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I had looked at these storage canisters from Curver several times before purchasing as hubby said they were expensive for a plastic container. However, I thought they were a good and hygienic way to store my dog, Joey’s food so I eventually bought one.
I purchased in a smaller size than the product shown as I have a small kitchen cupboard to house Joey’s food and paraphernalia; the 1.5 kg canister fits perfectly into the pull out basket inside this cupboard.
The canisters come in various sizes so are useful for owners of large breeds or several dogs, as well as owners of one small dog who won’t need too large an amount of food stored.
Joey’s container is: 250 x 305 x 105 mm and weighs: 0.412 kg.
My purchase holds 1.5 kg of dried food.
Curver are well known for manufacturing of plastic household goods; I generally like their products.
Joey is fed on dry complete food (with a little meat or fish added) and the container holds a 1.5 kg bag comfortably. I usually buy 2kg bags and most of the pack fits into the container. I pour from the pack directly into the container and feed Joey with the remaining food from the pack for a day or two and then use the container.
The lift off lid of the container is easy to take on and off.
One side of the lid lifts to pour the food from. I now have no need for a scoop as I simply pour the required amount directly into joey’s food bowl.
The flap fits back on and seals the container, storing the food hygienically and keeping it fresh and out of the way. It also keeps odours from the food inside the container and not in the home. The container is white with three small dog breeds pictured upon it and its lid is silver. It looks nicer than keeping bags of food around the home.
The container is made entirely of plastic, 100% recyclable polypropylene (phtalates and BPA free) and is easy to wash.
I purchased from Pets at home but think they may now sell this in a different design. The design that I have can be found at:
Joey is a West Highland white terrier, although he isn't that often really white due to his enjoyment of walking through the mud in the garden.
Right now he is in need of a bath but this time he has an appointment booked with the dog groomer so that he looks smart for Christmas.
When Joey is bathed at home I use a variety of shampoos and these all give different promises. Some whiten his coat, some help to eradicate or prevent little crawly things and others mainly just remove grime from his coat. I have to choose which shampoo is most appropriate at any given time.
I usually have at least two shampoos available at any time, depending on what I have noticed in the shops or what is on offer.
Wilko Dog Flea Repellent Shampoo & Conditioner is a decent enough shampoo from Wilkinsons. It is a product that I have used several times on Joey.
This shampoo is intended to prevent fleas on your pooch because it supposedly repels them, therefor keeps them away. It contains Margosa extract which acts as the repellent.
In my opinion, fleas are pretty resistant and hard to eliminate or to prevent by shampoo alone. I think that a decent shampoo helps but other treatments are also needed.
But to be fair to this product it is recommended that it is used as a preventative shampoo and if the dog is already badly infested with fleas as then you should choose an insecticidal product.
I think this is a nice shampoo to use and it has a decent lather. I do also like the conditioning element as Joey has a rough terrier coat.
After being washed and rinsed with this shampoo he looks a very smart boy. Well, he does for a couple of weeks at least!
Wilko Dog Flea Repellent Shampoo & Conditioner is currently priced at £2.50 for a 250 ml bottle.
Geranium Pelargonium Candy makes a lovely plant for the garden. Geraniums, in my opinion, are a great value plant. They add beautiful splashes of colour to any garden and will flower all through the summer and into the autumn.
These are a practical plant as they cope well with hot,dry weather so are a good plant to have in the garden when there is a hose pipe ban in place. They do well in most weather conditions really and don’t require much attention, just admiration!
My garden consists of many shrubs planted in the borders. During the summer I have many planters and pots spread around the patio containing various plants, including geraniums.
I also have planters placed in the borders. For the past two summers I have been increasing the amount of flowering plants that I keep to complement the established shrubs. As geraniums are reasonably priced and grow well they seem like a good plant to have in the garden. I have found that my geranium plants grow well.
I have several of the Geranium Pelargonium Candy around the garden and I have been very pleased with them.
I really like the “Strawberry Cream” variety as it is just that little bit different with its unusual two-tone flowers of deep red against a lighter pink on the outer petal.
