My Dog - Life with Penny
Thursday November 28th, 2013 at 03:43 AMOn 6th November, about 11 am, in preparation for our holiday at Best Friend Retreat, I put Advantix parasiticide on Penny's back, to protect her from possible paralysis ticks. I'd done the same thing last time we went there, because by all reports, paralysis ticks are a problem not too far away from where we were to stay. Penny seemed agitated by the middle of the afternoon. She would hurry from place to place, paws clicking on the parquetry, and plonk down in a curled-up huddle. We thought... Sunday November 17th, 2013 at 03:30 AMOnce again I've buried some Bokashi compost in our back yard, which means it's in the part of the garden accessible to Penny. So I've covered up the spots where the delicious-smelling muck is hidden. I don't think Penny could get to this lot, under heavy pavers. But I'm not so sure about this spot, where it's under a piece of timber. So I threw down a collection of sticks to make it harder for her. Now, this one, under a flimsy piece of timber, looked a bit vulnerable so I added a couple of... Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 08:06 PMFinally I've discovered which artist created the great outline on the hillside in Quarries Park in Clifton Hill. How could we have walked across this artwork for so many years and not have noticed this plaque in the grass? Ivan Cindric. I haven't been able to find anything about him on the Net, except this letter about the sculpture. In the letter there's mention of vandalism of the plaque and the intention to replace it, so perhaps it has just been placed where we came across it. I hope it's... Monday November 4th, 2013 at 11:11 PMFor many years I followed the beautifully written blog of Jean Riva, which focused on life with Cooper, a miniature poodle. Jean's husband, Don, was incapacitated by a stroke and through the story of Cooper I had an insight into what life was like for Don and Jean. I loved this blog! Sadly, life changed for the household, and Levi, a miniature schnauzer, came to live with Jean. I won't say much more. I'll leave it to you to have a look at the first fifteen pages of the book and decide whether... Thursday October 31st, 2013 at 09:05 PMIt's almost exactly three years ago since I posted about the book Lucky Goes to Sea, by Frank Robson. I loved this book, because it was centred on the dog and the love his humans had for him. I remember quoting a sentence near the end of the story: He's our once-in-a-lifetime dog, and even if he lives to be twenty (not that unusual among small breeds) it won't be enough. I'm sad to hear that Lucky did not live long after the book was written. I've just read this news in a letter written by... Monday October 28th, 2013 at 03:32 AMThis post is for Mitch and Molly. Their humans have black swans, way over on the other side of the world from Australia, and after I read their comment on my previous post, that their 'lady swan' is playing around at nesting, I thought I'd post these two photos of black swans nesting a few weeks ago right in the middle of the city of Melbourne, on the Yarra. Sunday October 27th, 2013 at 02:43 AMWe visited a new walking place today, at the end of Wills Street in Kew. I don't know what the little off-lead place is called, but it has terrific views over towards the city of Melbourne. Penny wasn't too keen on saying hello to the other dogs. She is quite wary when we go to places where she doesn't usually walk (pretty often, actually). But she greeted them quietly and headed away from them. The grass parrots, as usual, aren't worried when there are dogs around. We headed out of the...
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