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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2013 4:10pm (Sep 24th 2013)
     
    Our old lab used to look guilty the second we got home, with a tiny flick of his tail, the downcast look, the sou'wester ears. We'd scour the house for his misdeed and find.....gasp....a COASTER had been moved from the coffee table and placed in his bed! Hilarious that he thought he was stealing - I suppose he was, but he never damaged anything and we only ever called him a silly sod and patted him...I think he was punishing us with his Terrible Deed for leaving him for an hour...:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2013 4:26pm (Sep 24th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh man that reminds me when Kasper used to get left without a crate, when we first got him and his separation anxiety was really bad...he used to collect everything he could from the kitchen and hoard them on his bed, poor boy. Tea towels, hairbrushes, the front meshed speaker bit from my Ipod speakers...this was before he began chewing his way out through the kitchen door!!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2013 4:28pm (Sep 24th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenOur old lab used to look guilty the second we got home, with a tiny flick of his tail, the downcast look, the sou'wester ears. We'd scour the house for his misdeed and find.....gasp....a COASTER had been moved from the coffee table and placed in his bed!


    That made me laugh a lot by the way!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2013 7:53am (Sep 25th 2013)
     
    I've never been able to talk like I'm upset to my little Jack Russell, she gets such a sad look on her face and in her eyes, it breaks my heart. I'm too soft on her..that's why she is a spoiled brat.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2013 12:59pm (Sep 25th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw she sounds a sweetheart :) Kasper used to be terrible whenever I used to be upset, he'd try cheer me up bit his method was to headbutt me in the face...OW!! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2013 7:08pm (Sep 25th 2013)
     
    Since I updated my iPad it doesn't give me video links, but I know the sort of thing you mean. Would it be funny if they were treating a child the same way? I think not - social services would have something to say.

    My dog never had a guilty look because I never saw her do anything wrong! Judy was perfect (except when she was on a lead - pulled all the time, or off a lead - recall? What's recall?!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2013 10:03pm (Oct 6th 2013)
     
    I love my cats, bug was upset today when Meow Meow came home with a still warm dead squirrel in his mouth.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2013 2:56pm (Oct 7th 2013)
     
    Ungrateful, that's what you are.... So what's for tea tonight then? :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2013 5:20pm (Oct 7th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lyle's parents' cat always catches birds and kills them when they have company, then parades across the garden flinging a dead bird around...I thought this was quite funny :smile:

    I'll have to get a photo of their cat, I suppose he's quite pretty, and that's coming from a cat hater! :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2013 9:24pm (Oct 7th 2013)
     
    My neighbour - who hung out of his window yesterday shouting "was that a squirrel in your cat's mouth" (just so that anyone who didn't see it heard it), asked what recipe I'd used on it when I got home tonight. I'm still not amused with him, especially after he chased arthritic, deaf, half blind Emmett tonight.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2013 6:51am (Oct 8th 2013)
     
    I don't think you have a very amusing neighbor either, Kate..sounds like he's "the south end of a horse heading north".
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2013 2:11pm (Oct 8th 2013)
     
    Posted By: Red that's coming from a cat hater!

    Good Lord, I wonder who that woman was who came to our house and sat stroking Bits the cat for an hour or so was, then...?:face-monkey:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2013 8:07pm (Oct 9th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC, I have no idea... :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2013 5:23pm (Oct 13th 2013)
     
    :rant:Why does a cat approximately four inches wide need to push a door open three feet to get through it?? :rant:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2013 7:54pm (Oct 13th 2013)
     
    I don't know but if you find the answer I'd love to know too!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2013 7:35pm (Oct 14th 2013)
     
    CC, they want their little friends "the flies" to come in with them.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2013 5:34pm (Oct 15th 2013)
     
    No flies, but her friend The Force 8 Gale managed to turn up!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2013 9:17pm (Oct 15th 2013)
     
    My cats must see themselves as my purrsonal trainers - up and down multiple times every evening. In...out...in...out...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2013 3:09pm (Oct 17th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    not a rant, just a *sigh*

