Alfie and the meerkat

The stuffed meerkat was found abandoned at work – it was around three feet tall and, knowing Alfie’s  love of knocking the stuffing out of this sort of toy, I took it home for him to play with.


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But Alfie hardly turned a hair at the sight of this animal – in fact he ignored it…..

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even when the meerkat fussed him…..


For three whole days the meerkat stayed in one piece filling a big area of my kitchen – I thought they were going to be friends for life.


On the 4th day, however, Alfie attacked the meerkat’s nose and tore it off…..

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from then on it was war,  he ran around the garden throwing the toy in the air

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it was really funny to watch – the meerkat was so huge he nearly tripped over it whilst carrying it around…..

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But just as he was heading for serious play – I noticed that the main stuffing was polystyrene beads…… very small polystyrene beads……

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No way was I going through that again – those beads are not easy to clean up.

The meerkat ended up in the wheelie bin almost in one piece…….. and Alfie……

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he just got down to more monkey business with his favourite chimp…..

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before some relaxation exercise with his favourite greyhound..

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I don’t think he missed the meerkat at all really!!!!

In a flap!!!!!

It was just too easy I suppose – working two minutes away from home meant I could come home in my lunch hour and let Alfie out. but a recent turn of events have left me job-hunting again and ‘temping’ in the interim. Something had to be done as Alfie is important in my life and I worry if I think he is being left too long unable to get into the garden.

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My friends have been helping but they have their lives too and conscious that this is my problem I looked for alternatives.


One alternative was employing a dog walker but they are expensive and I am not really happy leaving my keys with people I don’t know, however honest they may be.


So……. plan B was to get a dog flap fitted in my back door – then Alfie would be able to come and go as he pleased.


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The back door was a upvc one with two glass panels, top and bottom. I searched the internet for ideas and discovered that it was do-able either fitted into glass or replace the bottom panel with a upvc one and fit a dog flap into that one. I sent emails to various companies and received some very different quotes – one company said they just didn’t cover my area of the country which was a possibility that hadn’t occurred to me.

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Then I found Colin , I had seen his website  and sent an email asking for advice, he actually says on his website that he doesn’t cover my area of the country but the testimonials from his customers led me to believe that he was at least worth contacting.


He answered my email almost immediately with a quote that was way less expensive than others, and requested that I call if I needed further information.

I rang and we discussed the possibility of getting this job done relatively quickly – amazingly, he agreed to travel to my home and carry out the work that very day! Now that’s what I call service!

He arrived at 1.30 p.m. and the job was done – exactly as I wanted.

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Alfie was very scared at first but after a lot of throwing biscuits through the flap and tying up the piece of the frame that rattled until he gets used to it, he is now using his new door!!!


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Brilliant and I can now be out of the house for a few hours without worrying. The garden is secure and Alf just loves lying in the sunshine……

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 Thank you Colin! that was customer service beyond belief!!!!

Wool Gathering?

Some time ago I started to use up all the knitting wool that my lovely late Mum had accumulated over the years. First came the jumper:

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Made from wool that was at least forty years old – I use it for dog walking on cold days.

So then it made sense to use up what was left in a warm coat for my whippet puppy – yes, I know – he looks like a girl but hey – its keeping him warm – whippets need that extra layer:

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But then – of course there was Hippie – my daughters rescue greyhound and she would need to keep warm too…… this time it was the Aran wool and it was quite a project, she is a very long dog!!

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She loves her new coat – I think she sees it as a housecoat….

I thought that was the end of the dog coat project until last week I saw my neighbours with their new addition to the family.

Her name is Grace, she is a rescue greyhound, 5 years old and is a beautiful shade of fawn – with black eyeliner….. she is gorgeous!

I don’t have a photo of her yet but her mum says she needs a coat like Alfie’s so out came the knitting needles and yet more of the wool…

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It should be finished by next week.

So that has used up a lot of the wool and left me with some projects still to do….

The patterns that I found with Mum’s wool were, obviously all vintage knitting patterns – some over 60 years old, but they are still really nice particularly the baby patterns……

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This one is a real favourite, and, as my first grandchild is due in May – I can enjoy making some tiny knits…….

I never really considered myself to be much of a ‘knitter’ until now. I made things for my kids when they were little but I have problems with my hands and sometimes they don’t work very well – so it was easier to buy jumpers.

Now though I enjoy the therapeutic value of knitting and even though I make mistakes and drop a stitch or two – I correct it as I go and have at least found a use for all the wool that has gathered around me.

You would think that all this is making some space in my cupboards, and only yesterday I found I had a whole top box above my wardrobe clear where the wool used to live …… then my daughter came to see me with the news that her mother-in law had sorted out a lot of……….. yes, you guessed it…….. WOOL! And she wanted to give it to me!!!

Apparently there is a huge amount – so the cupboard will be full again and i will have to make more plans to use it up!!!!

Any ideas out there?