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Tweed Parfume De Toilette has been around for as long as I can remember, and was very popular in the 50s and 60s. It is not the luxury now that it was then, when only the more affluent echelons of society could afford Tweed. It almost ranked alongside Channel; both of which have survived the test of time where many have fallen by the wayside.
I have never bought any perfumes for myself, but often got them for Christmas, when my late mum would sometimes treat me to a bottle of Tweed. I liked the fresh, floral smell, wafting from people, giving the impression they had not long stepped out of a luxuriously scented bath.
One of my nieces gave me the latest bottle of Tweed about a year ago. About half the contents remain, simply because I do not wear it every day so I cannot say how long it would last anyone else.
I know very little about perfumes in general; but have learned that they have top, middle and base notes, which are mixes of aromatic essences. I also know that a perfume can smell differently when worn by someone else.
According to the literature Tweed’s has “ top notes of bergamot, cinnamon and geranium. Middle notes of ylang-ylang, jasmine, lavender and orange flower. Base notes of oakmoss, patchouli, sandalwood, benzoin, vanilla and vetiver.”
The cost varies from shop to shop, from about £5.00 in Superdrug for 50ml bottle, to £15.00 elsewhere. The average price seems to be approximately £10. Be very wary of purchasing any perfumes very cheaply on eBay or open markets, for fakes will be around at this time of the year.
After all these years, I still find Tweed to be one of my favourite perfumes, it can be worn during the daytime or evening, it is not an overbearing fragrance, nor is it as delicate as some, but the aroma remains on the skin for hours. I just like that fresh, clean aroma that wafts from the skin.
Very little is needed and when sprayed onto the skin, at first, it can smell very strong, but after a minute or two it settles into that ‘Just got out of the bath’ smell.
Perhaps because it has been around for so many decades, that some deem Tweed to be old fashioned and will remind them of their grandmother. It reminds me of the generosity of my mother.
When I upgraded my smart phone to the Galaxy S3, I hastily purchased a tough plastic case for it before leaving the shop. But because it left the screen unprotected, I decided to search for a wallet type of case; mainly to keep the screen safe from scratches, when carried in bags and pockets, where keys, lose coins and other equally hard objects, having the potential to harm the screen, can rattle around, unimpeded.
It took only minutes to find, on Amazon, the perfect solution at a fraction of the cost of the previous case, I bought.
The Valentinus side flip case, which opens like a book, is made of high quality synthetic leather; inside the lightly padded front cover are slots for cards. A tough plastic tray, attached to the opposite side, with cut-outs for the camera, flash and side keys, holds the phone securely and safe from hard knocks, while the front cover protects the screen. A short magnetic tab holds the case closed.
It also came with one of those cellophane-type screen protectors plus a short stylus with a jack that fitted into the earphone port, at the top of the handset, when not in use. The flip-case and accessories cost me £3.49 with free delivery. I believe they can now be purchased for £3.99 post free on Amazon. The link for this is http://tiny.cc/i6z5zw another link for a less expensive one, still on Amazon is http://tiny.cc/1ssmpx
I have been using this case for almost 2-years; the protective parts and the closure are still intact and looking good, there is a little bit of wear and tear at the bottom and top of the spine, which is only to be expected after months of constantly opening and closing the case. I did not use the screen protector provided. I always manage to trap bubbles when I try to attach them to screens. The stylus is a bonus and works perfectly and safely dangles from the top of my phone.
When using the phone, I fold back the cover, and hold the phone as I would were it out of the case. The only thing I had to be careful with was, making sure when taking photographs, that the stylus, dangling over the back of the case, was not in view.
All in all, I am very happy to have found and bought this case for my phone.
Christmas time usually means our cats and dogs get extra treats, from friends or relatives, and it is at this time of the year that we need to be extra cautious about what we allow our dogs to have. Unfortunately, it is often by trial and error or through news of another animals suffering that we get to learn what treats, freely on sale in pet shops and on line, are not safe to give our dogs.
I have recently discovered that Pedigree Jumbone is not safe and I urge anyone who has bought one recently, to discard it.
