Not going out.

It has been a few weeks that I have been stuck at home. A little bit of Epilepsy brain and a lot of MS symptoms have made it unsafe to venture far. I have had the joy of going to the dentist twice for a broken tooth.😀  Finally I have been able to venture out with the pooches. Winter isn’t the best time to ride my buggy around the park, when it is cold and wet it is not nice to get plastered in mud! Frosty dry days are the best days during winter, the boys love it and I don’t get mucky.

We have had Pepper again for the past week, he went home this evening until his person has their next round of chemo in a weeks time.

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Hamish and Pepper.

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Indy and Pepper.

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Smiling Pepper.

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Hamish. (my big baby)🙂

We have had the pleasure of an unexpected pooch visitor this weekend. Julia visited my Mum yesterday and on the way home came across a lost little dog. She did the usual detective work starting with a trip to the vet to get him scanned for a microchip which he doesn’t have, it is compulsory for dogs to be chipped now. After a lot of internetting and phoning around we tracked down a possible owner so Julia drove across town only to find they weren’t home! She left her number at the house and eventually got a call from the owner.🙂

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This is the little chap that we named Rocket for the weekend.

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We discovered that Rocket is a Chihuahua/Jack Russel cross, believe it or there is a name for this?? Rocket is a Jackchi.😀 What is the world coming to when we have to give funny names to mongrels? I am not a little dog person normally but this is the second tiny pooch we have found that I have been sad to see going home. When Rocket’s person came to collect him he did get a lecture from Julia about getting him micro chipped. Julia kept it friendly by telling him he would get a fine as well as kennel charges if the dog warden picks him up next time but what appeared to hit home with him was that someone else could find Rocket, have him chipped and keep him and he would have no evidence that Rocket was his.  Maybe in the future when we need another dog I may consider a little one, that’s what old blokes have, isn’t it?

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I am not featuring an Underdog this time but directing people to Love Underdogs website. At this time of year they run a shoe box appeal to collect essentials for the Romanian dogs, also there is a Love Underdogs 2017 calendar for sale to raise funds for future rescue work.

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Love Underdogs on Facebook…

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Goodbye Roxy.

Roxy has been adopted today. She has gone to live with the parents of our friend and fellow dog nut, Eleanor.🙂

Her new home is in a quiet village location where she has a large garden that opens on to fields with a stream for her to play in (she will play in it every day) She will live with a Border Collie and some cats.

We are going to seriously miss Roxy, she has been a real delight to have for the few weeks that she has been with us. Roxy leaving has coincided with Pepper going home for a week so it is really quiet here with just Indy and Hamish.

A final pose with her dear foster brothers.

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Julia and I got a final kiss from Roxy but she got so excited with me it ended with her chewing on my chin.😀

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It is always bitter sweet when a foster baby finds a home, there are always damp eyes  but we end up happy that we have played a small part in a dogs journey from despair, suffering and neglect to being a part of a real family.

Pepper will be back next week when his person is due the next round of chemo so it will only be quiet for a little while.😀

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1 Day update November 9

Roxy loves her new people, she is either sitting by her new dad or following him around the garden, that of course when she is not in the fields.

Roxy with her Collie brother, Brynn and cousins Smeagol and Tor.

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Roxy and Smeagol.

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Roxy and Brynn with Smeagol in the back.

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And finally, Roxy swimming with Smeagol.

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It’s like she never knew us, as sad as it appears it is great to see a foster baby settled with their new people.🙂

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Tundra is a stunningly beautiful dog with a very attaching nature. She does need a little time to relax around new people, but with those she knows, she is really loving.

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For more details click her name Tundra or any other Underdogs contact Love Underdogs 

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If only…

Had Roxy come along at a slightly different time in our lives she wouldn’t be going anywhere. She is such a wonderful dog, perfect in fact. Roxy gets on with every dog she meets, all people, and cats! She is one of those comforting kind of dogs, a bit like my first retriever, Luca. Hamish will miss her because she loves to play “tumble monkies”, Julia will miss her because she likes to lay next to her looking at her adoringly while she is cooking, and I will miss her because she has a nice calming aura when she climbs on me and snuggles up to me.🙂

How could anyone not love a pooch who wears a pink dressing gown so well?😀

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The reality is that we just can’t cope with 3 permanent dogs at the moment because we have made a 6 month commitment to having Pepper for a few days every 2 weeks while his person has chemotherapy, also I wouldn’t be able to exercise 3 dogs should Julia have to go away for any reason.

The good news is that there is a possible home on the horizon with people we know so we will still see her occasionally. If that doesn’t work out a friend of ours is on the case and she has a large network of doggie people she can call on to help find her the perfect home. There is no rush though, she will go to the perfect home and it will be her last home which is why we are not just making her available to “the public”.

