My Dog - Life with Penny
Thursday September 25th, 2014 at 02:10 AMWhen we go out walking, we sometimes drop something when Penny's not looking, and then act as if we're distressed, saying, 'Where is it?', and Penny races back to show us where the 'lost' article is. I thought of this trick as I watched the cute little KLM beagle racing around the airport to return lost items to passengers, and thought it was lovely. After that, I had a look around the Net and discovered there's no such dog helping out in KLM's lost-and-found department. It's just a publicity... Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 at 01:52 AMPenny and I go out to the garden each night after dinner. I don't know when this routine started, but I do know she's got me well-trained. A few lengthy stares from her have me getting to my feet and unlocking the back door. Penny inspects the garden and has a wee, and I look for slugs and snails and destroy them! We garden organically, so I use the collect-and-squash method. But what about those earwigs that are eating our baby plants? It's been quite a dilemma, because the little critters... Monday September 22nd, 2014 at 06:59 AMAnother pleasant trip to Yarra Glen today for Penny's Bowen treatment and for Reiki. We go there regularly. And I'd better confess up front that her human - me! - has a wonderful Bowen session too, and loves it. (After all, it's my duty to check out what Penny's experiencing, isn't it?) Penny's featuring on the Facebook page for the therapy studio - Bow-Rei Me. Doesn't she look relaxed and happy? I'm optimistic that the therapy is not only making a difference to her joint pains, but also... Sunday September 21st, 2014 at 03:46 AMPolice estimate there were around twenty thousand people at the huge rally in Melbourne today. We gathered to tell our government that we do care about the environment and that we - the voters - demand they take out insurance against disaster by supporting sustainable energy use. The organisers said they believed there were thirty thousand at the rally. Whichever number you believe, it was a lot of people standing up for the environment. And there were dogs, too! Saturday September 20th, 2014 at 04:33 AMWhen I travelled to Central Australia recently, Penny, of course, stayed home. The area around Uluru and Kata Tjuta is beautiful and is not a desert, as I had thought. It is a semi-arid landscape and has supported an ancient and living culture from time immemorial. One of the most enjoyable activities I took part in was a dinner in the bush, called The Sounds of Silence. My friend and I arrived in a mundane way, on a tour bus, so we were thrilled to see another group arriving... on camels!... Wednesday September 17th, 2014 at 01:20 AMI haven't had the heart to blog recently, because we've been frightfully worried about a lump in Penny's neck. But we've just had good news. Well, sort of good... When we noticed the lump, we thought it might be yet another lipoma. But we - and the vet - thought it felt strange, so even though a needle aspiration seemed to indicate it was a cyst with some infection in it, he suggested surgery to remove it. We agreed. Penny started on antibiotics to settle the infection and duly had her... Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at 07:08 AMPenny travelled to Yarra Glen today to have another session of Bowen Therapy with Deb. When we arrived, I went back to the car to get something, and found Penny inside the lovely little therapy cottage, happily waiting for Deb. This is not Penny's usual behaviour with anyone else - normally she'd be at the door, looking out to see where I had gone. Watching Penny in the session is a great way to see how she reacts to the therapy. I sit on a chair nearby and don't interact. In an hour of... Sunday August 17th, 2014 at 01:13 AMWhen a friend showed me the famous Fenton deer-herding incident on her iPad, I hurried home to watch it full-screen on my desktop computer. I laughed. And laughed. And shared it with family. But when I read this article, I wondered if I was mean-spirited to enjoy another dog-owner's humiliation. So I had another look at the clip, and I still thought it was funny. I asked myself why I didn't feel guilty about laughing. I think it's because of the joy I see in Fenton the dog, doing what all our...
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