Monday, 31 October 2011

And The Geyser Saga Continues............

So the plumbers arrive at around 9 am and the first thing they say is sorry we can't install the geyser, because Kwikot has left a horizontal geyser and it can't be installed vertically like the other one. so it is back to fighting with Standard Bank Insurance and eventually it is decided that they fit the geyser horizontally and Standard Bank Insurance has to fix the wall where the previous geyser was installed. This is how Insurance companies save money by only using contractors on their panel. There is no saving whatsoever. Had they allowed us to use our own plumbers back in 2009, plumbers that relied on quality workmanship and not shoddy workmanship, because they were on a panel that guaranteed them work, then they would have paid once for the repair and if they did not have a policy that geysers must now be fitted outside and not in the roof. These plumbers are still here trying to fit this geyser 5 hours later. Right now it sounds like they are going to fall through the roof any minute now. What they are doing on the roof, only they will know, because the geyser is being fitted to the wall not the roof.

Thanks to them, I have had an unplanned pajama day, the water is still switched off and I have spent the day in my pj's getting my blog updated. Here comes frustration no 2 of the day, I was updating my page on our animals and checked it now and half of what I had typed has disappeared AGAIN. It seems when I move pictures it erases the wording so no doubt all over this blog there is posts that make no sense at all, which I have to now go redo and wonder what I had initially intended to type Aargh!! Frustration 3, Mark's friend has arrived home from his weekend away, I am still in my nightie and have now come to my room to do my blog and for some reason cannot pick up my wireless connection in the bedroom. It goes from no signal to poor all the time. He is in his room, but I really don't want to take the chance that he comes in the house and I am sitting in the dining room in my nightie. I am not getting dressed until I have a shower, even if that is at 10 tonight. For the same reason, I can't go into my office to see whats up with my router and Internet connection.

Frustrations frustrations frustrations!!!!! The story of my life, nothing goes smoothly. We never went out last night, it was raining and we were all lazy. We had a lot of rain last night and this morning it was all sunny and fresh, but now looks overcast. Now watching old episodes of Family Matters on BBC Entertainment. I don't usually enjoy British comedies and movies, I think, because I don't get their sense of humour, but Family Matters is just great. It is so funny, hilarious actually. I just love "The Harper Way" You just cannot stay in a bad mood when watching it. Very good for the endorphins and stress.

Till later ..............................

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Spike Conquers His Fears

Finally!!! Spike has conquered his fear of the pool. He is petrified of the pool as well as the hosepipe. The reason why he is scared of the hosepipe is because when they broke into our house, they threw rocks at the dogs and sprayed them with water with our hosepipe and he is now petrified of the hosepipe. I don't know why he is scared of the pool.

Chad was swimming with Piggy and Mark decided to put Spike in the pool as well. Since Chad has been swimming with Piggy everyday, Spike has been coming closer and closer to the edge of the pool, something he would never do before. Mark put him in the pool and when he jumped out he did not run away. I then convinced Mark to get into the pool, because Spike will go anywhere Mark is, although before this week even if Mark did go in the pool, he would not even go outside. Mark jumped into the pool and then put Spike in and I threw his toy into the pool and he swam to the deep end almost drowning, but got his toy. Then him and Piggy were playing tug of war with Mark & Chad, his favourite game.


Pluto and Jingles also had a swim and whilst Piggy, Spike and Jingles ran around the pool playing, Pluto, the old man that he is jumped on the patio chair and lay there, thinking they were so silly and immature.