Julia went to the chemist across the road for 10 minutes, you would think she had been gone for hours.😀

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Roxy hadn’t shown any interest in toys since being here, I don’t know if it’s from watching the boys or if she remembered she used to play? but she now loves fetch. Indy reverted to his early herding days after the first throw of the ball even going out wide and dropping behind Roxy as she ran for the ball.

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Roxy has very good recall and comes back very quickly except when a call of nature takes priority.😀

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A chocolate treat.

At last we have a foster baby. We discovered that a local family wanted to re-home their chocolate Labrador, Roxy, as they were struggling to find the time for her since having a baby. We had met Roxy many times in the park and both our boys like her so we offered to take her until we find her a home.

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Roxy is adorable, well mannered, friendly, and very affectionate with the added bonus of liking cats. We have a couple of people in mind for Roxy, one of whom we are sure will want her. If our cunning plan fails we do have a large network of dog people amongst which will be a home for this lovely lump of chocolate.🙂

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Roxy is about 7 years old and has had a few homes so far in her life, we want the next one to be her last.

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It has proved to be quite difficult to get a picture of her face because she is prone to looking at her foster Mum more than my ugly moosh.🙂

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The boys quickly taught Roxy that if she sits nicely after dinner she will get a dried tripe stick, it’s funny how quickly every foster dog has learned that.😀

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Update October 12th

Pepper is staying for a few days so we get even cuter pictures.🙂

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A disappointing day. :-(

In the early days of having MS I found people to be kind, caring, and on the whole understanding. If I had any complaint it would be that some people appeared to pity me? I could live with that. The past 5 or 6 years has seen a large change in how I am treated by some people. 6 years ago,for the first time since 1994 (when I was diagnosed with MS) people started yelling insults at me! It was rare but would happen a couple of times a year, in the past year it has happened a lot. One word that is almost always included in the insult is “scrounger” this attitude is a result of the current governments narrative to turn working people against people on welfare, I am not on welfare although I get “personal Independence payment” to assist with the extra cost of having a disability. Despite the new negative attitude of many to people with disabilities I try to remain optimistic, comfortable in the knowledge that most people are decent and it is just a few knuckle draggers that hold these unpleasant views. Today I was totally rocked by an incident to the extent that if I can’t convince myself it was random I fear I may become a hermit. I was coming along my favourite path around a lake that I take Hamish on every day, as I slowed to get around a gate I felt a large rock hit the back of my head! Thrown by someone so cowardly they had to conceal themselves in a wooded area to attack a passing cripple. When I was a young man I didn’t take to being messed with, I have never been a thug or a fighter but I would look after myself if anyone caused trouble, unfortunately I am no longer able to look after myself so I have to feel confident in order to function. I will try to convince myself that this was random and not targeted because I am vulnerable, I already had some concerns about going out because of having Epilepsy, I don’t need any more worries. No serious damage done apart from a good sized egg and a small cut on the back of my head and a small break in my heart.😦

Update: I have reported the incident to the police just in case this person targets others. The police said if I get any people hurling insults or rocks I should call them, further incidents would be investigated as a “hate crime”

One of the current campaigns that I am supporting is against the oppression of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories, my little problems are as nothing to the suffering endured by them.  If only I had the power to make the world a more peaceful and loving place.

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How about promoting a Love Underdog to cheer myself up a bit.🙂

Yoda is ten years old and his eyesight is now starting to fail. I have fostered many old dogs and several blind ones and they have all gone on to make fabulous pets.

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This is rather an odd looking underdog who is also mature and very deserving of a second chance at a home. IT’S A CAT??

Smokey is about 12 years old and needing a home as his owner has gone in to a care home.

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2 Dogs remaining.

Our recent house guest has left us. Pepper was a delight to have staying with us, his person is out of hospital so he has returned home. We will be getting day long visits once a week for a while as his person has further treatment.

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There hasn’t been much happening recently hence the lack of postings. I had my 6 monthly MS clinic appointment yesterday. Due to the amount of falls I still have the nurse advised using my wheelchair a bit more, she says she never likes to discourage people from walking but safety should come first. We left it that I would use wheels whenever I am feeling unsteady and will confine walking to around the house and very short walks like going to the car. Since the nerves in my lower legs and feet gave up I am unable to feel where the floor is so I have to stick to flat hard surfaces, The slightest unevenness in the ground sends me sprawling. Summer is almost finished with only one more week of warm weather forecast so a lot of my symptoms will hopefully settle down?