Several months ago, I bought one from our local pet shop, there was nothing on the wrapper to make me think it was in any way dangerous or perhaps had ingredients harmful to dogs.
The Jumbone was about 11cms long and 3cms wide with a depth of about 2cms. I did not want to give the whole Jumbone to my dog so with great difficulty cut it in half. The fact that it was so tough should have rung alarm bells, along with the fact that no ingredients were listed. However, I gave him one-half, which he eagerly took and began gnawing.
Within minutes, I noticed he was having difficulty and on further investigation saw, he had managed to push his upper canines through the treat, and it was stuck fast, he could not remove the Jumbone, despite frantically pawing at his mouth. Fortunately, my dog is very compliant and allowed me to very gently; ease the treat from his teeth after which I threw it straight into the bin along with the other half, before any of it was swallowed.
There have been reported cases of dogs having expensive surgery in order to remove chunks of Jumbone from their intestines, when it had caused blockages and severe pain to the dog.
I have heard from reliable sources that since there have been a spate of dogs becoming very ill after eating these treats, vets have now questioned Pedigree regarding the ingredients used to make Jumbones .
So not only can Jumbones cause blockages in an animal’s intestines, it can also cause them to become extremely ill. Pedigree is now, investigating the problem and it is rumoured that it may have something to do with the sugars contained in the treat. Some sugars are toxic to dogs.
In some ways, I am glad my dog only got his teeth jammed into the treat and that he did not swallow any. I am also pleased that he was calm enough to let me remove it safely from his mouth and no teeth followed the treat into the bin.
When dogs undergo surgery, which may result in them suffering pain for a day or so, or the dog has suffered some other painful trauma, a vet will often prescribe and supply, with specific instructions, a painkiller called Metacam, to give them for as long as is necessary. It is sometimes used to control pain levels in dogs suffering chronic joint problems.
Metacam is a milky-white suspension held in a special ‘dropper bottle,’ designed to deliver an accurate volume of the solution, drop wise. It is essential when dosing the dog that an overdose is not administered. The active ingredient is Meloxicam, and must not be given to a dog allergic to that substance, or to any dog for longer than is absolutely necessary. Long term usage can cause kidney damage.
The dosage depends on the weight of the dog, for dogs weighing less than 1.5kg, the only accurate way to measure the dose is by using the dropper bottle only; the vet will advise how many drops to give and how often. For dogs weighing over 1.5kg the use of the calibrated syringe, which fits into the neck of the dropper bottle, supplied with the Metacam, is better to draw up the correct dosage from the bottle.
The first time I had to dose my dog with Metacam, was after one of my Cocker Spaniels had an ear canal resection.
Because it is in liquid form, it was easy to administer. After shaking the bottle to mix the contents thoroughly, I drew up the prescribed dose into the syringe and spread it onto his food. He did not even notice there was anything different in his meal.
Many years later, the vet gave my Collie Cross Metacam, by injection into the scruff of his neck. I often wonder the outcome had it been by given mouth, for unfortunately he was found to be allergic to this.
His nose began swelling and obviously irritating him, he looked to be morphing and continued doing so all evening, until the vet suggested I give him some Periton or its equivalent. Within minutes, his nose began returning to its original size.
A few months ago, my Yorkie needed Metacam after having some teeth extracted. To measure her dose, I just counted the appropriate number of drops directly from the bottle onto her food.
None of my dogs suffered any of possible side effects, such as diarrhoea or vomiting.
It is not advisable to give dogs Metacam unless prescribed by a vet even though it can be purchased on line. The vet usually monitors dogs on a long term, low maintenance doses, regularly.
When going on long walks with my dogs, I carry with me, a source of drinking water, because when thirsty, they will seek out water in ponds, streams and even muddy puddles. Often I have seen dogs lapping up water, flowing down the side of the road, contaminated with nicotine from cigarette butts. At least I know the water I take with us is clean and uncontaminated.
Before discovering the Trixie Dog Drinking Bottle, about two years ago, I carried water, in a plastic milk bottle, plus a plastic dog-bowl, in a rucksack; the milk bottle cap was not leak-proof, so the bottle had to be upright at all times.
