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Old 26th May 2020, 19:57
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Location: Bedford, UK
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Probably just the thermostat but best left to others. Fitted one once, was disappointed by the accuracy of the things. Diagnosis was easy: the little red light wouldn't come on. That's the sort of technical insight years of higher education buys you.
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Old 27th May 2020, 11:46
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Up at 0400 with a sick dog. Pedro has a heart murmour and is getting on a bit now, so he coughs a lot and has three kinds of tablets twice a day. (He's a bit like me actually) Anyway, he collapsed during the night and was gasping for breath and inactivve, so I got up and took him outside where it's cooler and got him resuscitated. Off to see his favourite vet, Kobi, who confirms his underlying condition is not worse and we must keep him cool. Now my only problem is trying to do a day's work on just 4 hours of sleep.
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Old 27th May 2020, 12:47
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Join Date: Jan 2015
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Blackie, my sympathies for your sick dog, there are few things worse than a sick pet, I wish him well.
Still working at 72, have you considered retirement?
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Old 28th May 2020, 04:15
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Location: Great South East, tired and retired
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Jeez, Blackie, is this contagious? My little pooch (14 years old) has got tumours on his spleen, bladder, and a massive lump under his chin.

He almost departed 3 months ago but rallied and enjoyed life again. But now he is just a bag of bones, no strength, can't eat due to the lump, and has an appointment with the vet tomorrow for a nap. Long nap. It's gonna be hard for us. Amazing how attached you get to the little ones.
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Old 28th May 2020, 05:40
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Kindest thoughts to all carers for Dogs.
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Old 28th May 2020, 06:39
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Location: 57 North
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And cats.
Our old moggy went through a very intense and distressing spell of seizures, at worst 6 in a 24 hour period, and on two occasions we thought she had crawled off into a corner to see herself out. We were considering taking her to the vet for the final jab but reckoned the crating and journey would be too distressing for her and held off. Then, astonishingly, she rallied and for the last couple of weeks, and counting, she has been almost her old self, although clearly showing her age more.
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Old 28th May 2020, 11:22
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I'll be thinking of you tomorrow, Ascend Charlie. Been there, done that ... too many times. That decision, and what we go through emotionally, is the price we pay for all the years they gave to us. It is fitting that we give them the easy way out and that the last things they ever know are the sound of a loved voice and the touch of a familiar hand. It's the kindest decision and our last gift to them.
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Old 28th May 2020, 12:00
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Location: Too close to Croydon for comfort
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Damn... bit of grit in my eye...
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Old 28th May 2020, 12:11
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Yes, lots of dust here too. Pets are amazing. Other people's pets are amazing when they know you.
I am really missing seeing my mate's mad cat Maisie.
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Old 28th May 2020, 13:57
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You're welcome to come and visit the insane animal I brought home just over a year ago, reddo. Thirty five pages of cats and kittens to choose from and I chose this feller because he was described as a "sweet old boy." The only thing I can think of is that the foster-carer actually had two tabby cats at the time and forgot which one she was describing.

Since he came home he's thrown nothing but problems at me ... ear mites, campylobacter, a collapsed lung, skin allergy ... I've had several serious fangings from him, he doesn't like to snuggle or be picked up, meows constantly for more food (yes, the bowl is always full but obviously not to a level that conforms to HIS definition of full). He is a noisy, demanding, unpredictable, bad-tempered, evil-minded little sod of a cat ...

... but I love him to bits and wouldn't part with him for anything.
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Old 28th May 2020, 20:36
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I better start by stating that whilst I love cats I am trying my hardest to dissuade my wife from letting us be adopted by a cat.

There is a small black cat that wanderers around our village and no-one admits to being its owner. My wife saw it and put down those very
addictive cat treats.Now of course it comes around a lot more and sits on the outside mat looking in at my wife. She is weakening and I know
she wants to allow it to move in. However we are not supposed to have pets in our apartment, we worry about what would happen to a cat who
will outlive us, we don't want the worry about its health and finally we can't face the pain if it has to go to the Vet for "a very long sleep". I keep
pointing out that it looks looked after as it's not skinny and doesn't look scruffy. Our previous cats all loved those treats and always wanted more
every few minutes and loudly said that they hadn't had any for days, yeah rite. Another neighbour "thinks" that it lives in the road adjacent to our
village and I remind my wife how upset we would have been if someone tried to lure away one of our cats.
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Old 28th May 2020, 21:16
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The cat that scared the bejasus out of me a couple of pages back is a regular visitor. Initially wary, a scrap of chicken won her over and now she is a regular visitor. Likes her face rubbed for five or ten minutes, then a quick play fight, then she's off wherever else her perambulations take her.

Unfortunately asthma, hay fever and allergic reaction to prolonged exposure to some cats means having one as a pet is impossible...
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Old 29th May 2020, 01:15
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Cats are well known to visit other people, especially if there is something in it for them! They do the whole help-me-I'm-starving bit which, despite the evidence of your own eyes, you're likely to believe. You have many good reasons for not allowing the little black cat to adopt you, Nervous, it's obviously in good shape so just enjoy the visits but don't allow it in. Once it's been given free access to your house, it's game over!

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Old 29th May 2020, 03:08
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Ascend Charlie. Sad, been there, done that, best regards..

Most of our cats have "chosen us" rather then the other way around ! Presently catless, unfortunately, transit situation wouldn't be fair to a cat at the moment.
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Old 31st May 2020, 09:18
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Our cats were born on a farm.
All given the dignified departure.
Photographs can hurt.
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Old 31st May 2020, 19:59
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Our last cat made a habit of making social visits to all the nearby houses. He also teamed up with the cat who lived in the house behind ours and paid regular visits to an old peoples' home about 200 yards away where, I am led to believe, they were both fussed over and (probably) fed titbits. Not that you could tell, as he weighed in at about 14 lbs and didn't seem to gain or lose weight so they probably did much more good than bad. He had a habit of sitting in the road watching for mice, etc, in the grass verge and several times I had to go out and retrieve him so that the bus could get past. He ran up a tree once but realised that this was a bad idea so tried to run down again. Half-way down it dawned on him that this was an even worse idea so did a quick 180 and slid backwards the rest of the way. From then on he stayed strictly at ground level.

I miss old Henry.

GG
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Old 1st Jun 2020, 01:23
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"That cat was sitting on the outside mat looking at me" said my wife. She then went on to "suggest"
giving it a little bit to eat as it's now the first day of Winter. I managed to argue against this and so
far it appears to be working but I fear this is turning into a marathon not a sprint..
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Old 1st Jun 2020, 12:12
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Still working at 72, have you considered retirement?
No.

I have a strong disinclination to give up the lifestyle my salary allows, while at the same time I still enjoy messing about with aeroplanes. A couple of years ago the job sent me back out East to Singapore for a couple of months living in luxury (and working hard) and there's always the chance it might happen again. Avionics is in an interesting era at the moment, with all sorts of new stuff coming along and juicy STCs to get involved in - like drafting the paperwork for installing global hi-speed broadband on a B757. Then recently getting ADS-B Out upgraded to DO-260B on the cheap for the same customer. My other favourite customer is just about to embark on converting their B767 legacy EFIS to the in-vogue big flat screens. Maybe I can persuade them to stick in Head-up displays at the same time? I'm an avionics junky at heart.

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Old 1st Jun 2020, 15:26
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Good for you Blackie, if one enjoys their work, it doesn't feel like work.
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Old 1st Jun 2020, 16:52
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^ I noticed today that my car has done 140kms since it was last filled with petrol in mid-March.
or as a friend of mine put it "my car seems to be doing about 8 weeks to the gallon"
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