    We are having to move house again. Our house has erupted with damp (it happened just before we moved in, but originally we were told it would dry itself out) and now we are having to move whenever possible, to a new house. The guy in charge of lettings is being fantastic and is even trying to reduce our rent and it's not his fault at all, but it is annoying...I don't want to have to move house again, especially not so soon after last time!!
    :(
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2013 5:38pm (Oct 17th 2013)
     
    O NO, Red - not again! I'm so sorry - I hope you find somewhere lovely (and cheap!) soon...:heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2013 7:53pm (Oct 17th 2013)
     
    You've had no luck - it's about time you caught a break. Hope the next one will be better. x
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2013 10:39pm (Oct 17th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you both, it sucks so much! What with the mould, hole in the floor and now the worse damp the workman had ever seen I'm starting to think we're jinxed...or is it just that we've lived in so many different houses?! :P
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2013 3:25am (Oct 18th 2013)
     
    Wow red, you sure have had problems with your housing. I hope you find a really nice one this time.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2013 7:28pm (Oct 18th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you Lynn! It's a shame because this house is nice and in such a fab location...there's still a slight chance the landlord will pay to have the damp sorted, but it's not looking that way...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2013 9:29pm (Oct 18th 2013)
     
    I was going to warn about damp, mould, etc, then remembered you're virtually an expert with your history! There must be something better out there!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2013 2:06pm (Oct 19th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahaha I am the expert in terrible housing!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2013 7:52pm (Oct 22nd 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: all the places we've contacted so far are all no pets, booo! :(
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2013 8:02pm (Oct 22nd 2013)
     
    We quite often get cats brought in for that very reason. It must be so awful for families faced with being homeless or giving up their pets.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2013 12:27pm (Oct 23rd 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    another rant *sigh* Our last letting agents from our old house are trying to only pay back £3 of our £500 deposit!!!! We are, of course, disputing this (and they charge £50 for that!!)
    :face-sad:

    Posted By: KatebWe quite often get cats brought in for that very reason. It must be so awful for families faced with being homeless or giving up their pets.


    Loads of dogs are handed in for this reason too...I find it quite a cop-out...We've always managed to find dog-friendly places because we won't take no for an answer. I wonder how many people search for a few days then simply give up as would rather get rid of their 'beloved' pets?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2013 6:38pm (Oct 23rd 2013)
     
    My niece had a special clause written into her 'no pets' lease so she could keep her elderly hamster! It's always worth trying to negotiate.
    Why are they trying to keep the deposit? I know they always try it on; keep fighting!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2013 8:36pm (Oct 23rd 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I sent them a very angry email today, along with photo evidence of what condition a few things were in when we first moved in. They're charging £400 for cleaning the carpets and gardening (the garden was an absolute tip when we moved in, they promised to send gardeners around and never did; the carpets were described as being in "terrible" condition when we moved in, and they said they would send someone around to clean them - that didn't happen either!)

    Then there's ££ for removing carpet in the garden that we found in "our" shed, which was full to the brim with rubbish! We cleared all the rubbish ourselves but contacted them to come get the carpet...they never did!

    They're charging us for rent that was due, which we already paid up to and over when we handed the keys back and vacated the property...I can't wait to hear what they say in regards to my email and all the points we raised :angry:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2013 11:01pm (Oct 23rd 2013)
     
    Thieving b@st@rds about covers it. Will citizens advice help you out?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2013 6:27pm (Oct 24th 2013)
     
    Yes, CAB are brilliant, Red - they'd help yoyu out if you need them.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2013 9:25pm (Oct 24th 2013) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'll bare that in mind, thanks :)

    No reply yet, despite giving us the email address saying it would be quicker and easier than doing it over the phone...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2013 7:18am (Oct 25th 2013)
     
    Email is never quicker than over the phone...give them hell Red!
    Yes, Kate "Thieving b@st@rds" does cover it nicely. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2013 9:01pm (Oct 25th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn, I'm trying! :smile:

    Lyle is gonna phone them up tomorrow to complain about the fact they haven't replied to our email yet - if they're gonna charge us an extra £50 for disputing they should at least have the decency to reply quickly!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2013 4:18pm (Nov 10th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Had a really crap day today...first Zoey's dog walk was terrible, with lots of obnoxious owners allowing their equally obnoxious dogs to come up to Zoey only to growl, snap and go for her. One owner of a Husky couldn't control the dog and it came lunging towards us, Zoey lay down in fear and it proceeded to growl and snap at her...awesome -__-

    Went to the pet shop that holds rescues to find a friend for Georgie, or at least see if any were available. It was closed, even though it was supposed to be open. A minor rant for today, but a rant no less.

