Archive for category Pets & Problems
I’ve been a bit sparing with my posts this year what with one thing and another but, as I sign off for the festivities, I thought I’d try to bring a smile to your face before I go.
Knowing how difficult it is to get a dog into a Christmas costume – believe me I try every year (and cats are even worse) – I had to share this special nativity play with you made by members of a chapel in Swansea, Wales.
Just click on the image below, wait for the video to load, put on full screen and don’t worry, it’s not all in Welsh although the Welsh accent is lovely.
I hope you enjoyed that little bit of fun.
I wish you a very merry Christmas wherever you are and whoever you’re with.
Miss Tialys the Elder bought our Mum & Dad a DNA test for Christmas because she said it would be interesting to find out where (and who) I came from. What does this mean? It seems they think I might not be theirs!
Anyway, one day a few weeks ago they stuck a little brush thingy into my mouth which, of course, I tried to chew on as I thought it must be a doggy treat. Instead, it was taken back out again and put somewhere to dry and then, some minutes later they taunted me with another pretend doggy treat. I did wonder what was going on but then they gave me a real treat and I forgot all about it. Until a little while ago.
As you know, I’m a beautiful black and white dog with some spotted bits on my chest and legs and, although I can’t remember a time before living with these humans, they didn’t believe the papers from the rescue centre which say I’m a collie cross because they reckon they say that about all black and white dogs.
All they had to tell the laboratory when sending off the swabs was that I am a female and what I weigh which, of course, I usually lie about but the humans told the truth which is O.K. because I am beautifully sleek and slim and not at all ashamed of weighing 22kg.
With this information they discovered the following and there’s not a collie in sight.
So, even though we now live in England and that’s where the test was done, it seems I really am French – well, mostly – which the humans say is no surprise as that’s where they found me.
This is what a pure Brittany looks like so you can see some definite similarities although brown and white colouring is more common,
Apparently, one set of my great grandparents were ‘full’ Brittanys but the rest must have allowed standards to slip and there were a few little minxes and some love rats who managed to mix up the family tree a bit.
Mum said she’s not surprised to see Labrador Retrievers are in the mix because they are on a mission to become as fat as possible by eating almost anything they can get their paws and jaws on and she says that’s exactly what I am like. Cheek! I am very discerning and never eat any sheep/fox/cat poo that’s more than a day or two old.
She laughed like a drain for some reason when she said that the other French breed in my DNA – the Beauceron – is described as ‘brilliant and fearless’. After some shameless showing off by me including opening doors to let myself into the garden and deliberately making a lot of noise by banging my bottom against the drop leaf table, she had to concede that I’m brilliant but, frankly, I have to say that more than one vet has threatened to eject us when I wail loudly and uncontrollably if they come anywhere near my bottom with a thermometer. Well, wouldn’t you?
So, there you go, I now know who I am and where I come from which I think is probably of more interest to the humans than to me because I just know I’m gorgeous, fun-loving, full of energy and with a great sense of humour and that I live in a lovely place with humans who appreciate me which is more than enough for this rescue dog.
Still, I’m quite pleased there’s a Weimeramer or two in the mix as they are so handsome and I think my blogging friend Mouse will be pleased to know I’m also related to the sighthound group and, if I lived in Australia, would probably be invited to join him at the Happy Greys Social Club for a puppuccino,
If you have a dog and its origins are ‘unclear’ would you be interested in doing a DNA test or are you happy guessing?
love Flo 🐾❤
Making things from scraps again this month and, although Mr. Tialys features again – 🙄 – I’m determined not to let him hog the whole post this time and, anyway, I think his contribution has been entered in a previous Scraphappy by somebody else.
Anyway, without further ado, plant pots were some of the many things we left behind in France which may or may not eventually arrive here but probably not. Mr. T. ordered in some fibre pots which will eventually break down and, although he did give in and buy a pack of plastic ones the other day, the seeds needed small homes. We’ve saved up the cardboard inner tubes from the loo rolls and Mr. T. manipulates each one into two small seed pots. At first he was snipping around the diameter of the bottom of each half and folding them in to make a base but found this made quite a shallow pot so now he leaves the bases open and puts them in a tray with a layer of compost in it so that the roots grow into that which then makes it easier to pick the whole plant up and transplant it. Apparently.
