23 August 2013

Raising An English Puppy

As our summer wraps up,
we have punctuated it with
a new puppy!

Meet Millie,
our eight week old
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

She is sweetness wrapped up in a ball of fur :)

Besides having a bark with an adorable English accent (ha!),
I have found that dogs are much better behaved here than in the US

Here are a few differences I've observed...

Someone recommended buying a padded kitten collar for our puppy
Not only is it comfortable, but it has a secure bell attached
which lets us know where she is

I am using a 'Puppy Aid Training Spray' outside
which has a special scent to train puppies where to go potty
Believe it or not, it works!

Puppy training classes are held in church and village halls
or in a local field by individual dog trainers,
not in big box retailers

In my puppy training class, we'll be using treats 
and a whistle (I'm so intrigued)

I found these dog bowls 
with a wider base than its opening
to prevent big ears from falling into food & water
(perfect for spaniels and hounds)
- clever! -

They use static leashes here, not retractable ones

Dogs are off-leash when in the woods
and on-lead when on streets
(in the US, dogs must be on lead in public
except in a few designated areas)

In the US, dogs are neutered/spayed at 8 weeks old
however in the UK, vets like to wait until they are 6 months old

Dogs should be on medication to prevent lungworm,
contracted by eating snails or slugs

My veterinarian is housed in a barn circa 1820s
that still feels very farm-y

Lastly, in America we have the impression 
that England is even more pet friendly than the US

I'm not sure where this myth came from
because I find the attitudes and practices to be the same
(i.e. no one is grocery shopping with a dog in tow)

Have a lovely weekend,

- photos by me -

07 August 2013

London's Thames Barrier

I've been wanting to see the Thames Barrier for some time

This 520 meter span of contemporary gating has protected
the area of London from flooding since 1982

As one of the world's largest movable flood barriers,
these gates actively have protected London over 100 times since they became operational

With London and O2 Arena in the background, you can see one black gate in position on the right

With a long history of fatal floods,
the spring tidal surge from the North Sea tends to be a habitual problem

information about surge tides comes from weather satellites, oil rigs,
weather ships and coastal stations

All ten gates (20 meters high) can be closed in 1.5 hours

Here is the possible extent of flooding without today's protection

Not a high quality photo,
but it does give you something to consider the next time
you see the river at low tide

The layers of time you can see on the walls!

Located in Greenwich,
you too can view these steel and wooden beauties

While we did swing by the Visitor's Center,
I wouldn't necessarily recommend paying for it
as most of the information is online

You can view the Thames Barrier from the river towpath at anytime

Photo Credits: 1 (mine), 2 & 3 (Environment Agency)
Source: Environment Agency

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