    Got back and was alarmed not to see Kanji on any perches, after searching all around called Lyle to come help who found him dead on the floor. This is a healthy budgie who is just over a year old. Great stuff, now I'm really worried what the damp is doing to our pets...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2013 4:23pm (Nov 10th 2013) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    WELl, we've just realised the paint is coming off the walls due to the damp, and that is what's causing the weird smell we smelt after returning from the dog walk. That'll have been the issue with Kanji then :crying:
    :(

    In the process of moving all pets out of the living room...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2013 7:22pm (Nov 10th 2013)
     
    If the landlords try to keep your deposit, you must counter-claim for all these poor animals. So sorry about Kanji...:heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2013 8:21pm (Nov 10th 2013)
     
    That's so sad Red. Sadly small pets have, of course, small lungs so are susceptible to things like damp, birds in particular (I had completely forgotten you had a bird). I am sure if you or Lyle had chronic asthma you would also be feeling the effects by now. How long till you move? Can't come soon enough. Take photos of all these damp areas-they'll paint over them fast then try to keep your deposit so get evidence.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2013 2:31pm (Nov 11th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I assume it was the paint fumes, similar to canaries or budgies down the mines...

    Its a month until we move, and I just don't think we can be expected to live out of the bedroom all that time, although I don't know what other option we have! A hotel would be far too tricky with the dogs alone (although it would serve the landlord right to have to fork out all that money!!) nevermind everything else...UGH!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2013 6:58am (Nov 12th 2013)
     
    Red, I'm so sorry about your bird dying..they are very sensitive to anything harmful in the air. I don't know what I'd do if I came home and found my little Macaw "Poe" had died, he's been my little green kid for 16 years now. I wish you and Lyle could get out of that place now, before any more of your fur babies die or you and Lyle get sick.I'm afraid for your safety in that house.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2013 11:59am (Nov 12th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bless you Lynn. We should be much better off being upstairs now, but I can't wait to be out of here either!!

    I love Poe, he's adorable :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2013 4:29pm (Nov 13th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rant: I was really excited about a new lead arriving for Zoey today. Its a 10ft longline and is bright orange! Well it hasn't even been dispatched yet, despite us paying extra on postage so it would arrive today! Grrrr!!! :mad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2013 7:57pm (Nov 13th 2013)
     
    Mail them and ask for the extra money back - I'm sure you're entitled through consumer rights.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2013 6:57pm (Nov 14th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes that's a good idea...it hasn't even arrived today!! It was supposed to arrive tomorrow without the extra postage haha!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2013 7:10am (Nov 15th 2013)
     
    Kate is right, Red you are entitled to a refund if they didn't get it there on time.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2013 1:37pm (Nov 15th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We've contacted the seller so shall see what they say. It arrived today, yahoo! It looks AWESOME and will really come in handy for walks on the crag when we move.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2013 11:29pm (Nov 21st 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: people who litter, and people who don't pick up their dog's poo!

    Our house has a busy back road nearby and people are forever dropping litter there, ranging from food, metal, couches, all sorts! The road is also covered in dog poo.

    Lyle skidded in a massive pile of dog poo today as he was too busy watching where Zoey was walking, trying to make sure she didn't pick up any litter or eat any of the moulding food. As he skidded in poo he almost dropped Zoey's lead and really hurt his already poorly leg...dangerous and disgusting!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2013 9:44pm (Nov 22nd 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Okto sadly passed away today :sad:

    He has been looking especially frail and elderly recently, and as sad as it is, I'm glad he is reunited with his brother and no longer a lone ratty.