Crazy Garfield spent the day lying in the dog's bath and at one stage was lying inside a packet that was in the bath for no apparent reason


Well it finally rained last night. Hard drenching rain and this morning everything looked clean and fresh. As for our geyser being fixed, this did not happen. Kwikot technicians came out this morning, took one look at the geyser and said a 200L geyser is not meant to be installed on the wall the way it has been. The installation is totally illegal and they would not be installing the new one.  Standard Bank Insurance have to send their plumbers out to redo the installation. The installation was signed off in 2009, by their assessor, says a lot about Standard Bank and Standard Bank Insurers. The plumbers now can't get the special brackets to install the geyser, so now they are coming tomorrow.  I am so mad. On Friday when I spoke to one of the consultants, he asked if we would rather have a solar geyser fitted. I asked Mark and he said yes. Now today, they say if we have a solar geyser fitted it is at our cost. Why the hell say we should rather have a solar geyser to replace this one, if we have to pay the cost of it. Just so they don't have to pay out another claim, caused by their incompetent plumbers on their panel of plumbers. Another day of showering in the shower in the flatlet and no bathing :(.

Calamari Starter
We were going to go out for supper last night, Mark felt like having a steak and not a home cooked one. Especially not one cooked by me.  I hate cooking fried foods. When he was on his way home the storm had already started and it was quite a hectic storm so we decided to rather stay home and have pizza for supper.  We might go out tonight to the Cattle Baron for supper. I wouldn't mind going to Mo-Zam-Bik. We went there for Mark's birthday on the 8 October 2011. It was the first time that I had been there, Chad and Mark went to the one in Ballito, when they were down there a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed my meal. The starter was not that good, grilled calamari, but my main meal, cob with a green mango and banana sauce was absolutely Divine. Mark had a strange Portuguese sausage for a starter, which he did not enjoy. For his main meal he had a mixed grill. BORING!!! Why go somewhere different and have something common and boring like a mixed grill.


Portuguese Sausage In Flames
Cob With Banana & Mango
Mixed Grill

Portuguese Sausage

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Can You Believe It............

Yep that is right, less than a month and school is over. It seems like just yesterday that Chad started high school. The year has just flown by. I have not done a quarter of the things that I planned on doing. For one I have still not reached my goal weight. In June or May last year, I started a blog about my fat fight and also joined Fatsecret. A free "diet" site. I basically used it to record calories, but it has forums, weight tracker and journals. When I joined and recorded my starting weight; goal weight and calorie intake, it stated it would take over a year to get to my goal weight and that seems such a long time, BUT it has been 18 months and I still have not reached my goal weight. The only time that I took dieting seriously was when they doctor told me my cholesterol was dangerously high. I cut out all foods that caused high cholesterol, it lasted 2 months and now I am back to eating badly and not exercising. Always starting my diet on "Monday" walking on the dread mill on "Monday" - yes dread mill - not a typo :). Still waiting for that Monday to arrive.

There are so many things that I have said I was going to do and have not. I still have not put my thoughts and feelings about Clint's birthday down on paper.  I started and got up to the morning before taking Chad to school and have not gone any further. I have not posted here about a lot of things we have done, nor have I completed Clint's page or any other page.

Chad starts exams on the 7 November and he needs to start studying. He is just like me and always says tomorrow or I just want to, but never does.  The other morning he gave me a letter from the school which was to inform me he needed to put in extra effort for NS (Natural Sciences) and EMS (Economical Management Sciences). I was really angry because I had to sign it and we were late and he never bothered to give it to me the day before. I shouted at him and told him that he is to start studying as soon as he gets home from school. His reply was "I have a shitload of homework today and I am not studying". What the schnitzel Kiddo!! This is your mother you talking to!! Never mind how do you know you have lots of homework before school starts when this is all you did yesterday afternoon, besides buggering around in the pool???

And after telling him to get off the couch and go do something the cheeky little brat says OK I will do push ups.

And the week is over and no studying done - MONDAY!!! and this time Monday has to be a reality and not just a day one day in the future.

