! He was a long-term temp and has left now. The new dentist seems very nice - will comment properly after he's injected me on Wed!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2012 2:32pm (Jul 24th 2012)
     
    Posted By: Trevs Mum I took a nail file to the sharp bit

    :_oh::ack2:
    AAAAAARGH!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2012 10:04pm (Jul 25th 2012)
     
    He took my tooth out!!! After jabbing and x-raying he said there wasn't enough tooth to crown, and that there was infection tracking down so I'd have to have a root canal filling first, and there looked like infection at the bottom so I would probably end up with an abscess sooner rather than later. So now I feel miserable, I have an aching face and a big hole where my tooth used to be. The only thing I've eaten today is a can of tomato soup. :crying:

    Oh yes, and I'm not getting any sympathy at home either!!!! :wha:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2012 2:47pm (Jul 26th 2012)
     
    Ow, Kate, you poor thing. Look, come in here and settle down here in the armchair with your feet up, and I'll make you a nice cup of tea - not too hot...:kettle::nopity::mornincoffee:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2012 11:08pm (Jul 26th 2012)
     
    Thanks CC, that is definitely the best offer I've had!!

    Still achy today. Still feel miserable. Maybe I'll be a lottery millionaire tomorrow night. (no, I don't think so either!)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2012 5:45am (Jul 27th 2012)
     
    Kate good luck with healing up, the frist few days arent very pleasant but hopefully further problems have now been averted. Some nice soup for you my girl.:face-smile:

    I know CC sounds gross, all that filing and vibrating down into the jaw:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2012 11:11am (Jul 27th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    If we can get together and buy 250,000 Euro Millions lottery tickets it statistically means we're likely to win a million, so we'd be rich!!

    (Well, after sharing it out between the 250,000 tickets each £2 ticket would be worth £4 each - assuming you actually won a million!)

    Probably not worth the risk :)

    On second thoughts let's see if we can find 25 people to give £1000 that would be better!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2012 12:14am (Jul 28th 2012)
     
    Righto I'll be in it, I'll just hop on a plane and deliver it to you Neil:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2012 6:19am (Jul 28th 2012)
     
    With our luck we wouldn't win anything, Neil.
    I think we need a different plan to get rich quick.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2012 12:08am (Jul 30th 2012)
     
    Well, I didn't win so had best go to bed so that I'll be up in time for work!

    As for the tooth, I now have 2 sharp bits of left-over tooth or bone that are working their way out (I hope) of my gum. My tongue is really sore from messing with them, I can wiggle them but it makes the gum really sore. I know I should leave it alone and it'll sort itself out, but human nature dictates that I'll mess with the darn thing whatever!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2012 3:12am (Jul 30th 2012)
     
    I won the Euromillions!
    £8.60.
    It's not going to change me, I shall still go to work...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2012 11:59pm (Jul 30th 2012)
     
    I hope you've had some investment advice too - that sort of money can go to a person's head!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2012 9:00am (Jul 31st 2012)
     
    CC that is so wise, so many people have a big win and blow it all away in no time, make sure you make it last as long as you can.:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2012 6:23pm (Jul 31st 2012)
     
    Too late mate - I went out for lunch yesterday!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2012 8:12pm (Jul 31st 2012)
     
    Quiet on 'ere 'in 'it?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2012 11:15pm (Jul 31st 2012)
     
    Shh, you'll wake us up!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2012 4:17am (Aug 2nd 2012)
     
    You woke me up, Ollie:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2012 10:47am (Aug 2nd 2012)
     
    in very soft voice - "Even the cam is having a snooze"
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2012 3:22pm (Aug 2nd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I can't believe that - it doesn't work for me at work but I presumed it was on for everyone else!

    It's the first day that Penny is in with the girls too - I spent several hours integrating them yesterday evening and it went really well. :)

    I'll sort the cam as soon as I get home.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2012 6:24pm (Aug 2nd 2012)
     
    I couldn't make the cam work but assumed it was since I downloaded google poxy chrome which has sent my pooter slightly mad.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2012 11:22pm (Aug 2nd 2012)
     
    I can't see it when I'm home anyway (damn i-mac!) but must try to sneak a peak when I'm at work tomorrow.