    Rest in peace little boy :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2013 11:14pm (Nov 22nd 2013) edited
     
    Im so sorry Red. He had a good life though and, for a rat, he lived to a good age. Sleep soundly Okto, and play hard at the bridge. xx

    :rat::rip::heart:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2013 2:45pm (Nov 23rd 2013)
     
    Poor old Okto...but what a wonderful life you gave him, Red. :heart:
    The sooner you're out of the damp house the better...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2013 3:31pm (Nov 23rd 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you both. Its going to be weird not having a pet rat around the house...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2013 8:54pm (Nov 24th 2013)
     
    Wait till you get to the new house. It might have a rat-shaped gap in it which needs filling...:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2013 12:56am (Nov 25th 2013)
     
    I'm so sorry you lost your Okto, Red. I know it's that house you are living in that has done in so many of your animals. I can hardly wait to see you out of that place.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2013 11:09am (Nov 25th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha CC Lyle has forbid any more pets but he does have a soft spot for rats...and there's a spare cage. Hmmm...

    Thanks Lynn. Only 11 days until we move now, I'm counting down the hours!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2013 6:25pm (Nov 25th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ugh its 14 days until we move :( We can't get any help to move until the Monday, so we have to stay here longer...our other option is to move crucial things over on the Friday (pets, dog crates, food) and sleep on the couch that the previous tenants are leaving for us. I think we might be doing that, as I can't stand to stay here any longer...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2013 8:07pm (Nov 25th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My Yuki girl has very sadly passed away :crying: She was very old for a mouse, but I am devastated. These past few weeks it has been so nice having her in the little cage and actually being able to handle her...she will be sorely missed :(
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2013 9:02pm (Nov 25th 2013)
     
    Oh Red, you've had so much sadness the past few weeks-hopefully the move will be a fresh start. Get out of there and sleep on the floor if you have to.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2013 1:26pm (Nov 26th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you Kate. Its so sad that Yuki was taken from me just when we had started to form such a close bond. I think these last few weeks in her new cage were her happiest, or at least I hope so.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2013 2:46pm (Nov 26th 2013)
     
    So sorry about little Yuki, Red. But it was lovely that you managed to get close to her near the end. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2013 4:48pm (Nov 26th 2013)
     
    I'm soooo sorry you have lost another one of your fur babies, Red. I can't wait to have you out of that place. I know it has something to do with the number of critters you have lost.:crying:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2013 3:22pm (Nov 27th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you both :heart: Hoping we don't lose anynmore before the move >__<
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2013 4:10pm (Nov 27th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ugh I've been looking on different rodent forums for layout ideas for the new cage. There's one mouse forum that has some terrible cages, one of them is the tank we use as a transportation cage, and their mouse lives in there 24/7...it's only just big enough to fit a toilet roll tube in!!! :cursing:

    And there are loads that are a similar size, its just horrible...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2013 6:32pm (Nov 30th 2013) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some people I know are getting a puppy soon. They're terrible with dogs and the last dog they had, all they ever did was shout at it. They never walked it, trained or praised it in any way... It makes me so sad to think of the life this puppy will have and knowing there's nothing I can do...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2013 6:57pm (Nov 30th 2013)
     
    :face-sad:Can you at least offer to train it - and them while you're at it?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2013 1:02pm (Dec 1st 2013) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't live anywhere near them unfortunately, although I would love to have trained it :( And I know for sure that if I sent them a book or some articles to read, they just wouldn't...they think they know all there is to know about dogs, when all they know is to rely on punishment, correction and dominance theory...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2013 3:49pm (Dec 1st 2013)
     
    They sound like a large proportion of the dog owning population unfortunately.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2013 11:17pm (Dec 1st 2013) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't know, I'd really like to hope most people show at least occasional love to their dog (wishful thinking?), this dog got none at all. He didn't have a single toy or any treats, never shown any attention other than to get yelled at. The dog was only allowed in the pantry too and very rarely had human contact...lovely dog as well, but very broken.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2013 5:36pm (Dec 20th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rant: I hate the raaaaaiiiiiin!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2013 6:30pm (Dec 20th 2013)
     
