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Old 5th Oct 2017, 06:13
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That's very sad, 4ma. Is your daughter going to have the vet find out what happened?

Local government elections have come round again and there are four candidates for the ward where I live. All four have pretty impressive CVs, some are experienced in local government, all four live locally, all are environmentally aware, one has serious political ambitions. This last one I'm disregarding because it seems to me he just wants to use a position on the council as a stepping stone rather than a serious wish to work for the community. I've narrowed things down to two candidates but some further investigation is called for I think.
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Old 5th Oct 2017, 06:18
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4mastacker

It hurts watching your kids hurt and all we can do is what we always do, be there for them.
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Old 5th Oct 2017, 06:39
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That's all very sad 4mastacker. Pets really do become so much part of
your life that when they go it is deeply distressing. One of the reasons we've
not had another pet after the last moggy died is it's just too painful.

We had a pretty rough night with lots of wind and rain here but the front
appears to have now passed by and the sky is clearing. Forecast is for quite
a sunny day but pretty strong winds.

Nothing planned and I'm going to attempt to have a day of idleness.
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Old 5th Oct 2017, 10:36
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Morning peeps,bright sunny and cold here,day of idleness here also.
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Old 5th Oct 2017, 10:47
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4ma - I'm sitting here in the kitchen enduring the aftermath of an eye-watering fart delivered by the moggy which is kipping three feet away.

Pets. They absolutely are part of the family. Sincere condolences to your daughter and her family.
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Old 5th Oct 2017, 12:14
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I've been setting up email accounts on Outlook (or similar) for 25 years or so - hardly rocket science and can do it in my sleep, UNTIL ...

Today ! A new user friendly 'create an account' interface on Outlook - 30 minutes and I still haven't been able to set up a POP3 account on my machine to collect emails to a recently (yesterday) terminated colleague.
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Old 5th Oct 2017, 13:24
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One of our chihuahuas, Pablo has been unwell on and off for some time. The vet did a load of tests on him yesterday and the ultra sound of his abdomen shows a 4 cm diameter "growth". It isn't attached to anything: liver, spleen and kidneys are all looking good. It's a bit of a mystery but the vet took a biopsy sample from it and sent it off for examination. We'll know the outcome in a few days.
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Old 5th Oct 2017, 17:03
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Keep hoping for the best, Blackie. Waiting for these results is always a worrying time ... fingers crossed for a happy outcome.
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Old 5th Oct 2017, 23:11
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Canis Lupus Familiaris

Dear 4mastacker (and daughter), Blacksheep (and Pablo), BlueDiamond, angels, WilliumMate, handsfree, and every one of us who love dogs:

How horrible your daughter must feel having found her faithful companion gone forever. There are not sufficient words of comfort; but there are hugs and silences and night skies and ocean waves and flowers' scents and childrens' laughter which somehow make such a great loss nearly tolerable. Almost...

I know because, at sixty-eight years of age, I have had the immense privilege of being a "pet human" nine times. Our last adopter was Ozzie Bear, whom we lost five months ago. Ozzie was beaten regularly for five years by his former owner. He was kept outside endlessly in western North Carolina, where the winter is brutally cold and the summer replete with brilliant lightning and cacophonous resounding thunder.

It took the better part of a year before the 'Potamus would let us pat him. Wait! What? How did 'Potamus work its way into this missal? Easy answer: Ozzie was not purebred; instead he was a Skipitapointapotador: 1/5 each kangaroo, Pit Bull Terrier, Pointer, hippopotamus, and Black Labrador! He had the finest features of each. His cold nose kept our hearts warm. He needed us, yet we needed him more.

In early June, Ozzie walked into our living room, collapsed, and vomited copiously. The light in his eyes was extinguished. Though he was able to stumble, He was gone. We euthanized him a day later, having prayed endlessly for a miraculous recovery.

So to German Shepherds, Pablos, and all the others who decided that we were worth coexistence, I say that we are the investment casting of the pure, innocent, and natural hearts of dogs. We are the wax, that when melted and sacrificed on the altar of those fine beings, tell us who we are.
They love us even more than we love them!

4mast - for your daughter, though I think she already knows:


RainbowBridge.com



Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.


They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.


You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.



Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...





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Old 5th Oct 2017, 23:24
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4mastacker, we had 5 GSDs in the period 1976-2003. All bar the first were rescue dogs. When it came time to give them that last, greatest and most difficult of gifts to give it didn't get any easier. However, we gave them all - Targa, Big Frank, Little Mick, Sam & Wolfie - a happy, care-free life and they were a constant joy. Now, aged 74, I am a bit too ancient (and with COPD) to be dog following which would not be fair to the animal so now that Mrs R has been gone these last three years I am left with our (sort of) faithful 13 year old green-eyed, pure white cat.
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Old 5th Oct 2017, 23:49
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Originally Posted by cavuman1 View Post


Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...



I am still unable to read about the Rainbow Bridge without losing control of my eyes.
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Old 6th Oct 2017, 06:31
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
I am still unable to read about the Rainbow Bridge without losing control of my eyes.
I'm another.

Dogs are Good.

Blessed memories.
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Old 6th Oct 2017, 06:41
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Good morning all.
Dawn is breaking into a beautiful, blue, cloudless sky against which the
trees in the garden are silhouetted a deep black. It looks cold and it is, 7C
feeling like 4C with the wind chill.

Yesterdays "idle" day didn't materialise. Lawns all cut and a patch of about
20 sq m cleared, top-soiled and reseeded. Possibly a couple of weeks late in
doing it but it should grow as it's very sheltered.

I have a pass out for this afternoon, so after a visit to the blood clinic I am
going to wander around Derby eating and drinking everything that is on the
verboten list.

And why not, it's FRIDAY
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Old 6th Oct 2017, 07:00
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Beautiful morning here also. Taking the smalley wagon to northern Belgium, 9 hrs rest and back again, always a good trip.

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Old 6th Oct 2017, 07:27
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I am still unable to read about the Rainbow Bridge without losing control of my eyes.
Ditto!
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Old 6th Oct 2017, 08:18
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Yesterday was a difficult day, not least because Theo was told that Storm had gone on a long sleep and wouldn't be waking up. Theo was as distraught as his mum and dad and cried solidly for over an hour - absolutely heartbreaking to see his reaction and hear his sobs. Even as a four and a bit year old, Theo had formed a strong bond with the Storm which in turn had developed a protective nature toward the lad. No 2 grandson is too young to understand what has happened but is old enough to recognise the tears of sadness.

cavuman, thank you for your post. Words of comfort indeed which I will pass on to junior daughter.
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Old 6th Oct 2017, 08:48
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Does FedEx tracking get any more accurate in this modern day of computational abilities?


at 0046 - "Delivery today by 2000".


(first non-business dealings with FedEx)
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Old 6th Oct 2017, 10:29
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They say you learn something every day. Today, courtesy of Devon & Cornwall Police I learned that transit vans have a lower speed limit on dual carriageways than cars. Whilst I completely accept that ignorance is no defence, it would have been nice of the van hire company to remind a very infrequent van driver of that fact when handing over the keys. Most annoying is that from the speed quoted I saw the mobile camera unit both times and slowed down to a speed that in a car wouldn't have merited attention. Ho hum - higher car insurance rate at the next renewal I guess. 😡
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Old 6th Oct 2017, 10:56
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Errr ! - and what is the difference in speed limits ?
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Old 6th Oct 2017, 11:02
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Errr ! - and what is the difference in speed limits ?
60mph in a van, 70 in a car
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