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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 19th Jul 17, 10:11 AM
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    Fortune Smiles
    Tales from The Shire
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    • 19th Jul 17, 10:11 AM
    Tales from The Shire 19th Jul 17 at 10:11 AM
    Tales from the Shire


    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
    J R R Tolkein


    After many happy years in the Garden of England we have started a new adventure in The Shire. Although still reeling from the stress and upheaval of the house move, we can see the potential for a wonderful home and life here. It’s going to be amazing!

    There is much to do and, as with any great journey, company is much appreciated. So I hope my forum friends will join me on the road.

    A new chapter (and diary) has begun.


    Fortune x

    For those who are interested in how we got to be here, my previous diaries can be found at:

    Two Pennies Left - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4068401
    The New Adventures of Fortune - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5605109
    Mortgage: 0.94% paid House Deposit Contribution: 72%

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
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    • porgiegeorgie
    • By porgiegeorgie 30th Aug 17, 1:04 PM
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    Ditto on the absent husband front. Mine will have been home for a total of eight days in August! And a whole two weeks of July

    Echoing WishingTMA, it's nice having a tidy house, and I don't mind a bit of solitude
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 30th Aug 17, 4:52 PM
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    A writing group! Excellent news
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 31st Aug 17, 8:38 PM
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    Writing group sounds good
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 4th Sep 17, 10:09 AM
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    Brilliant find for the writing group Fortune.

    I'm the same as you in terms of forgetting what hubby looks like. He went away last Thursday. Is back Saturday night, leaving Sunday. Back by the next weekend. It can be hard, but I get used to the house being tidy and devoid of piles of things he's had out and not put away.
    Originally posted by wishingthemortgaheaway
    Ditto on the absent husband front. Mine will have been home for a total of eight days in August! And a whole two weeks of July

    Echoing WishingTMA, it's nice having a tidy house, and I don't mind a bit of solitude
    Originally posted by porgiegeorgie
    Thanks guys. We may have found a solution to the absent husband situation...

    Fortune x
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 4th Sep 17, 10:10 AM
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    A writing group! Excellent news
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    Writing group sounds good
    Originally posted by beanielou
    They were a very inspiring bunch and had a lot of experience. I think I'll learn a lot from attending.

    Fortune x
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 4th Sep 17, 10:11 AM
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    News
    Um... so we have a dog.
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 4th Sep 17, 10:12 AM
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    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us - J R R Tolkein
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 4th Sep 17, 10:42 AM
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    Originally posted by Fortune Smiles
    I read those posts in one go, and this one made me laugh out loud you'll be fine!

    Save
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 4th Sep 17, 12:24 PM
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    Ooh. What type? Breed even.
    How exciting
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    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 4th Sep 17, 7:29 PM
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    wishingthemortgaheaway
    Ooooh exciting.
    And definitely more tidy than a hubby.
    Enjoy.
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    • PurpleFairy26
    • By PurpleFairy26 4th Sep 17, 9:39 PM
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    Um... so we have a dog.
    Originally posted by Fortune Smiles
    As a keeper rather than an alternate to mr f I take it

    Addition to the fortune clan, how lovely
    • Downshifterella
    • By Downshifterella 4th Sep 17, 10:08 PM
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    How Lovely!!! What a perfect addition to the new home xx
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    • themadvix
    • By themadvix 5th Sep 17, 2:12 PM
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    How exciting! Details please!
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    • Fortune Smiles
    • By Fortune Smiles 8th Sep 17, 11:31 AM
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    Culture Shock
    I have been getting used to having a dog It may take some time

    He is a Border Collie type from a rescue centre who has had to cope with a lot of changes in homes and circumstances. This has made him very anxious and I have had to learn quickly how to work with him so I don't exasperate the situation.

    Pros -

    He:
    • doesn't know any commands but is clever and a fast learner
    • seems gentle and keen to please
    • sleeps through the night without a sound and stays clean
    • is not a barker
    • loves his walks
    • is giving me some structure and discipline in the day so I am up and about and productive much earlier
    • is making me more active and getting me out of the house at least twice a day
    • loves treats

    Cons -

    He
    • had some house training issues the day we brought him home and further accidents one afternoon which I think were anxiety related.
    • he paces around the kitchen island when he gets anxious and he can keep this up for ages
    • he is scared of new people
    • he likes chemical smells - fuel, fire lighters, weed killer. Obviously could be dangerous for him so I'm already training him to ignore
    • is showing an interest in the cows and sheep next door
    • it's not possible to train him or get him to respond when he is anxious
    • stinks and we can't bath him yet because of the anxiety
    • is shedding quite badly at the moment which could be stress or a normal autumn moult
    • isn't interested in toys

    It's probable that he started life as a farm dog. He is much happier outside and becomes anxious in the house. However if we tether him in the house he immediately calms down and relaxes. It may be that he has spent quite a lot of time chained up previously.

    He has made huge steps already. As I type he is not tethered and sleeping on a blanket in the living room with me. So we are getting there. My main concern is his interest in the livestock and I've been trying to research the right training technique for this without much success. Everything online usually says - yes it can be done but we're not going to tell you how to do it unless you pay us Anyone advice from dog owners/trainers on that would be very appreciated.

    I know it isn't a great MS move getting a dog at this stage - there are unlikely to be any savings or OPs this month. However, Mr F has waited so long to have a dog again and I think he'll be good for me too. There are going to be some costs getting us both settled. My needs have already extended to a second Dy$0n Fluffy - ridiculous I know but he's so smelly right now and I don't want to transfer the smell upstairs. I realise this is borderline OCD but I feel much more relaxed about things as a result.

    It's going to fine... isn't it?

    Fortune x
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    • bexster1975
    • By bexster1975 8th Sep 17, 12:30 PM
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    Hi Fortune

    I love your Pros list! It reads like the requirements of an ideal man!

    Bexster
    Last edited by bexster1975; 08-09-2017 at 12:32 PM.
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 8th Sep 17, 1:26 PM
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    Of course it will be fine! You've only had him a few days, and he's changed already. The catsitting I was doing - they were rescue cats, two years ago, and they're *still* changing. As for not being MSE - it was a considered move between you and your OH, life isn't only about paying things off.

    Good for you!
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    • greent
    • By greent 8th Sep 17, 2:28 PM
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    greent
    Wow! Fab news - great you have taken a rescue woofer!
    x
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    • brizzledfw
    • By brizzledfw 8th Sep 17, 3:12 PM
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    Lovely. I think its great, collies are super intelligent..I am sure he will come on in leaps and bounds (that wasn't an intentional pun, but then thinking on it - you can do dog agility training with him to boot!! )

    Keep us posted
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    • Jessy103
    • By Jessy103 9th Sep 17, 10:28 AM
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    He'll be fine! It will just take time and patience! If you have room and don't have one already I would suggest a crate Mine have one with lots of bedding in and a blanket over the top so it's a nice cosy den where they can go and be on their own if they get anxious or just want to be left alone. It might help him to have one when visitors come round and he can come out of it when he feels comfortable.

    Good luck and it will be worth it! x
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    • EatingTheElephant
    • By EatingTheElephant 9th Sep 17, 11:02 AM
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    Congrats on the new addition, what a lovely home you are giving him.
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