Poor Piglet!

26 July, 2011

Poor Piggle has been in the wars this week!

Late yesterday afternoon we set off to climb Whernside. It was a wonderful walk, straight up the wall from near Ingleton to the top, and down again. Piglet had a fantastic time dashing around all over the place. She’s pretty good with sheepses, though I do put her on the lead when I can see some on the path ahead of us.

The only fly in the balm of the evening walk came right at the end, when we found that there were cows in both of the fields through which Public Footpaths run, connecting the walk with the road to Ingleton. I don’t take Piglet into cow fields, and so we therefore had to trespass through a sheep field instead. At the bottom of the field we found a stone wall with barbed wire on top, and in order to get out I had to lift Piggle over the barbed wire covered wall into an adjoining field, from which we made our escape back onto the road over another wall; this time wireless.

We got home about 10pm and Piggle and I enjoyed a late dinner. We then snuggled down on the couch together to watch a bit of mindless TV, but at about 0030 Piggle suddenly sat up and started engaging in “I’m going to be sick” behaviour, i.e. lots of lip licking and uncomfortable looks. I dived under the stairs to get an old newspaper, but I was too late to prevent Piglet from puking up a mess of tinned Chappie and Laughing Dog mixer biscuits all over the carpet. I went to get some kitchen roll, but by the time I got back Piggle had re-eaten her meal. Ugh 😦

Over the course of the next hour Piglet puked at least 10 times, and also had an attack of Dire Rear in the yard. Until I saw the liquid poo I thought perhaps it was my fault for having given her dinner so late after such an exciting walk, but at the Dire Rear stage it became pretty clear that she’d eaten something horrible during our walk. Poor wee dog! Eventually we settled down again on the couch, and I hoped that she’d begin to feel a bit better. She was trembling and unhappy, though, and just before 3am she puked again twice more.

At that stage I rang the vet, because a Google had suggested that something very serious might be going on. The vet thought it was prolly just a reaction to having eaten something vile, but naturally he couldn’t be sure without seeing her. He said he had another dog coming in from Morecambe and that he’d be willing to take a look at Piglet, and so I drove her over to Kendal at 3.30am to have her checked.

Fortunately it wasn’t something terribly sinister, and the vet confirmed that she must have eaten something toxic while we were out. He gave her two injections, and gave me two sachets of electrolyte powder to be administered in water on our return home.

This morning Piggle was loads better, and now she’s very unhappy at not having been fed. I’m going to make her some chicken and rice for dinner, and I think we’ll lay off walking for today.

Coincidentally, my neighbour asked me this afternoon whether it’s okay with me for her gardener to put weedkiller on the weeds in our shared yard tomorrow morning. I’ve spoken to the gardener about the product he intends to use, and I’ve rung two vets and Googled extensively. The product (Glyphogan) is said to be safe for pets once dry, but I’m really not happy with the idea of it all over the yard. Piglet likes chewing on grass there, and Puss-Puss likes to roll around in the borders. I think I’m going to have to volunteer to dig the weeds out by hand instead.

p.s. Hmmm… I think my neighbour thinks I’m called Sheila…


25 July, 2011


On the way down from Whernside, looking over to Ingleborough. What a lovely evening.

A bit of Brahms: ‘Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen’

24 July, 2011

If anybody knows of a really good recording, please let me know ♥

Piglet attacked

23 July, 2011

Piggle has just been attacked by another terrier 😦 We met it on the field behind my house, and Piglet ran over–tummy scraping the ground, submissively–to say hello. The other dog sniffed her, and suddenly grabbed her by the side of her face and hung on! Piglet was screaming and turning in circles to try to shake it off, but it had too good a hold for her to dislodge it.

Fortunately I remembered watching a Cesar Millan episode in which he grabbed an attacking dog by the hind legs and lifted it off the ground, so that it would have to let go. I managed to get hold of the JRT like that and lift it up, and seconds later it released Piglet.

I know these things happen with dogs, but still it was frightening. I’ve not been able to find any puncture wounds, and hopefully Piglet will be okay. I’m sure it won’t do her anxiety around other dogs any good, though.

I bought something called a Dog Dazer a couple of days ago. It’s meant to deter aggressive dogs from attacking. I didn’t take it out with me as I was just nipping to the shops for a loaf, but I’ll be carrying it all the time in future (well, unless I find it doesn’t work, of course).

I think we need to get out now for a walk. Thank goodness it was only a small dog. Things could have been a lot worse 😦

Help? Transferring Audible files from Macbook Pro to non-Mac MP3 player

23 July, 2011

I’m wondering whether any of you have found a solution to this problem.

I’ve been using Audible books for years with my little Creative MuVo V100 MP3 player. I use that device because it takes AAA batteries, which are necessary when I’m off walking without access to charging facilities.

I’ve recently started using a MacBook Pro, and I’ve found that there seems to be no way to get Audible files from the Macbook onto my non-Mac MP3 player, because Audible haven’t written a version of their Downloads Manager for Mac users, assuming, it seems, that all Mac computer users will also be using a Mac MP3 player and that they will therefore be able to transfer files via iTunes. iTunes doesn’t see my non-Mac MP3 player, though, so unless I dig out my netbook for transfers I can no longer use Audible files. Simply copy/pasting them from the Downloads folder onto the Creative doesn’t work, as the Creative can’t see the files I’ve transferred (which I assume is something to do with copyright protection).

I’ve rung Audible twice about this, but on both occasions the assistants I spoke to declared that they’d never come across the issue before, and conceded that they had no solution to offer. They were helpful, and said they would bring the issue up internally, but I’ve no idea whether that route might eventually lead to the release of a Mac version of the Audible software.

I’ve searched the net for solutions, but have come up with nothing. Can anybody help?

BTW, the little Creative is one of the most useful and durable products of any description that I’ve ever bought. I’ve got about 3 of them–I kept buying new versions as they came out with larger capacities–and I’ve been using them for years and years in all weathers with absolutely no problem at all. They’ve been soaked and dropped and scorched by French and Corsican sunshine, but they all keep working faultlessly on a steady diet of AAA batteries. Very highly recommended for backpacking (and everything else).

Way down from Ingleborough

21 July, 2011


Home via Kirkby Lonsdale

4 July, 2011

I stopped off to get Piggle a beef bone from her favourite butchers. Yum! And it also provided me with the opportunity to try out the interesting little cheese shop I spotted last time. Brie de Meaux, olives stuffed with garlic & some nice oat crackers sound like the basis of an evening picnic to me, while the weather’s still so fine.


Circus comes to Kendal

4 July, 2011


I’m having a day out in Kendal for a haircut and a bag of the self-proclaimed World’s Best Cat Litter. That clay-based clumping stuff is a horrible nightmare.

Anyway, it seems there’s a circus in town, so maybe it’s just as well that Piglet and Piss-Puss stayed at home.

Masterchef synesthesia

1 July, 2011

Thanks to HMP3 for drawing my attention to this. Brilliant! 🙂