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  1. I wish I knew who the vet was so I could give him a piece of my mind tho!!!

    Best not to believe everything you see in print. It's extremely unlikely that any veterinary surgeon would say that because it is not medical fact. It may well be that the young lady has not listened properly and has confused the information given, which is that neutering will reduce the risk of cancer, not having a litter of puppies. Well done for being so observant and acting quickly and effectively and let us hope that she really does adhere to your timely advice.

  2. Yes, I agree about the colours coming back. Mine had a beautiful silver streak on her back (near the tail). Now stripped, we have her 'tiger stripe' vest on view.

    I am not a groomer. Although I can groom my own I have no real skill or confidence. I have had terriers for many many years and have shown them in the past.

  3. Many years ago someone told me that stripping was cruel but they were groomers themselves who can't have known much about it. As you know, there are many groomers who don't or can't hand strip.


    Some issues with stripping are:

    1. As has been said, it has to be done when the coat is ready to come out. For the inexperienced owner this becomes obvious by the coat parting down the back. Also they will see that a few hairs will come out easily by finger and thumb.

    2. The owner needs to do some work in between i.e. regularly brushing and combing to keep the coat tangle-free. A tidy-up at the groomer's at the mid-point between strips is often useful.

    3. Each coat differs and that is why it is much better to stick with one groomer who is able to do the job properly and who then gets to know the individual dog and his or her coat type.

    4. Terriers for show need to be fully hand stripped with finger and thumb, this includes the head (including ears), legs and tail. Some of these areas, most notably the chest and end of the tail are sensitive so it is best to do little and often. Most show people roll the coat at least weekly in the showing season but even then it can be hard to keep them in show trim. It all depends on coat type. Reds, for instance tend to have thick, dense coats which can be harder to deal with.


    As you say, it is a job that requires skill and practise but I have to say that it is so nice to see terriers with the proper double coat.

  4. Well done for introducing dog owners to the principles of hand stripping. As you invited comments, here are a few:


    1. I notice that on the video you use a stripping knife. For purposes of showing, hand stripping is just that - finger and thumb only. Stripping knives do tend to cut the hair as well as pulling it out. However, for the pet terrier this is perfectly acceptable. I find them very useful for shortening and thinning head hair.

    2. I am not sure that dogs actually enjoy being stripped. My own feeling is that if they had the choice, they would prefer to be clipped - it's much easier and quicker. You quite rightly say that it is down to owner's choice and that it can spoil the coat. With regards to clipping, it does leave old hair behind so I use a furminator a few times a week on my elderly dog who is clipped. Most people that I know go over to clipping for their older dogs as they can find the stripping procedure too much. Also, done regularly it keeps them tidier and cleaner.

    3. It is good that you comment on the need for the coat to be ready for stripping. This can be a problem with some owners who want their dog's coat easy to manage. If the coat is not full blown it can cause soreness and pain.

    4. With regards to those who show their terriers, they don't actually strip the coat every six weeks but 'roll' it, just taking out the longer hairs. The difference being that the dog is not fully stripped as is the case with a pet. This means that the dog's coat is maintained in show condition for longer. Technically, they are not supposed to be scissored but there are parts of the dog which are simply too tender to strip by hand so thinning scissors have to be used in these areas.

  5. He was parted with because the owners job have gone full time and they said he was house trained

    I do wonder about that.


    If you could make him a bandana for his neck you could spray the DAP onto it so that he will get a continual dose of the hormone rather than short bursts of it.

    I understand how frustrating it can be but from your post it seems that it has got to the stage where relations between you and him are perhaps a little confrontational. Comparing him with your other dogs is not going to help - he is different and therefore has different needs. He's not doing this on purpose to annoy you - he just needs to learn and to feel comfortable in his new home. He is also having to come to terms with his place in the hierarchy. Usually getting angry with dogs has the opposite effect to the one you want and makes the situation worse.


    It might help if you could increase your bonding with him so that he wants to please you. This can be done through play and training. All he needs to learn is that good things happen when he performs outside rather than bad things happen when he goes inside.