Yesterday, when I got home from work, I noticed that our geyser was leaking. Our geyser is outside the house. It was replaced by Standard Bank Insurance in January 2009 and their policy is to install geysers outside, because of the damage to the rest of the house if it breaks. So I phone Mark and tell him and he says it can't be broken it has just been replaced. And, I forgot about it. Then at 19h30, I remembered and told him to go look at it, because there is a lot of water dripping out of it. I had put a bucket there which caught some of the drips and when he went outside, the bucket was full. The geyser was so hot it was about to explode. He switched it off, then I had to quickly run my bath water, he had a shower and fortunately Chad had showered earlier after swimming, so that he could turn the water off. Luckily, he could turn the tap off on the geyser, so we did not have to switch the water off at the mains. This morning I had to shower in ice cold water, it literally took my breath away, it was so cold, but in this heat there was no way I could start the day without a shower and washing my hair. The plumbers from Standard Bank Insurance came out at about 11am , knowing the urgency of not having a geyser, but it has to be repaired by the manufacturer - Kwikot and they said they would try and come out today, but alas they have not, so no hot water. Fortunately, Mark's friend who is staying in our flatlet has gone away for the weekend, so we will all be showering in his bathroom and if they don't come and fix it tomorrow, I am going to blow a fuse and really throw my toys out.
The rain is definately on its way.    AND IT IS HERE!!!! In all its wet cool glory
Till Later..................

Friday, 28 October 2011

The Night Before.................

And it did not rain. It almost always rains on Guy Fawkes and Diwali and I was so sure it was going to rain last night.  The clouds were dark and heavy, but nothing.  This morning we had not even 5 minutes of drizzle, I am sure it dried up before it even hit the ground.  What we did have though, was lots and lots of noise and not from thunder, but from fire crackers.  It is so annoying, in fact more than annoying. I do not know what the significance to any religion or culture loud bombs have and strangely enough, I have never seen Indian people in the houses around us and I have often walked around our roads. BUT... the fireworks went on and on and loud. I know quite a few Hindu people who also don't believe that crackers and fireworks have any significance in their religion and who are totally against it, because it is a man made celebration and children and animals get hurt. In fact I read on IOL today of a Staffie who had his jaw blown off from a cracker. Someone threw the cracker over the wall and into their garden, the poor dog ran up to it, put it in his mouth and it exploded and blew off most of his jaw. The poor dog had to be put down. Where is the fun and prosperity and good health in that. In someone else's sadness and an innocent dog's tragic and painful death. Sorry but I hate those things and will never find them pretty, beautiful, fascinating to watch or fun.

On the subject of Diwali, one of Mark's customers brought him a little Diwali box of eats. It had little chocolate balls in it, Indian treats, biscuits and this really lovely, chocolate shortbread kind of cake. Mm mm, it was so deli sh - and I am back on my low cholesterol diet, but could not resist the tempting treats. I have no will power whatsoever.

The weather has cooled down a bit, but the dogs are still so hot and again, I was kept up for half the night lifting on and half the bed, letting them outside at 2am and I am so exhausted. They are so cute though, that I can't stay angry with them for long. The picture below is of Spike, sitting patiently waiting for someone to give him his toy.  That dog and toys!!! He is worse than a baby attached to a dummy (pacifier) or security blanket.  Mark bought them new toys on Saturday and of course Spike has already chewed bits off his.  He does that until he gets the squeaky bit out. It probably hurts his ears as soft as what they are, or we think they are, because they can get irritating and he just rips into whatever toy squeaks and then he is happy. I don't know why they actually put squeaky things in them.  Anyway Chad has taped up his toy three times, I don't know why, but he does and Spike rips the tape off and knows exactly which is tape and which is toy. So last night Chad taped it up again and put it in the vase on the lounge table. Spike sat by the table for about 20 minutes doing nothing but staring at the toy, before I actually noticed. Not once did he jump up and try and get it, he just sat waiting for someone to give it to him, when Chad did give it to him he was so excited. Mark and Chad often put his toy in the vase and one night he sat by Mark, which he always does, if Mark is not here he is my dog and my shadow, as soon as Mark gets home he does not come near me. This one night after sitting and barking at Mark, he came to me, sat down and looked at me, I rubbed him and made a fuss of him, saying how strange it is that he is sitting by me, when I suddenly remembered that his toy was in the vase. Mark had put it there the day before, because he had chewed it up and was eating bits of it. It was not a very strong toy, just a little squeaky shoe, more for a poodle than a bull terrier. It was so cute the way he came and asked me to give him his toy, because Mark was not giving it to him. Animals are so clever and just so cute.

