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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

So, what daft thing did you do for your dog this week?

Lurchers are often called "40mph couch potatoes" and it is true.  Millie has to sprint at least twice a day, and is generally happy to sleep/doze/lounge around in strange contorted positions the rest of the time.



But when Millie is running absolutely flat out she's uncatchable, and unstoppable.  Unless she forgets that we have come OUT the main house door and she cannot go IN via the kitchen patio doors and   πŸ’₯  *!*  CRASH *!* πŸ’₯.    Thank Crunchy this has only happened once: I saw the collision about to unfold but no way could I get to her in time to prevent it.  There are stories online of greyhounds going straight through patio doors and I can believe it, but I'm not worried about the glass - I am worried about our Darling Girl breaking her neck.  Over the past few years we have lost many wild birds to window strikes on these large panes of glass, but I am not sure I could survive something like this happening to Lady Millicent.


Enter the lovely world of campervan personalisation to the rescue!  For ages I have been looking at the vinyl designs at Hippy Motors and pondering whether to add some prettiness to Bill.  The jury is still out on whether our campervan gets some bling or I decide to remain a relatively anonymous white box, but I knew exactly what I could do with some clever stickers to protect Millie.


My study:






Dining/sewing room:




Kitchen:





When I placed the order there was a message on the Hippy Motors website that Angela and Matt were away, and would process orders as soon as they could.  This lovely couple must have sent out my stickers before their suitcases hit the floor because I had the package within a couple of days, and this kind note on the delivery slip.



The stickers are great - I've used vinyl cutouts before that were a Royal Pain to apply, but these went on really easily and come with instructions that made sense.

No affiliation, no kickback, yada yada ya.  Just a very happy customer who is now seriously considering what I can decorate the inside of Bill with.



Today's further Court Report on the Honourable Lady Millicent is that we went back to John Sedgwick yesterday afternoon and she is pronounced fully recovered from her ailments of the last three weeks.  Her ear mites have completely gone, the eyes have no sign of conjunctivitis and best of all the spaying scar is completely healed.  This photo is a couple of days old - the skin looks even better now.



To be honest, John admitted to being as relieved as I was.  He told me that when he saw our name on the afternoon list he was already thinking "what would be the best day for surgery" as he expected to have to go back in to clean up the spaying scar.  He examined the suture I'd kept under a magnifier, and confirmed it was a braided material, absorbable, and very similar to that which he would have used.  Together with the huge lump on her neck (now completely gone) which is thought to have been an injection reaction, notes have been made on Lady Millicent's record that she might well have a tendency to "be rather sensitive" to things which other dogs tolerate perfectly well.







24 comments:

  1. I'm glad Millie's ailments have now cleared up and the scar is nicely healed. I love the widow stickers, especially the red ones, and what a great idea to stop Millie crashing into the glass - I'm now waiting to see what sort of bling you put on Bill :)

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    1. That should be window not widow, but I'm sure you knew what I meant. It's been a long day :)

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    2. {chortle} I read it as wiNdow because that's what I expected to see. Most likely I will not 'bling' the outside of Bill - the painted van I saw at the harbour one day was lovely, but heck, everyone would know it was you . . . and I don't think I'd like that.

      The inside, however, whilst attractive and practical is very generic. When I can make my mind up about what I want, the cupboards are in line for some decoration.

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  2. what a clever solution to your worries about your sweet girl and the glass panes ... and such good news from the vet too- this week Olivia and I are 'puppysitting' my daughter's latest acquisition ... a 3-month-old Great Pyrenees puppy- goodness, what a bundle of energy- it's like caring for a kangaroo on steroids- she's heavy on charisma but still utterly clueless about 'household behavior'- Olivia feels she is being punished for something as her routine has gone completely to ruin while we do this- yes, I feel there will be retribution-
    the usual regards from Texas where the heat index is just too much to discuss-
    barb

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    1. Holy heck Barb, babysitting a 12 week Pyrenean Mountain Dog (that's what we call them)??? I am not surprised Olivia is plotting her revenge - I think I would be.

      I guess keeping such a thick-coated pup cool is a critical priority where you are right now?