But these plants are available in many different colouring flowers. I think you can become quite addicted to keeping these plants in different colours.
I also love the deep purple variety and would recommend them for any garden.
Geranium Pelargonium Candy grows well in sun or partial shade.
They are an extremely versatile plant and they can even be grown indoors. However, I only grow them in the garden because I don’t have a good track record with house-plants.
I think my Westie, Joey, is an unusual dog.
He is disinterested in toys. He was the same as a pup, although when younger he did like a few toys.
Joey has lots of toys to choose from. They arrive in Christmas stockings and as gifts from dog loving friends. But really these are mostly a waste where Joey is concerned.
The only toys he seems to like is a thick silky knotted rope which he will chew sometimes, and his Nylabone, which he doesn't chew but walks around with it in his mouth. To be honest I'm not sure if he does like it!
When he was younger he liked playing with medium sized plastic balls.
Other dogs that have been my pets have enjoyed toys so I was surprised by Joey’s lack of interest. Now I have to accept that Joey’s favourite game is being chased around the garden. He decides when it’s time to play.
Previous pets favoured rubber bones especially those that are easy to grip. Some dogs like a bone with a bell in it. Make sure these are made from a reputable company and are safe.
Rope toys are usually enjoyed by dog and owner as these can be used for tug of war games.
Tennis balls can be fun but many dogs destroy these quickly and try to eat the rubber. I had a dog once that throughout her life would eat anything. Dogs need to be watched with toys in case of wear and breakages making them a danger to the dog from eating or choking.
A more modern day toy for dogs is the Kong type toy. Treats can be put inside and the dog has to figure out how to access the treat. A former pet of mine would have loved these, but Joey doesn't!
Fortunately with Joey the chewing stage regarding furniture and shoes didn’t last long, although he did manage to chew the odd shoe and slipper and was partial to a soft toy-my daughter’s not his!
Although Joey shows little interest I believe dogs should be supplied with a few well-chosen toys. Toys will help keep a dog from chewing things around the home; they will help to teach the dog, provide exercise through play and prevent boredom.
Sticks should not be used s they are dangerous.
Dog toys can be bought very cheaply. Whether toys are cheap or expensive they need to be checked often to ensure they are safe for your pet.
Choisya Ternata Sundance is a lovely plant to have in a garden. My late parents had Choisya plants in their front and back gardens. My mother was a knowledgeable gardener and passed some information on to me.
I liked the Choisya because of the nice aroma it emits and the pleasant look of this plant.
When I moved into my current address fifteen years ago I was pleased to see that there was a tall Choisya Ternata Sundance already growing in the garden, It was planted fairly near to the kitchen door which leads out into the garden. It did well for years until my husband had to move it when we extended the patio.
Unfortunately it didn’t like the move at all.
Last summer, on one of my many trips to the garden centre I purchased a new Choisya plant.
The new shrub was planted into a medium sized pot because at the time we weren't sure where we wanted to plant the Choisya. It now has its home, still in the pot, on the border and it is also fairly close to the door leading to the garden. In the spring we will probably plant it directly into the border.
I like to mainly have shrubs in the garden as then there is always something interesting to look at all year and not only in spring and summer. I like to complement the shrubs with splashes of colour her and there.
Choisya Ternata Sundance is a nice looking plant but it is fairly slow growing at first. If it doesn't need much attention and can grow tall and wide, so it’s an ideal choice to grow against fences and walls.
The Choisya likes to be placed where it will get full sun or sun and shade and likes to be placed in good and well-drained soil.
This shrub should flower twice during a season and that is in the spring (April to May) and then if pruned after the flowers have died it will flower again in late summer (August to September). Flowers are small delicate looking white flowers.
It is an evergreen shrub and its leaves look nice and green throughout the year, all year.
It is a hardy plant and should survive the winter.
Choisya can survive well in drought conditions too.
I grew up with pets and have always loved dogs. When I was nine years old my wire haired terrier died and I was heartbroken. Not long after we moved into a home without a garden and weren't allowed pets. I hated this. When I was eleven my parents bought a house with a garden and my favourite uncle offered to buy me a puppy if my parents agreed to this.
