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Ones of my cats, Pongo, was apparently hit by a car last night :(

I found him in the hall, which immediately roused my suspicion since he never usually sleeps there. I damn near had a heart attack when I noticed a blood stain on the carpet and couldn't see him visibly breathing, not to mention him not moving when I touched him.

Anyway, he was very lethargic, and when he got up he walked around for a bit, slumped down again and leaked some more watery blood out, which appeared to be coming from his genitals. He keep growling or meowing when I tried to look and see where the blood was coming from.

Pongo back in March 2009:


Well of course we got him off to the vets. They do suspect he's been hit by a car and has damaged his bladder, amongst the other less serious cuts and bruises, which was why the watery blood was coming from his genitals. They're unable to tell initially, but they hope that the bladder is still in tact, and they'll be phoning later with an update.

So I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. Pongo is a tough cat, he's 9 years old and we've had him literally his whole life (he was born in our house). So I'm desperately hoping he will pull through this.



I'll add the update onto this post when we hear news.

~ Ace.

Date: 2011-10-01 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-prime.livejournal.com
"Hugs Tight" I'm sorry to hear that hun if there is anything I can do to help you in anyway my love i'm there for you always ^_^ "hugs and kisses"

Date: 2011-10-03 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manics-fan.livejournal.com
Thanks sweetie *hugs you* I appreciate your support.

Thankfully Pongo is back home now, it wasn't serious, and he should be as good as new in a few weeks, after some rest and medication.

Date: 2011-10-03 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-prime.livejournal.com
Hugs tight' I'm glad for that lovely I'm glad to see everything is gonna be ok you always have my support no matter what my love "licks and hugs"

Date: 2011-10-01 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] polietics.livejournal.com
My thoughts are with you and Pongo. But the fact that he's being treated so soon after the possible accident is so good. *hugs*

Date: 2011-10-03 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manics-fan.livejournal.com
Thanks for the good thoughts. Fortunately his bladder wasn't ruptured and he's back home now with some medication. So that's a big relief. It could have been a lot worse!

Date: 2011-10-01 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] totalximmortal.livejournal.com
Aw hun. I hope he recovers and quickly *hug*

Date: 2011-10-03 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manics-fan.livejournal.com
Thanks. He's on the mend now, fortunately it wasn't serious and so he's back home. :)

Date: 2011-10-03 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 01cheers.livejournal.com
Poor darling. Sorry for not commenting sooner (was actually travelling around the UK, England mostly with a tiny bit of Wales), but I see from your comments today that he is doing better and am very happy for both of you. Hope he makes a quick and full recovery.

Date: 2011-10-03 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manics-fan.livejournal.com
Thanks. Yeah, he's still lethargic, and not eating much, but he is doing better now.

Oh, travelling around the UK? That sounds fun. Did you go anywhere nice?

Date: 2011-10-03 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 01cheers.livejournal.com
I've gone to a lot of nice places; only trouble is, I left myself too little time to properly see them! I started in southwest Cornwall, trying to get as close as I could to St Georges island of Rebel fame, in the company of its author, then saw the place in northwest Cornwall where DCam goes on holiday (Padstow/Rock/Polzeath), then a glimpse of southwestern Wales (Tenby) and a criminally short run through Bath, then a day in the Peak District (Derbyshire) trying to see two or three estates (with varying success), then two and a half days making day trips from London to Oxford, Cambridge and Canterbury, including a lovely get-together with four London-based loliticians Friday evening (who, me crazy planning such a trip? I guess if I drove it would not have been as stressful, but the rail service did me no favours with delays etc :( ) Still, I did manage to see quite a bit.

Date: 2011-10-03 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manics-fan.livejournal.com
Wow, that's is a lot of places. I've not been to some of those places myself, although I know Tenby very well. My family went there practically ever year on holiday when I was growing up! It's a lovely little place. You really got through a lot. That place in Cornwall looks beautiful, judging from photos I've seen of it. It's no wonder DCam goes there.

I like London, but I always find it so stressful! It's cool that you met some other loliticians there. That does sound like a crazy trip, but a lot of fun... except for the frustrating train delays I'd imagine.

