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  1. Kirsty226 I've just read your post about the wheely bin and got a strange sense of deja vu!! I didn't know we had red mite, I've been doing my usual anti red mite routine and I certainly haven't spotted any red mite in the cube, but having emptied the old bedding into the compost bin at the weekend I went out yesterday to find the lid of the bin a solid mass of something (I'd assumed they were lice, but perhaps they were red mite that haven't fed yet?). They were all zapped with TMK and obviously I will use it over the coming days to mop up any stragglers, but I have never come across this before, so I was actually quite relieved to read your post and find I'm not the only one!
  2. Thank you UKMarch, sorry to hear about you losing your dog I DREAD that day We had a good long chat with the vet. We have decided to trial Willow on a non steroidal anti inflammatory (Carprieve, I think it's called). She's had a few days of that now and I think it's had a positive effect. We're going to try it for a month and then re-evaluate whether it's worth continuing with it. Willow takes it or leaves it as far as food is concerned, particularly in hot weather. I used to worry if she didn't eat her full "quota" in one day, but I now know that it's just normal for her to have the odd day when she doesn't bother. Know what you mean about the ramp - friends leant me one to try, Willow just looked at it as if to say "isn't it going to be harder for you to lift me into the car with that ramp there!?!?!" I really don't mind, fortunately she's not as heavy as she could be for a dog of her size, so I can do it, it's just not always that dignified! We're now on the Bakers Joint sticks too (thanks, Princess Leia) which the vet said would certainly not do any harm and Willow seems to like them! The vet didn't seem worried about her weight, she said it's more loss of muscle than actual weight and I shouldn't worry, it's typical for her age - more importantly, the vet said I needn't worry about being reported to the RSPCA for having an underweight dog! The vet was just lovely, as she always is, very patient, and she seemed to understand my concern. I do feel better for having seen her and feel that I'm actually doing SOMETHING to make whatever time Willow has left as good as it can be. Thank you to all you lovely Omleteers for your advice!
  3. Sorry to hear that ChooksRCute - if you can find the hole/tear is there any chance you could patch it? That would still be a big job but MUCH easier (I would think) than completely replacing the liner (specially as you won't need to drop the water level much more than it already is)? If the hole isn't too huge butyl tape by itself would do it, if it's a bigger hole a patch of liner held in place with butyl tape should fix it and do a very satisfactory job? Good luck!
  4. Thank you Princess Leia for that - my local Tesco didn't have any joint treats at the weekend, which was a bit annoying, but I will pop in to the bigger branch near work on the way home and stock up. I would do ANYTHING to be able to ask Willow how she feels, what hurts and what I can do to help her, it's so frustrating worrying that there's something I could/should be doing that I'm not doing!? Thanks all for your advice!!
  5. Thank you very much!!!! Willow has been slowing down for a while. She is also 32kg (quite large for a girl!), although I suspect she has probably lost some weight. She is wearing a magnetic collar and does have some joint supplements which I think help. She had a fairly major "dental" a couple of years ago when she lost a few teeth, but other than that, she has a full set of gnashers, I do hope they don't need any further treatment as I wouldn't want to subject her to a GA for that (well, I wouldn't really want to for anything, really at her age, I fear the risks would rather outweigh the potential benefits). I will get some of the joint chews (do you use the Pedigree ones?) she did have them at one point but I had forgotten about them more recently, so thank you for the reminder She is becoming more picky with food, I'm not sure whether she is genuinely not keen on some things anymore or whether she is simply holding out for the stuff she really wants. I'm not too worried what she eats now, as long as she eats something vaguely nutritious each day (I think the Nature Diet/Wainwrights is great, though flippin' expensive with the amount she needs!). The addition of the greyhound's favourite (tinned fish of some description, pretty much any variety, just not the ones in brine) helps most things go down very well. Since my original post, I've made an appointment with the vet (next Wednesday, our lovely vet is away on holiday until then and no one else will do for Willow!!!) just to have a chat really. The vet will probably think I'm mad as I don't think there's actually anything wrong with Willow, other than age, but I'd just like to chat through everything with her to make sure there's nothing else I should be doing!!!
  6. Hi Everyone! I've been missing from the Forum for a while (long story, won't bore you with it) - I've been lurking, just not posting!!! Anyway, I'm hoping the Omlet Oracle can offer me some words of wisdom now I find myself in uncharted territory. Willow, my co-pilot, wing-dog and partner in crime, is a retired racing Greyhound. I have had her since she was almost 7 and she is now 14! I've never had a dog reach this ripe old age before and I'm just wondering if anyone has any words of wisdom for me, please? Willow still enjoys her walks, although MUCH shorter (and slower!) than they used to be, she seems to want to go and enjoys her walk time. She still has very occasional moments of total lunacy in the garden, though again, these are much shorter and less frequent than they used to be. She seems ok on her legs, obviously stiffer than she was, but not too bad, I don't think. I do lift her into the car now (no mean feat, I can assure you - she's BIG!) as they was proving a bit much for her. My main problem is keeping weight on her - she eats quite well (mainly NatureDIet or Wainwrights equivalent), but is rather "boney" - she's always had a tendency NOT to put on weight (heaven knows how she can eat what she does, sleep like she does and still look like that!!??) so now she gets quite stodgy treats (she has a cornish pasty in her lunchbox for work today!) to help with the weight. I'm thinking of going to the vet to talk things through. As far as I'm concerned Will still gets a lot out of life and I don't think we're too near having to make "a decision", but I'm genuinely scared there's something I should be doing that I'm not to help her enjoy her twilight years. Thank you everyone!!!