    Regarding poo-ing at night, does he have his last meal before 6pm and does he have a walk last thing at night before going to bed? That might help. I am not an expert on Chihuahuas but my friend has them and I observe that they are intelligent, energetic little dogs who need exercise and stimulation just as much as a big dog. For instance, my friend's boy is absolutely brilliant at mini agility and they both enjoy it very much indeed.


    It's a good step that you are taking regarding the neutering but as has been said, it is no 'magic bullet' and this will take time, hard work and trust.

  6. I got a third dog about a month ago now ... A chihuahua, 14 months old, male and stressed is not the word. He wees on anything and everything!

    What was his previous environment? Was he house trained? Why did they part with him? Is he stressed due to the move?


    At first I thought he might be scent marking but he's taking the biscuit now

    There might be an element of scent marking but the solution is to house train him properly. Dogs don't know how to 'take the biscuit' (apart from eating one of course). Mostly they want to please their human so you just have to tap into this desire.


    I've told him off, put his nose in it and told him off, bought an anti weeing on stuff spray, bought an anxiety spray but it doesn't seem to sink in that he's only supposed to wee outside .... He'll go out have a wee and then still wee on something inside ... I'm pulling my hair out

    I hope that you are not putting his nose in it now because it doesn't work and it will just increase his anxiety.


    You need to first of all create a calm environment by settling yourself down. You can house train the little dog but you need to concentrate on it for several weeks. Go back to basics and confine him to a crate or puppy pen. Do not allow him in the house until you have some control. Take him out into the garden (on a lead) every hour at least and definitely after meals and drinks of water. Use the word 'wee' or whatever you prefer and if he produces, praise him lavishly, give a treat or a throw of his ball. If, after 5 or 10 minutes there is no result, bring him in quietly, pop him back into his pen and try again later.


    Continue to thoroughly clean the house to remove the smell of where he has urinated previously. There is a special cleaner on the market that is supposed to eliminate/mask urine smells so that the dog cannot recognise where he has been before but cannot remember the name of it.


    Also worth considering is purchasing a DAP collar to help him to calm down. As you are going to the vet tomorrow you might want to discuss his problems with him or her.

  7. As already mentioned, it will be an uphill struggle to obtain benefits in the absence of a diagnosis and support of doctors. Two courses of action might be:

    1. Have you thought about asking your GP for a second opinion? You are entitled to this.

    2. Experiencing loss of movement must be very stressful for you so I wonder if you have been offered any treatment such as physiotherapy or counselling? If they can't give you medication then some sort of advice to help you cope could be useful. It could also help with any future DSS claim.

    Not having any knowledge of travel insurance, I can't comment on that problem but maybe stay in this country for holidays until things are sorted out? At least if you are not well you can come home.

    It is reassuring to know that there is nothing physically wrong but it must be difficult to cope with not knowing why these things are happening. I do hope that the condition will improve over time.

  8. It seems to me that there are two options:


    1. Fence off a part of the garden and let them make as much mess as they like.

    2. Sharing the garden and making it as dog-proofed as possible.


    I tried the first option for a few years when I used to have puppies and it worked well. It was next to the property and they could run in and out at will. Also I could keep an eye on them. It was just grass and paving - no plants.


    The second option is one I've been struggling with over the years. Got fed up with trying to keep the grass in some sort of order so replaced it with a liner and bark. That didn't work because it was difficult to pick poo up and blew all over anyway (the birds scatter it). Next we tried pebbles and slate. As has been said, picking poo up is a problem, particularly if the dogs have a few loose stools. Also, it isn't that comfortable for them to run around on.


    The artificial grass has been the best solution. With regards to laying it, we did look at places (Godfrey's being one) that sold it by the metre but we asked a few gardeners about laying it and they were not familiar with the product. At a rough guess you'd need to add about half the cost of the grass (maybe a bit more) for all this work to be done. For instance, skips are quite pricey these days and you'd need at least one to take away the old turf. Also, the grit/dust mix that they use is not a common one - the lads that did ours get it from one particular supplier.


