Category Archives: pets

The Garden May 2020 #garden #dog

We’re back, now the month is over, to review how the garden has fared over the driest may since prohibition or whatever. The excess rain of February seems a distant memory… Remember these? Well, no more; the top lawn struggles … Continue reading

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May Garden: A Half Month Report And An Anniversary #garden #springcolour

Yes, it’s been fab, here in South London. Lockdown means lots more time to improve all aspects. I’ve even had the time to follow a short video on how to make a cold frame from an old pallet – we … Continue reading

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My first cat – 1st December 1986

Yesterday I was thirty. I’m hungover and have just waved my wife off to the airport. I will be on my own for a month, the longest we’ve been apart in seven years. ‘Come over,’ say friends. ‘We’ve got you … Continue reading

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Feline Lives

I write a lot about Dog; it’s natural. He and I are close. Perhaps too close. But Dog is merely the latest in a long line of family pets. Currently we have two twin sister cats: Nutmeg And Tikka. They … Continue reading

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Dog hairs and spare rooms: a thought.

One downside to having furry pets is they like to share their coats. From time to time one of us has to pick up the pet hair remover and go attack the carpets where the pets might be found. Which … Continue reading

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A Dog? You Want A Dog?

The Le Pard home, circa 2002 comprised four humans of various sizes, sexes and sophistications, two cats, two tortoises, the last survivors of a tropical fish experiment and a dozen whistling cockroaches. In considering the decision-making structure that existed back … Continue reading

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Feline Dentistry #mondayssuck

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R is for Rabbits #atozchallenge

For the last two years I’ve joined in the #atozchallenge, namely to post every weekday in April using each letter of the alphabet in turn. In 2015 it was places I’d been to, in 2016 it was London themed. This … Continue reading

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So you want a dog, do you?

One year ago I wrote about the start of our canine love affair. As it is 4 years, nearly to the day since Dog appeared in our lives I thought I retell the story of how it all started way … Continue reading

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Buster & Moo – an update #amwriting #novel

‘The rehomer led in a stocky, predominantly white male. On his ears and flank he had large brown patches. “The brindle one has kennel cough so unless you really wanted to wait for her, I thought I’d bring the next … Continue reading

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