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Ranting and raving
Mon 1-Feb-10
10:33 pm
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danast
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Rae Mond I hope you found him alive and well.  Honestly I'm only calming down now.  Midge is sitting in a corner all curled up and very dejected.  Better have another glass of wine!  ( that's me not the dog)

Old teachers never die, they just lose their class

Mon 1-Feb-10
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Rae - I once thought our yearling pub was ready to roam the streets in our small cul-de-sac in Dublin 20 years ago. He jumped over the garden wall, looked at me questioningly? "is this OK?" and I told him to go and have fun.

Wrong.

I buried his crushed body by the side of the new dual carriageway two hours later. It taught me a heck of a lot about both holding on and letting go, about development and delegation. It is still a very raw memory and I still think of Charlie at least twice a week. So I do understand danast's dilemna with dogs in open country.

If you are still up, Danuta, do not be angry at her. Warm up a hottie and put it at her side with two or three warm towels that you can easily wash tomorrow. She is probably in greater shock than you are.

End of "preach"

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Mon 1-Feb-10
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Oh Danny, you made me cry.  Don't ever forget Charlie.  You are quite right.   I shall take Midge to bed, keep her cosy and just be glad she is home.  Night, night and thank you    Big_Hug

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Tue 2-Feb-10
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when I lived at home my parents dogs got out.  One was like pinky and one was like Brain.  the brain, was the golden retriever, who some how always got Pink the black flat coat retriever to either knock the bin over so Brain could eat out of it.  Or got the one that was like Pinky to open all the doors in the house because a, he was too lazy or B, he couldnt do it.

Anyways they escaped one day.  We lived on a fast road, so worried like crazy as the brain of the bunch was really gung ho and would try and cross the road where as the black one would always sit at the curb and wait for you to say "walk on".  to signal it was ok to cross.

Anyways the black on came back as he wouldnt cross the road and was in an old ladies garden eating her cats food.  but the golden retreiver was gone, no where to be found.  then out of the corner of my eye, I saw a car go by with him in the back seat.  his head stuck out the window, ears flapping in the breeze like he was biggles or someone.  I was shouting and running after the car.  then after 2 streets I finally caught up with them.  And the woman said "I am not giving him to you, how do I know he is yours".  I said "you what?  what crazy person is going to chase a car, and then tell you that you have their dog...  !!!  If it isnt my dog, then why have you a strangers dog in your car".  I whistled, called him, shouted num nums and he jumped out of the open car window and trotted to heel as if he hadnt run off.  "oh she said".

I said "thanks for finding my dog".  and she stuck 2 fingers up at me.  I secretly think she wanted him...

My cousin lives on a farm and has one of those collars that gives the dog a really mild electric shock.  he used it for about 2 months,  then just changed the collar for a normal one.  the dog doesnt stray now.

Give the dog lots of treats and some hot tea with sugar in it, dont skimp on the milk.  I know you shouldnt, but if the dog is in shock it may help and make him/her warm.  Poor little doggy.  Probably scared witless.  andered a bit and then just got lost maybe?

Tue 2-Feb-10
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I'd pretty much given up on my kitten after a month, not helped by the guy I was with at the time telling me on a pretty much daily basis that the cat was dead and I should just accept it (he never liked the cat, I reckon he was jealous it was cuter than him). Then one night I saw him (cat, not boyfriend) by the side of the road near the flat, tried to call him, but he wouldn't come, tried tlo catch him but he ran away, and i followed him to discover he'd been hiding out in a disused warehouse on the other side of the road. after three nights of climbing the fence and sitting in vigil with cat treats waiting for him to come to me and sit on the blanket i'd spread out so i could bundle him up I finally got him, wrapped him the blanket, put that in a cardboard box, wrapped a large jumper around teh box, tied the sleves and was able to pass the bundle up over the fence to my incredibly patient friend, and just about got him up into the flat before he'd broken out of all those layers.

he stayed away from windows after that.

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Tue 2-Feb-10
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S.O.L. we had a similar experience with our dog - a Bearded Collie (or better known as a beardie weirdie).

She was afraid of lawnmowers - in particular our next-door neighbour's mower - and, it was identical to ours. Couldn't fathom it ! Surprised

Anyway, one day, dog no longer in the garden - and I could see bits of fur where she had launched herself over the wire and into the fields beyond. The problem was that the field nearest to our garden was bordered by the A4 (in Reading) and the railway line. I searched but no result.

