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  • dogs' vision compared to ours

    from My Dog - Life with Penny

    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

    from My Dog - Life with Penny

    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

    from My Dog - Life with Penny

    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...
  • dogs and lips and rocks

    from My Dog - Life with Penny

    Wednesday January 7th, 2015 at 02:34 AM

    Square_140_lips_in_the_skyIt's hot now in Melbourne. If we didn't have a dog, we'd be slouched in front of the television in the evenings. But we do have a dog, so we're out walking. Thank God for dogs. Otherwise we'd miss seeing fascinating things like this mouth-shaped cloud. Lips in the sky, ready to kiss the world and make life good. But Penny teaches us to look down as well as up. Interesting planet we live on. The only one we've got, so we'd better look after it.
  • cats can make a dog's hair stand on end

    from My Dog - Life with Penny

    Sunday January 4th, 2015 at 02:35 AM

    Square_140_dog_with_static_electricityPenny's been creating a mighty racket this evening. She's on watch for our neighbour's cat and she's shouting to tell us she's seen him outside in our front yard. If we didn't realise that there's such a thing as static electricity, we might have thought the sight of the cat has made Penny's hair stand on end! The endless renovations at our house are slowly coming to a conclusion, and so far Penny has weathered the awful noises and mess quite well. One of her humans has been living in the...
  • dogs to protect bandicoots

    from My Dog - Life with Penny

    Wednesday December 17th, 2014 at 02:00 AM

    The Age newspaper recently had an article about a program hoping to train Maremmas to keep predators away from eastern barred bandicoots. These bandicoots are extinct in the wild, and previous release programs have been disappointing, because foxes and cats had killed many of the native animals when they were restored to their natural habitats after being bred in zoos. Apparently the maremma pups will initially sleep with bandicoot bedding. The photo accompanying the article shows a dog with...
  • dogs and sticks

    from My Dog - Life with Penny

    Monday December 15th, 2014 at 03:27 PM

    Square_140_penny_with_stickWe went for a walk early in the day yesterday, to get away from the hubbub of renovations at home, and to get some exercise before the day's heat built up. Penny had a swim to collect a stick we had thrown into the Yarra, and subsequently proudly carried her trophy as she walked. I'd have preferred if she had carried it in a safer manner, not sticking out of her mouth like a cigar. We thought it was a rather nice stick, but when we saw this dog, we realised Penny is just an amateur in the...
  • Penny and the renovations

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    Monday December 15th, 2014 at 01:26 AM

    Square_140_bathroom_with_new_tiled_floorLife has been out of kilter for Penny lately, because we're renovating our laundry and bathrooms. With stuff piled up in boxes all around the house, it's hard to get through a normal day, but as much as possible we have maintained Penny's daily schedule. Fortunately, we never did have a strict routine, so Penny has adapted well to irregular meals and to having doors shut so that she can't access one wing of the house. A dog wandered into our front yard the other day and the builders collected...