April 26, 2012
As well as the article at the link above, we have others - http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/6807669/Nervous-elephant-crushes-zoo-carer
and the one about her former circus owner and his attempts to visit her.
A friend of mine is currently touring Thailand, India etc and there are photos of him with elephants - he said he could not stop grinning. I know how he feels - my visit to Kashin at Auckland Zoo, behind the scenes, before she died was so memorable. There is something magical about them, but like all zoo animals, their unpredictability and sheer size are a constant danger.
I wonder what decision will be made about Mila now.
April 24, 2012
The autumn colours have appeared in style and I took this photo on the bridge on Stanmore Rd yesterday morning - looking down The Avon as it meanders through another slice of the Red Zone.
We got the last stitch out from her nose today, finally, after trying and only getting one out last night, as she wasn't happy about them being tugged on. A stealth attack in the office with some pointy scissors by my colleaugue while I applied a headlock finally saved the day! Chopped chicken in the cafeteria soon took her mind off it all - for a small dog she has a voracious appetite...part labrador, part bichon?
April 23, 2012
I do intend to visit the Horseshoe Lake area across the river we live beside - just picking the right time.
I read this week that many of the local villas from these areas are being sold to rural areas and towns further south rater than being relocated with their owners. The strict covenants in new local Christchurch subdivisions means they can build with new materials only... and some of the apparent restrictions such as types of pets, and not owning cars older than three years old! How welcoming... I hope I never have to live there!
April 22, 2012
Her beautiful chocolate labrador, K, has been a frequent source of inspiration for the blogs. Now K is living with osteosarcoma and some fellow bloggers commissioned a painting of her from Kathleen Coy, who has captured her essence perfectly.
On Kathleen's site there is also a video of how she painted it.
Just in case you are interested in getting one done for your pet - she works off photos so can do it anywhere.
A lovely sunny day with autumn colours and happy people enjoying the new Restart Container Mall on a perfect day last week...
How far we have come.. how much there still is to do.
As I watched the dancers, little things caught my eye - the diggers, the empty spaces, the missing high rises in the distance.
Only the distant Bridge of Rememberance pins us to this site as being Cashel Mall, the place of death and injury and destruction such a short time ago.
I looked back for a post quake video of the area - shocking, raw footage that was hard enough to watch the first time, but now more poignat as it features features people we have come to know, their backgroumd, who died, who lived....
Enjoy the sun, the music and the dancing and the joy of the day... and spare a thought for the people still dealign with the trauma of the day it all fell down.
See Press Reporters Olivia and Dan's post quake video on Cashel Mall here:
April 21, 2012
April 20, 2012
April 19, 2012
I used picture 34 because it appears to be what is planned for across the road from our classroom...our new view. As it replaces an old bar, this is actually good news...we have missed the hangout!
April 18, 2012
April 17, 2012
A “temporary” Anglican cathedral will be constructed on the St John’s site on Latimer Square, overlooking the CTV site. (In Christchurch “temporary” means about 20 years or so).
Actually I quite like the look of this design. It’s not the same as what’s been lost, but it’s uplifting.
There’s been a bit of debate going around about the de-construction of our Anglican Cathedral. The Bishop has come under a lot of criticism – and some of it seems to be getting quite venomous and personal. One of the most vocal opponents is the Christchurch Wizard, who claims to have spoken curses against the Bishop and Church leadership.
I was always taught that in intelligent debate, when one side resorts to personal attack, it’s often a sign of lacking rational argument.
I was pleased to hear about this:
An open letter of support from 70 churches and Christian organisations was presented to the Anglican Bishop of Christchurch. The photo shows ministers from Pentecostal, Baptist and Brethren churches, as representative of the many denominations.
As a city we need to work together, with unity, as we rebuild. I found it encouraging to see the unity of Christian Churches working together. A lot of this is “below the radar” and “behind the scenes”, but in my own opinion, if it wasn’t for the Christian Churches in this city working together in the aftermath of the earthquakes, we’d have been in a lot worse state city wide.
Yet these feeling of hope are clashing with a more sobering news issue:
The “New Homelessness”
There have been stories emerging of lower income tenants being pushed out of the rental market, as a shortage of available rental homes, an influx of tradespeople working on the rebuild, and displaced homeowners moving out of “red-zoned” houses. Rents are becoming more than many people can afford. When houses become available, 20 or 30 prospective tenants will apply, and often begin trying to outbid each other.
Here are three stories that have been in the press this week.
April 16, 2012
April 14, 2012
Sorry not to post this yesterday - there have been problems for me posting today through usual means, so finally accessed blogger properly - I really thought it would have gone through yesterday, but no - sigh..
Anyway, for those of you not on Facebook, Poppy is recovering well.
It looks like it is a benign histiocytoma, and it has all been removed and she is fine. A huge relief! It might have settled and disappeared on its own, but we all felt, if in doubt, get it out, so it has gone. We saved it to examine in more detail later, just in case something reappears.
The appearance of a raised, hairless and bright red "angry" looking skin lump on a young dog is characteristic of a histiocytoma. This is often alarming to dog owners; as it they often appear suddenly, almost overnight. Histiocytomas are not painful, and most dogs do not even seem to notice them, despite the fact that they lump may be ulcerated. Click here to view photos of a histiocytoma in a young dog.A lovely neat job by the wonderful team at The Vet Centre, Riccarton.
Where are histiocytomas seen?
Dogs less than three years old are the most common presentation, and the head, ears and limbs are the most common locations to find histiocytomas.
Histiocytomas will spontaneously regress in 2- 3 months. If in doubt, biopsy will provide an answer as to the nature of the lesion.
She has been wearing the "cone of shame" to stop her scratching at her stitches. She certainly seems embarrassed when she greets other dogs...
Yesterday she was wobbly and sleepy, but today she seems fully recovered.
Thank you for all your thoughts and wishes - greatly appreciated.
April 10, 2012
Mark found a lump on Poppy's nose. It seems to have come up really quickly.
Jaz's recent post, about living in the NOW, as she waits for her own MRI results, and so we will worry about the worst case scenario when, and if, it becomes a real problem rather than an imagined fear. Poppy is having the diagnostics done on Friday and the growth can be removed at the same time. Meanwhile she is her usual inquisitive, entertaining self and knows no different, apart from some extra cuddles, and everyone focusing on the side of her nose!
The lovely long hot and sunny weekend is over - the leaves are turning colour and the hint of winter is in the chill of the evenings... but life is good and I am having two weeks break. Bliss...
Happy Easter everyone.
April 5, 2012
April 1, 2012
If you struggle with nail trims on your dog, watch this video.
I might just try this method on my Jess who has an irrational fear I am going to hurt her.... ( ok ok I did once cut a bit deep and cause her some pain)....but she might be distracted long enough with a good supply of liver treats to behave this way.
Off to check out some of the other videos too - might learn something.