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That’s not so funny. When I used to buy machinery from Italy back in the 70’s /80’s the quotes were in lira and the amounts were eyewatering.

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True, the Lira was in thousands but didn't amount to anything. It's much easier now with euro it's just like pounds and pence.

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A bit like the first time I went to Turkey. Changed some pounds to Lire and instantly became a multi-millionaire!

 

Nonna that's a picture of a dog who knows you too well. Gives you those big eyes, a little tail wag and all is forgiven...   

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How did you guess, but that was today, yesterday not quite the same:shout:

But she is a terror, uncontrollable, jealous , always on the front line, bossy, won't leave Lulu alone although Lulu instigates the rough and tumble and she's a quarter of Lily's size.She eats everything going from paper tissues to € 50 notes and wasps to leaves. I have practically no leaves left on low level plants.  But yesterday she was every word we could call her but today it's " we do love you really"

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Just been talking to Panto the 7 month old cat that had a new hip 9 days ago. His fur is growing back nicely and he is zooming around chasing his brother as if nothing has happened. I'm getting rather fond of him. The brothers are quite useless though. Left the pantry door open over night so that they could catch the mouse that has been nibbling the veg. No evidence of mouse being caught. All they did was pee'd in the pantry :angry: Ungrateful boggers.

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Passed the bank this morning and took my forlorn €50 in to see what they could do. What a parlaver. " can you stick it together with cellotape" " No I didn't do it because it says not to use glue or cellotape" "Oh let's see what we can do" After 20 minutes or so and lots of tapping on the keyboard the "solution" was that they'd send it "down " ( to their accounts dept) and if it's approved:wacko: it will be credited to our account. Even had to tell them how it had happened and even showed the teller the photo of the culprit. She did at least laugh. 

I thought it would have been a simple exchange of destroyed for new but that's not the case. She said it would take a while. Nothing is simple here. It would have been simpler to just forget it and put it down to a mistake for leaving the money in an accessible place and learning from it.

There were 2x 50's and 3x5's. One 5 was still intact another was in Lily's bed and we never did find the other, the other 50 was also intact.

On my return this morning I found her bed full of paper tissues and my husbands slippers and my shoes. Any advice will be welcome.

Shes the most lively dog I've ever had and I've had dogs all my life. But she's lovely, last night like every night she climbs up onto the bed, she doesn't make a sound and we don't feel her unless she snuggles into our backs. Last night too Lulu cried so we had to pick her up and they both snuggled down together . They slept all night but mum didn't I was worried about rolling over and squashing her she's so tiny

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We’ve had our share of shoes, window sills and kitchen chairs chewed over the years by our dogs but our Jack has been a nightmare during ‘firework season’ these past few years. He was perfectly fine until he was about 7 years old, not bothered by loud bangs at all. Then one NYE we foolishly nipped out for an hour over the midnight period.  Came back to find he had left a trail of destruction around the house. Duvets on the floor, carpets dug up in several doorways where we’d actually closed the doors, spots of his blood everywhere because he’d pulled a tooth and a claw out while going around on his wrecking spree.  We could really do with new carpet throughout the house but it would be crazy to bother while the lad is still with us, he’s 12 now!  We don’t leave him at home alone if we think there will be fireworks going off.  On Wednesday night, my husband’s birthday AND Diwali, Jack went to his dog-sitter!! 

A neighbour’s Airedale has a passion for spectacles and has found and crunched up 4 pairs of their 5 year old’s specs in the past year, over £400 worth.  

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My two boys cut their teeth on my then kitchen table legs. Got them all sort of chewy things but the table legs were the only thing they chewed. One of them did get hold of my new bank card as it came thru the door a few years ago. It did still work luckily, just had a full set of dog teeth marks on it much to the amusement of the local supermarket. NonnaB could she be nesting as in a phantom pregnancy? 

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Lizzie, your neighbour should go to the pound store and stock up with cheap glasses and keep them round the house. Maybe the dog would leave the expensive ones alone then. He's obviously got a fetish for glasses.!

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Wow your lot make my  Jake sound very well behaved.  He used to rip up his bedding and any  stuffed toys.  He seems to have grown  out of the bedding thing, but we still can't give him toys.  Most of his entertainment these days seems to come from snatching food from the kitchen counters and grabbing any item of clothing left within reach.  He doesn't tear it up, just wants you to chase him.

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For a number of years I always seemed to be buying curtains. Kittens are very hard on curtains and Tarquin was an absolute b*gger especially during the early hours of the morning when he and Crystal used to chase each other up and down the sitting room curtains and I would often come down in the morning to find the whole lot...plus the curtain track...on the floor.  Thankfully, they grew out of it.

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5 hours ago, Stavertongirl said:

NonnaB could she be nesting as in a phantom pregnancy? 

Doubt it shes naturally distructive . Like you they have all sorts of toys but much prefer things that she shouldnt have. Tonight I had 2 x 5 yr olds for english so make sure they have no distractions I put the dogs in another room. When I went in to let them out there she was chewing on a piece of cardboard. Goodness knows where she got it from. She kept biting and snapping at me because I wanted to take it off her. 

