It’s been a lousy week. I’m not looking for sympathy, it just has.
Two weeks ago, we had eleven dogs – 9 adopted and 2 fostered. In case you don’t know, we take in dogs from Spain with behavioural issues that mean they are not adoptable by regular homes, and we do emergency fostering when adoptions don’t work out, or dogs lose their homes suddenly for a variety of reasons.
The two foster girls moved onto new homes – a pleasing outcome after 6 months with us.
A couple of days later, we lost our most elderly chap, 17-year-old Toby. It wasn’t a surprise, but still very sad. Toby had a traumatic past that meant his first reaction to stress was to bite. We learned how to avoid most circumstances that caused biting, and he was an absolute sweetie when not scared.
One week later, we lost another.
Darcy, a Japanese Spitz who came as a foster and stayed, because he had a suspicious lump and no one else would take him. Well, after two and half happy years, it finally got him – the tumour burst open, with no way to stop the bleeding. Still wagging and happy right up to the end, he had no idea his time had come.
Farewell, little white dudes.
And so from eleven, we are suddenly down to seven, and the house feels strangely empty, considering how many we still have.
To add insult to injury, we lost a hen on the same day. There is Avian Flu in the UK, which means all poultry must live under cover until we are told otherwise. Ours are thoroughly enjoying the polytunnel, which is warmer than their hen house, so it was a sad surprise to find one of them dead in the feed trough. Turns out she had a digestive problem. That’s hens for you.
And so to the last unpleasant event of the week.
Back in 2016, I reposted an inspirational blog filled with beautiful colour photographs.
I am now being pursued by a law firm for unlawful use of one of those photographs, for not having paid for the copyright to use it for the past 5 years. The figure came in at £1045
Somewhat shocked, as you can imagine, I politely pointed out that it wasn’t my post, merely a reblog. I also got in touch with the original post’s author – she’s heard nothing.
They grudgingly agreed to take this into account, and now want £800
So there is a clear message here: take extreme care when reblogging. If the post contains photographs, you might want to ask if the author has checked out their origins and obtained copyright and/or attribution before you repost.
Just one more thing we have to think about in this litigious age we live in.