I bought it for £1 at our local pound shop, but I believe it normally costs about £4, unless on special offer somewhere. There was a choice of container colours, blue or red, the bottles are not coloured.
An opaque, plastic bottle that holds about 500ml of water fits snugly within a narrow, elongated, trough-like container that has the bottle cap securely hinged inside the top of the container.
When empty, the bottle plus container weighs 104g, when filled with water it weighs 592g. The width of the container is 7cm, the depth 5cms and length, 27cms. Inside the cap is a thin rubber seal, to ensure no water leaks whilst being carried.
On the outside of the container, at the top end is a sturdy, plastic clip, which can be fastened to a belt, to leave the hands free. I have not used that facility, and imagine when full, the whole thing would be too heavy to hang from any belt, comfortably.
When the dog needs a drink, I swing the bottle out of the container, unscrew the bottle from its hinged cap and pour the water into the trough-like receptacle.
It took a while for my dogs to take to drinking from it, perhaps because it was narrow, but eventually they did succeed.
I rarely go on such long walks with them nowadays, so do not find the need to carry this with me anymore, however, I do take it when travelling with them in the car, just in case they feel the need to seek out a pond or muddy puddle at the end of the journey.
Exactly 30-years ago I bought a new dog-bowl, called the ‘Mason Cash Lettered Dog Bowl, ‘which I used to hold drinking water, for my then new puppy. I still have and use that very same bowl which looks as good today as the day it was purchased.
I cannot remember how much I paid for it that many years ago, so for the purpose of his review, checked on line and found that the size I bought costs, today, £3.49 on Amazon, delivered free of charge.
I am not sure what material it is made from, it is certainly not ceramic or even terracotta, but more like stone, the same as those very old fashioned, heavy, stone hot water bottles were once made.
It weighs in at a hefty 871g, which is almost 2lbs; the diameter is 15cm, the inner depth is 5.5cm and height 6cm, the thickness of the bowl is about 0.5cm.
On the outer edge, in relief, is the word ‘dog’. The rim is folded inwards and the whole unit is glazed inside and out.
This is not the only size dog bowl of this design, it comes in three sizes, a 13cm costing £4.57, which is more expensive than the medium size, 15cm bowl, costing £3.48; finally, there is the 18cm bowl which costs £7.29 each with an offer of free delivery.
The bowls are still being sold in most pet shops and probably vary in price, so as always, it is worth shopping around.
Whatever money I paid for it was well spent; the glaze has not cracked or been scratched, even after years of scraping the occasional build up of calcium deposits, caused by the evaporation of water around the rim.
The medium size bowl is perfectly suitable for medium and small dogs, the large bowl, which obviously holds a larger volume of water, would be more suitable for the bigger breed of dog such as Labradors and Alsatians. The smallest bowl would probably suit tiny, young puppies.
Because of its unusually heavy weight, it does not tip over when nudged by a passing foot, or an enthusiastic dog. I use it to hold their drinking water, but it can equally be useful as their food dish. It is easy to clean and unlike many plastic dog dishes, will not become scratched, allowing remnants of food to become stuck and thus difficult to clean.
I do have four different dog bowls, but for me, this one is by far the best
I have been using Olay moisturising creams since my early teens, when after a particularly cold, windy week, my skin felt as if it had been sand blasted and my mother kindly allowed me to use some of her Oil of Olay. This product has hardly changed at all in many years I have been using it, except the bottles are now plastic instead of glass and the cream is now called Olay, having dropped the words ‘Oil of.’
This particular product is called Olay beauty fluid, a nourishing day fluid suitable for normal or dry skins or a combination of the two. It comes in a square, plastic bottle costing around £3.50 for 200ml. The fluid is pink and of a light consistency similar to that of ketchup, in that, it is not runny nor is it thick.
I notice that there are 34 ingredients in this moisturiser; far too many to list here, but assume they are the same as those that were used, decades ago so have passed the test of time.
Olay seem to go for the light, floral fragrances, and this is no exception, it is not an overpowering scent, but simply a pleasant aroma, which lasts for a very short time until the fluid has been absorbed by the skin.
