February 28, 2010

Finally, Dogs Have a Toilet Meant for Drinking From

So why are my thoughts on toilets? While thinking about preparing for the tsunami this morning I checked out the NZ Civil Defence advice on evacuation procedures.. have to admit there was not a lot I could put a definite tick beside... particularly with the due water arrival planned for 10 minutes.. (so why was I checking online instead of hurling things into the car???? hmm) - actually, my partner did murmur something in my ear about a tsunami warming when he left for work at 5.45 am - funnily enough, it didn't register and I returned to sleep immediately! A friend then rang about 9... so of course I checked it all out before I took a shower. Judging by the online photos of rather ignorant people walking on the beach beneath the tsunami warning signs, I was at least pretty safe as we are actually some kilometres inland! I did of course check my adult children were up, particularly since my daughter is on crutches with a broken foot! Speed is out of the question for her at the moment.
Anyway - I don't think I could muster a working torch, portable radio, batteries and all the food, documents and photos to take, let alone finding the cats, or enough cages ( which reminds me the one cage we have is on loan) , but I did wonder about filling the scungy 20l canister we drain the fish tank into (eeew) and then, how we could access and drink the water in the toilet cistern. Hence this photo made me smile. Luckily my son reminded me we could just evacuate inland to people with running water... today at least. If a major earthquake hits us, and one day it will apparently, we would not be so lucky.
Meanwhile, thinking of the people in Chile... and Haiti...

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NZ tsunami alert after quake - national | Stuff.co.nz

LATEST: 8.59am: Civil Defence says people in coastal areas should:

1. Stay off beaches

2. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)

3. Do not go sightseeing

4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends

5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates

6. Follow instructions of your local Civil Defence authorities

9.00 am
Perhaps I might leave the house for a while..... and head AWAY from the beach... just in case
see ya

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February 21, 2010

Cat breastfeeds squirrel

I am particularly pleased to see it is a Red Squirrel, not a Grey! Very cute... check out the link for even more photos :)

Been a hectic fortnight - James and Jess are now home from Bangladesh and their travels and my polytech classes have started again so had to get back into the swing of teaching. It was a good week, although tiring - three new classes meant a lot of talking and planning and worrying!
When my partner and I realised we both had a rare free weekend late Fri afternoon, we made some quick calls to the kids to make sure the dogs would have sitters all weekend, then took off for Hanmer Springs for a couple of nights - back to our favourite Drifters Inn - which I can recommend for a peaceful stay. Lovely to catch up with Kate and her parents again too. They gave us the spa apartment - bliss...
James and Jess were also over there with Jess's family - so we all met up on Saturday and battled our way through a mini-golf tournament in the hot, hot sun, (yes, summer arrived this weekend at last) and when it had cooled down a little, soaked in the hot pools before a beautiful romantic dinner at Malabar's - also worth a trip if you are there...the fusion food was delicious.
Another glorious day here - feeling rested for a busy week ahead :)

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February 10, 2010

Mighty Mouse

Man operated on own dog

I have been reading so many articles about this lately. I guess the recession is still affecting many pet owners enough to take desperate measures. But it does raise a lot of issues about the pets quality of life, level of care, and if surgery has been performed, were they given the right pain relief and given safe anaesthesia.

Chris is a vet in America and he recently wrote about a client taking his dog to his sister because she was a dentist and could repair its broken canine - which is a major op and Chris was rightly concerned at the anaesthetic that would be used, let alone the actual op! We used to get dentists into the clinic to help sometimes - especially with root canals in large dogs, but these days there are specialist vet dentists and they get pets referred to them. But when it is a price issue - hmmm.

He also wrote about "vets responsibilities" here- are they to the client or the pet?

Today I was sad to read this
A Whanganui teenager, who can't afford a $2500 vet bill, says he will go to jail rather than give up his injured dog.

Bronson Stewart, 18, kidnapped Buck, a five-month-old pup, who was hit by a speeding car two weeks ago, from the vet clinic where he was taken with a seriously broken back leg.

The Wanganui Chronicle reported that Bronson Stewart said the vet had told him and his father Kevin that Buck's leg could be saved by having it pinned back together at a cost of $2500, or the leg could be amputated for $800.

But the two beneficiaries are not able to come up with that sort of money.

So - we have a dog with a painful injury that is not being treated - which is a huge welfare issue and very sad.

We have a strict Animal Welfare Law here in New Zealand, and I am pleased that the SPCA is also investigating the arcade game where they catch a crayfish in a tank with a grappling hook!

Sometimes I really wonder about people - there are so many animal cruelty cases everywhere - so I applaud the call for tougher sentences for these offenders. If people can't respect animals, then they probably can't respect people either, particularly children, or their partners.

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February 6, 2010

Romance in the air - Part 2

Click on it to see it larger....
"Maybe" was going to take too long to write!
Finally, the timing is right.... but it had to be answered in the theme of the moment!

February 5, 2010

Romance in the air??? The Proposal, Part 1

It has been a wonderful week - James and Jess arrived safely home on Wednesday and we had a lovely family evening at Jess's family home. So good to have them back :)

Then today, in honour of the Sparks in the Park concert in Hagley Park, where we first met, my partner has proposed. He has done it in a style that reflects our shared computer interests, and has been working on it quietly all week!! He says he kept it covered in trees until today in case I passed through too soon!
Click on the picture to see it larger and read the message...

He casually suggested I look this morning, but I missed it as I couldn't load the page, finally seeing it mid morning at work. It has not been an entirely productive day lol
Feel free to comment while I think up my reply...


February 2, 2010

Is it Male or Female?

You try and guess what the following things are – is it Male and Female ?

SWISS ARMY KNIFE – male , because even though it appears useful for a wide variety of work, it spends most of its time just opening bottles.

KIDNEYS – female , because they always go to the bathroom in pairs

TYRE – male, because it goes bald and often is over-inflated.

HOT AIR BALLOON – male , because to get it to go anywhere you have to light a fire under it….. and of course there is the hot air part!

SPONGES – female, because they are soft and squeezable and retain water.

WEB PAGE – female , because they are always getting hit on.

SHOE – male , because it is usually unpolished and with its tongue out.

COPIER – female, because once turned off it takes a while to warm up. Because it is an effective reproductive devise when the right buttons are pushed. Because it can wreak havoc when the wrong buttons are pushed.

ZIPLOCK BAGS – male , because they hold everything in , but you can always see right through them.

HOURGLASS- female, because over time, the weight shifts to the bottom.

HAMMER – male, because it hasn’t evolved much over the last 5000 years but its handy to have around.

REMOTE CONTROL – female – you were thinking male right ! It gives man great pleasure, he’d be lost without it – while he doesn’t always know the right buttons to push he keeps trying.

Feel free to add some more of your own :)

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