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  1. I really like that, very cool
  2. Cute wee guys Has iPoes started swiping at the glass yet or is it just a spectator sport at the moment?
  3. How exciting, I really hope he settles in well
  4. The dogs in Romania have it pretty tough - they're not on the streets because there are no dogs homes as such, they are on the streets because no one owns them or at least takes responsibility for them, and they breed indiscriminately, so there's an awful lot of them. Such dogs homes as there are are often pretty dire and no one is routinely neutering the animals (at least not in any humane manner - there's been a case going round Facebook recently of a dog that's been butchered rather than spayed, sewn up with string and with insides hanging out). However, as horrible as this is (and it is) I'm not sure this automatically makes them good candidates for rehoming as pets. Dogs that have lived on the streets for generations just don't seem to settle in homes, sadly, making life unhappy both for the dog and owner
  5. My Tango is an Irish rescue - not sure that's 'abroad' as such but it seems a lot of the Irish dogs are of 'working' types, e.g. lurchers, terriers, collies and mixes thereof. Fine if you don't mind something 'worky' and quite possibly fairly prey driven. I don't know much about the Rommie dogs but anecdotally I've heard they are not easy - they come from generations of street dogs and don't always seen to settle well in houses. I've heard of an awful lot who have scaled 6ft garden fences in their desperation to escape and have disappeared never to be seen again, or hit by traffic Of course they are not all like that and some make lovely pets, but personally I'd be really cautious about taking on a rescue from abroad, at least somewhere like Romania.
  6. Me too. Now I have a sudden urge to buy batteries...
  7. Folding? Ironing? What are these concepts of which you speak??
  8. Oh no! So sorry to hear this after all you've been through. I really hope you can get it sorted
  9. How exciting! That sounds so much fun. Where is the course being held?
  10. Looks lovely, what a super surprise
  11. Good luck - my parents have terrible trouble with their neighbours' cats fouling their gardens and haven't yet found a solution. They've tried everything from water pistols, repellent granules, ultrasonic cat scarers - you name it, they've tried it and the wretched animals still keep pooing everywhere Their immediate next door neighbours have two cats who are the worst offenders, they use a patch of grass in my parents' front garden adjacent to the neighbours' house. The neighbours had the audacity to call environmental health and complain about cat poo in my parents' front garden saying it was a health hazard Suffice to say my parents were not best pleased, especially as they have always owned dogs and therefore had to clean up after them. Not sure there is an answer.
  12. Yep she's an ex-poundie. Thankfully she's rarely ill which is amazing really. She must have a cast iron constitution.
  13. I think as a parent you don't get to be exempt, but it's perfectly permissible for you simply to smile and nod at appropriate intervals because it's gone way over your head
  14. I've found Tango with her head in a glass of wine before now
  15. Kudos to your mother for having the patience to try and understand Minecraft. My two Minecraft obsessed nephews tried to demonstrate it to me a while back; my brain was completely fried after about 2 minutes. I am 32.
  16. What a hilarious question! Only boys would ask this I dare you to rig up a fake fart sound near the hammy cage for maximum boy entertainment
  17. They are really beautiful photos I should have added cooking and baking into my hobbies - I suppose I don't think of them as hobbies because it's something I have to do anyway (like walking the dog!) but I do enjoy both. I read quite a few cooking blogs and pick up inspiration from them - I'm always on the lookout for creative new veggie recipes, especially those based on wholefoods and not containing vast amounts of cheese or obscure ingredients. I figure that must cut me some slack to indulge in some non-healthy, non-wholefood cake now and again
  18. Tango is an unbelievably greedy dog. Always has been, always will be. However, this weekend she has surpassed even herself in the greediness stakes. Yesterday she caught and ate an entire male pheasant, including all the inedible bits such as feathers. I have never seen such a round, fat belly in all my life. A couple of hours later she clearly felt rather unwell and asked to go out in the garden where she dug herself a hole, puked in it, then covered it over for safekeeping At her usual teatime she then came and asked to be fed and looked rather miffed when she didn't get any. Not content with that, today she found the remains of some miscellaneous animal (no idea what it was, she found it deep in a load of brambles) in the woods - it must have been something fairly large as it took her one hour and six minutes to eat her fill and deign to come back to me. Yes I timed it as I had nothing better to do as I stood there getting cold and listening to crunching sounds No puking yet thank goodness, but she's sporting another very fat tummy and emitting rather a lot of whiffy bottom smells On the plus side, she's cheap to keep!
  19. Awwww, I love the one wearing the penguin books jumper
  20. Goodness me, what a shock for you. Good luck - both with the op and with sorting out your studies. We're all here to lend moral support and a sympathetic ear when you need it.
  21. Hmmmm, I'm sure others will have more creative ideas than me, but as lent is traditionally a period of fasting and simple food why not just make a simple cake? Something without oodles of buttercream, icing etc. Aren't rich fats usually given up for lent? How about an olive oil cake? (I know it's still fat, but not as luxurious as butter). Or a fatless Swiss roll filled with fresh fruit?

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