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MOB rants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 15:03

Pam, your dog is a beauty.  But then I think all GSDs are handsome, and such easy dogs to 'read'.  Max still not out of the woods, but having his very expensive anti-biotics is helping.  His toe is slowly returning to it's normal size/shape, and no longer t-shaped with all of the swelling at the end.  Every time he's gone to lick it, he's been told 'NO!' and is leaving it alone now.  Using that leg to stand on and pee (good sign), and even scratched his tabs with it yesterday (meaning I had to do the washing in saline to get rid of any grot he might have got on it!).

We are at the vet's tomorrow, so will see how he is then.  Size of toe does fluctuate though, seems better in the mornings when he's kept his (not inconsiderable) weight off it overnight.  Thanks for asking, I'm still worried about him, having the toe off (and it's a middle one) at his age would be traumatic for all of us.

Preparing to lay a lawn

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 00:33

The sharp sand is a good idea, as is removing the stones.  If you buy turves, you'll need to make sure they get plenty of water (sprinkler on half hour in morning, half hour in afternoon), or wait until September to do it.  If turfing from seed, you may want to do it in strips, and cover the bit you've just sown with fine netting, raised a few inches to stop the birds eating the seeds or grass seedlings.

MOB rants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 00:20

GG, not really 'learnt' to train dogs by going to classes, but by growing up with them.  I seem to find it easy to slide into a dog's brain and know what's going on in there.  I have sworn at the telly when dog borstal has been on, there is the odd rogue dog that's not trainable (my Mum's Skye terrier that tried to bite me when I was 4 is one example), but they are few & far between.  The only dog we've had problems with is Max, and we took him to a dog shrink, he didn't really tell us anything we didn't know, he couldn't decide if the constant barking when we were out was separation anxiety or the kids playing football in the street.  In the end we think it WAS separation anxiety, after all, he was a rescue and had been around a bit, when he worked out he was in his forever home, he settled down.  He knows what 'going shopping' means, an knows we'll be back, and is usually on the sofa before the front door has shut.  If he had thumbs he'd be looking for 'Zoo vet' or somthing with the remote.

The biggest problem you find with dogs is weak owners.  A dog that's in it's place, right at the bottom of the pack, is a happy dog.  No need to worry about defending the place, raising puppies, keeping your place as top dog, finding food for the rest of the pack....bliss, for a dog.  Remembering a dog is a wolf with centuries of domestication helps, as there are other important roles in the pack.  Beta male and female, rounder-upper, and mediator are some.  Bracken was a mediator when she was around, and Max is definitely beta male (or deputy dawg as he's sometimes known as).  My favourite has definitely got to be GSD, or crossbreeds with GSD in there somewhere.  I'd never have a border collie, I don't want a dog that's smarter than I am.  We think Max is a mix of collie and GSD, had I known the mix I doubt we would have taken him on (we thought at first he was GSD and Dobermann).

Anyway, some random rants

* People who light a fag the minute they get out of a shopping centre - can you not wait until you're more than 5 feet away from the doors before lighting your vile cancer sticks?

* People out shopping who suddenly stop in random places with no warning

* Other drivers (in particular, doing 30 on a motorway, not bothering to indicate - I know which way you're going, I'm f*****g psychic, doing 40 in a 30 zone)

* Misuse of the apostrophe (heavens, it's not hard, you take some letters out, put an apostrophe in, use it to show possession, and NEVER use it for plurals).

Discuss.

This allows me to garden with my bad body!

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 00:00

Wish an x-brake was only 34.99 from Amazon.  Had one of those on my wish list for the landy for a long time now. (Not any relation whatsoever to the x-hose).

MOB rants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:10

For yapping, you need a distraction, and a big shout of NO! or Quiet! at the same time.  for example, keys thrown onto concrete, pop bottle full of gravel rattled sharply, or, if you've the money and you really want them to shut the f*** up, you can get compressed air, quick blast of that onto their neck,and the command word.

It's not difficult to do, but so many dog owners can't slide into an animal's head.  You have to do something into shocking them into quiet, and use the command word at the same time.  Not easy if you aren't the owner (if the alpha male/female does it, they learn really quickly).  Taught an owner to stop her dog 'going' for other dogs in about 10 minutes (when on holiday), teach the owners and the problem's solved.  Max will only disobey and continue barking if the person at the door smells wrong (fear), the more scared they are, the more agitated he gets.  Am trying to get one of small boy's friends to not be scared of dogs any more (a GSD went for him when he was about 2), unfortunately Max is half GSD, so looks big and scary.  He might look the part, a bigger softie I've yet to meet.  I can't go anywhere, he's fallen asleep on my feet, he's that big and scary - daft and hairy more like.

garden fence & shed

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 00:35

If it's a fairly sturdy shed and will stand it, give it the once-over with a jet washer, that will get rid of the algae.  Then give it a coat of paint, cuprinol do a range called 'shades' that is specifically for wood outside (sheds, fences, play houses etc), so you could pick a colour that you really like.  Fences don't have to be bright orange or brown or green any more, can be any colour you like.

