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Alba has 2 New Friends…..

Sadly one Old Friend Lost to the Bridge……

A couple of years ago  a friend asked me if I would like one of her lambs…Looking at him it was fairly obvious that he was not quite right. He was  5 months of age yet  about the size they normally are at 4-5 weeks….Or the Size Albs was at that age anyway.

His head had a slight angle on the way he carried it to so its likely there is some neurological problem…

Thinking he may not be here too long I got him and bought him home. Thankfully he was already neutered…

His name was already Lambie so he kept that though I did think about changing it a few time…

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He really is terribly stunted and at that time so very than you could pick him up one-handed and his weight was no more than an average cat.

Lovely Ethel agreed to look after him a bit….She was such a lovely girl but sadly she her self is the old friend now at the Bridge …. I do miss her but she has only recently crossed to it.

He has picked up a lot in the past 2 years (it was 2 years in November)  He remains small but he has got decent weight on and he is very happy even if it’s not necessarily going to be a long life.

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Then in March 2015  I was asked if I would take on a blind sheep….He had been born 5 weeks earlier without any eyes….We made a small enclosure next to the sheep shed  and bought his Mum and him here. He was called Bertie so we called his Mum Gertie.

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Gertie  sadly went to the Bridge in September but she was loved for the last 18 months of her life. She became really tame as well. I was worried about her loss in respect of Berts  as by then they were all interrogated into the  family and with the other 5…Ethel took him under her wing and all was well thankfully.

Berts has grown well and does cope really well.

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It’s not easy to sheer him or do his feet but except for those times he is really sweet and very friendly.

Lovely Ethel only made it to 13 BUT her sister Esmerelda is still doing well 🙂

Like Bre she left a big hole and poor Bertie  had lost another who looked after him…..He is only slightly younger than Lambie so the are  friends now but he has no mother now as Ethie did stand in mum duties and none of the others are so kind….

Berts did think Albie would look after him but her motto has always been look out for number one lol…..

Alba still does her face pulling….I sometimes wonder if she knew I took this just before she got a hair cut lol…

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She should have known as I had made a start on her lol…. It was hard to do them for certain this year. A lot of pain meds, some spinal injections and still only one a day till they were all done

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I think Albs is regerstring her shock I did her lol She still does the most amazing faces …

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I was horrified that it took me a week this time…The bones just don’t lke shearing sheep…

I love the bond thy and are still have though

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Lovely Esmerelda taken just before Christmas and she WILL make it to 14!!!

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Time….Where does it actually go??

May Be I Just Getting Old lol….

The truth really is that since Pups was stolen  all available time has gone on her search….3 years on and we are failing to get anything on her at all.  I know (or I feel strongly) that all I personally do is let Pups down yet I think the others in this ‘We’ don’t let her down….Its all a huge junked up mess in my head and its caused so much stress that flares via the psa have been  far too common.

They asked me about the mtx ….I find it makes me so sick and always have from the start of 10mg tablets through to the 25ml injections.  4 anti emetics by the end and still throwing up or feeling dead…..

I don’t miss that at all.

The flares  have stayed the same. The increase since Pups was stolen is hardly surprising..All of us  connected to her are having issues with stress, upset etc 24/7…..

In my case the psa have gone after the neck, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders and the feet….Lol I sitting here thinking yep and the oa the back, also in the neck,  hips, base of skull and knees so  whats left to get trashed BUT I still  have  not been as much as my nightmares at the start of this all those years ago  had in them.

I walked like  drunken gorilla so long now I hate that bit and always have especially since I began the lurching wobbling side …. Its never felt fair that  I don’t drink yet my body behaves as if I am drunk….

There are big changes here… The Lodgers are no longer  here…. There are still 2 of them living with us for ever as I got them  them both off the owner….I also got 2 others off him,  they included Primmy and Blossom and they went to a lovely Rescue who have now  got them in to good solid caring new homes 🙂

Alba is still very much here along with 4 others and the old geriatric mare is still here as well…..Thats the short version but promise to up date on each of that lot as well.

This place went under water 3x the last week…..The weather has been so bad. Its brighter to day so with luck some of the mud will go sticky rather than the  lakes its now being… I hate winter 😉

Where ever you are though PLEASE  keep an eye out for Pups. We have no idea where she is or even if she is still alive….

