General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted

20 Comments

  1. High Flying Duck

     /  June 7, 2018

    Uplifting tweet of the day…

  2. Gezza

     /  June 7, 2018

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  June 7, 2018

    It’s bloody cold here, I can’t believe it. The waxeyes look very chirpy, as well they might. The fruit shop has huge mandarins, as big as oranges but flat, and the waxys are having a lovely time stuffing themselves with them.

    • Gezza

       /  June 7, 2018

      Couldn’t move for pukekos in the yard this morning. All four of them very polite & generally well-behaved though. Jojo seems to be going through a phase of wanting to pull things apart with her beak to see how they work, or what they taste like. Rubber mat, trellis, that sort of thing.

      No sign of Bluey for two days but when the bread chunk deserts get handed out some of the pooks walk off through the gate exiting stage right heading upstream. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if Bluey’s nest sitting again. Pookden Estate may be having something of a pookulation explosion 😐

      Hadn’t seen Brucie among the sparrow lunch time diners for a couple of days. Hetty said he was ok but she had no idea where he was. Shortly afterward he turned up at the kitchen window ledge, hale and hearty. His long curved upper beak is the result of a genetic defect I now realise, but it doesn’t seem to bother him or the girls.

      • Gezza

         /  June 7, 2018

        Still wet and cold here, but not so windy today.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 7, 2018

          The temp here was not very low when I looked, and it was quite warm in the sun.

          ‘Beaky’s’ beak is large and a bit curved, but it doesn’t seem to hinder him when it comes to eating, He’s the only one I have seen with a beak like that. It’s quite light in colour.

          I don’t know if Mutt and Jeff are keeping other mynahs away, but if they are it’s worth letting them have a free meal,

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  June 7, 2018

            Hello, PDT, nice to see that you’re as sweet as ever.

  4. Traveller

     /  June 7, 2018

    I’ve been seriously training my 6 month old JRT this last week. Both my parents were very good with dogs and I thought that, as I’ve not had problems before that it’d just happen when it happened. I hadn’t counted on this extremely bloody-minded little minx.

    It’s awesome what applied and consistent handling can do. It’s exhausting but it’ll be worth it. It’s also true that a hard to train dog will be the best dog if you get it right.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 7, 2018

      I was amazed (how unflattering) to realise that mine knows about 30 words; words that I know he knows. When we are having a W-A-L-K, if we come to a road I say ‘Stop !’ even if there’s no traffic…pause….’Walk up !’ And so on. He will go to bed on command and take his lion to bed on command. I won’t say what the command is, because he was a tiny puppy when I started to use the expression and it’s rather childish.

      Does yours know when a B word is coming ? Mine does, even before the b—- has been taken down from its hook. I have no idea how. In the b—–room my bouncy little terrier becomes a pathetic little scrap begging not to have this hideous torture. An Indian friend’s dog used to hide under the bed (Fluffy, who could shell his own peas) when the B word was mentioned.

      • Traveller

         /  June 8, 2018

        Bed has been a huge part of the routine training KC. Always overlaid with a reward ( VETS BEST liver treats only food reward she’s reliably responsive to). Current thing is when she’s commanded to do whatever, including bed which I set up in living area in day time, she cannot leave the commanded position until I give the word OK. I accompany that OK with a thrown treat and she’s at ease.

        KC, really looking forward to the walkies being transformed. I’m so thrilled so far that I already have her walking behind me on a loose lead. If she moves even one leg forward I turn my body and push into her space like a bully. So far just on the road outside after rain ( less distraction) but next the park.

        Your word? Beddie-Byes? 🤔

        • Gezza

           /  June 8, 2018

          “Bath”

          • Gezza

             /  June 8, 2018

            Lucy, my foxy, didn’t like baths either. She got the best of everything. Her own towel. I showered with her. The bathroom fan heater was always on. She was dried straight away (although I could never get to her fast enough to stop her shaking water all over everything first. She still didn’t like baths. Or swimming.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 8, 2018

              Did you ever not close the bathroom door ? Only done once.

              Mine has his own towels, too, and his own shampoo. Silk Baby 2 in 1 that doesn’t sting the eyes, leaves his fur and skin feeling soft and nice and costs a fraction of what dog shampoo does. He has a dog sized bath (a huge bowl whose real intended use is a mystery) and bath time should be a luxury. Ungrateful little hound.

              Having the bath (on a little stool in the big bath) means that the dog can be dried at once.

              I love having a heater in the bathroom, mine’s a small column one. And a fan in summer is great when it’s so humid that you’re sweating again as soon as you turn the water off.

            • My last JRT hated baths. The very whisper of the word would bring her to heel in terror.

            • Gezza

               /  June 8, 2018

              Did you ever not close the bathroom door ? Only done once.
              Yep. Once. Same.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 8, 2018

          Don’t tell anyone, it’s (whispers) beddy-nigh-nigh/s. One problem with using babytalk words to them when they’re puppies is that these stick. ‘Good puppy’ is his praise expression when he’s gone out for a ‘peewee’ at night in bad weather.

          He has the gall to walk to the door and back and expect a treat for doing this,

          He likes the Divine dog treats from the Warehouse, $10 a bag, and never tires of them. He’d rather have those than any other kind.

          He stopped of his own accord and looked both ways today. A man down the road saw a dog walking along who stopped, looked both ways and then crossed. I try to make him walk in front of me so that I can see what he’s up to. I.e. not pretending to think that duckweed is grass and stepping onto it,

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  June 7, 2018

    Do you spell words like W-A-L-K out ?

  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  June 7, 2018

    Three All Blacks in one family.