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  • dogs and coffee grounds

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    Friday February 27th, 2015 at 09:36 PM

    Square_140_dogs_sniffs_bag_of_coffee_grounds_for_the_gardenBecause I'm a keen gardener, I was thrilled yesterday to find a cafe that allowed me to take home a big bag of coffee grounds after I ate there. I intended to put them around my blueberries, azaleas and camellias. I've read that they're really good for the soil in general, but that it can also be good to put them through a composting process first. But... I put the bag on the back patio and soon afterwards Penny got up from her snoozing mat in the house and went out to investigate the nice...
  • a dog sees the changeover from cricket to footy

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    Wednesday February 25th, 2015 at 02:39 AM

    Square_140_dogs_goes_to_river_at_warringalPenny and I strolled down to the Yarra River at Warringal today, for her usual swim... ...a beautiful walk in the cool of a summer evening. Then we headed back, towards the sports oval, and found a scene of exciting change. It's time for the footy season! Go Hawks! It was amusing to see the cricketers were sticking to their guns - or wickets - and continued to practise bowling and batting the cricket nets, ignoring the hordes of footballers running around beside them. Three cricketers - but...
  • dogs and chocolate

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    Tuesday February 10th, 2015 at 03:15 PM

    I thought this article about the dangers of chocolate was helpful and informative. I've blogged previously about chocolate, because I'll have to admit this substance plays a big part in the diet of our household, despite any resolutions to the contrary. I recall I was horrified to learn how little cocoa it would take to harm Penny. Some of Penny's humans - me included - wouldn't think the day was complete without two cups of strong, dark Dutch cocoa. So the jar stays high up in a cupboard...
  • information about travelling with your dog in Australia

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    Friday January 30th, 2015 at 01:40 PM

    I received my daily inbox drop from Yourlifechoices today and it has a great set of links about places where you can travel with your dog. Not grotty places where you are a second-hand citizen because you have a dog - I think from these links I'll find a place where Penny and I would feel welcome. Of course, our favourite places so far have been near Yarram and at Bright. Both of those locations are welcoming, clean, and, as the Yourlifechoices article suggests, have lots of places where you...
  • a free crostic puzzle

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    Friday January 30th, 2015 at 01:34 AM

    Square_140_dogsdiagI'm not sure if any of you (humans, that is) have ever done a crostic puzzle, but here's one, courtesy of one of Penny's humans. The diagram is not a crossword, even though it might look like one. The whole thing is an excerpt from a piece of writing, in this case a novel. No hints as to which novel, of course, but if you have read any of Hsin-Yi's doggy mysteries, you might...oops, I wasn't supposed to give any hints. Each word in the text ends at a shaded square, which is not necessarily at...
  • dogs' vision compared to ours

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    Friday January 23rd, 2015 at 05:12 PM

    Browsing the Dog Trick Academy, I came across a link to an interesting article about how dogs see. I've often noticed than when something is thrown for Penny to fetch, she waits for a moment before setting off. If it's a long way away, she will circle in a way that makes me think she's depending more on smell than sight.
  • dog bane plants in the garden

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    Sunday January 18th, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Square_140_dog_bane_plant I took a cutting of an interesting plant about a year ago and it's grown big. I've been wondering what it is, and decided to stroll around Bulleen Art and Garden, my favourite nursery. And there it was, labelled as 'Dog Bane.' Hmm... I thought to myself, I should research this and decide whether to keep it in the garden. So I started looking, and nearly fell off my chair when I saw that a plant called Dog Bane would be deadly to Penny. I was about to race outside to put it up on a bench so...
  • correction to my post about whether dogs might go to heaven

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    Friday January 9th, 2015 at 04:45 AM

    I've just read an article suggested by proud womon, whoadded the recommendation in a comment on my post do dogs go to heaven? In my post I had written that Pope Francis comforted a boy whose pet had died, and said we can expect to see beloved animals in heaven. It turns out this was not said by the current Pope, and may have been said by Pope Paul VI. See this NY Times 'Correction' for details. According to Vatican Radio, Francis did say, in speaking of heaven, The Holy Scripture teaches us...
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