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I wish so much we knew where she was……

Time to Stop Dog Theft

COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

BY CHARLES GUTHRIE

Right now in the British Countryside, as well as elsewhere in the British Isles, human beings are dying from broken hearts because of the loss of their dogs to dog thieves.

This is not a joke.

People are actually dying. They are getting sick. Some poor souls go so far as to commit suicide because they feel such overwhelming guilt for the loss of their stolen dogs. Others, especially elderly victims, suffer from complications as a consequence of depression and severe stress brought on by dog theft.

This should not be happening.

As I know from personal experience, it’s horrible not knowing what’s happened to your dog. Winston was one of the family and he gets missed a hell of a lot. He was stolen from our garden. We even have the CCTV, which, albeit on video, was when we all last saw him alive. We can see the…

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Some Old, Some New……..

……Its been too long…..
My nightmare began when Sequel’s sister got stolen on the 16th November last year as you all know. Its been a very hard time and still she is in the ether….
Will come back to that though…..
You remember I was given beautiful Flower? She was meant to have another foal as part of the deal….but…..2 years running she isn’t in foal 🙂 She has had 5 and will be 11 in the spring so I am hoping she wont have to now.
I did think about breaking her in ….Got a saddle and bridle that would fit her but don’t have too much strength in my body now a days lol Pup’s theft has trashed me so much…..

I have Farley the 26 year old T/B cross now for the rest of her life…..I did managed to get the 4 ponies into rescue (oh one was so bad he really did need a rescue so fast) Their ex owner is non too well mentally and sadly she wont let Farley go to rescue so she is now permanently here. Got her some decent rugs and getting a lot of feed into her and quietly worrying about how much feed she will need over winter…..

Got 6 sheep but heartbreakingly one isn’t my beautiful Bre….I lost her to a heart problem back in August….She was special in a real way but is now with Wish again. She did seem to miss Wish so much….

She went without lingering, indeed a few months before she left us I lost her ….Hunted high and low and eventually found her in a gully …between a 7=8 foot high bank and a really well made fence actually chatting up a young 6 month old ram lol.

She was a beautiful girl and will keep her for my profile still….

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Some will always be that bit more special.

Ementrude is actually….Her and Ethel her sister (and the 2 little ones Esmarelda and Evlyn) are all doing so well lol. The two bigger ones must be 9 years now. The two little ones are 4 I think….and Alba…she is a giant and my big baby lol.

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All growed up now but still a horror lol.

Seeks Pup’s sister is a spoilt brat who might benefit from going to boot camp with Albi lol. She is so like her sister so we use her for the posters as Pup won’t look like this any more…..

Pup At the same age Seeks was so like her too……So must still be really. We haven’t seen Pup since one day off 5 months old…..

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She is still small but for once she can be her self…so …her is the mental not missing Sequel lol

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The bones have got quite bad I guess. The OA is starting to really impact and due I think to the stress of Pup being stolen the PA will not give me any rest but thankfully the drug trial worked so well that I am still on the Tapentadol They and the Pregabs do help so much and I am a still good for 20-30 mins before I have to sit….I mean have to as well or I just flake out.

Looking for Pup has meant we got a foster dog and two pigs lol….. The pigs are huge but quite sweet …the dog…oh he is hell!! Have made some progress with him but he is still a handful and then some ……

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The pigs were nearly sent to market and they had been raised as pet pigs so it would have been so hard for them…..They came here instead lolo They will never be eaten!! They did get out…..

Minnie wanted to scare the horses ….Flower decided she would stop and say hello so Minnie decided to run lol….

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They really are nice….but huge!!

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I have become obsessed with checking the lost and found sites so its been so nice to just spend a bit of time doing this./…I promise I will keep it up dated again and will just leave you all some more of these x

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Food delivered by trailer…..

well…. nearly ……… lol

Had this ‘really good’ idea yesterday… would get a big bale as it works out a lot cheaper.  The horses were still here and a small bale wouldn’t last a night so….

Hitched up the trailer, which sounds easy but its hell! Big its not but its twin wheel and so heavy to lift up to get t on the tow bar.  The advantage of that is it doesn’t tip no matter how much weight you put in the back end lol maybe that’s why its was made like that.

Both my trailers are home made but both, what ever their faults, tow lovely…. So off we go, late by now of course but I turned up the field straight and it began to slide a bit…. Its an automatic so not as good on mud as a manual… we had to go back down and come up at a better angle and still it slipped…. but not enough to go sideways lol.

