Do not believe anyone who tells you that small dogs – such as a small Chihuahua (short coat) are a push over. Having had this little one for 36 hours I can tell you that her teeth are like needles. I am just praying that a) she settles down soon and b) that we don’t run out of bandaids for my poor fingers. I understand – it is scary for her, her momma has gone, she is with strangers and they have a great BIG dog ( well to her he’s big) and this is a scary big place. I did feed her this morning and although I got a ‘back off’ kind of a growl, I did managed to scratch an ear without having my fingers covered in blood again. No they are not big bites, her teeth might be as sharp as needles but fortunately they are not big and besides I bleed a lot.
Sunday and she is starting to settle down and perhaps tomorrow I might remove the bandaids. If nothing else it will help in not having to type words twice due to the mistakes I am making because of the bandaids on the tops of my fingers- and stop laughing, this is serious!! Anyway, from one to three dogs in one fell swoop. Benji, Kongsoon and now Yogi, Benji is, of course, our boy, Kongsoon is the little one that we have taken in and Yogi is a friend’s dog we are looking after for a week or so. I hope I survive. It’s just unfortunate timing. We had arranged to take Yogi months ago, but the collapse of Link Engineering and the problems with Arrium meant that people lost jobs and we took in Kongsoon because her family has to go back to South Korea and re-apply. Link Engineering was their sponsor and their employer. They could have re-applied here but the danger with that is that if it was refused they would have to leave the country and be unable to reapply for three years. By going back to South Korea on their own and re-applying there, if it is refused, they can apply again in six months. Immigration rules I do not understand..
Some of the subcontractors and suppliers are back in the plant but others who have biggish projects have had their contracts terminated by the Administrator because in the present climate he cannot justify the expenditure. Logicamms is one of those. Logicamms have contracted for a new large project in Adelaide and Andrew will be doing work for that. At the moment material and design specs will be sent up but that’s only short term – long term they want Andrew to consider re-locating to Adelaide. There has been what has been called a Bloodless Coup at Arrium. The Company (Arrium) appointed its own Administrator and he has been working with the the government, the local community and the creditors to stabilize Arrium and see what can be done to keep the company operating. The banks and the AWU (Australian Workers Union) were unhappy with this and, despite being warned by the government to stay out of it ( which they ignored) moved in, sacked the Arrium appointed Administrator, appointed their own Administrator and, in essence, seized control of the company. Robber Barons – generally known as Banks – and a Union working together – that’s scary. The contractors are still in limbo and some are owed many thousands of dollars. Everything is an absolute mess but the new administrator is moving to reassure everyone that the intentions are good and they have the future of the company and the city as their foremost concern – but it’s still a mess and the creditors, mainly the banks, are pushing for a forensic investigation of the Arrium Board’s financial accounts.
** Arrium’s wrathful lenders are working to convince the steelmaker’s latest administrator to bring forward a forensic investigation of the company’s accounts to assess whether or not there are grounds to pursue its past management or board of directors. The agreement between “incandescently furious” debt and bond holders and The Australian Workers’ Union that resulted in Monday’s change in administrators is said to include a concession that will bring forward a forensic assessment of the Arrium accounts.** From the Financial Review.