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    Default IVe turned into a bloody pikey!

    bI admit it, my home is beginning to look like pikey's van. All odd furniture for the dogs, is cluttering up the place. My problem is dog beds.

    "I" wanted those sorts of dogs, that would lay peacefully on a beautifully, thick warm and fluffy bed. I have 3 dogs that can disembowel a bed, fast. And they will also become a pack, and attack en masse. Any stuffed bed, is fair game. So we go fake fur blankets. As this texture is not chewed by any of the dogs.

    But inside me is the owner of the nicer dogs on beds. So when my daughter moved out, i gave her single bed to Brian, the mastiff who feels the cold up here. 2 degrees outside at night now. And then someone gave me a sun lounger, which broke immediately, so i gave that to bernie. And i got a new dressing gown, so gave my old one to pohm, who loves it.

    My house looks like a mismatched sh*t tip.

    I once used to match in my house. I dont anymore.
    My good shoes, are still good. Coz i am always in gumboots these days. Which get stolen dailly, and taken to wherever he wants to lay by them.
    (he doesnt kill these, just lays next to them while im out)
    My hair constantly has regrowth, coz im out playing with dogs, not dyeing my hair so much.
    I dont worry about my nails, as my hands are like some tradies. And i have biceps you wouldnt believe?
    Im still reasonably fit for my age. And can outwalk any of our friends these days. The dogs have been training me for 10yrs now.

    Id say since i got multi dogs, my life is enriched so much. But shit my style has gone out the window lol


    Has anyone else been changed n trianed by having dogs? what standards have you had that have slipped, or buggered off completely? Surely im not the only pikey in dog town?
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    Yep, pikey here. Just swap gumboots for thongs, fake fur for easy-to-wash old cotton sheets, dressing gown for singlets and tradies hands for old fisho's and we're probably identical twins separated by climate and dog breed. I have a slightly OCD personality which the 2 dogs have worked wonders in toning down. I always used to be barefoot inside, now I keep the thongs on so I don't feel the dirt, dog hair, leaves etc. that fluffy BCs constantly track inside. Gave up vacuuming everyday, killed a $400 robot cleaner in a few months and now don't worry - once a week is fine with my $50 industrial vacuum from Bunnings. I thank my lucky stars my little cottage is not like many houses here with their white tiled floors that show every spec of dirt. Instead I have brownish pink indian slate combined with poor light due to mobs of huge shady trees, so I can't see the dirt.

    My dogs don't chew things anymore, but their lounge still bears the wounds of Saffie's puppy stage. After years on boats I'd never owned furniture before. Bought my first lounge suite in my late forties, about 9 months before I got Saffie, a lovely cane couch and 2 armchairs. The couch was never very comfortable and so quickly became the dog's inside bed. Armrests got chewed, oh well, an old sheet covers that. I have a gorgeous hand made little Indian carpet given to me by a now-departed old friend, it followed me from boat to boat, country to country, being washed by deckhoses. Its incredible number of knots per square inch gave it a claim to fame - "will last a lifetime". Well it will, chewed tassles and all - it sat beside my bed and was the recipient of bored pups occupying themselves until I awoke. Both Oscar and Saffie contributed to that. They teach us to let go of "stuff". I remember the first time Oscar chewed it 8 years ago I was briefly devastated and then just thought "what the heck, its just stuff" and now it lives on in its slightly imperfect perfection and reminds me of its provenance just as well as if it was unchewed, more really as they have added to it.

    I have just a few weeks ago really tested that devil may care attitude by getting rid of the ute and buying a brand new Subaru. No more just chucking the wet salty dogs in the tray without a care. To date the dogs are in the back cargo area with a fantastic waterproof liner (Tully car boot liner, very useful and very cheap), but no doubt they will come to claim the back seat as I lose my new car preciousness. At least it's much safer and gives us more opportunities for dog-friendly travels.

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    Sound good and normal to me. With kids grown and gone it is now all about us and the animals.
    I thought once the kids were grown I would have house beautiful, new, good furniture.
    Well, um nope. It is all geared towards our own happy co existence. Furniture covers go on when we have human visitors..not the usuals who are part of us too. I can accommodate most contingencies of visiting and staying small and adult humans keeping safety of all in mind. I have new car preciousness too atm, brand new Holden but that won't last long.

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    I thought you meant pike - as in pike out of going for a walk because it's cold and raining (not sure my dog would be willing either. She asked - took one look and said not me).

    Pikey's van? No idea what you could mean.

    Almost all my furniture is second hand or hand me downs or cast offs from family. Some of it is really nice and now that I live in a 1920s house, 1960s second hand furniture looks just right in it. Not so much the 1970s office cupboards tho. Tho I think 1970s retro is back in fashion. I've got a side table of that too and three coffee tables that my mum hates because they had rounded tops that drop stuff off the edges. For me - the only thing they've dropped is a fat friend who thought they were strong enough to sit on (oops). Bit of glue...

    As for dog furniture... she's got an old hammock bed, under the 1920s kitchen table cast off, a new plastic tub bed next to mine - an upgrade from chewed cardboard box. With old pillows in it and cheap fleecies on top. And some big kid's school jumper that got bird crap on it in the playground and abandoned for three days - nothing a machine wash couldn't fix. It has some medium sized chew holes in it now.

    I guess the biggest change is I haven't been cycling or scuba diving much at all since I got the evil hound. Was looking forward to cycling but when I started researching it - discovered that there was nowhere you could actually do it legally. Plus she's never been as obedient as the dogs I used to do that with.

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    I hear ya bernie.... whatever a bloody Pikey is LOL. Somthing english i'm guessing Something like a gypsy perhaps ???

    I just walked around the backyard and collected up the scraps of torn up towels.... the ones i collected all summer so the brindle bastard could have something on his bed when it got below 20 degress at night here. Well they lasted a day before they became tug of war toys between the goofs. My garden that i cherish is fighting a battle of its own and my new $20,000 shed/man cave has become a giant dog house.

    Some days i could just throttle the bastards ..... but then i get a big cuddle and a kangaroo tail whip to the nuts and remember it was me that decided owning 2 big slobber heads would be a good idea.

    Where's that rolled up newspaper ... i need to whack myself over the head with it .....again.

    Its easier to give in to the buggers than fight it. If ya cant beat 'em , join 'em !!!


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    Sean you must watch the movie "Snatch" with Brad Pitt in it. That'll explain what a pikey is.
    If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

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    oh yeah, pikey is not an international term perhaps. Pikey: a itinerant, unemployed person, usually a loner, poses as a gypsie, but is NOT.

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    Yes its funny how you integrate the pooch into your house. I had a non dog friend call in and suddenly became aware of the sofa with the throw that Maggie sleeps on looking dodgy and there was sand and twiggy bits on the floor because its raining and well she makes a mess etc etc. i saw it through others eyes and thought hmmmm
    The standard has definitely dropped since she arrived.

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    I prefer to think of it as the standard has risen, risen to accommodate what and who we want and stuff what others think, lol.

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    I will NEVER get new carpet, gawd, worrying about accidents and things, stains instead of now, " oh gees, thanks a lot, another one for me to clean up" and casually get the stuff together to contend with it.

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