    Regarding toys in the garden, it's a great idea although I haven't tried it myself. If you go for artificial grass you won't be able to anchor them into the ground although you could situate them on the turf. My friend has a mini agility set and that would be fine on this.

  9. We have had the conservatory for many years and it was built for a specific purpose. I think that many people adjust their views on things as they get older and as time goes by. We have blinds in already but when I discussed the matter of the roof with the gentleman who fitted them he was quite candid and said that they would be expensive (it is a large conservatory). Also he felt that they would not make a lot of difference to the heat - it is a large, clear glass peaked roof that admits a lot of heat and light. In addition, we would find it difficult to keep roof blinds clean at our time of life.

    Many people feel as you do that glassed areas are fine with blinds. Some people love heat and lots of light but as I get older I find that I am uncomfortable with bright light.

    Interestingly, my friend who complains of similar problems with her conservatory (polycarbonate roof) recently had a company to quote for putting a kind of ceiling in it. Apparently it is an additional layer inside to insulate against heat loss and to provide shade. The person who visited said that they were doing a lot of work for people for just these reasons. She has ended up with some sort of blind but I haven't seen it yet and am not sure of the efficiency of it, particularly in relation to heat loss.

    As I said to the OP in my post, this is a purely personal opinion of glass conservatories. I would not want the he/she to make a decision based on my opinion (I am sure they won't) - it is entirely a matter of personal opinion and choice.

    Just found these links which echo my thoughts on the subject and might help the OP:





  10. between the kids and the dog there is almost as much mud in the house as there is in the garden some days!!

    That is a very good point. Another advantage of artifical grass is that the dogs don't bring in loads of mud into the house from their feet.

    With reference to the price per square metre, remember that it can be deceptive as there is a large amount to be added for the groundworks and labour. The reason that we chose Lazy Lawn is that it is all inclusive so it saved us the hassle of finding a landscaper with experience of laying it.

    It wouldn't add value to your property so you would need to be sure that it was worth the outlay. Even though it was eye-wateringly expensive, we felt that it was worth it because it looks so lovely and so eminently practical. Also, we are not going to be moving house. We are saving on products associated with lawn maintenance and as we are senior citizens this will save us money in the future as we will not need to employ a gardener to mow the lawn.

  11. Over the years I used to spend a lot of time and effort trying to maintain the lawn which was always covered in scorch marks from my (then) four dogs. I subsequently had pebbles laid and that was awful because the dogs couldn't run around on it.

    My Labrador-owning friend, having the same problem as me (only worse) decided to have artificial grass laid and it looked absolutely super. I hadn't thought of this and decided to go for it too. I had it done last April and it was a big job because the landscapers had to remove the pebbles and slate but it looks absolutely great and has been a huge success. The dogs do their wees and poos on it and of course it is no problem. If there is a loose poo we just hose it through. Dry poos are easily picked up.

    Ours is a longish blade of 'grass' and the girls like to lay out on it in the summer.

    There are a lot of different types and makes so research it carefully. Some look more natural than others but you really do get what you pay for. There is a fair amount of groundwork to do. The turf needs to be lifted and removed, then they roll the ground to flatten and firm it up. A special grit mixture is then laid and compacted, followed by the laying of a membrane. The grass is put on top of that and joins sealed. Over that goes a thin layer of sand to hold it down. It does need to be laid properly and I would recommend having it done by someone who is experienced.

    It has over-wintered well and we just need to get out there and sweep a few leaves and twigs up.

    A word of warning though - it is expensive so do your research first and be prepared for a shock. The company we used was Lazy Lawn and the chap came from Chesterfield. There is a long guarantee with it.

    The rest of the garden is now down to shrubs with a bark mulch and the girls can walk on that without making a mess. I don't go in for bedding or fancy, high-maintenance plants. I try to make sure that there is nothing poisonous although this is surprisingly difficult as there are many common plants which are risky and unfortunately the labels don't always tell you this. For instance, I uprooted a lovely Daphne Mezereum a few years ago because I found out that the berries are toxic. It pays to do a bit of research before putting anything in the ground.