Date: 2011-10-04 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 01cheers.livejournal.com
You are right, London *is* stressful. I live in Rome now, not that small a city per se (and completely overrun by tourists), but after a five-year absence, thought London completely crazy.

I think Cam's reasons for going to the Padstow-Polzeath area are several, from being convenient for surfing while parts of it have long, wide, shallow, kid-safe beaches, to being relatively off the beaten track and not too crowded, as I get a sense that he tries to get as much privacy as he can. I am attaching a few pics - I was stupid enough to have taken a few *from* the spot where he (in those jeans) and Sam (in yellow dress) were photographed in August 2010, but not to have taken a pic *of* the spot itself - as you see, it was just before the weather improved.







And here is one of lovely Tenby, for good measure, from the evening of the following day:

Date: 2011-10-04 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manics-fan.livejournal.com
I can take London in small doses, but I certainly couldn't spend too long there! I do plan to go to London sometime soon to see the Houses of Parliament and such. Rather embarrassingly that's something I've never done before! XD

Gorgeous photos! That beach looks lovely, a perfect place to relax. It also looks like a nice place to hike or jog. I'm now imagining DCam jogging down the path in the first photo while he was holidaying there. Shame you missed the nice weather though... although I imagine you get plenty of good weather in Rome!

Ah, that one of Tenby brings back memories, I remember the harbour well. I'll really have to take a trip back there one day.

Date: 2011-10-04 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 01cheers.livejournal.com
Houses of Parliament, you say? Well, here are two from early Sunday morning:





Shame on me, I took a tour of the Houses of Parliament in early 2003, and do not remember any of it, even though I have the booklets to prove it...

Rome has very predictable weather, and yes, very good, for the most part. December thru January is chilly and has the greatest chance of rain (though the temperature never goes below zero and you may chance upon a +20°C day in December, with 10-15 degrees being fairly normal); April thru June and, for people who do not mind autumn, September and October are the best and mildest and largely dry months, and July and August are usually hot (but not unbearably so, unlike, say, southern Spain) and permanently sunny. It has probably the best climate of the four cities around the world I have lived in, though I'd love to move back to Milan as I happen to like the city, and especially, the nearby lakes better, even though the weather is somewhat worse.

Date: 2011-10-04 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manics-fan.livejournal.com
Oh, you got some good photos of the Houses of Parliament! I love that first one, with the morning sun shining on it.

Wow, a +20°C day in December sounds crazy, even an average of 10-15 would be pretty weird. I was pretty thrown by it being so warm here this past week in October, it didn't feel like October at all. It always messes with my internal calendar when it's warm after August, or September at the latest.

I've always wanted to visit Rome, Venice or Milan. I haven't got around to it yet though! It's still something to look forward to in the future.

Date: 2011-10-04 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 01cheers.livejournal.com
If you make up your mind to do it, feel free to be my guest in Rome, literally, for as long as I am here (I hope to eventually return to Milan, but it won't be anytime soon). I rent a decent-sized apartment very centrally and have a sofabed in the living room. Objectively speaking, I'd say that Venice is the most striking of the three cities, but my personal favourite place in the world is Lake Como an hour away from Milan, so while Milan itself is not a spectacular tourist destination (despite my subjective love for it), it is worth a stopover to go to at least one of the lakes (Como is really the best) at least for a day trip - which is best done between Easter and the end of October as there are more boats running. Rome is pretty much OK all year round with minor variations due to weather etc, but I'd say that unless you are a museum fanatic, you can easily see most of it in 2-3 days.

Date: 2011-10-05 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manics-fan.livejournal.com
Thank you, that's very nice of you to offer. Unfortunately it'll probably be a few years yet until I have either the money, or more importantly the confidence to go travelling on my own to another country. But I'm sure it'll be worth the wait when I do finally manage it.

I just Googled Lake Como and it looks absolutely beautiful. I'd be sure to make a stop there whenever I do manage to visit Italy.

