Saturday, 26 May 2012

Don't Cook Your Dog

Don't Cook Your Dog sounds terrible doesn't it?

But people are still leaving dogs in boiling hot cars!

We have just had three very hot days, with more to come over the weekend. 

Cars get very hot, very quickly, and the effect on a dog trapped in a car is like putting your Sunday Roast in the oven. The dog is quite literally cooked alive, it is a horrific and painful way to die! 

There is a misconception that if you leave a window open then it's ok. It isn't, it makes no difference at all!


The car experiment was done by Kate Price, owner of the famous Olive the Pug, on a sunny Saturday in July. And the results are shocking! Obviously there is not a dog in the car!

11.15 AM

Car in sun front two windows open 

11.15 AM

Outside temperature: 29° Celsius

11.20 AM [in car]

31° Celsius / 2 front windows open

11.25 AM [in car]

40° Celsius / 2 front windows open

11.30 AM [in car]

40° Celsius / 2 front windows open

11.30 AM

Now opened 4 windows to typical height

11.40 AM [in car]

45° Celsius / 4 windows open
On back shelf of car in direct sun, all 4 windows open.  It only took a few minutes to reach over 50° Celsius

As you can see the temperature rises inside the car shockingly fast! 

When going out, please think seriously if you really need to take your dog with you. He would be so much happier at home in a nice cool house than trapped in a car being cooked alive.

Many years ago I witnessed a dog being removed from a hot car, sadly the dog died before it was rescued, it was the most horrific thing I'd ever seen, and I hate to think of the suffering it must have endured.

Ignorance is no excuse...

 I stopped a lady yesterday, as she was walking away from her car leaving a Collie type inside. I pointed out it was far too hot to leave the dog in the car, she had no idea that leaving the windows open wasn't enough. Luckily my car was nearby so I showed her my Don't Cook Your Dog sticker, so she got the dog out and took it with her.

If you want to order a lifesaver pack click on this link

If you see a dog in a car on a warm day the RSPCA advice is to call the Police on 999.
If the police are unable to attend, call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 or if you are in Scotland03000 999 999 for SSPCA
(Please store this number on your mobile phone!)

Please be vigilant, dogs are relying on you to educate their owners and save them!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

The Jumper Update

Things are going well with the jumper at the moment I'm happy to report, although it is a very slow process as I can only do it when my hands feel up to it.

Getting somewhere at last
As you can see the pattern is finally taking shape, I'm very please with it I have to say.

It's amazing what you can achieve with two simple little stitches,
and when I put them in the right places lol!

I've had to stop knitting the front, as it has the odd mistake, and it will now become the back of my jumper.

I have started the front again, hopefully this will be perfect, I can live with mistakes on the back, but not on the front when I will be able to see them all the time. They are only very small mistakes, but they will bug me if I can see them.

I won't let it beat me I will get this Jumper finished...

Sunday, 6 May 2012

End of One, Start of Another

Today I finished the small bag I've been knitting, not sure of it's use yet, but I saw it in a magazine, and wanted to try out the bows on the front, I'm very pleased with the result.

It's slightly smaller than I thought it would be, but I'm sure I'll find a use for it, you can never have too many bags!

I then went to Hobbycraft in Woking to get myself some new wool
for my next project. I'm actually going to try knit myself a jumper at last. I think I've had enough practice at learning to understand how to read a pattern now.

Hobbycraft is my most favorite shop, I can never just go in there and get what I want, I always spend hours in there and usually a fortune too! It has so much to look at, but I have now learnt to only visit the areas I require, that way if I buy anything extra like I did today, it relates to the project I'm doing at the time, and not one I may start in the future.

Two of the four huge balls of wool I got today. BARGAIN!

Today I got four 400grams ball of Aran wool in a tweed, I only needed two and a half for my jumper, but the price was so good and I loved the colour, I will definitely find a use for the extra. I also got some cable needles and stitch markers, don't need them yet but got them if I do on another project.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Badger Boo's 'kerchief

I brought several magazines this week to see if I could find a simple pattern to knit. In one I found a lovely shawl/scarf in two colours and decided this project was for me.

Of course me being me, decided to do it in three colours, as red, blue and yellow are the R.E.M.E colours. Himself was in the R.E.M.E for 22 years so thought he appreciate my efforts.

I've never had to knit with two balls of wool, let alone three and I was getting into a terrible tangle!

I'd been at it for about two hours and was pleased with how the colours were working out, but getting very frustrated by this time, having to untangle the wool every few minutes. There is probably
an easier way to do it than I was doing, but I don't know about it!

So I decided to have a break and update Badgers facebook group, I was reading a comment from one of his good friends Finnegan who is a Service Dog in America, he has a very trendy and extensive wardrobe. 

The light bulb went on and I decided my shawl/scarf would make a wonderful 'kerchief for Badger Boo so I started to decrease and it was just the right size, I crocheted some string to attach it to his collar and it made him look very dashing. What do you think?

Badger Boo showing off his new 'kerchief
He now wears it daily and seems to enjoy it, it has now found it's spot on his neck and always sits on his back for all to see. So fa everybody who has seen it when we are out and about, and some people even recognise what the colours stand for, which I'm pleased about.

I don't normally dress Badger up, but as it's just a bit of fun I see no harm in it, and he always has a spring in his step when wearing it out.