  12. We have a conservatory (dwarf wall) with a K glass (peak) roof. In the summer it gets sun in the morning then shade in the afternoon. Even so, during the these months often it is too hot to sit in. Added to that the glare is uncomfortable. Any furniture tends to fade due to the sun. Blinds are very expensive (or so I'm told).

    If the room is to be south facing it will be very hot indeed. In the winter it will be quite cold because from the picture it appears that there will be nowhere to install a radiator. We have two radiators, one a very large double but it still gets chilly in the colder months.

    TBH if I had the money I would take the roof off and replace it with a proper one to make it into a garden room.

    This is my view, which is very much a practical one but these issues might not be of concern to yourself or others.

  13. Contact the pulmonary function unit at Northern General Hospital. If you live in Rotherham, try the pulmonary rehabilitation unit at Badsley Moor Lane hospital. The British Lung foundation has groups across the country. If there isn't one in this area there is advice on the website about starting one.

    COPD responds well to self-management and knowledge is central to this so get as much information as you can.

  14. laurajill - I have just done an Internet search for "council housing transfer of tenancy following death" and there is lots of advice about this. It seems that the tenancy can be passed to someone but only once. The person needs to have lived with the tenant for a minimum period of 12 months and it has to have been their main and only home.

    Here are some links for you to look at:








    You would need to decide who is going to live with nan, move in and make sure that they put their name on the electoral roll straightaway. Also retain any official (dated) documents to prove when you had moved in e.g. pay slips, Inland Revenue, bank statements. You would also need to contact the benefits agency if nan is in receipt of any of these in order to inform them of change of circumstances. Being her carer, this might have a positive effect on taking over the tenancy.

  15. I just want to know is there any way we can keep it?

    From the experience of a friend of mine I would say that it is very unlikely. She lived with her mother (who was the tenant of the council house) for several years but still had to vacate when the old lady died. If your cousin moves in it would make no difference and he or she would more than likely be asked to leave. Having lived alone, would she want someone to move in with her especially as there is an ulterior motive? Also it could affect her benefit entitlements (if any). Remember that it is your grandmother that is the tenant and tenancies are not usually transferred to what is, in effect a lodger. Also, as has been said, there is a move by government to encourage councils to look at under-occupancy of their stock.

    With regards to purchasing the house you need to tread very carefully. Does your grandmother wish someone to do this on her behalf? She has been very ill and might not be able to cope with all the stresses and strains of this transaction. There will be costs incurred in the transfer of ownership e.g. solicitors fees and on completion she will become responsible for maintenance of the property. Can she afford, or even want to take responsibility for this? In addition, it might be upsetting for her to have the family making arrangements for when she has died. She may need nursing care in the future and if she is a home owner the value of the property will certainly be taken into account when it comes to determining fees. Even if the house was in someone else's name many years would have to elapse before it would not be considered. In this case you would have to prove that you have a financial interest in the property.

    If you wish to go down this route I agree with previous comments about doing everything properly and legally. You need to do as much research and get as much written information/advice as possible before proceeding. Maybe start by making an appointment to see someone at the local council offices. They will probably have policies in place regarding transfer of tenancies. Definitely see a solicitor if you decide to buy and get all the family involved in this so that an agreement can be reached. Another source of advice might be AgeUK.


    In the future though, the relative that lives in the house would need to pay market rent to the owners. The taxman would expect that.

    Good point. If the tenant is eligible for housing benefit, the fact that relatives own it might incur a refusal on the grounds of contrived tenancy. Also the market rent for a three bedroomed house would be higher than the amount allowed for a single person.


    The sentimental aspect is understandable but in my experience it is best to concentrate on making the time left with your nan as good as it can be, unimpeded by what could cause potential problems. Hopefully it will be some time before the unthinkable happens. Houses are just that - bricks and mortar. Happy memories are much more important in my view. Property and financial implications can be a minefield when someone dies and they can split families apart - no amount of sentiment is worth that.

  16. Well done for asking for information about the Cairn Terrier before acquiring one. You may wish to start your search here where you would receive all the advice you need. They are a lovely breed although not for the faint hearted, being quite lively and territorial. All the usual caveats apply regarding sourcing a good puppy.

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