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I'm afraid i don't understand a lot of this terminology regarding Facebook or whatever, where folks send clips etc.

What's a 'blog or 'vlog and all the other phrases that are used. Still waiting for some kind soul to clarify "roadmap" out of lockdown.

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When our pets needed to take tablets we used two spoons to crush them and sprinkle the powder on their food.  Surprisingly the cats never made a fuss but Jack (the Jack Russell) was suspicious and gav

Yes friends, our little Jack is now resting peacefully 4 foot beneath one of our flower beds.   I’ve just not felt like logging on here for a couple of days.  Yesterday morning the very diff

I have now had my new companion for 4 days, Ripley became Jj, got fed up of being asked why we had named him after the place called Ripley! He has settled in really well and up to now has: Pulled

I used to be on FB years ago but got fed up with it. But I've recently rejoined and I've found this time that it's been more enjoyable and I hardly post anything but there are so many new things on to watch, some interesting, some ridiculously stupid. As the saying goes on here "you don't have to read it" I've found quite a few old friends and school friends , next door neighbours and even got back in touch with my penfriend from school days in 1955. So it's not all stupid and innane comments.

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I have now had my new companion for 4 days, Ripley became Jj, got fed up of being asked why we had named him after the place called Ripley! He has settled in really well and up to now has:

Pulled the garden hose all round the garden, into the kitchen, pulled the spout off it and broken the connection that fits it onto the tap.

Massacred my pot plants, pulled some up and did like running round the garden with a heather plus plant pot in his mouth. They are now relegated to between the conservatory and the fence to keep them (and him) safe.
Explored the small conservatory, best part is running behind the horizontal blinds so that they bang against the window. 
Got behind the settee even though I thought I had blocked it off. Not managed to get behind the tv yet but not for lack of trying.
Turned my kitchen/front room into a toy shop and race track.

Found everything in the garden that I missed when sweeping up. 
Gets up at 6 in the morning, has his breakfast and half an hour play and then retires for a nap. 
Thinks his name is Jj NOOOOO. 
I am tired, have puppy spit in my hair, the house looks like a bomb has hit it and it is sooooo wonderful:wub:

 

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SG, threaten to set your giant spider on him. That might calm him down, if he thinks he's  being outnumbered.

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Sounds wonderful SG, I’m so happy for you!  
I now realise ...... yet ....... why we haven’t got ourselves another dog.

Enjoy your new companion, you’ll tame him soon as I know you’re an experienced dog-owner. 

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So pleased for you SG,  the pup sounds like he’s keeping you busy.

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Horace/Doris the hedgehog can certainly eat!  This week, he/she is on Pedigree Chum and meal worms. I dish up a sizeable portion. There's never anything left. The water pot seems to serve as drinking fountain/bath/loo. Left me a turd as a tip yesterday. Nice to know my efforts are appreciated!

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He is a mixed breed. Not sure who is training who!

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Welcome to the new dog puppy club S G . Yes your house will be upside down and you'll lose a few plants and maybe he'll nibble at the furniture corners. But he'll be loved and he will settle down and be the best companion. He'll probably eat your giant spider too. Enjoy him because he'll make you tired.

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A dog is not bothered who you are

A dog is not bothered what you wear

A dog is not bothered what car you drive

A dog is not bothered who your friends are

All a dog bothers about is that you are there.

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A cat is not bothered who you are, so long as you're a cat person.

A cat is not bothered what you wear, so long as they can knead it and pull the threads!

A cat is not bothered what car you drive, as long as you don't take them to the V E T in it!

A cat IS bothered who your friends are...and they'd better like cats and bring treats!

All a cat bothers about is that you are their servant!! :rolleyes:

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This morning I was up at 7 (bit of a lie in there it has been 6 to half past past few days), sorted breakfast whilst playing with a crinkly rabbit, practised our sit (successfully) and stay (not quite so successfully), filled up bird table and did a bit of tidying up. Then the important part of the morning, an hours play with a squeaky ball, bringing it back getting better, drop it not so good but we are persevering. Bit of a time out in the cage after some hand nipping, not malicious just teething. Hate doing it but he has to learn what not to do.