Candy was lovely, a cross breed with a lot of Shetland sheepdog in her.
I had given my first pet Vetzymes. She loved them and would beg for a Vetzyme but she was a greedy dog and would eat anything she could find. I naturally bought Vetzymes for Candy.
Candy loved Vetzymes. I believe she was given four daily. I would give these to her of an evening and this was playtime.
I would hide them or make her wait for them. Sometimes I would place one on my head and she would gently take it off and eat it. Or I would ask her to say “please” which she knew meant a single woof and then she would get her treat.
Now Candy is long gone although often thought of.
My pet Joey is a West Highland white terrier.
It was inevitable that I bought Vetzymes for Joey but, alas, Joey did surprise me by showing no interest at all. I tried hiding them in his food and coaxing him into eating them but he doesn't like them at all. He is strange when it comes to food.
I'm sorry about this as I think Vetzymes make a great treat for a dog and are far healthier than many of today's popular dog treats.
Vetzymes conditioning tablets make a good addition to a doggy diet. They are manufactured by Bob Martin.
The small tablets are made from yeast and B complex vitamins and minerals.
Candy lived to a good age and for most of her life was very healthy. She had a lovely silky coat and her eyes and ears were clear. I always felt Vetzymes helped to keep her in good condition.
Vetzyme conditioning tablets are suitable for dogs of all ages and they may prove especially beneficial to dogs that are poorly, recuperating from illness or pregnant.
Vetzymes are available from Pet shops.
*Please read dosage instructions.
I have a pretty pink patio rose growing in a planter in my garden. And, in keeping with its name, it is placed on my patio, where it can be seen easily when I sit out in my garden, although it’s been a while now since it was warm enough to sit outside in my English garden. I am going to have to place my patio rose inside my plastic greenhouse for the winter. I think that roses can stand frost quite well but seeing as its quite young and it is in a container and easy to move I think it should go in the greenhouse for that extra protection.
The patio rose has small leaves and small flowers. The blooms are very pretty and are rather delicate looking and there are many of them. I hope that my patio rose will continue to thrive along with my other varieties of roses. The rose in all its varieties is my favourite flower and I am becoming quite addicted to growing them and watching them (hopefully) flourish.
My patio rose did flower throughout the summer and continued to flower well into autumn. It proved to be a lovely addition to my garden.
Although my patio rose is planted in a container it is an ideal choice for planting into gardens borders. It looks good anywhere really and, if you aren't fortunate enough to have your own garden, then a patio rose is an ideal choice to keep in a window box.
Patio roses are generally fairly disease resistant.
I wouldn't say that my patio rose has a strong scent although my husband says that it does. But whether the scent is strong or not it certainly smells nice and sweet.
I have a Pieris floribunda Forest Flame in my front garden. In my last home my Pieris had grown well but it stayed in the garden with the new owners.
When our driveway was built in our present home, my husband and I wanted to buy another Pieris floribunda Forest Flame to plant in the border that we had kept for greenery.
It was my late mother who first introduced me to this plant as she had a few of them in her garden and they really did look lovely. My mother knew that I was interested in shrubs for the garden and she thought that the Pieris would add colour without needing too much attention. She was right.
Pieris floribunda Forest Flame is an evergreen shrub. I would say that its main attraction just has to be its beautiful, colourful leaves. The Pieris does have flowers and these small creamy white closed bell like flowers will appear in clusters in spring time. They are attractive but the leaves of this plant are incredibly interesting all year round with their ever changing colours. They change gradually from a bright red fading to a pink, then cream and then to green.
When the leaves are red one can understand the name, “Forest Flame.”
My Forest flame Pieris is planted directly into earth but they can also be grown in pots and planters.
The Forest Flame requires little care but if pruning is necessary or desired to maintain a good then this should be done in the spring after the plant has flowered.
This shrub prefers well drained soil although the soil in my garden is quite clay like but the pieris still thrives. It does like sun and partial shade and this is what it receives in my garden.
This plant looks great grown with other shrubs, especially those with darker plainer leaves where it will add a splash of colour.