Then, my son returned home from work on his bike, and said "Where's Bonnie?" - so I told him - and he quickly jumped into my car, and at the same time telling me that he had seen a dog which he thought was Bonnie, and a woman was just trying to get the dog into her Range Rover. He shot off in the car, returning with a very naughty dog in the back.

As it turned out, the woman was worried for Bonnie's safety as she had been running across the road (A4) - and she was very happy that my son had turned up in time.

Happier ending on that occasion! Phew! Big_Hug

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Tue 2-Feb-10
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I worry about Andrew when he's fighting as he looses all sense and is likely to race into the road regardless as he is chasing off another cat. He was a stray, but he's never left us, life is too good here!

One of our cats went missing for 6 weeks, we were out every day and night calling, were just about to put up the posters when Sir went down to our local rec and called again, but this time went right tot eh other end of the field...Mouse came bounding out from some old houses on the far side of the rec. He used to follow us down to the playground there sometimes and we think he went down there one evening to hunt and just forget how to get home. He was a bit dirty, thinner, but v. pleased to be home. Never strayed again, would meet us at the end of the road when we went out and ride home in my daughter's pushchair, but didn't come to the playground again.

Andrew is very reliable- we don't even have to call him, if he hears the front door open, he comes in, if he's a way away he mews to let us know he's on his way- unless he's fighting, in which case I go out with a saucepan of water to throw over him!

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Tue 2-Feb-10
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 I reckon he was jealous it was cuter than him).


Ah Rae Mond - aren't they all cuter? I miss my two adorable cats like crazy - they were sisters, and they lived to 18 and 20 years. That's the worst thing about our pets - we love 'em so much.

Danny - your story really was/is upsetting - and I still think of my two cats, almost daily.

Danast - when I read about your Midge, I worried for you too, there's nothing worse than to lose a pet, but so thankful that Midge came home again.

I would so love to have a pet again, but we travel too much, and I don't think it's fair.

Consoling myself with all the wonderful birds in the garden here - a neighbour raised a sparrowhawk (we were told that's what it was), but when my brother visited in October, he said that this bird, which by now had found a mate, was in fact a kestrel. When he was a teenager, he too raised a pair of young kestrels in our garden - so I think he knew what he was talking about!!

This bird will fly down to take food from the hand, and on one occasion, as I was taking a tray of tea to the workmen, the bird flew down and sat on the post, just 2 metres from me, cocked his head a couple of time, and then flew down to the ground for a sand bath!

I was amazed. Surprised

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Tue 2-Feb-10
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Ah, TA, I think I need a spanner !!!!!!!Big_Laugh

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Tue 2-Feb-10
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I'd just like to have a little rant about b****y backward public sector IT systems, please.  Angry

I've been working at home today, and ever since I changed my home PC for a 64-bit system running Vista, Parliamentary systems won't allow me half the access I should have, which makes working at home a right pain.  I stayed here to get ahead without the usual office interruptions today, and I'm actually no further on - though I have got loads of washing done in between swearing and trying to work round duff IT. Doh

I'm going for a bath now, before I explode! Steam

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.

Tue 2-Feb-10
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I understand your frustration elrohana - I am sitting in a cold study (hubby doesn't like the heat up too high(!)), and using a very old PC, which seems to go off on one occasionally - it just sits and chugs away in the corner - and I haven't a clue what it's doing, except making me very frustrated at the snail pace it is working at!

Steam

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Tue 2-Feb-10
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Get an apple MacBook.  I just love mine.  I know you probably won't agree but once you try one you will never go back to a PC

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Tue 2-Feb-10
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Danast - Get an apple MacBook.  Big_Laugh 

I couldn't convince hubby this morning to spend £2 on some curtain hooks - I think he might struggle with an apple MacBook - not that he's tight, you understand ...........Whistle

I can dream, can't I ??

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Tue 2-Feb-10
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Danast - my problems stem not from MY PC, but from the Parliamentary systems which do not fully support a 64-bit system like my home PC - I suspect they would flat out refuse to even connect to a Mac!

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.

Tue 2-Feb-10
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Sorry, I thought it was Vista being awkward.  I had real problems with it in school as it did not support a lot of programmes we wanted to use.

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