Saturday, 6 February 2016

A Teddy Up Date and Bits and Bobs

Raspberry & Blueberry Puffs (take approx 5 mins to make)

Terana caerulea (Cobalt Crust Fungus).

The Pink Bandage Of Doom

35 Year Old PJs :o)

New Fabric (I am a sucker for chooks and eggs on eggshell blue fabric)
 
The Mysterious Insides of the Gaming Comp

Teddy's New Tea (and breakfast)

Patchwork cushion cover WIP. Just what every New Girl At Uni needs :o)

Being Very Good Indeed- nurse Poppy

The Patient


I think M is taking this whole modelling apron thing a Bit Too Far..

Teddy has had a rough week. The second patch of wet eczema exploded on Wednesday evening over the course of an hour (as they do) from five small spots into one enormous oozing itchy weepy pussy crust that spread up his neck and around his ears. It drove him crazy and looked terrible. The natural remedies weren't keeping pace with it so he had a steroid injection on Thursday and the V.E.T. also gave us some topical cream to put on it twice a day. Thank goodness, they seem to be doing the trick. We went back this morning for a check-up and our lovely V.E.T. was happy with his progress. The itchiness has abated over the last 48 hours thanks to the steroids so he isn't scratching so much, as a result the scab is drying off and the inflammation which had bulged his neck out and made it red and tender and burning hot has also gone.

He still has to wear a sock (which he finds most undignified) incase he scratches it, because the scratching is what spreads the eczema, which means I can't leave him for more than a few minutes in case the sock comes off. Wee and poo trips all have to be accompanied and this morning he had to come to Bournemouth with us because he can't be left at home on his own. He had a ball of course, made a point of sniffing everything and weeing on every brick he encountered. He even got to go into WH Smiths :o)

All in all it has been a Pretty Horrid Week and although I am relieved it is improving, I am really worried it's going to return again.

On the Plus Side he has some delicious new food which has been made specifically for skin reactions in dogs and smells like Roast Dinner, complete with herbs and vegetables (Pop can't wait to finish the old food so she can go on the new one too). None of this is cheap of course, but as you'll know if you catch up with me here regularly, T and P are our furry kids and frankly I'd do anything for either of them.

I have been clinging on to my sanity throughout all of this by sewing and walking in the woods and fields. I'm half-way through a patchwork cushion cover for J to take back to uni when she comes home for a weekend at the end of Feb, and I've also made a pair of PJ bottoms out of an old duvet cover which (I discovered when I showed them to Ma) is at least 35 years old! Retro PJs By Accident :o).

L's gaming computer has arrived and is currently being set-up. He is mega-excited about it. It looks very futuristic (to me, because I am an Old Fart and understand nothing whatsoever about hard drives, graphic cards, storage space etc etc. Give me something I can switch on and type on and I'm happy :o) ). The timing is good because it's blowing a hoolie here and the rugby is about to start, so we're all house-bound for the rest of the day. After the stresses and strains of this week I am happy to hunker down, light the fire and let the wind rage. The possibility of an ice cold G&T is presenting itself Somewhat Forcibly, and as I've just handed in the next college assignment AND done three loads of washing after nursing a poorly pooch all week I don't intend to argue!

Hope all are well? Huge Apologies for not getting round to reading your blogs much this week. Hope you all understand- a sick dog is a sick child in our house and it has been rather full on here. Hoping the coming week will be easier. I'll try and pop round and see you all before Monday.

All the best to you all,

CT x

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  1. My best wishes to the patient, I do understand as Ben has skin issues and a flare up turns my life inside out and upside down. He loves that dog food, 1 2/2 tins a day but would happily gobble twice as much down if allowed.

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    1. Good to hear Ben enjoys the food. Has it helped his skin? Hoping it will make a difference for Teddy.

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  2. Poor Ted, he looks so sad,The cream puffs look extremely tasty xx

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    1. He has been feeling pretty miserable, poor love. The puffs are rather yummy :o)

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  3. That cobalt crust fungus is an entirely new thing to me, and the puffs looks very very tasty

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    1. I'd never seen it before either. Found it on the under side of some old ash lying on the ground. Worth seeing if you can find some. Beautiful stuff.

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  4. Poor Ted, could a less girly sock improve his mood? He does look thoroughly cheesed off! Love the patchwork cushion cover. Please can we have a step by step for simpletons for it? I've ventured out to Skipton and looked at ALL the things. Now safely infront of the rugby, though I'm looking forward to tomorrow's game a lot more!!

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    1. He has a blue sock now, which he tells me is only a very small improvement. Will pop a how to post up for the cushion cover hopefully by next weekend :o) XX

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  5. Oh Ted you poor thing. I am suitably impressed by your fierce expression whilst wearing your pink sock. I thought Rocky hound had broken his leg this week & have been suitable distraught. He is however fine thanking every god like force in the universe. I hope you get to enjoy your G&T tonight - I've already started. Chin Chin xx

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    1. Goodness, what happened? Relieved to hear it wasn't a break, you must have been going spare. xx

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  6. Gald Teddy is on the mend...I am like you...my ppets are my children and get treated as such in sickness and inhealth...that's why I spent three nights sleeping on the kitchen floor next tto Tro's bed just before christmas. My Nephew is into computers and built his own super gaming computer but I'm like you ..turn it on and it works is as much as I want. Lobe the pic of Hubby modeling the latest apron. Have you thought about making some tabbard style ones with individual pockets?? Would be great for when your busy in the greenhouse!!

