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So simple, yet so distressing! The key to
clipping your pet s nails is to start
them young, reward them, keep calm
and be patient.
Some animals will require their nails trim-
med every four to six weeks, depending on
the amount of digging, scratching, climbing,
or concrete surface walking they do. Other
pets will never need their nails clipped.
Your pet s nail clippers should be of the
appropriate size, and blunt nail clippers will
not cut cleanly, only crushing the nail. This is
especially important when cutting cats nails.
Dogs nails should not be touching the flat
ground when standing.
Simple steps to follow:
Step 1: Have a firm grip on your animal s
paw. Use your thumb to push on the surface
of the toe to extend it further. You will need
to expose your cat s nails by squeezing the toe
gently between your thumb and forefinger.
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bit at a time. Leave about 2-4 millimetres of
nail before the quick. Do not forget the dew
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Space passion does not
go undetected by NASA
By MAT KERMEEN
GROUND CONTROL: Young space junkies at Rolleston School ready for take-off.
EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Anne-Marie
Medals are for people who
fight in wars, not for little old
me teaching space at school.
LOTS OF Kiwi kids dream of being an
astronaut, but a Rolleston woman has
come closer than most.
Anne-Marie Robinson has not yet made
it into space, but the self-proclaimed
space fanatic has been awarded one of
NASA s highest honours.
Ten days ago, Ms Robinson and her
family were at Christchurch Airport on
an invited tour of the SOFIA -- a NASA
747 aircraft fitted with a-state-of-the-art
high-powered telescope -- when the
atmosphere suddenly turned.
NASA host Brent Cobleigh grabbed a
microphone as all the scientists gathered
around, and announced Ms Robinson was
a surprise recipient of the exceptional
public achievement medal.
It was such a shock. I couldn t believe
it and I still don t believe that I have been
awarded something like this.
I was over the moon that I could be
awarded something like this from such a
huge organisation like NASA.
Ms Robinson was presented with her
medal, a certificate, a plaque, badges
Medals are for people who fight in
wars, not for little old me, teaching space
at schools, she said.
Ms Robinson shared the moment with
husband Greg, daughter Catlin and her
Having dad there -- that was a real
buzz for me.
Ms Robinson was infatuated with space
as a child, but a chance meeting her
father had in Antarctica more the 30
years ago paved the way for the extraord-
After Mr Robinson collected an address
from some NASA officials in Antarctica,
his young daughter starting writing to
In 1990, she took her biggest step when
she travelled to America to take part in
her first space camp, where she learnt
what it was like to be an astronaut and
live in space, through simulations.
She went to space camp eight more
times and has visited NASA s head-
quarters in the United States.
She has flown a simulated shuttle mis-
sion with a NASA astronaut and seen a
live space shuttle launch from Cape
She is also a trained pilot and has wor-
ked as a flight attendant.
The award was largely due to her more
than 20 years of voluntarily teaching
space education in school and other
learning institutions in lunch breaks, on
days off, or whenever she could.
I m so passionate about it that I enjoy
teaching all things space and it never
really seems like work to me.
Her recognition has not slowed her
down, and last week she was back on
deck at Rolleston School.
The students were blasted right into
another world as Ms Robinson returned
to the school.
Qualified as a teacher, she has done
relieving work at the school, but now
works as operations supervisor at the
Selwyn Aquatic Centre.
Ms Robinson brought her award to the
class and touched down with a suitcase
full of space wonders.
The students built a shuttle and don-
ned space suits and helmets.
Class teacher Amanda Barrett said the
children were thrilled.
We were very lucky to have a NASA
award winner here, Ms Barrett said.
Because she s our friend, she can come
back and do it again. It s great to have
someone who is an expert in their field,
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