Quote For The Day:
   The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude. ~Robert Brault

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Another Hot Sleep Deprived Night

I am so exhausted and I wish my animals would give me just one night of uninterrupted sleep. I am still battling to get to sleep before 11pm. I now make a point of getting to bed earlier, but seems 10.30 is the earliest no matter how hard I try, but lat night I managed to be in bed by 9.30pm. I was exhausted and could hardly keep my eyes open, but still I just lay there trying to sleep.

Eventually, I must have just fallen asleep when I heard these three loud cracker like noises, more like mini-bombs going off in quick succession. I don't know if it was fireworks or something more sinister. It is Diwali today, the Hindu celebration of lights or festival of lights, so I don't know if it was someone eager to celebrate Diwali earlier. I still don't get where the festival of lights needs to be celebrated with loud bombs, but never the less it happens and I hate it. There was not a single sound before that and nothing after that, which was weird. Of course the dogs were not happy about the noise.  Jingles hopped into our bed and cowered under the blankets, Miss Piggy left Chad's bed and came to our bed as well and tried to climb up. I was reluctant to lift her up, because her and Jungles hate each other and Jingles is forever growling at her and I was not keen on having a huge dog fight in our bed during the night, but in the end I had to lift her up.

It was not 10 minutes later and Jingles was overheating under the blankets, she was panting so hard she sounded like a steam train gone wrong, fighting to find her way out the blankets, then she was off to the bathroom to drink water and back on the bed, then it was Pluto's turn to cry to get on the bed. we ended up with 3 of them in our bed all lying on top of me and of course I don't sleep soundly, because I am always aware of them lying near the edge and I am scared I kick them off during the night. Piggy lying at the end of my bed by my feet and Pluto lying on the edge on the side of the bed. Jingles is fine, because she lies somewhere in the middle. All we needed was Spike and Garfield to join us. Other than Pluto, who did not seem to feel the heat, the other three were up and down drinking water, panting, flopping on the floor and then getting back onto the bed. The whole night long.

The heat is really getting to them, so it must be really hot, because other than Miss P, they don't normally get so hot. Garfield is even taking strain. Whilst I was locking up the house last night, she wanted to go out, but then just sat on the patio and the more I called her the more she just sat there staring at me and meowing softly, eventually I had to go outside and bring her in, because I really needed to get into bed and fall asleep.  Well that was the plan. Earlier when I was running my bath water she came into the bathroom, which she often does. She usually only drinks water out the basin. I gave her water and next thing she was on the edge of the bath and almost climbing into the water. It looked like she was going to dive in head first but she just wanted to drink water - out the bath of all places, when there are bowls of fresh water everywhere. She is such a crazy cat.

In other crazy news, before I went to bath, I went to let the dogs out and when I got to the front door, it was wide open. When I left the lounge to go and run my bath water, Chad and Mark were in the lounge watching TV, very involved in the junk they were watching. I wondered why they were outside all of a sudden and as I got to the door, I heard this banging sound, and saw these sparks flying at the end of the garden. It was pretty scary. Well it turns out this humongous spider got caught on the electric fence. Its body on the one set of strands and its legs on the other and it was getting electrocuted. The fence was just shooting off sparks and volts and whatever else they do. Mark wanted to save the spider with a piece of wood and logical me told him to just switch off the fence, which I did and then he knocked it off the fence, but it was dead already. Shame poor spider, but I cannot say i am sorry that it died. I have been bitten by a spider and I am sorry to say, but I do not want them in my house or anywhere near me and definitely not one that size.  I don't like electric fences at all, but I guess that is one of the negatives of living in South Africa, safety first and all that. Not that they keep criminal out anyway, if they want to get in they will no matter what security measures you have.

