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I posted this am but its not showing? Basically I agree with all the above advice, I also gave our dogs one of my old jumpers to lay on in their bed. It seemed to comfort them. We also use it as their security blanket when they go into kennels.
I hope the sickness has stopped, if not perhaps smudge needs a once over at the vets?

I can relate to you missing Warren. A week after we arrived in Singapore my hubby disappeared off to China leaving me to get the children to school in a car I'd never driven! We still had boxes to unpack and I didn't know a soul! We didn't have email or webcams but we did phone- cost the company a fortune
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Cruella DeVil here - don't worry guys I haven't made Smuge into a coat, there wouldn't be enough !!

The little guy was a star last night and only woke up once, cried and went back to sleep, so I've had a terrific nights sleep. However my legs feel like jelly today so must be the after effects.

Can't belive it got to me so much yesterday, felt practically suicidal. Warren will support the fact that me without sleep is like the sky without the sun, miserable, grey and wet!

Additionally I've been to the vets today for his 48 hour check up ($40 - $20 voucher) which has made me feel heaps better .Lovely vet answered all my questions and so far with all the great advice I've had, I'm doing all the right things. Got pre-school puppy classes starting next Tues $60 for 4 sessions . Tuesdays are going to be fun as Midge does horseriding that night too. Haven't progresed outside for the toilet bit yet as It's been very wet and cold here and don't want to scare the poor guy to much.

The pet shop really must have seen me coming. He hates the dried food from them and hasn't eaten it since we got home, but has eaten the 'polony' stuff . The vet gave me a sample of Pedigree Advance which re-hydrates, is in much smaller bits, so I gave him that with a very small amount of chicken gravy - ooo he loved that, will make it eaier to introduce scraps. He had a little beard of chicken gravy soooo cute. Also took Pollsters advice and he's on 3 very small meals a day.

The contrast today is amazing, his tail is wagging, the runny poo has gone and he gets so excited when I walk in the room, (I have that effect on Warren

If you'd have seen the construction to try and keep him in the laundry on the first night you'd have cracked up. We had a box laid across the entrance, with two dining room chairs in frount, then in frount of them a bamboo book case and the kitchen bin and he STILL got out.

Anyway une famile to the rescue and we have a child gate and a piece of chipboard as a temp measure, Uncle Urv is making me something more perminant at the weekend. You see this contruction you have to hop over, which makes it rather difficult to have a pee, as the loo is in the laundry. Warren has told me not to tell you all were I peed last night as that's too much information, you can just all guess (oh the tricks you learn as a student)

One last thng, then no more dog talk, going to bath him in a mo, so that should be fun, will take pics for you all.

Registered with Medicare today, took all of a min. You just need your pasport and to know where you live and there are no 'orrible forms to fill in.

Took meself off to Coles for another mooch round the deli and needed a few bits, plus wanted to leave Smudge on his own so he gets used to it. I adore their semi dried smoked tomatoes, it's become my comfort food an alot healthier than M&S raspberry viennese. Need to find a decent Korma sauce for Midge as the Pataks, made in New Zealand one was vile. Just need to a bit more mooching and I'm sure I will find one. The curry sauces, if you are being lazy like me are best if they are the UK imports. So always check out the lable .I've found a Tilda Royal Korma, so will try that one.

Off to the Swan Valley for lunch tommorrow and a trip round the chocolate and cheese factories - geez I hope I heard right and this isn't some weird cheese coated in chocolate, then it's horse riding, will let you know what that's like, for all you budding Zara's out there.

I'll only report on the dog if something major happens, so assume, that if I don't mention it, he's fine. I don't want this diary to become 'The Barbara Woodhouse Memoirs'. As I'm not naturally maternal, I'm not naturally dogternal. I avoided like the plague baby books and 'how to be a parent with a stupid voice classes', but feel puppy classes are a necessary, after all babies can look after themselves - can't they. I had Midge changing her own nappy at 1 probably why she's got a reading age of 12, 'cos I made her read the instructions.

S'pose I better go now, as littlen' is begging me to bath the pooch with her, this is going to be great fun.

Bye peeps and thanks for listening.
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Hey Jill - I can't compete with the length of your post but I'm really glad to hear everything is going better for you and pup today!! Hope it keeps going that way!!
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Warren - I've still got things crossed for the house. Not everything, since you said I could uncross my legs, but have reduced the crossing to a general maintenance level, rather than full-blown emergency crossing!

What am I talking about....

