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  1. Christmas Cake Recipe

    Ingredients:

    * 2 cups flour

    * 1 stick butter

    * 1 cup of water

    * 1 tsp baking soda

    * 1 cup of sugar

    * 1 tsp salt

    * 1 cup of brown sugar

    * Lemon juice

    * 4 large eggs

    * Nuts

    * 1 bottle wine

    * 2 cups of dried fruit

    Sample

    the wine to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the wine again. To

    be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.

    Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large

    fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it's

    best to make sure the wine is still OK. Try another cup... Just in

    case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 eggs and add to the bowl and

    chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

    Pick

    the frigging fruit up off floor. Mix on the turner.. If the fried druit

    gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it loose with a drewscriver.

    Sample the wine to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt.

    Or something. Check the wine. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your

    nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or some fink. Whatever you

    can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to

    fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl

    through the window. Finish the wine and wipe counter with the cat.

    Bingle Jells!

    "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated " - Mahatma Gandhi
  2. She's got a lovely kind face - she would certainly be an asset to a lively family and do a grand job of keeping the critters out of barns etc., whilst having fun!  They really are cracking little dogs but certainly not compatible with cats and small pet animals like rabbits etc....... that is true!  Someone will want her for sure, hang in there!

  3. I wish more people would post such a complete and honest description of pets that need rehoming - well done. She sounds like a little gem in many ways and I am sure would probably be ok with older children who wouldn't perhaps fuss with her too much on her level (her toys and food in particular) as they could be made to understand not to for her sake - also older children would most probably love to throw a ball for her etc.  So a family home need not be ruled out just because she has snapped at toddlers to warn them off her food and in any case she is a youngster also and will more than likely grow away from that in the right environment.  I had one like her years ago and they are just marvellous companion dogs and so easy to manage when they behave well like she does clearly.  I do hope you find her a nice home and it sounds like you are going to be very selective which is so good - then again I'm sure you will find it a wrench parting with her also.  Best wishes - some pictures of her is all that's missing as other have said.

  4. Just to round this one up - Henry has found a lovely home and has settled really well - one happy ending anyway!

  5. alleycat

    barking

    It's more than likely stress related as it's too much of a coincidence that it has only started since his episode in the hedge.  I asked a friend of mine who is a vet and she said the same.  Whatever you do don't shout at him as he's probably trying to get your attention out of need for security - getting you up for a walk round the garden etc.  Move his bed closer to you for the night and try giving him some Bach's Flower Rescue Remedy half an hour before bed to soothe him before he starts to get anxious (even though he may not seem to be visibly worried) - it's harmless and safe to give on a long term basis.  Patience and do what we all did when the kids had us up all night, get some napping in during the day.  I hope he gets over it as it won't be doing him any good either.

  6. I agree with cooperola - not a lot you can do.  Our two have had a couple of doses of the tape that keeps our horses fenced and yes they did yelp and make a bit of a fuss but they soon learned........ they now go under it the monkeys!

  7. Thanks Peachy, that's great........ how is the little black and white fella you rescued from Spain doing?  Anymore for anymore knitters please?  I suggest if there are more ladies (or gents for that matter.... my husband knits!) willing to join in, we aim to get really going for January when the Christmas fray is over as those preparations might be putting people off from joining in which I understand.......... but hey January and February have long chilly nights and the poor doggies will need some comforts especially well into Spring and beyond for that matter.  Every poor soul shoud have a comfort blanket in his little cell..... come on get the knitting needles and crochet hooks out!  Peachy I suggest we do 6in squares what do you think?

  8. This site is excellent Christine!  Having just rescued our little Spanish Podenco (like a little whippet spider dog - she's all legs!) three weeks ago, I have delayed getting her a special harness till she's up to her proper weight - she's actually a little 'tubs' by comparison to what she was the day she arrived and that was AFTER she had been fed well at her rescue safe house!  So she's going to get a harness from this lady!  Also the dog beds and sleeping sacks are just great on this site - I know that all my dogs would love them!  She has also given me some ideas as to how to utilise some old (washable) duvets that I keep for emergency dog beds for the back of the car etc.  I'm not great with the sewing machine but I am determined to make some dog beds out of these duvets in the new year to take to the local SPA.  Also I remember some years ago that all the old dears in my Mum's little Sussex village used to knit or crochet squares to make blankets for the local rescue cat and dog home - they were so easy for all to do and they ended up with lots of blankets for kitties and puppies etc.  I wonder if people on here would do it?  I would be happy to be the collection point and sew all the squares together to make the blankets.......?  Not difficult or expensive to post in small amounts and they will all mount up - winter evenings watching telly in front of the fire, a square every couple of days??  I would post pics of the finished blankets and the places they ended up... what do you think ladies?  Frankly if they are oddments of wool and cotton even if they get thrown away once they are not needed it wouldn't matter as they would have served their purpose till more came along - but they could easily be washed in spring etc.  Let me know if anyone is interested and we can agree a size for all the squares and away we go!

