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About Maz51

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  • Birthday 09/27/1951

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  • Real Name
    Marianne Cottee, nee Chambers, Mayes, (adopted) Mayhook (born Rasmussen)
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  • Occupation
    Retired: Theatre Nurse; Med/PA secretary; nearly 10 years as VR in Sea and Air Cadets;
  • Biography
    Born Denmark. Two siblings - recently discovered via DNA that we all have different fathers! both parents now passed. (I found at 58yrs five months after father's demise that I was adopted by him from children's home (born out of wedlock)aged nearly 4)and sister's father was also mine but...DNA genetic testing via 123andMe.com shot that down last year. NO worries - they were amazing parents.
    My husband looked at my striken face saying - 'You're not the woman I thought you were!' ROFL.... then
    Schooled in Oz. Grew up on a farm with eccentric mum/pioneer who introduced 5,000 new chicken stock into North Borneo.
    We also rescued several hundred dogs, cats - kittens & puppies out there and looked after orang-utans (48 over 8 years) otters, anteaters, mousedeer, gibbons, macaques, parrots, heron, African Grey, rats and bats (my pets) slow lorris', horse (retired young racehorse from Ireland/Singapore, rescued circus pony and other unusual animals. Rescued baby crocs from the pot too.
    Moved house 38 times.
    Moved to UK Dec 1969.
    School Ed. ended at 13.
    Nursing studies 1972-76 and Post grad nursing course in Theatre at Charing Cross following six months night duties at Guy's.
    Since then I studied and worked and hold about 8 'A' levels through my nursing, VR work (received my Diamond Jubilee medal)and private studies incl RSA course in Secretarial studies at Bracknell College and an Anaesthetic/Theatre perioperative practitioner (all rounder) Refresher Course at UWE.
    I hold Car, Motorbike and Coach licences. Also via VR Sea Cadets: RYA Day Skipper, Power Boat and safety certs, ME II, FAW Instr & Assessor (within MS-SC, music - snare drum and brass.
    Many varied jobs incl coach driving between divorces... No. 3 is brill. No 1 set precedence in divorce law lol - Mayes vs Mayes '83/'84 - was mentally ill. Has two grown children with whom I am still in touch albeit twice a year.
    Three kids - Daughter (32)is in top of DnB DJ - 'Missrepresent' - sadly we don't talk much - she is manic depressive like her father but I love her and am very proud of her.
    Two sons from No 2 - now 22 and 24 both settling with lovely girlfriends and in decent jobs - design engineering machinery. Also staying close by for extra cupboard food!!
    They get on very well with my Dave.
    Their father and step mum near too but not 'close' in true sense however loyal - and they have a younger half brother.
    You will see my background on dogs - via my WHW breeding etc...on forum posts.
    I mean well but know I can come across quite strong & opinionated - a chip off my mother's block!! Very determined strong woman.
  • Interests
    Brass Band. Musher, Cruiser & caravan camper.

