Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Is this news?

 
Dog drawing by Gwynneth Rixon


I’ve just spent nearly a hundred pounds at the supermarket.
How did that effin’ happen? 
I’ve also had an argument with a couple of entitled mothers who let their respective children invade Dorothy’s  body space 
I’ve had several such altercations in my time. 
I cannot abide parents who think it’s perfectly ok for their little darlings to approach a dog they don’t know without permission .
I missed coffee with Chic Eleanor which pissed me off
Dorothy also happily shredded two extra large kitchen rolls in the back of Bluebell  during the ten minutes it took me to collect some meds at the vets.
I had to pull what looked like a ton of white papier-mâché from her mouth and throat in the vets car park with the help of a man with a poorly and very shy dachshund which caused a minor drama in itself  
Three bits of excitement for the day.....


I bought a cheerful fruit bowl, an indoor primula and flowers... from Sainsbury’s ....it’s yellow interior pleased me. 

This afternoon , I made sweet pepper soup, and talked and swapped moans with Nu as she walked around some westLondon parks ......



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  1. Those parents would be the first to attack you if a dog ever retaliated a child's approach. I can hear them now.

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    1. I was rather Curt I must admit x

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    2. As you should be! Jim is right unfortunately. And Dorothy has the right not to be accosted.

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    3. A knowledgeable dog walker who does it professionally asked me kindly if she could come closer and give me a bit of help with my dogs one day when it was getting a bit chaotic.She said "those dogs are your family and you must not let anyone be as rude as to invade their space and if necessary stand between them and your dog to protect your dog from them"x

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  2. Yes the yellow interior ia masterly John. Parents are often stupid where dogs are concerned. If the dog had attacked them they would then have blamed you.

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    1. It glows.....and of course I adore yellow

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  3. Write a list of what you're going to eat for the week...make a list of what you will need to buy; only buy what's on the list. Boring, but it saves a lot of money. I was there with the £100 bill last year. Only £45 this week. Brave man to help you tackle Dorothy!

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    1. He was sweet he held her head as I scooped out her gin trap mouth

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  4. I was the mom who was very scared even passing a dog with my littles. Sadly there were a few too many dog attacks in my own childhood. One weird one which I will never forget was the dog of my mom's boyfriend's mother which had no dicipline("high strung") and bit me on the head while I sat on a chair on her porch wondering why I was there. It was my fault apparently for sitting there when the grownups went inside for whatever they went inside for. It bit me on my head...

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    1. The head and face and neck are targets for fighting dogs

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  5. Well, I hope the rest of your day goes more smoothly!

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  6. Loving the still life arrangment, it all looks very fresh and bonny.

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  7. Each day brings something in the way of surprises. My dog grabbed a note pad from my desk and he shred it. He and Dorothy are not puppies so what's with the paper chewing? I agree, parents do not always keep their kids from approaching dogs and it is the dog owners that end up managing the situation.

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  8. Sometimes it just doesn't pay to go outside. Glad it is snowing balls here.

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  9. I can relate all too well to the uncontrolled child scenario. My dog is deaf, so she's more fearful than most, especially in the dark. (She's also a pit-mix, so we have more responsibility to make sure she behaves.) I was walking her at night when approached by an 8ish year old child with a puppy on a leash. Mom was half a block behind. The boy kept coming at us with the puppy after being told repeatedly to stop. Finally (in my best "you shall not pass!" Gandalf voice) I yelled/snarled "I said you stop RIGHT NOW!" He finally did, giving me the old, "my puppy is friendly". I told him loud enough for the mom to hear, "What if my dog is not? You NEVER approach a strange dog without asking permission from the owner." Scared the life out of me.

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    1. Tara, those were exactly my words NEVER APPROACH A STRANGE DOG

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  10. Lots of news, John! Glad you bought yourself some new treats (altho I did have to Google "primula")!

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    1. I’ve done too much shopping

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    2. Plant it in your garden when it’s done blooming. It will come back. A house plant I can put in the garden is a bonus.

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  11. I've also run into quite a few dog owners who let their leashed dog jump up on my daughters telling them they are friendly and don't bite while my daughters are screaming in fright. I can't cure my daughters fear of dogs no matter how much I've tried.

    I grew up with a dog but I would never pet another's dog without permission.

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  12. I've had a boy deliberately racing right up to me on his bicycle today and startled me and my dogs-I just called out"No"-my dogs were on leads but not happy and one has a muzzle-the mother did call him away.Children look at my little teddy and presume he's friendly because he looks cute but he can't be trusted and I say"oh no he's naughty"(poor dog was signed over and was badly neglected previously and I don't know any more than that)My dogs shred newspapers and books and rip my socks and cotton scarves if I leave one nearby and run away with any item of clothing.Recently I mislaid my clip on faux fringe and lo and behold-in the dog bed.Tichy who is not small had it in his mouth again the other day x

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    1. I’m interested to see maves response x

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  13. I was bitten by a German Shepherd when I was about 5 years old. Me and my sister, brother and friends were playing on a little patch of grass near our houses, when the dog appeared. Everyone else stood still, except me. I ran over to my sister and that was enough for the dog to attack.I can remember a policeman coming to the house to find out what happened. Luckily for me it was only one bite on my arm. I was scared of dogs for years after that. xx

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    1. Many children are never taught how to act with animals especially dogs

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  14. It's all go in North Wales, clearly. Time for some quiet, sitting admiring the inside of a bowl (which does look nice).

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    1. Really? If you think I’m living in the fast lane you’re crackers lol xx

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  15. Oh, poor Dorothy. (And poor you!) What is it with animals and paper products?! Olga used to like to eat our mail when it came through the door! Fortunately she never discovered kitchen rolls. (Or loo rolls, though my cats used to love those.)