Sideways you loose and the number of times I have done just that…. I used to have this big 4 x 4…. LWB and was almost as good as a Landy but she wasn’t a tractor and did a massive slide right down the front fields slope and into the worst wettest bit…. The tractor got stuck trying to pull her out it was that bad but once he didn’t have the weight of the car he got out and we then used a very, very long rope lol.

The farmer got the bale, he only got haylidge, and as he loaded it on to the trailer 2 things became obvious…. A) the trailer is just not wide enough and B) the bales so heavy it was going to break it… so back to small bales till I can find someone to bring one right in as most will only drop it at the gate.  That gets muddy enough without them eating there…..

Had the jabs today and they so have helped the neck. The botox makes that muscle stop spasaming…. its the only thing that does now a days. When it locks up like that it really hurts and effects the left arm even more… it sort of effects that all the time anyway but when its locked it 5x worse.

She has upped the new tabs, hardly new any more but they are so effective and luckily the only side effects I have had has been a slight hangover feeling for a few mornings…. oh and sleeping 23 hours the first night 8-/  When I think how ill I used to be with the oxy’s and these are better pain relief and so clearly suit me 🙂

Its all a bit sore though just now …. and actually quite yellow having been plastered in iodine lol.

She hopes to avoid the bi-lats that way as I have had so many but she said she will not restrict me so much to numbers as to how many years…. I had the first lot in 1986 but those notes are long lost 😉

I shall leave you with more of the reprobates but just quickly before I forget…. the Pup has both a blog of her own so I don;t bang on about it here (Diary of a stolen springer pup on the blog roll at the side) and her own facebook page…. I have only joined for the pup though I can’t modernise that much 😉  Hey have even now got a laminater for her posters lol

Her page is

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Find-Our-Springer-Pup-Please/520885531344185

Over to these as the jabs do sting a ‘bit’ lol

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Oy Where Is Our Dinner!!!!

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Hey same chair same pup… she is really growing and look how much black flecks she is getting…. I wonder if her sister has the same now?

I know wrong blog 😉 Please publicise the Pup’s page as well as her anywhere you can though.

Right the pain in the lumber (I wont tell you why, suffice to say Alb’s doesn’t like her feet doing 😉   ) has eased enough to lie down so you all take care x

From Normal To A ……

Old crone overnight lol

Something happened yet again this morning… Woke up in the normal pain and grumbling from the lumber …. went into the kitchen and out the kettle on then without reason or revenge the lumber gave out and I was on the floor……

Many things in this place are dodgy but the floor first thing…. before any clearing up…. can’t say I would recommend it….. lol.

Made it to the armchair and pulled my self up but oh it so hurt I just sat and cried… now that is not the way to fight arthritis….. that’s letting it win and besides i had dogs to get out, horses to let out and chicken to let out… though tell me this…

I have a few hens, I count them odd so there are 5 greys, 5 blacks, 3 speckled and then 2 buff coloured and one black and white one…. so tell me how come I am buying eggs…….

They are all having a huge moult just now but they doing it all together …. lol blame the weather 😉  The 3 young ones will soon be point of lay and with luck I might get a few roadies soon as well ands they should lay well too… note the word should 😉

Anyway back to the armchair and the useless pile of pain sat in it…

I was next to the phone and could  called have called for help but I was only wearing slippers and a t-shirt and nobody deserves that lol.  Bit like when I got in the bath and couldn’t get out… 3/4 of and hour that took lol. …… but who you going to call in that state of undress ……

I know I said this a lot but I truly do hate this arthritis stuff! It and I have battled for control of my body for so long and its sort of starting to win… but it wont 🙂

Back to this poor pup…. sorry

Well since starting this draft I have become a pup obsessed  moron…. That pup could so easily have been this little horror quietly pushing me out the armchair….

I choose Seeks instead of her sister that’s been stolen and well I keep thinking it could have been Seeks had I chosen the other little one it would have been. That is a good reason to really be looking for that pup.

I know her Mum and dad want her back and are both shocked and stunned and like me they are feeling it more each day. It will be 3 weeks on Saturday and well she has just disappeared and all that needs to happen is her ‘wonderful’ new owner takes her to a vet….. the chip will flag up …. but her new owner hasn’t bothered to as yet!

