Weekend smiles from HTWB … enjoy

cat joke

Trust a cat …!

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Remember, remember what they wrote about the 5th of November: BUT keep us all safe

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This year in the UK and a number of other countries, we won’t be allowed to have lavish outdoor fire pits or bonfires or BBQs in honour of celebrating Guy Fawkes’ embarrassing failure to blow up the British Houses of Parliament.

In the UK at least a few fireworks set off from the back yard would probably wiggle past the current COVID lockdown rules and whether according to the rules or not, you can bet your boomy bum-bum that we in England, at least, will be listening to the popping and zooming of fireworks on Thursday night right through to the end of the weekend. Or longer.

guy fawkes 2020

It’s not just spiders that scare animals: fireworks can do them real, long-term damage.

And then there is Diwali the following weekend. More fireworks.

Fireworks are fun for people: not for animals

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Here’s how to write your book – on the Ali, Suzan and Reggie Show…

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be invited on the YouTube channel of the one and only psychotherapist and coach Ali Moore, of the BeMoore Organisation. This was the result…

With thanks for the camera shake to Reggie the Sprocker (Springer Spaniel / Cocker Spaniel cross).

Thunder-struck writing with a twitchy dog

Writing – or any other activity that demands peace, quiet and concentration – can be badly disrupted by the thunderstorms we’re experiencing in the UK right now. But no disruption is quite as noticeable as a large dog trying to get up and sit on your head while you’re working because she’s terrified of thunderstorms.

There is a solution though, and here it emerges in verse!

Thunder-struck writing with a twitchy dog

Does thunder make your heart go boom?
And make your writing shaky?
Do you jump and shriek
At the slightest streak
Of lightning’s wakey-wakey?

poem about dog scared of thunderstorms

Try to tell a frightened canine thunder’s loud but means no harm…

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Diary of a social distancer – what about my dog?

As den mother to three canine Furballs (five if you include the cats) I have conducted an entirely unscientific survey to determine whether dogs can catch/transmit the novel corona virus. Rather like many other pieces of information about this, the results are as clear as mud. Enjoy.

Thanks to Cracked.com for the loan of this image. (My own Gordon Setter loves it – she’s exactly like the black & tan dog here.)

YES, ISH    (American Kennel Club) Li Lanjuan, an epidemiologist and representative of China’s National Health Commission cautioned pet owners in China to be vigilant about their own health and the health of their pets: “If pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the chance to get infected. By then, pets need to be isolated. In addition to people, we should be careful with other mammals especially pets.” [Read more…]

Diary of a social distancer 2 – who would have a Cockapoo?

Who would have a Cockapoo? Especially at Coronavirus time?

I wouldn’t have, except yet again I heard a long sob-story. That time it was about litter sisters aged nearly two who were to be split up and rehomed. Yes, I ended up with both of them.

The smaller of the two is the most loving, affectionate, welcoming, delightful, deceitful, scheming little killing machine you’ve ever seen on four curly, furry legs.

Mousey (back to camera) and sister Pippin having just had their hair done.

I renamed her ‘Mousey’ as I decided her original moniker of ‘Muffin’ was too gooey for her – that was after she had nipped out of the garden a few days after moving in, come back with an adult rabbit the size of a tomcat and killed it on the back doorstep. [Read more…]

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