Date: 2011-10-05 11:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 01cheers.livejournal.com
You've just made a big mistake by mentioning Como back to me :P I literally can't shut up about it. In the 54 countries I've seen, mostly scenic ones with very few exceptions (though New Zealand and China are still on my "to see" list), it is the most beautiful spot I've been to, which was about 90% of the reason I chose to move to Italy - but now I live too far from it to go there on weekends and have to make do with a week and a long weekend a year :/ Anyway, since you tempted me, here are my favourite pictures from among the, by now, thousands I've taken.



(remember Star Wars ep 2? Incidentally, the next two and the last one are of the same place from different angles.)













And re confidence to travel, Italy is one of the easiest and friendliest places to travel in. Italians are generally fairly relaxed and nice to tourists, and even if they only speak two words of English (or none at all), they'll be happy to help and give pointers. This country has its problems, but other than bloody transport strikes, you won't run into most of them on holiday.

Date: 2011-10-05 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manics-fan.livejournal.com
54 countries? Wow, you've been to a lot of places! I can see why you love Como so much though. It looks like such an ideal place, very beautiful, almost like something out of a painting. Italy in general has always been at the top of my "places I want to visit in Europe" list. I was hoping to go to Venice a few years ago for my 21st birthday, but unfortunately never managed it in the end.

It's good to know that Italy is a good place to travel. I keep mentally picturing a nightmare image of myself - looking like such a stereotypical English tourist - standing there with a huge map, backpack, pale skin, and trying to find someone who speaks English to point me in the right direction (only to end up getting lost anyway!). I am not a good traveller! XD

Date: 2011-10-05 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 01cheers.livejournal.com
You are right about Como. It is so beautiful as to have occasionally moved me to tears, and seems very far away from the rest of the world, living on its own time. Ideally, it is best to stay overnight (I prefer going for a week), but if you stay in Milan, you can take the first train there and the last boat and train back and spend a full day there that way, as the lake is only an hour away from Milan.

In Western Europe, the only two countries you are *not* OK with English are France and Spain. The French linguistic arrogance is legendary; in Spain, few people speak English, signs and pointers are rare, and locals largely ignore tourists, though both countries are beautiful. Otherwise, most Northern Europeans are fluent English speakers; the Portuguese (my second favourite European destination) and Greeks are very much used to English tourists, as are the Italians, and the Italians in particular are actually likely to volunteer to help if they see you as a tourist looking obviously lost. The only well-known risks to look out for are pickpockets on crowded Roman bus routes and crooks of various descriptions in Naples, notably cab drivers (also an occasional, though rare, problem in Rome - you just have to watch the meter) - and the scooters zooming around the bigger cities at crazy speeds, though they'll brake for pedestrians. And of course the f***ing transport strikes, which are now passing from a monthly to a bi-weekly event. But other than that, it really is an easy and pleasant place to travel around, especially the regions north or Rome.

Date: 2011-10-05 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manics-fan.livejournal.com
This is where I need my very own Nick Clegg to translate for me! Because if I ever go to either of those places I'm going to be stuck there, with my French or Spanish phrase book, pronouncing words wrong and getting looks of disdain! XD

But as I say, Italy is at the top of my places to visit wishlist, there and the Netherlands (I'm currently trying to learn Dutch), so it's good to know it's such a friendly place. I've only ever been outside the UK once before - to Greece when I was younger - and I've always wanted to travel around Europe. I'm impressed at how many places you've been to.

Date: 2011-10-05 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 01cheers.livejournal.com
I've been to Amsterdam and it is nice, though I tend to subjectively prefer southern Europe to Northern. If you go there for a few days or a week, you can also make day trips to Bruges or Brussels or Copenhagen, all of which are very pleasant so long as it is not raining ;)

As for travel, I suspect that I am way older than you - late thirties vs your early twenties - so you have plenty of time to beat my "record". I did not really start travelling until I was nearly twenty (and now I can no longer afford to travel much, but at least I've seen a bunch of places by now.)

Date: 2011-10-04 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] versipellis.livejournal.com
*hugs* I hope he's okay.

Date: 2011-10-04 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manics-fan.livejournal.com
Thanks. He's not eating much and has lost weight, but he's going back to the vets for a check-up tomorrow, so they might be able to suggest something about that. Other than that he seems OK.

Date: 2011-10-05 11:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] versipellis.livejournal.com
Good - I hope he continues to and gets his appetite back.
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