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  • Penny on duty again as a therapy dog

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    Sunday July 27th, 2014 at 06:51 PM

    Penny had been wondering where one of her humans has gone, but she was relieved to discover he'd gone to a lovely place where dogs are welcome. So she's been on duty once again a personal therapy dog. Unfortunately, he had suffered a stroke. But the good news is that he has recovered very quickly and will be home soon. Even one day after the stroke, he was up and taking photos to remember the horrible experience. Of course, Penny wasn't allowed into the hospital. But once he moved to the...
  • Penny and our vegie garden

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    Tuesday July 1st, 2014 at 02:07 AM

    Penny likes some veggies in her dinner, and last night she had a little piece of cooked asparagus. I'm glad she doesn't realise that edible plants grow in our garden - because our asparagus bed is sprouting beautifully. That's very strange, actually, because it's the middle of winter. Our very first shiitake mushrooms are emerging from the inoculated log, too. Very exciting! Penny wouldn't know anything about fungus being edible, because I've never given her any. I don't think it would be...
  • clever dogs

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    Saturday June 28th, 2014 at 09:33 PM

    On The Pet Museum I came across a link to a list of VID (Very Important Dogs). A couple of connections to Australia drew my attention. Firstly, the game little Yorkshire Terrier, Smoky, who assisted his soldier friends in The Philippines and New Guinea in World War Two and the talented black labrador who can sniff out American foulbrood, a deadly disease of honey bee hives. He doesn't look too comfortable in his protective suit, I must say, but he'd be in too much danger of being stung if he...
  • Penny finds a mowed tennis ball

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    Friday June 27th, 2014 at 04:04 AM

    In our local park, Darebin Parklands, someone has been busy mowing, and they seem to have mowed over a tennis ball. What a find for Penny! Balls are good fun, but there's nothing more interesting than one that can be thrown and yet has a squishy, mouthable shape.
  • in Australia dogs help conserve an endangered species

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    Saturday May 24th, 2014 at 04:07 AM

    Great article today in The Age newspaper about dogs in our national parks. Usually we hear only complaints about dogs and native animals, and I do understand that we can't take dogs into areas where we need to protect native creatures. But this is a video with a difference. An exciting discovery has been made, a camera shot of a spotted quoll in a place where they have not been seen in recent times. So sniffer dogs have been brought in to try to locate scat (poo) of spotted tiger quolls. I...
  • more about dogs eating grass

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    Tuesday May 13th, 2014 at 07:48 PM

    Penny's a grass eater from way back. But she doesn't always go about it the same way, and I've just read an article on PetMD that may explain some of her techniques. It says that if the dog gobbles the grass in great hunks, the blades may cause vomiting: A dog will seek out a natural remedy for agassyor upset stomach, and grass, it seems, may do the trick. When ingested, the grass blade tickles the throat and stomach lining; this sensation, in turn, may cause the dog tovomit, especially if...
  • doggy dancing memories

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    Friday May 9th, 2014 at 04:57 AM

    When my sister forwarded me a link to a great canine freestyle routine at Crufts, I enjoyed it immensely, because it was fascinating to see one dog in a routine with two trainers. And then I looked more closely and saw that one of the handlers was Richard Curtis. He's the trainer who conducted the sessions here in Australia that Penny and I attended. The other handler is Mary Ray. After watching the video, I wondered whether to push back the furniture here in the kitchen and have some fun...
  • two lipomas on Penny's shoulders

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    Friday April 18th, 2014 at 04:23 AM

    Good Friday - just the day to spend sitting in the waiting room of the Animal Emergency Centre. We certainly weren't complaining that we had to wait, because when families rushed in with unconscious dogs, or dogs who couldn't stand, we knew they had to go first. It all began yesterday evening, when we noticed not one, but two, lumps on Penny's shoulders. We reacted the usual way, first shock, then the worriedinternet search, and the reassuring decision that they were - probably - lipomas....
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