Interview with Freddy’s Cathouse – TNR and Feral Cat Rescue Charity

Last week I met up to do an interview with Freddy of Freddy’s Cathouse in Playa Blanca, which is a small town in the west of our island of Lanzarote. His charity and him are 100% dedicated to helping improve the quality of life of approx. 130-140 feral cats, with 26 feeding stations under his care.

Read the full story about this amazing guy and his work in my Catster Article.

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Lidl Pet Blankets – Warning: Diabolical Quality!

I bought this lovely pet blanket at our local Lidl here in Puerto del Carmen yesterday, but after only one day of use, it looks like *this*, can you believe it?!

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The material is obviously totally unsuitable for use with pets, and after only one day it looks like it is a few months old.

When I went back today to ask for a refund, I was told that it has “already been used” and I couldn’t get a refund. They also said “oh well, cats do scratch”, but that doesn’t justify the material being crap and it looking like this after ONE DAY! I would expect it to look like this only after many months of use…

I’m not a happy bunny and have written a stinky email to Lidl headquarters, and will have to wait and see what they say…

In the meantime, anyone planning to buy one of these blankets from Lidl, I can’t say I warned you! ;)

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This is the complaint I wrote to Lidl headquarters in Spanish:

Compré esta manta para mascotas ayer, y hoy ya se ve como esto (ver foto adjunta)!

No me malinterpreten, yo esperaría que se vea como esto quizas en 2 o 3 meses, pero no después de sólo UN DÍA! Esta manta se supone utilizar para los animales domésticos, pero el material no es adecuado en absoluto.

Cuando fui a mi Lidl local en Puerto del Carmen para tener un reembolso, me dijeron que se ha utilizado el producto y no me devolvería el dinero, ni cambiarlo. Fue utilizado por UN DÍA SÓLO y no debería tener este aspecto!

Le agradecería si me hagan saber lo que puede hacer por mí, pero aunque no se puede usted hacer nada, esta manta no se debe vender para uso con animales.

Espero oír de usted pronto, muchas gracias.

Saludos Cordiales
Barbarella Silke Buchner

UPDATE: Despite contacting them various times over a 10 day period, I never got a reply, only an automated email saying that my query would be dealt with within 48 hours. Which did not happen. SHAME ON YOU, LIDL! 

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Empty the Tanks Lanzarote: NO to Dolphin Prisons!

It was a really good turnout today at Rancho Texas Lanzarote, where the construction of the new dolphinarium is under way as we speak.

I do hope we made enough noise, for them to stop what they are doing, but fear that greed and profit will, sadly, prevail in the end.  But then… we simply have to KEEP FIGHTING!

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Being there, doing that!

Yes, most of us have “been there, done that”.

At just a month shy of my 50th birthday, I am still “being there, doing that“!!!! :D

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Carnival Lanzarote 2016 Photos and Video

Another amazing carnival this year in Puerto del Carmen!

CLICK HERE to check out *all* the photos I took.  ENJOY!

 

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Cat vs. Baby Goose – Harbour Cats Puerto del Carmen

Watch these little guys having a tiff over some cat food! :)

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NO TO Wearing Swimwear in Shops & Restaurants

Lanzarote is a popular holiday destination with a tropical climate, lots of gorgeous beaches and sunshine all year round, but the following is one of the small prices we have to pay for living in paradise (and don’t get me wrong, it is worth paying!).

We have to put up with holidaymakers walking around in nothing more than their swimming trunks or bikinis in the street, into the shops and even eating at restaurants & cafés. 

Personally, I don’t mind as long as they wear next to nothing on the beach or even walking along the beach front Avenida like that, but I draw the line when I’m sitting in a restaurant or café when a fat old man (or even a skinny young man or woman!) sits down at the table next to me in nothing more than his speedos while I’m trying to eat. Not only is this extremely inconsiderate and disrespectful to other people, but it’s also horribly unhygienic, sitting with their bare, sweaty flesh, covered in sun cream, on those chairs!

Having complained at quite a few restaurants where this has happened, I simply get told by staff that “the boss won’t allow us to do that” or, speaking to the boss him/herself, “sorry, but we can’t do that”. Unfortunately, most restaurants and smaller shops here really can’t afford to lose business by kicking out people who are not dressed in a decent way, so other diners like myself just have to put up with it, move table (if there is another one free), or leave.

Yesterday I found that our Lidl in Puerto del Carmen had put up this sign though.

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Thanks Lidl! Absolutely love it! Even though it’s very unlikely, I can only hope that at least the bigger supermarketst and restaurants here are all going to do something similar soon….

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Planespotting at Lanzarote Airport

Whooooosh! :D


And these are the photos I took.

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Empty the Tanks – Protest Against New Dolphinarium at Rancho Texas Lanzarote

Lending our voices to the worldwide protests today against imprisoning dolphins and other cetaceans in water-filled concrete bunkers, like the one that Rancho Texas Park (which is a small local zoo) are building right now in Lanzarote.

I was disappointed though at the lack of actual *voices* making themselves heard.  Having looked at some of the other protests around the world today, there was a lot more noise being made to tell people what we are about and what we are protesting against.

Here in Lanzarote, people were just standing there, too busy chatting to each other, and appearing to expect passers-by to automatically know what our protest was about by seeing our posters. There were no chants or handing out flyers to educate tourists entering the zoo to let them know what we were actually doing there, and I feel the organiser was worrying more about us getting chucked out of the car park (which is a risk you take at any protest!) , than actually wanting to make an impact and get seen and heard. Talking to the press is, of course, all good and well, but a group of people just standing there looking cute is, in my opinion, rather pointless and I feel that we made little, if any, impact at all.

Yes, I know, there´s always a lot more “politics” to it all, but still, I can´t help express my disappointment – and that´s just a small part of what my blog is for: expressing my opinion! :)

Anyway, here are my photos and video.

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Lidl Opens New Store In Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

Cool. I now have a Lidl supermarket right on my doorstep (5 mins walk from my house).

The grand opening wasn´t that grand though – I expected a lot more people, and there wasn´t any press either – just me and a few other people with cameras, but nothing major.  Not that I´m complaining! I do suffer from “trolley rage” at times when it´s too packed in a supermarket and get claustrophobic easily…. so all is good really!

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