It looks like it might rain today and if it does it is going to be one heck of an electric storm, I think. The garden is really parched so I don't mind if it rains as long as it is more water than lightning and thunder. The gardener had to water the garden yesterday and my save water costs went down the drain. All the plants were wilted, especially the hydrangeas, in fact they looked dead, but are now looking healthy again. Another day of heat and they will be wilting again.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Heat Wave and a Bull Dog

Well to say it is hot in Johannesburg would be an understatement.  It is really very hot for October, apparently according to the weather stations, yesterday"s temperature was the highest recorded in October ever. If I can remember they said that the highest was 33.4 and yesterday ranged from 33 to 35. Today is 30. I guess people who live in areas where the temperatures are much higher must wonder why all the fuss over temperatures of 35c. I guess we are not used to such temperatures and if you live in a very hot area you become acclimatised to the heat. The worst is that there was not even a breeze, just hot air. At least today there is a slight breeze.

Last night I was so worried about Miss Piggy. She slept on Chad's bed as usual and at 23h00 came through to our room panting like crazy. I went to go get her water, but she did not want to drink and did not want to go out either. I tried to get to sleep and she lay down on the fall by my bed and had stopped panting, then 10 minutes later she started panting again and tried to get onto our bed, I put her up and the panting got worse and she sounded as if she was gulping if that makes sense, so I brought the water to our bathroom, put her face almost right into it and she drank and drank and drank.

She was still panting for awhile after that and again tried to get on our bed. I put her up, but did not want her on the bed in case she over heated, but she stopped panting and settled down to sleep. I also fell into a deep sleep and did not even hear Mark let them out at 04h30. I was going to put the air con on for her, but I can't sleep with it on and Mark would have bitched about the electricity, but if she had not cooled down with just water and the windows wide open I would have put it on regardless of the cost of electricity. The problem with the electricity costs is that we have different price brackets, so your consumption is broken down into low cost up to higher costs depending on the levels you use, if that makes sense. Every level you go up is charged at a different rate per unit used and the more you use the higher the unit price and ours is always at about the 5th level. Water charges are the same and that is how you are penalised for using excess water and electricity.

Bull Dogs certainly don't enjoy hot weather and Piggy is no exception. She loves the rain and loves water and she has more energy early in the morning and early evenings and on colder days. Chad has been swimming her when he gets home from school and she loves it. So much for Bull Dogs not being able to swim, but I still won't take a chance by letting her near the pool on her own.

Here are some pictures of her with Chad this past December.

That is her just relaxing in the boat, but she does go in the water all the time and swims.

Till next time, from a very hot & tired.................

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Is Winter Back?

Miss Piggy woke me up at 02h15 to go out and wow, what a shock it was opening the front door. I was almost blown away as this gush of icy cold wind came rushing through the open door. Miss Piggy even took a step back and refused to go out, so I had to coax her out the door and then Pluto came along and went out, then she followed him out. Spike came down the passage to see what was going on and promptly turned tail and rushed off to bed. I left him, because he never got up so he could go out, she definitely wanted to go out and I was not going to clean up accidents just because it was too cold to stand at the open front door.

After the heat of the last few days, clouding over in the mornings, the skies threatening to rain then getting steamy hot, it was a real shocker when the temperatures dropped so drastically, it was 11C this morning which is rather chilly, the wind being the worst. We had a lovely rain storm yesterday afternoon and then it stopped as suddenly as it started. I am not a rain person, I really don't enjoy the rain, but will be the first to enjoy it after long spells of no rain. The dust gets to me and I hate everything looking dry and dusty. Our garden is also looking very dry and ugly, so I welcomed yesterday's rain. After the first shower, which didn't even wet most of the garden, because of the trees, the sun shone for about half an hour then it bucketed down, this time drenching everything. This happened a couple of times through out the evening, stop, start, stop, start. I guess the colder weather last night and this morning is a blessing in disguise. The garden was so parched, you could practically see it soaking up the water and if it was hot again the heat would have just drawn it all out and we would be back to a dry, arid looking garden. The temperature is steadily climbing, it was 15c when I logged on and the wind is dying down, who knows it might get hot again.