Have never used a fungicide on a shed before, but never had an algae problem.  I'd paint it and see what happens, then if the algae comes back, use a fungicide.  Don't know if outdoor timber paint contains one anyway - go to your local hardware store or B&Q and have a look at what it says on the tin.

MOB rants

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 21:11

The filters that are applied by schools and colleges are not foolproof, either.  When at college, many  moons ago, one of our cohort typed in 'sex' and 'sheep', and got a warning that his search was illegal.  So he typed in 'Sheep' and 'Sex', and got taken straight to the 'Love ewe' site.  I'll let you work out what that was about!

MOB rants

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:52

Yep, you can buy tops for 3 year olds with 'Bitch' emblazoned in bright metallic shiny letters.  I WON'T be buying one of those, ever, and I question the mentality of parents that are happy for such young children to wear such items.

I'd love for my children to be bookworms, they both get the 'imagination library' books from the Dollywood foundation, and they are lovely books to get, and I will try to make sure they both get a book a month when that runs out (they are given one book a month, totally free, to try and encourage a love of reading until they are five).

When I was younger I used to drive my Mum to distraction, as during the summer holidays we didn't go away on holiday (at that point my Dad had a gambling addiction), I'd go to the library twice or three times a week to change my library books, I was that engrossed in what I was reading I'd not hear Mum calling me for dinner or tea.  Sometimes back via the post office for a quarter of something nice if pocket money permitted (sometimes my big brother would give me 50p out of his wages for going and buying a huge list of chocolate and sweeties for him on pay day).  I could get a packet of crisps, a quarter of dolly mixtures, a quarter of jelly babies and a bar of fry's five centres for that!!

Even now, my idea of heaven is two sound-asleep children, a bag of jelly beans or galaxy counters and something good on my kindle.  Not that it happens that often, by the time I've wrestled the eldest small child into bed (the winner by 3 falls and a submission), all I'm good for myself is sleep!

MOB rants

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 01:54

I must be odd.  I'm one of the only people in the village that walks their children to school.  I'm a great believer in exercise being good for you, and it gets them alert for the start of the school day.  However, when I cross the road, I'm taking my life into my hands with all of the parents eager to drop off their little darlings and hot foot it off to work, or the hairdressers, or each other's houses for coffee.

I also wonder what's going on with other parents.  My son, now four and a half, is asking for a TV in this room, because his cousin has one (his cousin is six months older than my son).  He also has pirates of the carribean toys, it's one of his favourite films (his cousin's not his - I won't let him watch it).  It's a certificate 15, if I remember correctly.  If I were one of the parents, I would be taking my child the long way around, so they didn't get to see any of the carnage - after all the good the headmaster did by 'locking down' the school, to have the fool parents undo it all.

You should have to pass a common sense test to be allowed to procreate.  Trouble is, all the stupid people breed like rabbits (as they get more benefits with each child they have), and the folks that try and have a bit of stability in their lives before having kids, find they can't afford them as they're paying for everyone else's children.

So I am a mean mummy, as I won't allow my son to have a TV or DVD player in his room, and will only let him use the Cbeebies website under close supervision.  God alone knows when peer pressure will start him lobbying for computer games based on World War 2, I totally disagree with those, until the kids know a bit of the history and can appreciate the total carnage that war causes, and can name some of the major battles, and give a brief synopsis of when and where and why, no war games.

When I was working, before I had kids, I asked some of my workmates (all similar age to myself, maybe a bit younger) when they thought the battle of Britain took place.  Consensus of opinon was 1066, they were amazed to find that was the Battle of Hastings, and that the Battle of Britain was 1940.

No wonder kids aren't proud of their heritage, no-one tells them about it.

MOB rants

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 01:07

A few years ago speed bumps were called sleeping policemen.  Why can't we call them this again, then we'd be a bit less miffed when they put them in the road.

My rant it the idiots that drive everywhere at 40mph, doesn't matter where they are, you can pass them no problems in national speed limit area, then when you get to a village and slow down to 30, they catch you up, are all over your back bumper, flashing and gesturing, then when you get to the national speed limit again they're left eating your dust.  Why?  I mean, fuel is expensive, so even though my car runs on homebrew, I tend just to lift off the loud pedal when I know a village is coming up, and let it coast down to 30, then at the end of the village I'm off like a stabbed rat.  Is it too much effort just to move the foot a little?

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