Bit more playing with squeaky ball, couple of little biscuits for sitting down when asked.

Now flaked out in his bed and I am considering a morning nap to recharge ready for this afternoon. 
I have ordered a puppy playpen for the garden to keep him away from potted plants, stones and bird poo (which he seems especially fond of). I don’t want him to get into the habit of picking things up, especially stones and I am sure the bird poo won’t do him any good. Has anyone else used one  at all? I will be there whilst he is in the garden but want to make sure he is safe in case I have to nip inside for any reason.
 

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Never had much luck with the cats that owned me. 

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Started to take the 2 youngest dogs out this morning and was confronted by 4 cats. The dogs wanted to chase them but the cats held their ground and sent the dogs into hysteria. My husband feeds the cats and leaves the crochette just outside the gate. A habit that is stronger than him. Stray cats worry him . Next door used to feed them when there were 9 of them and producing offspring. We paid for half of them to be sterilised and they paid the other half but now they come to us to be fed and they are always outside our gate. When we let all 4 dogs out to run round they bark constantly at the gate. I tell my husband to stop feeding them and theyll go elsewhere .Its a battle between us. I don't hate cats btw but this is getting too much. They arent our responsibility.

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You give your hubby a big hug from me and thank him for feeding those cats! No, they aren't your responsibility but they are hungry and need food.

 

Horace/Doris the hedgehog continues to scoff everything I put out and you wouldn't believe the state of the dishes every morning! It's worth it to know I'm honoured to have one living in my garden.

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Jill it seems that I came over a bit cruel by not wanting to feed these strays. We have to consider the health of our dogs ( mentally and physically). My husband won't stop feeding these cats all I ask him is to feed them elsewhere instead of right outside our gate. The wall has a ledge where he sometimes puts the food or he spreads it out at the front of my daughters house in front of two cars.

We live way out in the country with plenty of wild life around, foxes, wild boars, deer and all the usual birds, hedgehogs etc. This food if left alone only encourages rats and mice. We have fields opposite where the local farmer grazes his cows and the occasional flock of sheep. The food can be thrown there on the edge of the field, it can be left where there are no houses. I am intelligent enough to realise the cats are hungry but dont want them eating or scavaging outside my house.

I accept your feelings about this but I too have very strong feelings about it.

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I’m with Nonna on this subject.  Our little Jack hated cats and would sit looking out of the window waiting for a neighbourhood cat to come into the garden. He would bark and jump up us until we opened the door to let him into the garden to chase them off, he never caught up with the cats though, they could hear him getting excited before the door was open.  
Anyway, now Jack is no longer, our garden is a magnet for all the local felines, marauding through the borders or patiently waiting by the bird feeders.  A new neighbour has moved in recently too, with a cat.  
I don’t hate cats but I think we’re either dog people or cat people. Over the past 46 years we’ve had 4 dogs and 1 cat.

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Problem is from the drive coming out towards the road we cant see the cats hanging round the gates, consequently as soon as they are opened the dogs see them. One of the dogs a while ago slipped out of her collar so Im worried it will happen again when shes so excited. We dont have a busy road but theres always tractors running up and down but sometimes the "late for work" buddy comes whizzing down and we have to literally jump out of the way. Not easy with dogs that are small and dont like cars.

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I think it’s a Jack Russell thing Lizzy mine used sit for hours in wait @ at the back door, he did rag doll a few, he was just protecting the dickiebods.

Chilli powder sprinkled around the peripheral keeps em out. 

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4 minutes ago, radfordred said:

 

Chilli powder sprinkled around the peripheral keeps em out. 

As we’re on a corner we’d need about 20 kg of chilli powder but thanks for the idea!

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Indian supermarkets on the Green sack full, few quid.

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May work for the cats but dogs are nosey and love to sniff everywhere.

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