That look

Mrs Lucy Waddle’s expression has an uncanny similarity to that of Miss Blake, hairy-legged and bushily-moustached geography teacher of many moons ago, when she looked at my many failed attempts to draw a map of the Orinoco basin. Thankfully, Mrs Waddle’s fierce expression belies her good nature. She gives us great pleasure, as well as neat pastel pink eggs.

Bic bic hooray!

This is a blatant steal from Victoria Corby’s blog.

Why Bic felt it would be a good idea to market their plastic pens specifically at females, I have no idea. Maybe it was a joke, or a clever publicity gambit.

  • Medium point retractable ball pen available in black and blue ink
  • Designed to fit comfortably in a womans hand
  • Attractive barrel design available in pink and purple
  • Smooth writing
  • 1.0mm tip gives line width of 0.4mm

Whatever, it seems to have been remarkably successful. Whether it has actually seen a massive increase in sales,  I don’t know, but it has certainly gleaned  several hundred hilarious reviews so far, which are a tribute to the awesome wit of the writers, and worthy of a book in their own right.

Dear little pens for delicate little female hands

BIC For Her Amber Medium Ballpoint Pen (Box of 12) - Black

Do not poison your dog

A few days ago author and animal-lover Marshal Zeringue very kindly featured Tally and Dobby on his blog, Coffee with a Canine. It’s a super blog to read about different breeds of dogs from Affenpinschers to Yorkiepoos, and their owners.

Marshal’s other blog, Campaign for the American Reader aims to encourage more readers to read more books. It features an eclectic selection of titles ranging from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography to the top five books on seafood cookery. Among the intriguing entries are: Ten Fantastic Novels with Disappointing Endings,  Five Top Books about the Olympics, and Five Best Novels with Vengeful Women, as well as author interviews and reviews. An excellent resource for any reader looking for inspiration on what to read next. I’m hooked already.

The title of Coffee with a Canine reminded me to repeat a warning I blogged about four years ago – the danger of giving chocolate to dogs. It won’t necessarily kill them – but it could. Really, it’s not a risk worth taking, is it? And it isn’t the only foodstuff that shouldn’t be fed to our canine friends. Amongst other potentially harmful/fatal foods are onions and members of the onion family including garlic; coffee; macadamia nuts; alcohol; yeast dough; the artificial sweetener Xylitol often found in sweets and chewing gum; human foods past their best, which may be rotting and contain botulism and other toxins; and fruit seeds and pits, most particularly grapes, raisins, apples, plums, cherries and peaches.

One of our Hungarian Vizslas loved fruit, and used to forage for apples, grapes, walnuts and plums from our garden. He began having fits that would leave him rigid for about three minutes, after which he would recover. The vet could never find the cause, because I could never get him to the surgery during one of the fits because they were over so quickly. I did not connect them with his scrumping activities.

I used to love watching him hunting on the ground, his tail wagging furiously whenever he found fallen fruit. How I wish I had known then what it was doing to him. He eventually died of cancer of the liver and pancreas which in hindsight I believe was probably caused by his love of fruit and eating the pips, which contain cyanide.

We have another Vizsla now, and food is his passion. All food, any food. It’s hard to resist his soulful expression, his “That’s my favourite food of all time, how can you refuse me?” expression. But resist it we do, now, being older and wiser.

You can read more details on the effect of the “danger foods” above at this site:   Toxic foods for dogs. And here is an alarmingly long list of potential poisons: Dog poisons

And dog lovers, why not visit Coffee with a Canine and see if your favourite breed has been featured?



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