  9. This sooo cute!  Thank you Christine.  Passed it round the family for smiles all round!

  10. Posting a picture and the whereabouts of the dogs helps get them noticed.  I have to Beauceron X GS (one also called Lilly as it happens) and I can thoroughly recommend them as wonderful family pets, brilliant with children and other dogs, very kind and gentle!  I hope they find loving homes soon.

  11. Hi Fi  - dear me he is a 'Taffy' isn't he?  We make our own peanut butter so don't pay shop prices but I take your point.  If you get a Kong - they sell similar items in the pet shops here, basically a heavy rubber toy that has a hole in one end, and get some doggie treats that are large enough to stay inside.  I used to jam the largest dog teats I could find (Bonio type things) inside so more than one sometimes and that was enough to get them very interested.  Also, do you feed him twice a day?  If not, try dividing his main meal between breakfast and supper and make sure he is getting enough for his size?  Perhaps you might consider bulking his food out a bit with some dog pasta (very cheap from the supermarkets' pet shelf) quick to make up as all you do is soak a handful in a boiled kettle of water for five minutes and then add it to his usual food when cool.  He's not likely to get fat with his energy and it might just help.  Failing that there are some dogs who are natural born 'thieves'.... I had a Bassett Hound who stole food off the work surface - butter, frozen chops, sausages, a whole chicken...... the list was endless... all the days of her life and she lived to the ripe old age of 17!  We just had to remember never to leave stuff where she was able to get at it.  Perhaps Eco has something in his history that makes him grab food whenever he can, it's hard to know and hard to judge and it may take a while to train him away from doing that - it's early days for you and him so you will have to be patient with him and vigilant on the food front!  I'm sure he will be worth it even though he is trying you at the moment.  All mine were and the two little 'monsters' (2 year olds) that I have now have got so much better, so take heart.

  12. Get him a Kong and put some peanut butter inside....... it will keep him busy for an hour or two!  Ours used to be terrible chewers and still have a go on the odd occasion if they thing we've been out shopping too long (couple of hours no more as we hate shopping) socks and gloves if they can find them..... imagine this, I once had an Irish Wolfhound (love of my life!) who chewed nearly a foot off the corner of my pine dining table whilst I was waiting in casualty with one of the kids one day!!  But I ramble - looks like your fellow needs some toys and distraction till he settles in a bit more, lots of exercise and treats when he's been good.  He's just 'testing' his new surroundings and in time he'll subside I'm sure and be a lovely chap.

  13. I have just rescued a little Podenco from the link Mimi has posted above.  She is a little treasure and just like a little whippet/manchester terrier with big ears!  She's the cutest thing and despite all her shocking background she is kind, gentle and now beginning to be full of fun.  She can run like a gazelle and a nose like a ferret!!  She is amazingly good in the house and loves nothing more than to sit on my knee by the fire in the evenings or in a sunny patch in the garden during the day - extremely loving and affectionate and has been patient and so very willing to learn to trust.  The LED association mentioned above that rescued her and brought her over from Spain are great people who do the most wonderful work over there - when we went to collect her there were 25 other rescues in the van and they were all sweet and gentle.  I cannot recommend them enough and intend to become a foster 'mum' to some of these lovely creatures as soon as we have more of our renovations done and I can dedicate the time needed to looking after them and help find them homes.  I have translated the English adoption booklet for them so go and look and be moved by the faces you will see looking back at you!

  14. This is very important advice from Rob Roy!  All large dogs should eat with their bowls lifted up so they don't 'wuff' down their food from a horizontal position - this is particularly relevant to tall dogs!  I used to have a Wolfhound and we nearly lost him one day when he took in too much water from a bowl on the floor at a friend's place after a run - he rolled around in agony for several hours poor chap but we were lucky as I sedated him and he slept and came through it!  The breeder we got him from stipulated special raised bowls or nobody got the puppies!  One could say what do they do in the wild but then again most outside dogs take their chunks of meat and go and knaw at them on the floor.  We have a very greedy GS cross rescued from a puppy and if we didn't put her bowl up to her shoulder level she would most certainly be in trouble as she positively inhales everything you give her in seconds and nothing we do makes her slow down - our latest little rescue bolts her food also but she was starved and so it's understandable and I think she will slow down eventually once she realises nobody is going to take it away from her.  We feed our dogs in the four corners of the kitchen also and they know there is no 'pinching' - never leave them to it either, till everyone has finished.  A twisted gut is a horrid horrid thing to watch happen and there is very little you can do once it's done even if you can get them to the vet.

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