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Mornings fill me with horror -
Cold, grey, wintry ones particularly so -
And when the cold grey tide of news
Issues forth from my radio
Filled with war, murder, hate, death,
Corruption, sleaze, and depressing reality
In the sardonic tones of Humphries;
Or the sorrowful lilt of Naughtie;
Or the overeager gloat of Davies;
Or the vainglorousness of Webb...
Things
Seem
Worse.

Yet there is one voice
Whose calm authority seems to soothe
And silently impart:
Yes, things are bad,
But don't despair:
There's still radio 4,
There's still me,
And if you make it till teatime, you can have comedy.
Maybe even,
If you're lucky,
Sandi Toksvig
Or Sue Perkins.


Of course, today I didn't even have to wait till teatime, because Wordaholics was on at 11.30am, which is fast becoming a favourite of mine. I really hope it doesn't just stop at 6 episodes.

In other news, this morning I woke up in a different bed to the one I went to sleep in, with Roxy in succubus position on my chest, and with a black eye. I have no explanation for any of these things, other than the very general one of Beer festival finished yesterday, and you might have had a bit much to drink, Jennie. The black eye is particularly puzzling; [personal profile] matgb insists I didn't have it when I went to bed, and you'd think I'd notice it occurring in the night...
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Thanks All

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 02:20 pm
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Thank you all for your supportive comments on my last post, and all the texts and tweets and stuff too; they are much appreciated. I might reply to you all individually at some point when I can see to type while reading them. At the moment I just fill up if I look at the comments to that entry.

We are all bearing up in this house, although little things are difficult. We all keep expecting to see him in his favourite places, and Mat keeps talking about "the dogs" and catching himself. Holly is sitting in Byron's favourite chair lots. James is being very quiet. And Roxy just seems very confused - but this is normal for Roxy.

Anyway, thank you again.

RIP Byron

Monday, December 12th, 2011 11:54 am
miss_s_b: (Mood: Miserable Brian :()
Byron's tumour got massively worse over the weekend. We went back to the vets' today and took the decision that, given that it was inoperable and was getting so much worse so quickly it was better to end it now before he really started suffering. I was with him at the end, and held him and told him what a good boy he was and that I love him. He died at about 11.30.

me and byron snuggling

Rest in peace, baby boy.

Blogging may be light for a while.
miss_s_b: (Mood: Bugger)
I do. Have had to book Byron into the vet's again. His tumour is flaring up - and just when we'd cured his cystitis. With that in mind, then...

Oi, Discovery Channel? I'll see your Boom de Yada and raise you an Attenborough :P

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I have recently been told off for not doing enough children and pets updates, so here's one.

Yesterday Holly and my dad and I went to Rokt. Dad and me have been lots, but because we normally go lunchtime (cos it's cheaper) Holly is usually at school and doesn't get to come with us. She's on summer hols at the mo, so yesterday she came along.

She's an absolute natural. She was doing stuff with her leg positioning that I had to be TAUGHT. She didn't want to go very high, only managing about ten feet up a roped wall, but she liked the physicality of it, and was enjoying doing traverses on the various bouldering walls. The best thing, though, was that a lot of the holds at the wall are made by Core, and she was geeking out over the fact that their logo looks like a Green Lantern symbol.

Afterwards she was going to stay at her dad's, so I got a custody visit with Pugsley. I cleaned and refilled his water bowl, marvelled at the lovely clean shed he had just done, and fed him a mousie, which Holly and I watched him devour. I wish I had room in my house to bring him over. I miss him. He's so BIG now. My little baby snakeling is all growed up...



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Updateyness

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 01:00 pm
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  • House is approaching cleanliness. Gas safety check tomorrow. Won't have the whole house done by then, but at least the kitchen and living room should be ok.

  • Byron is healing ok. The bottom third of his wound is not healing as well as the rest because it's where his leg bends, but it's still ok.

  • Roxy's skin thing is not mange or anything TOO nasty; she's had some sort of a sting on her back and had an allergic reaction to it, so SHE'S on medication now too.

  • Mat has (temporarily) left me, and I am all alone in the house. It's very strange and quiet. Still, am having lots of phone calls with the Duracell Bunny, and Posh Boy is coming to visit on Friday.

  • I am exhausted.

  • No, really, I am exhausted.


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I got the results from Byron's biopsy just now. It is/was a soft tissue sarcoma. It's benign, and wasn't very aggressive, so is very unlikely to metastasise, but it's fairly likely to recur in the same spot.

It's unlikely to kill him even if it does recur.

So, you know. It could have been a lot worse.

In other news, I just got my first piece accepted for the Pod Delusion, so listen out on Friday when the episode comes out for a bit by me.



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Collies are good at problem-solving. It's one of the endearing features of the breed. Last night Byron realised he wasn't going to be able to get his cone of shame off, and set about trying to solve the problem of how to get at his wound because it was itching. The solution he hit upon was to rub it on the carpet... He was in danger of re-opening it, and was making the most heartbreaking piteous mewling sound I have ever heard, so this morning he has been back to the vet for some more painkillers, which will hopefully numb it. He's not crying now, anyway. He's taken to lying in the doorway, which is tiled, and I think the coolness of the tiles is helping.

