Jasper, the fifteen year old Labrador cross, knew that our consultation was finished. He went to the hinge side of the door (rather than the correct, opening side of the door) and he began to bark loudly. His owner commented on this: "He does that all the time now at home as well; it's as if he's forgotten which way doors open".
Chub is a species of freshwater fish found mainly in running water throughout central and southern mainland Europe. It is not native to Ireland, but it has turned up here. How it got here is unknown. Chub are prized as a sport fish by some anglers so it is suspected that anglers may have introduced the species here for its sporting value.
A lady was walking near her home, with her Dachshund on a lead beside her. A young man rushed up behind her, grabbed the leash, and tried to pull the dog away from her. It was only because she was so determined that he wasn't able to take the animal, and he ran off empty handed.
Birds of prey hunt by sight be it a local Kestrel hovering as it times its strike while monitoring the movements of a mouse or beetle in the grass below, or a vulture in a TV documentary soaring on a thermal at great height as it scans the ground for a carcass to scavenge.
Three weeks ago, I found myself driving to Cavan for a night away. It was my first night away in 6 months and I felt as excited as I would have a year ago - if I was travelling to the airport for a month-long holiday to a tropical paradise on a free trip with dear friends.
A recently published report focuses on coastal flooding throughout the world and evaluates the risks to the end of this century due to climate change. North-west Europe is identified a hotspot with extensive flooding predicted. Ireland is placed among the vulnerable areas so the report should act as a wake-up call.
I'm seriously beginning to think that rather than sending my children to school to learn academic stuff, I should send them to some sort of an institution, preferably boarding, where they can learn basic life skills in the event of anything happening to either me or their father, because at the moment they haven't a hope in hell of surviving without us.
Susie, a large collie, was coughing so loudly as she approached the front door of the clinic that I could hear her from the waiting room inside. Her cough was dramatic: it started as if she was clearing her throat, and she'd then make this loud, dry, hacking type of cough.
Lockdown and more time at home has given us all a chance to understand what is really important. Family, health, quality of life, good food, friends, a good support network, a job you enjoy… and the resources you need to support all of the above are what I am hearing about most.
I've been wracking my brains all week trying to think of something to write about other than Covid 19. The truth is, nothing happens at the moment that isn't connected in some way, or impacted by this pandemic. Our lives are ruled by it.
Cats can suffer from various forms of respiratory disease, but last week, one particular young Siamese cat hit the headlines after developing a bit of a snuffle. She was the first animal in the UK to be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
Have you gained some extra weight during Covid? I know I have. Mostly around the stomach, but also on my upper arms. Not impressed! Some of you have told me that you have gained up to two stone during this time and are feeling the negative effects of it.
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