Jill, hope things are going better today. Keep that chin tilted skywards.
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Im glad Im not the only obsessed one on here...I make excuses to run upstairs to the computer room and even miss Big Brother in favour of BE!!!!
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Warren - I've still got things crossed for the house. Not everything, since you said I could uncross my legs, but have reduced the crossing to a general maintenance level, rather than full-blown emergency crossing!

What am I talking about....

Jill, hope things are going better today. Keep that chin tilted skywards.

hi Bundy,

You can uncross !! Bummer !! Couple loved the house but were concerned that it wasn't private enough due to the proximity of the rest of the development near by . They haven't ruled it out but will not progress at this stage !!

I am sooooooooooooooooo disappointed, I really thought they were the ones on Saturday. Oh well back to the drawing board. Tick tock tick tock...........................

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You can uncross !! Bummer !! Couple loved the house but were concerned that it wasn't private enough due to the proximity of the rest of the development near by . They haven't ruled it out but will not progress at this stage !!

I am sooooooooooooooooo disappointed, I really thought they were the ones on Saturday. Oh well back to the drawing board. Tick tock tick tock...........................

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OK, but I'll still keep up the maintenance crossing, to bring luck with more viewers. Let me know when more is needed, and I'll re-cross (blimey, lucky I'm blessed with flexible limbs and have been practising yoga for a few years is all I can say!)
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You can uncross !! Bummer !! Couple loved the house but were concerned that it wasn't private enough due to the proximity of the rest of the development near by . They haven't ruled it out but will not progress at this stage !!

I am sooooooooooooooooo disappointed, I really thought they were the ones on Saturday. Oh well back to the drawing board. Tick tock tick tock...........................

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Don't give up yet mate. We had something like that probably 5 times then eventually somebody came around who loved it so much she put an offer in 14 hours later (as soon as Estate Agents woke up in fact).
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Don't panic about Smudge - it will only get better as it will take him time to to settle.

Anyway - some tips for you....


Re the howling and crying at night.

You HAVE to harden your heart or you will be lost forever because the little bugger will wheedle his way into your bed.

Have a distinct area that is his - best bet is to get a indoor kennel - a cage basically - where you put his bed - that becomes his den (it will also help with toilet training) - and put it in a room where you can close the door and walk away (ie NOT the kitchen where you need to get revitalising cups of tea etc)

Put him to bed early - let him outside for a pee, put him in the kennel (or shut him in the room where anything precious has been removed) say 'bedtime' AND WALK AWAY - do not return however much noise he makes (my little bitch howled for an hour the first night we got her). He will eventually stop - leave it AT LEAST half hour - then go and get him - tell him good boy, take him outside for a pee and little play then, BACK TO HIS BED - same routine and leave him. He will prob howl a bit then settle - leave him for the night. Follow this routine every time you leave and he will learn that if he is quiet, you will come back every time.

The business with the hot water bottles,ticking clocks and so on is worth a try but I have never used such things and it has only taken a couple of night to sort my pups out. Make sure he is well played with before bedtime and he should be so knackered he will just sleep.

Re Toilet training

Unless you catch him in the act NO TELLING OFF - if he is in the act you should pick him up, say No, No, No and take him immediately outside.

You should take him outside after he wakes up, after a meal, after a play - you will learn when he usualy pees and poos - stay with him outside and when he 'performs' real really praise him - it is the best trick in the whole world that he has just done. Where he has peed/pooed in the house, clean it with an odourless cleaning product where you can - any scent will just take him back to the same places. These pads and sprays are a load of old rubbish and merely get you to part with your cash so you feel you are doing the right thing by the dog.

If he isn;t in a kennel, put newspaper down for during the night (if he is in a kennel you will need to let him out about 3am ish for a week or so until his bladder is big enough to hold a larger amount of fluid for a longer time don;t fus him when you go in - just pick him up - out to the garden, peem, then back to bed)) or if you leave him, (which you should for an hour at a time even at this early age), again put newspaper down.

Keep things very calm - quiet voices gentle actions- around him because it sounds like he is a bit stressed about it all - if he is a quiet sort of pup it might be because he is a bit nervous so you have to build his confidence by NOT scaring him with anything - any nerves on his part translate into pooing everywhere so it is in your interests to keep him calm and happy!

Re runny poos

Might be because he is a nervous little thing and a bit scared by it all and also might be his food - if you are feeding him a puppy complete food ( by far the best thing for him BTW) try making the meals very small and cutting the dog food amount in half and replacing it with boiled rice for a day. Then slowly increase the amount of dog ffod until he is at the amount he should be having - three meals a day is best for pup - brekky at about 7am, luch at 1pm then dinner at 6pm. I give my pups some milk in the morning mixed in with their food and a bit of raw mince in the evening, again mixed in with their food. Keep to that routine and his toilet habits should also start following a routine.