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    1. Fantastic idea re the greenhouse apron, thank you! M has asked for one for his shed/ workshop. Thanks for good wishes re Ted, it is such a worry when they are poorly isn't it?

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  7. Oh poor Ted! (And poor you.) Do you know what causes it, CT? How horrid for him/you all. A relax by the fire with a large G&T sounds just the ticket. I'm impressed that you've been doing sewing and everything while coping with your patient. Hope all continues to improve and he's all better v soon. Sam x

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    1. It's come out of no where Sam, which makes it hard to treat. I know there is often a dietary connection so we've changed his food. Ultimately I will be making it myself, but at the mo it's one step at a time. Westies are prone to sensitive skins so it may be an aging thing too x

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  8. It`s horrible to see them looking so unhappy. Poor Ted, this wet weather won`t be helping his skin ( or your sanity).

    Enjoy your cream puff and the G&T. Let`s hope things get better next week. DWx

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    1. The vet thinks the weather may have played a part in it. Too many bugs still about :o( On the plus side our little rescue pony who is now an old boy has kept his condition much better this year not shivering in the cold and wet. Hope all's well with you x

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  9. Hey CT,
    Poor, poor Ted :(
    He looks so forlorn with his little pink bandage on. Bless him. I'm so glad to hear that he is on the mend. Will this be one of those things that flare from time to time? It sounds terribly miserable. Lucky for him he has such loving owners. I completely understand the concept of furry babies.
    Sending lots of love to him, and a clink, clink, fizz to you.
    Leanne xx

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    1. I'm hoping we can eradicate it with diet but it's poss it will flare from time to time. Its been a horrid week :o( xx

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  10. oh, dear. Few things spell misery more than a doggy in a bandage. Hope he improves soonest!

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    1. Too true. He's so good about wearing it though, bless his cottons.

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  11. Oh poor chap, it sounds truly horrid, I do hope it all heals up very soon. Slow cooked lamb hotpot sounds rather good. The cobalt fungus is amazing. As are the raspberry puffs. I plan to lose some weight over Lent so I am laying down some extra fat in the meantime to see me through. Hope you're enjoying that G&T in front of the fire, it sounds lovely and cosy. And a man in a very fetching apron waiting on you too, does life get any better? CJ xx

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    1. I could eat that dog food, honestly :o). I'm impressed at the Lent weight-loss plan, and even more at the laying fat down before hand one :o) G&T was rather nice, as was the fire and the fella in the apron cooked supper too, which was very kind and a bonus, all things considered XX

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  12. Oh poor Ted. I hope he feels better soon and the patch clears up and stays away. Good for you for getting on with sewing while monitoring your patient.

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  13. awww poor Teddy he looks a little sad. I hope he gets better soon.
    I wish I could drink I would be sitting with a G and T and zoning out in front of the TV.
    Give the wee one a hug from us !

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. I've given up all booze except beer and gin. Everything else gives me a headache. Thanks for good wishes for Teddy. Hope thehamish is OK xx

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  14. Hope the G & T helped, sounds like the week from hell.

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  15. Poor Teddy; those horrid wet eczemas are so difficult to get rid of..! AND to have to wear a SOCK as well! Poor, poor darling! Give him all our love:)
    My youngest furbaby has a lot of health issues and he eats very expensive VET food; I'm very lucky to have a very kind mum that helps me with that expense. As well as understanding just how important my furbabies are to me!

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    1. So many poor doggies seem to be troubled by allergic reactions/ skin problems. I'm sure diet is the key to much of it. Doggy children are precious souls x

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  16. Poor Teddy! Although the pink bandage does look rather fetching. Love the patchwork cushion too. Enjoy the G&T; you've got me craving one now! xx

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    1. It was you who inspired the patchwork cushion, so thank you for that :o) x

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  17. Lots of love to Teddy, and hugs to him as well, and of course to you and Poppy! xx

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  18. Poor Ted, what a sad looking chappy he is. I mean pink! Really! Poor love. Still glad the vet's visit has made things easier for you and helping Ted.
    Loving the patchwork cushion - it reminds me of a duvet cover I once made when I was about 18. One summer holidays I gathered all our leftover Laura Ashely fabric and got stuck into it. Still have it and use it as a bed throw now with my endless cushions - drives my husband to distraction (the cushions that is!!!!) Takes him 3 hours to get into bed each night - or so he exaggerates!
    Walking and sewing...what a blissful way to be.
    Mum told me the temperature was 10c ("quite mild") she said and I gulped...we are averaging about 30c at the moment and I am fearing the difference. More layers required I fear!
    I am practising my very broad Aussie accent for our meet up!!!
    Take care and give Ted a hug. Also loving the male model that keeps appearing in your blogs....he should get an agent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxxx

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    1. Thanks re Teddy wishes, Fingers crossed he is now on the mend. You've inspired me to make a patchwork duvet cover, I have loads of bits and bobs that will be perfect for it! My hubby is the same re cushions, I think he would throw them out the window if I ever put any on the bed!
      Yup, quite mild here comparatively speaking, but still hats and scarves weather. You will need layers!! PS- have been chuckling about W's drawing all weekend :o) xx

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    2. Hee Hee..you cant beat a dinosaur as top of the food chain...I wonder if his science teacher will find it amusing when he marks the hand out sheet!!!! He is has a sense of humour so here is hoping.....or I will expect a phone call xxx

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  19. Very 'I am sorry for myself' patient and very efficient 'I am in charge of the nursing' nurse.
    A fine turn of leg there on the apron model!

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    1. Pops has been brilliant with Ted all week, very mature all things considered! I think all the apron modelling is going to M's head :o)

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  20. oh dear...poor, poor, Ted. And poor you for having to cope with the worry of it all. And YES, it's very worrying indeed. They really are just kids with more hair. I hope the diet switch helps. I don't suppose you've ever entertained the notion of raw food? <-- it's a love or hate topic so I won't say any more than the summer I fed her raw was the only summer that the Emma-dog didn't need steroids to contain her allergies. But I'm squeamish and it's rather revolting and now that we only have one dog, the portion sizes weren't safely manageable to split and store etc. Diet is definitely key, though...I do believe that.

    Remember to take great care of yourself..G&T is medicinal in this case....Ted needs his nurse in tip-top form. much love to you! xoxo

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    1. V interested re the raw food- have been reading up on it all week. I've got as far as thinking seriously about cooking everything here. If no improvement that will be the next step and if that doesn't work then will try the raw food. All makes sense when you think about it.
      Hope all's well with all of you. I do miss your posts....XX

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  21. Sick Doggie in our house is also sick child. I understand. Jack caught a virus last summer and was sick for approx 3 months. We almost lost her a couple of times. The Vets were perplexed as to what it was. She lost control of bladder an pooper and it was a very trying and horrible experience for her. We got her through it and now she is healthy once more, however; i make all her food. No store bought food or treats. I was always careful, reading the fine print on dog food packages, but need not anymore. My healthy dog is fed with healthy home cooking and there are no surprises.....not written on the product. Jack receives all nutrients and vitamins to keep healthy and when said Doggie burps after eating meal, I smile. I hope dear Teddy is well soon and the bandages come off and all is well in your kingdom once again.

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    1. Viruses are hideous things and hang about much longer than most folks realise. V interested in Jack's diet, I have been coming to same conclusion here over the last few days so it's great to hear your experience of it.

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  22. Ah poor wee Ted, it is very upseting having a poorly dog. At least the kids can tell you they are feeling sick! My brain cannot cope with that gaming computer, it looks like a jewellery shop inside a microwave! Get well soon Ted and well done Pop, it sounds like Mum CT is also keeping up with all her usual lovely interests despite all the drama. xx

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    1. It's been hard because you can't say 'don't scratch it' :o( Still, he is looking better today and has barely scratched it at all, Just hoping the new diet will take effect and soothe his gut and get rid of it all. xx

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  23. Oh and regards the excema, do you use shop bought dog shampoo? We found that a mixture of clear anti-bac soap, splash of vinegar, splash of lemon juice and a drop of tea tree oil results in a nice clean dog and is less irritating than the store bought stuff.

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    1. I've got a special sensitive skin one made for dogs with skin probs. It's v gentle and seems to help rather than hinder, but I will write down your recipe because that sounds interesting. XX

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  24. Poor Teddy, must be so miserable for him and such hard work for you keeping an eye on him constantly. Your raspberry and blueberry puffs look mouth wateringly tempting. xx

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    1. It has been a tough week but I think we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel now x

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  25. How rotten for poor Ted. Hopefully the new food is cheering him up a bit. Hope next week is loads better with Ted on the road to recovery x

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  26. Poor Ted he doesn't look his usual chirpy self. The packaging on the dog tin looks as if it is meant for us! Funnily enough I too have been reading this week about making your own dog food and how it was normal until they started marketing it. I do hope Teddy improves, with Daisy it just kept recurring. I hope this new work things improve for you all. Great modeling again! Sarah x

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    1. Interesting to hear about your experience with Daisy, I am hoping we can control it with diet x

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  27. I hope you have an easier week too. So sorry Ted is affected again-it's terrible looking after a poorly animal. I always liken it to E.T. and Elliot, I feel physically unwell when my pets are ill.

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    1. It does get to you, for sure. He is happier today x

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  28. Poor sweet Teddy. Glad he is feeling better. Your pictures are great. There is a bright orange fungus growing on a fallen pine tree here, that looks like the cobalt blue fungus in your picture. Those berry puffs look absolutely delicious!

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    1. Fungus is amazing stuff, we haven't had much here this autumn because it was too dry I think and I have missed seeing it. Thanks for good wishes for Teddy :o)

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  29. Aww poor little Ted.. hope you get better soon little man. Your raspberry and blueberry puffs look so good! xx

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