Here are the nasturtiums in their little loo roll homes.
So, enough of Mr. T.’s projects, I also have a contribution this month. If you remember, I made a wigwam shaped peg bag a little while back and thought I’d make another.
‘But that doesn’t look like much like a scrap project’ I hear you say and you would be right.
I did, however, have scrap left from making the peg bag and this is what I made with it.
Which, I believe, is an excellent excuse for couple of doggie photos.
Kerpow bandana modelled by Stan.
Going grey now – he’ll be 11 in June – but still my handsome boy.
LAST MINUTE EDIT:
Just before ‘going to press’ Mr Tialys had to have the last word 🙄
Remember all that wood and other old toot that he got off of the bank in the garden?
He just turned it into this
The roof protection is made from a bit of old butyl pond liner also found on the bank.
Then he climbed up the willow tree to position it.
Ready for the blue tits to find if they haven’t found accommodation already.
So, he trumped me again.
Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn. Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.
Contact Kate or Gun (first names on the list) if you want to join in.
Some adapt to lockdown situations better than others.
As an advertising campaign said somewhere, some time
‘be more cat’
I’m sure you’ve met Flo before.
She is the light of Mr. Tialys’s life and can do no wrong.
In his eyes, she is a Princess.
So, Mademoiselle Tialys the Elder had this ‘painting’ made for him for Christmas.
I’m saying nothing.
All our dogs, past and present, have had different predilections for things they liked to chew. Susie liked hard plastic toys – preferably complete with batteries. Taz liked rolled up pairs of socks which, miraculously, would pass through him and emerge in the same form at the other end. Stan used to like soft furnishings to name just three. One of Stan’s earliest conquests was a cat shaped doorstop which made me realise how much stuffing actually goes into one of these things
I say he ‘used to like’ but bad habits sometimes just lie dormant .
This blanket was over the back of a chair and not draped across the shoulders of one of my antique mannequins where I displayed it for this photo, which is probably a good thing.
The culprit looked suitably abashed and made a vain attempt to hide although couldn’t resist peeking out to see if we had spotted him.
And just in case you were wondering what had happened to all those ‘Nature’s Walk’ crochet along squares I’m supposed to be joining.
My progress has been somewhat impeded.
Pets. Who’d have ’em?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be a cat
and not care when nature has played a mean little trick on you like giving you hairy ears
even though you’re a girl.
It would be of no concern at all.
Three days to go before the collar comes off.
Any cuddles gratefully received, even if it’s from somebody you’ve only just met.
Henry has been in the wars again.
The poor thing has already been diagnosed with hypertension so has to have medication syringed down his throat every day but now he has ear trouble too.
Firstly it was diagnosed as an ear infection so I had to administer drops twice a day for 10 days. This didn’t seem to sort out the problem completely and then I felt a lump under his ear.
I was going to take him to the vet on the Friday but he didn’t come back for the whole day then, Saturday morning he returned with a large wound underneath his ear where I’d felt the lump. The vet kept him in for the afternoon and, when I went to pick him up this was the inevitable result.
The vet thinks the ear infection made him scratch at his ear which, in turn. caused an abcess which then burst but, other than that, she says the two things aren’t connected. I’m not so sure but time will tell.
In the meantime, that plastic buster collar seemed overlong and the sharp edge was just on the wound and I was worried it would dig in to him. Also, those ribbon thingies that hold the collars on aren’t that efficient and kept dangling in the water bowl.
So, what’s a sewing person to do but improve upon the original?
As I make dog collars to sell to help raise funds for a dog refuge, not to mention having a rather large fabric stash, I had all the necessaries to hand to make him a small webbing collar with quick release buckle. I cut the top of the plastic collar down low enough to improve his peripheral vision but still high enough so that his foot can’t reach to scratch the wound. Then I traced round the shape of the plastic collar and. after adding a seam allowance, cut out the shape in two pieces of fabric, added some tabs in the seamline to thread the webbing collar through, sewed up the seams leaving one end open to slot the plastic collar through and installed a snap to close the ends.
He managed to get out of the house the other day (Mr Tialys isn’t that good at remembering to close doors 🙄) and I was panicking but I think he’d just gone to show off his headgear to his mates next door.
I wonder what they thought.