Miss P, has been driving me crazy. Sheila, our cleaning lady does not work on Thursdays and for the past hour, I have been sitting in my office, which is not in the house, but directly opposite the back door. The back door is open and she keeps barking in the house and when she hears me coming inside she runs to me wiggling her little bum - that usually means she is up to nonsense and chewing up something. She has not chewed anything for awhile, but I am not taking any chances. One day she was doing that and when Sheila went to clean the lounge she saw that Piggy had chewed off the corner of our coffee table, amongst plenty of other things on other days.

Ignoring her is not an option, plus there is always this kind of inner fear that someone could be in the house. Living in South Africa, I think everyone has that fear, some to a lesser degree than others, but it is mostly there. I know having locked gates and electric fences do not keep robbers out, but I face the front gate and can see if someone is at the gate, not that they cant jump over the electric fence at the back and walk in the back door without me knowing, so the fear is always there I guess. I shouldn't keep the back door unlocked, but I do. My office does not have a security gate and that is left open, imagine sitting locked up with the door closed, no thanks!! Mark says I should keep the courtyard gate locked, but I don't - the dogs need the freedom to walk outside and in the house or in the office whenever they want. Usually Piggy goes and lies in Pluto's bed for most of the day, until Chad gets home from school and I just go and check that she is there and that every thing is OK, not often, but I do throughout the morning. I often work in the dining room when Sheila is not here, so that I have the doors locked, but if I don't, like today, then Spike and Jingles are always in the office with me, Piggy in the house in Pluto's bed and then Pluto, the real guard dog, lies 'gaurding' my car or 'gaurding' a door - guarding something. He is like a security guard who has to do rounds to check that everything is in order and nothing is amiss. He is our self appointed security guard, minus the baton and torch.

Needless to say, Madam Piggy's antics have upset our little Thursday routine. All of us up and down checking to see what she is barking at . After the 10th time, I finally discovered what the problem was. Garfield is lying on Chad's unmade bed, I haven't made it yet, because I did not want to disturb her, she was sleeping so soundly and looked so comfy and I hate disturbing her. Well Pigs does not like this at all, according to her, Garfield does not belong on Chad's bed, so she barks at her, comes down the passage, then back to his room to tell Garfield to get off the bed, Garfield being the Queen of the house that she is, just gives her a dirty look and carries on sleeping. She is such a funny little dog, she has her chair that she sits on, but only one place on the three seater couch and don't try and get her to sit anywhere else - she won't. She has so many funny little quirks, it is just too cute. Now she is sulking, because I have locked the inter leading security gate, which means she can't get to her bed or worry Garfield. Shame let me go and open it so she can go sleep and hopefully leave Garfield alone.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Emotional Monday

I have been getting to bed so late every night, 11pm is early for me. Its not that I am busy, I just can't get to bed and asleep. It is not insomnia either, what could you call it? I don't want to go to sleep!! Maybe it is a form of stress, where instead of thought of your worries and stress preventing you from sleeping, I stop myself from sleeping so that I can think of all these things on my mind. Stupid really, but I can't stop myself.

So after only 6 hours of sleep, I woke up at 5am and wished that I had slept when I could have. I am feeling very emotional and fragile this morning, not only from lack of sleep, but mainly from life and all the evil and tragedy in it.

A school girl was abducted last week, possibly raped and then murdered her body was found burning on a farm somewhere. This has really affected me badly. It is very strange, I can hear of or read in the news about a death of a child and it won't affect me at all, then some other case hits me hard. There are no similarities to the cases or anything that I can pinpoint to say well that is why this affected me and that didn't. Whether it is an accident or a murder, a young child or child Clint's age, there is just no similarity at all. Some I feel absolutely nothing for and others I cannot stop thinking about, it just upsets me so badly and this is one of the cases that has overwhelmed me emotionally. It is like I have a connection with the person/child on another level.