Thank you all for the love and support and get well cards and donations and everything. You're all so lovely, and I'm completely bowled over by the level of concern.

Rest assured he is getting lots of cuddles and pampering (and home-cooked food, at the moment, because he has to have soft food after having had a tube down his throat for the anaesthetic). Hopefully the results of his biopsy will be back tomorrow and we'll know better what the prognosis is.



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I picked Byron up from the vet's this teatime, and he was very sorry for himself, and still somewhat groggy from the anaesthetic.

click here to see where your money went - black dog on black sofa, so not great image. Wound-free. )

Despcription of what happened at the vet's )

Anyway, the upshot is that we still don't know what it was, but it's been removed. The vet says if it turns out to have been malignant it will almost certainly come back, because the composition of it made it impossible to be sure he'd got every last bit, although he tried his best. Byron has to go back on Saturday morning to have his wound checked, at which point we should hopefully have the lab results too. He has to have the bucket on his head until the stitches come out (those of you who have seen our house will know how much fun that is) and he's not allowed off his lead for at least 10 days. And he's on anti-biotics, which he hates taking.

But he's still alive, and he is almost certain of complete recovery if it's non-malignant. I don't want to think about if it is malignant, but we'll cross that bridge if and when we come to it...

Thank you all so much for making this possible. I don't have the words to express how much it means to me. Byron is my hairy baby, and we've been through so much together. Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to spend a bit longer with him. And I will be posting the stuff you bought out soon. At the moment, I am just clinging to him.



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Thank you to everyone who bought something, or donated, or boosted the signal, or just sent us hugs. We have now raised enough for Byron's operation. I am totally overwhelmed by how lovely you all are. Thank you, from both of us. Hopefully this will mean we will be able to have lots more times like the one in the picture.

I'll keep you posted about what happens tomorrow, and thank you again.





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Sorry for the hiatus in the blog awards. On the plus side, I passed my belt grading for karate last night. On the minus side, Byron has suspected cancer. He is booked in to the vet on Thursday for (hopefully) removal and cure. But we don't know at this point what's going to be involved; the vet doesn't know until he's gone in and extracted bits for testing. I suspect we are looking at a minimum of £400.

I haven't got £400.

UPDATE: thanks to the wonderful generosity of The Internet we should be fine now. Thank you all. Closing comments on this post now, so that if people miss this update they aren't still offering.

What I have got is lots of Collectable Stuff. So I'm going to make an offer here, oh internets. If I have any Stuff that you might want, make me an offer. Stuff is Stuff, but Byron is my baby, and my house is too full of Stuff anyway. I am willing to sell any of it to help make my baby better.

Things that I have which some of you might want to buy:
  • Ropey old Ford Ka that needs its brakes fixing
  • hundreds of CDs, including this Queen box set with all the packaging intact
  • Lots and lots of books including folio society stuff, and the unseen university editions of much Pratchett. Also lots of complete Sherlock Holmes's in various editions
  • hundreds of DVDs, including lots of Star Trek and Doctor Who - for example all the Trek box sets, all 4 series of Blake's 7, all the red dwarf, etc.
  • Lots and lots of rare/limited edition/etc. vinyl - 6 foot bookcase full of it
  • various action figures and things
The list is not exhaustive, but it gives you a flavour. If there's something you want, whatever it is, ask me if I've got it and we'll go from there - although checking the comments to see if someone else hasn't already asked might be a plan. At this point I am willing to consider most offers because it all adds up, but I need the money quickly, so you'll understand if I ask for bank transfer or cash over the counter only; no cheques or paypal.

Do feel free to pass the link to this post around, too.

Thanks.



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We have a dogsitter. My lovely brother, [personal profile] angeliiiii, has volunteered. He is a lovely brother and I love him much. The irony is that upon exiting my place of work this evening I went over on my ankle and it's now all huge and swollen and purple. So even though we have a dogsitter, I'm still not a happy bunny...

I am watching Columbo in bed, with my foot elevated, desperately hoping to be able to walk tomorrow.



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Tabman on Lib Dem Voice makes a FINE point about Call Me Dave's views on proportional representation:
Whenever David Cameron mentions the benefit of FPTP, he should immediately be asked to resign in favour of Davidf Davis who “won” the FPTP bit of the election for Conservative leader:

http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/area/uk/conleader05.htm

1st Ballot result:
David Davis 62
David Cameron 56
Liam Fox 42
Ken Clarke 38
I have too many things to do and not enough time and my brain is all fuzzy this morning. Poo.

Roxy continues fine; Byron is getting a bit jealous that she's getting lots of attention, so I'm going to go make a fuss of him for a bit. Mat and Holly are both still snoring.



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Update on Roxy

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 11:38 pm
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The vet said it was gastro-intestinal, gave her an injection, and we have some medicine to give her with meals for a bit. She's not allowed to exert herself for a few days because apparently these things can affect respiratory function in dogs and it's best not to chance it - so no chasing ball, which she was a bit miffed about tonight - and she needs to be kept a close eye on and lots of pampering, basically.