The moisturising fluid does not leave the skin feeling greasy or clog pores, like some face creams can, and I find that it is quickly absorbed into the skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. A small amount goes a long way. My 200ml bottle of moisturiser, used once daily, will last me several months.
I can thoroughly recommend this moisturiser, it does not claim to be an anti-aging product, but at least it goes a long way in helping to keep the skin supple and feeling young.
I do not have a vast collection of beauty products even though some might say I need them.
I have tried many different products but some do not produce the results they claim, so once I do find a brand that suits, I tend to stick with it no matter what else comes onto the market.
However, there is one brand I have been happily using from my early teens and that is Olay. Their moisturising creams are gentle and are rapidly absorbed into the skin, so when I discovered their new face wash, Olay Essentials refreshing face wash; I had no hesitation in purchasing a tube to try.
They claim it suits all types of skin, normal and dry and a 150ml tube costs £2.99 at Boots. It has more ingredients than you can throw a spanner at, far too many to list here, but contains the soothing extracts of Aloe and extracts of cucumber, which gives that cool refreshing feel as it is massaged into the skin.
In the form of a clear gel, it has a pleasant, fresh floral aroma; 150ml will provide at least 150 refreshing, face washes.
I find that a small blob, enough to cover a one-penny coin, is sufficient to form a lovely scented lather on the face; it feels so refreshing first thing in the morning, especially when rinsed off with splashes of cold water. It leaves the face clean and feeling vibrant and unlike soap and some face washes, it does not leave my skin feeling tight and dehydrated.
Olay’s instructions for use are as follows; “Gently massage onto wet face and neck then thoroughly rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry.”
I tend to skip the warm water bit and use cold, just for that extra zingy feel first thing in the morning then, even though it does not feel necessary, I massage in some Olay moisturiser.
As soon as I sit down to a meal or settle in front of the TV, nuisance callers choose that moment to phone; and whilst BT can block some, they cannot block international callers or those annoying computer generated calls. Imagine my joy when I stumbled across the CPR Call blocker on Amazon, a simple device, costing £39.99 which when connected to the phone is able to block any nuisance callers with the press of a button or by keying in of a particular code.
DIMENSIONS and INSTALLATION
This little, silver-grey device is only 9.5x6.5x2.9cms, weighing less than a packet of cigarettes.
A short cable and user guide comes with the Blocker. The user guide also lists each programming code to key in for different sets of callers, such as ‘Out of area /International ‘callers or ‘Overseas nuisance callers.‘ There are fourteen such codes, seven for turning on and seven for turning off the programme. The Blocker comes Pre-programmed with 200 known, rogue calling numbers and is able to store up to 1000 numbers.
At one end of the Blocker there are two ports labelled Tel1 and Tel2. and opposite, are two ports labelled Line1, Line2. On the top are two led lights and a button to block a number that has just called.
The set up is simple. Take the line cable from the port at the base of the phone and connect it to the Blocker port labelled Tel2 then connect one end of the supplied, short cable to the base of the phone and the other end to the Blocker port, labelled Line 2.
Once connected and a nuisance call comes through, lift up the receiver and press the blocker button on top of the device, that caller will not be able to get through again. To block international calls, a programming code must be keyed in before any are blocked. This can be done at any stage, before or after a call.
The manufacturers recommend that the use the Caller Identity Service, although not essential, will improve the efficiency of this device.
The device is powered by the phone so does not require batteries or mains power.
Normally, I would receive at least one nuisance call a day. For the past two weeks, I have received none. This dinky little device has sat by my phone, taking up a very small amount of space and, so far, blocked those irritating calls.
Alas, age overtook my last dect phone, it suddenly gave up the ghost and I had to revert to using my ancient, but still useable, corded phone.
The transition from cordless to corded was not without incident, on several occasions I forgot the handset was attached to the base and out of habit walked away, dragging the whole unit off the shelf and onto the floor, thereby prematurely ending the call, much to the amusement of anyone witnessing my lapse of memory.
I searched Amazon for an inexpensive, dect cordless answer phone, which had three handsets; to replace ‘old faithful,’ before I damaged it beyond repair.