    It's only water. And it's far better than NO water...:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2013 5:50pm (Dec 22nd 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    But it's cooooold!! And all my coats and the dogs are sodden haha!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2013 12:02am (Dec 23rd 2013)
     
    I'd rather drink my water than wear it, I just hope Spring gets here fast, I know yesterday was the first day of Winter, but I'm sick of it already.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2013 11:14am (Dec 23rd 2013)
     
    Had an awful stomach virus - camped out in the loo all day yesterday. Danny's come down with it too. Better now than Wednesday I suppose but still have stuff to do.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2013 5:20pm (Dec 23rd 2013)
     
    Poor you, Kate. Two of sand, one of cement - that should fix it. Horrid for you. Still, you can get a lot of reading done and you can live on pizza and pancakes because Pete can slide them under the door for you.... Hope you're feeling better soon, cherub.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2013 7:40pm (Dec 23rd 2013)
     
    I hope you feel better very soon, Kate. Being sick at Christmas is terrible. :sick:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2013 12:20pm (Dec 24th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw no Kate, I hope you feel better soon.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2013 6:28pm (Dec 24th 2013)
     
    Feeling a bit better today, had to go to the shop for milk, saw an orange and thought "mmm, could eat that!" Then managed half a chicken sarnie. Tummy shrinks up so I won't be over eating - those goodies should last longer. However hubby is feeling a bit "off". Oh dear!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2013 9:53pm (Dec 24th 2013) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm glad you're feeling better Kate but I hope your husband isn't ill for Christmas, being ill for the holidays sucks!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2013 1:49pm (Dec 26th 2013)
     
    O no, Kate; a poorly man is twice as much trouble! Hopefully he'll fight it off...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2013 2:25pm (Dec 26th 2013) edited
     
    He wasn't too bad in the end - sick just the once and then burning up but he managed his christmas dinner. Must have a stronger disposition than me though he's sat around for 3 days 'recovering'!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2013 5:11am (Dec 28th 2013)
     
    I'm glad that both you and your hubby are feeling better, Kate. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2013 9:19pm (Dec 28th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Glad you have both recovered Kate :)

    Rant: travelled all the way to Morecambe to get a new lead (with multiple D clips so you can change the length) from a local pet shop. Saw one there a few weeks ago but thought I'd wait until I had Christmas money...it'd gone, someone must have bought it, boo!

    It was half the price of the ones online too, so I'll have to wait for ages until I've saved up some money.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2013 5:38pm (Dec 29th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rant: the way some people treat dogs makes me SO mad, never have I had to bite my tongue so much before. And apparently all dog bites come from Staffies, wow who knew?! :mad:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2013 1:13am (Dec 30th 2013)
     
    Some people are just ignorant about Staffies, Red. I don't think you should let them get to you like that. All breeds of dogs bite.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2013 11:54am (Dec 30th 2013) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ugh you're totally right Lynn, yesterday was just a very frustrating day...had to sit around watching a dog being taunted and being forced into growling. When I said the dog would bite I was told it wouldn't as its tail was wagging (aaagh, I hate the misconception that only a happy dog wags their tail!!!) and the dog also wouldn't dare bite as it "knew who was boss"... :tearhair::cursing:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2013 3:41pm (Dec 30th 2013)
     
    Sadly there are many ignorant people around - I find now that I have to avoid them as I find it very stressful dealing with them. Thankfully we don't get many like that at cat rehoming, but when we do I just remove myself from the situation otherwise I argue the point. On Saturday I heard someone denying they'd been given a piece of information when I heard them being told it myself. There was no point in me saying anything as that person doesn't like me already so would just make life even harder for me. If i don't ignore it then it will eat at me until I don't want to go there anymore, so will have to find a way to deal with it.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2014 1:24pm (Jan 8th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rant: next door's dog keeps coming into our garden as their garden and our garden have practically no fences. We keep our pups on-lead out there so they can't stray, but next door don't do anything about it. I don't think it's fair Zoey gets bothered when she's trying to go to the toilet,but how can we say something without coming across as rude?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2014 5:05pm (Jan 8th 2014)
     
    See if there are any bits of fencing anywhere you can scrounge; look in skips and so on when you're out walking. Look on Freecycle too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2014 8:06pm (Jan 8th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's the entire tiered garden that would all need fencing though, I'm not sure we're up to the task :smile: or if our landlord would let us...

