Sunday, September 5, 2010

Big bad earthquake

Everyone in NZ will know all this but for those of you that don't live here, there was a big earthquake on Saturday in Canterbury (which is in the middle of our South Island). It struck at 0435am and was a 7.1 on the Richter scale. It has caused widespread damage to property across the region but incredibly and thankfully there has been no loss of life (although a Lemur did die at the zoo - he drowned) We used to live (and work) in Christchurch and our families live south of there. I imagine it's been a pretty horrible two days for everyone, especially my old workmates in the Christchurch Emergency Department.

Pictures of the devastation

Now something lighter - I saw how lots of other people had taught their dogs to get a tissue out of the box and and bring it over so we played around with this one afternoon (and destroyed an entire box of tissues in the process) Such fun! Such mess......

And Pepper has another poor sore paw - its on the big pad in the middle of the right leg this time. This is the third separate pad infection in 6 weeks so discussed with the vet today and if another one crops up we're planning to do biopsies to see if there's anything weird (like an auto-immune disorder) that causing them. Back on yet more bloody antibiotics in the mean time.


  1. Oooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhh that tissue box thing looks like fun. We're really good at shredding up dirty tissues out of pockets but fresh ones, hhmnmmmmmmmmm a whole new ballgame.

  2. hahaha we love the tissue trick mmmm we gonna do that to :D
    ooohno your paw! that looks painfull

    keep it save there

    el'bow & hauwii

  3. That's awful about the earthquake. :( I hope everyone is okay.

    Good grief Pepper! Take it easy on the paws.

    The tissue trick looks like fun. Jackal would LOVE that one. Storm would too probably. She loves destroying things (but only if I tell her she can).

  4. So sad!!! Glad to see that you are okay! Poor lemur and poor Pepper's paw!

    ~The Mama Monster

  5. Horrible photos from the earthquake - glad to know you guys are ok!

    Pepper is cute working on her tissue trick! Mom was too cheap to use a box of tissue with me and she just keeps reusing the same one.

    Hope there is nothing serious about Pepper's paw infections and hope she gets over this one quickly!

  6. The tissues look like such fun, I think Snoopy would probably pull the whole lot out of the box as fast as she could!
    I'm glad you like your ball too Pepper :-D Snoopy isn't too sure about hers!
    -Helen, Snoopy & Arrow!

  7. Wow, that is so sad to see all that destruction and to hear about all the loss. :(

    BOL...look at all those tissues!