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  1. Welcome! Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  2. Ok.. I made my plea.. ? Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  3. The UK loses 35,000 birds a year to cats & other predators. Please, If you can keep your furkid away from these young fledglings' nest, they just might survive or, the parents will stress out and might desert them. They just need a few weeks before they can fly... it's an extremely fraught time for the parents just finding enough food for their babies without also fighting to keep a big fur monster away.... please? ? Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  4. Welcome! Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  5. It is worth being aware that slippery floors can cause hip dysplasia from early months. An article written by a vet or vets have confirmed HD is not a genetic issue but that pups reared on slippy floors can and does lead to HD. Pups should be raised on rugged/carpet floors and obviously time out on natural grass is excellent for a good grip while learning to walk and become more mobile. Once they reach a year old it is believed the joints are better developed and much stronger. However, over stretched joints on slippery floors where dogs are splaying hind legs out sideways in smooth floor dwellings can cause some (incl very painful) issues. Just be aware that rugs in the home with your furkids that jump around could possibly avoid HD and provide a safer environment too. ? Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  6. Ooh. . THAT looks great and near enough indestrictible... for a while maybe. Thanks for the info! Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  7. You are so welcome. And thanks for your kind compliments. My girl Eski (the lighter more woolly one) was also a rescue/rehome & came rather underweight, matted coat and with some quite serious food/toy guarding, human possessive and aggressive issues! When she came back to my 2nd husky camp last Oct, she was unrecognisable in her behaviour and actually both were very much better behaved ... as I'd spent time everyday working on them. She is such a flirt...! Chester (ole Blue Eyes) was a softy but extremely boisterous and at a year I had to curb his outrageous antics. I think HuskyxMals start to calm around 3.5 to 4 yrs - as I've noticed 'something' along this line, but.. (zoomies are still occurring with monotonous regularity!) but, training on this awesome breed NEEDS to start as soon as you get them whether at nine weeks or older. They get bored easily, and being extremely inventive, problem solvers (to get something they want) and highly intelligent or, can become destructive, so will do their darndest to escape .. and just run. They cannot or don't always find their way back and can be shot if they get near farmers' livestock or killed on the railtracks or roads. I do try to tell mine ' go home' as I turn around on walks to return. . but don't know how much that actually goes into their noggins. I'm sure you know never ever to let them off lead too. Mine are 5 (Feb) and nearly 5 (in Sep) with Eski being the older. I am totally smitten with this breed even though I've had Boxers, bred Westies, rescued a syray Wheadon (abandoned) and grew up with a few hundred rescues when growing up abroad - in Borneo - my mum picked up all strays and rescued many abused ones too. Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  8. The hands free can work .. once your furball knows..and with a Dogmatic headcollar (?he) cannot pull as much either. Yep mine protest like hell, but once over the first 5 or so minutes they just knuckle down onto walking 'nicely'. They will try and rub them off if I stop though! Lol I have worked hard to get them to 'on by'/= leave!, to 'go by' / = pass!/overtake, 'walk on'/ = move on .. along with the musher's terms of 'Gee' = right, 'Haw' = left, so my walking out trips also re-enforce the 'in rig/scooter' mode. They seem to look so good and so well behaved.. (ha!) And, in Dogmatic's plus harnesses, if I need to haul (my) ass up a steep hill or bank I put the clips from head collars onto harnesses and say 'Hup' and boy can they move ME up that exhausting incline. I'm down 22lbs @13.13 stone now and reducing, but both knees have had Anterior (and other) Cruciates ruptured or torn so my knees are crap. At 65 I won't quit and still do as much as possible. .. but hate what a worn out body yells at me (to stop what I enjoy) with fatigue kicking in AND a crappy crumbling neck! www.successdogs.com is my godsend in their ongoing discipline with the positive reward training. Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  9. Perhaps a quick word with police. Had you been a child...... it could have been even worse. Also.. could you walk your furkid off of a canibelt... it does at least let your legs take the strain .. but with two hands free (after you've healed) you might stand a better chance at control. *only if you see an issue arising first though!) I know, because if both mine decided w/o warning to lunge .. it's nearly 13st of weight hauling my arms, shoulders ... and most likely my ass too. Even my hubby has (finally) acknowledged the better 'safety' factor of a canibelt to both my woofs ... each on a stretchy bungee lead. I hope you heal fast .. and well; having broken mine some 50+ yrs ago (doing horse stuff) my left wrist now clicks and whinges at me now and does not like winter temps! Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  10. I'm in Ashchurch. Very Interested! PM me please when you've got more info/date/time with husky meets. Cheers! I have two huskyxmals. If intro's are done first on leads, I usually also have mine in basket muzzles until woofs 'settle in' and then release ... but 16 acres is a huge area to chase over IF an issue/scrap arises... I won't get there very fast. Any ideas ? In the past it's been easier within an area like an indoor menage.....? TIA. Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  11. Finally got my two to run off the scooter after a few trial skips, stops, jump offs, stop! And then Thanks Gary - they belted round the field in front of his bike following me in my car! Yay! Talk about the adrenaline rush first though.. I was proper cream- crackered... earliest night 22:40 hours! Lol Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  12. All above .. reassure him with a little treat and make a gentle fuss of him. Let him relax on / in his bed/crate. The anaesthetic will take a good few days to wear off/out from his system. Up to 7-10. Don't be surprised if he doesn't want to eat much ... but have plenty of fresh water available; small meals little and often and some scrambled eggs will go down a treat anytime. In two/three weeks and after a post op check up he'll get back to himself. ? Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  13. Still on the road- eta 1700 - D needs a comfort break! Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  14. Whoo hoo! C ya'all tomorrow. Spent a ridiculous day losing 3.5 hours driving a friend in her car to Trowbridge and back to fetch a six man tent (£60 & in damn good nick) ... looks practically new... then when I got dropped back home I went to six places to try and get my indicator rear ns fixed.. front one flashing v fast.. rear - nada. All were too busy. Got a couple items shopping - my probiotic-Kefir. Then home (now 15.03). Friend came in - she brought a lovely dinner - leaks wrapped in smokey bacon with cheese sauce, sweet baked potatoes - 25 mins in the oven 4 later. Then I took the rear light unit off. (I had spent an hour at Halford s checking ALL the fuses under bonnet and inside the car. Found three discrepancies... sorted those. Replenished my 15 amp stock). At home I looked at the wiring ugh.. so old and frail. After four different goes moving the wiring slightly the bulb started flashing! Opened up the old insulation tape and the yellow/green wire copper fell apart from where it was wrapped together. From here went another green wire into the back of the bulb connection. I had already rubbed down the plate connections with an emery board. (This sorted my dodgy caravan connection!) The green wire disintegrated as I tried to cut back carefully and I ended up with barely 0.3cm! It was connected with just two strands of copper wire! When hubby came home he found some other wire; between us we soldered a new bit of wiring on, and to the tiny bit left.. (making sure everything was 'slipped through the right bits incl the soldering shrink/sleeve). Hubby heat shrunk the sleeve over the soldered wire connections, put it all together... and it worked. Whew! Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app
  15. Yeah Rob.. Yours looked so nice.. I wanted one too! Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app