  7. Oh Dear, poor OH. I think he might still be missing Smiley Riley (which is entirely understandable) and it's so easy to forget that Riley wasn't (probably!) born Saint Riley, he became what he was as part of your loving family who taught him what's what and how to behave over his younger years. Puppies are truly adorable (particularly ones with stripey noses!) but they are VERY hard work. I think you might need to give them time to "bond" - it's going to be hard for OH to resist that stripey nose and those ears for long, I suspect ... father daughter bonding time needed!!
  8. I don't know if I have RLS or not (my mum has it quite badly and swears by a glass of tonic water last thing at night to calm it down) BUT I definitely get, at times, what I can only describe as fidgety legs, can't get comfy, feel like tap dancing all night, that kind of thing - in my case, I've found that it's usually when I'm dehydrated - so several glasses of cold water usually put me right - like I say, this mightn't actually be RLS - but might be worth a go?? Good luck!
  9. oh, pink paws, just adorable, she looks quite grown up in one of your pictures, then absolutely tiny on your son's lap!!
  10. Me want, Me want !!!! She is absolutely adorable and I LOVE her little stripey nose (they must have run out of black paint ) Enjoy every single minute of puppyhood, it goes by so fast but she will be just as adorable when she's grown up
  11. I've made three of these so far. I found the pattern a little bit hard to follow for the "detail", but I've sort of "found my own way", I'm now agonising over how many to send them and whether the ones I've made are worth sending anyway. It's a nice pattern though, the first one took me a while, but now I've got to grips with it, the others have been quite quick!
  12. I'm a Cube owner and I didn't get a survey either But then I was ALWAYS the last kid to get picked for the team Feeling very unloved now, oh woe is me ...
  13. WOW That looks amazing - have your chucks been brushing up on their French language?! Think how many chucks you'll be able to have with all that land ... ...
  14. Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about Smiley Riley - sleep tight little man, sweet dreams xx I am sure he has left you with countless happy memories from his long and very happy life! I've been "lurking" on the Forum for ages but not posting (looooong story I won't bore you all with), but I couldn't ignore this post so had to post a quick reply. xx
  15. Oh, she's gorgeous!! I LOVE those paws, they do look several sizes too big for her though - perhaps they were the only ones they had left!!!???
  16. I'm so sorry to hear that your daughter is struggling, Bluekarin. Uni is a MASSIVE culture shock for youngsters, the learning regime is completely different, they are away from home, everything they know just changes overnight. I tend to agree that OU degrees are probably not right for your daughter for the reasons mentioned, could she look at other options: - deferring her place for a year to get herself a bit more prepared? - look at a uni closer to home, maybe so she could live at home or perhaps come home for more weekends? - change her course - maybe a blended degree? - look at a different uni that might be able to accommodate her disability better? - is the type of course she wants (or something similar) available as a part time option (I did my degree part time)? I do hope things settle down for her, I do feel for her, she is so young to be mapping her life out already - there is no harm in the odd false start though!!! xxx
  17. I think we NEED some more photos, CM!!!!??
  18. Good luck ANH, we will look forward to hearing all about your new role!!!!
  19. From what I gather, the best way to ensure this can happen (and there's never any guarantee) is for the donor to contact their chosen medical school/hospital etc, to kind of get themselves booked in, so to speak, (not necessarily with any likelihood of imminent death) and then when the time does come, assuming the med school is taking "donations" at that time, then they will deal with the organisation (and the eventual cost of cremation). I think it's hugely important that your family know if this is your wish though, they are very unlikely to donate your body unless you've previously warned them it's what you want. I saw a prog a while ago about how much of a body can be used for "spare parts" even if organ donation isn't possible eg, they were taking things like tendons, corneas and most interestingly bones (which could then be ground up and used for people who have bone injuries and need some extra bone to fill a gap. Apparently there is also part of the knee which can't be repaired but needs to be replaced if it's badly damaged (the meniscus, or something like that, I think??) and there is a huge shortage of such spares! I had no idea this kind of thing was possible! I might be slightly insensitive, but to me, it just seems to take recycling to its ultimate level and as I'm obsessed with recycling I'm all for any part of me being used after I snuff it for whatever purpose, be it organ donation, research or whatever!
  20. Seasalt are opening lots of new branches (hope they don't overdo like some shops have ) so it's worth a look at their website to see if one has opened/is opening near you anytime soon?

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