Julia finally got an English driving license. She got her license in America 27 years ago but never got one here when we returned, she was always worried that she had too many bad habits and couldn’t unlearn them. She has been classed as a learner driver here so had restrictions on where she could go and always had to have someone else with her. With very few professional lessons she took her test and passed easily, now I no longer have to go with her shopping.🙂 You can teach an old dog new tricks. ( notice I didn’t use the gender specific form of dog)😀

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Denali

Denali is a stunningly beautiful 2 year old girl who does get noticed everywhere she goes with her thick silver fur and her sickle tail. She really needs to be met in person to be truly appreciated. She is an intelligent dog with a wonderful nature. She has a real fun side to her and you just cannot help but fall in love with her, she has such an endearing way about her. She would suit a family that enjoys lots of walks or any other outdoor activity as she has great stamina.
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For more details or to see other Love Underdogs visit the Love Underdogs our dogs page.

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Not quite a foster dog…

…Shall we call him a guest?

Pepper has come to stay for a while as his human has had to go into hospital at short notice. We have known Pepper since he arrived at Wiccaweys from Ireland about 5 years ago, he was adopted by a near neighbour so we see him all the time.

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Pepper is extremely well behaved and has been trained to a high standard so he is very easy to look after. He gets on with Indy and Hamish but like Indy he will growl at Hamish if his space is invaded. (poor Hamish, he is only trying to be one of the lads)

Like our boys, Pepper sits at all kerbs although Indy is now excused that as he has sore hips.

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Julia does the mass walk in the mornings and she walks Indy and Pepper in the afternoon while I take Hamish for his very long run on my buggy (that’s me on the buggy, Hamish running)😀

I don’t know if it is the Bearded Collie in Indy but he really gets on with Pepper? Indy looks all Border Collie but his dad was a Beardie and like Pepper he looked like Chewbacca!!😀

Pepper as Chewbacca.

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The Collie boys are not the only photogenic ones so I took a few pictures of Hamish today as well.

There is not much to report other than the pooches. My health is the same, we are still searching for our ideal motorhome/RV and the summer weather is still lovely enough for me to enjoy sitting in the garden. Not too much to grumble about.🙂

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Good news from Love Underdogs.

My favourite oldies Angelika and Tommy have been reserved and Basil has been adopted and the gorgeous Trinity who I featured on the last blog is also reserved. It has been a very good few weeks for adoptions for some of the longer term woofers but there are still more lovely dogs needing a home.

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Florence is 8 years old and although shy at first is very affectionate, she would like to be an only dog in a quiet home.

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Getting on with Mr Epilepsy.

I am not yet out of the Epilepsy hole but I am getting there. I have had a kind offer from a friend to go out for coffee in a safe environment and I have had a couple of visits from friends put together with Julia taking me out will help to rid me of the stupid anxiety. It a great relief that Julia is doing the driving now, I think being dependant on public transport would stress me to death. I still feel anxious in the hours before I know that I have to go out but after just a short time out it passes.🙂

I haven’t had any more seizures in the past couple of weeks but i am still very sensitive to certain light and noise conditions, I find fluorescent light unbearable and coupled with the kind of humming sound of lots of people in a supermarket makes shopping a no no at the moment (what a shame)😀

Today I managed to take Hamish for a long run out on the edge of town with my buggy, we are unable to use our beautiful park because it has been taken over by Irish travellers who had just been removed from another park in town!! I have nothing against travellers, the last ones who stayed were no bother at all but this group have been racing around the park in cars and being quite intimidating to dog walkers.😦

I had been hoping to get an “oldie” foster dog but the one who seemed to fit my current state of health needs to be kept with his friend and I don’t think I could manage 2 at a time. I will read through all of the dog descriptions on Love Underdogs and see if there is someone else who is wanting home comforts without long runs? I do miss doing something worthwhile like fostering.

The previous rescue centre I volunteered at had a spell of neglecting their dogs so I stopped going, by some accounts things had improved although I have no personal knowledge of current conditions? Wiccaweys are now leaving Wellingborough and moving to Lincolnshire. All I hope is that the local RSPCA is more diligent than the one here and that they manage to keep Wiccaweys honest. Previous conditions can be seen on the Facebook group “Wiccaweys uncovered”

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I wish this gorgeous lady suited my current condition as I have dreamed of being able to help her on her way to happiness.

5 year old Trinity is a stunning girl, with a most unusual look. She is sure to turn heads! She arrived at the shelter in Romania as a puppy and we hope that she will finally find a home in the UK.

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More details of Trinity can be found here.

 

 

 

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The little thing called Epilepsy.