What sort of dog is he (apart from fluffy!!)

I hope things get better for you and you can start actually having some FUN with him - start training him NOW with little tidbits to get him to sit and so on - it is good fun and you will build up a rapport with him which is really lovely to have.

Good luck and if you want any more advice (if all the waffle above proves useful!), please do not hesitate to PM me.

Good luck with him and carry on with your brill posts!

Sounds like something out of the "Contented Little Baby" book! I promise I am not going to get a dog!! (take note kids and husband)
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Glad to hear you had a better night last night Jill. Fingers crossed for tonight being relatively good as well.


Bummer news about the viewers, but hopefully wont be too long before new viewers put an offer in.
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Jill, so pleased that the second night was better than the first,

Warren, sorry about the viewers but there is some hope, our buyers tried to book a survey on ours today only to be told it wouldn't be done for a couple of weeks as they are choc-a-block, this happened a few times till they tracked someone down who could do it next Monday!
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Jill,

I haven't posted for ages as the move is on hold till next year but I do check in regularly. Your diary is hilarious and will definatley be a best seller then made into a film with the finale being Warren and family reunion in Oz.

Anyway best of luck with the house and all

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ps my daughters birthday is also 31st July (9 now) and she has wanted a puppy since she was 3.....................after reading your post NO CHANCE.
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Jill,

I haven't posted for ages as the move is on hold till next year but I do check in regularly. Your diary is hilarious and will definatley be a best seller then made into a film with the finale being Warren and family reunion in Oz.

Anyway best of luck with the house and all

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ps my daughters birthday is also 31st July (9 now) and she has wanted a puppy since she was 3.....................after reading your post NO CHANCE.
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SOOOOOO glad things have improved so much with the doggy wog and your good self - puppies can be a absolute nightmare at times but it is all worth it in the end.

It is brill you are taking him to puppy classes as well - you will see so much improvement in his behaviour and socialisation and general confidence - as well as having access to all that info and help from people who should know what they are doing.

I am still on PM stand by if you need any more info but I think you will be just fine from now on (until his balls drop! )

Can't wait for the bathing piccies - I must admit to just tying mine up and blasting them with a hosepipe if they are dirty (but they have to be really dirty before I will bother!)
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So nice of you Warren to let me know the couple don't want the house via the website still, if you want to play out our whole life on this site, then so be it, see you in the divorce courts and you can have the bloody dog! and I'll keep the knives oops can't do that, 'cos I won't be able to stay in Oz - talk to you later

This is s'posed to be MY DIARY page from Oz, with you as a sideliner mate, you knew when you married me that I am the centre of all attention - that hasn't changed being in Oz - just every bloody else thing has!!

School informed me this morning that the Head wants a meeting with me tommorrow to decide best course of action.
Had a couple of prospectuss' (don't know the plural) arrive this morning for private schools when she is at senior level. To say they vary wildly in price would be a gross understatement, anything from $1700 per year to $12,000, but it is obvious when you read the details the difference and we dont need three guess whic one Jilly likes the look of. Booking an appointment to see one next week - not only you my darling that communicate via this site Don't panic my sweet, only going for a look and of course I wouln't make a descision without consulting you............ BTW the waiting list for both is 4 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was shocked to read than none of the schools I have details on so far, include even the stationary basics, everything seems to be extra, be warned. Once you are earning the Aussie dollar $12,000 is aloy of money, in percentage terms probably equates to the equivelent of 12 thousand ponds (can't find the pound sign.
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Tax file number arrived today, so can now do Centrelink and join a library,'cos I now have something with this address on and MY name.

Went out to Swan River with Warren's cousin (just got back) - dog won't leave me alone and is now sitting on my knee as I type this. It keeps nipping Midge and only wants me, which is going down like a lead balloon.

Speaking of lead balloons, got my first taste of missing the UK today and it's not pleasant. Driving round here the buildings are all concrete boxes and the 'scenery' I was shown today is just not a micro patch on County Durham, The Cotswolds, The lakes, Yorkshire etc. It stunned me how much that hurt and it felt like someone was twisting a fist in my stomach, the ends of my fingers felt like the rush you get when you smoke your first fag (ex smoker) and my heart lay heavy in my chest, like a lead balloon. Didn't feel weepy - just unbelievably sad. Can't shake it right now, so just going with it. Not helped by the weather being pants, just feel a bit bewildered by life today. This better be worth it, 'cos right now ice is creeping into my veins and I'm 12 thousand miles from all that is famliar....................

Off to pick Midge from school and then horse riding - will let you know how that goes.

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