There I discovered the BT 2500 cordless dect answer phone with three hand pieces, at a reasonable cost.£49.99 plus P&P.
Answer phone Base which is also a charging unit.
A pre-installed line cable
Three Mains power adaptors
6 x AAA NiMH 550mAh rechargeable batteries ( 2 per handset.)
Two chargers for handsets not on the base.
A user guide leaflet and years warranty.
Before plugging the line cord into telephone wall socket, it is recommended that the handsets be charged for 24 hours.
The set up is simple, taking a matter of a couple of minutes. By setting the time, date and contact numbers on one handset, the details are copied straight onto the other handsets, when the option to do so is pressed.
It has the usual features, common to most answer phones, of recording outgoing messages.
When you turn the answer phone on or off a voice says “Answer phone on/off.”
If having subscribed to the useful, Caller display service the phone number of a caller will be displayed on the screen at the time of the call.
It stores up to 50 contact numbers and light will flash constantly to indicate that a caller has left a message. It also indicates the number of missed calls on the home screen and the phone numbers of those callers can be viewed (if subscribed to Caller display) by using the ‘call’ button, providing the caller does not withhold their number.
Should anyone experience difficulty in setting up or using the system, there is a 0800, free-phone number to call for help, or a full user guide is available on bt.com/producthelp.
The set up was quick and easy and after charging the batteries I was able to use the phone with minutes of setting time, date etc. I added my list of contacts later
The speech quality is excellent, unlike some phones I have used in the past. I could use it hands free and adjust the volume as required. My grouch is the keys are made of rubber; so wonder how long the numbers and icons will remain intact.
Although not claiming to be an avid DIYer, I do like making things with wood so have, over the years, built up a substantial collection of tools, the latest being the professional quality Bosch GSB 18V Li cordless drill.
I cannot resist a bargain and saw this going for £126, whereas normally they cost around the £300 mark.
The brand, Bosch, when it comes to tools, spells quality and efficiency, so I knew I was not wasting my money.
It came complete with a belt clip already attached, a chuck extension, charger and manual in a strong, lockable case called L-Boxx 136.
Complete with belt clip and battery, it weighs 1.95 kg and stands 25cm in height. The slim, motor housing above the handle grip is only 6cm in diameter. The battery dimensions are 11cmx8cmx4cm.
The chuck is keyless and automatically locks the drivers or drill-bits in place so they do not loosen when in use, as will often happen with keyed chucks. The Lithium ion battery, charges within 30 minutes and retains its charge when stored on the charging unit. At the rear of the battery, there is a charge indicator, which shows the present state of the battery.
On the foot of the drill, above the battery is an LED bulb, which lights the work area when pressure is applied to the trigger.
It has the usual, torque, reverse and forward functions and can be used as a screwdriver, and drill for wood and metal, but unlike some cordless drills, this has a hammer-drill setting for masonry.
It also features the - Bosch Electronic Cell Protection (ECP), which it is claimed, “protects the battery against overload, overheating and deep discharge.”
Prices range from about £200 to £300, shop around and you will find a bargain like I did.
It is a tool designed for and used primarily by professionals in the building trade, which means that it is built for industrial, rather than the occasional use by DIYers like myself, so should last me a lifetime.
It is so easy to use and although not feather light, does not feel too heavy or clumsy. I have used it many times since March, and only had to charge the battery twice. My nephew borrowed it to screw down a loft floor and there was still plenty of charge left in the battery. I find the charge indicator very useful; so many times in the past with my other cordless drill, I could not tell until I tried using it.
I like the fact that the chuck is keyless and locks the bits in tight and I love the professional whirr of the motor, the sound of an expert at work.
Anyone with a Collie or dogs hyper-sensitive to noise will understand how stressful this time of the year is for them, when fireworks are exploding on and off for several weeks.
My dog Moses is petrified of loud bangs, he shakes uncontrollably, hyperventilates and salivates for over an hour after each explosion and his heart rate doubles, dangerously.
On a typical evening in late October early November the noise can start as early as 7.30pm and continue, with short intervals between each explosion, until 10pm, sometimes later, my dog will be in a constant state of terror. The affect on his health is detrimental, to say the least.