I thought that the shock and fear I felt when diagnosed with Epilepsy would be as bad as it gets, it isn’t! Since the seizure I had 3 weeks or so ago I appear to be frozen with a kind of fear. I only feel safe at home, I don’t want to go anywhere alone and even going out with others makes me a little anxious? I have pinpointed the reason for being anxious taking the dogs out, that is I worry someone will harm Hamish in order to help me as he is nervous but protective of me and will growl and bark. Going far from home I also worry that I could be taken advantage of during a seizure as I have heard of people filming seizures and putting them on Youtube for “a laugh” but I mostly worry about being robbed during a seizure as I have heard of this happening. The one thing I can’t understand is why I should be anxious going out with family or friends? I can only think I am worried that I might be an embarrassment to them or maybe myself? I can’t wait for things to return to normal as it did after being diagnosed. I have been searching for support groups for people with Epilepsy but there isn’t one in my area? I can’t go to the next county as I can never be sure when I am going to have to stop driving again as I have at the moment. It would be really helpful to meet others in the same position and learn from their experiences.

MS isn’t too bad, I am getting used to my carbon fibre leg braces which has reduced the number of falls that I have. I can still only wear them for about an hour at a time until my muscles and joints adapt to being held in a different position. Another big thank you to the NHS because I certainly couldn’t have afforded them myself, the off the shelf version cost £500 for each leg and mine are custom made so I dread to think what they cost?! I have finished with the physiotherapist after 3 months so I now have a programme of exercises to help with my core strength and balance, this should also help to reduce falls.

My dogs are keeping me sane although I am testing their sanity a bit, I have been watching the European championship football (soccer for all you non English people) and every time I get excited by a good goal or tackle the boys run around yapping. Indy learned to do this years ago when we still had Luca during the world cup and he has quickly taught Hamish to join in.🙂 The only problem is that when Hamish joins in Indy tells him off with a special Collie smile and a growl which make Hamish stop, Indy then yaps again so Hamish joins in and round and round it goes until I wet myself laughing.

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The handsome Tommy is hoping to find a loving home for his later years. He is estimated to be 12 years old, perhaps a little more.

He is a very sweet boy, who likes cuddles and relaxing in the sunshine. He is an older gentleman so is looking for a relaxed home and will not need a very active lifestyle. Gentle walks and plenty of love will do just fine for him.

Tommy was rescued together with Aslan and Angelika 2 years ago. They were all in dire straight and starving at the edge of a forest. Tommy is a quiet and gentle boy and we hope a wonderful family will come forward to give him some home comfort.

As Tommy is a little bit older, Love Underdogs will offer his forever family an option to have vet fee support, as it will be difficult to get him insured. Details of this offer will be explained to interested families.

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To adopt Tommy or any of the other beauties at Love Underdogs visit the website for details.

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Not the best week but I’ve had worse.

I’m afraid the dreaded “eppy” has returned! On Monday I spent a few hours doing some gentle gardening (sitting on the ground potting some seedlings) after I got up I remember saying something to Julia and then the lights went out. Julia said it was the best seizure that she has seen, I was standing with a sharp knife in my hand in between the corner of a heavy wooden planter and a stack of terracotta pots. I went down like an expertly felled tree, right between the hazards and landed with the knife clutched safely away from my body.🙂 The seizure didn’t last long enough to cause any concern but it took quite a while before I knew what was going on and several days before the foggy head subsided. The difference I have noticed since this seizure is that I have a constant feeling of nervousness? and more than a little anxiety and worry. I think this is probably because I had become accustomed to not having seizures for a couple of years and I became convinced it was under control. I have 2 theories regarding the seizure; 1 is that a long period of MS fatigue brought it on (fatigue can trigger seizures in people with Epilepsy) and 2 is that the pre seizure things I have had lately contributed to the MS fatigue? as usual the healthcare professionals reply was that it could be a bit of both or either???😀 Our NHS is great but trying to get a decisive opinion out of a doctor who hasn’t spent months testing is like getting blood out of a stone.😀

In other news…

I spent last weekend printing pictures that I have taken over the years as we have a printer ink contract and I wasn’t making the best use of it. I came across a photo that I took in Plockton, a village  in the western highlands of Scotland. I loved the image as I looked at it which is why I took the photo but I never appreciated how beautiful it was until I printed it, it wont look as good on here as the kelp in the foreground doesn’t show up as vibrant yellow but here it is.

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Boat in the bay at Plockton

 

I am going to continue to take it easy for a while as I don’t want to risk having a prolonged period of seizures, rest is a good thing. I feel terribly guilty seeing Julia flitting around doing all of the chores on her own while I sit doing nothing, I will make it up to her some how.

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Denali is a 2 year old girl who would be ideal for an active outdoor type of family.

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Denali and other gorgeous pooches can by found at Love Underdogs via their website.

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