I was just starting to get it off my mind on Sunday, when I read in the news that it was this poor young girl's birthday on Sunday, I have cold shivers as I type this. How are her parents coping with burying their child when they should be celebrating her birthday, it is so cruel and evil. The evil monster handed himself over and apparently he is what was known as the Sunday rapist and he had been previously convicted of sexually molesting school girls in the area. Also a very religious married man with a child. These type of people usually hide behind their bibles and religion and then commit heinous crimes against other people and children. It is just so sick and evil. I was wondering how his wife managed to live with a man who was convicted of sexual molestation and then thought well such a sick evil person could have a hold on her. She must have known about the previous conviction, because he was convicted in 2007 and they have a 6 year old child, but after reading a news report quoting the wife as saying all she can ask is that the country prays for her and her son. What the hell, nothing about the poor girl who was brutally murdered. No amount of praying is going to help that poor girl now. Even if it was bad reporting, I am sure if she had said anything about the young girl or expressed any feelings towards the girl's family, they would have added it to the article. Her religion and prayers did not seem to stop her husband from committing such heinous acts against other parent's children.
Here are the links to the News24 and Iol articles, maybe you will disagree with me, but I feel nothing but disgust for her. Thinking of herself and her child and not the parents of the young girl and the young girl herself. My heart goes out to her family. I wish there was something I could do for them, but I know nothing anyone says or does will ever take that pain away.
Pray for us, says wife of suspected rapist

Kidnap suspect may be ‘Sunday rapist’

We live in such a sick evil society, that there are days when it seems like there is no good in this world only evil.

Well that is all for today and I hope you are having a good day wherever you may be.

Bath Time!!!!!!!!!!

No, I am not blogging about my bath time :). I have been so lazy and have not bathed the dogs for such a long time and they were filthy and they sleep on our beds, they are not supposed to and have their own beds, but end up creeping into the beds at night. Miss Piggy sleeps with Chad every night, unless she wakes up during the night, usually when Spike waddles off to Chad's bed, then she climbs into Pluto's bed, which is next to my bed. Sometimes, she just carries on sleeping when Spike climbs onto Chad's bed. Most nights they play musical beds and then they usually need to go out for water or a piddle. When Jingles hears Piggy or Spike get up then she comes and stands up by my side of the bed and I have to lift the duvet, which means she can jump on the bed, then two minutes later, Pluto whines and I have to lift him up. So we have broken sleep every night and dirty dogs sleeping on the beds. Not Good!!!

I can't bath Spike anymore. I think that is why I have been lazy about bathing them. Besides the fact that it is so time consuming and back breaking bathing four dogs, because it is washing them, brushing their teeth, towel drying them then in winter drying them with a hair dryer so it takes hours, but Spike makes it even more difficult. When Mark is around he just says jump Spike and he hops in the bath, but the minute he leaves then he tries to jump out or if he is not at home, then I battle to get him to stay in the bath. I lift him in, but he tries to jump out. I also rinse them with the hand shower and the taps are so tight in their bathroom, then he attacks the water. He has bitten me twice, by accident, luckily it has just been a case of my fingers getting in the way and being grazed and not a genuine Bull Terrier bite. Even when I run my bath water, I always rinse the bath out first, even though it is clean and if the door is open he flies in there and attacks the water. It can be boiling hot, put he still bites at the water. This morning I decided Mark can bath him and I will do the others. Mark doesn't use the hand shower, he just pours water over him, so maybe that is why he is OK getting bathed by Mark.  I am fine washing him, just the getting in and staying in initially, then the rinsing is a problem.