    It is surprising how readily some parents will let their kids approach a strange dog. They're often more timid around a staffy, though. You just need a fiercer-looking dog. :)

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    1. Dorothy looks fierce especially with her halter on

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  16. I've never encountered intrusive children w my dog, who is a very gentle, child loving Pug. Most parents are really careful here. My dog issues are huge dogs unleashed on the beach, running wild [love dogs but this scares me] and adults who want to pet my dog and don't properly social distance. Was Dorothy aggressive or afraid?

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    1. Neither lizzy , she’s getting her. Confidence ...shes cowers when approached but wags her tail

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  17. Barbara Anne4:59 pm

    Dang, who needs three upsetting episodes in one day? Hope you can reschedule with Chic Eleanor and get more paper towels (kept out of Dorothy's reach!) but there is no permanent solution to idiot parents letting their little angels approach strange dogs. Perhaps schools need to have programs to teach this to the kids?
    Love the cheery new bowl and the flowers for your soul! Those items will help the rest of your day be far better.

    Hugs!

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  18. The. Soup was mighty fine .. ate with soda. Bread

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  19. Interesting drawing. Is it one of yours for the wall?

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    1. It was sent to me by a reader, I thought it interesting

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    2. And it will be added to the wall xx

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    3. I love the flow. Yes, it will be good on the wall xx

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    4. I need a new art wall...I’m planning one in my new office , the desk arrives soon

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    5. Thankyou Rachel.
      It is quietly satisfying..and relief..when the lines flow

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  20. Love the drawing!
    And I cannot believe some people have more control of their pets than others of their children.

    XOXO

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    1. Sometimes I think it’s just a mistake but some parents think their children are so entitled

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  21. I hear you loud and clear on parents allowing their children to approach dogs without asking. I have a little white, fluffy dog that attracts these sorts of people. She is happy enough to be patted and cooed over, but my former dog (a little white, fluffy toy poodle) hated it and parents got really sniffy if I told them that they could not pat her. Even with this dog, I tell the children that they must always ask the owner first. That goes down like a lead balloon with some parents but I don't care.

    Love Dorothy's antics in the car - she is showing some spirit. Mind you, I'd not like to clean up the mess :)

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    1. I could have wept at the mess...poor Mary took herself into the driving seat to distance herself from the guilt x

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  22. Yes, this is news. And that fruit bowl is a prize!

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  23. I have no idea how as mostly the shopping is the same week in and week out but my shopping was £20 more this week. I bought some pepper for the grinder and some extra cake this week but I cant work out what else was so expensive

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    1. The prices at the supermarket are so inflated

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  24. Did someone get up on the wrong side of bed? You're usually so affable darling x

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    1. Not with children’s parents who Have not been supervising their sprogs

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  25. Lovely fruit bowl. Cheerful.

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  26. My darling thatch has tinkered with his diet and so today I purchased a different variety-luckily as I was almost skint I was able to use a voucher-When the assistant took my voucher she asked me for £14 less than I expected-I queried it but she insisted and as my head hurt I scarpered x

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  27. One brand of paper towels is called 'Bounty' over here. Someone's dog chewed up an 8 pack while they were at work, littered the entire house with little shreds of paper. His owner calls him 'Dog the bounty hunter'. Some days are more frustrating than others. Just now, I hung up the phone on a snippy customer service person. We were discussing the bill that had been paid to the wrong account. It was because they changed the account number on the bill. We did not know this was going to happen and paid it on the old account. Why the two accounts were not linked I do not know. But in the middle of straightening it out, Little Miss Snip told me that we certainly DID know how the system worked, I simply hung up. We didn't or else we would have paid the bill to the right account. Any further conversation was a waste of my time.

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    1. One of welsh terriers, William , ate a Tesco carrier bag which has been leaked with beef juicesItvcame out the other end like bunting

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  28. I love that fruit bowl! It's the yellow interior that really makes it pop!

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  29. The yellow if the bowl plus the purple of the primula... beautiful choices.
    There are so many people with dogs now...but so many have no idea how to behave with them. Sad for the dogs

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  30. Never a dull moment when dogs are around...

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  31. when i had my first two chows, who were less than friendly, my worst nightmare was anyone approaching them without asking. the two present ones are the opposite problem, they want to approach everyone they see before i can ask. i love the bowl especially with the pineapple in it. i think you need spring!

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  32. Love the bowl... and the primula.... my fave colour is orange. Kids are a pain in the behind where dogs are concerned.

    Jo in Auckland

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  33. We live with Lassie. I wish I'd a $ for every time someone has said Hey Lassie! to us. He's too friendly and I try to hold him back, but he's been swarmed by kids when we walked through a park (he loved it) on the other hand he was slapped on the snout by an elderly man as we passed on the street. I gave him more than a piece of my mind and told him I was tempted to follow him home and have him charged with animal cruelty! (the local police all know my boy, he's climbed in more than one squad car)

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  34. A little girl who lives on my street used to run up to Franklin and frighten him. She never has a parent with her. I think she's rather neglected. I took it upon myself to teach her. Now she comes up to him nicely, with my permission, and they are friends.

    Love,
    Janie

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  35. The bowl is a happy one. So is the dog.

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  36. Last week my shopping bill was €150, yesterday it was €120. 'The simple life' is becoming very expensive.

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  37. Little bit of life. Pretty little bowl, the pineapple will be nice in a few days.

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  38. Walking my dog on a tight leash is a must as he will want to start a fight with any one's dog , I saw 3 little dogs coming my way and called out to the owner to mind her dogs, she said they are friendly and I said that's the point mine is not. we love friendly dogs but ours is a rescue and has had a tough life
    it's stressful I try and stay away from busy places.
    Love you new bowl John.

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