When I moved into my current house just over fifteen years ago the garden looked nice and neat but it didn’t have enough shrubs planted in it for myself and my husband’s liking. We didn’t have time or, in truth, the inclination then to do much gardening. But we wanted the garden to look nice and to have some privacy from our neighbours’ gardens.
We purchased several shrubs. We had to budget with four children all still at school at the time, so the plants that we bought were small and not too costly.
All of the shrubs did well including the Euonymus Fortunei Emerald Gaiety.
It grew so well and is still doing well. My husband cuts it back every year.
When we had our front garden dug up so we could have a drive way, I asked the builders to save my plants growing in the centre of our front garden so that they could be re-planted in an area we were intending for plants. Did they listen? No! My beautiful Hibiscus was pulled up and dumped, along with other shrubs.
Hubby and I thought about the best value plants to buy for the front garden and agreed that another Euonymus Fortunei Emerald Gaiety would be worthwhile as this should spread well and look good with other shrubs in our front garden. It did and it is still going strong several years on. Now it is waiting for fairy lights to be spread upon it this weekend.
Euonymus Fortunei Emerald Gaiety is an evergreen shrub that has rounded variegated leaves which makes it an interesting looking plant for the garden. It looks fresh and green in summer and in autumn the leaves develop a slight pinkish look to them.
This is a hardy shrub.
We have other types of Euonymus in our garden which grows taller than the Fortunei Emerald Gaiety.
I find that in our front garden the Euonymus Fortunei Emerald Gaiety looks good standing next to its taller and darker green relation.
** This plant is toxic if ingested and will cause severe discomfort.
I think that Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara is a very good mascara all in all.
The main thing that I like about it is the wand. This mascara comes in a fairly thick tube and so because of this I fully expected that the brush would be wide and perhaps clumpy but really it isn't at all. It is a great shape as it tapers well towards the end and this makes it just the kind of brush that I find easy to use.
With a brush like this the finer lashes can be coated with mascara and it is easy to apply the mascara to all eyelashes.
It’s a lash building mascara which is meant to provide either a natural look or a more dramatic effect. I go more for the natural look but I do want my lashes to look longer and well defined so this suits me.
I apply one to two coats usually but for a more dramatic effect three to four should be about right. Really this is a good mascara to keep layering for that party look and for the younger users.
As well as lash building it separates my lashes rather well and altogether I'm pleased with the effect that I can easily achieve with this Rimmel mascara.
I find it easy enough to remove the mascara either with a make-up removing wipe or liquid eye make-up remover or simply by using non-fragranced soap and water.
I chose this mascara in black and NOT waterproof. I rarely use waterproof mascara.
It’s a while since I purchased this but I believe that I bought it in Boots the chemist at Stansted Airport in Essex.
*Suitable for sensitive eyes
* Ophthalmologically tested
Rimmel Extra Super Lash mascara is currently selling for £4.99 (or 499 Advantage points) at Boots.
I always keep Calmex tablets in the home.
A few years ago my West Highland white terrier was very distressed by the fireworks in our area. We hear fireworks for the Diwali festival and bonfire night and then on and off until into the New Year. We asked at the vet’s if there was anything Joey could safely take to calm him down at times of stress.
The vet suggested a fairly new medication called Calmex. There were other sedative type medicines available but this seemed a safer option.
This year he hasn't been as bad with fireworks. I feel this is because his hearing isn't very good any-more and he doesn't hear much of the noise.
But Joey also gets very upset when a storm is approaching or overhead. The sky darkens and Joey isn't happy.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Calmex capsules are packaged in a cardboard sleeve containing two blister packs, each containing six capsules.
They're available from vet practices and on-line pet care, costing around £8 to £9 plus for twelve capsules.
Calmex uses amino acids, plant extracts and B Vitamins to provide a treatment to calm stressed canines.
Calmex capsules contain:
On bonfire night and times when I know there will be loud noise from fireworks I give Joey a Calmex. When I first bought these for Joey I was advised to give one capsule and monitor him. If another tablet was needed but there were no adverse reactions then a further tablet could be given after two to three hours.