    I'd love to get the bottom of the garden, which is tiny, fenced though so the pups could go out there off-lead...I could ask the letting agency about just fencing the very bottom, although the neighbour's dog would still be able to mess on all the rest of the garden...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2014 12:22pm (Jan 9th 2014)
     
    I thought there were regulations about keeping your pets from straying into other folk's property, including the highway.. (Cats excepted).
    If that part of your street is planned with "open gardens" then you may have a legal problem though.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2014 5:59pm (Jan 9th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    There is indeed Ollie, it's the owners' responsibility to keep their pet from straying...but unfortunately they don't! And I don't want to cause any offense by saying anything...we've got quite a good method going where Lyle checks if the neighbours are outside with the dog and, if they aren't, THEN we can go toilet our pups...it is a bit annoying though :P

    There is a small wall around our garden,but unfortunately it's only about 2ft tall so the dog just hops over it! :smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2014 6:26pm (Jan 9th 2014)
     
    That is a problem, Red. Have you talked to the neighbors yet about keeping a better eye on their dog when it's outside?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2014 11:25pm (Jan 9th 2014)
     
    Can you have a word with your neighbours and explain that your dog is on the nervous side and would they mind trying to keep their dog 'contained' to help her out? If you put it in a non-confrontational way and that it will help your dog they may be more sympathetic. It could be that the border between your house and theirs is their responsibility to fence, so there's nothing you can do about it unless you're willing to fund the fencing. The deeds to the house would tell you, but I don't think there is a legal requirement unless there is something around trespass. It could be that you just have to carry on the way you are, but it'll be hard in summer.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2014 11:40pm (Jan 9th 2014)
     
    I have a pulsing vibration in the bottom of my foot. It's probably a nerve or something like that, but it's so uncomfortable and annoying!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2014 3:37pm (Jan 10th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No I've not mentioned it to them yet Lynn (and to be fair I'll probably ask Lyle to do it hehe!)...it doesn't happen too often but, like Kate said, I'm worried about what will happen in the summer months!

    Kate, that's a good idea bouncing it back to our dog...and it wouldn't even be a lie as Kasper does hate bouncy young puppies getting all up in his face! He forgot so very quickly that he used to be the exact same :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2014 8:17pm (Jan 10th 2014)
     
    It just appeals to people's human nature to be able to say they were asked for help. Of course there are obnoxious people who will still say no so it takes a bit of judgement!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2014 12:13pm (Jan 13th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Two rants: first next door's dog was in our garden twice yesterday, in the morning and evening (who thinks that's acceptable?!) So one of us is gonna have to pluck up the courage to say something...

    Then we ordered a huge shop from Asda online, and the website messed up and retained half our old address for the delivery address. So we're not getting our shopping today, we have no food in which means we have to walk the hour's walk to buy some stuff anyway! Agh!

    Does mean I'll get to go to the pet shop though ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2014 3:19pm (Jan 13th 2014) edited
     
    Computers are SUCH a pain in the ar$e...life was far easier without them. Hope you don't starve, Red!
    Can you take the dog back with a sweet smile and say 'Hope you weren't worried, he was in our garden...':face-angel:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2014 11:20am (Jan 14th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We got the shopping today, so didn't have to starve for too long!! :P

    Dog was in the garden AGAIN today, really frustrating Zoey as she wanted to go to the toilet but the dog kept bothering her :( We discovered the dog is terrified of Lyle though, so if they don't keep the dog in their own garden we will definitely be using that to our advantage, I don't care how cruel that makes us. We've phoned up the letting agency to double check which parts of the garden count as ours and, once they ring back, Lyle has said he will go around and ask next door to keep better control of their dog, bless him.