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I am a home educating mum of 2 living in the Northwest of England. I long to travel with my family (including the fluffs) to see the world and have amazing adventures, because life is too short to worry about paying off a mortgage!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Oscar the Bionic Cat

Wow, here's a new one in the world of prosthetics for animals, this poor cat Oscar, lost his back paws in a combine harvester accident, but after a very talented vet here in the UK called Noel Fitzpatrick helped him, Oscar now has two bionic paws! How amazing is that?

I can't imagine what it would be like to lose my paws but bionic ones being available to us cats and dogs is great and surely this must be a whole new level of treatment for disabled pets worldwide?
I think it's lovely to see us pets being given as much consideration medically as our owners, we are after all man's best friends and there are wheelchairs available for us so why not artificial limbs to!
I just wonder how long it will be before there is an NHS for companion animals as I can't imaging these treatments will be cheap....

Here's the video of brave little Oscar running around with his new feet and he seems to have taken to them really well, very impressive!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Best Summer Toy for Hot Dogs?

It seems that summer has finally arrived, just in time for the World Cup football I believe - I'd much rather play with the ball myself but it seems popular in the human world!
So whilst all the owners are happy and the sun is shining it got me pondering on what truly is the best summer toy, especially for a hot dog. I don't know about other dogs out there but I love to sunbathe, I do tend to sit out until I realise maybe I am a bit warmer than is comfortable, so I figured the best toy should also cool a dog down.
When I started thinking about this I worked my way through the usual toys; chuckit ball launcher (great for chasing), my new Kong American Air football (a nice tie in with the football!) and the huge variations of tennis balls and then I had it.
The best summer dog toy is not only enjoyable for the whole family, great exercise and fun but it also keeps us dogs cool when the temperatures soar.
So what is this magical dog toy....... it is the humble Kid's paddling pool! Yep that's right, perhaps not really intended for canine use I promise you any dog that likes water will love this on a hot summers day, and if there are children in the house too it's perfect for sharing, where else can you find a dog toy and kid's toy in one?
So next time you fill the paddling pool for the younger family memebers don't forget to let your furry friend have a dip, they'll love you for it I promise!

Here's a little video of me enjoying my very own paddling pool, luckily I don't have to share it with anyone so can splash about to my hearts content, the only problem is I tend to get distracted by the neighbouring dogs but I get paddling eventually!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Why Do Pets Get Odd Nicknames?

Is it just me or do all pet parents come up with weird nicknames for their 'kids'?
I know it's common for names to get shortened but I really do have a few strange ones, and equally as odd I respond to them all too!
My old feline house mate Max was fondly dubbed Fat Cat, mainly because he was huge (mainly fluff I must clarify) and quite laid back.
My current feline house mates also have shortened versions of their names, but mine are the most varied. So here goes, my list of nicknames in most used order;

  • Pudding
  • Kid
  • Fluff (of course)
  • Wingnut - I think this has something to do with my ears, but I belive there is a film production company of the same name so maybe it's after them?
  • Spud and Sponge - normally this is after I've done something daft like walking into a table.
It's quite a variety but I'm sure other dogs must get this multiple name syndrome? Would love to hear some other nicknames, though I hope mum won't adopt any more, but at least I will know it's not just me that gets them!