Hence, the reason I purchased from my vets, the Adaptil diffuser, in a desperate attempt to help Moses, after hearing from reliable sources that it does help to calm some dogs.
The unit is comprised of a sturdy, plastic, finned, ball shaped diffuser, about the size of a tennis ball, which can be plugged directly into a three pinned, mains socket. Into the base of this unit is fitted a bottle containing 48mls of a ‘synthetic copy’ of a dog-appeasing pheromone, which it is claimed, resembles the calming pheromone released for a few days by a new -born puppy’s mother. Apparently, this calms the puppy and gives it confidence to explore its surroundings independently.
The cost to me last year was about £13; I believe a unit that includes one bottle of pheromone costs £18 now and refills, about £13. Costs do vary so it is worth shopping around.
It is recommend that the ideal positioning of the unit is in a room that the dog occupies most of the time, but they claim it is enough to cover the area of an average sized, three bed roomed house, and should become effective after 24 hours of continuous use. This is quite feasible since dogs do have an incredible sense of smell.
The pheromone liquid, when run continuously, should last up to four weeks.
Bearing in mind that my dog Moses, is super-sensitive to noise, it is no exaggeration when I say he can detect a thunderstorm 20 miles away. I am not sure whether the diffuser was of much help to him. It is difficult to judge. However, I do believe it can be of some help to dogs, which are only slightly nervous of noise or their surroundings and for dogs that suffer when left on their own even for short periods.
In my humble opinion, the degree of anxiety is an important factor when considering what treatment is best suited to a pet, just as an aspirin is not much use to one suffering a migraine, the diffuser may not be very effective for highly stressed animals like Moses, unless used in conjunction with medication.
Proven to help some dogs, but mine was the exception to the rule.
About fifteen-years ago, on discovering that one of my dogs was allergic to wheat, my search for gluten free, hypo-allergenic pet foods began. Eventually, after a lengthy search, I discovered James-Wellbeloved kibble, produced in Somerset, to be one of a few brands designed specifically for dogs such as mine, with allergies.
After trying several of their vast range of flavours my dog seemed to prefer the turkey and rice. Even though my present dogs do not suffer allergies, I still feed them this brand and flavour kibble but now, although not necessary, mix in a small amount of wet food to give their meal a bit of variety.
About James Wellbeloved adult Turkey and rice kibble
This is a dry, complete food for dogs with sensitivities to some ingredients common in other dog foods.
The main ingredients are 23.3% turkey, turkey gravy, brown and white rice, linseed, sugar beet pulp, yucca extract, seaweed, chicory, anti-oxidants and minerals.
It does NOT contain beef, pork, soya, wheat, dairy or eggs. There are no artificial flavourings, colours or preservatives.
The kibble consists of firm, rounded, triangular shaped biscuits slightly bigger than a penny coin, which are easily managed by small and medium size dogs. There is a larger kibble for big dogs, and smaller kibble for puppies.
In most pet shops, a 1.5kg bag of kibble costs about £8.15, but it is much less expensive if bought in bulk. For example, I purchase the 15kg bags which cost me £39.99, post free, from Zooplus, If I had bought 15 individual 1.5kg bags from my pet shop, it would have cost me £122, so the saving is enormous... £82 in fact.
Zooplus also sell the 1.5kg bags at a reduced cost of £6.49 each, but I believe postage is payable on those. Even so it would cost almost double the cost of the same quantity bought in bulk.
The Best before date on the bag I purchased in August this year, is mid June next year. One bag usually lasts my dogs about three to four months, so is used long before the ‘best-before-date.’
After weaning the allergic dog of mine off his normal diet and onto James Wellbeloved, the symptoms of his allergy soon ceased and he lived a long, comfortable, and healthy life. My present dogs are also healthy, they enjoy their meals and they do not suffer from any form of skin irritation at all. They have never been given the chance to suffer a wheat allergy.
It always pays to start and continue feeding dogs with a good quality food, whether it be a dry or wet food or a mixture of both.
My little Yorkshire terrier recently had an operation to remove a couple of teeth that were too loose to descale and a small lump from the top of her head.