That’s when you worry. She isn’t with a responsible person where ever she is.

I don’t do face book…. its beyond me but she on there here

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on my young-un’s facebook page and please anyone on facebook could you plaster here all over it… let them feel some heat!! She needs to get hot and its beyond me to do that side it really is.

She was picked up here ( the petition…. its a good idea and actually it surprised me it wasn’t already mandatory …. The UK dog laws etc are a mess and not for the first time Deffra need to take a look and make it harder to deal in stolen dogs!

http://www.vetsgetscanning.co.uk/help-us-to-spread-the-word/

You know I have had a bit of a shock one way and another…..a whole murky side of selling and easy market for stolen dogs….

Where the hell do they think the cheap wanted  dog comes from?!! I mean is that what they mean by stolen to order? Then you have the awful side of pups being used as fighting dog bait (though they tend to go for specific breeds of pups….Poor mites don’t have a chance! )

What a world eh? The UK is supposed to be a nation of dog lovers and yet under it all there is an ileitis trade in stolen dogs….. Add in the breed machine dogs who only know cages and puppies…

I really think that the representation of dog lovers does still hold but its under threat by this horrible trade in stolen dogs.  There does seem to be a lot going missing from their gardens and cars….. Especially near here so have become a bit paranoid I think 😉

Oh and don’t even start me on cat lovers….. I disrepair at some people but will have 2 unspayed cats, one just had kittens and the other probably will…. lol the soap box is getting taller 😉

Well taller it might be but speyed they will be! Long as I get them that is…..

Anyway back to the pup…

Have put up posters, have done leaflets, talked to dog owners asking them to keep an eye out. Have emailed all Cornwall’s vets (a lot have said to add her to their wall and have printed out her poster for their waiting rooms) Have done up-country vets on the off chance she was sold via one of these ‘wanted cheap dog and I don;t care if its been stolen’ adds… that’s really got to me I have to say…. and I hide it so well lol.

Contacted dog wardens and am now working my way through up-country ones as well as local…. I don;t know what else to do and please any ideas just say.

She has been on twitter via Dogslost (who are so good at helping) and everyone I know who uses it… facebook I think the same but we need to make her hotter…. I have no idea how to?

You read about making them ‘Too Hot to Handle’ but I just don;t know how to do it….. I know we have to but how beyond what we have done?

I almost joined face book…. If she had her own page …. would it help though? Could do a second blog on WP as I understand that but would it help get her out there and hot… really hot so they dump her and she can be picked up and scanned and we get her back?

Actually that’s an idea eh?  This blog is about us here but the pup has become so important and I feel so worried and its in the back of my mind all the time… Imagine how bad her Mum and Dad feel?!

I look at Seeks and I think what would she have done had it been her, how would it have effected her and round the circle we go….

See we do need to find her lol.

Right soap box away and I have the jabs in the spine and neck again Monday… its the 9th I think lol.  The big ones had to wait as I had quite a cough and do that at the wrong time it will hurt at least lol.  They are not pleasant to have but boy do they help especially with the endless spasaming that ‘probably’ isn’t helped by being so worried 😉

Seeks is growing up, the puppy has morphed into an adolescent that has more strength to push me out the chair lol.  She is now house-trained (that was easy you know she wanted to be… side glance at River and Imbie who both have separation problems …. Those 2 …. well they are def work in progress .. and in so many ways lol.

Imbie has good recall mind…. side glance at Haz…

Haz goes deaf…. he just disappears over a bank and seems to think if he comes back in behind me and comes from that way i will think he has been here all the time….. he really does believe us humans are thick lol.

He will be 8 in March and that means we have been lumbered with each other 7  years…. lol he is magic but can be so naughty…. He was hand raised (his mum died giving birth) and then he was not given enough boundaries….. well you can imaging how hard he was at 9 moths old when he and I became lumbered… lol it took me 18 months to love him he was so bad…. Chewed like a giant termite as well. He would drag the armchair into the middle of the room and then shark round it ripping out mouth fulls as he passed.

He ate every car seat out the car except the drivers one….

Now all he does is trash the chair covers indoors and a duvet in the car so a huge improvement eh 🙂

He has a bit of a clown in there as well 😉

Right i will think about the pup having her own blog….. it might take a long time to get her back but we will!!! We simply just have to and please keep her plastered everywhere you can think to put her.

Stay warm and take care x