Sorry to hear about your mum - we have just gone through the same thing with Grandpop and his wife - Lucky my Aunty was willing to take their cat... she is a grumpy thing and no way I was bringing her home LOL (The cat, not the Aunty..)
Not banned for 2 years? thats a bit boring!! Im disappointed in you.. :P
Fingers crossed for Hobbes, it sucks when they get old and sick At has had a few lumps removed and I just found one under Kaos's front leg *sigh*
Anyways, good to see you around! Would like to know more about the dog group you are in if you get time!