"There's a myth that anyone who has a liver problem has brought it on themselves" This quote is from a Crohn's disease patient living with a blocked portal vein hoping for a liver transplant (Independent 31st Oct 2010)

Saturday, 23 August 2014


Went to my GP recently complaining of getting stiffer and stiffer. Not sure if its just 'old age' or something to do with the autoimmune or bone deterioration. She reckons I would benefit from more exercise, perhaps some gentle yoga stretching or non-weight bearing swimming and gives me a voucher for the local Health Centre so I can join classes at a discount. I'm not that keen on gyms and the public swimming at our local pool is during my work hours or not til late in the evening when I'm falling asleep. A garden colleague of T's walks dogs once a week at our local rescue centre, so I'm giving that a go. Last week I went for the first time and walked one of these:

one of these:

one of these (a cockapoo?)

and 2 of the inevitable Staffie/Cross breed of which there seem to be many in rescue kennels

I walk 5 dogs in an hour.  This Staffie/Cross called 'Ziah' is becoming my favourite.  Ziah was abandoned in a locked flat for several days before rescue.  He's been at the centre for over a year now, and despite a dislike for small furry things (cats, birds, the downy filling of his bedding!) his expression in this pic says he cant understand why he hasn't got a settled home.  Sorry Ziah you cant come and live with me as I'm out a lot of the day, but I will keep coming to walk you until you find somewhere permanent.

Below is Bob.  Bob has also been at the home for too long. He's been good on the lead so far, just have to watch his tendency to find smelly things to roll in!