Well the good news is …

that Nikki the Weimaraner only has Grade 1 Mast Cell Tumours.

I noticed one when I took her to the Vet to get her yearly vaccinations.  And the vet had a look, and after some wallet lightening, we decided that we needed to confirm the severity of the tumours; one way or another.

The first operation was to remove some of the tumours for biopsy.  Now we know they are only Grade 1 tumours.

The bad news is that she now needs to get the rest of them cut out.  That will happen Thursday week.

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For the love of dogs

It’s a cliché, but the world’s best Vizsla passed away in my arms today.

Super Vizsla didn’t have an easy life, having had sarcoptic mange as a young dog, then a thyroid condition, and finally arthritis in his old age.

Vadar rekindled my love of dogs, and I’ll miss him terribly.


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Heroic alternatives.

Vadar the Action Dog One of our dogs is wearing out, due to old age.

He’s 14.

He’s developed a bit of a cough, so he’s been off to the vet.

First, the vet thought “enlarged heart, let’s get an x-ray”.

X-ray came back, no, heart looks normal, but “we’ll try him on some heart medicine in any case.”

No difference in cough, or behaviour.

So back to the vet.

“Well since you don’t want to consider heroic measures … “

Heroic measures.

The first time I heard about heroic measures was in a (fictional) book titled “Goshawk Squadron”, by Derek Robinson.  One of the characters was talking about using an axe to remove a patient’s limbs on the battlefield.  It was that, or the patient dying.  Heroic measures.

Strange to hear a vet say that.  And as soon as I heard that, I thought “No, we’ll be letting the dog enjoy his old age while he can.”

update: for the curious, the tablets were Vetmedin & Flusapex.

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Time running slow.

Proud Vizsla Beautiful Sunday morning, out with the dogs.  The old male Vizsla is slowing down in his old age.  Tremendous heart, wants to keep trying to walk along side us.

Used to be that he’d wait for the Wonder Weimaraner and myself to catch up.  Now we wait for him.

Which I don’t mind.  One of the few examples of time running slow, which I like.

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Today’s Front (Newspaper) Pages – 609 front pages from 58 countries (and growing)
Every morning, more than 500 newspapers from around the world submit their front pages to the Newseum via the Internet to be part of Today’s Front Pages.

WorldTimeZone.Com – Australian timezones


Weimaraner Club Of Victoria


VOPT Hard Disk Defragger
This is the other disk defragging tool I plan to evaluate.  You might remember my PerfectDisk evaluation.  This’ll be similar.


 TrueCrypt – Free open-source disk encryption software
I use this, not because I’m paranoid, but because my employer blocks the use of EFS and I can’t use Bitlocker.
I used to use PGPdisk, which was equally as good, but not free.  TrueCrypt is free.

Password Manager XP
The commercial version is being evaluated by a work colleague of mine.  He’s impressed.  Password Manager is a password storage system.


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