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    2. yes, the issue of overheating is always on my mind while we watch this bundle of energy- the breed is certainly not 'native' to this area of high temps and humidity- her disposition is a delight though ... she seems to feel perpetual joy- my daughter is going to have a humongous house dog for sure!
      Olivia seems to be channeling your late Queen Victoria as I race madly after our temporary guest ... I think I hear vague echoes of "we are not amused"-

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    3. When our Bearded Collie had a full coat and it was very hot I would freeze giant "ice cube" in yoghurt pots, usually plain water but occasionally with a (dog safe) beef or chicken stock. The Boy would then lay out in the garden and lick, and lick, and lick, and lick - he seemed to thoroughly enjoy the canine popsicles! 😜

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  3. I love those window stickers - great idea! We have the same problem with birds hitting our kitchen window - I put bunting across it as a deterrent - but still get the odd fatalities. You have to think of everything don't you where animals are concerned! I won't even start with the precautions we take for our 2 rabbits - they have a large secure garden to explore but always make a bee line for the corner where they shouldn't be!! I'm sure Millie will easily see those stickers from now onwards.

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    1. Thanks Mrs. Not sure if they will work - Millie is fairly good at sharp turns and avoiding flower beds when charging around but if she suddenly gets it in her head to run indoors I'm not sure she would see the stickers and actually be able to stop in time . . . but I had to do something.

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  4. What a happy post! Blooming flowers! Healed sighthound! Loving the zoomy couch potato idea. A friend of mine had a rescued retired greyhound and she too would drape herself over the settee for most of the day, then would turn into a rocket and race around at breakneck speeds xxx the dog, not the friend, I hasten to add!!!

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    1. Thank you Kate. It's like she has a 'switch' and when we're in the garden I can see the moment it triggers and I know she's about to sprint flat-out and there is NOTHING you can do to stop her until the 'itch has been scratched'.

      Am a teeny bit concerned about the coming winter and what's going to happen to the inside of the house when she needs to run and it's too wet/cold to be outside . . .

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  5. Dear Jayne
    What a good solution to the patio doors issue. I am sure that Bill would bear some prettiness like that very well...
    Excellent news about the Hon Lady Millicent's recovery too. Hoorah!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Hoorah indeed Ellie πŸ˜„ I probably went overboard with the stickers - the dining room door is accessed via a balcony so Millie would have already slowed down, ditto my study which is reached via steps, but so what - they make me smile.

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  6. Loving the stickers! I've used Hippy Motors and can highly recommend 😊 So good to know Lady M is fully fit at last. Thanks for rescuing her 🐾 xx

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    1. Hi Pauline, did Hippy Motors provide all those stickers on your car?

      Lady Millicent is doing really well, and I reckon the 'rescue' is going two ways . . . my life is so much richer for having her with us. πŸ•πŸ’šπŸ•

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    2. Hi Jayne, a local chap sorted my car and pimped my ride! Hippy Motors did some paw print stickers for my old car 🐾 It's lovely to see you rescued each other xx

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  7. Great to hear that Miss M is back to full health, & that the patio doors are still intact. xx

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    1. I don't give a stuff about the patio doors. I would, however, have a big problem with Millie being injured through collision. πŸš‘ 🐾

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  8. Great idea for floor length windows. We've had cats who zoomed into them on odd occasions as well as small children. Glad to hear Lady M is well & your lovely vet is taking note of her sensativities. Take care & enjoy your afternoon appointment tomorrow.

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    1. Thank you Susan, we feel very fortunate to have a vet like John. His care of Daisy was exemplary, and I do hope he doesn't get to see too much of Millie in the future.

      Early start tomorrow - my appt. is 9.15 in Cockermouth, not the afternoon 😊

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  9. Love how those stickers look on your Windows.I sure hope Millie is able to benefit from it but if not they sure look pretty! I was reading your comments and liked the idea with the ice cube treats. Going to try them on my girl.I used to make her popsicles made from fruit and Greek yogurt. That was discontinued as it didn't help her weight! What's a girl to do!!!

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    1. Cheers Patty, I hope your girl enjoys her icy treats. xx
      You're right about the windows, I love them even if Millie doesn't.

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  10. What a fantastic solution! I hope they work and Millie does not come to any more harm running into the glass .

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    1. Thank you m'dear. Fingers crossed all round here . . . currently the only things coming to harm in the garden and various plants which are in Millie's way {{sigh}}

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