 

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6 hours ago, LizzieM said:

We’ve had our share of shoes, window sills and kitchen chairs chewed over the years by our dogs but our Jack has been a nightmare during ‘firework season’ these past few years. He was perfectly fine until he was about 7 years old, not bothered by loud bangs at all. Then one NYE we foolishly nipped out for an hour over the midnight period.  Came back to find he had left a trail of destruction around the house. Duvets on the floor, carpets dug up in several doorways where we’d actually closed the doors, spots of his blood everywhere because he’d pulled a tooth and a claw out while going around on his wrecking spree.  We could really do with new carpet throughout the house but it would be crazy to bother while the lad is still with us, he’s 12 now!  We don’t leave him at home alone if we think there will be fireworks going off.  On Wednesday night, my husband’s birthday AND Diwali, Jack went to his dog-sitter!! 

A neighbour’s Airedale has a passion for spectacles and has found and crunched up 4 pairs of their 5 year old’s specs in the past year, over £400 worth.  

Lizzie I hope I dont have to wait that long. Deborahs dog chewed a new pair of designer sunglasses twice. The first time the optician was able to repair them but the second pair were a write off. She also chewed a pair of my sunglasses fortunately also ,repaired. But the " best " one when Deborah bought a new phone. She was in her bedroom looking at the phone and reading leaflet when the door bell rang. When she went back upstairs to get the phone it was destroyed completly. € 600 down the drain.

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19 hours ago, nonnaB said:

On my return this morning I found her bed full of paper tissues and my husbands slippers and my shoes. Any advice will be welcome.

 

I'm not sure it's the dog? Sounds like a bit of discipline is needed, when my kids where little we had to limit the amount of time they spent with their grandma, when they came home they where uncontrollable, took a few good bashes to get them back on track.    

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I'm with RR on this. I would never tolerate such bad behaviour from my dogs. All the dogs I have had have been trained - a cousin was a pro. dog breeder and trainer who taught me how to train my pooches. It's not difficult (or cruel) when done properly and the result is a well behaved, lovable and loving animal. One of the big secrets is consistency in the way it is done. Another is not to give in.

 

Are there any dog training classes where you are, nonna?

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I think all dogs have a mischevious side, I have been lucky and only had one that peeled tennis balls. Just got him solid rubber balls instead which cured the problem. 

Pleased to say Kai is back to his normal self, he is just having his afternoon nap after playing with his squeaky pig. Such a relief to have him back to normal. Vets again next week, they want to do xrays. Don’t think I will have them done, will see how he goes on. 

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8 hours ago, jonab said:

One of the big secrets is consistency in the way it is done. Another is not to give in.

Doesn't work with cats! I give in every time! They've been to human training classes. ;)

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Ive had dogs all my life and know what to do to train them . She just needs to calm down. Before I was married we had 4 dogs at home and never had problems with them. They all knew their places and were well behaved. This one is only a yr old and is lively, she plays with her " sister " ( one week between them) is inclined to get over excited and is slowly learning to " leave."  When she's called to heel she  comes unless she is interested in the cats next door or chasing a fly etc. She sits in front of me without a command. She sits before shes fed. I have confiscated all her chewy toys that are full of holes and replaced them with rope toys. She is possessive and jealous and takes them both into her bed. Today the 2 little ones are playing tug o war beside me . Shes a very affectionate pup and doesnt like anyone coming near me. If they do she intervenes. She has to be near me 

Unfortuately there isnt a dog training centre near us. we do have an obstical course for dogs but it is for large dogs only. Shame really.

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10 hours ago, radfordred said:

 

I'm not sure it's the dog? Sounds like a bit of discipline is needed, when my kids where little we had to limit the amount of time they spent with their grandma, when they came home they where uncontrollable, took a few good bashes to get them back on track.    

In my experience RR it is the dog. She has a lot of discipline when I'm at home with her but unfortunately I have problems with my back and am having problems when shes is too lively.  I' m not quick enough to follow up my orders. She an angel when shes finally quiet. Very protective when the other dogs come near to the tiny one.

Yes grandmothers do have a negative effect on grandchildren. They never had a chance to spoil their own children. You love your own children but you love your grandchildren a lot more. Thats how it goes.

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Where cats are concerned, one word from me...and they do as they like!  Can't complain. I've always been the same.

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Likewise, I've currently got six cats from various neighbours visiting for biscuits and treats. I'm sure they rely on me for tit bits other than their owners.

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I got up this morning with great trepidation as Kai didn’t have his medicine yesterday and wasn’t sure what to expect. My sister and I did take both boys on a walk on sunday, although the vet said it could make his “arthritis” painful. He was fine being busy as normal, sniffing and enjoying a run about. He had had his medicine but thought he might be stiff on Monday. He was perfectly normal so didn’t give him his medicine on Monday, he should have gone back to vet but I was under the weather so we didn’t go. Got up this morning and he is fine. His eating is back to normal and he is alert and noisey as usual. Judging by this I don’t think it was arthritis (surely it is a gradual thing that would have been noticeable, not him being okay one day and having it the next) wonder if he had pulled a muscle or strained something. When they are playing they do tend to jump up at each other and I had found a thistle in the foot of the leg he was having trouble with, had to cut it out they have such hairy feet. I did tell the vet this but they seemed fixed on arthritis (don’t know if that is the right spelling!) Bit of a quandary really as he is supposed to go back but I am more inclined to see how he goes on this week, don’t want him to go thru the trauma of having X-rays if he doesn’t need them. Am I doing the right thing?

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