Today is Friday, 5th March

It is what I would call a half and half day, cloudy with the sun playing dodgems through a grey sky and pretty warm………… or at least it is indoors! There is a wind as it’s ruffling the hedge opposite. There was a huge magpie pecking away at something in it earlier, so I hope it wasn’t a nest. It flew away with an empty beak anyway.

It’s sixteen years ago today we lost Barney. I learned yesterday of another doggy passing in October, this time a black GSD. That’s over 20 dogs in the past 18 months, but even though they were all elderly, they still leave a huge hole.

You have all probably already guessed that we are thinking of getting another dog. We won’t be rushing into anything though, especially as there are restrictions to visiting and viewing. The local animal rescue sanctuary have no dogs available at all according to their website, and breeders are asking the earth. We firmly believe in seeing pups with Mum, and the dog choosing us, as both Barney and Maggie did.

Tip run today. The car is loaded, we have our booking form and proof of address and ID. Our last trip was well organised, so hopefully nothing has changed there.
From there we’ll nip into the bank, and then do a little more shopping for bits we can only get in one outlet at the moment.
Day two of our stew today, and there might even be sufficient for a third day this time.
The pulses have packed it out so it’s more filling and we need less in the bowl!
Hubby got on the scales this morning and has put on another pound, so he is right where we want him to be. His INR was in range yesterday, but our nurse is giving him another test next week to keep an eye on things. Hopefully we have turned a corner there.
For me, I’ve lost a bit too, so hoping for a loss to report on Sunday. The flapjacks have definitely gone, and I am applying myself very strictly at the moment trying to get the cholesterol reducing foods into my diet on a regular basis.
I had a shy banana on my cereal this morning…….. it didn’t want to come out of its skin which was a sure sign it wasn’t ripe or ready, and it tasted funny, so I threw it in the bin and had grapes instead.

Hope your day has started off on a good and happy note.
Take care everyone and keep safe.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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36 Responses to Today is Friday, 5th March

  1. Loving your beautiful wall of dogs there. I don’t go for puppies, most people breed them irresponsibly and breeding needs to be made illegal accept properly registered ones to keep breeds alive. For me if I get more dogs it’ll be from shelters to rehabilitate and give them good lives.

    That banana was definitely under ripe by the sounds of it. Yuck!

    • Kizzy was 5 when I got her, but we had Barney and Maggie from 7 week old pups. Hubby would prefer a pup as he can train it the way he would like the dog to respond, rather than a dog that already has ingrained habits. But saying that, it depends on the dog and circumstances. Either way, the dog will choose us. In no hurry though.

      • I totally understand the training bit. It can be tough to train a dog who hasn’t had any or only bad training beforehand.

      • I love them all, but a dog walking friend has a springer that is terrible on the lead and has pulled her over on several occasions. This was from a rescue, and she’s tried everything. Off lead, the dog is fine and responsive, but put the lead on, and it pulls all the time. It’s 6 years old or so now, so unlikely she’ll get any better. Hubby trained Maggie off lead and could stop her on a sixpence simply by saying ‘NO!!’ I did the lead work, and was a bit late starting, but we came to ‘an understanding’ and she was very good for us. Off lead she never went far and hated it if we separated. She was great and there wont be another like her.
        Barney on the other hand was dreadful on the lead until we got a ‘haltie’ to go over his nose. Not a muzzle though. It was brilliant and he walked lovely for us. My Mum would take him for walks too and he would trot beside her. Let him off though, and you were left way behind as there was more exciting things to do and smell than be with Humans!!

      • Ouch! Lead training is the hardest bit to teach especially for bouncy spaniels. I found a cheap slip lead is always the best. A simple stop command with a jerk on the lead when the dog gets ahead. Then praise when the dog is at heel. The rest is just remaining cool and calm.

        Dogs do love to get ahead and explore and sniff everything though so it is tough.

      • I use a long lead and two hands for training. The dog has a normal collar and clip on lead, then I hold the lead half way up, the rest is across my body and the other end enforced by my opposite hand. It’s worked for me in the past. Much is trial and error though and when you find something that works, you tend to stick with it. We always encouraged Maggie’s curiosity, but in a controlled way to keep her safe.

      • The long lead is amazingly effective with a good whistle for recall training isn’t it.

        For me clipping the lead on collar doesn’t give me enough control. A slip lead pulls slightly tight when you give a corrective tug and that’s really effective.

        I hold in my end in one hand loose and leaving a short ‘J’ shape to the dog so there’s no pressure unless dog pulls and then gets corrected before going slack again.

        The worst lead is those blasted extendible leads. Absolute nightmare! with the metal line to burn your hands and dog going wherever it likes lol

      • The extendibles are good if used sensibly and not to just let the dog ‘go’.

      • I disagree. They give all control to the dog as you cant hold or tugged the lead in anyway. The wreck cars, cause accidents and get dogs killed too.

      • Fair comment. We had one for Maggie, but when we were on the roads, in the park, or near people, it was always kept short.

      • That’s not so bad that way. I think they really are suitable only for well trained dogs.

      • Maggie was that, bless her.

      • From what i read about her, Maggie was a true sweetheart.

      • She was beautiful, even though she’d drive us nuts sometimes, she was never a ‘bad’ dog, in fact, one of the best. She was special in her own way, and we miss her terribly.

      • Aww, I’m so sorry you lost her, I belive her spirit is still with you when you go for a walk. Lucy dog can be very guarding of me that gets annoying. My mum cant even give me a kiss good night some days lol.

      • She was a good age, but I haven’t been coping very well with her loss. It’s been almost four months now.

      • That’s still early so the emotions are very raw. I’m sending you hugs.
        You should sit with Maggies picture and tell her everything you;e thinking about her. That will really help.

      • Thank you. I speak to her every day Mason. I have a picture of her as a pup on my desktop, and she is my gravatar picture. We have a PIR in the bedroom that seems to come on for no reason at all and we say Hi Maggie, lie down sweetheart, and then it goes off. She’s with us on our walks, in the house, everywhere. Never far away bless her.

      • Aww, that’s so sweet. She’s definitely still there with you. I love that.

  2. Di, I rely on context clues to make out some terms I am unfamiliar with. Would you mind telling me what this means? The car is loaded, we have our booking form and proof of address and ID. Do you need ID to travel? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Lauren. No problem………. the car being ‘loaded’ meant we had put all the stuff to be dumped in the boot yesterday so that we didn’t have to do it today. Tip runs now require us to book a slot in advance as the tip is only open 4 days a week, and certain things are only permitted on certain days. Our booking form confirms our day, time, and car registration which we have to produce on arrival, together with a means of ID and confirmation of our address. We don’t need ID to travel as a rule, but the council are ensuring that local people are using the facilities and not someone out of town who shouldn’t be traveling in the first place.

  3. My goodness you do pack (lol) a LOT into your day! Now I have a question that isn’t related to anything in particular, but do you know if Fibbin Friday is going forth? I haven’t seen a post…?

  4. willowdot21 says:

    I had a very quiet day today. Still struggling to keep up with the blog this week , glad you too are doing so well 💜

  5. murisopsis says:

    The pandemic has made it very difficult to find puppies. We are not actively looking but a friend was looking to find a good home for her dog but at the last minute her daughter took the dog… My husband was rather disappointed. When the right dog comes along we’ll know. Until then we are “empty nesters”!

  6. Carol anne says:

    Grapes on cerial, now, that is a new one on me! I will try it though. I love grapes and always have them in my fridge!
    I am glad hubbys INR was in range!
    Yay! Hope you do get another dog! xo

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