This was a new medication then. I was told dosage is to do with weight and to go cautiously, although these capsules aren't as strong as most prescribed sedatives.
Joey can’t swallow the capsules unless they’re wrapped in a little cheese or opened and sprinkled onto his food. He doesn't seem to mind the taste but can’t cope with the actual capsule.
It takes about thirty minutes to an hour for any effect to be noticed.
As Calmex takes up to an hour to have any effect it isn't always possible to give them in time, for instance if there’s a sudden storm it might have passed before the capsules work. For occasions such as bonfire night I give a capsule as routine.
I don’t find Calmex have much calming affect but they do help Joey.
I feel after an hour or so following taking a capsule he will become more settled and able to relax and sleep, but not if there’s a severe storm. I would say they help for up to two hours.
They don’t work miracles but they help; I wouldn't want to overly sedate my pet.
NEW HOME, NEW PLANT
I moved into the house that I lived in before my present one in 1986.
A few days after moving into my new home I discovered a basket had been left on my doorstep. It had plants growing inside and a card was stuck into the soil, saying “With the compliments of Bairstow Eves.”
I don’t think they do this any more but wasn't it a nice gesture?
Inside the basket there were a few tiny plants surrounding a larger Umbrella plant.
The basket was taken indoors and cared for. After some time the plants had grown too tall and spread too much for the basket and were re-potted.
I must say that I am hopeless with house-plants and although I love plants and flowers I currently only grow plants in the garden and never in the house. This is a safer arrangement for the plants!
But strangely the umbrella plant survived for years, although sadly, the plants that had been with it, perished.
My umbrella plant grew and grew and I ran out of space for it. It was moved around the house and as it grew too large for each new home a new location had to be found.
One location was in the hallway but it didn’t thrive here. This was before the days of googling and I didn’t realise for a while that it didn’t like drafts.
It was moved to a different location and grew taller and wider.
The plant did get rather dusty and with the leaves consisting of many tendrils it isn't an easy task to dust this plant. I bought a leaf shine spray for the plant and it did enhance it.
The plant survived under my care for at least thirteen years but with four children in a too small house, I ran out of space for it and had to, reluctantly, give it away.
The Umbrella plant or Schefflera is an attractive indoor plant and must be fairly easy to grow or it wouldn't have survived for so long in my home. It is tropical therefore it’s no surprise that it is best suited to humid conditions. It prefers to be kept in temperatures of 60ºF or over and kept out of drafts.
The plant should be watered about once a week but less in winter time.
Schefflera is a leafy green plant with the leaves being long and shiny and curve downwards giving the umbrella shape.
When this plant is grown indoors it won’t flower but makes a very decorative plant due to its graceful shape and green waxy looking leaves.
I have liked freesias since I first saw them but I can’t remember when this was. My mother was a keen gardener and I learnt the names of many plants and flowers from her and also from my uncle, also a very adept gardener, when I was a child.
As a child I had my own box/trough in the garden and enjoyed planting and cultivating in this but I didn’t become an expert gardener, just someone who definitely appreciates flora and fauna.
When I was thirteen and a bridesmaid, I had freesias in my bouquet. Later, as a bride I included white freesias in my bridal bouquet.
I love the smell of freesias although I do find that with cut freesias when kept indoors, these flower s do tend to make me sneeze a lot.
I have freesias planted in my garden.
Freesias come in so many beautiful colours and I think that they have such an attractive look to them.
I don’t think all of my freesias survived the winter before this one and so any more that I buy or plant from bulbs next year I will plant in containers and then move these to my plastic greenhouse for the winter.
If you manage to successfully grow freesias you will find that they make excellent flowers to add to bouquets or floral gifts as well as looking great in a vase on their own or alongside other flowers.
But I don’t tend to cut the flowers from my garden to take inside as I enjoy them much more growing in the garden rather than standing inside in a vase.
I do sometimes make an exception and cut some flowers to take to the cemetery.
Freesias are also popular for use in the beauty and perfume trade.
Freesias are originally from Africa and mainly from South Africa. They were named by German born Doctor Freese.
They grow from a corm/solid bulb. I would best describe them as having a long stem with pointed leaves. The flowers grow along the stems.