Thanks to all those of you who sent good wishes. And thanks to Dad for helping out.



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Poorly Doggie

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 11:37 am
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Don't expect much from me today (hush with those sighs of relief at the back, there). One of my doggies is poorly, and I have spent most of the morning nursing her. The vet can't get her in before 2, and I have to be at work for 12.

Joy.



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Today, I are bin mostly feeling like this:



This is because one of my dogs has decided that the best position she can lie in while I am on the laptop is across my chest. This does not impede my typing or my view of the screen, but does impair breathing somewhat. Add to this the loud complaints from [livejournal.com profile] matgb (who is seated next to me, and thus right in the path of her nose) every time she sighs or snores, and we have a recipe for much grumpiness... It doesn't help that the other dog likes to use my feet as a mattress.

I plan to remedy this with a decent walk, a pub lunch, a bit of shopping, and then doing stuff around the house before I have to pick [livejournal.com profile] shrublette up from her dad's. We shall see how much of that actually happens....
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So, we came the long way back from the vet so doggies could have a nice run in the park. We met a nice golden retriever pup called Ella and they played for a bit. We set off to saunter vaguely homewards. Guess what Byron did?

That's right, he hurled himself into the beck. After twenty seconds or so of jumping around looking confused he managed to break through the crust of ice, and splashed about happily (and smugly), with Roxy staring at him like he was a nutter. Because he IS a nutter.

By the time we got home his tail and all of his underside were just ICICLES.

Dumb Dog.

Still, he's laid in front of the fire now, still looking smug that he beat whoever covered his beck over.
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I have ticklish feet. Mister Mat is ticklish in many more areas than that. Mister Mat's cunning plan is to train Roxy to tickle my feet for him. He turned to me this morning and declared that he would train her while I sleep. He looked so triumphant about coming up with this cunning plan that I didn't have the heart to mention that whenever you tell Roxy to do something she looks adorably at you and licks your face and fails to do what you're asking.

Stuff

Thursday, December 6th, 2007 05:55 pm
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- Shrubby has decided that Roxy's squeaky toy is to be called Mister Poopy Fartypants
- Mister Mat's name for Oven Gloves is apparently The thing that you put on your hands thing that stops that hurting

My tea is nearly ready, and then I'm off to the Christmas Fayre (yes, they have spelt it like that) at Shrubby's school. Wish me luck.

(no subject)

Friday, November 30th, 2007 11:29 am
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Dogs did fine at vets. Byron is a couple of pounds (literally a couple of pounds, not lots) overweight, and Roxy is a little bit underweight. Both are bright and healthy, and the vet seems very happy with how they are getting on together (they've only known each other three days? Wow! How did they get so close in three days?). Byron has had one jab and needs to go back in two weeks for another, and Roxy is going back on the 21st for spaying.

[livejournal.com profile] theyorkshergob got linked to on Liberal Conspiracy again (right at the bottom of this post)! Tee Hee. Oh, and for the interested, the text of my email from the producer of This Week (in response to this post) was: Oh, most flattering!

We shall be looking out for more (unless, of course, knowing that would
inhibit you from being critical when the need arises...)
Of course, this means that because I didn't get to watch this week's episode last night for various reasons (OK, I fell asleep) I shall have to watch it online and blog it tonight...

My head is getting so big I won't be able to get out the door to work... which I must do right now LOL.

TTYL.

Byron and Roxy

Thursday, November 29th, 2007 09:55 am
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... have now become a double-act. If I am typing on the computer they will both lie cuddled up together at my feet, or they will be playing behind me. If I move in my chair or whatever they both leap up and I get two expectant faces smiling at me. This is after a day and a half.

I am hoping now that Zoe either gets a new place really soon, or that she decides she doesn't want Roxy back...

* is far too soft *
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... but what do you think, dear F-list?

[Poll #1067771]

I have spent most of the morning in search of a suitable dog bed for Byron which is not ludicrously expensive. It looks like I am going to be spending about £30 (I found a website with some on clearance which will be fine) if my Last Hope (mum's friend Martin) doesn't come up trumps. This is all because poor old Byron he has been usurped by Mister Mat and is being FORCED not to sleep on mummy's feet any more. I feel terribly guilty about this and am looking to assuage that guilt by making his chosen sleeping spot (the top of the stairs) a bit more comfy for him. So I went round TWO pet supermarkets this morning, and have been looking online too, trying to find a doggy bed that is the right size, shape, and comfiness# but isn't £200. I really didn't think it would be THAT difficult to get a dog bed that fits my criteria, but obviously I am too choosy.

However, although I haven't got Byron's bed sorted out, I HAVE got a new climbing branch for Mr Pug and a new hide because he's getting too big for his skull. I miss my Puggy. Mat gave him a little cuddle last night when we went for custody visit with Pug and to pick Shrubby up. It was all cute.

# it must be soft, and 30"/76cms in width, and rectangular. This is because it needs to fit on the landing at the top of the stairs. And oval one will get torn quickly, a hard one is no good when humans need to walk over it (would be a recipe for stubbed toes) and obviously if it's too big it won't go in the gap and too small and it will have gaps round the sides.

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