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Monday, 31 December 2012

Bracket’s New Year's Resolution!

Oh hi again Bracket here! A New Year’s resolution? That sounds like fun. Can I do one now? Can I, can I, please?! Right, OK, what should I try? How about slobbering less? Could do but that would be very difficult and I think Mum would miss it, she always shouts with delight when I give her a big kiss, especially first thing in the morning when she hasn’t seen me for ages! 

I love walks, what about going on more? With Mum obviously, that time I tried it on my own wasn’t so successful. A lady caught me and I ended up at the vets! Mum soon came to collect me - she said it was a good thing I had a chip - I like chips, especially the crunchy ones she doesn’t eat. Anyway, yes, walks, I love them but wish I could go off the lead more (that’s why it was so much fun when I went on my own!). Mum doesn’t let me much but I love to run. I know she gets a bit cross when I don’t come back straight away but it is so brilliant to run - it’s what we dogs are made for! I suppose I would go back if she made things more interesting, like playing games or having even more treats. Well I am very good at commands, but then again I don’t want her to know that – I just pretend my doggy brain needs to be reminded that way I get my beloved treats! So, more walks where I can run, yes, that would be it! Now, where’s Mum, I feel a good slobber coming on!

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Sheepdogs begin their seasonal duties

Two Norfolk sheepdogs have swapped their title for "turkey dogs" to begin their seasonal job at rounding up free-range turkeys.

9-year-old Flo and 6-year-old Meg round up the birds from the fields of the family-run farm.

Owner Steve Childerhouse said his dogs make the festive job much easier. “The collies have that instinct to round things up,” he said. “It is just in their nature, and they would never hurt anything.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Teddy and Bear's Big Day!

Well, what a day we had last week! Generally our days are taken up with eating, sleeping, playing, scratching wallpaper, playing some more, scratching furniture, eating and sleeping some more, taking washing off the clothes horse, and any other mischief we can get our paws on. But last Tuesday, it was a big day for us. Turns out we were old enough to be castrated. We weren’t really sure what to expect, but we needn’t have worried at all.

The biggest problem for us was that we weren’t allowed any breakfast that morning. No matter how loud we cried, and scratched Kerry’s legs, she didn’t give in. Apparently if we had eaten breakfast, there would have been a risk of us vomiting under the anaesthetic, which can be very dangerous. When we got to the surgery, we were put in a kennel together, so we could cuddle up together, and we had a nice warm comfy bed, and a blanket to hide under if we wanted to – although we spent most of the time at the front of the kennel seeing what was going on. That way we got more attention from the nurses! The nurses were all very kind, and did give us plenty of fuss and cuddles.

About 11am, one at a time, we were taken out of our kennels and given an injection of anaesthetic. One of us was very brave – Bear – but one of us did cry a little bit – Teddy – (but that got me an extra cuddle!). The next thing we knew, we were waking up in our warm comfy kennel. We didn’t feel any pain at all – Kerry said that was because of the pain relief we had been given. Kerry also told us that while we were under anaesthetic, we had a microchip implanted. This means that if we ever went missing, or got injured when we’re out and about, we could always be traced back to Kerry. The way it works is that if we were found and taken to any vets, or the RSPCA, or Cat’s Protection, they would scan us, find the chip number, and then be able to get in touch with Kerry through the national microchip database. Sounds like a very good idea to us!

When we got home, we were still a bit sleepy – but that didn’t stop us wanting food! Kerry only gave us a small amount to start with – which we weren’t impressed about, but she said she wanted to make sure we weren’t going to be sick. As we weren’t sick, later that evening, she gave us a bit more. The other thing we have been told, is that now we have been castrated, our metabolic rate will slow down – which basically means we need less food. That doesn’t sound like good news to us, but it’s better in the long run, as if we get fat, we will be at much more risk of many health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis.

Well that was our big day – off to find something else to chew or scratch now!