A catch up, an introduction and some words of wisdom

Hello, everyone.

Well, hasn’t it been ages?  At least a year, in fact. My annual WordPress subscription came up for renewal not so long ago and I paid it, just in case I decided to keep blogging.  I have wanted to do a post for ages but I just haven’t got around to doing it.

Of course, I have excuses galore.  Firstly, we did go to England for three months and, as you can all imagine, life was chaos for a while when we got back. Then, before we knew it, it was spring and we were working our butts off on the block and then … we got two puppies.  If you are over 60, do not underestimate the amount of work two puppies can be.  Ours are nearly six months old and life is only now returning to normal.

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Goodbye to our top dog, Lily

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I can hardly believe I am writing this so soon after losing Maggie but … it is true.  Less than a fortnight later, the boss of the household, and the brains of the family, passed away.  Maybe living in this world without her sister was too much to bear.  Who knows?  Lily never let Maggie out of her sight for one moment.  They were the Siamese twins – joined at the hip.

Goodbye, darling Lily.  We love you so.

Poor Jules who has watched over these girls all his life (notwithstanding they never did care for him) now has no-one to watch out for.  Luckily, he has us to watch out for him.

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Chicken treats

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My beautiful boy, Jules, has calcium oxalate uroliths (bladder stones).  Not so long ago, he was having a chest x-ray to check that his heart, lungs and trachea were ok because he coughs, splutters and sneezes most days.  It turns out that all was fine with the chest but, in one of the x-rays, the vet spotted something lower down.  She took an x-ray of his abdomen and found a cluster of bladder stones.  Oh me! Oh my! Continue reading

Beef Jerky for Puppy Dogs

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I was reading a post by ChgoJohn a few weeks back about how he makes beef and chicken jerky for his beloved Max.  It was a bit of a coincidence because, at a recent family gathering, my niece, Fleur, was handing out jerky she had made.  I had never tasted it before.  It tasted pretty good.

It got me thinking.  I have been drying liver for my dogs for years but had never thought of drying meat.  Obviously, dried meat is going to cost more than dried liver but, as John mentioned, you can use cheap cuts of meat (as long as it is not fatty). I had a topside in the freezer, so that is what I used. Continue reading