To aid her recovery, the vet recommended that for the following week my dog should be fed a bland, easily digestible food such as white fish and rice or lean chicken and rice, I had neither in stock at the time, so she supplied me with a tin of Royal canin sensitive control chicken and rice.
The tin contained 420g of chicken and rice mix, but unlike most wet dog food, this was of a very sticky, glue-like consistency. To give you some idea of the texture, although I did not try this and for the sake of your decor, would not recommend you try it either, if you threw a fistful of it at a wall, it would most likely stick there, whereas normal wet dog food would drop to the floor.
The cost of a 420g tin of this food costs £3.99 or if a dog has to be fed this for longer periods of time, then it is cheaper to buy in bulk 12 tins would cost around £23.54 which is about £2.12 per tin.
Fortunately my dog only needed to be fed this for one week, after which I did feed her a further week on white fish and boiled rice.
A few years ago, I had to feed my Cocker spaniel with the same diet when he was in renal failure and could not digest his normal diet so easily.
I found the glue-like consistency difficult to serve from tin to dish, it kept sticking to the spoon and had to be encouraged to drop from spoon to dish with a knife, even then it sometimes refastened itself to the knife.
I could not cut the food into manageable chunks for my little Yorkie to eat and her tongue just brushed along the surface, smoothing it into a shiny paste. She struggled to eat it properly, so for her I had, with difficulty, to scoop very small aliquots around her dish to make it easier for her to lift the food with her tongue; having said that, My Cocker spaniel had no difficulty at all in getting the meal from dish to mouth.
Both my dogs did enjoy this food and although the Cocker spaniel was terminally ill, he was still able to enjoy his meals, which kept him comfortable. As for my Yorkie, she soon recovered and is now back on her normal diet.
Even though this particular wet food was sticky, I would recommend it as a food to aid recovery after an operation or for dogs that are sensitive to a variety of foodstuffs. However, it is best to ask for veterinary advice before feeding your dog this.
If there is one treat that I would not recommend, for dog owners to allow their pets to gnaw unsupervised, it is a rawhide chew, still available in many pet stores.
These chews, made from animal hides, come in many shapes and sizes, from small, thin rods to large tubes with knotted ends, balls, hoops and boots. The cost, depending on shape and size, varies considerably. From about £1.50 to £5.00 but cheaper to buy in bulk.
Whilst it is claimed they are ideal for helping to keep dog’s teeth and jaws in good condition, they are also dangerous, simply because instead of emulsifying like foodstuffs and eventually being digested, the hides gelatinise, remaining whole and indigestible. Large chunks can be broken off the main stem of the hide and swallowed; incidents of choking have been recorded where large chunks had become stuck in the oesophagus of dogs.
Many times before I became fully aware of the fact that these hides did not disintegrate, I had to remove chunks from one of my Cocker spaniel’s throat as he tried unsuccessfully to swallow the large pieces he had reduced it to nougat-like textures and tugged away from the main hide.
I shudder to imagine what might have happened had I not been around when he was enjoying his treat.
The hide can also cause pain as it travels complete, down the intestine and even partial or total blockages of the intestinal tract.
I have known of one small dog in terrific pain after swallowing a long chunk and my own puppy went into shock with the pain after I allowed him to chew a pencil-thin stick of raw-hide, thinking at the time that it being so small, could do no harm. He pulled off and swallowed a comparatively small chunk, but it still caused him considerable pain as it travelled along his digestive system. This I have mentioned in another review of mine about a safer kind of chew.
All my dogs up until the last incident, thoroughly enjoyed their rawhides, but even then, I never left them on their own with one.
The best way to allow dogs to enjoy them in safety without causing harm to their digestive systems or health is to cut the gelatinised ends off before the dog manages to detach it him or herself from the main stem.
The safest, in my opinion would be the Pressed Bone chew, in the shape of a bone or ring; they are solid and will take a great deal of chewing before soft enough to tug away from the main stem.. The least safe would be the thin strips, and knotted versions, which are quickly gelatinised and the knots often part from the main stem, posing an added danger in that especially large dogs may attempt to swallow them completely.