Freesias grow well in sunny positions so will make a lovely addition to any patio in spring and summer.
I especially like white yellow and mauve freesias.
A SENSITIVE SOUL
A few years ago my West Highland White terrier, Joey, wasn't well. It was strange. He ‘lost’ his bark, bled (I won't go into that)and became lame. He couldn't walk at all. It was distressing to see him not even able to get himself into the garden.
He wanted to go out for a walk but couldn't walk.
Several visits to the vets didn’t give any answers. I felt the vets didn’t think he would recover.
But I wasn't going to give up on him. He didn’t seem to be in pain just in trouble. I thought we’d give him a chance to recover and not panic into putting him through the trauma of extensive tests suggested.
Joey started to drag himself around. I think he recovered through will power. Gradually his bark returned and now is as loud as ever. He began to walk.
But this did worry us and along with the fact that he has always been a dog with poor digestion, I thought I would be very careful about his diet. I already knew by this time not to give Bakers complete food as it’s made up of some dreadful rubbish.
I noticed Arden Grange Sensitive Ocean White Fish and Potato dog food in Pets at Home and thought I’d buy it for Joey.
This is a complete dry dog food especially intended for dogs with allergies and sensitivities. I wouldn't say Joey is exactly allergic to food ingredients but I do know that once he was changed to high quality foods he was healthier. As he seems sensitive to certain ingredients I like to give him hypo-allergenic, wheat free complete food. He is also prone, as westies are, to itchy skin.
Joey loves fish; I thought he would enjoy this food.
Arden Grange Ocean White Fish and potato complete food is grain and cereal free. It is a food that’s gentle for your best friend.
According to manufacturers, Ocean White Fish and Potato is a nutritionally complete dry food suitable for adult dogs with delicate digestions, allergies or sensitive skins.
It provides an easily digested primary protein source.
Contains omega-3; helpful with allergies and inflammations.
Cereal and grain free
Joey does love fish but I have to say that he seems to prefer hypo-allergenic complete foods with chicken or turkey flavours.
He did eat this one and seemed healthy on it but I would say not as interested in this flavour. I can only think it the potato in it took away from the fish taste. But he is a dog who knows what he likes and I would still say that this is a good dog food.
Although I am no expert when it comes to flowers and plants and gardening in general, I have grown up around keen gardeners and have picked up just a little knowledge along the way, as well as a great appreciation for plants.
There are many plants and flowers that I love but I would say that my overall favourite has to be the rose.
I grew up in a London home that had a small garden but never the less was packed with plants.
My uncle was the very keen gardener here. Among his treasures was a rose bed packed with many rose bushes of so many hues. I was fascinated by the maroon velvet looking petals, the white, yellows tinged with red and the pale pinks.
Now, decades later and my children have grown, so now, even with their sharp thorns, roses can be welcomed into my garden.
Actually, my husband and I are getting rather addicted to growing different roses and we now have quite a few.
In our garden we have some climbing roses in a light and a dark pink, ramblers in red and pink. We also have patio and standard roses and a miniature tea rose. Among our treasures are:
This is a beautiful rose bush which has buds of yellow tinged with red. As they bloom yellow flowers appear which gradually fade to a creamy yellow. This rose flowers throughout the summer and has a very strong scent.
My Munich is incredibly beautiful and I am so glad that I bought this. It doesn't have a particularly strong scent but it is beautiful enough not to need it. The flowers are a golden yellow tinged with flame red. The leaves are delicately crinkled. This is a charming rose.
Celebration, Thank You Rose
This is a patio rose and it is planted in a large pot on my patio. It grows well in full sun and is a lovely light pink and gold colour. It has double blooms and flowers profusely throughout the summer and early autumn. It has a pretty but light scent to it.
I think that roses offer great value but they need to be planted in positions where their thorns won’t hurt children or pets.
They are versatile as they can be grown in containers and in borders.
Roses can suffer from several diseases. These include; rose blackspot, mildew, rose rust, and mildew and can be infected by certain insect pests. We have to spray ours at times but this is best done when the rose isn't in flower.