• The household routine was to take Willie, the dog, out for a quick pee before going to bed. This particular night, Willie went out ahead of his mistress and by the time she ventured outside, she was surprised to find Willie nose-to-nose with the neighbour’s black and white cat. But, no, no, the stripes were going the wrong way. She yelled “come” at the top of her lungs, hoping Willie would obey. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, he did come back and the skunk wandered off having saved his spray for another day.

• A woman was roused from a deep sleep by the sound of pouring water. Shocked, fearing a broken pipe and a resultant flood, she leapt from her bed and into the bathroom. Happily, the water was pouring out of the large round shower head that had recently been installed in the centre of the walk-in shower. It was only after this had happened on a few occasions at different times of the day, that she found the solution to the problem. If the head is tilted immediately after taking a shower, the water can completely drain out and you just straighten it before the next shower.

• Why do some dogs just love toilet paper and Kleenex? Much as the family may be trained to dispose of Kleenex out of reach of the dog and never put toilet paper on the normal dispenser, guests are another matter. One clever little mutt is aware of this fact and, as soon as he comes to visit after a guest has been there, he never even greets his hosts but rushes straight into the guest bedroom, knocks over the waste basket to check for Kleenex and then heads straight to the bathroom.

• Before a company Christmas party, staff picked a name and had to either make a gift or re-gift something to the person they had chosen. A teenager went to a great deal of trouble to make some special cookies as her gift and she left them in a tin in the kitchen. Much to her dismay, when she came to take the cookies to the party, the tin was completely empty – her father couldn’t resist the homemade treats his beloved daughter had concocted.