Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

As I sat watching “Pedigree Dogs Exposed” with my West Highland White Terrier dog Rocky the reality of what our pets have become struck a cord. I’ve always loved watching Crufts yet never really appreciated the true welfare problems these dogs face. I know it’s plain to see, on holiday in France was a prime example, of a ball of fur (some sort of Pekenise but I couldn’t be sure) with a squashed up face, struggling to breathe and control its temperature in the heat of the day. Its these over the top, out of proportion, deformities that breeders need to re-address and go for the healthy dogs not just those that will make ‘breed standard’.

Now its all come out in the media (I’m sure its always been there, just not mainstream) there really has been a snowball effect and the RSPCA has gladly made full use of the publicity – good for them! I’m lucky that my Westie is very good condition, we met both parents and the breeder was a lovely lady, for her it was just a little hobby, not to win best in show. But now at almost 3years old the tell tale signs of Westie problems – skin conditions and allergies – are beginning to show (very minor though which is a relief. ) I hope, come January 2009, the RSPCA report on Pedigree dog welfare makes headline news again and more breeders take notice of the publics increasing interest.

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Oh Indi….

Last week, whilst having a weeks holiday by the seaside, we filled one evening with a trip down to the local cinema to see the latest Indiana Jones film With a lot of built up anticipation, being a fan of Indi you see, and with a growing atmosphere in the cinema – well, when there is only 30 seats, an organ at the front and proper velvet curtains, you can’t help but get excited in this old fashioned theater. Although a bit older Dr Jones was still great and there was some good one liners that emphasised him feeling his age. A great film for entertainment value and for kids who might not know the old Indiana Jones films so well I think they really enjoyed it. But for me, and the trouble with being a fan I suppose, I found it just lacked something compared with the other films. Maybe I’m just hung up with nostalgia, or my expectations were just not quite filled in some way. But it was just a bit too shiny, maybe too much cgi or too much Lucas fantasy to really relate it with the older films. Still, I was pleased to see Dr Jones back on the big screen and the film carries on the legend for a whole new generation of fans.

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Watching Desperate Housewives last night I’m enjoying the story line progression of the newest inhabitants of Wisteria Lane, Bob and Lee.

The tongue in cheek, stereotypically exaggerated comments from fellow neighbours have left me chuckling, and pondering the future impact this new couple will have on the peaceful, perfectly symmetrical street. A gay couple in American suburbia? what ever next!

Some fashion advice for Ida perhaps…

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