 Jingles is an extremist. She knows exactly when it is bath time and runs and hides away and you can search this house up side down and spend ten minutes looking for her, she hides so well. She will be hiding in the kennel outside and hear me coming and run off somewhere else without me even seeing her. Once she is found I get bitten all the time. That dog bites me whenever I cover her at night, she bites if I try and pick her up and she bites when it is bath time. Yet, she cuddles by me all the time and runs to me whenever she is scared or frightened or if Spike or Piggy fight with her. She is my shadow, but bites me all the time.  If she ever has to go to a shelter and be assessed she will be put down straight away, OK that was just a random thought that will never happen, but it makes you wonder about the assessments of dogs at shelters. All of our dogs would fail those assessments and would never be homed. They all bite when scared or feel threatened, they all have food aggression at times. BUT, they are all lovable, adorable and loving and protective of us.

Well today Jingles never hid away, it was very strange. Mark bathed Spike first and as soon as he went into the bathroom Jingles ran out the back door. She is amazing, because you can go into that bathroom at any time, any day and she does not hide or run away, but as soon as you mention bathing dogs, she bolts. Well after Spike was bathed, I was still busy getting dressed and then I decided I would first bath Pluto and Piggy, then tackle Jingles, but she came into the bathroom as I went in jumped up against my legs and willingly let me pop her into the bath, maybe she thought she wouldn't get bathed. She is actually the easiest to bath, not only because she is tiny, but once she is in the bath, she just stands still and gets on with washing.  I always bath them with Johnson's baby shampoo, but it was finished and Mark bought this Pulvex Shampoo and can you believe it you can't wash their heads with it. I had no option but to use it as I had no baby shampoo, but had to leave them with dirty faces. Its called 2 in 1 Beauty Treatment and Conditioner, please, how can it be a beauty treatment if you can't wash their faces with it.

I haven't bathed them for so long that they have forgotten what it is like to brush their teeth and none of them would let me brush their teeth, except for Piggy who let me brush them with my finger. I did not think to first do the whole taste, then finger brush to get them used to it, because I thought they would know what it was, but they did not like it. They never really like it, but I usually manage to get a fairly good brushing, unfortunately today, no brushing :(

Well as you can see from the colour of the water, Pluto was filthy. He is so short and fat that his tummy drags through all the dirt. He has picked up this habit of rolling in the sand and comes inside brown with sand and needs a good dusting off. Don't ask me why he does it or why he has started doing it. He is also pretty good in the bath, except when I make him stand on his hind legs, I guess his little legs can't hold all the weight. He needs to go on a diet. I did once give him Eukanuba low calorie food, but not for long, he ended up eating more than normal so what was the point.

And..... Miss Piggy, my little Piggy Pie, it looks like she is having a pee in the bath, but I checked no yellow tint in the water :D. She is the most difficult to wash, not because she is naughty. She usually lies down in the bath, so it is difficult to get to all the rolls and wrinkles and she is such a stubborn little brat, if she is lying down, then that is what she is doing and don't dare try move her. She sometimes lies flat and her whole face goes under water, its a wonder she does not drown, so much for Bull Dogs not being able to swim, and drown easily, because I often have to lift her head out the water. The drowning easily obviously comes from the dead weight a Bull Dog has and she hardly ever stands in the bath, always sits or lies down.

The Pulvex shampoo did not make bathing her any easier, because all those little wrinkles need to be cleaned and I usually wash her whole face with shampoo, then take cotton pads and clean in the wrinkles, but today I had to leave her face and just clean her wrinkles with water and cotton pads.

Isn't she just so adorable, in her little hoody towel, such a little baby, but is so heavy, all that water in those rolls.

Oops, her hoody went right over her head, its hard to tell whether the soccer ball is on the front or rear of her body :)

And that was bath time for this week, till next time

PS, I am so annoyed, certain parts of this post and the previous one, just disappear. I publish it, check it and everything is there then view the full blog and the same parts disappear all the time. what is up with blogger????????????

I am really fed up now, just retyped the same section for the fourth time, saved it and its gone after publishing, so I think I must log out and publish this on another day, because it is driving me insane!!!!
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