Castle Mudcake

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

I finally managed to buy a castle-shaped Bundt cake tin today. My experiments with my cathedral-shaped Bundt cake tin have twice ended with crumbs instead of a shaped cake. But I used the cake tin spray on oil supplied by the shop and voila! It worked! Welcome to Castle Mudcake. But danger is ...

Big Geocaching Day

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

Over the Wall by The 2 Dogs S 33° 48.741 E 151° 18.165 (ratings out of 5 stars. 1 is easiest, 5 is hardest) Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 2.5 A very tricky conundrum this one and it's not for the faint hearted. Which side ...

Bad dog!

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

My father took my dog and my sister's dogs down to dog park this afternoon but came back in disgrace. Apparently someone in the park was playing Chuck-It with their dog. A Chuck-It is a long piece of plastic with a handle at one end and a curved bit at the ...

Big ticks

Saturday, November 13th, 2004

Poor Mango had so many engorged paralysis ticks on him today that touching him was like touching a bunch of grapes. Seven ticks in all. Luckily he's immune. I pulled them all out and I think for once he appreciated it. Usually he doesn�t like humans touching him. He hates humans, ...


Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

My dog was clipped and bathed yesterday. His fur was getting far too long and I was having trouble finding paralysis ticks on him, so he badly needed a clip. The groomers found a tick in his shoulder and the poor dog also had massive engorged ticks in each ear, ...

Dog Clip

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Booked my dog in for a clip next Monday. Judging from my tasks menu, he was last clipped April 26th. The paralysis ticks are getting harder to find as his fur grows so he needs this clip badly.

Height of the Paralysis Tick Season

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

It's the height of the paralysis tick season. I pulled 3 adult paralysis ticks out of my dog tonight. The paralysis tick, Ixodes holocyclus, is a scourge in my area. An adult paralysis tick will kill your dog or cat within days. There is no vaccine, and no pesticide that ...

A Good Dog

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

Proving he has finally left his wild puppy days behind him, my dog managed to charm the dog groomers yesterday. When I came along after work to pick him up, the groomers told me they'd spoken the words 'turn around' while he was being bathed and he obligingly turned around ...